Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chest of Drawers

I recently purchased the Sizzix Candy Drawer Box die. I've seen a few posts on the web where people have combined a few of them to create a set of drawers and thought they looked great.  My sister's birthday is coming up.   She makes jewellery and always has lots of little bits and bobs that need organizing.

I had a bunch of matte board sitting around from the cut-out portions of an art series I  framed.  I cut 6 sets of drawers and constructed them.  For the drawers to line up I found it best to stick to the same material for all drawers.  Also important is to place the double overlapping sides of the cases along the same edges.

I covered the fronts with decorative paper (printed digital scrapbookking papers onto textured sketching paper).

Using the same matte board I cut pieces to form the outer top, bottom, sides and back.  I sanded and distressed the edges with distress ink. To construct the boxes I used double-sided tape, but for the outer pieces I used wet glue to give me a longer set time.  This required the use of clothes pegs for clamps and weights.

For the drawer pulls, I raided by button bucket.  I punched two small holes in each drawer front and tied the buttons to the drawers with thin leather cord.

Because the drawers are all the same size, they can be rearranged to suite your design and colour fashion whim.  Happy Birthday Della!

Wedding Card

It's wedding day for my neice Morgan and I've made a card/gift folder for the occasion. It's a standard 4x6 card with an opening flap on the right.  For the card base I cut, scored and folded an old file folder.  I then covered the various panels with pieces from a 12x12 sheet of double-sided scrapbook paper from the Susan Winget K&Company Specialty Paper.  I selected this sheet as red and gold are auspicious colours to the Chinese. 


After gluing all the pieces onto the blank card I used a corner round punch on the short panel edges.  Then I sanded all the folds and edges and added some gold distress ink.

In keeping with the bird theme on the paper I added a gold bird cut from scrap matte board using the Tim Holtz Bird Branch die.  This I added using foam dots to raise it a bit (and to allow for the cord).

The card was to serve as a gift holder, so I cut a shape using half of the Tim Holtz Ornamental die and added it using foam dots to allow for the thickness of the intended cheque.

I cut  from scrap white card using the Sizzix Leaves die, wrote "Welcome to Married Life" and our names and attached it to the inside of the card with a heart-shaped paper clip.

I stamped with gold ink a red envelope with the happy couple's names and added another bird to tie it all together.

To keep the card closed I used a length of gold stretch cord saved from a Christmas past.

Once the cheque is removed and the leaves unclipped, the card can be regifted.