Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thinking Outside the Box - Suitcases

Welcome back to another Thinking Outside the Box Design Team blog hop. This month we are doing suitcases:
I hope you have loved the projects so far if you are joining us from the incredible Barb Stewart, her project was amazing.  I love how differently people interpret our brief. this is my project:
I didn't want to do a suitcase. I converted it to a box that would be practical for other occasions. So I have made a box that closes like a suitcase but poses a different purpose.

These are the products and materials that you will need:

Rooted In Nature Stamp Set
Sahara Sand Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
Cajun Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Copper Metallic Thread
Leaves Trinkets
Pearl Rhinestones

The box is really simple and is actually just two boxes held together with two punched tags (as hinges).

So you start with two rectangle  pieces of card stock measuring 21cm x 16.5 cm. score each side at 2cm and 4cm then cut the voids as follows:
Next we need to cut the DSP to adhere to the project as follows:
Wood Textures DSP 2 x 12.5cm x 8cm pieces, 4  pieces that are 12.5cm x 1.5cm and 8 pieces of 8cm x 1.5cm.

Punch 2 x Everyday Label punched pieces

I also cut a piece 30cm x 5cm and scored it down the centre portrait and folded and adhered it in halves length wise. I inserted it in the constructed boxed base. I trimmed off the corners closest to the rear of the box at a 45 degree angle so that box lid closed smoothly.

Doubling up the sides of each box before you hinge them together means that the box is extra sturdy.

The difficult part is placing the hinges neatly.

I decorated the box with the Wood Textures DSP. I stamped the leaves and timber images from the Rooted in Nature stamp set and fussy cut them. They are stamped in the rock and roll technique using Soft Suede and Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. The timber is stamped in Crumb Cake.

The leaves are highlighted in Clear Wink of Stella to give them extra pop.
You will see that I added Copper Metallic Thread as tousing behind the leaves.

I hope you have found some inspiration in this project. Don't leave us just yet, take a look at my friend Tanja Kolar's project.
Until next time, stay sparkly.
Shanni xx

Order of Blog Hop for June 
1. Shannean Moncrieff ( Australia) 
2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 
3. Yoshiko Endo ( Japan) 
4. Annette Elias (Netherlands) 
5. Dena Rekow (USA) 
6. Sharlene Meyer (New Zealand) 
7. Beate Wacker (Austria) 
8. Aude Barbara (France) 
9. Barb Stewart (Canada)


  1. So cute Shannean! Love that you used rooted in nature, and what a great way to present a gift!

  2. I love your clever take on this months project Shannean - so lovely and elegant!

  3. Oh our suitcases are designed in a similar way, but the look is totally different. I really love the look of your suitcase. It is so elegant and subtle! I really love all the details and creativity that you have put into it!


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