Altered Balsa Wood Box Video

Being a SU Demo, people think I never  go into craft stores but I do sometimes.

Although Stampin’ Up carries a huge catalog of products, they can’t possibly carry it all.

The craft world is MASSIVE, isn’t it?

  Sometimes I run into my customers and they hide their baskets behind their back and say “why, what are YOU doing here?!”  LOL

I found these up near the register at a local craft store chain:

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I believe they were $1.00 each, some had snowmen, some had stars.  Just cute little balsa wood boxes, about 3″ wide and 4″ tall.

They just jumped off the shelf and into my cart begging me to adopt them for a makeover.

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I braided the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine to make more sturdy handles.  I like the way it coordinates with the designer paper that looks woven.

Like I say in the video, you can buy a box quicker than make this BUT why not make it?

It’s fun, you get your craft on, you know you have enough stuff to make 10 of them 🙂 and it feels so GOOD to give something that you made with your own 2 hands.

Supplies From the Holiday catty: 

Festival of Prints paper stack (page 20), hot glue gun and silicone pad (page 31), Champagne Glimmer paper (page 18), Sanding Blocks (page 6)

From the main catalog:  Vintage faceted buttons (page 176), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (page 172),

Jumbo Pearls (page 175)  glue and paintbrush, Lucky Limeade card stock 1-1/2″ x 10-3/4 for lolly and scored every 1/4″.  (go 11-3/4″ for a fuller lolly)
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So go get your craft on!
Linda

Button Buddies: Tic Tac Button Pack Snail

For those just tuning in, I’m posting a series from the stamp set Button Buddies (from the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog)  It’s a really  cute and versatile set!  Scroll down to the posts below to see more ideas.  

Here is a fun way to give buttons as a “love ya” or a hostess gift.  I love Tic Tacs so saving the containers and going green is a plus plus for me!  I call them Tic Tac Button Packs and here is a post making one (with a video) 3 years ago .    The snail and flower from Button Buddies was perfect to jazz up the front!

 I used  the new Berry Blossoms DSP (front and back) , Early Espresso Ink, Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder ink.  I stamped the flower 2x , cut out the inner part to glitter and pop up, adding our new polka dot brad. 

created by Linda Heller

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Thanks for stopping by!   Linda

Buttons: Flirtatious Doilies

created by Linda Heller

If you haven’t seen the new Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series paper from Stampin’ Up, it has 2 cool sheets of laser cut doilies in there!  One is Melon Mambo and one is Pumpkin Pie.  BUT my favorite side of those is the other side, which is white.  I cut them apart and use them as accents or focal points like the quick and easy note cards above. 

Video here:

Tune in tomorrow when I’ll use one as a snowflake for a cute button snowman!  Linda