Tuesday, August 17, 2010

i {heart} paper challenge - Getting organized

I have a project for you today that I am quite enamoured of for our i {heart} paper challenge - Getting organized!  For me, barely contained chaos is about as organized as I get.  I have piles and as long as no one touches my piles, I know where things are... or at least I used to.  Now, I have very helpful children and a DH that is trying to take good care of me and help me with my chaos.  I rarely know where anything is anymore so this is a timely challenge.  We live and die by post-it-notes, but we have trouble keeping track of our block of notes, and it gets whack and mashed on the computer desk, so I've made a coaster box to keep out post-it-note block in.



I used 4" white chipboard coasters.  I covered them all with cardstock layers, topped with Origins patterned paper.  I sponged the outside paper with black cardstock, hoping that this will hide the dirt that will eventually mar my little box.  I ran the exposed edges of my coasters direct on my black ink pad to hide the white edges.

I punched holes along the edges with my crop-a-dile, and threaded ribbon through to hold the coasters together.  The side coasters are held to the base with tacky tape.



The panels on each of the sides have a touch of whimsy to them.  I love it!  I used Unity's Naturally You stamp kit.  Each image was stamped in brown, coloured with copic markers, then I inked the sentiment with black ink, stamped off on scrap paper, and then stamped the sentiment over my coloured image for a softer effect.



I made the topper blossom using Dahlia nestabilities dies - by the way, Kate has this set of dies ON SALE!!! I cut several of 3 sizes and used the rounded end of my copic micro liner to give each petal shape - like a huge embossing tool.  Kate is out of stock right now, but if you want one, contact her and she will order more.  I love the effect!



The rest of the i {heart} papers design team have some wonderful projects to help with organization, so grab a cuppa and take a peek!  If you are able to play along with us, use code IHP0810 so we can find your project and leave you some LUV!
stamps; naturally you (unity)
paper; origins (basic grey), raven, green tea (bazzill)
ink; black soot distress ink, espresso adirondack (ranger)
accessories; labels 11, oval nesties, dahlia dies (spellbinders), dew drops (the robin's nest), satin ribbon (offray), victoria embossing folder (provo), crop-a-dile (we r memory keepers), white coasters, copic markers

14 comments:

Deb said...

Wow, Loretta! This is stunning! I love that each side has a beautiful quote and image all its own, and that big blossom is gorgeous!

{{hugs}}, my beautiful friend! Wishing you rest!

Megan said...

This is over the top beautiful. That flower with the dahlia die is gorgeous. Totally outdid yourself. Perfect!

Cathleen said...

Oh My Gosh Loretta, This is just stunning, beautiful paper and your flower is gorgeous!

Janette said...

This is brilliant,fab idea and that flower...wow...xxx

i {heart} papers said...

WOW OH WOW OH WOW. This is amazing. I love every single detail. And that flower topper is a masterpiece!

Denise @ Paper Gems said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL..all the time and care you put into this box shows through and through!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Holy cow, Loretta...this is the most beautiful box I've ever seen....such detail and elegance! WOW!

Gretchen said...

Ooo la la lovely!! This is just gorgeous and so "you"! Very nice- I love that flower on the top too!!

Monique said...

Wowza so much detail and that flower is stunning... Very nice :)

Carolyn Mustopa said...

Yikes, Loretta! This is amazingly gorgeous! So much rich detail -- how on earth did you find the time with all you have going on?!!!

Lori said...

Wow! This is just stunning, Loretta! The flower topper is absolutely gorgeous.

whoistracy said...

Wow, this is spectacular!!!! Oh my gosh, just takes my breath away looking at this.

Stamping Becky said...

Amazing work, Loretta! Such beautiful artistry for a lowly Post-It note box. I am sure it will be prominently displayed (with a block of Post-It notes inside) for easy access. Amazing beauty meets simple practicality!

Kathy said...

I just stare and stare and look some more ;) at your project. It's so beautiful! Such a pretty little treasure box- I really love it!

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