Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Milk Carton Container...

Hi there! Well, I wanted to finish this yesterday but ended up spending the entire time both girls were in school cleaning up their room. Ugh. It had gotten so bad, I knew it would completely overwhelm them to do it on their own. Plus, I was able to weed out some things without them all of a sudden deciding they HAD to keep it after not having touched it in forever. I'm sure you know what I mean. I didn't think it would take the whole time, but it did. Sigh...guess I'd better stay on top of them picking up after themselves, huh? (Insert slightly guilty and blushing, but not sos happy, mom face here).

I still have some more things to go through in there, but decided today I wasn't going to do it. I finished the project I started on Sunday instead. I picked up a tutorial on Becky Robert's Inking Idaho blog. Look on the right side of her blog. Following the tutorial led to this...
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Cute, eh? I think so! Imagine the milk cartons from elementary school and you have a good idea of the size of these. I'm going to fill them with Easter goodies for my friend Kelly's boys. The directions and photos in the tutorial are very clear and easy to follow. There's even a cool feature that allows you to open the milk carton from the bottom, preserving the decoration on top. I thought that was nifty-and no, I'm not gonna share that part.

I used CTMH's Clover Meadow and Dutch Blue cardstock as well as Papertrey Ink's Summer Sunrise cardstock. I also used DCWV's Glittered Stack (bought a long time ago) in colors I thought would be suitable for young men and still spring looking. My Scallop Circle Nestabilities and some circle punches were used for the tags as well as CTMH's White Daisy grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon on the handle is from Bazzil and I found that in the Hot Spot bin at Archiver's a few months ago. I used my Cropodile to punch the holes for inserting the ribbon.

The stamping is done in Memento's Tuxedo Black ink (picked up at Hobby Lobby) and the images are from CTMH. The chick is from C1146 Super Set. The bunny is from D1141 So Sweet Seasons and the happy easter is from C1222 Seasonal Thoughts. I think the sets might be retired by now, though. I used my Koh-i-noor pencils, odorless mineral spirits and blending stumps to color the images.

To make the hole in the handle here's what I did (since I don't own any of the SU punches that Becky used in the tutorial) I marked my cardstock at the measurements provided and then punched circles with the outermost part of the circle hitting the mark. Then I took my craft knife and a ruler and cut from the uppermost part of one circle to the other. I did the same on the bottom parts of the circle. This way you can achieve the same type of look.

I think that about covers this project. If I've left anything out, please ask away.

Remember my grrrrr moment with the yarn for my project the other night? I found a different yarn to try the same part of the project and it went together like a breeze. So, I'm tickled about that. I'm getting close to finishing this project and then I'll share. I'm getting pretty excited about it.

The snow yesterday didn't last too long, thank goodness, but the wind picked up so it just wasn't the most pleasant of days. Today is sunny and nice, but April is slated to come in with a storm. I hear we have a couple of storms waiting in the wings, too. I'm not really complaining though, as I know we really need the moisture. We had wildfires earlier this winter (which is highly unusual) due to the dry conditions resulting from very little snow. So, it's all good, albeit inconvenient.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I highly recommend Becky's Tutorials if you are of a mind to make something like this!



Kathi Carlson said...

About your project - SO cute I can't stand it! I saw it but deemed it beyond my capabilities. LOL. About the girls and their room, I can attest to the fact that children with messy rooms grow up to be neatnik-type adults.

Sarah said...

That looks so cool! I love the 4 milk cartons in the holder idea...it reminds me of when I was a kid and the milkman delievered bottles of milk in a holder that held 4 LOL.
I certainly HOPE messy kids grow up neat..mine will be SUPER neat.

stampmonkey said...

This carton idea for gifts is wonderful, but it looks like quite a bit of work to go to for a holder. (Call me lazy...or time challenged --yeah, that's it, I'm time challenged. lol) You're so thoughtful to think of them, and I'm sure those boys will be really excited to receive their handmade gifts! (Did your girls ask when you were going to make something like that for them? ;D)

I hear ya on the messy rooms. My kids go through phases...clean for a while then messy until Mom gets on them to clean it up. I no longer clean up for them...but only cuz I'm time challenged. ;)

Anke said...

boy are these ever cute! You are so talented!!!

Kim Burmeister said...

These are so cute! Great job!