I added the inserts after putting it together rather than before, so they were a bit fiddly to put in, but they gave the whole box a bit more weight, making it more sturdy. This is going to come in so handy at work next year, rather than constantly being a day late with birthday cards!
The first is a concertina box, inspired partly by one of Lauren Meader's templates that everyone has been making lately, but I used some instructions from an American SU demonstrator, Danni's Designs, that I have had favourited for absolutely ages. I thought I'd make myself a little card organiser box, fill it with random cards and store it at work, for those last minute birthdays that I'm always forgetting.
I didn't use the thread on the side as per the instructions as I wanted to put some inserts in, but now I wish I had as the sides do stick out a bit, but never mind! I used textured Cameo Coral (I'm trying to teach myself to like this colour, but I still can't decide on it; it's not pink enough and it's not orange enough!) and some retired Ginger Blossoms DP and I love these colours together!
Stamps: Embrace Life
Papers: Cameo Coral textured, River Rock, Whisper White, Ginger Blossoms DP
Inks: River Rock, Cameo Coral marker
Accessories: River Rock ribbon, pale pink eyelets from stash
The next one is another one for work! My classroom has very limited on-hand storage. I have lots of cupboards, but not a lot of work surface space to store things so I made a stationery desk set to go on my little table next to my teacher's chair that can store lots of little things, but doesn't take up too much space.
I used the Filed With Flair template by Lauren Meader, but extended it so it would fit A6 sized envelopes and cards, and other small sized pieces of paper (i.e. junk!) that I get at school that I need to do something with. I made 3 of the files and a tray to put them in, then set about making some matching drawers.
For Christmas last year I made an advent calendar from a set I bought at the NEC, which consisted of 24 matchboxes bascially. Using this same idea I made 3 large drawers that were the same width and depth as the tray. To strength the box and cover up the layers I added extra pieces of cardstock to the sides and back and voila, my set was born! I found these huge brads in my stash that I got from QVC ages ago when I first started card making and didn't like but they were perfect for the drawer handles.
As you can see at the minute it is being used for stamp storage for all my new stamps that I have yet to find a proper home for. I actually need to go and buy some more boxes to put them in but haven't gotten round to it yet.
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Always DSP all from Stampin' Up
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, Oval Punch, Oval Scallop Punch, Primas, Brads from QVC and Papermania
And the last one I'm going to show you is my favourite of everything I've made this summer. I had an idea for this box whilst laying in bed trying to drift off to sleep one night and had to get up and draw out the plan before I forgot it! I have seen umpteen boxes with a cupcake stuck onto the front, but you can still see the box behind the cupcake and the sides usually stick out as well. I wanted to make an actual cupcake shaped box and here it is. It is an open topped box but it looks like a real cupcake!!
To make the base look like a proper cupcake case I just sponged some 1/2 inch strips of Close To Cocoa and stuck them to the base. This gave the box some great dimension too. The topping is randomly stamped with the swirl from Season of Joy in Regal Rose for a tone on tone effect and then using my Dazzling Diamonds glitter I added some sparkle to the main parts of each swirl. I topped it all off with a ribbon and bow in matching Regal Rose and a strawberry from the Tart 'n' Tangy set.
I made some 4x4 inch cards and envelopes to go inside and they fitted perfectly. 4.5 square cards would have worked too but I liked the cuteness of the 4 inch ones. A6 sized cards worked as well, but you could see the tops of the envelopes over the cupcake topping.
Here's picture of all 4 of the cards I made. the box could easily hold 6 I think but I stopped at 4. Some of these designs are from the Andrea Walford Crazy for Cupcakes set and easily adapted to a smaller sized card.
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Season of Joy, Tart 'n' Tangy
Papers: Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP
Inks: Close To Cocoa, Regal Rose ink pads and markers, Summer Sun, Real Red and Certainly Celery markers
Accessories: Silver Brads, Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon
So what have you been making this summer?