Hello Crafty Friends!
It has been a few days since I posted but I have been very busy in the craft room creating a couple of decorative Christmas projects. The first of which is for this week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge! Our amazingly talented new Crewmate, Andrea Ewen, is challenging us to use the following picture of gorgeous pillows as inspiration for a new creation!
First up – details on the box! There isn’t a lot of stamping on the box but there is a whole lot of ribbon and fabric! I layered a piece of designer paper on Early Espresso cardstock and stitched around the edges. Next I cut two lengths of burgundy and ivory striped grosgrain ribbon and tacked them into place on the matted designer paper with just a touch of glue (I used an ATG glue gun and just put down two lines). As I tacked the ribbon in place I pleated it a bit. To permanently affix in place I sewed down the middle of each piece using my sewing machine and heavy duty white thread. I did the same for the third ruffle except this time I used a 2” wide strip of Christmas fabric.
I wanted a shabbier look so I cut off the finished edges of the ribbon and then pulled out the first few strings. I did the same to the fabric. It was a messy process (strings everywhere) but I LOVE how it turned out. The box needed a sentiment so I stamped “Happy Holidays” from the Pure Innocence – Christmas Stocking Girl set on Naturals Ivory cardstock, rounded the corners and then attached to the bottom corner of the box with foam dimensionals.
I also thought a bit more ribbon was needed so I wrapped a length of Ivory Vintage Seam Binding over the fabric and tied into a bow. I added a little stick pin through the knot. To finish, three cream glitter candy dots (from Pebbles) were added to the top left corner. Oh, a couple more pieces of matted and stitched designer paper were added to the front and back of the box.
Since an empty box is just calling out for something to hold I made two cards (more can fit in there… but I ran out of time!). I wanted the card to coordinate with the box so I used more of the Christmas fabric and more of the My Mind’s Eye designer paper that I used on the front of the box.
The trick to cutting shapes from fabric and not having the edges fray is to use Heat n Bond iron on adhesive. You can find this in most stores that sell fabric. For the main shaped panel I cut and ironed the fabric to a piece of light weight chip board. I cut each layer separately using a Labels Nestabilities die and then ironed them together. Once cooled (takes less than a minute) I added Bisque Liquid Pearls to the outside edges. For the next layer I matted the designer paper on Early Espresso cardstock and stitched the edges. The little girl was colored with Copic markers and her pajamas were paper pieced from another piece of designer paper. I added white gel pen dots to her cheeks and a bit of glitter to the top of the stocking.
To finish the card I used more of the Ivory Vintage Seam binding. I think I could use a whole roll of that ribbon! ;) For one final parting shot here is a picture of the two cards nestled inside of the box. Hmm… I think I need to make them a few friends… maybe matching tags. Heh heh heh.
Stamps: Pure Innocence – Christmas Stocking Girl (MFT Stamps).
Paper: Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Lost & Found Christmas (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, white gel pen.
Accessories: Bisque Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents (Ranger), brads (Recollections), Ivory Vintage Seam Binding, Ivory/Burgundy Striped Ribbon, Labels Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), stick pin (Webster’s Pages), Perfect Package Box (TE), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensionals, fabric, chipboard.