Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Technique Tuesday-Thank You box

Hello there! I'm here to share a little gift box with you. It's the perfect size to fit a chocolate bar, which is a perfect gift, don't you think? The confetti punch makes fun a peek-a-boo effect for the accent color to peak through.

I explain in the video that I have a been hoarding a collection of paper boxes I bought many years ago in Japan. I decided it was time to make templates out of them so I could actually use the boxes. This is the first one I chose to do. I love how it opens and the fact that it doesn't use any adhesive to hold it closed. Pretty cool.

I hope you enjoy it.

Here's the dimensions for the box:
Paper 8 1/2 x 7
Score on 7" side @ 2, 2 1/4, 4 3/4, 5
Score on 8 1/2" side @ 1 1/4 and 7 1/4
2 side flaps have an additional score of 1/4 inch.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Technique Tuesday-Valentine Box

Hello there! I'm here with a quick tutorial for a Valentine's box made from our Curvy Keepsakes Thinlit. This was one of the items that carried over from the holiday Occasions Catalog and I'm so glad it did. The box itself is super easy to put together, but I thought it needed a window to show off the cute candy inside.

Start by cutting the box piece in two different colors to help add some contrast.
Fold the bottom of the white piece up like this and slide both layers into your Sweetheart punch.
Center in the punch side to side and make sure the bottom of the handle is right at the edge of your punch.
Now you have a heart on the side and a surprise heart on the inside of the box. I didn't think about it before, but it would be super cute to stamp something sweet on the inside heart.  Cut a piece of window sheet to fit over the outside heart and glue down with Fast Fuse. I find it helps to close the box if you run the pieces over the edge of the table to help them curve a bit before folding it up.
That's it. Glue the two bottom pieces together, fold up, fill with goodies and add accents. I used one of the punched hearts and added some Itty Bitty Accents hearts punched from Red Glimmer Paper . The sentiment came from the January Paper Pumpkin kit, but the Groovy Love stamp set has several sentiments that fit on this heart as well. I tied the heart on with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.

What do you think? Quick, easy and cute. Love it! 

Till next time...
God's love and blessings!

Monday, February 2, 2015

12 Months of Christmas February Challenge

It's February. Yep, January is gone and it's time for the next month of the year. Funny how that works isn't it? For those who are new to this series, I'm posting challenges each month to help make life a little easier come Christmas time. Last month we put together a notebook to help in keeping track of all those great ideas and made 10 cards.

This month's challenge is to focus on ideas for home-made gifts. Pinterest is a great place to start, but I also have a HUGE collection of craft books that are collecting dust on my shelves. I think I may dig out one or two and peruse them for some ideas. A couple of things I'm going to keep track of are not only the ideas, but any recipes and supplies needed. This way I can keep an eye out for needed items when they may be on sale.

I will also be making 10 cards again this month. I'll probably end up making 12, just because it's easy to make them in groups of 4, plus, I can use extras for gifts, or possibly sell them at one of the many holiday craft bazaars they have around here. I've always wanted to do something like that, just never planned far enough in advance. Maybe this year, my daughter-in-love and I can do some of the sales together. That would be so much fun!

That's really it for this month's challenge. I hope to gather at least 1 idea per person on my gift list, hopefully more.

Well, I can't leave you without a project of some kind, so I will share this little cutie I made last week.

Isn't he adorable?!? I used this tutorial for the bunny with just a little tweaking.  Of course, he's trying to get inside our new Berry Basket for some treats.

A friend mentioned that he needed some carrots, so I used our Tree Punch for the main shape, cutting off the trunk and used the Corner Rounder to round out the tops of the carrots. The branch from the Builder Bird Punch made the perfect greenery and while I was playing with the Bouquet Bigz Die my daughter said the frilly flower die would make the perfect grass for the bunny. Great idea!

Aack! Bunny booties are just too cute! Can't stand it! I think I'm going to have to play around with this idea and see if I can come up with some Christmas type characters to hang out on the berry basket.

I better get going. My order came in and I still have a lot of new stuff to play with. ;o) Feel free to leave a message and let me know if you're playing along and how you did on last month's challenge.

till next time...
God's love and blessings!