Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crate Paper's Bundled Up Painters Tray by Design Team Member Arin Flynn

It is Arin here from A Piece of Life's Pie and I have been counting down the months, days, minutes to be able to post my Guest Designer Project for Craft Warehouse! I have to say I was beyond thrilled when I opened my box filled with the entire line from Crate Paper's Bundled Up! Can I just say {LOVE}! If this line does not get you into the festive spirit of the holidays, then nothing will. Living in Southern California, and being a girl from Colorado, I miss the snow and all that is considered "snow play", so having an obsession for snowmen and snow-ladies is not a far reach. Therefore, I put that obsession to some creative use! I decided to reclaim a wooden puzzle box my kids had laying around and transform it into a winter wonderland of festive snowmen and snow-ladies that will adorn my snowman themed mantel.

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Here is what I used:
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up - Journaling Cards
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up- 12x12 Paper Pad
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up - Chipboard Stickers
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up - Button Brads
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up - Ephemera Cardstock Die-Cut
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up - Adhesive Badges
  • DecoArt - Americana White Wash paint
  • Foam brush
  • Glue Pen
  • Glitter (course and tinsel)
  • Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Hole Punch
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Ruler/Tape Measure
Here is how I did it: I first prepped the reclaimed wooden puzzle box by applying a coat of white wash paint. Once dried, I applied glue using a glue pen along all the box-face edges and then dusted with a combination of course and tinsel glitter. This really gave the project a nice "snowy" framing. Craftwarehouse5
Once glitter was dry and set, I measured each box and then cut down sheets of the 12x12 pattern paper from the Bundled Up paper stack. Once cut, I glued down each cut sheet into the appropriate box.

Once all the paper sheets were securely in place, I began to build my theme scenes in each box using Crate Paper's Bundled Up journaling cards, chipboard stickers, buttons brads,s, and adhesive badges. To add a bit more pizzazz to the the chipboard sticker pennants, I punched a hole through the middle and added the button brads. I used hot glue to attach to the the box. I added Pop Dots to add height and depth to various embellishments throughout the entire project. craftwarehouse8
There you have it, a quick and simple project that uses something that you would normally find yourself building a scrapbook layout or a card with. Instead, you find yourself with a new piece of home decor or a sweet cherished gift.


  1. Wow..this is amazing! I need to give a painter's tray a try now. Holly :-)

  2. Great project! Makes me look forward to Christmas time even more!


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