I Said I Wouldn't Do This!

Ok, I was talked into creating a blog to showcase my creativity. I have been resisting this for far too long, but now is the time to finally get the ball rolling.

So here goes. Come with me on my journey into creativity.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Card Box Holder aka Mama Nell's Organizer

Wow!  Once again, I've been slacking.   I have been creative, but just not enough time to take the needed pictures to put into blog posts.  I've been working solo at the job that enables me to be creative since October 1, 2011 supporting 3 hospitals as the sole lab analyst.   We just hired a new analyst that started @3 wks ago, so I have a reprieve and can play catch up with delayed work.

So after much ado,  I've been oohing and aahing over some of the creativity being done by my fellow scrapbook artists.  I'm loving quite a bit of their creations and marking things for inspiration.  One of my favorite online websites that I frequent is the Graphic 45 blog .  There are some fabulous paper crafters from all over doing some phenomenal work on this website.  So if you've not been there, type quickly or click the link after you've read my post .. ;) .... and head on over there.  

After getting a posting on Facebook of a new entry,  I went to look and my jaw dropped.  It was a project created by Jim Hankins aka The Gentleman Crafter .  I bookmarked it and told myself that this would be my next project.  I found he had a tutorial, so in support of his efforts, I bought it.

Once a month on Friday evenings, my large scrap group meets, so in preparation on Thursday night, I cut out all of the chipboard pieces that I needed to create this organizer.  While watching TV, I assembled the box and was all set for Fridays crop.  Of course, those 5 hrs are for being quite creative, but it's usually my social hours (keyword = hours) because not much scrap wise gets done by me.  I didn't cover this one, but created a new holder using Kraft colored chipboard.  The finishing of this one would have to wait.   On Saturday , I managed to finish it up and I'm pleased with the outcome.

I'm in awe of my own work (pats self on back) and have requests to make more.  I'm thinking Christmas gifts with card sets. 

So Here's my Card Box Holder.  I used Graphic 45 Paper collection - Curtain Call.  I really love these images and had a hard time trying to decide which papers to put where.

Here's the front of the box.  I used Tim Holtz Hinge post on the front to enable me to hang the Crystals.

Here's a side view of the box.  The Rhinestones that I added to the top are now more noticeable.

This is the base of the card holder.  I think I might go back and add some of the pattern paper to the bottom of the inside so it doesn't look so plain when the actual holder is not sitting in it.

This is the open view showing the tab folders.

Closeup of the tab folders.

I opened the lid to show that I added pattern paper to the inside to hide the screws from the door knob.
Mama Nell's Organizer Tutorial by The Gentleman Crafter
Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 Curtain Call (2011)
Graphic 45 Color Box Dye Ink - Dark Cashmere
Black Chipboard
Double Sided Tape
Scotch Quik Dry Adhesive Glue
Recollections Rhinestones
Tim Holtz Foundations
Tim Holtz Hinge Fasteners
Tim Holtz Ornate Plates
Tim Holtz Crystal Curio Knobs
Tim Holtz Baubles
Tim Holtz Paperclips


  1. Helen, Mama Nells Organizer turned out really nice, I love the door handles and the knob on top, it really adds to the piece. I too bought this pattern but haven't made it yet. The Gentleman Crafter is awesome isn't he? Shari (cricutrookie)

  2. Hi Shari! Yes he is. This went together quite fast. Thanks for the compliments.

  3. Helen, great project and as usual you rocked it; will have to check out the The Gentleman Crafter!

  4. Very pretty. You did a great job choosing the paper. Now you are in trouble....everyone will want one. Thank you for sharing. Jeri L.

  5. Wow! That's fabulous! You may not post projects often but your projects are worth waiting for!...Nancy :o)

  6. Hi, Helen!!! So glad to see you!!! I always wait anxiously to see your posts because your projects are always so amazing!

    Can't begin to tell you how much I love this box!!! My mouth is watering... lol!!! You always do -- and have done -- such a beautiful job!!!

    Hope things work out with the new analyst so you can have more play time!!!

  7. Wow Helen! So much work went into these...absolutely love it. You know I your work, therefore I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Go over to my blog http://www.stillyoungandcroppin.blogspot.com to see the details!

  8. WOW!! I too have been going thru same but this week, I'l be back! You really should link this back to Jim, he'd really love to see how he inspired you! He is super super talented! I really really need to make one too, I will add this to my ever increasing ToDo list, thanks for inspiring!


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