Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today Eileen Hull posted the little baby shower centerpiece I sent her on the Sizzix blog. I thought I’d go into greater detail as to how I created it in case anyone wanted to try making their own. It’s such a neat box, and could be used for so many things! You can read more about it here:
First I purchased a package of pre-cut mat board in colors from Hobby Lobby. They carry them in 12 x 12 sheets and that way I didn’t have to wait for paint to dry! (I love painting but time is such an issue for me these days.) For this particular one, I chose to use a seafoam green sheet, cutting out the two necessary pieces to assemble my box. (Note: The Sizzix box die is soooooo easy to cut and assemble and holds together nicely with redline tape.) From there I painted four small wooden balls with white acrylic paint, allowing them to dry. Next I applied crystal lacquer and set them aside to dry again. After that, I glued them to the bottom of each corner with a wonderful nontoxic glue called 'Liquid Fusion' (purchased, at JoAnn Fabrics.) To decorate the corners of the box, I used a corner die from ‘My Favorite Things’. It was only necessary to cut four corner pieces from the glitter paper as I trimmed each piec in half – width wise. Each glittered corner was adhered with the liquid fusion to each side of the box. For the bottom portion of the box, I cut a strip of crepe paper (I was too lazy to measure it, so just wrapped it around the box, allowing a bit of excess to be cut off later on.) I wanted the edge to be dainty looking so I trimmed it in half, then, folded it width wise and sewed along the edge. From there I adhered the trim to the bottom portion of the box with redline tape. Thin glittered ribbon purchased from Michaels (dollar bin) was attached with redline tape. I made the rosettes from Tim Holtz's die using BoBunny pink dotted paper and added the sweet stamped angel to the centers. The angel was colored with Copic markers before I attached small punched scalloped circles behind her. In case you are wondering, the little angel is from Stamp Camp and is called, 'Heavenly Scribe'. I think she's just adorable and can be used for several different occasions I mounted one of the rosettes to the back of a paper straw (Hobby Lobby carries a ton of colors!) then attached it to a base made of the same. A sweet bow was created with ribbon from Michaels and some mini roses and stamens, also from Michaels, adhered with the glue. Several glue dots securely held the rosettes to the sides and top of the box. (For this particular piece, four rosettes were attached to each side so it could be enjoyed from every angle at a table setting.) This little creation would be perfect for a small gift or a gift card. This project was so much fun to make. I think I’ll be making several more as we have lots of baby showers happening in the family soon. Thank you again, Eileen for sending me this great die. I’ve got my eye on a few others you just came out with, especially your little cradle. Have a good rest of the week everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! DebbieK