Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Birthday Card Box

This is for my mom's birthday. Her birthday was last week, but she got it last night at dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. She comes to my stamp camps and purchases stamping supplies, but she's still at the stage where she doesn't want to actually G I V E A W A Y the cards she makes. Having been there myself, I completely understand! So, in the meantime, I thought she might like a little can for them to live in. The photos, unfortunately don't do the colors justice the way I'd like them to, but these are better than nothing. You can click on the photos for larger versions of each.


I really worked my ribbon stash over for the handle on this project! It felt good to actually use some of it. Especially when I just keep acquiring more and will soon run out of the currently allotted ribbon storage space. The can for this project is another of the "coffee" cans that I got on clearance at Michael's earlier this summer. Now I wish I'd bought more because I love that they're pre-painted in a khaki/beige color with the red lid. They're also a matte finish so that the paper sticks really nicely to it.

The letters are quadruple mounted after being stamped and cut out. They're from the Stampin' Up set, Headline Alphabet. The letters are on a piece of Cool Carribean and that's on a thick piece of foam mounting tape. The stick-pin and beads are from an SU Pretties Kit, as is the flower piece on the back of the can.

For inside the can I made four all-purpose cards using the leftover pieces of 12x12 paper from the can. Those cards are each shown below. I still have some paper left, but I ran out of time!

The scallop edge on the card above was made using the new SU corner-rounder punch with the guard taken off. I then punched at each scallop with my 1/16" hole punch and circled the hole with my white gel pen. The ribbon is Martha Stewart ribbon.

The stick-pin on the above card is a Memory Makers pre-made pin that included the beads. Because it doesn't include an end cap like the SU Pretties, I glued the end of the pin to the card with Crystal Effects. It isn't very visible, and keeps someone from sticking their finger on it.

The card above was another excuse to try setting eyelets with my Crop-a-dile (with the copper matching the orange tones in the flowers).

And last, the card above has flowers from Best Blooms (I think that's the name) which was punched out using my Fiskar's circle punch and the mega and giga scallop punches - each punched all around with my 1/16" circle punch. The 1/2 pearls on the flower centers are from the SU Pretties kit also. The Pretties kits are amazing and really do come with tons of elements that can be mixed together or used separately to add special touches.

This last card is her birthday card for tonight. I used Pick A Petal for this card, too, stamping the solid stamp petal in Ruby Red ink and layering it over the striped designer paper. The center is punched from the flowered paper and popped up on a dimensional. The "happy birthday"s are from Stem Sayings.

6 comments:

SpAzzGiRL said...

VERY cute, love the colors and the design is gorgeous, those letters are cute!
Love it.

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh...this is LOVELY! I am sure your Mom will LOVE it!

chelemom said...

Love every card...and the box is terrific! What a great gift!

Susanna a.k.a. Cheap Like Me said...

It was even cuter in person!

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

OOOH Isn't that darling! I am sure she was thrilled!! :D

CeeCee said...

Melissa,
I love your little card tin! It is so cute. And the cards are lovely. Great combo of colors.
Your Mom must have been very happy to receive this beautiful gift.