Spring blooms and another challenge! This one is from Inspiration Journal and the good folks at Inspiration Emporium who are providing a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner. I am finding that a challenge is a good way to get me busy in the studio. Winning is secondary (but nice!). It is sort of like giving myself permission to play (who cares if the rug is not vacuumed?!). 🙂
I bought this lovely Eileen Hull cookie box die a while back and this seemed like the right opportunity to give it a whirl. I used Tim Holtz Wallflower paper over chipboard (both sides papered). This die is powerful and had no trouble cutting through the chipboard and two sheets of heavy paper. After assembling with scor-tape I inked all the edges with Gathered Twigs. I added some Dresden trim top and bottom which was inked and stickled (and attached with scor-tape). Then I had to get a bit creative since this die doesn’t come with a closure and I wanted it to close securely. I ended up making two small holes, one on the lid and one in the body, and put an eyelet in each to finish. Then I found a vintage button with a shank and attached it by altering a small brad to go through the loop of the button and splayed on the inside to hold it. For the loop I used a small piece of elastic colored with Distress Stain. I pulled it through the hole and used a crimp to keep it from going back through.
To finish it off I used some vintage bits and pieces from my stash, a tarnished key, a frozen Charlotte, paper and fabric flowers from an old corsage and a scrunched ribbon bow. The whole thing took a few hours to do and was a lot of fun to make! This would also be a good project for any holiday or birthday. Here are a few more shots:
Thanks for visiting and go check out the rest of the cool projects in the challenge on Inspiration Journal!
I’m also sharing this with Beverly at Pink Saturday.