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Make Something Pretty

Last month I made this pretty storage box to submit for Prima Marketing‘s Design Team (DT) Call. It was time for their annual search to add new members to their team. Prima was looking for all styles, levels, and types of papercrafters…. so, I went ahead and threw my hat in the ring!  There were over 2,500 submissions from all countries! The opportunity for a part-time hobby crafter like myself to gain experience on a DT for such an incredible company would be fulfilling and fun! Some of the perks to design papercrafts would be the potential exposure of my work being shown at trade shows, the potential for publication, and the best thing would be to get to play with new products throughout the year. Prima has lots of product lines – from rubber stamps to watercolors to stencils to planners to paints.

For my submission, I decided to embellish a papier-mache storage box using Prima products. To start, I painted the box a creamy white. Then added some pretty pattern patterned paper and decoupaged it on. For the image, I chose to use a large rubber cling stamp from the Prima Princesses collection named ‘”Sydney”. Prima Princesses are gorgeous and highly detailed, which is exactly what I wanted to showcase on my storage box. She turned out beautiful after some color was added along with paper flowers for embellishment and dimension. There is a small stamp “Imagine” that I added to Sydney’s shoulder that is in the Julie Nutting Planner clear stamp set “Craft Day”. I love how my new storage box turned out!

There is a saying that life is about taking chances, trying new things, having fun, making mistakes and learning from it. That’s what I was thinking about when I submitted these pictures for the Design Team call. Enjoy your day, try something new, and have fun!

Just when I thought I was finished…I decided to attach a piece of ribbon as a tab to make opening the lid to the book-style box a bit easier. #afterthought

 

 

 

 

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Whooray!

“Mr. Who” is the name of this cute little owl stamp and I just love him. I have quite a few cute (and cheesy) sentiments that I could have used with this image on a card, like “Owl always love you” or “Whoo-la-la” but I decided to make something other than a card. I stamped Mr. Who with brown ink and colored in using layers of a pink Copic marker so the image would coordinate with the small pink bag. The same brown ink was used to stamp the branch. To decorate the paper bag, I started by attaching a piece of triangle-shaped burlap, using lagoon colored bakers twine to attach. Using large and small scalloped circle punches, I punched out background paper to layer with. I used foam tape to attach the scalloped circles and tree branch with, just to add dimension.  For embellishments,  I used burlap flowers from Hobby Lobby and Prima paper flowers from my stash.  Of course I added a little bit of bling to the flowers, since it’s a challenge for me to just leave things like that as they are.  Hope you have a hoot of a day!

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