Saturday, March 12, 2011

Outside of the Box . . .

I know it has been a century (or it seems) since I last posted, but sometimes life just gets in the way of my paper crafting. Some really wonderful things have happened - purchasing a Cricut being one of them. I have started the journey to learn how to really get the most from my machine by reading a lot and playing some with it. Hopefully, I will be able to take my creativity and creations to the next level!

Another thing I have been working on is making boxes of cards to give as gifts as I have several occasions coming up which this will make a perfect gift. I forgot to photograph the first one I made but here is another of the boxes I am making:

The base of the box is made from Stampin' Up cardstock, which I am pretty sure is Orchid Opulence. The lid of the box is from Gina K cardstock called Wine with Everything. It is a very rich, rich burgundy color which I just love. The flowers are made from Spellbinders dies from Heartfelt Creations (I love their stamps!!) from their Posy Patch Precut Collection . There is a stamp that fits the die perfectly, but I chose not to use it this time. They are made from a light-weight, white cardstock and colored with a Merlot Derwent Inktense pencil. This is another new acquisition for me and I cannot begin to tell you how dramatic the results are when you add water to the pigment laid down on the paper with these pencils. I also brushed them with a bit of Egyptian Gold Pearlx mica powder. The centers of the flowers are gold beads from my stash which do not have a hole in them. The leaves are made from an olive green quilling paper left over from my daughter's wedding. The stamp and sentiment are from JustRite stamps newest release and they are just FAB, especially for use for Operation Write Home cards. The coloring of the sentiment is done with Copic markers. The box will fit 6 cards and envelopes even if they have a lot of dimension.  If you want the information on making the box, it can be found here: Split Coast Stampers. It is a very easy box to make especially if you have a Score-Pal.

Hope you are having a creative and fun week. It is nice to go outside and not feel like we are at the North Pole! Blessings,