Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Shaker Basket & A Doctor's Bag And News!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to clean up my craft room AND use things I find that I forgot I had purchased! So I was thrilled to see this wooden basket in the inspiration web store Neest that Stephanie showed us for the Inspiration challenge over on Split Coast this week.This is apparently a design from Sweden - but reminded me of the Papertrey Shaker box template that I bought & downloaded last year but had not yet used! This is the largest one out of the 3 templates included and is about 2 1/2" x 5 1/2". It includes a cover but I designed a handle instead to go along with the inspiration photo.

I have been home from work after surgery through the holidays and I went back this Monday (sigh....). Since I wasn't there to give my co-workers Hanakkuh and Christmas gifts - I brought in 'Happy New Year" gifts for them.

This box is the perfect size for giving these delish giant oatmeal raisin cookies (Martha Stewart Recipe). I kept the tag CAS to go along with the simple Shaker style. The wreath and sentiment are from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I sponged the edges of the box and then swiped the edge of the ink over the pieces to look like wood grain.

Stamps: Faux Fun Circles, Half Backed Gingerbread Joy - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: Fine Linen - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress - Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: brads - Imaginese, wrinkled seam tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, scor tape, paper piercer, circle punch, shaker box template - Papertrey Ink

I thought these fun 'doctor' bags would be perfect to put treats in for the two physicians I work for.
I purchased this great template from Lynn's blog store here some months after the holidays last year (advance planning for this year!) Check out ALL of her fun templates while you are there.

I found this shiny textured Bazzill paper that looks very much like leather so it was perfect to use for the doctor bags. The names were computer generated and printed on mailing labels then layered on slightly larger rectangles of silver paper and adhered to the front of the boxes.

The top opens just enough to slip in a few of the same cookies that I put in the Shaker basket above and a piece or two of fudge! The cute padlock is actually a brad and I used a square of velcro to hold the top closed as per the template instructions.

This looks so cool from the side - the design of these bags is just super! I recommend if you purchase this template - to make one first out of scrap paper so you see how everything fits before using the 'good' paper!

And here are the two completed bags. I think they were impressed!

And I just have to share - I am SO excited to be able to tell you this!!! Check this PaperCrafts posting out and look who's a winner under Season's Greetings!!! (that would be ME in that group) did you see the wonderful gigunda package of goodies we each got?!?!? I'll post my winning card here on Feb 16th when the March/April Issue of PaperCrafts goes on sale!

Hope to see you back here Saturday when I'll have a card for the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge!

Paper: Black Tie - Bazzill Basics, Silver metallic foil board - Grafix

Accessories: Brads - Basic Grey, cropadile, pewter jumbo eyelets - Stampin Up, Avery mailing label - Staples, scor tape, velcro, pad lock brads - Creative Imaginations, template -

27 comments:

Lenet said...

They are beautiful!! Love the basket!

anya said...

Julia, these are amazing! Those doctor bags look so real! Your shaker basket is gorgeous - this really is a stunning piece of work, and from paper! Hope you're getting back into the swing of things...

Belinda said...

Ok the doctor bag is insanely awesome! Love the shaker basket as well! Just fab! And YAAAAY again! You go, Julia! :)

Janine said...

Hi Julia!! Happy New Year! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects!!!

Millie said...

thet are all beautiful and very well done.

Pauline said...

Wow, love the basket, but the doc bags are FAB! Congrats on your win, can't wait to see your card. xx

Crystal said...

You are sooooo very talented and creative Julia love your projects today!!!

Anne said...

Julia honey!! Congrats on the BIG WIN!! Wow that is awesome! There were thousands of entries!! Your work deserves to be out there for many more to see! I'm looking forward to getting that issue!! Yayyyy! Love the Doctor bag and especially the green basket. Yet another great find you've steered me to! Love coming here! Have a great day my friend!!

Dee in N.H. said...

Oh my gosh! Great projects and a HUGE congratulations to you! You so deserve it, your stuff is so worthy of printing! What a ginormous box of stuff you got. That must have been fun to look through!

Mara... said...

I saw your name on the Papercraft blog today...BIG congrats! That is awesome. I for a second I didn't believe those doctor bags were paper, they are amazing!

Monique said...

Wowza what great projects Julie..Love Love the Dr. bags they look so real Well done!!

velta said...

I swear Julia...Your creativity never ends...you always have something NEW to share with us...Thank you so much for your inspiration this past year!! I am looking forward to 2011 :)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Congratulations, Julia on the win! I absolutely adore your shaker box and doctor bags. So clever and so well done!

Bev J. said...

What wonderful projects-your work is so very neat-impressed!

Congrats on being published!

Savitri said...

Wow, those are so cool! The doc bags look very real!

Kelly S. said...

Hooray! I was so excited to see your name and Belinda's woooot! Can't wait to get that issue! I bet there will be a really pretty WMS Season's Greetings card in there!

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Donna said...

Fabulous projects. I just had to comment. I hope the recipients appreciate them and put them out on display for all to see.

One4Joy said...

Wow, Julia, congratulations on your PaperCraft entry! A bloggie shoutout and being published in the mag...

I love those baskets and the docs satchel. Great idea and I think I just might have to have those templates. Tell me though, did you print the cs you used directly or print out the template, cut it like a pattern?

Hope your week is going well!

Jenny said...

What great ideas!! The doctor bags are my fave!

Debgem said...

I think the doctors' bags are just brilliant!! And the shaker presents are fab too. Love them both!!

Francie G. said...

Wonderful creations and yummy treats, Julia! Congrats on your big win!

Edna Morrisedie said...

WOWSA, you did a great job on these VERY authentic!

dpkennedy said...

Wow, these are both fantastic! The Doctor bags are so fun! I love the sweet shaker basket and those cookies look delish! I have to see if I have the ingredients to bake them today...it's already snowing here so it's definitely a baking day! Happy New Year Julia!

Sharli said...

Hi Julia!
I love your 3D projects - just amazing!!! I am also very impressed with your win over at PaperCrafts! Congratulations!!!! It's a beautiful card!

Alice Wertz said...

awww.... these are fabulous, Julia! i love templates and you made them shine! thanks for the links. love love love them both!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Julia - these are AMAZING! The paper you used for the dr's bags look like metal! WOW You are starting the year out on a bang -- what was the dr's reactions???