Life just seems to get busier and busier. I am now going to start training to become a shift manager at work. That is a good thing - it means more money - but I am not sure what it will do with my crafting time - which seems to be sketchy at best lately. However, this week at Top Tip Tuesday, my teammate Heike has done a wonderful job with a tutorial on making a box. The tutorial is in English as well as Heike's native language - so you will be able to follow along.
When I read the tutorial, I just had to make one of these wonderful little boxes. I have been really intriqued lately with 3D projects such as these. Awhile back I read a tutorial on how to make your own color coordinated shreds - so I set about to make shreds to put in my box. I cut each sliver of paper with scissors, however, it could be easily done with a guillotine style paper cutter - but I don't have one of those and my paper cutter has a dull blade, so the cardstock wouldn't cut nicely. (I did buy new blades today, so perhaps now it will cut those slivers). It actually took quite a few cuts to get enough to make a nice bedding in my little box. I haven't filled my box with anything quite yet - but I plan to give it to one of my daughters - they love getting these little gifts - especially when I fill it with goodies. I have wanted to use a bright cheery color - perhaps it will bring Spring and warmer weather a little faster. So, I pulled out this retired DSP from Stampin' Up! and the coordinating colors of cardstock - So Saffron and Bashful Blue. I made the box in So Saffron and then pulled out one of my newest Spellbinders dies (label four) and cut the top and bottom for the box. I then added bashful blue taffeta ribbon - this is no longer available from Stampin' Up - but it was perfect for this box. I have the So Saffron grosgrain ribbon - but I really like the satins and taffetas - they just flow so nicely when tied in bows and such. Grosgrain is great for tying knots. Anyway, I then cut the next size down of the label four from bashful blue. I chose another piece of the DSP from the same package and layered that on the blue. I played with images until I finally settled on just adding a word sentiment and some flowers. I stamped a flower and then fussy cut it and added the mini roses from Wild Orchid Craft. These little roses are just wonderful - they add such a fantastic dimension.I then added a leaf cut from a MS punch to finish the spray.
I really enjoyed putting this little box together and need to find the perfect little treat to add to the inside to give as a gift.
Thanks for stopping by today - I sure hope you will join us in making these simple and sweet boxes that can be used for so many different things.