This morning I uploaded my video that shows how to make these beautiful Lip Balm Holders. These are my September Thank You gifts for my online customers. I will send one to all my customers, as well as some product from either catalogue as part of the hostess club I run.
(Please note: Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell/recruit in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria! So sorry!)
Today's project was inspired by a swap I received when I went to OnStage in Brussels last November. If you saw my video where I shared my swaps with you, you will have seen this before. It was made by Heike Hulle-Bolze, and her website is www.papierkult.blogspot.com.
Initially, it looked like an easy project to make but when I decided to go for it, it turned out to be quite a challenge! The difficult part was gluing the Designer Series Paper (DSP) round the folded cardstock.
It took three attempts before I sussed out how to do it. Then I made two more to make sure the first successful holder wasn't just a fluke.
As I frequently do when I'm experimenting with new projects, I used retired DSP. As it turned out, although the first two weren't the best, I still consider them both as successful.
Once I'd worked out measurements for the cut lines, I found the secret was not to score the DSP. Instead, I kept the sheet straight and applied Tombow to the front section first, added the DSP and made sure that was adhered down properly before folding on the first scoreline.
I repeated this process on the centre spine area, adhered the DSP and then folded on the second score line. Then I did the third and final area.
I've now made thirteen of these holders and I'm planning to have a nice relaxing day making a few more. If I plan to make these in small batches, they're such a pleaseure to make!
Photographs 1 to 3: the first three photographs show some completed holders, all made with current DSP and ribbons. All have flowers that I made using the Crazy About You Stamp Set.
Photograph 2: this includes one holder that's been decorated with one flower from the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.
Photograph 3: I used Foxy Friends Stamp Set for the tree trunk and made the fox by using various punch outs using the fox Builder Punch. I chose the Crazy About You Stamp Set to make the flower on this A little Foxy DSP.
Photographs 4 to 6: these are all retired DSP and ribbons. I chose these colours because I had retied Stitched Satin Ribbon which is the same as the ribbon used for the Blushung Bridde and Pool Party holders.
I wish you a happy Sunday. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.