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Keepsake Box for Baby Jayne (Graphic 45 altered box)

Good Friday morning everyone!  Is it just me, or did this week move with lightning speed? Today I have an altered project to share with you.  A dear friend asked me to make a memory box for her granddaughter.  I knew just what to do, and actually had all the supplies on hand. Without further ado, I bring you A Keepsake Box for Baby Jayne.

Baby Keepsake Box 01 I started with a Graphic 45 5″x8″ kraft box and painted all the edges with white acrylic paint.  These boxes are fun and easy to work with.  I covered the box with K & Company papers from Brenda Walton.  The images are from Graphic 45’s Little Darlings collection.  I distressed a metal door plate and keyhole from Graphic 45 by dry brushing them with white acrylic paint.  My husband then bent them with his metal break to form legs and a latch. ( I might have been able to bend them with pliers, but they are quite sturdy, and since we have a break, we might as well use it.)  The legs were adhered with foam tape, and the latch with Glossy Accents.

Roses, roses, roses!

Baby Keepsake Box 03 I used the Spellbinder’s Bitty Blossoms die to make roses.  Lots and lots and lots of roses!  LOL  I lost count, but I spent quite a while die cutting, shaping, rolling and dry brushing roses with white acrylic paint.  And I have the burned thumbs to prove it .  (While I’m on the topic, does anyone have a glue that works as well as a hot glue gun?  I am sooooo tired of burning my thumbs.  It hurts!)  Baby Keepsake Box 04 The leaves are included in the Bitty Blossoms die set, so that is easy.  I hit them with some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Ink and added them to the mix. I do love the way these roses turn out, and they are not hard to make.  They just take time.  

I added white lace and doily Dazzles around the openings to set them off.  I left the top window blank, thinking the family would want to insert a photo of baby Jayne here.  The darling little butterflies are from Prima.  

Inside the Keepsake Box

The inside of the box is also decorated.  This is what it looks like when you open the front panel:

Baby Keepsake Box 11 I used another image from Graphic 45 to cover the opening on the bottom.  Postage stamp images from the Little Darlings cut out page were added to the side panels.

Baby Keepsake Box 09  Here is the “box” section covered with adorable papers from K & Company.  You could put a hospital bracelet, a birth announcement, photos, first pair of booties…a lock of hair…any kind of memento into this compartment. 

Baby Keepsake Box 08  The flap on the right hand side of the box has room to mount a photo, or to add family tree information.  Don’t you love these sweet images from Graphic 45?

Baby Keepsake Box 10 And here’s what the box looks like fully opened. 

I did have one more view from the side, so you can see how the latch works: Baby Keepsake Box 06 You can barely see it peeking out from beneath the rose leaves.  I love that this design allows the  box stands on its own two feet so that it can be displayed on a dresser or shelf.  I hope the family will have fun filling this keepsake box for Baby Jayne with wonderful mementos of her early years.  Facebook photos are nice…but nothing beats an item you can hold in your own two hands.

That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you enjoyed looking at this keepsake box for Baby Jayne.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask; I’m more than happy to help.  Here’s hoping your weekend will be filled with fun activities.  Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving your kind comments.  They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Swallowtail Encouragement Card

Good Friday morning to you!  I just don’t know where this week went!  I opened my eyes on Monday morning, and the next thing I knew, the weekend was barreling down on me.  This is a big weekend, too.  Our youngest granddaughter, Julia, will celebrate her 1st birthday with friends and family!  And Nana is in charge of cupcakes….carrot cake, please, with cream cheese icing–made from scratch, of course.  It will be a fun day.  But before I hit the kitchen to make those 4 dozen cupcakes (what was I thinking?) I wanted to share another Swallowtail card with you.  This one is an encouragement card, and it’s very quick to make.

017 (2) The Swallowtail image from Stampin’ Up! was stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed with copper embossing powder on a sheet of designer paper from K & Company’s wonderful Mira collection.  One edge was shaped using the Design Tool Kit.  A crochet flower was created with a bit of lace, button and twine.  A piece of old jewelry was added to the body, just for fun.  Stitching around the edges adds extra depth and texture.  The simple sentiment is from Paper Wishes.  I used Happy Pattern Stamps along the edges for added interest.   The inside is simple, with a handwritten message taken from Scripture:

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020 (2) It’s a great promise to hold onto when life is tough. 

Here are a few more photos: 023 (2) 022 (2)

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That’s it for me today!  I’m headed for the kitchen!  Oh, and I haven’t made Julia’s birthday card yet…..gotta fly.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little blog today.  I hope my Swallowtail Encouragement card brightened your day.  I so appreciate your comments and thoughts.  I read and savor every single one…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.



Desperately Seeking Sunshine

Grey.  Gloomy.  Sunless.  That pretty much sums up the weather lately. Sunday was a rare exception with sunshine and warm temps…warm enough to get out of the house and walk at our favorite park.  But today….the skies are grey.  Good thing I have paper supplies that allow me to create my own sunshine!

Just Add Sunshine

I have a wonderful paper collection from K & Company.  Mira, by Brenda Walton,  has been around for a long time, but the colors and patterns are fresh and contemporary.  The artwork in the collection reminds me of a lot of the mixed media art that I love so much…only the work has all been done for me.  When I’m desperate for sunshine colors and a mood lifter, it’s my go to collection.  When it was completely overcast and rainy on Friday, I knocked out a few cards, and basked in virtual sunshine.

The really amazing thing about this card is that there is not one single stamped image on it!  The images were torn from the 12 x 12 paper sheet, inked, distressed and glued down.  If you do a lot of paper tearing, you probably already know this trick, but on the off chance that you don’t, I’ll tell you a secret.  To get paper to tear right where you want it to tear, “paint” around it with a small brush dipped in water.  Let it set for a minute or two, and it will tear beautifully along the dampened paper line.  The SOAR ticket is from Tim Holtz’ wonderful adage tickets. And the cabochon is from Webster’s Pages.  Some vintage sheet music, inked up, some twine and some inky spatters and voila!  The front of the card is complete. 025 (2)

Inside, it’s equally sunny:  026 (2) This card is a great congratulatory card: job promotion, good grades at school, project completed, etc.  The “shine on ” sentiment is from a stamp set by Ali Edwards.  Lots of fun, sunny sayings and wonderful fonts!

Still Longing for Sunshine?

Take a look at this fun anniversary card.  Again, the elements were cut from the paper: 040 (2)   042 (2) I fussy cut the paper lanterns, inked them up with Versamark, clear embossed them to make them stronger and then hit them with a little bit of Stickles to make them shine.  They were mounted on foam tape, then attached to the fun twine.  The butterflies were treated in a similar manner.  I won’t drag on about all the details, but you can ask me if you have any questions.  And  here’s the inside: 045 (3) 046 (3) I flicked some Tattered Angels spray onto the paper to add that fun spattered effect.

I’ve Got Sunshine, on a Cloudy Day…

Here are some more photos of cards created with this same paper collection.  Enjoy!014 (2) 013 (2) 015 (2) 016 (2)

And, just one more card, and then I’m off to face the dreaded treadmill:

Sorry...out for publication.  This card will be re-published in July.  Thanks for your understanding.

Sorry…out for publication. This card will be re-published in July. Thanks for your understanding.

This one’s my favorite.  I love the metal medallion, and the insert I created by stamping, embossing, using faux batik and then embossing again with UTEE.  It looks like cracked glass.  I love it!   If you’re interested, I can maybe do a tutorial on how to do this technique.  Just let me know.    I hope I’ve been able to add some sunshine to your day.  These colors and images surely brighten my world.

Thanks again for taking the time to read my little blog.  If you’ve hung with me for this long today, special thanks are in order…that was a lot of pictures to get through.  Your comments mean the world to me…each one is savored and replied to, and knowing that you are with me on this creative journey makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time….



Products used in these projects:

K & Company Specialty Paper Collection, Mira; Ranger Industries: Distress Inks, UTEE, Stickles, Memory Pins, Adage Tickets; Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch; Spellbinders: Medallion 4, fancy labels die; Lawn Fawn: bakers twine: Webster’s pages: cabochons and lace trims; Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist; Ali Edwards: Sunshine Stamp; Crafty Secrets: Born to Fly Stamp Set; Pearls and Vintage sheet music from my stash. 



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