Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.
And why yes, it IS a challenge if all your baby stamp sets retired with the last catalogue and you haven’t replenished yet. Time to think outside the square!
Despite having one particular idea for a while, I changed my mind at the moment of creating and went with something totally different.
I decided to make a gift box of sorts featuring the Tiny Treat Box. The twist was that it would become the basket of a hot air balloon. So sweet!
I started making the honeycomb balloon using White Filter Paper circles. Am I the only one who only uses the rectangles and has loads of circles laying around? In this case it was great because I used 18. I had 17 on hand but just cut the last one from a rectangle. I made my ball using glue dots strategically placed to create the honeycomb, then tied some Silver Cording Trim for the string. I loaded up a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and some Pool Party reinker and spritzed away until I was happy with the colour.
To create the box, I took apart the Tiny Treat Box and glued it flat to my gorgeous cloud DSP (from Sweet Li’l Things). Could DSP be more perfect for the project? I just cut around the box and glued it back together. I pierced small holes in each corner and threaded through some Silver Cording Trim. Then I tied the cord to the balloon and to the treat box basket.
The finishing touch was the little flag on top. Again, I had no baby stamps so I ended up using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. I used a marker to ink the ‘it’s a’ part of the stamp ‘hope it’s an’ and there was a ‘boy’ stamp for me to use as well. Happy days.
I just love how it turned out. Now I just need someone to pop out a beautiful bundle of blue so I can gift it!
Ready for more baby inspiration? Visit the rest of the international design team at the Global Design Team site.
Make sure you play along with us. I can’t wait to see the wonderful creations our amazing supporters and fellow crafters come up with!
More hot air balloon projects here…
More honeycomb projects here…
It’s an exciting day! A few weeks ago I woke to a lovely email inviting me to join The Stamp Review Crew blog hop design team. What an honour. Of course I said yes. So without further ado, here is my very first post for The Stamp Review Crew.
This blog hop features Sprinkles of Life, this year’s charity stamp set. For every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. How fab. I know I’ve raved about the versatility of the set before, but honestly, nothing comes close especially when you throw in the coordinating Tree Builder punch!
I’ve gone with the cupcake theme for my project and have made a little box with a cupcake on the front. Perfect for giving a birthday cupcake or filling with something else.
The box is made from Sweet L’il Things DSP using the Baker’s Box thinlits – my new ‘go to’ tool for cute little boxes. I then used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to make the cupcake wrapper (base) and gave it a 3D effect by leaving some tabs on the side and adhering them to the box so that the wrapper itseld would be curved. I also made a sweet flag using a stamp from the set and adhering it to a toothpick.
The honeycomb style cupcake top is made from Cherry on Top Cotton Paper (Watermelon Wonder sheet). I punched out nine x ‘tops’ (it’s a good idea to use some scraps of paper behind the cotton paper as you punch) and then systematically adhered them with 1/4 of a mini glue dot. Yep – even the mini ones are too big. You can find a link to the honeycomb tutorial via this post.
The Baker’s Box thinlits come with various extras for closing the top of the box but today I’ve opted for a Mini Metallic silver peg, silver ribbon, silver thread and the crazy silver swirly stuff from the silver baker’s twine. Yes, I did use my entire arsenal of silver trims!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my first TSRC blog hop. Now you simply must hop on over to visit Ann Schach for more inspiration!
Or if you started here, you may wish to backtrack to Mike Funcke.
Click the images to shop 24/7
Other projects you might be interested in…
Today’s blog project may seem familiar to you if you’re a follower of my blog or Facebook page. I’ve re-created a project that I made in August for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Our larger Stampin’ Up! team regularly run mail swaps where you can sign up, create the same project for swap participants and then send them off. In return, you receive lots of happy mail, a project from each swap participant. It’s a lot of fun and much nicer than just receiving bills all the time!
The swap theme for October was CASEing the Annual Catalogue (fancy that) so we were to select a favourite project from the catalogue samples and recreate it. I chose one of my favourites because I loved how it turned out for the challenge and I wanted to create some for the other girls. This time, rather than changing the project sample from a card to a box, I kept it as a card. Cheaper and easier to post and just as much WOW (I hope)!
And here they are! It was a little bit of work (you may recall it involved cutting mini glue dots into quarters) but I think it will be worth it when they open their mail. Because they are 3D, I dad have to send them with the hearts closed and some little instructions but as they’re all fellow demos, I think they can handle it.
Click here to view my original gift box blog post for a link to the tutorial I used.
P.S. Wanna join the swapping fun plus get a FREE paper pack every month for 6 months? Click here to find out more 🙂
This week at caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au we’re CASEing the weddings section of the catalogue. I chose to CASE the card on page 67 (South Pacific catalogue) but I don’t own the Flower Shop stamp set or Pansy punch. Instead I decided to use the brand new Sweetheart punch with Gold Soiree designer series paper as the colours in that are similar to the project, except the Soft Sky. I had an idea for the centre feature heart and that was to create a honeycomb heart. Honeycomb balls are everywhere in decorating and I figured there must be a way to DIY. Thanks to my good friend Google, I came across this blog post which showed how to do it for a Christmas ornament. I just adapted the instructions to my much smaller heart. This did involve cutting glue dots into quarters – yep, I’m committed to the cause!
I decided to change the card to a box just for something different and decided to put the base colour underneath the acetate sleeve. This way you can change the base colour to anything you like! The top features are stuck to the acetate sleeve and will slide off when the recipient opens the gift box.
Did you notice that i did NOT use sequins?? Although I was very tempted, the sample used candy dots so I thought I’d do the same. I coloured in Very Vanilla dots with my Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker to match the rest of the gold.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘weddings’ gift box. Make sure you check out the other inspiration at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au and maybe even play along with us!