Monday, May 3, 2010

MTME Trendy Tool Tote © Gift Set

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend and your week is off to a great start! Today is my day to share one of my favorite projects from the May MTME © release! I used the Trendy Tool Tote © template (wow, that's a mouthful.. trying saying that 3 times fast!!) Be sure to visit Lauren today, too.. I'm pretty sure she has a project that you won't want to miss!

When I first saw the tote, I thought it was really cute, but I wasn't sure how sturdy it would be... let me tell you.. I was amazed at how well it holds up and how much it can hold! It would be so cute to make a few of these to hold some little jars of embellishments (buttons come to mind) in a craft room or even some office supplies on a teacher's desk... the possibilities are endless!! I made this one for Elisa, one of Sabrina's aides who celebrated a birthday over the weekend (Happy Birthday, Elisa!!!). I filled it with some Starbuck's coffee, cappuccino Lindt candies and a yummy candle!

Note: I changed things up a bit before I gave the gift, but I didn't re-photograph it. I removed the candle from the box and replaced the small bag of coffee with a larger bag and more Lindt candies (I know she loves coffee and chocolate!). I decided that I would give her the candle during Teacher Appreciation Week, and I didn't want the flavors/scents to mix.

I made the box out of Blushing cardstock (from Couture) and used the decorative pieces to cover the sides, front and back in some Prima butterfly paper matted onto Dark Chocolate. I added some stitching to all the pieces before I attached them and finished them off with some pearls. I am hoping once the box is empty, Elisa will find a good use for it!

For the tag, I cut out one of the All Tied Up © Circle cut files and stamped it using All a Flutter Sentiments ©. It reads "Cherish Yesterday Dream Tomorrow Live Today". I added some color with Copic markers and bling with Star Dust Stickles then I lightly sponged the edges. I popped it on top of a Spellbinders Labels Thirteen die cut.

I tied a couple of different colors of my dyed seam binding ribbon on the handle and added a pearl hat pin. Here's the view from above:

The accompanying card is a one-layer card (shock, I know!!). I ran a Spellbinders Labels Eight die through my Cuttlebug to create the embossed frame. Next I stamped the tulip from Sensational Stems © (such a wonderful build-a-flower set!). Happy Birthday is from Just For You © (released last month).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies ~
Stamps: Sensational Stems ©, All a Flutter Sentiments ©, Just For You © (MTME)
Paper: Blushing, One Sheet Wonder (Couture), Dark Chocolate (PTI), "Miss Pretty" Flights of Fancy Collection (Prima)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Blush (CTMH) Green (Colorbox)
Accessories: Trendy Tool Tote © template (MTME), Labels Eight and Thirteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Markers (Copic), Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Pearl brads, Pearls (Kaisercraft), Pearl hat pin (Maya Road), Seam binding ribbon, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.