Wednesday, November 30, 2016

My Preppy Train Case

Hello Crafty Friends... Today is the last day of the DCWV and Eileen Hull Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!!

And I have this adorable Preppy Train Case for you today...

I absolutely LOVE this plaid paper by DCWV!! It kind of reminds me of my private school days. Back when I had to wear pleated plaid skirts and white button up collared shirts. I used to just  hate it!

But as I grew up, the plaid grew on me... I must've forgotten about how much I disliked it because I ended up wearing tons of pleated plaid skirts in my early twenties. Let it be known that these were more fashionable and didn't extend pass my knees though. And in a random turn of events,  I recently stumbled across in my closet. LOL... Hey, I was going through a very Britney Spears phase in my life. I think if you grew up in the 90's you may have too. **Side note** Man, I wish I could still fit those! Hahahaha!!

Aaaannnd, moving on...

So, my private school flashback is what inspired me to make this...

My little Preppy Train Case.

Supplies Used
Christmas Plaid Stack (DCWV)

Cranberry Christmas (DCWV)

Eileen Hull Designs' Train Case Die (Sizzix)

Eileen Hull Twist and Style Tool (Sizzix)

Creative Station Lite (Xyron)
Black Chipboard (Grafix)
Poinsettia- Jen Long Pillow Box & Poinsettias (Sizzix)
Black Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Rhinestone Ribbon Sliders
Rattail Cord
Glossy Accents (Ranger)
Gold Flatback Pearl

I started by cutting down my chipboard to workable 6"x 12" pieces. I repeated that step with the red plaid patterned paper (from the Christmas Plaid Stack).

Then I die cut both using Eileen Hull's Train Case Die... Only die cutting the main box pieces.  I layered the paper onto the chipboard and ran both through at the same time.

The die cut separated the paper into segments but the ends were still attached... this is exactly how I wanted it. 

I ran those pieces through my Xyron Creative station (still barely together). When adhesive is added to the backs it come out in the proper order so I don't have to guess what piece goes where... that way when I peel and stick them onto the coordinate chipboard pieces the pattern will flow seamlessly.

As you can see in the picture above, the pattern is uniform. 

I did not adhere the "flap" pieces. There was no need to since those pieces will be covered.

Next, I added clear glue to the flaps (you can also use hot glue). I like using wet glue because it gives me time to wiggle it into the place I want it. Once positioned in place I use mini clothespins to hold it in place till the glue dries.

While that was setting, I went back and die cut the front latch and the handle of the box from the remainder of the  black chipboard. Only the chipboard, patterned paper wasn't necessary because these pieces were going to remain solid black. 

I die cut poinsettias from this cream and gold pattern paper (from the Cranberry Christmas Stack). I ended up not using the red flowers in the picture. then added a gold flatback pearl to the center. 

Then I die cut leaves from green patterned paper (from the Christmas Plaid Stack) and glued them under the poinsettia.

I made my own tassels from rattail cord using Eileen's Twist and Style Tool. I knotted both ends after twisting, trimmed the ends, then frayed them to separate the fibers for the tassels.

Instead of adding latches to the traincase I used ribbon to hinge my box. I lined up the sides of my box to make sure everything was aligned, and wrapped two 15-1/2" of double stitched grosgrain ribbon (one for each side). Then, glued down with more clear glue.

I slid on rhinestone sliders onto the over hanging ribbon and attached magnet discs. Now my ribbons straps are magnetic closures.

I centered the front latch and handle and adhered them with more clear glue.

Lastly, I added my handmade tassel and poinsettia flower onto the train case handle

This box is just too posh! 

I hope you enjoyed today's project and the end of our blog hop!!
Thanks for stopping by!!



  1. Can I just say.... OH WOW! GORGEOUS project sweet friend... LOVE that cool tool too! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  2. How cute is that! Awesome job :-)

  3. Such a fun tool! Gorgeous project my friend!!

  4. This is my favorite so far!!!! So stinkin adorable!!! I want to make a whole bunch of them!!