I asked my friend Lynn what her daughter needed for Christmas. Lynn quickly replied, "Get her a BOX for her hand stamped cards". A Box? Would a nine year old be excited to open a plastic box on Christmas morning? We'll I wanted to give into Mom's request to give her something useful but I also wanted to make it special. I joke that Genesis will one day be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator since she is so good at making cards so I guess a storage box would be the perfect gift for a cute little girl who has been storing her handmade cards in a plastic zip lock bag. Here is the box topper I made for her.
I used some of our newest products on this punch art project. The Botanical Gardens DSP provided the perfect background and I added some flowers created from the Botanical Builder framelet dies. The little It's My Party enamel dots coordinated nicely to make the center of some of the flowers as well as a necklace for my punched art girl. I put this in two of our large cello bags to protect it and adhered it to the top of the plastic box and it made the perfect box topper.
I didn't get a photo of what was inside the box but I added coordinating address labels, some "created by Genesis" stickers, a pack of rhinestones for her future projects and a coordinating RSVP pen. I got a text on Christmas morning that she LOVED it and that made me very happy.
After creating this for Genesis I was inspired to make a couple of other box toppers for two other special little girls in my life.
Its hard to tell from this photo but this is a very small box, just big enough to hold two sports headbands, colorful rubber bands and some chap stick for Marlee who is quite the little athlete. I used the same botanical products plus a retired stamp set that had volleyballs in it, since that was the sport season she was in when I created this. Marlee doesn't like a lot of sparkle and shine so I tried to make this as simple as possible unlike the one I created for her little sister Raymee who is REALLY into sparkly things just like her Aunty Cindy (meaning ME).
Raymee loves mermaids. She loves anything pretty and sparkly. I think its so cute how observant she is when I come over to see her. She will make comments about my jewelry, make up, clothing or hairstyle! So after weeks of shopping for mermaid things, which I couldn't find anywhere, I decided to make a mermaid of my own using punch art. This box also features our Botanical Blossoms framelet dies and It's My Party enamel dots. I also had to use glimmer paper and foil sheets to make this mermaid sparkle and shine. I filled her box with kids make up and girly girly treasures that I know she will like. Let's just hope I can teach her from experience that when she goes to high school she doesn't need to cake on the make up like her Aunty Cindy did! Less is BETTER!!!
I loved creating these box toppers for three special little girls. It provided me a way to make something practical and useful but also something fun, unique and hopefully appreciated by the little girls that will store their hand stamped creations, sports necessities or make up and jewelry treasure inside.
Who knew a box would make such a creative, fun and useful gift!