Greetings from Connecticut! We are experiencing a bit of indian summer here today. Although it is cloudy and muggy my cheerful, local weatherman assures us that there will be some “peek-a-boo sun”! Today I have a Baby Keepsake box to share with you. Yup…still on that baby shower kick….but it’s for my sister’s baby shower so I am going all out!! I was in need of a nice box to store the baby shower favor tags I made for her and thought this would fit in perfectly with the Lessology trinket box challenge.
Here is my finished piece. This paper is my latest obsession. It’s “The Green Stack” from DCWV. Not only is it absolutely adorable it is also made from 70% recycled paper….what’s not to love about that? I recently used it to make her a Pennant banner for the shower and later to decorate the baby’s room (I’m all about duality…the more uses the better!) which you can see here. Not wanting to waste a bit of this fabby fab paper I used the scraps to alter the box. Again, this project is pulling double duty by holding baby shower favor tags for now and later my sis can store baby keepsakes in it. To top it off it matches the banner that will be decorating the baby’s room!
This is how it all began….can you say blah??
I’ve had this cigar box for YEARS it has stored my colored pencils which I almost never use since I have always favored markers. Due to my recent discovery of Copic markers the colored pencils have not seen the light of day in some time.
A Tim Holtz sanding grip was used to give the box a light sanding and prepare it for ink. Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Stain was used to give it a nice cherry finish….which of course matches the finish on the furniture in the nursery. I know I keep saying it but I LOVE Distress Stain. Never have I used a product that makes it so quick and easy to lay down color. It colors wood…how cool is that?
After staining I gathered my scraps, cut to size, stamped with Stampers Anonymous “Seamless Experience” (a God send for the sewing impaired), and distressed the edges to resemble a piece of fabric. I then broke out my trusty Mod-Podge and my new Mod-Podge decoupage tools…which I have no idea how I ever lived without…and got to gluing and sealing.
I added a velum quote and some of my brother-in-law’s grandmother’s buttons to embellish the top of the box. These buttons have a lot of sentimental value for my sister and brother-in-law since his grandmother passed away last year. Ida was a wonderful lady who loved making and giving gifts. She is still giving gifts from heaven. I inherited a lot of her sewing and crafting supplies which I draw inspiration from each and every day.
My sister loves birds so I had to add these colorful chirpers on the inside. Aren’t they cute? Don’t get distracted by the beavers now….I know their cute too but the birds steal the show on the inside
If there is anything I learned from 10 years in the restaurant business it’s that it is all about presentation! My sister came by the other day and wanted to take the tags in a Ziploc bag! I said Oh “heavens” no! (not really but I’m PG online) and that is how the baby keepsake box was “born”!
I used my trusty Fiskars scallop and circle punch to create the tags, some cotton cording, and a Tim Holtz tiny attacher. Is there anything cuter than teeny tiny staples? Well maybe that spotty dotty elephant from the Hero Arts “Elephants” set. He’s been showing up a lot lately. I must say I will be sad to see him go once the shower is over
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Have a lovely day!