Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Box of Doughnuts

Hello creative friends.  I have a fun little card to share with you today, and there's actually a story behind the idea.

Every Monday thru Saturday, at 9:00 am my Mother-in-Law serves coffee and cookies to anyone who stops by.  My MIL and FIL have a shed on their farm with a large picnic table, along with other tables and chairs, for the overflow.  It's decorated with fun pictures, various ribbons (from horse shows), and a wood burning stove for the winter months.  Business men, salesmen, bankers, politicians, friends, and many others know that if you want to meet with most of the guys (6 brothers),  go to coffee, and you will catch at least half of them there on any given day.  Let me tell you, there are always interesting stories to be heard and told too.  People from all over the United States, and even other countries have stopped in for coffee, or for a tour of my Father-in-law's antique carriage collection.  He raises Friesian horses as do many of his sons.

So, you're probably wondering what this has to do with my "box of doughnuts".  Many visitors bring doughnuts to coffee.  And for family members' birthdays, doughnuts, or a cake, are brought in.  Now, my Father-in-law is diabetic, so I thought I'd make him a "sugar free" box of doughnuts for his birthday this year, using one of Waltzingmouse's newsest sets called Dinky Doughnuts.  They are super fun, and as you can see, you can decorate them in many a fun way.

I used all VersaMagic pigmented ink because I wanted to add some Clear Embossing Powder to the "frostings".  I used my Misti to line up the different doughnut layers and had fun decorating them with different frostings and sprinkles.  I did find, that for me, layering them worked better if I stamped the frosting first, then the border.  I also embossed the frosting before adding the "cake border".  I then cut them out free handed and created a mini-box attached to a card.  It's 3 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut the window out using one of Waltzingmouse's newest dies called Stitched Rectangle.  I like how it has the stitching on the negative piece, not just the diecut piece.  It worked beautifully to give my window a finished edge.  I then added some Acetate to the window, and woila....a mini-doughnut box.  Here's a straight on shot so you can see the doughnuts without a glare.


I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Waltzingmouse's Man of the Hour set, and that was it.  My FIL is not a frou-frou kind of guy.  He's a seasoned farmer.  No frills, nothing fancy...thus the rather plain box.  I think the doughnuts pop though.  

That's it for today's project.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you are blessed with a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.  I know I'm going to take it easy.  We've been crazy busy lately, as I'm sure most of you have with the summer coming to an end.

Happy Stamping!

StampsDinky Doughnuts and Man of the Hour (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Gingerbread, Jumbo Java, Red Brick and Turquoise Gem (VeraMagic), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (Versafine)
DiesStitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:   Score-Pal, Dimensional Tape, Clear Embossing Powder


Stamp like you mean it said...

Love-love-love this sweet lil card! Your story is so charming. You always warm my heart Sistah. Your work is amazing!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh my word, Tosh, this is beyond AMAZING! Those are some seriously scrumptious looking sugar free doughnuts!

ChristineCreations said...

Seriously awesome Tosh...and that story is amazing! What a rich man your father in law is for all those relationships that come from open coffee and treats :)

Julia Aston said...

Wish I could go there every morning for coffee and cake! What a fun card for your FIL - I'm sure he will get a kick out of it - LOVE The design - so creative!! Julia xx

Bonnie said...

This is just fabulous Tosha...along with that heartwarming story!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how sweet! These donuts are totally darling, but your story touched my heart. I'm not grown up enough to drink coffee, but I want to go for the camaraderie. Thanks SO much for sharing. nise

Julia Aston said...

Hi again Tosh - I TOTALLY cased your wonderful design here - for an SCS DTGD challenge - on a diorama box - and credited you for the design - you can see it here:

and the outside is here:

thanks for the inspiration!! Julia xx

Joan B said...

Wow, this is AWESOME!!!

Indy's Designs said...

I am in love with it! (Now I am also craving donuts!)

Grenouille Greetings said...

This is perfectly sweet! A fabulously clever creation! Hugs, Lesley

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