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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Practically Free Birthday Card Box!

A Camera is perhaps the most important device invented by man. 
I cannot imagine a laptop or a cell phone without camera? 
I cannot imagine a vacation without camera. 
I cannot imagine not being able to click pictures of daily ramblings. 
I cannot imagine losing a camera with a lot of un-transferred  photographs. 


On my visit to Virginia last year, I lost my camera... Shhhh... no spreading of news!! Needless to say, we bought a new camera within a few days but the photographs that were in the memory card were gone forever :( There were pictures of Rakshabandhan, the b'day cards I made for my SIL, some random shots and a lot more that I don't remember now. 

Thankfully, there is always more than one camera in a family. I managed to get this photo of the Card Box I made for my SIL on her b'day. 






I had a used Flat Rate Box from USPS which became the Card Holder. Since, these boxes are very sturdy, it worked well. All I had to do was to cut off one of the flaps. The other one was spared because I liked it that way. Glued some colored papers and card stock to the box to cover it.

I could not be mean to the flap that was cut off from the box and throw it away. Instead, I wrote 'Happy 31st Birthday' on it and stuck it on the box. The picture does not do justice to the 3-D effect I tried to give here. The alphabets T-A-N-V-I, the pennies and the 'Happy 31st Birthday' stripe where actually kinda popping out. 

Sadly, I do not have the pictures of the cards in there :( Secret: Some of the cards were made out of 'trashy' stuff. My SIL knows it and she did not mind :D 

The total cost of this Birthday Card Box --- 6 cents... you see those pennies there!!



P.S.- I am searching for more pictures of the things I have made in the past. Will share as and when I get them.

P.P.S- If by any chance, anybody knows about the lost camera I am talking about, please drop an email. Though, I'd be on top of the world if I get the camera back, it's actually the pictures that I need :( ! Photographs are priceless... unless of course you are buying or selling them ;)






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30 comments :

  1. Oh this is truly priceless!! well done!! :-)

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    1. Thank you :) and yes, it's 'priceless'.. literally!! *wink*

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  2. My birthday is on 15 th jan ..n i ll be waiting ...its beautifully Tanya ....n 6 pennies wow..but please cheap gifts shud nt b brought on public portal when sumbdy'a anniversary is round d corner..what if varun see's dis n my anniversary budget is cut down...:P....amazing ..n please how how in dis wrld u manage 2 be so innovative.....Spectacular design...butifulllll

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    1. So, we managed to successfully hide this from Varun and hopefully, your budget was not cut down ;)

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  3. awesome idea on the flat rate boxes! :-)

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    1. Yeah... cheap ideas strike me all the time ;)

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  4. Ya u r right snaps are truly priceless:)

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  5. Your SIL is one lucky lady:) Simply beautiful and done without spending money, I love it:)

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    1. Thanks a ton, Kala :)

      I know you are on a break from blogging but you should know that you are being missed. Hope to have you back soon!

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  6. hi Tanya didi..my birthday is on 28th Oct :)

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    1. :) My brother will take care of that well.. I am sure :)

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  7. I love your beautiful piece of artwork ...great idea.
    Thanks for visiting my blog n putting in the lovely comment.

    - Smita @Little Food Junction

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  8. Nice and useful one. Thanks for sharing.

    Would like to invite you to particpate and Win VOGUE Tote giveaway hosted on my blog to mark 200+ followers. Click HERE

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  9. What a lovely gift! Now google following you, please pop by, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

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  10. very pretty tanya...love ur blog and here as ur follower

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  11. your SIL is so lucky...ask her to take pic of the cards so we can see'em.

    girl - u r faster then me, I was thinking about hosting something and u already did...love new look of blog..u r on roll...

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  12. Hi Tanya, I am sorry you lost your camera! The birthday box is adorable.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  13. So sorry to hear about your lost camera! Lovely card box you made! What a brilliant idea to use a USPS box! What all did you include in the box? Anything other than cards?

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  14. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  15. I love "practically free!" You have a cute blog and your card box turned out great. I am a new follower and would love for you to link up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/08/14/blog-party-3/

    I look forward to blogging with you!

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  16. Love the penny 3-D effect..gives an umph to it..but again..its not about the money money money..we just wanna make the world dance..forget about the price tag..LOL..
    Amazing work tanya..i'm sure ur SIL would love it.newbie to blog,so do visit mine and let me know what you think..

    oh btw..I turned 31 today..(no strikeout option here)lol..

    Blog hugs,
    Babita

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  17. Great idea! Love how you used a post office box! Looks great:)

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  18. Thank you Laura... I AM thrifty!! ;)

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