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Welcome to the January 2016, Creation Station blog hop!

Today, we are featuring our favorites from the 2016 Occasions Catalog that will go live on Tuesday (January 5).

That sounds easy enough right?  I thought so too!!  Until, I started to create and pick just one favorite!  That ended up stopping me in my tracks!!  So instead of picking my favorite (I’m loving everything!!!), I closed the catalog and opened it with my eyes shut and touched a page.  That’s what I’m creating with today.  Whew!! That made it sooo much easier to get to the creating!!!

What did I choose?

Beautiful Ride

I love the car in this set!  It reminds of the car I wanted as my first car.

It also reminds me of the car my neighbor’s teenage daughter drove off to college.

Beautiful Ride Box for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

So, I thought, “Wouldn’t this car make a cute box for a graduation gift or party favor?”

And that’s what I did — turned it into a box.

I stamped the Beautiful Ride car twice onto Coaster Board and cut them out by hand.  And added the sentiment on another piece of Coaster Board cut with the Handpicked Framelits.

Beautiful Ride Box - top view - for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

Coaster Board has more body than cardstock.  Since not much of the box touches the surface the car is on, I thought it needed to be a bit sturdier.  I painted the card using a watercolor technique.  Be aware that the watercolored ink does not move the same way on Coaster Board as it does on watercolor paper.  That can be good — color stays where you put it!  And though the Coaster Board was pretty damp to wet when I finished — it did not curl.

After paining the body, I had a little fun with the details.

Beautiful Ride Box - detail - for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

I colored the tire using my Black Stampin’ Write marker and then added Basic Gray for the spokes on the wheels.  Next, I came in with my Chalkboard Marker and made a narrow whitewall.  After coloring in the driver’s side mirror with Basic Gray and the running board with Smoky Slate, I went over the mirror, windows, running board and wheel spokes with Clear Wink of Stella for lots of wonderful shimmer!

Next, I’ve  got a clean and simple card.

Beautiful Ride Moving Card for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

I stayed with Melon Mambo and Basic Black for this move announcement card.  But, I played with combining pattern and texture.

The designer paper is from the It’s My Party stack and the washi is Everyday Chic.

Next, I had fun with some of the details on the car.

Beautiful Ride Moving Card - card detail - for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

The center of the hubcaps are black sequins from the Metallics.

The cardstock windows were cut out and replaced with Vellum.  I couldn’t resist brushing them with Clear Wink of Stella.  It left a frosty, shimmery look.

And while you can’t see it in this photo, the headlight is a Basic Rhinestone.

Beatiful Ride Moving Card - sentiment detail - for Creation Station from theartfulinker.com

Finally, there’s the sentiment.  After cutting a Tea Lace Doily in half, I had a light bulb moment and realized that a couple of the Circles Collection Thinlits would fit the center perfectly.  I used them to cut the Basic Black and Whisper White half circles.  Again, I went to the Metallics sequins and picked a trio of white sequins to add to the doily as a subtle accent.

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12 comments on “Creation Station Blog Hop – Occasions 2016 Favorites

  1. nwt2772

    OMGosh!! So cute!!!! Very clever of you to make a box with the car!

  2. gsperringblog

    Why do your “Pink” car look like it’s velvet or something as equally soft? It’s beautiful, and I liked the box too!

    1. Sara Levin Post author

      I think it looks softer due to the Vellum in the windows that has been brushed with Clear Wink of Stella.

  3. Dena Rekow

    Super cute projects, Sara! Thanks so much for sharing! Love your ideas for this set–I seriously need it!!

  4. stampinbythesea

    Well isn’t that so clever. Love the car box. So fun. XOXO

  5. Elizabeth Price

    Cute projects Sara! The specialty box is fantabulastic! You have inspired me to put some ink to my stamp set and make something cute too. Smiles, Elizabeth

  6. Kathy Kartak

    What a clever idea to make the car into a favor box! I’m going to have to try using our coaster board paper!

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