I thought I would share something functional today - a card organizer. You could also use it to organize monthly payments/bills but really we wouldn't want to do that to something so pretty, would we? :)
I purchased a bunch of these paper-mache card organizers this summer at a US Art Quest yard sale and I just finally decorated the first one! I have five more in my stash* of things to alter. *Stash - otherwise known as a whole corner of my craft room filled with tins, coasters, boxes and various other objects that I purchased intending to decorate. The stash has been known to overwhelm and devour the unwary. Approach with extreme caution!
I covered the card organizer with Maine Blueberry designer paper, adhering it in place with Perfect Paper Adhesive (like Mod Podge just not as aromatic). Once dry I used a sanding file to remove the extra paper from the edges and to add a bit of distressing. I then sponged Chocolate Chip Classic ink on all of the corners and edges.
To decorate the box I inked the label image from Sweet Celebrations with Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue ink and stamped on Kraft paper. I trimmed the label with my scissors and sponged the edges with more Chocolate Chip Classic ink. "Warm Wishes" was stamped in Not Quite Navy along the bottom dotted line. I sewed a button and felt flurry onto the label with some linen thread. This was then adhered to the organizer with dimensionals after knotting a piece of Alpine felt ribbon around the box.
Here is a picture of the organizer filled with some stamping goodness. Hmm... I think I need to decorate a few more of these, fill with cards and give out as Christmas gifts. :)
All images copyright Stampin' Up!. Stamps: Hugs & Wishes, Sweet Celebrations. Paper: Kraft, Maine Blueberry designer. Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic, Not Quite Navy Classic, Bashful Blue marker. Other: Little Felt Flurries, Neutral Buttons, Alpine Originals ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals, sponge, sanding file, Perfect Paper Adhesive (USArtQuest), paper mache.