The last couple of weeks have been a little different for me. I took a temp job in an office and have been trying to get back into the groove of a "normal" working day while keeping up with my other activities. It's certainly been a stretch. Unfortunately, my blog has taken the hit in the time crunch and for that, I'm truly sorry. I'm hoping to start catching up in the days ahead because I have so much to share with you!
One neat thing that happened this week is that I have reached a Career Sales Milestone with Stampin' Up! This is something that I see other Stampin' Up! demonstrators achieve and watch their recognition walks at Convention every year thinking that some day in the misty future this might happen to me. Well, it did! The most important part of reaching the milestone, for me, is realizing that I've had so much fun getting to the milestone doing something I love to do. It's not often that you can have a job that awards you so very much in satisfaction, friendship, and creativity. I want all my customers, past and present, to know that I could not have reached this milestone without them and that I treasure every moment that we have spent together in creativity and fun. Thank you all so very much!!
Last weekend I held meetings for my three Stamp Clubs and one of the projects we made is this cute little treat box for Easter.
Isn't that little lamb adorable??!! This is a single stamp image that was introduced in the Occasions Catalog and it's pretty easy to miss with all the other awesome stuff in the Catalog. I just loved that sweet little face. When I received the stamp, I realized that I would be more likely to use it for baby-themed projects than for Easter, so I did some "surgerizing" to the rubber stamp before mounting it on the wooden block.
First I used Paper Snips to cut the decal for the wood block to separate the lamb image from the "happy easter". Then I mounted the lamb on the large part of the block and the "happy easter" on one of the flat ends of the block.
Then I trimmed the rubber for the words and the lamb with the (now Retired) Craft and Rubber Scissors and mounted the lamb on the large part of the block on the side opposite the lamb decal, matching up the placement of the rubber with the placement of the image on the decal.
Then I did the same for the words on the flat end of the block opposite the decal for the words. You can see that this stamp got quite a workout over the weekend with the three Stamp Clubs by the staining on the rubber and the block. [I have some stamping friends that would be quite horrified with the abuse evident here, but I see that as lots of love visiting this stamp.]
I do this pretty often with my rubber stamps, whether they are clear mount or wood mount, because it makes stamping a whole lot easier when you only want to use part of the image.
So let's get to the project, already! The lamb image was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Staz-On Jet Black ink. The image was colored with a Blender Pen using ink pressed to the lid of the ink pad cover. For the "wooly" part of the lamb, I used Smoky Slate ink and started at the outside edges of the lamb and worked toward the center "wooly" areas as the ink lightened on the Blender Pen. I didn't color each circle; rather, I just lightly dotted each circle with the tip of the Blender Pen.
I used Blushing Bride ink with the Blender Pen to make the circles on the "cheeks" of the lamb, a quick brush stroke for each ear and whatever remained on the brush tip of the Blender Pen to make quick long strokes for each leg beginning with the front two legs. Wild Wasabi ink was used with the Blender Pen to color the grass by making quick strokes over each blade of grass. Needless to say, coloring this image was very quick and easy! The lamb was punched from the Whisper White cardstock with the 2-1/2" circle punch and matted with a slightly larger circle of Marina Mist cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the Circles Collection Framelits.
The "happy easter" greeting was stamped on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using So Saffron ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit included with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits dies. The banner was adhered below the lamb using a couple of Mini Glue Dots placed behind the "happy". Then a small Gold Basic Metal Button, threaded with Basic Black/Whisper White Baker's Twine, was adhered next to the "h" using a Mini Glue Dot.
The Baker's Box is made from two pieces of So Saffron cardstock cut to 6" x 6-1/2" and die cut with the Baker's Box Thinlit using the Big Shot. The box was folded along all the score lines EXCEPT for the diagonal score lines for the side gussets and the diagonal score lines on the box bottom flaps. Tear & Tape Adhesive was placed on all four side tabs and the two pieces adhered together as shown below. The first picture shows the view from the outside of the box (using Marina Mist cardstock) and the second shows the view from the inside of the box.
Then the remaining two tabs were adhered to the opposite side to complete the box. To assemble the box bottom, fold in the flaps like you would assemble a packing box without using packing tape by alternately overlapping the flaps. You'll note that the notches you see in the two larger bottom flaps will interlock to help keep the box closed. [Making this box from regular weight cardstock means that you wouldn't be able to put anything really weighty inside the box unless you added some adhesive to the bottom flaps. A great alternative would be to use the seriously fun and more sturdy cardstock used in the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.]
For this Baker's Box, I elected to use a Natural Wood Clothespin with a Marina Mist heart punched with the heart shape included with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to pinch the top tabs of the box closed. The heart is adhered to the clothespin with a Mini Glue Dot. To close the box the first time, line up the top two tabs and pinch them together with your fingertips while gently pressing down toward the box. The side gussets will automatically fold in similar to the top of a milk carton.
The lamb is adhered to one side of the Baker's Box using three Mini Glue Dots adhered at the center left, center right, and bottom edges of the back of the Marina Mist circle.
When you are thinking about a special favor for a wedding or baby shower, birthday party, anniversary party, or other special event, this little treat box is a simple way to make an eye-catching gift. In fact, one of my stamp club members used the "hello baby" greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set on her banner to use the box for an upcoming baby shower that she will be attending. She plans to include a sweet pair of baby booties that she crocheted with a gift card inside the box. How sweet!
Hope you're enjoying your weekend! See you in a couple of days with another project.
Supplies I used for this project --
Stamps: Easter Lamb; Inks: Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Staz-On Jet Black; Cardstock: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Whisper White; Embellishments: Clothespins, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Basic Black/Whisper White Baker's Twine; Adhesives: Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots, Fast Fuse; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pen, 2-1/2" circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Magnetic Plate, Baker's Box Thinlits, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits, Circles Collection Framelits