Aug 12 2009

Totally Tools Tool Chest


Yeah!  I get to stamp today!  I have the whole day set aside…well, I may run to the store real quick, too.  I’m also going to need to spend some time photographing cards!  I’m running out of photos to show you!  I know I’ve spent a lot of time creating them, just not the details of photographing!

I haven’t shared this with you before.  I sent it in for a Stampin’ Up! monthly contest, but didn’t win…bummer!  I’m disappointed because I thought it was very original.  However, you just never know what competition you are facing when you send things in!

I made the little manly tool chest from two #2 Boxes die cuts from Real Red cardstock and adhered them together on top of each other.  I ran the Brushed Silver cardstock thru the Big Shot with the diamond pattern Texturz plate and covered the front and back.  I added small strips of black folded in half for the long drawer handles on the front.  The sides, I took a silver  Small Grommet and cut it in half, then placed it in the Basic Black cardstock along each side.  I watercolored the tools and cut them out, randomly adhering them inside the tool box.  I used an elongated Word Window for the words.  You can’t see from these pictures, but the bottom has four Silver Jumbo Brads for the "feet". 


Unfortunately, I sent the only one I had in for the contest, so I don’t have the measurements or anything.  Leave me a comment and tell me what YOU think about this project!!!  I thought it looked pretty realistic!

Reminder that the Control Freaks Tour de Freaks Blog Hop is coming up on August 20th!  Mark your calendar so you can tour the 13 Blogs on that day!  I know I always get AWESOME inspiration from these gals.  I was happy that I got to meet up with several of them at Convention this year!  Fun to put faces with names!



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35 People have left comments on this post

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:55
Lorie said:

I love it Connie! It totally should have won!

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:03
Christyne said:

How fun! If I had picking the winner, I would have picked you for sure!

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:55
LeAnne Smith said:

Absolutely adorable!! I mean manly! I LOVE IT!! Great work & I can’t believe you didn’t win.

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:28

That’s Cute!

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:14
Adair said:

This is awesome and a total winner to me! Very creative!

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:44

super job Connie..Love it! :)very clever in making it look like a craftsman cabinet…have to see if you can get the measurements back so you can share the pattern!!! 🙂

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:54
Chris said:

OMGosh, that tool chest is soooo stinkin’ cute. You should have won hands down. Anyway, it is way cool!!!! Love it.

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:19
Stace said:

OMG this is so cute I cant believe you didnt win! What a super cute idea for the tool man in your life.

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:41

That is so neat! A guy would love to get a card or 3-D item like that, I’m sure!

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:09
Barbara said:

Connie: Just loved the tool chest. of course, I love all your cards. But, the
tool chest – now that was original. don’t
give up – it may still show up somewhere on
the Stampin’ Up site! Thanks for sharing
with all of us.


Aug 12, 2009 - 11:08:05
Laura Pertot said:

Hi Connie,
What were they thinking??!! Maybe they have something else in store for you! Your toolbox is completely “out of the box”!! Thanks for sharing…I wouldn’t be surprised to see it somewhere on SU in the future!

Aug 12, 2009 - 11:08:34
Julie Saylor said:

Wow – I am floored that this didn’t win! It is fantastic and SO original!! Maybe it will show up in an SU publication later – I sure hope so 🙂

Aug 12, 2009 - 11:08:38
Tory B said:

I know my husband would love this. It looks just like his tool cabinet. Very cool.

Aug 12, 2009 - 12:08:15
Loni said:

My hubby would love it; he is such a CraftsMan tool horse. When he looks at my overflowing stamp collection and says, boy you have a lot of stamps; I can just look back at him and say, gee have you seen the Garage? You have a lot of stuff too.

Aug 12, 2009 - 01:08:32
Carol Smith said:

This is so stinkin cute! You should have won something for this……….

Aug 12, 2009 - 04:08:01

Excellent “manly” project. It looks just like the Craftsman tool box … Patricia

Aug 12, 2009 - 06:08:36
Alicia said:

That is freakin’ fabulous!!!!

Aug 12, 2009 - 06:08:51
Patti Chesky said:

Oh my word!!! This is AWESOME!!!!

Aug 12, 2009 - 07:08:20

OMG! I can’t believe you didn’t win! That looks absolutely just like the real thing. Geez, now I am afraid to try and send anything in. I think it is adorable.

Lisa Atha

Aug 12, 2009 - 08:08:37

this is sooooo cute!!! I love it – great job, sorry you didn’t win.

Aug 12, 2009 - 09:08:25
Andrea said:

love your tool chest. What a great idea.

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:07
Renee said:

What? It didn’t win? That’s just wrong. Sooo cute.

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:41
Wendy Riordan said:

Super cute, in a manly way!! 🙂

Aug 12, 2009 - 10:08:22
Janet said:


Aug 13, 2009 - 12:08:29
Andrea said:

I sincerely think you were robbed this is stinky cute! I love it! I love your blog you are very talented.

Aug 13, 2009 - 06:08:35

This is absolutley awesome. I can’t believe you didin’t win! totally original and took deep imagination and thought to put this together. you are very talented! BTW Its whitney we aste dinner together at the Japenese steak house at leadership with Cassie I have been following your blog your doing amazing work!
Thanks for your inspiration each day!

Aug 13, 2009 - 11:08:59

This tool box is so cool, I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!

Aug 15, 2009 - 01:08:13
cookie said:

Connie, you take my breath away with your creativity….. thank you so very much for sharing….. Now could ya send me some of your creativity….lol…..

Aug 16, 2009 - 04:08:37
lisa808 said:

Awesome creation!!! I definitely would have chosen this as a winning project.

Aug 18, 2009 - 04:08:08
Mary Redford said:

Melanie, oh my that is Soooooooooooo
cute …and your blog is great!!have a great day sweetie…..we are moving to Owensville Ind….I bet thats close to youwell I hope it is any way…………….
Mary R

Aug 18, 2009 - 06:08:06
Jessica G. said:

Oh my goodness! That’s amazing! I can’t believe you didn’t win. So original, yet so perfect!!!

Well you would have gotten my vote! 🙂

Dec 20, 2009 - 06:12:30
Lois Folla said:

YOU won in our hearts Connie!!!  Absoultely Adorable!!!!

Dec 20, 2009 - 06:12:19
Suzie Q said:

I LOVE this idea!!! 

Dec 20, 2009 - 07:12:21
Mary Redford said:

Connie, I have a tool box like that but it has a bigger one that one fixs under it ,I have my art supplies in and I wanted to know is that a stamp by any chanceI would love to have one we live in a small apt and that why i have this big tool box and belive me it in my dinner room , We have no room for my art & crafts  and omg I have over 500 set of SU stamps,,thank you for showing us ,,,

Dec 20, 2009 - 10:12:19
Jan Hoyt said:

Connie, I am so glad you reposted this…somehow I missed it back in August.  Definitely scores 115% on the cool scale, not sure why it didn't win either but it shoulda!   Jan