Monday, January 4, 2021

Trimming the Town

 Hello my friends! How is your 2021 going so far? Mine has been very quiet but that's fine as it is giving me plenty of opportunity to play with my new things from the January to June catalogue. The catalogue as well as the new Sale-a-bration catalogue go live on January 5th. I am very excited about all of the new goodies!

Today's project (not a card) was inspired by something I saw done by fellow demonstrator Jakelle Cornell Hoffman. It was on our Demonstrator Only Facebook page. Jakelle made a book for keeping the Christmas cards she received this year. I really liked what she made but the only thing I didn't like is that she used a binder ring to keep the cards in the book and I didn't want to punch a hole in my cards. I received so many beautiful cards from friends and family this year. Last year I kept all of my Christmas cards up until my birthday last month. My daughters think I am crazy but I love cards so much it is hard to take them down. I will now have somewhere to keep my Christmas cards and I won't need to leave them up all year - maybe just until Easter.....

This is a view of the top of the box:

And this is a view of the side of the box:

So today's project is a box made especially for storing my Christmas cards. I made it to fit the largest card I received which was from my Auntie Jo. I can't wait until we can all get together again so we can go visit her and her husband on the Island.

I used the chip board that comes in our packages of designer series paper to make the box. I wanted it to be a littler sturdier than just using DSP or cardstock. The chip board for the box measured 8.5 X 11 inches and I scored at 1.5 inch on all four sides. The lid was 10.5 X 7.5 inches and I scored at 1 inch on all four sides.

I used the Trimming the Town DSP to decorate the box. I used the snowflake design for lid and the paper with the variety of sentiments for the box itself.

I made a Whisper White "snow bank" and added it to the bottom portion of the lid. I cut a strip of Whisper White cardstock and used my paper snips to cut a snow bank on the one edge. I fussy cut a couple of the houses from another sheet of DSP and added them to the snow bank. I also cut a few trees from the same page and added those beside the houses. I cut two sentiments from the page of sentiments and added them to the top of the lid. The two that I chose were "From Our Home to Yours" and "Have a Merry Little Christmas". I also added the year 2020 that I cut from Real Red cardstock using the retired die set Little Numbers. For someone that does not enjoy fussy cutting, there is a lot of it in this project! And I just realized that there is absolutely no stamping on this project.

What I used for today's project:

Real Red Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock (no longer available)

Trimming the Town DSP (no longer available)

Little Numbers Dies (retired)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed todays project. What do you do with your Christmas cards that you receive? Do you save them or do you recycle them after the holidays are over? Leave me a comment and let me know. Maybe you are like me and leave your cards up all year long.....

Stay well and keep creating!


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