January 26/10  Boxes, Purses & Things  "Love U Bunches"

Created: January 22, 2010

"Love U Bunches" Rearview Mirror Dangly
Size: Box 2" x 2" x 8.75"h

Well this challenge started out with the smallest 3D heart ornament, and then I made the large one and thought the difference in size was too great, so made the medium one which was cut out with my Cricut, because I didn't have the right size heart punches for that one (I only have about a dozen heart punches). So they're laying on my desk and I'm thinking what to do with them. Then our challenge theme of boxes came up and I thought I'd make a box to hold a dangly. And I'm looking at the dangly and saying it would look great as a rear view mirror dangly and the tall box was created. This rear view dangly is better than some I've seen...

The box is made from 110# value white cardstock. Scored with my scor-it tool at 2" increments with 1/2" for the flap, and the bottom scored at .5" and then 2.5". I cut off the excess bottom section making sure I had a .5" flap on each side of the bottom to use as flaps. Colored the cardstock with Pan pastels for several reasons. Great coloring tool, and is a great anti static powder for all the thermal embossing I was going to do. The top is a smaller piece of white cardstock approx 4" square, scored at the 1" and 3" marks both horizontally and vertically. Then cut along one side of each flap section. I trimmed the edges by hand, but I guess I could have used a square scallop Nestabilities had I thought about it or had one or even my Cricut. Sheesh. I then used the Pan Pastels to color it.

I rubber stamped the large flourish border (Quietfire Design) with Versafine Toffee and embossed with Queen's Gold, doing one side at a time and positioning by eye. Then I added the small bottom flourishes.

Sprayed the top and box with Krylon Workable Fixative. Let dry.

I rubber stamped the quotes using Versafine Satin Red on white cardstock and used the Spellbinder's Classic Scallop Large Nestabilities (the middle size), positioning it and taping it to my opaque plate. Die cut it then dry embossed it, then colored it with Distress Worn Lipstick using a sponging tool, dark around the edges and a little lighter in the center, then thermal embossed the whole thing with clear. The front and back are the same "Home" quote, and the two sides are another quote "No One".

Adhered them to the box with double sided tape.


For the top, I punched a 1/4" hole to slip my ribbon in and would be big enough to slip out again with a knot in the ribbon. Slipped a piece of bamboo skewer through the knot to hold it in place and left the ends just dangle. When the box is opened the lid and dangly inside look like one piece.

For the flower I punched out (actually cut with my Cricut) a bunch of hearts from some leftover colored cardstock. Made a slit between the scallops of the heart and about half way down into the heart. Then with a clay shaping tool (The rounded end - see pic at right) and a thick layer of Fun Foam, shaped the petals. Adhered them onto a small circle (just to hold everything together), overlapping one to the other, Then did a second layer off setting it slightly. And wouldn't you know it, my daisy punch wouldn't work, so back to the Cricut to cut out two sizes of daisy type flowerets from some of the dangly decorated cardstock (with gold flourishes), both of which I added deeper tones of red with Distress Mahogany and a sponging tool both on the front and back. I then formed them and adhered to the center of the flower. Added a medium sized half pearl. Adhered it to the the top of the box on the petal section rather than the bottom of the flower so it would have a raised effect. Slipped in some fern petal leaves with the EK Success punch.


The one above is the medium heart, The large part is the red pan pastels with gold embossing, the smaller hearts are the white with silver embossing. There are 5 groups to create the 3d heart.

I colored white cardstock with Pan Pastels in red and touches of magenta, rubber stamped with the large and small flourish Quietfire Design) and thermal embossed with Queen's Gold. Another piece of white cardstock I left white, ran through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirls folder, brayered the raised edges with pigment ink and thermal embossed with silver. I punched or cut with my Cricut various sizes of hearts. I ususally put approx 5 smaller hearts within a larger heart, then either grouped them in 3, 4 or 5's.

I folded each heart in half and bone folded it down. I used white glue, and just smeared a very thin coat along one half of the back of the heart, and sandwiched to another 1/2 portion of a heart, making sure the edges matched. I kept doing this till I had about 5 hearts together. Then I adhered this batch to the center fold of a larger heart and put that aside. Continued doing this till I had the number of groups I wanted for my finished heart. Adhered them to each other. I glued a bead to the top and bottom of the heart and inserted a wire through the heart and beads, then made loops at the top and bottom.

The very large heart at the top has 3 groups. The large hearts were also run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

The small one at the bottom 4 groups. The small hearts within are plain only colored with the Pan pastels.

I added seed beads in white, silver or gold on the links of each heart. I attached each 3D heart with slip rings so everything really dangled and rotated. The flat hearts with the words are doubled up with the same words on front and back written with a black Micron pen in a funky style. They're glued together with a wire in the middle.

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