Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Zinnia Pillow Box

The fabulous ladies of the Stampendous Design Team have been at it again this week...recycling, repurposing, and reusing for this month's Stampendous Challenge. Everything is fair game to be stamped, cut, encrusted, and Fran•taged!

I created a pillow gift box out of all sorts of found treasures. Have you noticed wrapping paper isn't rolled around a tube anymore? This makes me both happy and sad. There have been many wonderful 'light saber fights' at our house but I'm loving how the manufacturers are just using a rolled up piece of kraft paper. It holds so much crafting potential.

Using a template, I cut a pillow box from this terrific find and stamped it repeatedly in VersaMark Ink using the Stampendous Carte Postale, Cling Music Score and Cling Steamboat Map images. I then spritzed it with coffee that my husband left sitting around. Have you tried coffee-spritzing? Our dear leader at Stampendous, Fran Seiford has created wonderful video tutorials using this technique. You can watch these videos and so many more here at the Stampendous YouTube Channel.

After assembling my box, I tied it with a piece of saved tulle (from a present someone had given me) and created my flower embellishment. I stamped the Cling Jumbo Zinnia two times on Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with Copics. After fussy-cutting, I layered the two flowers and melted Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder in the center and then covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents.

Check out what the ladies have been up to:

Stampendous Impressions
Lea Kimmel
Pam Hornschu
Suzanne Czosek
Melinda Gleissner (that's me)
Tenia Nelson
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan
You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection on the Stampendous blog. You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do! As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous newly released Mother's Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address. We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you may enter as many times as you'd like) this month.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!


  1. WOWZEr that zinnia is stunning! Beautiful pillow box and terrific re-cycle!

  2. Wow girlie....this is all types of AWESOME!!!!!

  3. Sweet little box and love your techniques you used on the flower. It has a pretty shine to it.

  4. Tooooo Cuuutteee! Love the jumbo Zenia Stamp. Beautiful coloring and use of up cycled kraft paper...even the coffee!

  5. What a gorgeous flower!! It's colored beautifully and looks wonderful with the kraft pillow box!

  6. Love the green zinnia! Great little gift!

  7. This is sooo pretty! Great idea too. I would love to get a present in that box anytime. I'm going to have to get some Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder, that's really pretty stuff.

  8. Oh, Wow!! This is the prettiest pillow box I've ever seen!!

  9. Stunning result! I especially love the coffee spritzing technique idea - there're always coffee leftovers 'round here :)

  10. WOW!! This card is gorgeous. I love the mirror image on the flower.
    I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing. Lynne from OZ

  11. This is so pretty! I love that zinnia and want to buy that stamp soon!Laura