As I perused Lois' gallery to settle on a project of hers I wanted to case, I actually came across two designs. One is a set of lovely gift cards called Gerbers in Purse and the other is a pretty stationery box called Southwest Stationery Box. I actually had started making my stationery box several months ago, but never finished off decorating the inside nor did I ever create my cards and tags for it. Lois' two beautiful projects really gave me the inspiration and motivation to complete mine. I have several photos in order to show you the different views and items. There's a great tutorial on how to make these stationery boxes under the Resources section on Splitcoaststampers. Just click on my tutorial link to take you there!
The pretty pink and white designer paper I used is Letterbox by American Crafts. The opposite side of this designer paper is the brown I used for my punched floral band around the box top. I glued this band onto my box top except for the front. In front I used Sticky Strip because I wanted to adhere some pretty white gold glitter to the inside flowers on this band.
Here's a top view to show you the layered flower I made with my Sizzix Flowers, Daisies #2 die using the same designer paper. I separated each layer with dimensionals.
Here's an open view of the box. I designed four 4 1/4" square cards, 3 1/4" square cards, four 3 1/2" envelopes I made for the 3 1/4" cards, and four tags. I also included postage stamps and a pen. The chipboard "W" and little flower on the postage stamp cover were originally purple, so I colored them brown with my Copic markers.
Here's a view of the cards with the box. On the 4 1/4" square cards, I used my favorite tulip flower image, called a Year of Flowers, designed by Melanie Muenchinger and distributed by Gina K. Stamps. I watercolored the tulips with Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, and Mellow Moss. I first stamped the image and then cut out the flower and stem leaves for dimension. The tulip bulb was stamped onto Cryogen Sparkle White cardstock which has a natural shimmer to it. I used Vintage Vogue and Itty Bitty Backgrounds on the 3 1/4" square cards. I used Pocket Silhouettes on the tags.
Here's a photo of just the cards, tags, and envelopes. I made the 4 1/4" square cards with my Lacey Squares Nestabilities. Since I couldn't get a clean cut of the double-layered Pretty in Pink cardstock with these Nestabilities in my Big Shot (not sure why since I've used my other Nestabilities for card shapes), I adhered them together with my Word Window punch and pink brads. Since this technique makes it a little difficult to open the card, I scored across the top of the card about 3/4" down to make it easier to open without ruining the design. The 3 1/4" cards were made with Square Nestabilities. I added a little half circle tab with pink brad on the side using my 1" circle punch.
Here are photos of the individual projects. Sorry for the fuzziness on the Friends one. The focus feature on my camera has been acting up for some time now when I try to zoom in on projects.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and view my project! I spent a LOT of hours putting this together. I'm gifting it to my baby sister who I know will appreciate all the work I put into this. She makes beautiful jewelry for me, so I wanted to give something back to her that I made.
Congratulations, Lois, on being chosen as Queen for the Day! You so deserve this honor!