Thursday, June 5, 2008

BEACH colors, 3 square box

What colors do you think of when I say the word "BEACH"? To some it may be a bright and colorful array of sunshine and water... tempting turquoise and summer sun. To others, it can be the softer subtle set of sand and seashells (say that three times and fast!).

For Shannon's Friday night workshop, we had a 'beach' theme! I've already posted the bright and colorful card we made. (Guess what?? The beach 'sand' was a big hit at the party!) Shannon did a terrific job as hostess too, inviting lots of crafty friends, making all sorts of terrific food... quite a celebration!

During that workshop, we also made a 3 square Ghirardelli box. The box was 'wrapped' with a simple belly band closure, and still within the 'beach' theme... although with a totally different character. For this box, I chose a color combination of blush blossom, kraft, and whisper white, to emulate the seashells by the seashore, and of course "Crab and Company" was a perfect fit! This fun little stamp set can traverse all holidays throught the year.. my little clam could easily don a santa hat, or carry a colorful gift box.

To make the project just a little bit more interesting and challenging for this fun and craft group of ladies, I also demonstrated the "stamp-ma-jig" to perfectly position the party hat, and the "mat pack" to add faux stitching to the belly band. Of course, while each guest recreated this beautiful and bountiful box (full of chocolate)... they also gave these fabulous tools a try.
The photo doesn't really show the sparkly sand beneath the clam... dazzling diamonds which are adhered with a 2-way glue pen. A really fun and tasty project!

Here's a picture of the box and belly band disassembled. To make the simple box, just cut a piece of cardstock to 4" x 8". Score along each 8" side at 1", then turn and score along the 4" side at 2, 3, 5, and 6". A simple 1" x 8" strip of cardstock wraps around the box to securely hold your tiny treasures (aka chocolates), but if you REALLY want to, you can also glue the flaps in place.

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