Sunday, July 20, 2008

Live Your Dream Coaster Box

This box was inspired by Barbara ( It's simple and beautiful, and you can easily personalize it to suit your intent and your space. I have to admit I cheated just a little: the box will hold Sharpies, not SU! markers, but I wanted the markers to match the box in the picture!


Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Whisper White

Tools: Crop-A-Dile, scallop punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch

Ink: Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Stamps: Live Your Dream

Other: Chipboard sheets (I didn't have coaster, so I cut my own), Aleene's Original Tacky Craft Glue, Hemp twine


Cut 5 3-1/2" squares from chipboard. (I used several passes of my paper trimmer to achieve this).

Cut 5 1-1/2" squares out of CS. Mix and match colours to your taste.

Adhere CS squares to chipboard squares.

Using the Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole in each corner of each sqaure. I measured it out for the first square so the holes would be evenly spaced, and then lined that square up with the others and punched them out too. If you're going to use thicker ribbon or twine, make sure it will fit through your holes twice! If you want to, you could add eyelets at this point.

Run the edges of each square over the Chocolate Chip inkpad to define the edges.

Using approximately 3" - 4" of hemp twine for each knot, loosely tie the corners together, forming the four walls of the container. Then tie the bottom on, re-using the bottom holes of the four walls.

One knot at a time, add a dab of white craft glue (I use Aleene's because it dries clear) to each knot. Pull the knot tight and hold it for a couple of seconds until the glue sets. (I did this at my computer, went on Splitcoast, opened up the gallery of new submissions, clicked on 'Slideshow', and enjoyed the show while waiting for all 12 knots to set!) Trim the ends of each knot.

Cut a 2-3/4" square from Whisper White CS. Stamp with small flower stamp. (I inked the stamp with Old Olive and Cameo Coral markers.) Run the edges of the square over the Chocolate Chip ink pad.

Ink and stamp the large flower image on a scrap piece of Whisper White CS. Punch out with the 1-1/4" punch. Run the edge of the circle over the Chocolate Chip ink pad.

Punch a scallop from Chocolate Chip CS and a 1-3/8" circle from Old Olive CS.

Adhere the flower image, Old Olive circle, and Chocolate Chip scallop together. Adhere the element to centre of the 2-3/4" square. Adhere the sqaure to the box.

If you want to, you can decorate each side however you want. I chose to embellish one side and leave the rest plain. The colours are gorgeous on their own!


Julia D said...

Beautiful! What a great idea. I think next time we get together to stamp I'll make one of these. I could use something pretty on my craft table to hold things like pens, craft knife, scissors etc.

I love your blog!

Dawn said...

aw, thanks, Julia!

Babs0401 said...

Oh, what a beautiful box!

Schön, dass Dir meine Box gfallen hat.

Liebe Grüsse