Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store BLOG HOP

Welcome to the first ever Stamp Simply Ribbon Store BLOG HOP! Our theme is BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. All the designers are creating, keeping in mind what makes their creations something they LOVE to design, staying true to the style they really LOVE. I put some thought into today's theme and this is what I came up with. A repurposed recipe box, to save seeds and sowing information! I don't have one particular style, I love all sorts of trends, styles, colors, designs & designers, etc. and can adapt to several different styles in my work. But one thing I know for sure is I LOVE to create three dimensional items, altering something bought or already in the house. I LOVE finding several uses for one item. And, I realized that this creative approach really comes from being raised where you had to make something out of nothing, in a word, poor! I'm not sharing this for sympathy, rather for insight. After college and since getting married 30+ years ago, I have been blessed beyond measure, and have much more than I could ever ask for or deserve! So, my point is, most of my creative thinking still goes into the mode of multi purposing items, trying to stretch their usefulness, and attempting to catch every detail possible. Ok, enough babbling! Here is a top pic of the index card box lid. I purchased the recipe box at Michaels for one dollar! I covered the box with my Webster's Petite Papers combo pack, Postcards from Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie. A Stamp Simply kit is pictured above at the beginning of the post! The $45 value kit is up for blog candy! (more info below) I used scor tape to adhere papers to box and sanded all edges.
My favorite item on this project is the floral embellishment. I folded the striped ribbon in half, hand stitched, and pulled my thread to gather. The GinaK buttons are added with silk ribbon and sewn onto the flower. I attached the leaves separately. After sizing down the suede leaves for this project, I discovered they are two sided! This created a pocket to add filling. I placed a tiny bit of a cotton ball before gathering and stitching the leaf end. (the top photo shows the fullness a bit better)
Using my sentiment from Seeds of Kindess, I stamped with StazOn black ink and circle punched. I set my 15pt Times New Roman font (scroll down page to view stamps) to create an oval border to place my punched circles on. The edges are distressed with a sponge and Rich Cocoa Memento ink. Buttons and silk ribbon finish the front embellishment.
The inside of box reveals dividers and pockets I shared last Friday, HERE. The divider labels are computer generated and punched with an oval punch and attached with scor tape.
I came across this idea some time ago here at the daytripsociety.com site. I wanted to try something similar to this box and thought since our move it would be perfect to help me organize the new little garden patch in the backyard! Another feature I love is the large buttons used as box feet! They are attached with glue dots and I LOVE the look! Also another use for those large buttons! There you have it, staying true to what I LOVE! As a thank you for joining us on our very first blog hop, one lucky commenter will receive a complete Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris Kit! In order to be in the drawing, you are encouraged to leave comments along the hop. At 6pm on Saturday February 27, 2010, a number will be drawn that corresponds to the blogs involved. Another number will be drawn for the comments on that blog and the winner will be then be notified via e-mail. Commenting, while not required, is highly recommended so that you will be eligible for the drawing! Good Luck!
The fabulously talented Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Designers:
Sharon Johnson - No Time to Stamp?/Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Deb Saaranen - Dream in Color Holly McMillen - Toy's Haven Michelle Woerner - Stop and Stamp the Roses Sherry Cheever - Walkin' on the Bad Side Linda Duke - Linda's Works of Heart Barb Schram - Explore. Dream. Discover. (you are here)

181 comments:

Laurie said...

Barb, you're making the $1 recipe box look like a million! I love the suede leaves and your ribbon flower and just the whole idea for your project. It would be so useful in the gardening season (hope the nicer weather comes soon!) Great job!

Jerri Kay said...

Simply stunning Barb! I love your box and the cards, a wonderful design!

Rae C. said...

Your whole project just screams perfection! What a cool idea for organization too! Thanks for sharing.

Lillabell said...

Very nice thanks for sharing.

Laura Lee said...

Barb, this is just amazing.. actually words can describe ... i love the flower i love the button feet i love the papers... ok i love the whole thing. i will be back to peruse the whole thing again.. i think i am going to make something similar for a charity function i said i would give a gift too but maybe put cards in it..
i am so glad i took a few min this morning to look at all your creation on this blog hop and i will be back when time permits to scraplift and just admire all your creations... Ladies you all ROCK (sorry shouting again)

Barbara said...

I knew I'd find something spectacular here!!! Love that box and the truly wonderful tip about the button feet!!!

Laura Lee said...

ok i am not going to leave a long comment because i thought i already did.. if it doesn't show up i will be back... you ladies inspire!!!

Katherine said...

Barb, what a stunning project. The choice of papers the button feet all make it extra special.

Debbie Nelson said...

I love this box...making me wanting to see Spring even more. What a great gift idea for my gardening friends...Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Wow! What a fantastic box, Barb! I love the papers and suede leaves! Every detail is beautiful! Great project!

sandyh50 said...

What a great project! I really like this blog hop!

sandyh502001 at yahoo dot com

Holly aka Toy said...

Shut up!! You are kidding me, right? That is outstanding!! I so want to make one of those now. I mean RIGHT NOW! :) Great job, Barb!!

Susan said...

Love the ribbon flower! Thanks so much. This was fun...

JenMarie said...

Totally FABBBulous!!

Kristin Tierney said...

This is wonderful! I love the flower detail

pacools said...

I love Webster paper and you have done such a wonderful job of providing ideas beyond cards. Congrats on your new team. I will be following all your exciting projects.

Silvergirl said...

What a fabulous idea! This would make a great gift for someone that loves to garden... I think I'll tuck that away for the future! Thank you for your gorgeous inspiration!

Hugs,
lise

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my word, Barb, this is over the top DARLING!!! But yet totally practical and useful!!! What a great idea! LOVE your paper choices, so perfect for a garden theme, and your fun flower is too much!!!! Way to go!!!

Marg said...

Unbelievable! What a wonderful project. I love the ribbon flowers. What a great touch. This would make a great gift for a gardener.

strent said...

How absolutely beautiful. I have a box at home that I may have to try and alter. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Diane Jaquay said...

Fabulous project Barb!!!

pboszko said...

you are so talented and I understand how the past reflects in (y)our work1

The Lone Dollier said...

I LOVE it! Nice alteration to a plain old card box. So cool.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Mary Sue said...

Love your project. I could use the box to organize my gardens. Thanks you for a great idea.

Velta said...

Oh Barb...what a masterpiece you have created!!! Those papers, the ribbon, leaves...oh heck, all of it...down to the feet on the box...just a creative genius you are!!

Charlene said...

You're a woman after my own heart! I love your box...the button feet are just perfect and the papers you chose are perfect for a gardening theme...another hobby close to my heart.

Susan G said...

I agree. The flower and button embellishment adds the finishing touch to the box. The paper is divine! Love those colors. I also seem to collect things to alter--my problem is that it just never gets done! Love looking at your efforts, though.

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

OMGoodness, Barbm this is such an awesome little project. You always come up with the most amazing ideas. This one is no different...absolutely love it!! Hugs, Sabrina

Deb said...

The ribbon flower is adorable!

Rhonda said...

Barb, I love the box. How you can take a $1 box and create such a fab project is FAB!!!

Elaine A said...

Barb -

Love your box. I also have always been drawn to boxes, bottles, odd container, I love to repurpose them. You have done a beautiful job on this. I'm really loving your use of the buttons as feet on the box. I always used round wooden balls, but I love the look of the buttons and I always have buttons around - super idea! Your flower - oh my! The ribbon is beautiful and it coordinates perfectly with the reds on the cherries on the paper. Wonderful project!

Elaine Allen

Margie H said...

Oh, wow...what a great project! I don't know what my style is either - it's a tough theme but I'm enjoying the blog hop! You all have done so many different styles - it's inspiring!
LOVE your creation and useful too! LOL! TFS!

Heidi Blankenship said...

OMGosh Barb you are so inspiring and always have the best ideas! I love it!! What a prefect gift idea for a gardener! I might have to make something like this for my parents, they love gardening.

Pam P said...

What a great project, I too think my favorite is the beautiful ribbon flower.

paradise45 said...

WOW, what an awesome, beautiful idea this is!! I love the colors, the paper, your button flower, and the JustRite stamp. Thanks for sharing!

Yvonne Tune said...

lovely idea, and a perfect gift.

Heidi Karpen said...

Absolutely wonderful Barb- what a great re-tool of a recipe box! Love the button feet- I'm definitely going to use that on my next box!

Pattyjo said...

What a great blog hop! The ribbons are so beautiful! I don't think a crafter can have to many either. Thank you for a chance...please put my name in the hat! Beautiful cards!

Pattyjo

stampkjs said...

Oh my Barb! Thank you so much for sharing your great idea of using the recipe box for your gardening! Thanks also for the tips on the large buttons for feet and also how you made the beautiful ribbon flower with the button!!! Beautiful box!

Anonymous said...

I love how you repurposed the box from Michaels. I had seen some at Christmas, but I didn't really like the color combos. Using your idea, you can make them any design/color combo you like!

Cyndee

cscholet at tampabay dot rr dot com

Karen said...

An absolutely fabulous project. I love the flower and all the detail is amazing.

Juliana said...

WOW!!!
Very cool!
I love the whole project!! Great colors and embellishments!
Inspiring!

Donna VW said...

What a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Charlette Finley said...

Just a wonderful job. The box and cards are so great. Love the paper choice and the ribbon flower. Thanks for all the dits. Each and everyone of the DT has done wonderful projects. Thanks to all for sharing. Have a great day.

Rosie said...

I love your recipe box and how clever using a large button for feet.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful gift this would make for someone!
Karen

Broni said...

I just love this box, Barb! That ribbon bow is beautiful and I really love that you used the big buttons for feet!!

Lily Lady said...

A wonderful idea and so pretty.
There will be some very happy gardeners out there!!

Rona said...

gorgeous!! I love the look of your ribbon flower - I have never tried this with striped ribbon! Beautiful look.

Christine said...

Holy moley, this is gorgeous! I would keep something like this for home decor!

ChristineZ

Deborah Saaranen said...

Just Fabulous Barb!!! I love your mix of the prints here, and that ribbon/button detail is so great! Loving it all!

Gloria Westerman said...

This is so pretty.....I love it....and I love your blog....and became a follower.....thank you for sharing this great idea.....and only $1 for the box...awesome....

Anonymous said...

Wow, what great eye candy! I am so loving this blog hop. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.

Chris Nixon

Sue D said...

This is a great project for gardeners. I love all your details like the flower and the buttons for feet.

Michelle said...

Amazing! I have all kinds of things running thru my head on this one. I will definitely be doing one myself! Absolutely beautiful :)

Nancy said...

What a awesome idea! I love the box for holding your seed packets!
So clever and looks spectacular!
Hugs,
nancy

Diana N. said...

A beautiful card and a wonderful recipe box.

Judith said...

Amazing. What a great talent to make something so beautiful out of a dollar box!

Karen in KY said...

I love these leaves as well ! Thanks so much for the button feet idea - they look great !

Laura Lee said...

thank you all again for a great blog hop.. i had fun checking and rechecking all your projects...

Sherry Cheever said...

WOWZERS this is stunning! Great altered piece!

MrsRandMrR said...

Oh soooo beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.

musesmom said...

What a cool idea! I also love the flower and the clever button feet.The striped ribbon color is so rich looking. TFS!!!

Karen B said...

I love your feet!! What a great idea to add to the bottoms. You definitely love what you do as this project is so detailed and amazing. Thanks

Ravengirl said...

What a clever, clever project! I just can't get over those button feet!

Annette said...

Beautiful!

Janet L. said...

What a great box, Barb. I also bought one of the $1. boxes from Michaels and have been wondering how to re-do it. Now I know!!

Donna said...

What a great idea! Wonderful color choices too!

Michelle L said...

Love the details you put into your project. I have seen those $1 Michaels boxes and thought "ugly". I guess I need people like you to see the potential.

Queen Mary said...

Barb, beautious! Love the feet on the box and the ribbon flower with the buttons! Great detail!

shirley said...

Love all the gorgeous details on your box! Great gift idea.

Lana said...

Barb I love your project!! Oh the wheels are a turnin now thank you!!!Gotta go get busy now!!!

laurensmom22 said...

Wow, that is one gorgeous recipe box!

gina f said...

Nice job!! love it! Thanks for sharing...gina F

Jen said...

oh my! This recipe box is SO great! Thank you so much for sharing.

Mary Friederichsen said...

Fantastic project! What a great idea...I picked up a couple of those receipe boxes at Micheal's also, knew I would come across something to do with them!
Love the flower embellishment also!
Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration!

connie said...

I love your box and card!

Barb(GrandmaUpNorth) said...

What a great project, and wonderful idea. And I loved how you used the buttons for "feet".

L. Brown said...

This is a great idea and beautifully done.

Little GTO said...

Barb
Now aren't you the creative one. Love the ribbon flower. I like to do three dimentional too. Those little feet are too cute
Sharon L

Nancy said...

Wow! That box is gorgeous! So many great details.

Marie B. said...

What a fantastic re-purposing of a recipe box! :)

Mary said...

Beautiful box project. I really like how you used those large buttons for feet.This is such a useful item, as well as beautiful, for organizing your garden.

Cassie_lu said...

wonderful project and love the ribbon flower you added.

Charmaine Stack said...

This is a great project. So pretty - and I don't garden! LOL!

TR said...

This is a great note box.
I really like the cherry paper!
very nice. .


The ribbons you use are always so beautiful!

Thanks for the opportunity to win. :)

Shellie Hartsock said...

Gorgeous project! Love the flower.

thestampinglady said...

What an awesome project--shows how fun it is to alter inexpensive items and make them look like a million dollars!

Theresa Grdina said...

LOVE the repurposed recipe box!!! It is gorgeous!!! IT would make a wonderful gift!!!! This is lovely!

Summerthyme Studio said...

This is AMAZING!

Vicki

Sherry said...

I love your flower and the suede leaves. That is too cute!

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

AMAZING! Love the papers you chose, they compliment each other perfectly. LOVE how you stuffed the suede leaves -girl, you are a GENIUS! AND super duper love that ribbon flower thing you made. Hugs,

Kerry Probst said...

I love all your work. Thanks for the great ideas.

CraftinGranny said...

Oh Barb, I've got to try making one of those boxes and with your instructions it will definitely make it easier. I too love the big buttons for the feet. Thanks so much for sharing!
This has been a fantastic hop, not too long, lots of great inspiration and variety. I'm so glad to be a part of it.
"Hugs" Granny

marcelle schauer said...

This box is great, who wouldn't love to get a gift like this. Love your ribbon flower, guess it is time to get oout my needle and thread.

newfiecrafter said...

Simply stunning what a great project . Love the DP and the flower. Thanks for a chance to win some great blog candy
Marilyn

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Love that little striped ribbon flower!

DeniseB said...

Love the ribbon flower.... Lots of great details on your project. Thanks for sharing with us.
DeniseB

Sue K (Australia) said...

What a great and gorgeous idea. A wonderful project and great gift. Thanks for the inspiration Barbara.

marilynwillauer said...

Cute box!!! So very talented. What great idea!!

linda flanagan said...

unbelievable use of buttons - the flower is awesome and the feet on the box very creative! thanks for sharing

Chriss Blagrave said...

What a beautiful little garden planning/organizing box. Your colours are so beautiful and well, those button feet...you really got me with those! So clever!

Cherie said...

OMG! Love the recipe box! Gorgeous cards. TFS!

Patti J said...

Great idea! Looks like it should be on the shelf in a high end gift shop! Love it! Thanks for a great hop full of inspiration!

Kathie said...

I LOVE your ribbon flower and the large buttons for feet is such a great great idea!!

Robb_eeie said...

Your Recipe Box is a true treasure; reminds me of something I'd adore in an antique store. Love the button feet.

And the gardening set of stamps is priceless ... on my Wish List :)

leenda said...

Picture PERFECT artwork Barbara! Fabulous inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Oh my word!! This is stunning! I love your seed box! The ribbon flowers and the button legs! How clever is that!?!?!?! Beautiful! TFS
Beth Greco

Michie B said...

What a cute idea. Love it! Great colours too!

Starla said...

What a great redecorating job you did on that box!! I wish I could sew a stitch...your flower is very creative!

Linda S. said...

The details in your project make this top notch...love those button feet, too!

Anonymous said...

Barb this is beautiful. I love the cherry paper. Thanks for sharing. Judy

Peggy said...

Love the repurposed recipe box. The ribbon button flower, Webster paper and what you did with the JR font. Wonderful idea. God bless!

janet dowell said...

What a beautiful project!!I especially like the ribbon flower with button center! I love your attention to detail!!

Pati said...

Great ideas! Love that flower : ) Thanks for sharing!

Naomi said...

Love the box but especially the "feet" and the flower.Great idea!

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

Great garden box, Barb! I like the idea of the button feet. Thanks for sharing your talents and great ideas!

Crafty-liz said...

That little box is amazing! You are so talented! Love the idea. TFS!

Crystal French said...

This has been an enjoyable trip thru your blog hop with some very stunning project ideas! Thanks to all of you...(and I love your big button box 'feet'!

I'm certainly loving this whole kit and can't wait to get it (although it sure would be fun to 'win' it!!

Anonymous said...

I love your ribbon flower most of all! This year I'm determined to learn how to make as many different flower embellishments as I can!

Christine Schmidt said...

Barb this is simply gorgeous! Don't you just love those $1 finds! Beautiful detailing! Thank you so much for sharing!

~Carolyn said...

Love the colors and this paper. Now I'm going back to Michael's buy one of those recipe boxes I passed over. Looking foward to following the new Stamp Simply team!

~Carolyn

Gabi Mewi said...

Your creativity makes me really speechless.
In Germany we mostly have recipebooks,but your recipe box is so beautiful,that I have to think about a "new way"...

Julia said...

Love the box. That is way too cool.

Tracy said...

WOW! What a beautiful project. The colors are gorgeous!

Barb said...

I agree that your $1.00 recipe box looks like a million. Cute idea to use as a shower present for a new bride with cooking ideas on outside instead of gardening and place tried and true recipes inside for her. WOW !!!

PamS said...

What a neat, amazing project.

rhonda said...

very creative! i love the flower embellishment.beautiful job!!!

lisa808 said...

Great project.

Conniecrafter said...

Wow you turned a $1 box into something just gorgeous, pretty papers and great embellishing!

AprilsL8 said...

What a neat idea! I love the button feet!

kANNAdyjka said...

WOW, this is awesome and for sure big project! The result is spectacular!

Southern Cricut said...

I bought several of those recipe boxes when they marked them down to .10cents. Thank you so much for giving me the inspiration to get them out and do something with them. You are so very talented. I cannot wait to get started on them. I hope I can do as good as you.

Whimsey said...

Oh wow; what an incredible creation, just beautiful!

cathy said...

Using buttons for the feet on the box was a very clever idea.

nancy said...

WOW your box is amazing.What a great idea. I love the ribbon flower, the buttons on the bottom of the box as feet, and all of the details. They are perfect.

Karen W said...

Beautiful, what a wonderful idea!

Lori C said...

This. Is. Amazing! From the ribbon flower to the button feet... I think this project is my favorite on the blog hop (saving the best for last, perhaps?)! Well done!

rush8888 said...

at first i thought this was a card. then it kept going and going. how cool is this! super!

StampnInkLady said...

Barbara, I love your repurposed recipe box! It is so homey (a good thing!) and I love the way you used the buttons for feet. Thanks for sharing! Hugs Lori R.

Anonymous said...

Love the card and recipe box.I signed up to your blog. I have signed up to 4 new blog one only had a sign up for facebook.so glad to have a chance to win.
Jocelan P

Darlene said...

Barb, this project is simply gorgeous. What a beautiful way to organize. Love the button feet - thanks for the idea on that - and love that flower. Thanks for sharing your talent.

IrishGirl said...

Wow! What a beautiful project. Stunning.

Sillyfilly said...

Beautiful card. I love those cherries on this paper.

Elaine M said...

Thought your Index Card Box was a great idea - gotta get busy and make one now.

Shirley N said...

What an amazing project, just beautiful. Love the papers you used and your ribbon flower!

Lynne Phelps said...

The box is GORGEOUS! I love the colors and layers. I love it that you go way beyond cards!

Carole said...

This is the most amazing recipe box I've seen. What a wonderful idea! I totally heart love the ribbon flower accent and well, honestly, there is nothing NOT to love here! LOL
I'm sure you will enjoy this box for many years to come!

Deanna C said...

I so love repurposing! The recipe box is stunning and perfect for leaving on the counter! What a great adornment for the kitchen. Your work is beautiful.

acs004 said...

These are just awesome!! Gotta love those flowers!!!

Kathryn Moffatt said...

What a Beautiful gift this would be for a special gardener!

Kathryn Moffatt said...

What a beautiful gift for that special gardener!

Barbara said...

Barbara
You never cease to amaze me with what you create. Thanks for sharing

Susan said...

What a great idea for the box! I even have one of those. Love the button "feet."
Susan

Anonymous said...

Such acreative project. It' great to be versatile.That way we never know what to expect.I think it's great! I would love to win the kit.

Vickie_M said...

Lovely card. Love the ribbon rose.

Cheryl said...

Love it! The colors are beautiful.

kathy s said...

As usual you have just gone that one step further- you are so talented and these cards and little box look great- beautiful papers,ribbon, flowers and lace- what else could you ask for love them all. Thanks for the chance to win some yummy looking stuff and CONGRATS to ALL the team

Lynne said...

Love your idea. I know exactly what you mean by finding other uses for many things. I never thought to organize my garden, but what you've done with that recipe box is so awesome. Very, very neat from top to bottom. Thanks!!

nancy littrell said...

Wow, just gorgeous! Love your layout, colors and embellishments. Your box is just incredible and would make an awesome gift with your included cards. TFS

cgargus said...

AWESOME! Beautiful recipe box! The colors and the flower are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda Carlson (lcarlson@chartermi.net) said...

Ribbon & button flowers - nice touch!

okienurse said...

Very nice. Love the project! I love what you can do with the Wbster papers Thanks for sharing with us!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very creative and oh so beautiful! I like that you used the buttons for the feet. :0)

Shelly K said...

Leave it to you to take your ribbon and do something completely unique with it! I LOVE your project! Your site is one of my favorites and I visit it all of the time. Shelly Kasban

Emily said...

That is so sweet! I love the work and details in this little box. It makes it a real treasure

Julie Overby said...

Absolutely fantastic!!!! You've used some of my favorite products here and now I'm so inspired! Just gorgeous.

Kitty Rodahl said...

This is beyond words, Barb! Just fabulous! LOVE this particular piece of paper! (with the cherries)Thanks!

craft_princess said...

OMG...this recipe box is STUNNING!!!!

Jan B said...

This 'blog hop' has been so inspirational. Gonna have to get busy with some paper & glue.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being on the Blog Hop.

Jan B said...

What a fun 'Blog Hop', That paper is yummy.

Hilda said...

LOVE your ribbon flower and leaves! What a great project. Congrats on joining the SSRS design team.

Pegg S said...

What an awesome altered project! I love the homemade ribbon flower - what a creative way to use it!! I have to try it - love that look!

Rebecca said...

That recipe box just went up enormously in value and style. It's just a wonderful project. Love the leaves and ribbon (awesome little flower) and the clever button feet.

STUNNING!

Gwen said...

This is amazing! Love it, great project!

Kelly said...

Love that box and the Postcards from Paris & Sweet as Cherry Pie collection! Awesome!

ntsisterz said...

Besides repurposing, you did a great job with color and design. Love it!

Cassie said...

oh my goodness!
that flower made from the striped ribbon is a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

Jillisgram said...

Wow, what a project! Love what you did with the recipe box.

Lisa Lynne said...

Congrats on the design team membership! Your work is beautiful!