Saturday, May 21, 2011

Packaging Challenge

Over at the Inspiration Emporium they are having a packaging challenge that I thought would be a good one for me to enter since I used  Grunge Board packaging to make this Le Cirque box using Graphic 45 paper.

The box is from Maya Road, I removed the hardware (I'll use it at another time) and a plastic window from the top. I added different hardware and covered the box with paper.  I cut a piece of Grunge Board packaging to fit the window opening.  I then covered the packaging with black cardstock and glued it to the inside of the lid.  This gave the lid a 3D effect.

Hopefully the last pic will not be too blurry as it is a close up of the effect.  I also used a piece of clear packaging to back the clown so he would stand up where I wanted him.  I put the Lion Tamer in the background with the clown in the center and then added a toy elephant that I got at Michael's.  The ringmaster has been dressed up a bit with some Stickles lightly painted on the cape, brads on the buttons, feathers on his hat and shoes and gold Flowersoft on the cuff & shoes.  Hope you like it!  Stay tuned for the mini that will live inside the 3 ring circus.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Feelin' Punky

Steampunk that is!  I recently attended a class at the home of a friend and Scrapbook Club member.  We set out to make an Advent Box or a Birthday Box.  The box is from Karen Foster Designs, 3D Peek A Box Countdown Calendar.  Since I have no small children around these days and was not inspired to do birthday I decided to go with the Steampunk theme using papers from Graphic 45 (just love them). I covered the entire box with the beautiful paper and the drawer fronts inside as well.  So sorry about the glare in the first pic but there is a clear plastic window on the door.
Front w/ door closed

Each of the small squares is a drawer.  I plan to use them for storing all my little embellishments and gadgets.
I did cover the back as shown below but since it will be sitting against the wall I didn't add embellishments as I normally would.  On the front I added a handle made from a washer (found in one of my favorite places, the garage) with gold embossing powder added.  On top of the washer I used one of Tim Holtz's Light Bulbs, a key chain, a Trinket Pin with a key, a Babble and some Adornments from Tim's collection.  In the corner is a Paper Rossette with a clock face from 7 gypsies, some feathers, leaves and a Steampunk Tag.  It turned out that I was a little short of paper when it came to covering the door so took a "Creative Detour" and added some black cardstock to the design.
Got to run now and fill the boxes up with goodies!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Time Flies

My Dad is having his 87th birthday later this month so thought I would make him something fun and full of life's memories.  I started out with an old hard back Reader's Digest book that was in my stash from another project.  Luckily for me the pages were already turning yellow with age so I just went with it.  After the boring part which is folding all the pages in half it started to be fun.  I liked the color of the cover so didn't need to change or cover that.  For the inside covers I used some Craft Resist (from Tim) and lightly inked the edges with  some Stampin Up "Night of Navy".  For the lettering I used some Grunge Board Letters, inked with Night of Navy & Glossy Accents on top.  The wings on the Tim Holtz Pocket Watch are cut from Tim's Heart Wing Die using Grunge Board and then covered with black embossing powder.  Inside the pocket watch I put a casino chip because Dad likes to gamble and play roulette.  On the face of the watch are stickers with the # 87 for his age. On either side of the watch I simply printed the years on the computer and cut them in a circle and  glued them between the pages.

I glued a piece of an old "tape measure" on the back cover.

Next I made tags, different kinds, colors and shapes.  All you "Tim" fans will recognize the Old Jalopy , Weathered Clock and Steampunk dies. After inking, stamping - I used all time images to go with my theme. (Stampin Up, Close to My Heart and the new ones from Hampton Art with the Graphic 45 Steampunk images that I just LOVE). embossing, adding embellishments (lots of Gadget Gears from the Tim Holtz line and some from 7 gypsies) and then waiting for glue to dry...............................

I turned them over and added a picture (with my Dad at different time in his life) to each one.

The final step is to place all the tags in the BOOKODEX, a title suggested by my friend Judy Stroh.  They need not be in any particular order as they can be pulled, viewed and replaced & more can be added at any time.  Hope you have enjoyed looking at this project because I had lots of fun making it and it is more special because of my Dad.