Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Putting A Husband to Work

Yes, I got Jack to make me another thing to use in my crafting endeavors. I know there are new single tape dispensers for tissue tape that were just introduced at the latest Craft and Hobby Association show...but I didn't want a jumble of tape in a box. I did a few sketches of what I had in mind and after a couple of weeks of trial and error, my husband came up with the perfect tape dispenser for my tissue tape. I am going to be adding some Washi tape to it and I have ordered a second one from the woodshop. Usually my husband makes things from oak (free since he can chop down the trees and use his portable sawmill and then stack the wood to dry) but I wanted this one lighter so it was made from store bought pine. I love it! Along the back edge a hacksaw blade is attached so the teeth of it just barely poke up and it makes it easy to tear the tape off.

Something to Post Finally

I saw the greatest box made by a lady named France Papillon ( and she said she would eventually have a tutorial you could purchase...but I just couldn't wait. I grabbed some mat board and started whacking it up and it really wasn't that hard to make a box. My box, at least I think, is a bit bigger than hers,  but I certainly used her box for inspiration.  Mine was put together with tissue tape (Tim Holtz product). I ended up covering it all with various papers and put a coat of Claudine Hellmuth's Multi-Medium Matte Gel over it. I managed to scrounge up plenty of stuff to stamp on it, glue on it and just generally clutter it up big time. The hinges are new ones from Home Depot and I just sanded them and antiqued them with alcohol inks and Copic markers and did the same to some brads to attach them. I really like the way it turned out and I'm anxious to make some more containers. The front of the box is themed as "time for art" and on the top I used a bingo token with my birth year (too small for you to see clearly...ha ha) and my initials. It was fun finding things that I thought would work for the design. I have no plan for what to put in it; I'm just going to sit it where I can see it.
Front of Box

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