Friday, January 22, 2010

2 Tier Desk Caddy

P1160003bI was hoping to get details for this project posted sooner, somehow this week has totally gotten away from me and I've found it's Friday already!  

Most of you guessed correctly that the larger piece of this desk caddy was made using the Stampin' Up! Fancy Favor Box Bigz Die.  What no one figured out was that the border edging I created on the bottom box was NOT. 


boxedgesWhat I discovered was that using the Curly Label punch continuously on the edge of cardstock gave this interesting border very similar to the Fancy Favor box but not an exact duplicate! 

This is how I achieved that pretty border on the bottom tier of my desk caddy: 

I aligned the very edge of the paper with the edge of the punch, but not quite going all the way to the end of the punch.  In the first image see how you can see the edge of the paper still showing in the punch window? 


I inserted the paper into the punch again, this time aligning the punched out curve at about the mid point of the left end curve on the punch.  I continued doing this across my entire piece of cardstock - then scored and assembled my box.  I was thrilled and very surprised with the end result!

Here is a close up picture of the "grass" I made on the bottom edge of the box, just below the houses.  I cut off the edging on frayed ribbonone side of a piece of 1/4" grosgrain ribbon to give it a frayed appearance, then used tombow glue to adhere it to the box.  SU says the color in this paper is Old Olive, but I chose to use Always Artichoke ribbon - the color truly was a better match for this!

To create my flowers I took a piece of each color cardstock I was using and ran it through the big shot with the Daisies #2 Bigz die; layered and glued them all down and spritzed several times with a mixture of Champagne Mist shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol.  There really isn't a magic formula for this, I use a small spray bottle filled about halfway with alcohol and add 8-10 drops of the shimmer paint.  Shake it up well and spray away!  I let it dry and sprayed again - repeating this process 3 times.  My photos still don't show how shimmery these flowers really are.  I also popped out a few rhinestones from the SU rhinestone brads and glued them on the center of Stampin' Up's flower brads, for a bit more color and interest. 


Project Recipe:

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad (SAB)
Punches:  Curly Label, 1/2" circle
Big Shot:  Fancy Favor Box Bigz, Daisies #2 Bigz
Accessories:  1/4" grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, flower designer brads, circle ice rhinestone brads, shimmer paint, sticky strip, tombow multi purpose adhesive, 2-way glue pen

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the details on this cute little desk caddy.  Check back again, I'm hoping to get details for my bitty card box up this weekend!


Madeline Morcelo said...

This box is an excellent idea. Do you share the instructions on how to make it? Thanks

Fran Kennedy said...

Thanks for sharing how you made this box...very clever idea...

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

ooooo, love the way you did the grass--it add such a distinctive touch to your lovely project!

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