Sunday, March 25, 2007

Altered Lunch Tin Class

Yesterday, I went to Kate & Krystal's (blog here) altered lunch tin class, because, quite frankly these things scare me. I'd never done anything with the metal... had NO idea how to adhere it or cut it or anything like that. I just finally got used to chipboard, so metal - yeah, that was OUT of the question. But my stampin' sistas were totally supportive of my scaredy-cat behavior. (The cat itself, not so supportive, however.) After a week of bugging Kate on Yahoo IM on what I should bring, what I should do, etc. (Yeah, it's a good thing she has kids.), the big day had arrived.

I packed up my Longaberger basket with my ribbon holders, trimmers, paper snips, and of course, my FAVORITE Stampin' Up! set ever - What's Brewin', and I was off to Fairfield. I was the first one there, of course (stupid anal-retentive behavior). But that was good, because I had NO idea what I wanted to do, even though Kate told me to have an idea in mind (not so good at following directions).
When I got there, I looked through the designer papers that they had, and found Sentimental Journey. I was like - is this retired? Kate said no; you just can't see the really cool paper in the SU! catalog because it's displayed in a 1" square (not so good for a big print). Did I tell you how much I LOVE this paper?! So ordering it on my next order!!! Anyway, I chose that, and cut it like I was told to. Then came the Primas... I had never used those before, either. Yup, I know... where have I been?! I just don't buy too much that's not SU! because I want SO MUCH SU! stuff. I know, I know... I went to the online store and am trying to find a store near me that sells them. Yes, I will get them soon. Anyway, I cracked the Prima code and thought they looked pretty cool. Kate used her Xyron to adhere the the long pieces of paper. Since I couldn't decide where I wanted my Primas, I didn't punch the holes; I just adhered the paper to the tin.
Then, I chose the ribbon... I picked Olive narrow organdy with True Thyme stitched grosgrain over it for the center. I chose Cranberry Crisp stitched grosgrain for the top band. Finally, I used Moss gingham for the lid seam. I really wanted to use these CTMH accessories that I've had for over a year and hadn't touched. So, I used the hollow snap (as I call it) first on the ribbon, but that didn't really show up. I had never used one of those things before, and it's a little challenging, especially with ribbon, but with Kate's help, I was able to pull through. Since the one hollow snap didn't show up, I grabbed another solid snap and adhered that. But for some odd reason (probably OCD), I do things in 3's, so out came another solid snap. Yes, I pulled that ribbon up 3 times to make the snaps happen. I think they turned out pretty, IMO.
I really wanted to use my What's Brewin' set, so I made it work. I stamped the cup in Cranberry Crisp on Whisper White CS. (I did it first in True Thyme, but it blended in too much.) I decided to hook the cup handle around one of the snaps, and I thought that looked cool. I laid the Primas out, and there was still something missing... Kate suggested a tag, so I opted for the Designer Label punch and made a tag out of Bordering Blue. Then, I stamped the Rubber Stamper image from Circle of Friends on the tag in True Thyme. It seemed like something was missing, so I again went to the unused portions of the CTMH embellishments... I chose the swirley (yeah, no clue what the real name for it is) and tried to hang it from the ribbon on the top, but that didn't work. So back to the tin I went... and I pulled out a tiny safety pin. I punched a hole in the top of the tag, pushed the pin through and hooked that onto the ribbon. It was still missing something, so I used the swirley and smashed that on the bottom of the tag.
Finishing up... I used mini glue dots to adhere the Primas, pop dots for the cup and the tag, and just plain mono adhesive for the ribbon. I chose all the colors of ribbon I had already used on the project for the handles, but I added Maize grosgrain for a little splash of color.
I'm pretty happy with how my first lunch box turned out. I have an order of 5 more coming from JoAnn's, along with 5 band aid tins... I'll post some more when the time comes.
Since Kate was so fabulous in putting up with me during the week, I brought a little something for both of them when I came... I got these magnets at Michael's. They had some other design on the front, so I sanded that off and replaced it with Au Chocolat paper from the Spring Mini. I tied a knot around one of the stems with Rose grosgrain. I stamped the cup from the Espressoly For You set in Regal Rose, cut it out, and stuck it on. Since I was trying to use things that I've had FOREVER, I chose the metal tags that I had gotten to support the Breast Cancer Society. I thought the Sister and Friend tags were appropriate for my stampin' sista and friend. I clipped those on, and out the door they went. Kate and Krystal both loved them... so excited!

1 comment:

Kate said...

Glad you had fun and broke through the using metal barrier.........lol Thanks again for the "K"s they are super cute and are both on my fridge.

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