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Shoreline Lighthouse Box

This light­house box was made to cel­e­brate the Pion Design Shore­line Trea­sures col­lec­tion. The project is posted on the Pion Design blog here.  I added some real fish­ing net, thick rope, starfish, and other nau­ti­cal ele­ments for a marine look. The top lifts to reveal a lower gift box.   I placed a small red lantern in the top to shine just like a real light­house would. I designed, cut, and scored this light­house box using the Paz­zles Inspiration.

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Matchbox Chest

This project is a lit­tle time-consuming to make but it makes a won­der­ful gift.  The lit­tle match­box draw­ers can be stuffed with fun things like cos­tume jew­elry and candy.  This one is dec­o­rated with Pion Design’s “A Day in May” col­lec­tion.  The frame was orig­i­nally a turquoise color so it got sev­eral coats of ivory paint and then was accented with brown paint.  You can find this project on the Pion Design Blog here.  The lit­tle match­box cut­ting file came from the Paz­zles library here.

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Calendar Cube

I have a won­der­ful project to share with you today.  I designed this cal­en­dar cube project specif­i­cally for the Pion Design Team so you can find the man­ual tem­plate and tuto­r­ial for it on the Pion Design blog here.  Down­load the WPC cut­ting file here.  The cube mea­sures 3 1/4″ square and has 12 slots, 3 on each side, for each month of the year.  Small shelves inside the cube are posi­tioned to sup­port the cal­en­dar inserts.  The cube is dec­o­rated with the new Shore­line Trea­sures blue papers from Pion Design.  Each of the monthly inserts has a cal­en­dar on one side, and a gor­geous mar­itime vin­tage image from this col­lec­tion on the other side.  When posi­tioned on the top of the cube, both sides are vis­i­ble.  I think this would make an excel­lent hand­made gift and one that would be trea­sured.  Although it was designed to func­tion as a unique cal­en­dar, you could also use it for recipes, pho­tos, Bible verses, sched­ules, etc.  

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The inserts were made using a Spell­binders die made longer than the insert to stop the insert at the edge of the slot when inserted.  Here is a photo of the cube with­out decoration:

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