Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Getting Labeled Creatively

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”Albert Einstein

I am so pleased to be taking part in this "Sizzix Scoreboards Blog Hop", along with all the other creative designers.  Welcome to my blog if this is your first visit.

Being a HUGE Sizzix fan, it's been a thrill to see and use the amazing new, soon-to-be-released,  dies in the Scoreboards newest line, designed by Eileen Hull.  So I hope that you will stop by each blog to see how each designer used the "Scalloped Box" die and fashioned it into something spectacular.  Once you have had the opportunity to see all the designs, click back to Eileen Hull's Blog and pick your favorite.  MAKE SURE YOU "VOTE"- TWO PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY EILEEN. One will go to the designer with the most votes and the other to a random person, commenting on any of the participating blogs. Please note: Voting ends on Monday, April 4, at 6 PM. So come on and get inspired!  Leave a comment on the designer's blogs.  Tell us what your thoughts are, we would love to hear them!
Eileen gave us a challenge to incorporate "office supply materials" into our designs if we desired.  I'm always up for a challenge!

Started with the blank Sizzix Scalloped Box die as the base, painting the inside and outside of the box with Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber. Formed the box using a "red line" tape. Then I took blank white labels and inked them with a light color Distress Ink (Antique Linen) from Ranger.  Then ran the labels through my Sizzix Big Shot in a embossing folder from  Cuttlebug. With the labels embossed, I lightly wiped a darker shade of Distress Ink (Tea Dye) in one direction down the fronts of the labels, then finished in the opposite direction with the darkest Distress Ink (Walnut Stain).  Position the labels evenly on the front and back of the box.  Trim excess if needed. (Hint: I added little strips of red line tape along the edges to secure the labels better.)

All the metal paper brads were colored using Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Terra Cotta).  Small pieces of cork board scraps were cut to fit the front lid, the top and bottom of the box.  (Hint: the cork can be embossed if desired using a pattern and run through the Big Shot.) Then the pieces were put in place again using some strips of red line tape, but a glue would work too.  Some felt flower and leaf shapes were die-cut using other Sizzix dies. The two small flower pieces that are also part of the Scallop Box die, were painted with Distress Crackle Paints.  The felt pieces, scoreboard pieces are then attached to the top flap with a large paper brad.  Tiny brads are placed on the scalloped edge.  Two holes are punched to thread a rubber band through as the closure.  I used small binder clips, attached to the sides of the box with paper brads.  Formed a neck band from two pieces of strapping tape and inked it with green alcohol inks. Attached the band to the clips with tiny paper brads.
So ... what's your thought ... or two?
List of participating blogs:
Ann Butler
Bonnie Bruns 

Brenda Pinnick
Candice Windham Designs 

Carla Schauer
Cindi Bisson- Fat Cat Creations 
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world 
Designs by Roxi 
Eileen Hull 
Jenn Ellefson 
Just a Thought or Two 
Jen Goode 
Julie McGuffee 
Karen Burniston 
Laura Bray 
Lisa Rojas 
Marisa Pawelko- Modern Surrealist 
Melony Bradley 
Michelle Cummings 
Niki Meiners 
Pink Lemonade 
Sandy Laipply 
Sparkle Studio 
Veronica Goff


  1. Cindy ChristoffelMarch 31, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Madeline, this is awesome! You are so creative. I love all the textures in this project.


  2. Very pretty. I like how you combined different materials and textures.

  3. Awesome project!!


  4. Yes, this! THIS is how you use brown and make it sing. I love everything about this! Lovely!

  5. this is beautiful! I love the felted flowers!

  6. This is fantastic! I really like how you used the labels to make your own paper design, so effective!

  7. just beautiful! I love the textural elements combined to create a truly unique and wonderful piece!

  8. Great texture, great colors, great design!

  9. This is my favorite so far!!!! I love how you used the office supplies to create something so beautiful - such great texture and colors here - just beautiful!

  10. The layers and textures really are gorgeous!

  11. I love the texture and your color choices!

  12. JGoode said...
    As soon as the picture loaded I wanted to reach out and touch it - what a great use of texture and color! Now I definitely am hungry to try the distressed inks.. great project.

    MARCH 31, 2010 11:20 AM

  13. Cindy said...
    This is awesome. I love all of the textures you used in this project!
    Wonderful creativity!


  14. I love so many things about this project Madeline! You have used so many different techniques but the color you used brings it all together. So very cool and clean. Thanks for hopping with us!

  15. This was so much fun to participate in. Win or Lose, I love the challenge of creating anything. Seeing everyone's finished works was so much fun. One little white box, 24 DIFFERENT ways!

  16. really like how you decorated this! great job!

  17. Wow...I thought you had covered with some sort of bamboo veneer! Lovely!!