Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cigar Box Inspiration Kit

This month's kit at Alpha Stamps is all about Cigar box sweeties, and I just loved this theme.  I decided to create a fun gift for an artsy pal with my goodies.  

I wanted the receiver to have a bit of art made by me, but I also wanted to include some items as an inspiration kit for him/her to then make something on their own.

I upcycled an old cigar box that I had picked up at a garage sale to hold my kit.  You can see that the box was slightly warped on the left hand side, but I still made it work.

I used lots of new decorative tapes to alter my fun little kit.  Love all the new tiny ones.  The gold striped one is only 3mm thick.

Another item I used here was some of Tim Holtz's cute new arrows.  It is sometimes hard to use the good stuff, but it is worth it in the end.

Inside I have included some embellishments, collage images, scraps of paper and some tags.  I plan to add some more ribbons and such as I get the gift ready to give.

Here you can see the inside of the box a bit more.  I was sure to leave some of the cigar box showing as I like to be able to see the history of the how the piece evolved.  

I hope you enjoyed this post!  It was sure fun to make something while also hopefully inspiring someone to make something else.  



Industrial Typography Box

So I always love when I get a design team challenge.  This was the case when tasked to work with Core'dinations card stock along side Graphic 45.  I don't typically use plain paper, so of course I got to altering it pretty quick! The card stock stood up very well to several different techniques.

The gears were cut from the black Core'dinations paper and then embossed.  I also used gilders paste in silver to bring out all the raised images.  Finally I misted them with Perfect Pearls spray ink to add a bit more of a metallic look.

In order to make the saying inside pop, I used some recycled foil embossed wrapping paper.  I thought that the reflective quality of the paper would keep the inside of the box from getting dark.

The gears were attached on both sides of the opening of the box to add dimension.

I also finally used these coveted wheel pulleys by Tim Holtz.  I have had them in my stash for a while and I thought this was the perfect project to use these on.

In these images you can also see the great metal texture I achieved on bare kraft matchbox with stain and ink.  I used water to make them react and leave behind lots of interest.

I could not resist adding a bit of actual metal.

I really loved taking on this challenge.  You should see what the rest of the team has come up with today!  Please stop by the Graphic 45 Blog and Cord'inations Blog for lots of great inspirations and chances to win lots of prizes.  You can even enter right here too!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time to Flourish Mini Gratitude Box

This little box came together as I was working on elements for other projects.  I just could not resist assembling this cute mini cigar box almost as soon as I got it.  Of course, to be quick and efficient at covering this little item, I used several decorative tapes.

I intend to add scraps of paper with things I am grateful for inside.  I believe that in recognizing our gratitude it expands the space for more things to be grateful for to enter your life. The new Time to Flourish paper from Graphic 45 was perfect for the fall palate and sentiment.

On that note, in my creative life, I am so grateful for Alpha Stamps and Graphic 45 for being such amazing sponsors of my design work.  I am happy to report that another company will be added to that list, but I am keeping a lid on that for now.