Saturday, March 28, 2009

Between the Moans & Groans ...

... I've managed to finish the Memory Keeper box I mentioned I was going to work on this weekend. I stayed at the scrap event for about an hour and a half before coming home and going to bed. My head is pounding. Other symptoms include a "kind of" sore throat and what I'll describe as "half" a cold.

My box is prettier in person than it is in the photograph. When I picked out my paper, it was obvious that the print I wanted to use for the top would not look great with white around the edges. So, off to Wal-Mart I went to buy some paint. I bought four colors in hopes that one would work. The selection was not the best. I ended up using Folk Art's Linen. I painted around the edges of the top and sides. I also painted the bottom of the box, which gave it a nice, finished look. Additionally, I used the same paint on the chipboard letters before distressing them with a sponge dauber and Cocoa ink.

To "dress up" the top, I cut three of the big flowers out from a sheet of matching paper, glued them to chipboard, cut them out, and mounted them on top of their matching flowers with Pop Dots. For the centers of the large flowers I used some Window Charm-type things (smaller than CTMH's) backed with patterned paper and adhered with Liquid Glass. In the center of each of the middle-sized flower is a clear acrylic disk (like Dew Drops), again glued down with the same Liquid Glass that I used to adhere the chipboard letters. The final touch was a drop of Diamond Stickles in the center of each of the tiny flowers.

Materials & Tools: Close To My Heart Memory Keepers box; Unforgettable paper packet; Cocoa ink pad; Yes! paper paste; Chipboard; Heidi Swapp chipboard letters; Folk Art Linen acrylic paint; Tile's Play round mosaic stickers; Clear acrylic disks; Diamond Stickles: Pop Dots; Sponge daubers; Paint brushes.

Pardon me while I say, "Darn it!" It's just my reaction to this headache. As I was somewhat better for a couple of hours after sleeping for a couple of hours, I guess I'll go repeat the process. I have to admit I feel a bit guilty, because while I whine over some little virus, I realize that my "headache" could be so much worse. A few miles from here (about 120), the folks in sister cities Moorhead, Minn. and Fargo, N. Dak. are embattled in the flood fight of their lives. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Later ...


Sarah said...

Well I have seen a lot of these boxes, and even done one myself...but yours is very beautiful!
So pretty.
Hope you beat this thing!
I hear you with the flooding...we were dealing with this last year here in Iowa..No fun!
My prayers are definitely with everyone affected.

Sharli said...


Your box is beautiful! The linen paint really softens the box edges - I would have like that on my Emporium box, too. Well, next time.

Hope you feel better soon - and yes, prayers for those in danger of flooding!


Jeanne said...

Oh wow, this ever pretty! You've done a super job on it, well worth all the efforts (& shopping) to complete it.

I hope you got a good night's sleep and staved off a full blown illness. Rest up as much as you can!

That flooding situation is a nerve-wracker. One of my blog friends lives in Grand Forks and she's been posting about the dikes and the rising river the past few days...definitely puts a personal spin on the whole situation...I have been thinking good thoughts for all of them...

Laurel said...

This is very pretty! I love your raised up flowers.

Kelly Jo said...

this turned out great! I had to chuckle when you said "off to Walmart I go". I don't know how many darn trips I've made to the store for a card project.

I sure hope you're safe from the floods.

And I hate when the photo doesn't do the project justice!

Stampin n da Hood said...

love how you doubled the images!

friends from Fed. disaster relief are standing by...!