Saturday, April 2, 2011

Honoring Another Queen for the Day

Clownmom (Lois) is Queen for the Day this week on Splitcoaststampers!!   Lois joined SCS about eight months after I did-----way back in 2005-----and she has always been there providing support and encouragement to other stampers in her posted comments.  She also happens to be a very talented stamper!

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!


Kathy Bradley said...

Holy smoke, Charlene, I can't imagine how much time you put into this beautiful project, but it must have been a bunch of hours! But your project is awesome and beautiful. I bet your sis will love it!!

Lois said...

Your sister will absolutely love this stationery box! It was a work of love. Thanks for CASEing my projects.

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a spectacular gift, my friend...your sis will gape in awe.....such loveliness and created from the heart...what could be better

Vicki Dutcher said...

Had to pop over and check out the FULL post! This is just amazing - I made one of these a couple of years ago -- way...to...much...work :)-- Your sis is going to love it I am sure!

Pat (mspfd) said...

WOW! This is the best of the best!!

Sabrina said...

Wow, Charlene, those are fantabulous, the box and cards both. I'm so tired I can barely see, but even so these have Impact with a capital I. I think your use of hardware on the little cards is fantastic.
Thanks for the email, now that we're back home I'll be catching up tomorrow when I'm not so tired.

Traci M said...

I've made one of these, and it was quite the project!! I love your take on it with that gorgeous set of cards, which looks so pretty in the lacey dies, Charlene!! You sure did make a beautiful, heartfelt gift...and your sis must think it wonderful!!

Auntie Em said...

I have made one of these before but your beautiful set if much fancier!!! Love the lacy border on the note cards and the stamping on the tags. It's all so pretty!
Thanks for sharing! :)

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