Love, exciting and new, come aboard, we're expecting you...(I can hear you now... singing along.) I will admit I sang the whole time I put this cutie together. :)
I ran across a larger version of this "Love Boat" while sitting at the Dr. office flipping through the Valentine edition of Family Fun magazine. Their version used an Orange Juice carton, so I said to myself, why not try it out on our own Big Shot Milk Carton die. Yes, .... underneath those layers of paper is the SU little ol' Milk Carton diecut box. Isn't it the Bees Knees?!! Here is a picture of the underside -
Here are the deets. Cut your milk carton out of cardstock, I used Whisper White. I assembled it, and just left the bottom open so I could fill it. I traced around the assembled milk carton, on whisper white, cut out leaving about 1/4 inch around the outside. This is the top of my boat. I cut little slits up to the traced lines and folded these down, then added adhesive to the tabs and fit around the assembled milk carton. (You can repeat this step for the bottom of the carton if you choose). I cut a strip of whisper white 1 5/8 x 7 3/8, applied sticky strip to the top and bottom edge of the long sides, and wrapped around the milk carton. I cut pieces of Real Red, Pretty in pink, and Marina Mist the same length as my whisper white piece, 7 3/8" long. (I used my 1/2 circle punch to make the waves on my Marina mist layer). To make the port holes, I punched circles in black using the circle from the ity bity shapes punch pack. I used a standard hole punch and basic gray stock for the outer layer, and then punched around those holes with the ity bity circle punch. To make the smoke stacks, I rolled black stock around a pencil, and secured with sticky strip. I hand cut the cloud and punched the hearts out of a scrap that I had previously ran through the bigshot using the square lattice embossing folder. I attached them to OLD SU wire that I still have in my stash, to make them appear as if they were coming from the stacks. I made the flag from a scrap of whisper white and a real red punched heart, and wrapped it around a toothpick.
...Viola! A love boat!