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Friday, September 16, 2011

Giving Thanks Box

Can you handle MORE Elemental artwork? I hope so! Today I want to show how perfect this paper is for Fall projects. I LOVE this time of year, and after a VERY hot summer, I treasure the cool nights that have finally arrived.

I've been reading a book called 365 Thank Yous - The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik. (Stay tuned - I plan on making a project to go along with this book.) The back cover says - "365 DAYS. TWO WORDS. ONE MIRACULOUS TRUE STORY. An inspiring, true story about how a simple, old-fashioned act - writing thank-you notes - led a hopeless, angry, middle-aged man out of despair and into a wonderful life." That was enough to pique MY interest!

This next little project was partially inspired by this book.

It features our new Card Box, our new Chocolate Striped Wide Ribbon, our new Mini-Medley Pewter Accents, and our new stamp set called So Grateful! And of course, the star of the show, our AP Cricut Cartridge! (The crowd cheers!)

I started out by inking the box with a sponge and our chocolate ink. Want to know a much easier way? Try a chocolate MARKER instead! Then I inked our pewter metal accents with our Staz-On Brown ink. This ink is perfect for non-porous materials such as metals. There is a metal frame on top of the box and two metal corner accents on the flap.

I printed out the "Giving Thanks" sentiment from my computer and used the center point feature of the expressions to cut it out in the shape of the metal frame. (Love my AP cartridge!) Then I stamped my pumpkin in second generation Goldrush ink, rolled in chocolate ink and cut it out. I added a leaf stamped in Olive ink and rolled in chocolate ink. Then I stamped directly on the box for the stem and vines. This makes it easy to layer my colorful pumpkin and leaf on top using 3-D foam tape without having to cut the tiny, delicate vines!

When open, you will find a bag of corn kernels (straight from the Feed Store) along with instructions. Again I used the center point feature to cut out my instructions in a cute shape from the AP cartridge!

In case you can't read it:
"The act of GIVING THANKS or having an attitude of gratitude is becoming a lost art. Use this box at dinner time or bed time each day to consider things in our life that you can be grateful for.

Each person receives a few kernels of corn to drop in the box as they state what they are thankful for. Also consider offering thanks to the one who deserves the credit. This can be a prayer of thanks or a thank you note to a friend!

Used on a daily basis, you will notice a difference in your attitude and perspective in about 30 days!"

What are you grateful for? Do you take the time each day to reflect on your day or life to find the good in it? When was the last time you sent a spontaneous thank you card - not an obligatory one? I plan to have more on this subject, but until then, THANK YOU for reading my blog! :o)


  1. LOVE this! I felt so honored to recieve one myself!

  2. this is a fabulous idea. I do have one question. what does one do with the corn after its put in the box? do we use it to feed the birds? or is it saved there till the box is filled?

  3. Deb - distribute as many corn kernels to each person as desired. After passing the box around, you can return the kernels to the bag for future use. Of course, feel free to share any excess kernels with the outdoor critters! (My bag of kernels is really over-filled, but perfect for large gatherings, or for very grateful people!) Hope that helps!

  4. This is absolutely amazing and a wonderful gift to give someone. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  5. found your blog through Scraptastic Memories! What a cute box and what great instructions... I have a gypsy and am trying to cut things out without going back to inserting my cart in my cricut directly but after seeing your beautiful results I am afraid I will have to! lol Thanks for a great read! Kathi