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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Shower Favors

My youngest daughter is getting married this September. We are so happy for her and her fiance. Last weekend the bridesmaids threw a shower for her, and of course they asked me to make the shower favors.

The box itself is made using the Bigz XL Die: Fancy Favor (#115965). This is one of the bigger dies so you do need the Big Shot to use it. The concept behind all of the diecut/embossing machines is that your paper passes through the rollers of the machine and the pressure of the rollers either cuts or embosses the paper. Since the machines all work off of the same roller pressure concept the dies are mostly interchangeable. But the Big Shot machine is a little larger than many of its competitors so it can handle the larger dies. This die needs the larger machine.  The nice thing about this die is that it cuts the shape and ALSO embosses the fold lines. Putting the box together is so easy, you just fold on the embossed lines and glue the sides together.

It also uses larger paper - each favor was made from half of a 12x12 sheet of white paper. The embossing was done with the Finial Press Embossing Folder (#115963). warning: even though the folders can emboss 2 layers of our Whisper White paper at a time, you need to emboss each half separately, otherwise the front of the box is embossed and the back is debossed! Yes, this tidbit is passed along from personal experience. I love the fact that the folders are translucent, the fact you can see through them allows you to position the paper so your images line up.  Luckily I only had to make 18 of these.  Now I'm working on a design for a little favor for all the wedding guests.

The colors of course were chosen to match the color of the bridesmaid's dresses. Luckily I had a roll of Stampin'UP!'s 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon that was the perfect color. If you're thinking of duplicating this design you could use fabric or designer paper as the band. Or use regular colored paper and roll or stamp an image to create a pattern.

The flower was so quick to put together. That was my deciding factor in the whole design, when mass producing, make the design simple. The green base was punched with the 2 3/8" Scallop Punch (#118874). The white daisies were die cut using the Flower Die: Daisies #2 (#114520). Both parts of the flower center came from the Boho Blossom Punch (#119858). I used a little adhesive to hold the white daisy parts together and to hold the flower center to the daisy. A single black brad holds the whole flower together. The flower is adhered to the box using Dimensionals (#104430).

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project or if you are working on wedding/shower/baby invitations or party favors. I'm up to my ears in designs right now. Follow this link if you want to see more Big Shot projects.

And when inspiration hits you - at 2am or whenever - you can shop 24/7 from your computer at home. How cool is that.  Click here for the on-line store or click here to see the main catalog on-line (PDF) or here for  links to the current Mini-catalog and the Spanish language catalog and the supply lists to make all those great projects in the catalogs.

Happy Stamping
--Katie

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