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Monday, 21 July 2014

Alternative Storage for Mini Spritzers

Those of you who know me well, know how much I love using Artist Trading Blocks (designed by Eileen Hull) in slightly different ways.  I wanted to make my lovely and very talented friend Jenny (Buttons) something for her birthday that was actually useful.  Jenny and I share the same birthday, except that I was born many, many years before!!

I am always inspired by the way Shelly Hickox thinks outside the box (or block in this case) with her wonderful creations (see her latest HERE) and also Anna Karin who makes the most amazing creations with lots of Eileen Hull's dies (see one HERE) so I decided to make my own mini mister storage system.   I do love the ready made ones but I don't really have enough bottles yet to fill one and whenever I try to buy one they are always out of stock, so this is my D-I-Y version.

So I created these and they are very quick and easy to make with this very versatile die:



I used the largest of Eileen Hull's ATB dies and cut the boxes from very heavyweight card (I could not use Mat Board because I needed to punch some holes and Mat Board is a little too thick for my punches), in this case I used black card which is 480 gram weight.  It is a very sturdy card.


Like me, Jenny loves all things Tim Holtz and so I covered Jenny's box with Tim Holtz's gorgeous Wallflower papers.  Before I sealed up the top of the ATB I measured out the placement for six holes (there is space for nine holes but I don't have a punch deep enough to cut a middle row.  I used a 5/8" punch to cut the 6 holes.  It is a perfect fit for the little spritzer bottles!  I added little spools for the feet, these are painted in Black Soot Distress Paint.  I added an Ideaology pull on the front with a stamp from Tim's hashtag set.


I covered the two other boxes in a similar way, one of the blocks has gone to my wonderful 'adopted sister' Mo and I have kept one for myself.  I will show you the amazing gifts that Mo, Jenny and lots of other very special and talented crafty friends made for me for my birthday, another day.

So there we are, a simple and very stylish storage system for mini spritzers!  I hope that you will try creating some storage of your own with one of Eileen's very clever dies.  I have another idea but that will need to wait for another time.

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you soon.  Hugs, Anne xx

39 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, hope you enjoyed your birthday.
    These boxes are a great idea and not too big so you could have them on the desk ready for use.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  2. what a very clever use for these wonderful box dies Anne! Love the papers, metal pull and fun feet! I'm sure Jenny loves this (and I hope you made yourself one too!!!) and also wishing you a belated happy birthday!

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  3. Oops! I see you DID keep one for yourself! Guess I was speed reading!!! LOL!!

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  4. Can't even begin to describe how happy I was to receive one of these (except the squeals registered on the Richter scale!!!) This will be an essential on my desk that will be treasured from here on in and I can't thank Anne, my birthday twin, enough for my wonderful present. You are truly one incredibly special lady. Jenny xxx

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  5. These look fabulous Anne, not only are the very useful but also extremely beautiful too. The design is wonderful and I love the papers.
    I hope you had a good Birthday too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. you are a genius...what a fabulous fabulous idea...hugs kath xxx

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  7. I just love seeing what you have come up with, using the box die.
    This is another fab creation, once again thinking well outside the box and making it into something that can you used again and again

    waiting in anticipation for the next box project
    ali x

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  8. What a great idea and a lovely pressie to give or receive.
    Becky x

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  9. These are just wonderful spritzer holders Anne and they are so much nicer than the bought ones, I love mine thank you so much for making it. They are so handy and mine looks great sat on my desk with the spritzers all ready to use. Another great idea for the atb die. Mo x

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  10. Hi Anne these boxes are lovely and so useful and pretty as well. Happy Belated Birthday wishes too x

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  11. Hi Anne,
    Hope you had a lovely birthday.
    These little storage boxes are just fab ..... what a clever idea!
    Have a great week .... hugs Linda xx

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  12. Ingenious!! What a brilliant idea! They look amazing too! Thank you for the continuous inspiration, Anne! All the best,
    Ingrid x

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  13. What a lovely storage idea. It keeps the mini misters to hand so you use them but is also a beautiful way of keeping them tidy - love it.
    Toni xx

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  14. these look awesome Anne and such a clever idea - fabulous makes - so clever to keep your mini misters in one place too! I do hope you had a wonderful birthday! Hugs rachel xx

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  15. Oh! My! Word! This is beyond stunning it is absolutely ingenious I love it.
    Jenny will love and treasure it as well as using it. Just perfect for the things she loves to create.
    You are one clever lady.
    Have a great week ahead.

    Patricia xx

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  16. A great idea and practical too - I'm sure Jenny will love it as well as the thought that has gone into it. Elaine x

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  17. Oops back again to wish you a belated Happy Birthday - hope you had a great day!

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  18. HI Anne, I didn't realise it was your birthday, so sorry I missed it and hope it was very happy!!! I love this idea, it is so practical but also looks gorgeous!!! Lots of hugs Carole Z XX

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  19. Well Miss Anne Jenny is going to LOVE these, your so darn creative, your work is brilliant, you have such a wonderful giving heart, thanks for sharing and inspiring us all.
    I'm sorry I miss your BD too hope you had a wonderful one you deserve it ((( HUGE HUGS )))... Have a wonderful week...

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  20. At first glance I thought these were dominoes. I LOVE your creation! I need a few of those! What a cool and inventive holder, and so useful, which is nice! Love the paper choices too!

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  21. Look at how clever you are! I'm sure these are way more fantastic than the store-bought mister holders, Annie, and I'm sure that Jenny and Mo are deliriously happy with them!! I'm also glad that you kept one for yourself!! Ingenious! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  22. What an extremely kind and thoughtful person you are. Your own take on the idea is inspired, practical and very beautiful. ((Hugs)) ♥✳♥✳

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  23. First of all happy belated birthday to you. I adore these little boxes and what an outstanding idea for storage.
    Julie x

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  24. So clever! I can see that Jenny loved hers - I'm not surprised! Belated Happy Birthday too!!! Chrisx

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  25. How wonderful that you both share birthdates and both had such a great one! What a lovely, clever and useful gift to give! Anne, you really are the ATB gueen! Love this! Hugs!

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  26. Ingenious Anne, you comment on your many many + years on Jenny but there is obviously nothing wrong with the little grey cells (as Poirot would say). You have created yet another great ATB which is lovely to look at and so useful too. I bet these will be popping up on desks all over the place. Love it! Hugs xx

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday to you & Jenny! This is another of your so-clever ideas, not only beautiful but so ingeniously designed & useful too. I like your mister holder much better than the ones seen in my local stores. Of course my favorite was the button feet since I love sewing memorabilia. Very delightful and I'm sure all recipients will treasure such a pretty and useful craft gift. TFS & Hugs{I'm blown away at your ability to place those holes 'just so'. If I'd been trying this, no way would they have aligned properly & evenly :-) }

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  28. Hi Anne, Happy belated Birthday to you & Jenny... Jenny is going to love her gift...What a fabulous idea...This ATB die appears to have no limits...maybe I will have to treat myself to one...Love, Love, Love it....Hugs May x x

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  29. Absolutely stunning Anne and what a great gift too. Jenny will treasure it for sure.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

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  30. OMG, so amazing and so wonderful. I love the idea and I will really have to make one of these for myself.

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  31. Absolutely brilliant Anne, fantastic idea and beautifully executed. Tracy x

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  32. Anne you are a genius! Love using these for spritzer storage. And that it is pretty too makes the perfect project...

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  33. Wow!! What a fantastic idea!!! I'm going to need one of these in my life, especially as I now have a place to craft. You always amaze me with what you do Anne, such a talent :) x

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  34. Amazing! I love the spritz holder and very useful and also gorgeous!! I love the spools for the feet and the papers look fabulous! This will be loved by Jenny!
    Hugs Kelly

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  35. How gorgeous Anne, great idea and so cleverly created! Nikki xx

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  36. I absolutely love this idea, Anne! And thanks for the shout out - you are an incredibly inspirational artist as well!

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  37. What a beautiful storage system, they look gorgeous! Love the papers you've used too.
    Rebecca.

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  38. Oh, how brilliant - you have been busy! And Mojo well and truly flying. Such beautiful and useful makes - what more could a woman ask?! Fantastic, Anne!
    Alison xx

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  39. Wow - these look fantastic Anne. Lucky Mo and Jenny. Again belated birthday wishes. Nicola x

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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