Hello everyone, and welcome to this special Home for the Holidays blog hop featuring The Robin's Nest and Helmar products. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful group of designers from both design teams, and I hope you find lots of inspiration here for your holiday crafting. Be sure to visit each blog, leave a comment, become a follower, and you will automatically be entered to win a prize from each blog, as well as from The Robin's Nest blog, The Chattering Robins, and Helmar. So get some coffee, pull up a chair, and enjoy the hop.
When I think of going home for the holidays, I think of warm gatherings with my family, steamy windows, great home cooking, and lots of love. So, in keeping with this theme, I found this paper mache box that I wanted to turn into a box with a hinged lid.
So, I first had to remove the excess paper mache from around the bottom piece. I made some hash marks along the piece I wanted to remove. See picture below.
Then, I covered the bottom of the boxwith Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl with Snowflakes Cardstock and Calamity Jane Diagonal Glittered Cardstock for the roof. This paper is absolutely gorgeous, and it reminds me of aged copper that has that beautiful blue green patina. Here is what the finished box looks like.
If you look closely, you can see Santa in front of the fireplace.
I corrugated the Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl with Snowflakes Cardstock and used the reverse side to cover the chimney and the front eave. I used the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to glue the corrugated paper so that it would not flatten the corrugations. This is a fantastic glue that sets and dries quickly. It holds strongly and also dries clear and is acid free. I also used the Helmar Gem Adhesive to apply the dew drops. This was also a fantastic glue for this purpose.
|Front Roof, Corrugated Chimney, German Scrap & Dew Drops|
I used some resin window pieces, but had to make my own door using part of one of my window resin pieces. I added German scrap along the roof line, and I painted not only the windows, but also the German scrap with acrylic paints.
This little box could be used as a recipe card holder, but I chose to make a mini album to keep inside.
Here are a few pictures of the book and some of the inside pages.
|Inside cover and Vellum Envelope with snowflake embossing|
|Page 1 with punched strip to hold tag|
|Dymo Labels painted to look like copper|
|Inside Back Cover, wooden tree ornament|
|Vellum envelope tag with tags.|
|Folded tag with snowflake rubon|
Robin's Nest Products Used:
|Calamity Jane Diagonal Glittered Cardstock|
|Winter Retreat Glitter Swirl with Snowflakes Cardstock|
|Glitter Reindeer Stripe|
|Robin's Egg Blue Glitter Cardstock|
|Snowflake Rub On|
|Hillside Mini Dew Drops|
|Cherry Chocolate Dew Drops|