Thursday, June 27, 2019

Birdhouse Box Card

I love birdhouses what about you? And I love box cards do you? Well lets combine the two in this beautiful card. This was inspired by a challenge we posted on our E Club Kit group a few weeks ago. The challenge was show me photos of some things you would like to see me recreate and your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE months E Kit. We have had quite a few entries and I think this is Kathy Champion's entry. So here is our take on this card. 


Cardstock cut at 11 1/2x6 1/2 inches, on the long side score at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4" 11" turn to the left and score at 3".

Fold and burnish score lines, with the 3" panels facing you, cut up on all the score lines and cut away the small tab at the end.

Mats for the bottom of the box is 2 1/2"x3 3/8" cut 4 of these
top flap mats 2 1/2"x2 3/4" cut three of these. 

Back piece for the birdhouse roof is cut at 5 1/2"x2 3/4" cut 3 if your cardstock is thin, two if not thin.
Mat for this is 2 1/2x5 1/8"

Roof pieces is cut at 1"3 1/8" cut 2

Top scallop circle is 1" Punch
white circle is 3/4" circle punch

Birdhouse opening piece is 1 1/4" punch

Inside strips are cut at 1/2x4 scored at 1/2 on each end - these may need adjusting some to fit yours.

I used the Garden Bird die to create the flowes and some branches. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Announcing Our Online "M.E." Classes

We are so excited to announce the first of our Online "M.E." Classes. We have had so many messages, comments and emails asking about them over the years that we can't put it off any longer. There are many reasons why an online class can work for you but the most important is we have friends who are not able to get out and travel long distances to take our classes in person and we want to be able to bring them the same quality classes we teach when we go to Made It Con, or Stamp shows, etc. These classes will be exclusive and will not be made public on our YouTube channel or any other social media platform. 

Classes will be pre-recorded and when purchased you will receive a link through your email. All you have to do is click the link and follow along. You can stop the video anytime and replay as many times as you want. We will also have an email address provided where you are welcome to send emails with any questions you may have, and we will get them answered ASAP. 

The projects will vary from month to month and you will be able to select which ones you want to purchase. There is not commitment to purchase all classes. 

Former classes will stay up forever, therefore if you skipped one and then later want to go back and purchase you may. 

Every class we post you will be able to make with products you have at home, or if you need to purchase anything extra we will have those items available in the store. We will also have kits for each class available, but they will be limited. When they are gone they are gone. So if you go back months and purchase a class there may or may not be a kit available for that class. But as I said you should be able to make these projects with items you have or items you can purchases locally or on our store link. All purchases from our store will be at a 15% discount for anyone who has purchased the class. The class kits are not included in the discount due to the fact we are already discounting them as we combine the products. 

When purchasing a class you are agreeing to our copyright agreement which states that, all Videos, Classes, Files, PDF's, and Templates are copyrighted for SWME therefore, they can not be shared. They are yours as you purchased but please do not share them with anyone.

All classes will also come with full view photos and written instructions of each process to help you with assembly. And there will be a finished project photo on the purchase page so you will know what you are purchasing. 

Class sales will begin August 1st, 2019. We will post a link on our social media sites as well as our Website, along with the finished project photo. Class kits will go on sale the same day, but keep in mind they will be limited. 

The first of our Online Classes will be called Suitcase Mini Album. 

Are you excited? Let me know in the comments below this post and someone could win a FREE August class! We will pick one winner on July 26 and they will be notified by email, so make sure to leave your email address in your comments. 

Thank you so much for your support,

Melina and Edith

Thursday, June 20, 2019

July E Club Kit Sneak Peek

Here you go with a sneak peek of our July E Club Kits. This is not everything we like to leave some things as a surprise when you get your kits. There is also a prototype photo of the Maymay stamp set that we didn't have when we did this video. I love it. 

This kit is packed full, and as we say in the video we listed to you and we have included a full pack 30 sheets of a 6x6 paper pad from Prima, Golden Coast. Let me know what you think about it. And don't forget to sign up, don't miss this one, they are going fast. 

You also get free PDF files and YouTube tutorials of all the projects I make using the items in the kit. And that is not all our design team also makes great videos for you on projects they do as well, so you never run out of great things to create. 

Remember there are always a few surprises we leave out of the photos and videos just so you have a surprise in your kit. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mini Album In Ice Cream Cart

We finished our mini in the ice cream cart inspired by the Maymay stamp set for our June E Club Kits. Sign Up for our E Club Kits HERE. This cart has a lid that lifts off and has a hanging mini attached. You can put all those photos of the young ones having all that summer fun in here and it will make a beautiful display. Below is the full tutorial as well as links to the templates, and measurements. 

Ice Cream Cart

Chipboard is cut at 4 1/2x6 for the front and back.
The sides are cut at 4 1/2x3 1/2 cut two of these.
Top cut one piece that is 3 1/2x6 1/4"

Attaching paper for the chipboard is cut at 6x12 and 6x9 1/4 glue these together on the long end to make a piece that is 21 1/4"x6 this is the cover for the chipboard. Lay the chipboard out as shown in the photo below and glue it to the paper. 

After you have cut the corners and glue the edges up around the chipboard cut your inside cover. LEAVE ONE END UNATTACHED, YOU WILL USE THIS TO CONNECT THE ENDS TOGETHER.

Cover for the inside is 12x4 and a piece of 7x4 glue these two together creating a long piece that is
 19 1/2x4 

Top mat is cut at 6 1/2x4 3/4" score on the short side at 3 3/4" 

Scallop edge template is HERE, score it at 1" and glue it on the opposite end of the 3 3/4" score line you just made, this will be the top pieces. 

Chipboard for the top inside is 3 1/2x6 1/4 and cover on one side by the cardstock and then glued on the inside of the top between score line and edge.

Wheels are cut at 1 3/4" circles and I used about 7 to glue together to make them strong enough to hold this up.

White caps inside wheels is cut at 1" circle 

Black piece in the center of white is a 1/2" circle, then I added one piece of bling to the center of this piece.

White piece for the front of the mini is cut at 5 3/4"x3 1/4", glue the black piece in the center of this it is cut at 2"x4 1/2" then the teal piece for the ledge is cut at 1/4"x4 1/2".

Mini album page attachment is cut at 5 1/2x8" on the 8" side score at every 1/2" accordion fold as shown in the video and then make mountains and valley folds to create the attachment for the pages.

Pages are cut at 6"x3 3/4" and scored on the long side at 1/4" on each end. Put glue on this 1/4" flap and glue the other piece to this. This piece is cut at 5 1/2"x3 3/4". You will need enough for 5 pages.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Grill Master Apron Box With Cascading Mini Album

This is a beautiful and easy Apron Box with a cascading mini album. It is so easy and quick you are going to want to do lots of them for Father's Day and other occasions as well. Below you will find the template as well as the measurements and the full video tutorial.

Apron Box

Start off with a piece of cardstock that is 9"x7" on the long side score at 2 1/2", 6 1/2" turn and score at 2 1/2"x 4 1/2"

with the long sides going to the right and left cut up on the score lines and just cut away the score line. 

Apron front and back, cut cardstock at 4 1/4"x6" cut 2 pieces. Using the template linked below trace and cut away just the armhole pieces. When you are printing your template make sure to  print at 100% or normal size whichever your printer does.

White mats are 4 1/2x6 inches and I just lay them on there and trace around them leaving about 1/8" on all sides except the top and bottom.

Pocket is cut at 3 1/2"x2 1/2" and the mat is 3 5/8"x2 5/8"
Little strip at the top of pocket is cut at 1/4"x3 1/2"

Files for the Cricut spoon, knife, fork and spatula are below the video.

Straps at the top are cut at 1/4"x6" and glued to each side at the corners of the solid cardstock then put a brad, eyelet or bling at the top to looks as if this is what is holding it on.

I used the cricut to write Grill Master on mine but you could use a stamp.

Brag book

Cut 3 sheets of cardstock that are 12"x3" on the long side score at 4 and 8 inches
Attach these together using the last piece on two of them creating a long accordion fold

Cover for the mini is cut at 9x3 1/4" on the long side score at 4 1/4" and 4 3/4"
Mats for the cover are cut at 2 5/8"x3 1/2" cut 2
White piece is cut at 2"x2 3/4"
Purple piece is cut at 2 7/8"x2 1/8"

Page mats are cut at 2 3/4"x3 3/4" you will need  14 of these.  

Friday, June 7, 2019

First Time On Video, Creating A Project As We Film

Father's Day Gift Box Album

This is a first for us, we are creating our project as we film the video. We have in mind what we wanted to do and we had sketched it out on paper, but you are seeing the creation as it unfolds to us. We have never done this before, we usually always do a prototype just to make sure everything goes together well. But today we just went for it. This video is in two parts today we are posting the first part and tomorrow we will put up the second part where we attach the boxes, decorate and make the notepad for the inside. 

If you make this project please share it with us on our facebook page

Instructions for part one and part of part two, we will add to this as we finish. 

You will need some design paper, we used Kaisercraft Antiquities for your cover inside and out and some cardstock for the boxes.

Cover paper, 12x9 and a piece 10x9 glue these two pieces together on the long ends to make a paper long enough for your cover.

Chipboard for the album is 2 sheets at 9x7 and one spine sheet at 2x7 inches.

Inside paper cover you will need one piece 12x6 and another 8x6 glue these two together to create the cover for the inside.


2 sheets of 9x12 cardstock on the 9" side you will score at 1/2", 2 1/2", 4 1/2", 6 1/2" and 8 1/2"
turn and score on the long side at 1/2", 2 1/2", 9 1/2", 11 1/2"

Cut away as shown in the photo below.

Small Box 

Cardstock is cut at 5"x10", score on the short side at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" 
turn and score at 1/2"x 1 1/2", 8 1/2" and 9 1/2"
Cut away as shown in the photo below

If you are putting chipboard in the boxes as I have here are your sides and quantities. I am using scor Tape and art glitter glue

1 7/8x6 7/8" cut 6
1 7/8x1 7/8 cut 4
7/8x6 7/8 cut 3
7/8x7/8 cut 2

You could also use some heavy cardstock and just put a few layers, or cereal boxes.

Here are photos of what we have completed and we will have the others parts added as we finish with part 2 tomorrow. 

Frame for the front is cut out of medium weight chipboard at 5/8"x5 3/4" need two, and the other two are cut at 5/8"x4 1/4" cut 2. 
I covered these with the same cardstock as I did the inside boxes place them to gether with construction strips on the back. 

Use a 5 1/2"x5 1/4" thick acrylic sheet for the photo cover. 

Then on the back I put two layers of foam tape to give it dimention. 

For the note pad I place at the bottom, I cut my sheets of copy paper at 3"x5 1/2" I don't know the exact amount I just cut until I got a stack 1/4" high. Then take your art glitter glue and making sure the ends are even run a bead of glue along the ends then take your finger and rub it in. You can run a second bead of glue to ensure it sticks well. Then place some clips on until the glue dries. I cut a piece of scrap paper at about 4x5 1/2 and scored on the short side at 1/4" and glued the 1/4" at the top of the glued part of the pad and the other part on the back. Then I glued it on into the folio. 

You are all finished. I hope you enjoyed and give it a try and if you do please share it on our Facebook page


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Products I Use And Love

These are just a few of the products with links that I use and love so much.

Lt Chipboard:
Teflon Bone Folder:
Score Tape:
Metal Tip for glue:
TH Glass mat:
Art Glitter Glue:
Tim Holtz Scissors:
Pick Up Tool: 
EK Score/Emboss Tools:
Score Board:
Cutter Bee Scissors:
Bone Folder:
Tsquare ruler:
Stamp Blocks:
Versifine inks:
Purple tape:
Wink of Stella:
Cricut Explore Air:  

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Exciting Announcement and A Father's Day Briefcase Bag

We are announcing some great things on our YouTube video today. It is something a lot of you have been asking for and we have put it off long enough. So watch the video all the way to the end and you will find out just what is up! You are gonna love it!!

Briefcase Gift Bag

You will need 2 sheets of 12x12 paper
You will score at 1/2" and 3 1/2" and then turn to the right and score at 3"
Do this on both pieces of paper

Cut the tops in an arch, use a bowl, plate etc

The template for the oval is linked below, just in case you don't have a way of cutting one for yourself.

The black strips I used are cut at 3/4"x8 1/2" cut 2
3/4"x2 1/4" cut 2

If you want to put chipboard on the inside here are the measurements;

5 3/8"x8 3/8" for front and back
2 7/8"x7" for sides
2 7/8x8 1/2" for bottom

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

How to..Rounded Spine Mini with Handmade Envelopes

This tutorial will show you how to make a rounded spine mini with handmade envelopes using your scrap pattern paper. Quick and easy and come together with no trouble at all. Below is the full tutorial and well as a link to a template that you can use if you want to use the same size envelopes as I have. 

Full tutorial: 


A2 size envelopes or here is the template that I used. Template

Lightweight Chip Board for cover is cut at 6"x11" score from the center out about 1/2"both ways to at every 1/8", this will give you the flex and rounded part for the spine.  

Cardstock is cut at 8"x12" this is your cover for your chipboard. This leaves you 1" to wrap around the chipboard. Score on the 12" side at 6" to 7" at every 1/8" and then from 6" to 5" at every 1/8". 

Mats for the inside are cut at 4 1/2"x5 3/4"

Let me know if you make one of these, I would love to have you post it on our Facebook Group.