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Today's post features the gifts I made for the Office Administrator at my office and at my husband's office. I found this awesome project while surfing Dawn Olchefske's blog. She designed this box and the cards for a recent promotion. You can find the instructions for making the cards and the template for the box in this post at Dawn's blog.
My completed project differs very little from Dawn's; the changes I made are associated primarily with respect to how the cards were embellished and the decoration for the front of the box. You may notice that the Spring card (with the basket of tulips) uses a Textured Impressions Embossing folder that you may not have seen before. It's called the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder and will be available beginning May 1st with the release of the Summer Mini Catalog. Other Textured Impressions Embossing folders used were the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing folder from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Both of these Textured Impressions Embossing folders will continue to be available as catalog write-ins after April 30th. In fact, all of the Simply Adorned, Big Shot, Shimmer Paint, and punches shown in the Holiday Mini Catalog and/or Occasions Mini Catalog will continue to be available for purchase after April 30th. Just contact me for complete list of available catalog write-in items.
What's not pictured here is how the boxes were presented to Liz and Camilla. A piece of Crushed Curry 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon was threaded under the box front decoration and wrapped around the back of the box to tie in a knot at the top of each box. Tied to the knot with a piece of Linen Thread was a Really Rust tag punched with the Modern Label punch. Before punching, the sentiment "thanks for [owl] you do" (from the Picture This Level 1 Hostess Set in the Occasions Mini Catalog) was stamped using Really Rust ink.
Liz and Camilla were tickled to receive their box of cards. Both said that they were just too pretty to give away! I told them that the best part of getting a stack of hand stamped cards is giving each one away to someone special and seeing the happy look on the recipient's face when they open the envelope. However, I did mention that if they just couldn't part with their cards, they could always frame them--they'd make a cute montage for a sun room or breakfast nook. I also mentioned that the decorated box can be re-used as a gift box for a scarf, piece of jewelry, or other small trinket. They really liked that option, too! Just my small contribution for Earth Day.
Speaking of Earth Day, it would seem strange that I would mention it being in a craft that uses gobs of paper. I'd just like to mention that there's lots we can do individually and as a family or community to take care of our home planet. I'd like to offer a few ideas on how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle:
1. If you have card fronts from card swaps that you no longer use for creative ideas, mount them to a card base and donate the completed card (with an envelope) to a local Assisted Living Facility, Group Home, Ronald McDonald House, or Senior Center. You can also donate completed cards to Active Duty Servicemen and women; click this link for more details.
2. If you have decorative paper, cardstock, inks, and/or embellishments that you no longer care to use, consider donating them to your local Ronald McDonald House, local elementary school or preschool.
3. If you have paper crafting idea books that no longer provide inspiration to you, consider donating them to your local library, elementary school, or preschool.
I mentioned Ronald McDonald House a couple of times as a place to donate cards or excess paper crafting items. Stampin' Up! is a proud sponsor of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Every year, a special stamp set is chosen and the proceeds from the sale of this stamp set are donated to RMHC. In addition, Stampin' Up! demonstrators volunteer to sponsor a Ronald McDonald House in their area. These demonstrators work with the Ronald McDonald House residents to create greeting cards, scrapbooks, and other paper crafting projects that help to lighten their load and brighten their days. Your donations of excess paper crafting supplies help to replenish the materials available to the residents at the House. For more information about the RMHC, click here.
Stamps: A Flower for All Seasons; Inks: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rose Red, So Saffron, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry Textured, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Really Rust, Rose Red, So Saffron, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Welcome Neighbor (Retired, Sale-A-Bration 2010); Embellishments: Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Gold Brads, Crushed Curry 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon, Melon Mambo 1/2" Dotted grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Crystal Effects; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dot, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip; Tools: Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Sponge, 1/16" hole punch, 3/16" corner rounder, 1" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Watercolor Crayons (Rose Red, Old Olive, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Only Orange, So Saffron), Aqua-Painter, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Scallop Square Bigz Clear die, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing folder