Balmy Breeze Brie Box (Heartfelt Creations)

This is the time of year when my thoughts begin to turn toward the sea.  There’s something about Spring that makes me yearn for long walks on the beach, combing for shells and other treasures.  I think the fact that everything here in North Carolina is coated in a film of yellow-green pollen has a lot to do with my desire to be at the shore right now.  I can’t even walk to the mailbox and back without having to wash a layer of pollen off my glasses!.   So clean ocean air is very appealing!  When Heartfelt Creations sent me their Balmy Breeze paper collection to use in my design team auditions, I went searching in the infamous Closet of Shame  fishing for something to alter.  I came across an old brie box.  And that’s how this Balmy Breeze Brie box came into being:

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I love this elegant lighthouse backed by fluffy white clouds.  I dabbed a little Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the clouds and lighthouse to highlight them, and spritzed the panel with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Patina.  Using the box lid as my template, I traced around the image, inked the edges and applied it to the box, which I had prepped by painting it with Vintage Photo Distress Re-Inker and a foam brush.

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The crocheted lace, shells and button with twine were secured with a hot glue gun.  (And yes, I burnt my fingers, but it was worth it. )  I used Scor-Tape to secure the blue ribbons and the row of crocheted lace.  The box is only about 4″ in diameter, so these shells are really tiny.  They are the result of last summer’s beachcombing.  They look right at home beneath that regal lighthouse. 

The inside of the box contains a special greeting card:

Here's the circular greeting card inside the box.

Here’s the circular greeting card inside the box.

Here's the card out of the box.  I added the word fragments to the sails and created the compass tag using an old clothing tag and the images from the cut apart page in the Balmy Breeze collection.

Here’s the card out of the box. I added the word fragments to the sails and created the compass tag using an old clothing tag and the images from the cut apart page in the Balmy Breeze collection.

This circular card was easy to create.  I simply folded an 8 1/2 by 11″ sheet of dark brown card stock in half, then placed my Spellbinder’s scalloped circle die on the fold so that the two scallops of the  die rested just outside the fold line.  This way, when the die is run through the machine, the fold remains intact, and you end up with a card instead of two die cut circles.  I repeated this, and then overlapped the edges to create an accordion fold card with 4 panels.

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As you can see, four panels were cut from the Balmy Breeze paper using a circle die that was just slightly smaller than the scalloped circle.  These were mounted on each brown panel, decorated.

The first panel features another lighthouse from the cutapart page.  It is secured with copper brads, adding to the vintage feel of this panel.  A snippet of the Decorative Lattice Swirl Die is  glued under the image.

The first panel features another lighthouse from the cut-apart page. It is secured with copper brads, adding to the vintage feel of this panel. A snippet of the Decorative Lattice Swirl Die is glued under the image.

The second panel features a little pocket, created with two of the designer papers and a sentiment card from the cut apart page.

The second panel features a little pocket, created with two of the designer papers and a sentiment card from the cut apart page.

The 3rd panel uses the beach chair image along with another snippet from the Lattice Swirl Die.

The 3rd panel uses the beach chair image along with another snippet from the Lattice Swirl Die.

On the final panel, I placed the Lattice Swirl Die onto the designer paper and carefully trimmed away the excess.  Only the outer edges of the die were glued to the paper, creating a gift card pocket! I love the way the die resembles a wave.

On the final panel, I placed the Lattice Swirl Die onto the designer paper and carefully trimmed away the excess. Only the outer edges of the die were glued to the paper, creating a gift card pocket! I love the way the die resembles a wave.

The card was accordion folded and tucked into the base of the brie box, which had also been decorated with designer paper.  I think this makes a great masculine gift, especially if you tuck in a gift card for a sporting goods store or a coffee shop.  My husband loves the beach, so this would make a great Father’s Day gift for him….or a birthday gift as well.  The little box can be used to collect beach glass or other trinkets from the shoreline.  The soft neutral colors would work with most any color palette.

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As a bonus, I decided to clean up the Closet of Shame after finishing the Balmy Breeze Brie Box.  When I did, I found several more little cheese boxes stashed away in there.  Now that I can find them, I’m sure I’ll be making more fun gift sets.  Maybe a baby card….or a wedding card would be fun.  You just never know where you’ll end up when you start rummaging around in the Closet of Shame. I might just have to change the name to The Closet of Potential or the Closet of Possibilities; I found some really great stuff in there!

Thanks for taking the time to read my little blog.  Let me know if you have any questions about today’s project.  I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.  You know how much I love your comments.  They make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

Product used in this project: Paper:  Balmy Breeze Collection, Heartfelt Creations; Dies: Spellbinder’s Circles and Scalloped Circles, Decorative Lattice Swirl Die/Heartfelt Creations; Ink: Ranger Industries Distress ink and Re-Inker, Vintage Photo; Mixed Media: Ranger Distress Stain: Picket Fence; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Patina; Ribbon and Glue from my stash; Word Fragments: Paper Wishes.  Brown Cardstock: My Favorite Things.

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Balmy Breeze Brie Box (Heartfelt Creations)

  1. Glenda

    Not sure my comment came through so here goes again! Lovely work! Congratulations on making the design team! I do look forward to working with you!

  2. Broni

    What an amazing creation! Of course, I love it for the beachy elements, but your use of each one of them is so thoughtful and inspiring! LOVE THIS!!

  3. ncguygirl

    Oooh, this is a beautiful little treasure box! I love the angel wings shell on the front, and all the wonderful details. Very clever gift card pocket design in the equally clever fold-out round card! There’s nothing about this one I don’t love.

  4. Vicki Chrisman

    Very cool Kathy! takes me back to the says when I used to do “spoolie albums” and makes me want to make one. This is so beautiful!!

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