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Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Artists on the Block - A Money Box

Hello everyone, as it is the third Thursday in the month, I am back with my Design Team piece for The Artists on the Block.  This time I have kept it fairly simple as it is a gift for a young man called Logan, who is absolutely dotty about buses.  He has recently had a few days in London with his Grandma and I thought it would be nice for him to have a money box to save up for his next trip.

My London themed money box also follows Eileen Hull's monthly challenge (HERE) which is red, white and blue.  Eileen has a fantastic prize on offer and you don't need to create an ATB to enter, so why not give it a try!  You have got to be in it to win it.





I started my project by cutting the largest of Eileen's Artist Trading Block (ATB) from Sizzix Mountboard.  As this was going to be a money box I also used Eileen's fabulous Money Slot Movers & Shapers die.  I used masking tape to hold it in place on my ATB base and cut it.  With hindsight I should have attached my paper to the box first and then cut it.........


I also used the die to cut through my patterned paper.  The paper is a recent release from Craftwork Cards and this pad is simply called London.  They do a Paris theme too which is also lovely. You can see the money slot in the top of the box.


I cut my pieces of card slightly smaller than the base and glued these in place.  You need to be careful and glue the papers on - the right way up for your box - ask me how I know that !....  Once assembled I decided to make a rosette to decorate one side.  I used a Darkroom Door London stamp set on one side of the box but the rest was decorated using the same paper pad.


Rosettes are easy to make.  Ideally you need a piece of paper that is 12" long but the paper pad I used was 8" x 8".  I took  a full sheet and scored the whole sheet at 1/4" intervals. and then cut two strips about 1.1/2" wide.  I added an extension to one piece to make it up to 12", concertina folded the whole piece and glued the two ends to form a 'circle' which you can see below.


Cut a circle of card or paper, take the concertina piece, place it over the circle which you should cover with strong glue or use a glue gun. Press the concertina circle down from the middle, onto the glue covered circle and hold for a few minutes.  Place another circle on the top, this will hide the centre, again using strong glue and if necessary place a weight on top until the glue has dried.


In this case I added the letter 'L' to signify London and also Logan, the young man's name.


This is a view of the top of the money box and you can clearly see the money box slot opening, which easily takes the largest of coins, and is big enough for paper money too.  I just had to add a bit of Tim Holtz in the form of the lettering for Logan's name. 

This really was the easiest of boxes to make and I do love the idea of a money box, they would make wonderful gifts for Christmas for people of all ages.  They can be sealed as in this case, or left with the lid unsealed - for easy access!

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

38 comments:

  1. Love the London theme! What a wonderful project and thoughtful gift. I'm sure Logan will love it. Another rosette tip: use your hot glue gun to squirt a blob of glue onto your craft mat. Place the rosette on top of it while it's still hot. Dries super fast.

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  2. what a wonderful idea to use an ATB as a money box Anne - and yours is so effective - I love those papers and it all looks brilliant! I'm sure Logan will adore this! Hope you are well and looking forward to your birthdy which I think must be soon!!! Hugs rachel xx

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  3. Lovely design, Anne,

    and brilliantly done! I am sure this will be treasured!

    Claudia x

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  4. What a lovely idea and thoughtful gift Ann. I love the London images and papers and the rosette is gorgeous . Love it and I am sure the recipient will be thrilled. Tracy x

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  5. If hindsight was foresight we would all be doing things differently first time round!

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  6. This is a fabulous idea Anne, I bet the little lad will have great fun collecting his pocket money in his very own money box with his name on. I love the big red bus and the rosette, such good use of these papers. Mo x

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  7. Lovely Anne, super gift. How great you had the new paper to match his bus enthusiasm, be the loves it! Nikki xx

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  8. What a great idea Anne and I bet Logan will have such fun collecting his money in his own box:) huggles Sue xxx

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  9. Clever you!!! An awesome idea too! Logan will love to drop money in each time!

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  10. How wonderful to see this in the process of being made Anne! The aforementioned young man was grinning from ear to ear to see his name on your blog and, as you know, certainly does love his money box - "I can fit a whole six pounds in there I bet!" lol, bless :D
    I have often wondered how those rosettes were made, and now I know ;)
    Thank you again Anne, you are a treasure ((hugs)) from both of us xoxoxo

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  11. What a fab idea and such a lovely theme on it.
    Julie x

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  12. Your London themed money box is such a special gift for Logan. The papers are perfect and all your detailing looks amazing too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  13. Anne
    Firstly, apologies from being so absent from your Blog - enforced time away but I am so happy to have managed a visit to this post, this evening as this is an exceptionally clever use of the ATB and what a thoughtful gift for Logan, to save his pennies for his next trip.
    The papers were made for this project!
    Hope all is well with you and you are enjoying the summer days.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. Hi Anne!
    What a brilliant project! I'm certain that Logan will love it! What a brilliant idea to make a money box out of an ATB! I salute you! Beautiful papers and perfect for this project. I live in London and never get bored of it, but my heart craves the countryside now and then :)
    Thank you for your kind comment, I'm glad you like the stencil I made :)
    Have a good night, speak soon! Best wishes,
    Ingrid xx

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  16. Trying again! This is a fab make Anne. The papers are perfect for it. Love the way you have managed to spread all the ruffles so evenly throughout the rosette. (I recently got the TH mini snowflake rosette die but first efforts arent great as I seem to bunch the folds unevenly when pressing onto blob of hot Glue). Anyway, Logan is a lucky chap. I wonder where he will save for to go next! Nicola x

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  17. I've never heard of a money box and I think it's a smashing idea, Annie! That rosette is sensational; thank you for the instructions!! Logan is going to love his London-bus-themed box!! The boys each have piggy banks here and so I know how fun it will be for him to plunk those coins in!! Lucky lad!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  18. Great box!! I love the London papers you used.

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  19. Mr Logan is going to be tickled to death with this very thoughtful & intricate moneybox. What a special way to remember his trip and hopefully get him started on the fare for his next trip. I'm with him on the London buses, I was fascinated with the double decker rides. Loving that paper pack and thanks for sharing the how-to's. It looks quite intricate in your design, but I know you make it look simple. Great design & great gift as well. TFS & Hugs.

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  20. Beautifully designed Anne. I love the London theme with all the images and elements you have used and what a great idea to have a money box like this as a gift. I bet Logan loves it xx

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  21. A fantastic theme Anne, beautifully constructed and perfectly decorated. I love how you've kept it relatively CAS showing off the lovely papers and making it the perfect gift for Logan. Jenny x

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  22. the perfect gift for Logan and it looks great with the Love London papers and fun icons...love the rosette...another fabulous make Anne xxx

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  23. Hi Anne what a great idea for these fab papers and adding Logan's name makes it such a unique gift.x

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  24. HI Anne, this is fab and a great idea...love the papers too...guess what? Last night I got out all my London stamps to make something for Eileen's challenge!! Off to look at the ATB blog now, hugs Carole Z X

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  25. Anne! This is such a great idea and such a very sweet and personal idea for a gift! Love it!

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  26. Love this idea and those papers are a great choice for a boyish project. Looks like it'll hold quite a bot of money too!!

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  27. You know I thought I was already here and commented. Sometimes I think I forget to hit publish! Anne, you just totally rock these ATB's. I think this is just a great gift for a young person and will also teach them a lesson in saving! Love this. Have a great weekend. Hugs!

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  28. what a marvelous box for Logan, Anne! you had the perfect papers for the bus theme - so fun! Love the rosette too!

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  29. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, Logan will love it.
    The paper and design are just perfect.
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia x

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  30. Hi Anne, Logan will love this ...I adore it...What a fabulous idea the papers & rosette are fantastic...the Bus theme is brilliant....Have a happy weekend ....Hugs May x x

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  31. What a great use of those papers to create a fab funky London ATB - I bet Logan will love this... the money box idea is just great!
    Alison xx

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  32. Hi Anne

    I LOVE your money box. The paperline is very similar to a digi kit I recently purchased called 'Union Jack' by Samantha Walker. Love the craftwork cards line too.

    Logan is sure to love this too... who wouldn't.

    Paula x x x

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  33. Stunning ATB Anne and I just love the way you have put it together! The idea to turn it into a money box is so clever!!

    I have very little time on the computer right now, but so glad I did not miss this one! I'll be in touch re our visit, it will be on the 7th of August in the evening, hope that will work for you....

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  34. Great idea Anne, I'm a bit late visiting but better late than never.
    Love the paper and the images.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  35. Hello Miss Anne, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, what a perfect gift, SO creative, the papers, your embellishments are perfect, how could Logan not love it I do, thanks for sharing....

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  36. so cuuute Anne ^.^ love it!

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  37. What a creative way to use the ATB! I didn't even know a money slot die existed. Such a lovely gift for Logan.

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  38. What a fantastic idea! I love these papers and you've used them in such a brilliant way.
    Rebecca.

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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