Connie Collins is one of my Stampin’ Up! heroes! I love her style and practically everything she creates. This year she’s been serving on the Artisan Design Team so I’ve been lucky to see at least one project of hers every week. One of the projects that I knew I would CASE (Copy And Share Everything) was this kraft gift box. It is just stunning.
Recently while I was in the middle of placing my very first order from the new catalogue, I happened across the stamp set An Open Heart. I had noticed it before but this time it was love. I used a freebie stamp set redemption and got it for free (thanks SU!) and then spent the next week dreaming about it. When it arrived, I knew that it was the perfect stamp to use on my Connie CASE. It always makes things interesting when you’re CASEing when you don’t have the same products as the original creator but it’s also nice that your turns out a little differently.
In my case, I used different stamp sets for both the main stamp and the sentiment. I had no black buttons so used a Very Vanilla Very Vintage (what a mouthful) button instead and reversed Connie’s colour scheme. That meant I needed black twine. Whilst SU doesn’t offer black twine, they do offer white twine and black re-inker so I went a dyein’. Perhaps the most major thing that’s different is the lack of kraft gift box. As it turns out, I didn’t have any so I turned to my trusty Envelope Punch Board and the new 12″x12″ Kraft cardstock and whipped one up. In doing so, I discovered that one of the benefits of doing it this way was that I could stamp out my whole flat sheet first whereas Connie explained that she had to disasemble her box and the creases made some gaps in the stamping.
I hope you like my take on Connie’s kraft box.