Tuesday, December 13, 2011
MFT DT Creative Challenge - It's a Wrap
In 2011, MFT is working harder than ever to inspire you, and we have come up with something we think you'll really enjoy. Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a new monthly feature, where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique. This month, "It's a Wrap" Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have creative gift solutions for you today!
After scratching my head for awhile, I thought about what usually challenges me with wrapping. Well, it is usually having occassion and size appropriate boxes, bags, wrapping paper, etc. I tend not to buy these items because I always think I could make cute packaging! LOL. Well at midnight when I realized I never wrapped the teachers' gifts this presents a problem! What I do have plenty of is paper crafting supplies and a barrel full of recyclable items. Combine those two and here is what I came up with :)
Clearly you can see all the papercrafting goodness, but what you can't see is half of a 32 oz (just under 1 L) plastic bottle that once held vinegar!!! Here it is before it's makeover :)
To ensure I had a relatively straight cut, I placed a piece of masking tape around the bottle at the height I wanted and used the edge as a guide to cut. By measuring from my work surface to the tape I was able to adjust the tape to be sure it was straight prior to cutting. As a bonus, the top could function as a funnel, too :) The container stands about 4" tall and 3" in diameter. I covered it with paper, ribbon, Wonky Scallop borders for snow, and snowflakes from the Snowflake Trio die-namics (both cut from Puff Cloud White felt and embellished with Stardust Glitz from CTMH). The sweet image is Pure Innocence Heart Warmer - so adorable colored with Copics as I have done or paper pieced. Here is a close-up. I also added some Glitz to his snowball.
For the tag, I used the Clearly Sentimental Label cut a bit short using the cut and re-cut method. More Wonky scallops and a small snowflake adorn the tag and call attention to the sentiment from PI Heartwarmer.
What I love most about this container is that the recipient can easily re-use it! It is the perfect size to hold a bunch of pens for a desktop accessory :) So, look around you - you never know when you might find the perfect item to repurpose for gift giving!
Here are the die-namics I used for this project.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and don't forget to click over to the MFT blog for the full list of designers participating in the "It's a Wrap" Creative Challenge.
Heartwarmer Gift Container and tag
Stamps: Pure Innocence Heart Warmer (MFT)
Papers: Wintertime 12x12 (Echo Park), Choice snow white (TE)
Inks: Memento tuxedo black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Wonky Scallop border die-namics, Snowflake Trio die-namics, Clearly Sentimental Label die-namics, Puff Cloud White felt (MFT), Stardust glitz, button, ribbon (CTMH), Divine Twine (The Ribbon Carousel), Copic markers, plastic bottle