OSAT Blog Hop Spring Has Sprung

One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop

Welcome!  Spring has sprung for this month’s One Stamp at a Time blog hop.  Don’t forget to click “Next” at the bottom of this post to continue to Kelly’s blog.

Spring to me means flowers beginning to bloom and the return of our resident birds.  So far, the crocus are up and the Robins and Morning Doves have made an appearance.  I am a total flower girl and I want to start seeing some in March and keep seeing new things bloom into June.  Knowing that, you won’t be surprised that my creations for today incorporate flowers.

First is a little repurposed – upcycled – gift box.

Botanical Builder upcycled gift box for OSAT blog hop from theartfulinker.com

We  finished up some Brie at my house this week.  I always keep the little balsa wood containers.  “They might come in handy”.  Well, the timing on this box was just right!  It makes a perfect little gift box.

I covered the top with some Birthday Bouquet designer paper.

Botanical Builder upcycled Gift Box for OSAT blog hop - flower detail - from theartfulinker.com

And then, I added layers of flowers and leaves cut with the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I used Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstocks.

The stamens in the center flower were coated with Dazzling Diamonds.  And all of the flowers were given a Basic Rhinestone for the center.

Botanical Builder upcycled gift box - open view - for OSAT blog hop from theartfulinker.com

The side of the lid was covered with White Metallics Glitter Tape (a free Sale-A-Bration product).  (I wish you could see how sparkly it is!).  Then, I wrapped a length of Pool Party 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon around and finished with a knot style bow.

The side of the bottom of the box was covered with another pattern in the Birthday Bouquet designer paper.  I decided to run the pattern vertically rather than in horizontal lines — I think it looks a bit more interesting this way.

Now that you’ve got your gift box, you need a card to go with it.

I created a coordinating love note size card.

Botanical Builder Love Note for OSAT blog hop from theartfulinker.com

This 3 x 3 card starts with a Whisper White base.  Then, I added a layer of Birthday Bouquet designer paper that matches the paper on the gift box.  Next, is a length of the same sparkly Pool Party ribbon and a matching knot bow.  Using the Botanical Builder Framelits again, I cut three pairs of flowers and leaves.  This time, the flowers are finished with It’s My Party Enamel Dots.

Thanks for checking out my projects!  Please click the “Next” button to see Kelly’s wonderful creations.

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  • Reply
    Andrea Tracy-Tucker
    March 14, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Your box is AMAZING!!! I just love everything you did this month!

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    Anna Smith
    March 13, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I love your gift box! Very pretty!

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    Jeanna Bohanon
    March 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I am in LOVE with this paper – I’ve used it like crazy – great projects!

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    Megan T
    March 13, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Very cute use of the DSP and framelits!

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    Pam Tetreault
    March 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    What an awesome idea to upcycle a gift box ~ yours is beautiful. Such a pretty coordinating note card as well. ~ Pam

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    March 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    What a fun idea with the box~ I need to try it now ~ Thanks for sharing it! ~ Wynne

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    AJ Bodine
    March 11, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Very pretty, brie boxes do make excellent gift boxes and yours came out perfectly! Great matching card too.

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    Marisa G
    March 11, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Wow, what a beautiful box…and card!

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    Tina Riddle
    March 10, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    So absolutely Gorgeous Sara! Very feminine and lovely! 🙂

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    Renee Ondrajka
    March 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I just love your projects. I used a cheese container several years ago and made something like this. Thanks for the reminder and you used my fav paper in the Occasions catalog. I think I have one of those boxes here somewhere. I’m going to have to go and dig it out, either that or buy some cheese. LOL! Your card is cute too!

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    melissa davies
    March 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Such a pretty altered Easter box and coordinating tag/card! More sophisticated than a plain basket!

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    March 10, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    i love that circle box! and you made a matching card to make it even more perfect! beautiful work.

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    Christine Pennington #87
    March 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

    So beautiful Sara! You do amazing work.

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      Sara Levin
      March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Thank you Christine!

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    Jenny Pratt
    March 10, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Beautiful! I love your little flowers! 🙂

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      Sara Levin
      March 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Thank Jenny, I love making and using paper flowers.

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    March 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Delightful Sara! Love the paper in that Birthday Blooms set!

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      Sara Levin
      March 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

      I love that paper too Linda. I’m trying to be better about using it and not just loving it 🙂

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