OK, for the first post:
1. Bitten by the Bug 2: Man up! Bag, Box, or Container for a Man
2. Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog: Make a 3D project using your Cricut.
My brain immediately went to the book stack I did earlier in the year. But how do you make a book stack manly? Well, I chose to do is as a drawer instead. I used the shirt box from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More and made a belly band to go around it. Hard to explain so, I'll show you:
This is the top of the drawer. The papers are from a stack I have had for a while and the cover is gone, sorry. The Golf Guy is a digital stamp Free Vintage Digital Stamps and printed on paper from DCWV. The golf ball is just a circle that I ran through the embosser with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and then inked with Vintage Photo. The black strips are actually specialty paper that is supposed to look like leather. I tried to capture it on the camera, but it didn't turn out. The gold is supposed to be reminiscent of the gold brads you see on leather furniture. It is actually from Recollections and is like bling tape or something.
This is the front of the drawer. The papers were scrap. The feet of the drawer are wooden beads I took off a necklace I found at Good Will quite some time ago. The handle is ball chain and wood beads.
This is the drawer taken out. As you can see there are 2 compartments. I put the pencils and play8ing cards in so that you could get some perspective on size.
The is the inside of the drawer. The sides were made of wood grain scraps I found in my scrap pile. The bottom of the drawer I tried to make look like wood planks. I took some light brown paper from recollections and ran it through the embosser with a wood grain embossing folder. I then inked the raised areas with Crumb Cake ink from Stampin' Up. The edges of the "planks" were inked in Early Espresso from Stampin' Up.
Admittedly, this is not my best work, but it will be going to a good friend, who knows that I believe things are perfect because they are not perfect.
OK, on to the next post.
See you in a few minutes.