A Perfect “Tin”

Every hardware store stocks empty paint tins. Every stamper should keep a stock of these tins, as well. Wrap these little guys with some designer series paper, and they are the perfect container for a sweet gift or a delicious treat. Stampers have been wrapping paint tins for years – I didn’t invent this idea. I had some sitting around, though, so I decided to make one and share it just in case you’ve never seen one completed before.

Well, here it is:stampwithbrian.com - A Perfect Tin

This project is as easy as pie to complete. Let’s start with that comment. Have you ever made a pie? Unless it comes in a box with the words “Mrs. Smith’s” on the outside, a pie is certainly not easy to make – especially if it’s adorned with a lovely lattice crust – so I don’t understand the “easy as pie” saying. Incidentally, I also don’t understand the phrase “I slept like a baby”. I always change that up a bit and say “I slept like a baby that’s sleeping.” I don’t have a baby, but those I’ve met certainly yell a lot when you want them to sleep, so “slept like a baby”? Please!

Where was I? Oh, yes. The tin. Here’s a quick shot of the one quart tin I picked up at the hardware store: stampwithbrian.com - A Perfect Tin

It’s cute all by itself, huh? I wrapped some Tea for Two Designer Series Paper around the tin and used Sticky Strip to make sure it was permanently positioned. The paper didn’t wrap all the way around (left about a 1″ gap, so I pieced together another piece of DSP. I wrapped a piece of 1-1/4″ Two Tone Ribbon around the tin, using Sticky Strip on the ends.

What makes this tin interesting is the muffin-tin-liner-like flower on the front. This flower ties into the project in three very important ways:

  • it’s a muffin tin liner on another tin. Trippy, huh?
  • the circular shape of the flower repeats the circular patterns of the DSP. I say it all the time – repetition is soothing and appealing.
  • the flower pulls in the pink from the DSP. I randomly snipped into each of the layers before assembling them with the brad. The Pop-up Posies Kit comes with Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cloth-covered brads. I used a sponge dauber to add lots of Pretty in Pink to this brad before assembling the flower. Once assembled, I used a sponge to randomly add Pretty in Pink to the layers of the flower, too. stampwithbrian.com - A Perfect Tin

This tin is perfect for adding home-baked goods or jewelry or a spa certificate. You could even add baby booties and a little hat inside the tin. It all works here.

Papers: Tea for Two Inks: Pretty in Pink Accessories: Pop-up Posies Designer Kit, 1-1/4″ Two-Tone Ribbon

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Treat Yourself to Some Learning

Stampin’ Up!’s Mission Statement, The Statement of the Heart, encapsulates the purpose of the company and its reason for existing.  It reads:

To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference.

I love to create, and I love to learn, but I also love to entertain and to share what I have learned – I try to do that every day on my blog and with my friends who stamp with me.  I hope that I successfully inspire you to try new things, and I hope I teach you something new every now and then.  Well, now I’ve got some help – Stampin’ Up! has agreed to help me help you.  🙂

Yesterday, Stampin’ Up! announced its downloadable training classes.  The first series of classes (The Basics) is divided into six sections that center around a variety of topics, including masking, watercoloring and using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The class includes videos, step outs, and supply lists for more than 30 projects.   The Basics

I’ll be honest with you (I always am) – I wasn’t too crazy about this promotion at first.  I didn’t know what to expect, and I wasn’t sure I could promote the product (I wouldn’t promote it to you if I didn’t like it myself).  But all that changed yesterday when I downloaded the series, read through the materials and watched the videos.  I was really impressed with the work that was put into this bundle of training materials – everyone can learn new things here, and it’s all so nicely organized and presented so well. 

AND it’s only $14.95 – AND you don’t have to pay shipping AND you don’t have to wait for it to arrive.  Just click below to download the training and treat yourself to some new learning today:

Stampin’ Up! – The Basics

Oh!  And you can add this downloadable training to a product order to accumulate Sale-a-Bration or Hostess awards.  Eeeek!  How exciting is that?!

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