Monday, September 6, 2010

Recipe box

With the credit crunch I try to hand make as many gifts as possible. It's not always an option because sometimes you know the recipient is the type of person who does not appreciate handmade gifts, but for all those who I believe do appreciate them, I try making the present and save myself a few quit at the same time :-)
For my friend's birthday I made this card the other day, but I wasn't sure if I was going to have the time to hand make a present too. Last night I could not sleep and got thinking about a tutorial I came across a few days ago for a recipe box; since my friend is a great cook a recipe box seemed like the ideal handmade gift for her. So I got started this morning and this is the result:
For measurements and instructions on how to make this recipe box, see Just Give Me Stamps Blog. Laurie Shmidlin is very talented and the tutorial is very easy to follow. I had some interruptions so I can't tell you how long it really took me from beginning to end, but the box itself is only a matter of minutes. It takes, as usual, much longer to decorate it: finding matching papers, ribbon, punches, images, etc. :-)
I used 270msg red and white cardstock for the box; the paper is from DCWV, Spring Stack; the images are all digital from Clipart and coloured with Letraset Promarkers; alpha stamps are Gstudio; ribbon from my own stash; Circle, Oval and Scalloped Nestabilities; scallop scissors; Red Versamagic ink.

I would like to enter my recipe box to the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday - Gift Set
Double Dutch: I choose Challenge #41, Box it up
Ooh-la-la Creations: Stripes
Creative Friday - Monochrome + sketch
CowGirls Sunday Stamp'en - Anything goes
Timbroscrapmania - Free theme

Thanks for your comments, have a nice week!


Wendi said...

Oh wow this is gorgeous your friend is so lucky I would love to get pressies like this
The inside looks just as beautiful as the outside
Thank you so much for sharing this with us at ooh la la

Anneke said...

great box!
Thanks for joining us at digital tuesday :)
Hugs Anneke

Gina said...

Fabulous gift idea! I'm sure your friend will be thrilled :D Thank you for joining us at Cowgirls Sundays XXX

Lisa Jane said...

what a fabaulous idea for a gift - your friend will love it
Lisa ;0

Erica said...

It's gorgeous, what a lovely gift! Unfortunately it doesn't qualify for DDC#41, which is to make the box we provided the pattern for ;o), but I'll put it in under DDC#11 (As Long As It's NOT A Card) with your permission :D Thank you for joining us on Double Dutch!


coldwaters2 said...

Wow this is totally gorgeous a brilliant gift and your friend will absolutely love it I am sure thank you so much for the link to the tutorial and thank you for sharing this with us at Digital Tuesday this week.
Lorraine x

Ellie said...

It's beautiful and the perfect gift for your friend. She is going to love it.
Thank you so much for joining us at the DTC!

snehal watwe welde said...

Gorgeous ....totally love it.

Jovita AKA Tia Goofy said...

beautiful gift!! thanks for joining us at CSSC ;>

Marianne said...

What a great project! Usefull and beautiful!
Thanks for playing along at cowgirl sunday challenge!

Kleeblatt said...

Wonderful project.
Thank you for joining us at CSSC this week.
Hope to see you for our special challenge on the 19th September our Cards For Soldiers!!!


Poppet said...

Great box, I'm sure your friend will love it. Such a useful gift and such a great colour.

Thank you for sharing your project with us at CSSC and we hope to see you next week for our Christmas Cards for Soldiers event. :-) xx

Giò said...

Stunning creation!! Beautiful papers and details too. Thanks for joining us at TSM challenge.

Hugs, Giò