June 01, 2009

Baby Girl Miracle Gift Box

Anybody out there play along with the challenges on Stampin’ Out Alzheimer's? I only got a chance to play along with four, three in one card! YEAH! I just didn’t have much time this week. I didn’t manage to even get to the site until Tuesday because my iPhone wouldn’t connect to the site. Stupidly, I kept trying instead of using my laptop- DUH!! DH was crazy busy at work, basicallybaby ready set wrapcoming home to eat and fall asleep on the couch. Our baby HAS to  be watched ALL the time, no way can you be asleep. So, no crafting time.  ***SIGH***  This afternoon and evening I raced to get a couple things done, loading my last photo at 11:59! No kidding.

baby ready set wrap2 So this project was for the Timeless Template Challenge. When I make them, they aren’t exactly timeless as I prefer to trace them instead of printing on the cardstock. I like using scraps and they don’t feed through the printer so well! Part of the challenge was to use a clear element. Mine was quite the challenge in and of itself! I ran a piece of plastic packaging through my Cuttlebug using a textile folder. Then I cut it into a heart shape with a Cuttlebug heart die. baby ready set wrap3I  painted the back with pink acrylic paint, then wiped off the excess leaving paint only in the cracks. When I placed it on the green patterned paper, it kind of disappeared so I painted the back with white acrylic paint. It looked great but wasn’t white enough.

Here is where a not-so-clever move came in. Not wanting to get out the paint again since I had already washed the brushes, I tried adding white pigment ink to the back. Looked baby ready set wrap4 great but it didn’t dry! I added clear (why didn’t I use white??) EP to the back. I heated the heart but it started to flatten and lose it’s dry embossing! Bummer, I should have thought of that! The powder still wasn’t melted so I moved the heat gun further away but even so it started to shrink. AHHH! I eventually got the powder to melt and the plastic to flatten instead of curling but all the embossing was gone. Next time, NO HEATING!! It still makes for a pretty embellishment and I am happy with it.

Why is my description of my projects always a tale of my goofs  and efforts to fix them? I tried using a marker to edge my cardstock in pink around the handle punch out. I missed and baby ready set wrap5drew a huge line across the most prominent part of the handle. UGH!! So I added flowers to cover it forgetting that the side panels wrap over the handle. It still goes over obviously but it is tricky! Some things I got right? I like the sheep even though I couldn’t wait for the Liquid Appliqué to dry before heating to puff it and so their coats are a bit lumpy. Have you seen a real sheep? I see them every summer at the CNE, Canadian National Exhibition. Their coats are uneven! I really like the tag too. Two Melissa Frances stickers the same size, one on each side of a piece of chipboard the same size. (Stolen from the back of a Stampin’ Up paper pack.)

Enjoy, Rebecca

MFT Baby Firsts
Ink: pretty in pink, dark brown ColourBox chalk ink
Paper: confetti white, pink pirouette CS, DSP and button-SU!
Accessories: flowers and ribbon-UK, Melissa Frances, Liquid Appliqué, foam dots-Jody Morrow, clear plastic-recycling bin (LOL), Bow Easy, pretty in pink, close to cocoa SU! markers, Cuttlebug heart die and textile embossing folder, Making Memories white and pink acrylic paint.


Mrs. Nancy G said...

So cool! Wonderfully designed!


Erica said...

Oh my Rebecca, the creativity you have put into Lauren's Timeless Templates has been fabulous. Love your work, even your seeming goofs.

Lisa T said...

Very cool! I participated in a bunch of SOA challenges but didn't get to this one. :-(

Kimmie said...

OMG! This is so precious!

Joan Fricker said...

Rebecca, this is adorable! I love the colors and just everything about it!


Joan Fricker said...

Rebecca, I just tried to email you and it came back as undeliverable.
Here is what I said:

Thanks for your comments on my blog!

Peonies are easy to divide and move and in our area a good time is August.

Make sure you bury them just under the top of the soil. if they are buried too deep they will not bloom.

Just take your spade and cut straight down through the peony you are dividing. It doesn’t take much to get a nice start. Plant them abut 2 feet apart.

Hope that helps and enjoy!!!!

Laurie Wilson said...

Beautiful box! You were chosen for the CDS guest designer... but emails came back undeliverable... contact Lori, owner of CDS soon!

Justine said...

Rebecca your work is fantastic. What a beautiful project

Brittany said...

So, so cute! Your work always looks so professional and finished (unlike mine).

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