As I mentioned yesterday in this post, I've been busy, busy, busy stamping away to create 6 card tins filled with cards....which is why I haven't been posting here lately. I've been consumed with creating and making these tins and filling them with cards (all created in my spare time around Convention and vacation, of course!). 3 are for an order I received, 2 are for gifts I will give....giving me 1 extra, which I'm sure I'll use with the upcoming holiday season, if not before!
Also mentioned that I've been on a mission to use up some of my rather plentiful stash....I have so much DSP and cardstock that has retired....it's TIME for some to be used! So, these tins, although almost entirely SU product, much has retired.......in fact, I have so much retired DSP, that I feel guilty taking advantage of the GREAT special SU now has going on.....Buy 3 packages of any Designer Series Paper and receive a 4th package of your choice FREE! How great is that?!! Details are here, but this special is only till the end of August.
This tin, I have to say is my favorite...or should I say favorites, since I created doubles. When I first put on the paper and then added the ribbon, it was really rather drab. The paper is pretty enough, but really needed some punch! So, I pulled out some retired Ruby Red CS and that was just what this box needed! That flower was created with a Big Shot die that is also retired....each layer was sponged, also in Ruby Red, and a Green Round Crystal Brad was added in the center. The leaves were created using the Large Oval Punch, folding each oval in half, trimming one end to a point, put through the crimper and then sponged. Oh, and the word, "Cards" was created using a Cuttlebug alphabet that I've had for way longer than I've had my Big Shot!
Next up is this cute daisy tin.....again, lots of retired stuff here. And, as you'll notice, the layout is exactly the same....actually, all 6 have the same layout. It just made life easier to create the same thing with different papers. I just matched the flowers to the papers, so they are all different. Here, I simply used the Daisy Die (LOVE it!!), added in a Build A Brad and some leaves created with a non-SU leaf die that I recently purchased off of a clearance rack in a craft store. Since the letters were each punched using scraps, I found some Bashful Blue scraps that were stamped with the now-retired Sanded Background stamp. I only make one of this particular design.
Next.....(can you tell I was having fun with all these flowers?!!) is this box with the ruffled flower. This one is fun and so easy....I learned how to make them from this tutorial, posted by my friend, Lynn. This box...which, again, I made in duplicate....was really easy. I've always loved this DSP and was hoarding it....now it's all used up; there is no more! The flower and letters are in Riding Hood Red; the leaves are in Kiwi Kiss (have just a bit left!).
And this is the last one....the supply of this DSP is now dwindling as well. For the flower on this one, I used the Fun Flowers Die...but, I have to admit that this is the second flower created for this box. The first was created with Rose Red and Regal Rose layers and each layer was impressed with various embossing folders. WAAAY too busy with the background paper, so I simplified by changing 2 of the layers out to Whisper White and lightly sponging the very edges of each petal. The Regal Rose layer was from the original flower. I'm so much happier with this color flower!
So....what do you think? As you can see, I left the tops of each of the tins plain, which I believe works. Decorating the tops is a time-consuming process, and when left blank, it makes you focus on the box itself. I really love the way each one of these turned out....so, when I e-mailed photos of the boxes to my customer asking which 3 she wanted, she couldn't decide...she's leaving it up to me! A difficult decision, to be sure!!
I haven't listed all the supplies for these boxes, as I mentioned above, most have retired, but you could easily switch out any of the papers and/or flowers to fit what YOU have in your own personal collection. If you have any questions, please drop me a line!
Oh.....when I was first commissioned to make these boxes, I looked everywhere on the internet and couldn't find these tins anywhere! Well, yesterday, I rec'd a popular craft magazine and these tins are once more available. So, if you want to know where you can find them, just ask, and I'll be happy to share that info privately.
Whew! This was a long post! Hope this explains why....and makes up for my most recent absence. As always......
Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting today!
Edited to add: If you have any questions, please e-mail me so I can get back to you!