For The Boys At Without Words (Guest Designer)

Good morning friends. This is my FIRST post for today. For my SECOND post on this week challenge "ADD CIRCLES" over at the Outlawz Monday Greetings Group, please CLICK HERE.  

It's the first Monday of the month which means a brand new monthly challenge over at Without Words. I am so honored to be invited over as their guest designer for this month! If you love putting together clean and simple (CAS) cards like me, then you are going to love playing at Without Words.

This month challenge theme is For The Boys! - any card for any occasion suitable for the boys that you can think of. The closing date is Wednesday September 30th (UK time). For full detail about the challenge and rules info, please CLICK HERE

For my Guest Design card, I am using this handsome little pirate call Pirate Adventure, part of the A Random Fan rubber stamps collection. Not too happy with the lighting outcome of the shot I've sent earlier to Squirrel at Without Words, I decided to take my card outside for a photo retake the next day. I like this one better. So much brighter and the details came out great!

Isn't he adorable? I have him for quite sometime and never had the perfect opportunity to ink him up. But now that my son is in Kindergarten...(oh he's growing up fast!) and a busy school year ahead...I thought it would be a good idea to have a few boys' birthday cards stash away and this little fellow will sure to WOW any birthday boys!

I framed the image using Spellbinder Classic Rectangle die frame and sponged the edges with distressed ink (Vintage Photo) to give that "old world, pirate-vintage" feel. I carried through with this look by adding stripes of old world map designer paper from my stash to the base card and again, sponged up the edges of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment tag.

Copic Color Combo:

HAT: N0, N4, N6, N8, RV25, R46, R89
HAIR: E31, E33, E35, Multi-liner pen 0.05
SKIN TONE: E0000, E000, E00, E01
TOP: RV25, R46, R89, B000, B32, B34
SWORD/BOAT: E30, E42, E44, E84
WATER: B000, B32, B34

A quick tip on how I colored the water. 

I first colored in the entire area with B000 (lightest), then working from the boat outward, I added strokes of the darkest shade (B34). Pull in B32 (mid-tone) at the ending tip of B34 and work outward. Finally, blend B32 into B000 by pulling from the ending tip of B32 outward with B000.

I hope you can come along and join us for this month challenge fun over at Without Words. While you're there, please don't forget to check out the gorgeous creations from the Word Birds DT themselves! 

Thank you friends for stopping by and sharing your day with me. 


Copic markers/multi-liner pen
Rubber stamp: A Random Fan's Pirate Adventure
Sentiment: Happy Birthday wooden block - from Stampin-Up!
Ink: Momento Black, distressed ink-vintage photo
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Rectangle and Classic Squares
Craft scissor
Copic X-press blending paper
Cardstock - cream
Old world map designer paper - from my stash

Kids-Family Craft: "Color & Snack Me" Milk Cartons

Hello! Today I hope to inspired you with a quick and easy kids' craft tutorial, fun for the entire family. I call these "Color & Snack Me" milk cartons. It's a little fun Back-To-School tradition I started two years ago when my eldest child, Catherine first started Kindergarten. Each year, on the first day of school, I'd slip a "goodie" box of some sort along with a handwritten note into my kids' backpack to wish them a lovely start of the new year. This year I decided to pick it up a notch by adding some coloring fun to these goodie boxes, using these lovable uncolored digi critters and pattern papers from Deedee's Digis Bugs & Blooms set.

There are two parts to this tutorial. In Part 1, I will walk you through on how to create a plain basic milk carton. Then in Part 2, the fun part...decorating it up which I will demonstrate using these digital pattern papers and uncolored images from Deedee's Digis Bugs & Blooms set. But before we get started, I would like to bring your attention to my Copyright Notice on the left-side bar. Please take a moment to review it. Thank you kindly!

Part 1: Create 2 Milk Cartons


  • 1 heavy-weight cardstock, size 8.50x11
  • scoreboard
  • paper trimmer
  • scissor
  • double side tape or craft glue
  • twine

Step 1: Using paper-trimmer or scissor, cut cardstock in half to create 2 - 5.50 X8.50 pieces. Put aside one and with the other piece, place on the score board and score as shown in the photos, starting with the left photo. 

Then, fold on all the scored lines.

Step 2: Cut at the scored lines like show below in the photo to create the base of the box.

Then, place back on the scoreboard as show in the photo with the 8.50 side going across. 

NEXT, to create the folded top, score as show with the pink arrow.

This what it should look like.

Step 3: Apply double-side tape or glue to the short folded side and seal.

Next, flip the base up and seal as shown with double-side tape or glue. I decided to make a curve bottom by trimming off one of the flap.

Final Step: Your box should look like the one on the left photo once the corner and base are sealed. Next, wrap the top with twine and tied into a bow. 

Part 2: Decorate The Milk Carton


optional supplies: ruler, pencil, dies circle/square and Big Shot

Step 1: With the pattern paper, cut out a stripe of 2x8.50 size. Flip it over so the wrong side facing up toward you. Add double-side tape or glue around the corners like show below. I like using these double-side tape that you can tear. It makes adhesive pieces together quickly.

Step 2: Starting in the middle of one of the milk carton's side, slowly wrap the paper around the milk carton and pressing down with the scoring-bone as you go.

Step 3: Opened the uncolored images up in Microsoft Word, resize to 1.50x1.50 and print. It helps to put a box/circle around the images to help guide with the cutting later.

Next, cut the images out and adhesive to each side. Here I used Sizzix Big Shot and Spellbinder classic circles and classic rectangle dies to help me make the perfect cut.

Step 4: Fill it & Tie It Up! 

You can fill these boxes with any mini snacks! Or if you're using them as party favors, mini toys will fit just fine. Then, press the top together, wrap the twine around, add your crayon, wrap the twine over it and tied in a bow.

I hope the steps were easy to follow and I've inspired you to give this milk carton project a try. I love to hear your thought about this project as well any other kids' craft project you would like to see in my future posts. I look forward to sharing many more in the upcoming months.

If you missed my design team card post for this week Anything Goes theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge, you can find it HERE. I hope you can come join us in this fun challenge theme with a chance to win some wonderful prizes from our lovely sponsor Deedee's Digis. It would be so lovely to see you and your beautiful creations in our Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge group. 

Thank you so much for sharing your day with me!