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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sizzix Blog Hop - "Unexpected Jaguar" Rectangular Box

It’s time for another installment of Eileen Hull’s Sizzix Scoreboards Blog Hop! This week the talented group of designers is focusing on the Rectangular Box. This is a nifty little box – finished, it measures approximately 3 ¾” wide, by 1 ¾” high, by 1 7/8” deep. It’s a great size to tuck a special surprise like candy or a small gift, store rings or other small jewelry on your dresser, or to hide a special message.


Sizzix Scoreboards Rectangular Box designed by Eileen Hull
Jaguar stamp by Earth Art International - www.EarthArtInternational.com
Krylon Webbing Spray in silver & gold – www.Krylon.com
Stewart Superior Jet Black Staz-On Ink – www.StewartSuperior.com
Fine point Sharpee markers - www.Sharpee.com
Shannon Fabrics - Paisley Cuddle Dark Turquoise – www.ShannonFabics.com
Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive – www.Elmers.com
US ArtQuest Pearlescent watercolors – www.USArtQuest.com
Dew Drops embellishtments – www.RobinsNest-Scrap.com
Ranger Color Washes – www.RangerInk.com
Self-Adhesive Velcro
Silver metallic foil tape
Gold star brads
Assorted fibers

My version is a bit “out there” – as those of you who follow my work know, I absolutely love working with shades of blue and green, and I love unexpected elements in a project. My box is lined with Shannon Fabrics Paisley Cuddle Dark Turquoise material. The sides of the bottom portion are embellished with chipboard altered with Ranger Color Washes and Krylon Webbing Sprays by fellow designer Becky Conley. She used this on her press kits a few years back and I just had to keep it – I knew I’d find a creative use for it! The cover was watercolor washed inside and out with US ArtQuest pearlescent watercolors. The amazing Jaguar image from Earth Art International was stamped onto acetate using Staz-On Jet Black ink, then colored in unexpected colors with fine point Sharpee markers. The cover is held in place with star shape brads, and an additional star shaped holds decorative fibers. The stamped Jaguar image is held in place on the cover with silver foil tape, and the four corners of the bottom portion are edged with silver foil tape. The bottom edges of the box are embellished with Dew Drops from The Robin’s Nest. A bit of self-adhesive Velcro holds the box shut.

For more creative ideas on how to use this creative die – visit these blogs:

Ann Butler - http://www.creativitystirsthesoul.com/
Candice Windham - http://www.candicewindhamdesigns.blogspot.com/
Carla Schauer - http://carlaschauer.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/sizzix-scoreboards-blog-hop-rectangle-box/
Eileen Hull - http://www.eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Elinat Kessler - http://scrapinit.blogspot.com/
Jenn Goode - http://www.jgoode.com/make-a-get-well-gift-little-box-of-sunshine-full-of-hugs/

Julie McGuffee - http://juliemcguffee.blogspot.com/
Laura Bray - http://www.katydiddys.blogspot.com/
Lisa Rojas - http://stampinqueencreations.blogspot.com/
Lorine Mason - http://thedivaschmivas.blogspot.com/2010/04/sizzix-blog-hop-entry.html
Madeline Arendt - http://madelinesthoughts.blogspot.com/
Melony Bradley - http://mel-designs.typepad.com/my-blog/2010/04/you-are-special-mom.html
Michelle Cummings - http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/2010/04/sizzix-score-board-rectangle-box-blog.html
Modern Surrealist - http://blog.modernsurrealist.com/2010/04/27/modern-surrealist-girlfriends-gift-box-on-the-sizzix-blog-hop.aspx
Niki Meiners - http://nikimeiners.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/sizzix-scoreboard-blog-hop-creative-imagination-real-wood-paper/
Sandy Laipply - http://web.mac.com/sandylaipply/Site_2/Blog_2/Entries/2010/4/27_Sandy_Laipply’s_Entry_in_Eileen_Hull’s_Sizzix_Scoreboard_Blog_Hop-Pink_Rose_Jewelry_Box.html
Sparkle's Studio - http//thesparklestudio.blogspot.com/2010/04/sparkles-good-things-come-in-small.html


  1. This is so cute and I love the blue! The fur is just an added kick!!! Thanks for the blog hop they are so much fun!

  2. Cindi, so cool... love your choice of colors- you really do like cats, don't you? The jaguar is such a fun touch. Thanks for joining the hop!

  3. Oh that's just too cool. Love the jaguar!

  4. Love the furry inside...it is purr-fect for Fat- Cat!

  5. I have to tell you that I LOVE yours! the colors are my favorite too! you gave me a new light in seeing this box! thanks so much! I especially like the lining and whole you gave the box a expensive jewelry box feel!

  6. This is so pretty. Like the fur lining.

  7. very cool colors - I love the fur and the gems at the bottom are wonderful!

  8. Love what you did...the colors and techniques you used are cool. Very unique!

  9. Cindi, I love your choice of colors. Some of my favorite hues! Great work. Veronica

  10. wow! it is beautiful.love the big cat.

  11. Such a great design! I love the colors. At first glance, it looks like an under-the-sea creation...until you see the jaguar!

  12. Awesome Cat box, I love the fur inside!!!

  13. Lovin' the colors in your project. The Jaguar is beautiful and dramatic!

  14. WOW! The jaguar is fantastic. The Colors are so attractive.