Carousel Box – Class Recap

Carousel Box – Class Recap

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When I first began creating, I was head-over-heals in love with scrapbook-everything… so many papers, so many rubber stamps, so MUCH fun ephemera!! I still love it all, but over the last several years, I’ve become more and more focused on creating my own imagery – printing my own papers, finding/creating unique ephemera and carving my own rubber stamp images.

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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to share my love of stamp carving with a super sweet group of ladies at My Heart’s Fancy. Becki even brought THE YUMMIEST snickerdoodles!! I have to admit, it was the first time anyone has brought goodies and I was truly touched (I ate my fair share too – so good!!).

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We started the morning creating our own imagery – carving into plastic erasers and good ole Speedball “pink stuff.”

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It’s sorta like eating snickerdoodles, you just can’t stop with one!!

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And no two are ever alike! Even when two people carve a similar image – each hand is evident, each unique signature shines through!

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After lunch, we started constructing our boxes. The box we used is the Victorian Exploding Picture Box from Retro Cafe Art and I have to take a moment to give them a huge thank you! We ordered a bit late, but they rushed it for us and got it there on time. I am forever grateful when I receive such awesome customer service!!!

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We covered our boxes with paper out of the Styleboard collection from Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper (released Winter 2014 – so availability is somewhat limited, sad to say)…

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… then combined handcrafted elements with more Crate Paper goodies (Kiss Kiss – 84 piece ephemera pack)

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… to start building out the insides of our little exploding boxes. All are still in progress, but here is a peek of Mary’s initial design for her inside box. Isn’t it cute!?

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And here’s a look at the class sample…

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I had SOOOOO much fun watching these little boxes start to come together – was a total play day and that just fills me up! Also have to mention – I had originally pitched this as a Valentine gift project – something to give away – but by the time we put it all together, the ladies were less inclined to give away all that hard work! Which gives me a whole new perspective on the project – it makes my heart explode a teensy bit to think of these carefully and lovingly crafted boxes gracing their makers’ dressing table, craft studio or other personal space. I think when holidays roll around, we get focused on giving pieces of ourselves away – I like the idea of taking a day to create something lovely to give to ourselves, to show a little self love and self care. What better gift is there!?

 

 

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