I wanted to try something new, so I went to Splitcoast Stampers and found a Tissue Box Tutorial. ENABLER ALERT!!!! If you have the chance, stop by the tissue box gallery and see some of the amazing creations there! I am warning you, there are some fantastic stamps used on the boxes! I saw quite a few that are on my wish list!
OK, back to the post. The box was super easy to make. I used a piece of Stampin' Up Raspberry Cardstock I ordered a couple of years ago for the lid. It works well with the striped paper, don't you think? I embossed panels for the top of the lid with a cuttlebug edge flower folder. I used a Martha Stewart Punch to create the scallop edge. I used a piece of yellow cardstock, a cuttlebug swirly embossing folder, and a nestability to make the top panel. I added just a little bit of ink on it to distress the edges. Once the box was done, I went to work on the images.
I could have called this post "A Tale Of Two Berries" Stella Strawberry is making a second appearance on the blog. I discovered Kraftin' Kimmie because one of her stamps was the same name as my Mom. I have a thing about that, :-) and I picked up Stella Strawberry to make something for my Father in Law's girlfriend. I bet you can't guess what her name is? The first time I colored her, I went with soft pale colors. This time I wanted to use deeper colors. I got the idea from here, there are several finished cards to inspire you. I chose the card done by Elaine Hughes for my color inspiration. She is becoming my "go to" copic artist for ideas and tutorials.
I think she's a perfect match for Stella Strawberry. I decided to go with RV's and R's for her. I can also see her in yellow with pink lemons, too, so I know she'll be here again!
I repeated the same design on this sentiment side of the tissue box
Now you see how it's a little crooked? That is because I had some help from my son who so kindly placed it on the box when I stepped away from the craft table for a moment. It's only on with pop dots, so I could have reset it, but I decided to leave it as it was. I figured she would enjoy Dan's take on it, plus it does suit the sentiment, doesn't it?
I was going to add my usual frills and embellishments to the sides, but my hubby talked me out of it. He really liked the clean and simple look. It was another challenge for me, just leave it alone! So all in all, I think I did OK with this challenge, I used stripes, I changed up my coloring, I kept it simple, and I used the paper on hand!
Maybe I'll go see what other striped paper I have hanging around now!