Have I ever told you that I have this ribbon theory? I've got one of the biggest ribbon collections around, and my GIGANTIC weakness is patterned ribbon. Whether it be stripes, polka dots, florals or ginghams, I love it all. My theory is that ribbon can help anyone out of a color rut. I felt like I had done a lot of blue & green projects lately and that I needed to branch out. So I dug through my ribbon stash and this particular striped version from American Crafts stood out to me. I broke down the colors in the ribbon (Cool Caribbean, Really Rust & So Saffron) and decide to combine them to stamp patterned paper. These are colors I NEVER would have combined if it weren't for my ribbon theory! One other tip I would like to add is when you are creating an accent for a project, be sure to carry through your entire color combination to the end. Notice I didn't stop with just saffron cardstock stamped with a rust sentiment. I added the Caribbean blue star and a rust brad to finish it off. When you carry all of your colors through to the end like this, it helps make for a more polished, put together finished product.
The template for this box is one passed out a SU! convention eons ago, and I am sure several of you already have it, but I thought I would pass it on for those of you who don't. It is made from a 4x8-inch rectangle with a few simple score lines. You'll love how easy it is if you haven't tried your hand at it yet. Also, it's fun to make gift packaging triangular, rather than the traditional square!