Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fun with a Crafting Buddy!

Hello Dear Friends!
WOW!  What a fun whirl-wind week I have had!
As a lot of you know, my crafting friend Bette from Illinois came to Ohio to visit me for a few days and I'll tell you, we packed in a lot of shopping, eating, crafting and technique sharing in those couple of days! 
Today I'm meeting a few of my 1st cousins for lunch an hour & a half away from here but before I need to get on the road I wanted to show at least one project Bette shared that I really enjoyed!
Update:  Here's the group I met with today ... FIVE are 1st cousins and 2 are friends.

Bette knows I make a TON of tissue box covers that I sell at the few shows I do each year (one of my best sellers) and she thought this would be a good idea for the guys!  They use tissues too ya know ... lol ... but don't like those 'flowery - girly' boxes sitting on their desk or work space!
What do you think of this?  
Cool huh!!!

The decorative panels were created using bronze shiny paper, Tim Holtz Adirondack alcohol inks and a Darice Gears embossing folder!  Even though I have had alcohol inks in my stash for years, I haven't used them in quite awhile so it was nice to blow the dust off them and get dirty!  The bronze shiny paper I had on hand is from Hollo's Paper Company and is already cut to 4x6 size.  Which was fine for the side panels because they are 4 x 4 1/4 but the lid which I usually cut to 4 1/2 square had to be 4" square which left more room around the outside edge than I like so I simply decorated it a bit with bronze Stickles.

The colors Bette sponged onto the bronze paper was Butterscotch, Cranberry and a touch of Lettuce.  I really love the overall look!  She also brought along her Elizabeth Craft #962 Hardware Hinges that we die cut from the same bronze paper and placed on all corners ... what a great idea ... PERFECT finishing touch!

Thanks Bette for this fabulous idea ... I will be doing more like this for my Fall show.

Challenges to share in today:

CropStop May Challenge - ATG using product carried in their store (Elizabeth Craft)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make it Masculine
Dream Valley Challenge #157 - More than one fold

Other things Bette & I did . . .

  • Introduced Bette to Mediterranean food (hummus, grape leaves, chicken schwarma)  ... she loved it!!
  • Enjoyed homemade tuna salad on muffins out on the deck for lunch (made with my homemade piccalilli)
  • Strawberry Shortcake for dessert (not once but TWICE ... yummmm)
  • Hollo's Paper Company, Brunswich, Ohio  (her car was LOADED with paper product! ... excellent prices)
  • Hobby Lobby, Pat Catan's, Michael's, JoAnns
  • Alcohol inks
  • Tim Holtz new Oxide inks
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Shaker Cards
  • Tissue Box Covers
I am so blessed to have so many crafting friend far and near to share my hobby with!  It's always a fun experience learning from each other and sharing!  Okay I've kept you long enough this morning ... time to get a couple things done before headed out for lunch!  

Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .


Vicki robertson said...

Wow! This is fantastic! I love to emboss metallic paper. It always looks awesome. The added alcohol inks give it a rustic look that is perfect for a guy!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a fabulous and striking tissue box cover. Any fella would be proud to have that sitting on his work desk! What a brilliant masculine creation. Thanks for joining our 'Marvellous Men' challenge at Fab 'n' Funky. I'm so glad you did. Hugs, Wends xoxo Fab 'n' Funky DT

Donna Phelan said...

Oh yes, that is so cool! Wait! What?!? You mean my Hubby doesn't enjoy my wicker and pretty vine tissue dispenser??? lol Love the shiny bronze embossed paper, it really is cool! And the hinges look awesome! I hope you sell a bazillion of them!!!

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Esther Asbury said...

Oh Wow! What a striking tissue box cover! I love how you made it masculine with the gears and hinges! Genius!
Thanks for linking up to the Cropstop blog - I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what you've created!

Diane said...

Wowzers, this is beyond cool, I love how the paper looks like metal..fabulous idea..kuddos to Bette for having the idea...Bette should of grabbed me on her way thru I was FREE...sort of lol!! Anywho a fabulous project! Glad you had a good time!!

Leslie Miller said...

Wow, wow! That tissue box is amazing! Those hinges look absolutely real. So COOL! You really packed a lot into those couple of days. Whirlwind is right! Love the people pics. Everyone looks so happy!

Bunny said...

Sounds like a fabulous day. Love your tissue box. It's just as fabulous.

Carole said...

Super creation, thanks for playing along with our 'more than 1 fold' Challenge @ Dream Valley this week. Good Luck
Happy Crafting
Carole xXx

Gayatri said...

One word: AMAZING! Love the metallic look and all the details. Fantastic work. Thanks so much for playing along Simon Says Stamp Make It Masculine challenge. Gayatri xx

Hazel said...

Fantastic project. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our June challenge 11 at Love to Craft, Hazel, DT x

Judith said...

Hi Darlene, what a fabulous tissue box and such a lovely post too, so much fun! - thank you for playing along at Fab'n'Funky this week hugs Judith

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow this is totally cool and amazing, terrific for a guy, love this idea and those hinges really are a great touch to it all too, how fun to get messy and creative with your friend!

Barbara Godden said...

This is amazing, fabulous idea and perfect for a man. Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash for the Dude challenge.

Keti's Projects said...

Great project. Lovely idea. Thanks for playing with us at Pile It On. Keti (DT)

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Sandy How said...

Sorry late popping in! Been away on holiday but trying to catch up. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tissue box with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge blog. Love that gorgeous colour and the die-cut hinges too.
Hugs, Sandy