Wednesday, January 29, 2020

You Paint My Heart Happy - a Box to Hold My Brushes

I love making artistic things to hold my craft supplies in my craft room.  
Today I have a box to put my paintbrushes in on my work table and I used Eileen Hull's newly released Chapter 2 Gift Box with Scalloped Edges Die to make it!

I have had the cute paintbrush die from My Favorite Things for years and this is the first time I've used it (!!) - I knew I had it and was thankful I could find it in my craft room.  It is no longer available but they have a similar one here.  
I die cut the 3 pieces of the brush out of watercolor paper 3 times, painted the handles and the brushes with watercolor paints and used a Silver Pen to color the 'metal' pieces.  I glued the layers on each brush and then arranged them over the sentiment label with glue and foam dots.
I cut the die pieces twice out of matboard to make my box.  I cut an extra scallop out of black matboard.  I cut 5 squares out of the bug patterned paper using a Stitched Square Die then layered them to slightly larger squares cut from black card stock for each panel on the box.  I die cut one of the smaller scallops out of the bug paper and adhered it to the matboard scallop.  I layered that over the larger scallop cut out of black matboard.
All of the sentiment stamps are from an older set Clearly Sentimental About Art from My Favorite Things.  I cut the little house tag from Eileen's House Ornament Die - cut some off the bottom and added an acrylic heart at the top
This fun bug paper (can bugs be fun??!! yes, when they are colored like this!) is from American Crafts that I purchased at JoAnn.
I added a little globe charm from my stash to the quote stamp below.
I used an older Tim Holtz/Sizzix Movers and Shapers Sized Oval Medium Die to cut out the oval in the top.  I wanted a big opening for the brushes but not so big that the brushes would fall all over the sides of the box - so an oval seemed like a good shape to use here  I added a large and small scalloped piece on the back edge to, again, limit how far the brushes might fall back and it also adds a design element to the back edge of the box.
 This box will paint my heart happy when I see it while I'm working at my craft table and when I reach for a brush to watercolor something!

Here's a review of the projects I've made this month using these two new dies 
from Eileen Hull/Sizzix
(Click on the Title to see the post)
Don't forget to CREATE TODAY!!

Please check out Eileen's blog for more creative ideas from the Inspiration Team, using her newly released Chapter 1 dies - Gift Box with Scalloped Edges and Display Stand Die.

Stamps:  Clearly Sentimental About Art - MFT (retired)
Paper:  White and Black Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, True Black cardstock - PTI, watercolor paper - Canson (used for die cut paintbrushes), Bug DP American Crafts - Joann.
Ink:  Obsidian - Altenew
Accessories:  Gift Box with Scalloped Edges Die, House Ornament Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Movers and Shapers Sized Oval Medium Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Dienamics Paint Brushes Dies - MFT (retired), Stitched Mat Squares - Lil Inker Designs, Kuretake Water Color paints Black, Red, Burnt Sienna, Veridian, Red Hot Acrylic Hearts - Honey Bee Stamps, Tombow Glue, Red Line Tape, Silver Leafing Pen - Krylon, foam dots.


TLady said...

I HAD TO come over from SCS & see the other sides of your little box! You did a SUPER JOB on this! LOVE all those little sayings you've used & BEAUTIFULLY DONE!!! ;)<3

Christine Alexander said...

Love your paint brush holder, I need so many of those for pens and brushes :)

Bonnie said...

What a fun box to hold your brushes, Julia! Love that buggy paper and all those fun, crafty quotes!

nancy littrell said...

Love your colorful buggy design paper for your creative very useful box, Julia. Perfect for all your wonderful assortment of paint brushes. TFS all your Display Stands too. You have been a very creative, productive artist, my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Lisa Hoel said...

A paintbrush holder!!! That is such a wonderful idea Julia. =)

butterfly said...

What a treat - an absolutely delightful paintbrush holder - I love the buggy paper, and so happy you found that little paintbrush die to adorn the panels. Brilliant showcasing of Eileen's dies as ever, Julia.
Alison x

Karen said...

Love your newest project-what a great idea to use it to put brushes in it!

Papercraft Boutique said...

What a great idea to make a paint brush holder, using a gift box die, Julia! The die-cut brushes are so cute. And I love the colorful buggy DP and the sentiments on each side.
Hideko xx

Loll said...

I LOVE your paint brush box!! What a great thing to display and be inspired by painting! Your are the queen of 3-D projects Julia. Can tell that you have so much fun making these! All your projects from this month are AMAZING! xx

Susie Bentz: My Time to Play said...

This is an absolutely brilliant idea! Pretty and practical! I am going to steal it and make one (or two) for my crafty desk!