Friday, June 12, 2009

Project Parade - Day 7



Hi everyone, it's Amy here today with Day 7 of our "It's A Guy Thing" Project Parade. I'm so excited to share my project because it's been rattling around in my brain begging to get out for weeks!

Before I share my project details, I'll confess that when I first saw Sweet on You, I completely missed the whole candy connection: Thanks 100,000 Times Over = 100,000 Grand candy bar, I Love You to Pieces = Reese's Pieces, etc. Rather than blame it on my ditziness (I certainly wouldn't want to offend all the other Divas who also missed the connection - there were a few of us smacking our heads - you know who you are, ladies! *giggle*), I'm blaming it on the fact that I was totally distracted by the idea of doing something puzzle-related as a play on the "I Love You to Pieces" sentiment.

So that's what I have to share today - a custom photo puzzle for my daughter to give to her sweet Daddy for Father's Day. To start, I chose a photo of them together as they were heading out to their annual Father-Daughter Valentine's Dance, and ordered a custom photo puzzle online. There are numerous online vendors for these puzzles. You just upload or email your digital photo, then choose from some different options for size and number of pieces. For a smaller, DIY version, you could easily adhere your photo to lightweight chipboard (think cereal box weight) and die-cut it with one of the puzzle dies on the market (Cuttlebug and Spellbinders both come to mind).

The one I ordered comes in a drawstring bag, so I've put together a box that will double as a gift box and storage box:



For the box, I started with an inexpensive 30-piece store-bought child's puzzle from Target that I already had on hand. I covered and decorated the box top with papers from Stampin' Up's Parisian Breeze collection. Then I used the box bottom as a template and made a new bottom out of the same Parisian Breeze dp. To strengthen it a little, I added white chipboard panels to the inside, both on the bottom and the four sides, then layered on some coordinating dp to dress up the chipboard a little. (In case you're wondering, the reason I did it this way was that I found if I covered both the box bottom and the box top, they fit together so snugly that it was difficult to get the lid off.) This photo shows how the top and bottom fit together:



It's always helpful to have a picture of the puzzle to look at, rather than doing it blind, so I've included the picture in a pocket on the front...



... and again in the bottom of the box, where I also included a sweet sentiment from Dad's Day.



I'm hoping this will be something my husband and daughter will enjoy doing together, and when she outgrows it, it will still be a wonderful keepsake.

Remember, just for playing along with our theme, you'll have a chance to win a Verve stamp set of your choice! Just link your creation to the Mr. Linky form on the Verve Blog Day 1 post before 8 pm MT on Saturday, June 20. We've also hidden another $25 gift certificate somewhere along the parade for a random commenter. So be sure to check out each day of the parade, and leave lots of comments along the way! Have fun and good luck!

37 comments:

  1. I love what you created! Absolutely love it. The idea is so awesome! I am sure your family will love it!

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  2. This is an incredible project! I'm so impressed!!

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  3. Wow. That's WONDERFUL!

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  4. Amy, you are a creative genius! I love that SU! dsp; I just bought a second pack of it last month!

    The pic of Adrienne & Terry is beautiful :)

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  5. What a great idea and a beautiful picture. Your project turned out wonderful.

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  6. I just love this project, what a wonderful keepsake.

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  7. OMGoodness, this is precious! What a remarkable gift and beautiful presentation!

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  8. This is wonderful! And the perfect sentiment for this gift! Love all th details :) I think the men in our lives are extra blessed to have women who handmake their gifts with love :)

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  9. I love this idea! The packaging is beautiful! What a work of art!

    Melisa Hunter

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  10. What a sweet idea. I didn't even think of a puzzle for love you to pieces. Just shows how many different ways you can use the Verve stamps! TFS

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  11. UMMMMM, UHHHHHHH, WOW, I am just blown away. What a lucky guy

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  12. This is a wonderful father's day gift! I love the idea and those gorgeous, gorgeous papers!

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  13. How stunning! I'm sure proud papa will love it!

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  14. This is darling Amy! I love those papers and WOW, who would have thought to use a puzzle piece with the "love you to pieces" sentiment ~ you are a genius!!! LOLOLOL!!! The picture of your husband and daughter is just beautiful!

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  15. Love this box! These projects have all been fabulous!

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  16. Aww hehe i love the use of the puzzle piece!!!

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  17. That is an awesome idea. Love this.

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  18. This is PRICELESS! Love the papers you chose & the puzzle piece! What a wonderful keepsake!

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  19. I am sure your hubby will be totally amazed with this gift. How special to see Daddy with his daughter. Love it!

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  20. What an amazing box! your family will love it!

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  21. Amy, this is AMAZING!!! I absolutely LOVE this fabulous idea, and the way you executed it. WOW! : )

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  22. How clever! I love this! What a beautiful gift!!!

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  23. Love the box - especially the tying on the corners - such wonderful details!

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  24. That is such a great idea...love it!! :)

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  25. cute, cute, cute!! and even cuter that they have an annual father-daughter dance. this is a great idea.

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  26. I think I might have to CASE this for my children's Father's Day gift. Now to find the time and perfect picture.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.

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  27. What an ADORABLE idea! Love your take on the "pieces" - I'm sure your gift will be loved!

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  28. amazing - i have a friend who would absolutely 'fall to pieces' over this gift! thanks for the fabulous idea!

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  29. This is brilliant -- and gorgeous, too! Awesome, Amy! :)

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  30. What a great project and a fabulous treasure for the family!

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  31. Wow, the box is just absolutely beautiful!

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  32. So so pretty! You do amazing work! I love the colors together as well.

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