Sunday, November 04, 2012

Lost & Found - Memories

Have you ever totally forgotten a special memory and then you hear, see or even smell something, and that memory comes flooding back? Had that happen to me just a few months ago.

A very nice gal on a scrapbook forum offered to mail out an envelope of Vintage S & H Green Stamps to whoever wanted them. Within seconds of reading her post it all came back to me - a favorite childhood memory that I had, until that very moment, forgotten all about.

I remember as if it was yesterday how my sisters and I would pour through the S & H catalogue arguing about whose turn it was to pick out their favorite gift item. Selecting that “free” item to redeem was the reward for the hours we spent licking stamps.

I wanted to make something a bit more special than a card with my stamps and when I saw this STAMP from VLVS I knew immediately what I would create.

The box is one from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s and the paper I used is from last years Crate paper line. What made the whole craft come together though was the fabulous stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

Small Balsa Box
Patterned Paper
Mod Podge
Distress ink
Green Stamps
Washi Tape
VLVS Stamp

Remove the knob and elastic closure from the Balsa Box.
Paint the box inside and out.
Cover the lid, the bottom of the box and the inside bottom with paper.
Ink the box with TH Distress Ink to give it a vintage look.
Using Mod Podge, paint a thin layer over the entire box, both inside and outside.
Stamp one S & H Green Stamp on paper.
Decorate with Washi Tape, Green Stamps, Flowers and your VLVS stamped image.

PS – The very last gift I got with my stamps was a cuckoo clock. Obviously I wassuffering from a bad case of glue poison.


Judy Cantrell said...

Love your project! Enjoyed hearing about your memories.
My graduation gift was an Elgin watch with S&H.

Lyneen said...

A great memory... love the special little bob with the VLVS!

Sandra Strait said...

Oh, what a darling box!

CraftyTravelFrog said...

Lovely box. I, too, fondly remember green stamps -- all but one piece of my corning ware and my steak knives came from green stamps!

Pinky Hobbs said...

Ohman this is HOT I love it, very fun!