Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It Finally Happened! A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

  After about a month of wiggling, Ryan lost his first tooth!  This past week he had been wiggling it more and more and had asked Matt and I to try to pull it out.  The tooth was so little and slippery that we couldn't get a good grip on it.  We even had a pair of pliers at the ready but the tooth held on!  We were ready to try the string tied to the tooth tied to the door trick on Sunday until Matt ruined the moment by Googling if it was a good idea or not.  Darned internet!  Anyway after eating an apple at lunch yesterday the poor tooth was just barely hanging on and after dinner Ryan let Matt give it a quick pull!  Out it came!

Get out your magnifying glass...the smallest tooth ever!
New Smile! The adult tooth is already starting to peek out!

   I'm already paranoid that the new tooth is terribly crooked!  That's a mom for you right?  I better sell some more stamps so I will be able to pay the orthodontist!  =)

  Of course we had to put the tooth in a very special place so the tooth fairy could find it while Ryan was asleep.  Knowing that this day would eventually come I was actually prepared with a special tooth holder (is that what you even call these things?? We're entering new territory here!) that I made a few weeks ago. 

  I just made this little tooth fairy box out of an empty Stampin' Up! embellishment container (because I just can't bring myself to recycle them!).  A few die cut circles, a hand drawn tooth, a bit of Dazzling Details and a reminder to smile and we've got a tooth holder.  This was a really simple, fast project except for drawing the tooth.  I am not an artist, not even a doodler...that's why I stamp.  I don't have to draw since Stampin' Up! has such great images but since Stampin' Up! is lacking in the "giant tooth" stamp department I had to go out on my own.  I probably drew about 9 or 10 to get the right look and size to fit on top of the container.  When I finally got one I liked I glued it down on the Midnight Muse circle so fast I forgot to emboss the top like I was intending!  Oh well....Ryan is 6 and I'm sure he doesn't really care about the design!

  I outlined the tooth with Dazzling Details and added a face.  I wrapped some retired Real Red grosgrain around the outside of the container.  I inked up the "smile" portion of a sentiment from Petite Pairs with my Midnight Muse marker and stamped it on Whisper White and punched it out with the jewelry tag punch.  I adhered it to the top of the box with a red brad.  The paper piercing tool goes right through the plastic lid by the way.

  Using My Digital Studio I created a circle template the same size as the inside of the lid.  I made a blank list so that we can write in the date of when each tooth comes out.  I thought it would be fun to see the progression from first lost tooth to the last one.  Of course I matched the color of the printing to the rest of the project...a great perk with MDS, you can keep everything matching in Stampin' Up! colors!

  I'm happy to report that the Tooth Fairy made a stop at our house last night and found the tooth holder just fine.  She left Ryan a fancy gold $1 coin!  Which Alex swiped when Ryan showed it to him, ran upstairs and shoved the coin in his own piggy bank!  Bratty little brother!  =)

  Check out some of my other projects using empty embellishment containers: Mini Album, Baker's Twine Holders, Personalized Gifts.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Petite Pairs

Ink: markers: Midnight Muse, Black

Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse

Accessories: Circles #2 die, jewelry tag punch, brad, Dazzling Details, grosgrain ribbon, My Digital Studio, empty SU embellishment container


  1. Moral of the tale: Watch out for Alex!!!!

  2. What a super idea for a tooth box :) and a great way to recycle those little embellishment containers. Congrats to Ryan!


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