Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Summer of Color Box

Hello, everyone!  It's nice to have you visiting today.  The weather here on the East Coast continues to be beautiful, making for a very unusual August!  The only drawback is that I don't want to be inside in my studio because it's too nice outside.  So, the box I was going to make to put all my Summer of Color tags in has languished on my table.  But, the other day we had a tremendous rain storm and that got me inside and into the studio!  The result is this:

I decided that since the tags were all such vibrant colors I would make the box out of neutrals.  That way when you open it there is nothing competing with the colors of the tags.  I had a collection of Kaiser Craft papers that I had wanted to use for a while and I thought they would be perfect for this project.  They were all neutrals and I added some black cardstock for the inside of the box. 
It was a pretty straight forward project.  I started with a cigar box that all the tags fit in and covered it with paper and then embellished the top.  Here's a detail of the top of the box.
The top.
And a detail.
I loved this box because the paper on the edges of the box had little banners that said "hand made".  So, I made sure to leave those visible.  The paper I chose for the top of the box was a collage of ephemera and glasses and keys.   I used a cut apart from the collection the defined the word "document", because I figured that was what I was doing, documenting my Summer of Color projects.  I then used a technique Paula Cheney used for a tutorial on Tim's blog.  I cut the trellis die with black CS and used sticky embossing powder to adhere Antique Linen Distress Glitter.  I popped it up with foam tape.  I cut foliage out of black and outlined one side of each leaf with a gold pen.  I put that through the trellis and attached the bottom of the stem to the top.  I used some leaves and flowers that Linda, from The Funkie Junkie Boutique had gifted me in an order (thank you, Linda).  I painted them with Black Soot DP and wiped it off with a paper towel.  I then used a Majestic Medallion from Spellbinders with a label inside along with a Graphic45 pull as a handle to open the box.  And, that finished the top.
Here are some photos of the inside.
I love the pop of color in the black interior.
The envelope I attached with the colors for each week listed.
And, under the tags...
The interior is very simple.  I wanted to remember the color combinations and so I wrote them on a piece of the paper and put them in a Maya Road envelope attached to the lid.  And, since the tags do make me smile with their bright colors, I thought I would document that fact underneath them!
So, that's my box which took far longer to make then it was supposed to.  I'm really happy with it and I love opening it and seeing all those colors!  What fun!
Thank you so much for visiting with me today.  I really appreciate your visits and your comments.  Have a wonderful day and I hope you get to create something you love! 


  1. I loved that you made such a treasure to hold your treasures! This is beautiful and should sit front and center on your coffee table! Bravo!

  2. thewhat a lovely, lovely box! I've just finished my shadow box (the one I was telling you about) ... so much work!!! I think I'm going to go back to my beads - ha! it amazes me how much patience you must have to create like this!

  3. Oh what a gorgeous box - I love neutrals and this is just stunning, especially with the pop of bright colour when you look inside. A really lovely way to treasure your beautiful tags.

  4. I LOVE this box, Maryanne! It is so beautiful and perfect to keep all of your tags in! I love that you made this for your summer of colors tags! It is so cool that you put a little envelope to keep track of the colors that we had each week! You are so creative!!!!!

  5. Wow !!! I love this Maryanne :-) Beautiful papers and the decor /embellishments are just stunning. Great technique from Paula and beautifully executed. A stunning storage box to treasure.
    HUgs Annie x

  6. Hi again Maryanne! Thanks so much for your visit to my blog. It is wonderful to know that you love fall, too!


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