I’ve had the Bookatrix board for quite some time but really don’t use it often enough! I was never happy with the cutting-out around the edges of the ‘book’ but I think – since I was recommended to use decorative scissors to cut around the edges – I’ve liked those that I have recently done much better than the earlier ones.
This was for a special occasion so worthy of a bit of effort. It was a ‘milestone’ birthday for Amy’s mum (Amy is my future daughter-in-law and the carver of the pumpkin on a previous post) and we’d been invited out to celebrate with Hazel and a lot of friends and family.
I used a lovely metallic purple cardstock for the card (and for the box) and some ivory pearlescent cardstock for contrast. The stamped design is from Elusive Images and I embossed in silver both the lady’s head and the wording.
I attached a tag on the back with the greeting and a little mauve ribbon finished it nicely. I struggled to keep the corners of the box glued together, it’s a heavy cardstock and kept popping open so I attached square silver snaps from We R Memory Keepers.
Everybody should have a brooch!
It really is mandatory to wear a badge announcing your age on such an occasion and so – to make sure she did have at least one – I decided I’d make one for her.
I warmed an old CD and cut a wedge out of it (warming makes the CD soften slightly and is easier to cut just using regular scissors) and then used UTEE in clear at first and then a couple of colours to build up a nice thickness. I then inked-up an illuminated ‘H’ stamp and pressed that into the warm UTEE. I put some purple microbeads around the edges and then wound some wired beads along a couple of the edges. I made the danglies from shrink plastic which I cut out in the Wizard with Nestabilities and hung them from a couple of holes in the bottom of the ‘wedge’. I made the holes with my trusty Crop-a-dile, easy-peasy with that! The danglies were clear embossed as well to add some nice shine.
I made the octagonal box in the same cardstock I’d used for the Bookatrix and then pinned it to Hazels top so she had no choice but to humour me!! 😉