Saturday, May 14, 2011

Au Natural, with a twist!

Well, it's Saturday, and that means another creative challenge from the gals @ Our Creative Corner!  Linda, is our hostess this month, and she has a super challenge this week!  Use your light neutrals (ivory, cream, light grey, beige, etc.) for the main colors in your project.  Use dark neutrals (black, chocolate, dark grey, etc.) as your accents.  The twist part, is you must also use a button and some lace. How fun is that?  So, without further ado, here is my entry:

Ok, so here are the deets:  I used all Stampin' Up! supplies, minus the template and the two pearls.  Pretty cool, huh?  For all those who know me, know that I don't smoke.  But, doesn't a cigarette box, make the cutest 'holder'?  I know!  So, before we get too involved with the all the particulars. . .   Do you know what you can fit inside a cigarette box?  Well, this one, you can fit business cards, ATC's, chap stick and a few small goodies (band-ades, ointment), a gift card, and more 'stuff'.  So, how cute would it be to swap ATC's carried in your cute little altered cigarette box?  Or hold all your 'crafty' business cards in?
Ok, onto the box.  I printed the template onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I found the template @ Just Something I made  you will need to locate her Wednesday April 29th 2009 post.  It has a free download. (put in 'Cigarette box' into the search box at the top, and you'll find it quick and easy.)  My printer doesn't accept cardstock, or at least good quality cardstock.  So, I take my template and cardstock to my local Kinkos and print there.  (It's only 9 cents a copy.)

I didn't want to stamp directly onto the template, so I made 'panels' out of scraps of Very Vanilla cardstock.  I did a collage stamp on each panel and then adhered them to the box.  Pretty simple.  I used three different stamp sets.  Charming, Clearly For You, and Vintage Labels (retired).  I used Going Grey (retired), Sahara Sand, River Rock, and Crumb Cake classic inks.  I used a scrap pieces of First Edition DSP and tore little pieces, sponged and adhered to the panels.  To make my flowers, I used the Square Lattice embossing folder to give the Soft Suede cardstock some texture, and then used the small die Flower Fusion.  I used the left over scrap pieces of the Soft Suede cardstock and the Beautiful Wings die to create the butterflies.  I sewed the pearls onto the flowers with Linen Thread and an upholstery needle.  I had some left over length of the Linen Thread, so I made little loops behind the flowers.  I added a scrap piece of Chantilly Crochet Trim to the cigarette box.  To keep the box closed, I sewd 2 flower shaped buttons from the Neutrals collection with the Linen Thread, and strung some Early Espresso Bakers Twine around the buttons.  To keep the text straight when I stamped it, I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The rest, I eye-balled.
Thank you for looking, and I hope we see a creation of your over @ Our Creative Corner Challenge blog.  And if you have a moment, please stop by Linda's blog The Funkie Junkie.  She is super talented, and always has some eye candy!
Have a great weekend!  And let me know what you'd put into a 'cigarette box'!


Marjie Kemper said...

What a fabulous project!

Sarah Gough said...

Beautiful box Sharon, I love the button closure!

Clare said...

Really stunning!

Vicki Burdick said...

Wowzers Sharon this is amazing!! Love that flower and the way you made the closure!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Sharon, this is beyond fabulous!!! You absolutely ROCKED the OCC challenge this week. I loved it the neutral tones you used and the fabulous stamping on it as soon as I saw it, but then I read your post about how you created it - wow! Thanks so much for the link to the template. I definitely need to search it out and download it. I really want to give this a try sometime.

I think your cigarette box is a perfect place to store paper or fabric flowers. Thanks again for sharing! Hope you are having a great week!


Heidi Baks said...

Wow, super cute!