June 17, 2013

Waltzing Mouse Stamps Blog Party–Summer Shells Box

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This month’s challenge was Summertime Fun. Since I won a free set from some challenge back in October and I finally chose it (I had been waiting to order some stamps at the same time and get a deal on shipping, never happened… ), I had fun using My Island.

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I absolutely ADORE the beach and hot weather so this set and this challenge is so perfect for me! I wanted to do something more than just a card but I hate trying to decide what to do. As I looked around my craft room, this little box was just sitting there asking to be decorated!

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I pulled out some favourite old MME papers which colours remind me of the beach and started covering the box and stamping.

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I have a LOT of cool beach related items so choosing which to use was the hardest part! The shell trim has been waiting patiently for just the perfect project. It is too thick for a card and kind of big with the shells spaced too widely. But it looks amazing here dontcha think?

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I used my new compressor and Copic markers to add colour to the coral and shell I had hanging around in my stash. They were both so boring before. That reminds me, have to turn it off and bleed the tank before I go to bed…

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I used some very sheer gold ribbon to make a big bow using my bow easy. Then I distressed it using my heat tool. TIP: To get the bow to fluff up really well, instead of just wrapping the ribbon around and around the tool, pass it through the slit each time. You may need to scrunch your ribbon to make it all fit but that’s ok. If this means patterned, one-sided ribbon no longer shows the correct side up, just flip it in the middle! Works soooo much better than just wrapping it. The loops always separate correctly my way.

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I am also entering this in Ribbon Carousel 82 Fun in the Sun.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and if so, I’d love to hear from you. I treasure each and every comment. Ok, except for those weird spam ones… :) If you’d like to come back, maybe email updates would help? I have a subscription widget on my sidebar. I think my RSS feeder is ending soon and I don’t know how to replace it so if you do, I’d love to know how. Anyway, thanks for reading.

Enjoy, Rebecca

My Island-WMS, flourishes-PTI
Ink: moss, baja-SU! chocolate, kraft-PTI, frayed burlap Distress
Paper: DP-MME
Accessories: flourish die-PTI, foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon, loopy wired twine trim-May Arts


Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a beautiful box! I love all the beachy elements from the shells to the lovely blues you used in your stamped image!!

Sandie said...

This is absolutely STUNNING!! Love the vintage feel to it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Julia Aston said...

Love your beach box - that blue plaid paper is perfect and your stamped panel is colored wonderfully! love all the fibers and shells!

-Aneta- said...

This one is my favorite !! Love the shabby chic feeling you have created with your box !!! Just stunning ..and all these shells ..so sweet :)

Unknown said...

Rebecca this is pretty amazing! I'm soaking up all your tips about bow tying and the airbrushing, and I do love the shell trim, it's perfect for this box, but most of all, I LOVE that little island stamping, those colours are stunning, a box to treasure! Thank you so much for playing along with us!

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

This is so pretty! I love the box you made, the colors are just beautiful and the shells are perfect!

Chris L.

Deborah Frings said...

Great take on the challenge. I do like all the pretty embellishment with the shells and charms.

Kary said...

Rebecca, what a beautiful box! Love all the details, it's a wonderful summer prohject!!

Marybeth said...

The blues on your card is beautiful and so summery! Love the box with a bit of shells. Oh, I like the stripes too.

Jeanne J. said...

Congrats on your shout out at WM this is beautiful! I love the soft blue, the shells, and all the perfect embellishments - a beautiful way to treasure things that are important to you!

Vickie Z said...

Love the colors and shells - the trim is fabulous!!