January 27, 2016

A New Card and A New Frame!

A few weeks ago I asked for my readers to help me. I received a pin in the mail from Stampin' Up! to add to my collection. The pin was for reaching my $100,000.00 in sales at the end of last year. I wanted some help coming up with a project to display my pins. You pretty much all said that I should come up with a cork shadow box frame. What do you think of this one?

My hubby took an existing 12" x 12" frame that I had on hand and added a 1" box to the back to make it into a shadow frame. What is really neat about it is that he added hinges to one side so I can open it when I need to add more stuff inside. I'll show you how I decorated the cork and a close-up after I show you my project for today.

Soooo...I'm been silly today for my card. About a week before the Holiday Catalog retired, I organized myself for the debut of the new Occasions Catalog. I was organizing the shelves of some of my storage cabinets and came across a blue zipper (a real zipper) that I had never used. Well....I couldn't throw it away so look what happened to it:

Pretty neat huh? I can still zip up and down from the bottom to about the position you see it here:

I glued the zip over the designer paper layer using Tear & Tape. Once the zipper was glued in place, I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and placed it over the top of the zipper and pressed over the teeth of the zipper with my finger. This gave me an indentation of where to cut so that I could slide the white cardstock piece inside the zipper. Pretty neat huh? Once I had the white layer glued in place, I added the sentiment. I'll list all of the supplies I used at the end of my post.

Now on to my shadow box for my pins and other memorabilia. Since you all suggested cork, I actually had some cork squares on hand and I knew I wanted to use two layers so I could push the pins into the cork. I added Tear & Tape like this to glue both layers together:

Once my two layers of cork were glued together, I added Tear & Tape again to one side of the cork and added a 12" x 12" sheet from the Farmer's Market Designer Paper:

Next I added a 2nd sheet of designer paper from the same package and placed it on my Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I used the Score Tool and the Diagonal Plate to score 2" on both sides and used the scored groove with an Exacto knife to cut the paper:

I then glued the strip of paper diagonally from corner to corner over the first sheet of paper:

You can see in the photo below how the front of my frame opens so I can play around with the arrangement. The top opens all the way using a piano hinge. I used Tombow Multipurpose Glue to press the cork in place on the inside of the frame:

I added my pins and ribbons and I also printed a small Stampin' Up! logo to glue to the center. I noticed after I took the photo that one of the pins needed to be straightened out:

Here are close-ups of some of the pins that I have received for attending conventions, 25th anniversary and my incentive trip to Washington DC from last year which was my first-ever trip earned:

These pins are from recruiting of downline, sales and my 5 year anniversary with Stampin' Up! I will be at 7 years next month:

And finally, the 3 gold ones below are my promotions along with my newest silver pin for $100,000 in sales:

Thanks to everyone that commented and gave me the corked shadow box idea. It looks really nice in my studio and I hope to be able to fill it with more pins as my career advances. 

Here are the supplies I used in today's card:

Misc: Zipper

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