Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Quick Gift Was Needed!

My cousin Teresa called me at the beginning of the month to let me know that some of my relatives would be descending upon my Aunt Betty's house Labor Day weekend and that my presence was requested. My Aunt Janet and Cousin Lisa would be in from Ohio, Aunt Mary from Texas as well as my sister from Moore, and then Aunt Betty's family. I wasn't sure I would get to make it with the amount of paperwork I was doing, Chuck having football practice and Shiane just having surgery. But luckily it all worked out that we could make it up to Seminole to visit.

While the kids were still sleeping that morning I remembered my Aunt Betty's birthday would be in a few days and I should take her something. A few years back I had altered a little tin and put some notecards in the tin and she loved it. Her house burned down almost two years ago and I figured the tin likely didn't make it through and since I had several little sets of notecards and some tins I thought I would get busy and alter a tin. I then remembered I have never made anything for my Aunt Janet or Aunt Mary and while it wasn't their birthday I figured they would like one as well so I got busy working on 3 tins. I was thrilled when I was able to find the .cut file to use with Design Studio I made years ago so I was able to cut the pieces for covering the tins rather quickly.

Supplies Used:
Metal Lunch Box Tins from Dollar Tree
K & Co. Paper Packs
Colorbox Chalk Ink

I got these tins several years ago at Dollar Tree and stocked up on them. I originally used them to put in little bottles of Bath and Body Works lotions and body washes and used as prizes at my Christmas party one year. I hadn't tried these particular ones for notecards but did find out that they don't fit well if they are in the envelope. I was able to take the cards out of the envelopes and put the envies at the bottom and then stack the cards on top.

I think I might need to get busy on making some more notecards and have these on hand for quick gifts for for prizes at this year's party.

I used the punchouts from the paper pack for the decorations on this tin. I didn't have a lot of time so I couldn't embellish as well as I usually do but I figured my aunts would never notice....and they didn't. I did use the Stampin Up bird punch for the leaves behind the flower on the tag and an EK Success photo corner punch around the sentiment on the tag.

I know I used the Life's A Journey pack on this particular tin. The flower is build with some Prima flowers I have in my stash and the pearl added a nice center. I added a little bling flourish for some pizzazz. The little stamp below the flower was from the paper pack as well.

This might have been out of the Life's A Journey pack as well, I just don't remember off the top of my head and I didn't write it down. The tag part didnt show up well on this tin but I think the pearls helped make it look better. The flowers are Prima's that are out of my stash as well.

Aunt Betty, Aunt Mary, Aunt Janet
My aunts loved the tins and notecards. I just hope they use the cards. When I gave one to my Aunt Betty before she said the were too nice to use *okie rolls her eyes* and I told her "AUNT BETTY!! I can always make you more!" *okie laughs remember that Aunt Betty didn't seem very convinced*.

My mom was very close to her sisters and I always feel I have a special bond with my aunts even if I don't seem them often enough!


  1. What a good picture of your aunts! I knew they'd like the tins even though you didn't have hours and hours to doll them up like you wanted!

  2. Wow you turned these out in record time! They are darling and I can see why your three aunts would love to have them. Very pretty!

  3. Your aunts are so very cute!!!! and I'm so happy you were able to visit with them. Very pretty tins!
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  4. fantastic tins..and what a gift to still have your aunts...great job

  5. the tins are awesome!!

    your aunts are beautiful