Peony Garden Goes Around the World on Wednesday

Today I'm doing double duty with a sketch challenge for the Paper Craft Crew and our monthly Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop.


The blog hop theme for this talented group is 3D projects so I'm sure that you are going to see a lot of inspiring variety. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

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This reinforced box is 6 1/2" wide, 3" deep and 4 1/2" tall. I use them to organize projects when I'm trying to clear my desk or even just to gather elements of a collection or a palette that I'm putting together for a project. It holds 6"x6" DSP, coordinating cardstock, a stamp set or two and their dies, embellishments, etc.( I cut all of the DSP I use for designing into 6x6" squares.) I use Stampin' Up!'s smaller cello bags to gather smaller die cuts before adding them to the box. I also use some of the tins that Stampin' Up offered several years ago during Sale-a-Bration but there are never enough. These are sturdy enough to move around and bring your work to a sunny table or out to your deck. Add a little ribbon and they just plain look pretty on your desk!

Parisian Flourishes Stampin Up Box

  • The main trick is to reinforce each side with additional cardstock on the inside and a decorative embossed layer on the outside.  I used the Parisian Flourish Embossing folder on this box.  You will need to cut 2 additional layers of 4 1/2: x 6 1/2"  to reinforce the inside of the front and back, along with 2 3" x 4 1/2" layers for the sides. The bottom will already have two layers, though depending on your use you may wish to add a 3" x 6 1/2" additional layer. This is something you can do with any box.
  • I've tried shorter and taller boxes for this and 4 1/2" seems perfect for holding the 6" square paper yet still letting you see what you have. I have adjusted the sizes  and added covers in the past to accommodate larger cards.
  • You will notice on the PDF available below that you use two 7 1/2" x 11 pieces of cardstock that are prepared almost identically. The only difference is one will have both of the bottom tabs cut off so that you can layer one bottom on top of the other. You can save these tabs and use them to add additional reinforcement on the top of he sides.
  • Please note that you will trim off 3/4" off of each side tab leaving a 1 1/2" tab. When put together the two tabs meet to form a 3" side without any lumpy overlaps. Since you are lining these, the "seam"  is covered up.
  • I like to use Multipurpose Liquid glue because it gives me just a little more flexibility in getting the position just so. I do prefer the Stampin' Seal + when adding embossed layers because the edges will appear more finished.
  • Another thing I like about these is that they fit on my shelves perfectly.
  • Download the PDF here: Download Box Diagram 1_2-1
  • Someday I should get ambitious and do a video on this...

Since I've got this box organized with the Peony Garden Collection, I used it to put together this week's Paper Craft Crew card:

PCC417 Peony Garden Stampin Up Card by Chris Smith

    • Don't you just love these gentle blooms? And the greeting font is perfect! This bundle has been ignored too much over the holidays and winter. 
    • Colors are just like yesterday's post Plus Gray Granite!


    • It won't be long until demonstrators will get a sneak peek at the next annual catalog. I'm hopeful that these stamps and dies will carry over but it is unusual to see all the accessories of a suite make it to another catalog. By having them all out in my "box" they will hopefully see more playtime soon!

    Here is this week's sketch - it is just perfect for the Peony Garden Collection!


    Now it's time to move along to Anne Marie Hile's blog. I know you will love what you see:

    AWOW next blog graphic


    AWOW This is us

    Jan Clothier - NZ

    Leonie Stuart - AU

    Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

    Cheryll Miller - AU

    Melissa Gifford - AU

    Danielle Kassing - NL

    Satomi Wellard

    Ximena Morales - DE

    Aurélie Fabre - FR

    Mikaela Titheridge - UK

    Annette Ball - CA

    Angie McKenzie - US

    Wendy Lee - US

    Shel Anderson - CA

    Chris Smith - US - You Are Here!

    Anne Marie Hile - US

    Brenda Nelson - CA

    Tricia Butts - US

    Elaine de Montmorency - CA

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    Teri West - US

    Cheryl Hamilton - US

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    Product List

    Peony Garden Suite Collection (English)
    Prized Peony Bundle (English)
    Elegant Faceted Gems
    Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder
    Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
    Petal Pink 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
    Peony Garden Designer Series Paper
    Square Vellum Doilies
    Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder
    Multipurpose Liquid Glue
    Stampin' Seal+
    Paper Trimmer

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