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!
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More hot air balloon projects here…
More honeycomb projects here…
OK, I lie. There are no grad parties. This is one of those occasions (like Halloween) that we just don’t celebrate as much as our US family. Which means our CASEing the Catty topic and #TGIF03 theme were quite a challenge this week! I
somewhat entirely departed from a traditional CASE but totally kept the grad theme.
I have seen loads of grad party invites lately on Instagram and Pinterest (<– shameless ‘follow me on social media’ plug) so I figure that they must be a big deal in the states. And what’s a party without decorations and favours? So the little cogs in my brain started turning over and I came up with a cute mortarboard favour box featuring the ever adorable tiny treat box.
The best part is, they’re super easy to make. Cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock 2″ x approx 8 1/2″. Score at 1/2″. This will be your tab at the back of the box. Holding the tab on one corner, fold the remainder of the strip around the treat box until you’re at the back again. Next, press your creases firmly with a bone folder. Take a 2″ Circle Punch and punch a semi circle from the bottom of each ‘side’ of the strip. Adhere the strip to your treat box. Next take the smallest Antique Brad and coat it in VersaMark then dip in black embossing powder and heat. Repeat once or twice if necessary. Pierce the centre of a piece of 4″ x 4″ Basic Black cardstock and the centre of the treat box lid. Attach the Basic Black cardstock to the treat box lid using the brad. Create a tassel using your desired Baker’s Twine colour, or make it from white/cream twine and then dye to match your qualification colour. To create my tassel, I separated the individual threads to give it more volume. Then simply wind your tassel around the brad until it’s the correct length.
Happy graduation grads!
Make sure you travel on to the lovely Monique who has another grad themed project to inspire you to Case the Catty or head back to home base.
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Happily, none of the items I used for this project are retiring – yay! But have you checked out what is? LOADS of products are 50% off right now in the online store.