CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS – DAY 5!

DAY 5

Today’s project is actually a gift box.  It is always good to have little boxes to fill with chocolates or treats.  This is not a new box for me but I will give you the instructions shortly.

I created the sentiment the same way as I did on the card from yesterday.  You can go back to that post to check it out if you like.  This box was just the right size to add the die cut frame on the top of the box.  The ornaments on the side was added as an afterthought.  It needed something there.  I probably should have thought of that before I assembled the box.  So stamping on this afterwards was a little stressful.  I held a clear block to the back of the panel when I stamped – and held my breath. That is an important stamping requirement you know. 😉  It turned out well not just once but twice.  I was so lucky!!

To make the box:

I designed this box a few years ago now.  You can find the Original post with the instructions in Metric and Imperial on this post HERE. 

Here is the card and the box together to see what a great pair they make. Funky for Christmas do you think?? 🙂

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So, what has been your favourite project from this week?? Here is a review to remind you.

I would love to know your thoughts.  Drop me a comment and I am going to pick a random winner for a special prize.

Thanks for visiting me all this week.  Do continue to drop by.  I love you to visit.

Jenny

MORE 6″x6″ TREAT HOLDERS!

Yesterday I showed you some more Z-fold cards and they had little treat holders.  I thought I would share with you how to make those particular ones.

Firstly, the Dapper Denim Napkin fold.

These are one of the easiest, quickest treat holder you could possibly make.  I used to make them a lot when I was younger but had forgotten about them until recently.  They are a good size to fit a small chocolate treat in.  Here is how to make them.

Of course, you can make these any size you like.  The principal is the same.  Just be sure that your paper is square.

For this particular version I used the Color Theory paper stack in which the piece measures 6″x6″ (15.2cm x 15.2cm).

NAPKIN FOLD TREAT HOLDER

1. Fold your paper piece in half diagonally.

2.  With the fold towards you, take the left hand corner and fold it to about the mid point on the paper on the opposite side.  See the photo below to see what I mean.

3. Fold the right hand corner so it overlaps the last fold and for the point to reach the mid point on the opposite side.  Place a little adhesive behind the folds to help it stay closed.

4. Take the top point and fold just one layer down over the 2 folds. Place adhesive behind it to keep it closed.

Add a tag or embellishment as you like.  For this version, I used the Dapper Denim marker over just the “smile” word in one of the sentiments from the Colorful Seasons set.  Cut that with the Stitched Oval Framelits.  I stamped a few snowflakes on to the piece too and finished it off by cutting some “snowflake” embellishments from the Layered Seasons Thinlits.

OLD OLIVE MINI BOX

This little mini box is so cute.  You could fit a lipstick or lip balm in it or a small chocolate.  The finished size measures 7cm Wide (2 3/4″),  3.2cm Deep (1 1/4″) and 2.2cm Height (7/8″).

This was made with the Envelope Punch Board.  When I went back to find the tutorial for this I couldn’t seem to find it.  I am sure I used the one by my lovely friend Tanya HERE.  When I made it up again though it was slightly longer.  The tutorial at that link is a paid Tutorial for lots of different sized boxes with the Envelope Punch Board, but for $2 it is not a bad purchase. 🙂  Have a look on Pinterest though for a few other versions.  There are larger ones but I was in keeping with the 6″x6″ paper.

So here are the 4 little treat holders made just with a piece of 6″x6″ paper.  There are so many others too but it is amazing what you can make with such a small piece.

Enjoy,

Jenny

 

EASTER GIFT CLASS THIS FRIDAY!

Easter is less than 2 weeks.   Yikes! Better get some gift packaging ready.

Class this Friday will help you get some sorted.  Come along if you are in the Wollongong area.

We will be making a gift box ready to fill, a treat holder which includes a mini Lindt bunny and also 2 tags that you can add to your own store-bought Easter treats.

Here are the details.

Come and join us.
When:
Friday 7th April 10am or 7pm
Cost: $20.  Includes all materials and mini Lindt Bunny.
Please RSVP: Thursday 6th April.

Let me know ASAP to reserve your seat.

Jenny

FAIR PROJECTS UPDATE!!

Last week was a very busy week.  I had 3 markets/fair events.  It was great seeing some familiar faces and meeting up with new people.  I thought I would share some of the projects I made for the markets.  Having 3 in the week was interesting also to see just how different things sold.  So I will let you know about that too.

A little while ago I picked up some lip balm balls and sticks reduced at a local store so I grabbed those to make some cute holders for them.

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The tutorial to make your own Lip Balm Boxes can be found HERE.  They are so quick to make.

Here are some tiny Lip Balm Purses.  Both of these created some interest.

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Here is a close-up from the side. (sorry I realised I hadn’t met the tops together neatly before I took the photo!)

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These are cute little purses. It was great to use up some retired papers too. You can make your own from the tutorial HERE. 

Now I made these fun little packs too.  There is a cute  poem on the back of them and I forgot to take a photo of these.  I will add them below.

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The Reindeer Poop was very popular at one event at a school.  It appealed to some boys sense of humour, or was it that there was no other chocolate sold there at the time?? 😉  I made some more bags up but then I didn’t sell one bag at that craft fair. You never know!

Here are the poems. I found these on Pinterest.

REINDEER FOOD

Just Sprinkle on the lawn at night,

The moon will make it sparkle bright.

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam,

This treat will guide them to your home.

 

REINDEER POOP

I heard that you’ve been naughty,

So here’s the inside scoop,

All you get for Christmas,

Is this bag of Reindeer Poop!

 

I have more to show you but that is enough for one post.  Pop back again and I will show you some more in the next post.

Jenny

THE END OF SALE-A-BRATION 2015!

I can’t believe how quickly the past few months have gone with Sale-A-Bration.  There has been so many great products that are going to be sadly missed.  What has been your favourite???  I have already mentioned a few of my favourites with ‘Lotus Blossom’ and ‘Big Day’.  Then we had some fantastic new additions. Sadly not much time to play with them but the papers were gorgeous.

Here are some projects to share with you courtesy of Stampin’ Up! I don’t know who the original creators are so I do apologise but these showcase some of the gorgeous products we have enjoyed during Sale-A-Bration.

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‘You Brighten My Day’ stamp.  We do always have something to be thankful for and today I am thankful for my wonderful customers and my team for a great Sale-A-Bration.

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Great gift bag with ‘Big Day’.

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The lovely ‘Lotus Blossom’.

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The fantastic ‘Irresistibly Yours’ Designer Series Paper.  This looks stunning in gold!

So have you got your free Sale-A-Bration products yet?? You only have hours to go, so make sure you get them in to your Demonstrator.  I will be adding my last orders in a few hours time so be quick!! I can ship anywhere in Australia.

Tomorrow is another day with a great new special and we can look at the Occasions Catalogue which has been a little neglected lately.

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

NEW YEAR CREATING WITH BUTTERFLY BASICS!

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year celebrations. We had a really nice family time.  I love these special moments.  I have been in my craft room the past week though.  I can’t keep away.  I have a number of projects to share with you over the next week. It has been so nice to ink up some new stamps.  Today I thought I would show you a little gift box I have just made.  This is using the new Bundle ‘Butterfly Basics’.

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I have used Coastal Cabana.  I cut a butterfly from the butterfly Dies from Whisper White and one from the silver foil sheets.  (Read below for some tips for cutting out these little intricate dies). I sponged around the edge of the white butterfly in Coastal Cabana.  The strip under the butterfly is vellum which I have embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and then flagged the ends.  The little postage stamp is heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I added a strip of Rhinestones to the centre of the butterflies for some bling.

For the box I recreated the little box I showed in a post some time back.  You can find all the details HERE.

BUTTERFLY DIES CUTTING TIPS

These butterfly dies are very intricate and like similar ones you might have a few problems cutting them out.  I thought I would share my tips in cutting them to have a nice clean cut.

1. Use baking paper between your die and cardstock. You may have to also add a scrap piece of copy paper to aid the cutting further. So lay your card down on the bottom Big Shot cutting plate, place a piece of baking paper over the card, top with your die face down then add the scrap piece of copy paper. Place the top cutting plate over it.

2.  When running through your Big Shot you might want to run back and forth a few times.  I found I needed to run it through about 6 times.

I had several attempts playing around with this die to cut well.  After some frustrations (and maybe some mumblings under my breath!), I found this to be the best result.  The butterfly lifted almost cleanly off the die.  I just used the Paper Piercer to start popping it in the holes and lift it slightly and then it would lift off quite easily.  See how you go trying this but do persevere as it is such a beautiful die and combines so lovely with the Butterfly Basics stamp set.

I look forward to sharing more projects with you so stop by again soon,

Jenny

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW!

Did you enjoy the recent 12 Weeks of Christmas projects?? There were a lot of awesome projects by the team. What was your favourite project do you think???  I would love to hear what you thought.

I was looking at my projects the other day and noticed a theme.  I didn’t plan it like this though. These are my projects I created over the 12 Weeks.  Do you notice anything???

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I seemed to have a theme of using the Nordic Noel DSP and different Gift Packaging that Stampin’ Up! has available.  I have to say it is so great that there are so many different sizes and types available.  These do make dressing up gifts and treats quick and easy.  For these projects I used the Tiny Treat Boxes (only available now until January 5th), the Kraft Gift boxes and the Tag a Bag Boxes.

If you missed these posts you can find them all here.

Tiny Treat Holder

Clear Ornaments and Gift Box

Tag a Bag Box Treats and matching card.

If you want to check all the projects from our 12 Weeks of Christmas then just click on the tag below of “12 Weeks of Christmas” and all the posts should come up.

It might be a bit late to make any of these projects for this Christmas but maybe they will be useful for next Christmas or another occasion.

Have a wonderful Christmas surrounded by the ones you love and may you take some time to reflect on the Greatest Gift we have been given.

I am taking a break from blogging for a week so I will see you with more creative projects in 2015. Thanks for being part of my journey this year. 🙂

Jenny x

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12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS – WEEK 10!!

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Week 10 of our 12 Weeks of Christmas.  That can only mean that Christmas is getting very close – which is a scary thought!  Today I bring you another project in our 12 Weeks of Christmas series.  I hope you like this project.

Today I bring you a Tag A Bag Gift Box and matching card.  

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When you are looking for gift packaging ideas Stampin’ Up! offer an assortment of bags and boxes that with some simple decorating they can make your gift very special.  To hold some yummy treats you can’t go past the Tag A Bag Gift Boxes.  These assemble very quickly without any adhesive at all.  These boxes can be found on p 201 of the Stampin Up! Catalogue and come in a pack of 8 for $11.95.  Great value!!

Here is the box for you.

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For this I have punched a strip of Real Red Cardstock with the Confetti Stars Border Punch, wrapped around a strip of the Nordic Noel DSP and tied around some Real Red Satin Ribbon.  I have the tutorial below. The cute tag is simply a number of stars cut with the Stars Framelits from Gold Foil, Garden Green and Real Red.  In the centre of the smallest star I added a single Gold sequin and added a small pearl coloured with the “red” colour in the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities pack.  I added a length of the Gold Sequin Trim behind the star. The greeting is from Petite Pairs and cut using the Bitty Banners Framelits.

I made a matching card to go with the box.

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I cut a large star from the Whisper White card and adhered some of the same Nordic Noel DSP behind it.  Then layered stars in Gold Foil, Garden Green and Real Red to match the box although these were slightly smaller.  The smaller red star is punched from the Itty Bitty Accents punch set.  I added a single Gold sequin and coloured Adhesive Pearl to this too. The greeting is from the Bright and Beautiful set stamped in Real Red.  I wrapped around some Real Red Satin Ribbon and added a bow separately.  So much easier to add the bow separately.  It sits so much better.  I always have a tussle with the card and the ribbon. 😉  I finished it off with some single Gold sequins around the card.

TAG A BAG BOX TUTORIAL

Cut cardstock to measure 9.5cm x 28cm (3 ¾” x 11”). Punch along both edges with the Confetti Stars Border Punch. 

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Cut DSP 3.5cm x 28cm (1 3/8” x 11”). Adhere slong the centre of the punched strip.

Run adhesive along the back of your card strip with adhesive of your choice.  I used Fast Fuse. 

Place the middle of your card strip at the centre of the top surface on the Acetate sleeve for the box and adhere down.  Wrap the cardstock around the sleeve adhering each side as you go.  TIP: When you wrap the cardstock around each side run the Bone Folder along the edge to give a crisper fold. Check it out  in the photo how I have done it.

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Adhere the ends together at the base of the box.

Wrap your Red Satin Ribbon around the box and tie in a bow.  Create a tag of your choice to finish.

I am sure you could think of a few friends/workmates that you could whip up a few of these for?? Fill them with some chocolates, cookies even a small gift.  Decorate them as you like.

Of course, as with our past 12 Weeks of Christmas projects we have a special bundle for you and receive 10% off.

Tag A Bag Boxes   (130927)                                   $11.95

Gold Sequin Trim     (132983)                                 $8.95

Confetti Stars Border Punch (135861)                    $37.95

TOTAL    $58.85.  Your price with 10% off is $53. Only available by ordering through me directly not through my Online store. 

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Jenny

 

12 WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS!

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I have some exciting news for you.  Over the next couple of months.  I will be bringing you ’12 weeks of Christmas’.  I have teamed with some other creative ladies in our team to bring you some exciting projects to help you in your Christmas preparations.  Each week I will share a project with you that either myself or one of the other clever ladies have made.  Today is the first project!

Today’s project is brought to you by Leonie Schroder.  Here is the project and then I will tell you about it.

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Leonie has created a Star Box Stack.  This stack comprises three Star Gift Boxes all tied up with the gorgeous Silver Satin Ribbon and star frame tags from our Foil Cardstock. These would be great to give to someone if you were giving them small things like jewellery or chocolates, Or maybe use it as a Table Centre piece or Decoration.  These could be made any time of the year for any occasion.

Do you want to know how to make it???  Here is a video for you.

We have a special bundle put together to create your own Star Box Stack.

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Buy this Bundle now and save 10% – pay just $78 plus shipping!  Contact me with your order.  Plus, receive the written tutorial for Free as a Thank You for your order.

Stay tuned for further projects in the coming week.

Jenny

RECTANGULAR GIFT BOX!

I was playing around the other day and created this Rectangular style box. I was inspired by some packaging we received on something we bought.  I liked the design so I tweaked it to fit our Australian size cardstock.  Here are the boxes I made. Keep reading too for the tutorial to make your own.

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A Cherry Cobbler box ready for Christmas.  I used the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ Stamp set and embossed one of the gorgeous stars with Gold Embossing Powder.  I cut this out and one in Gold card with the Star Framelits.  I coloured a Rhinestone with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities.  BEFORE assembling make sure you stamp the cardstock.  So much easier!  The greeting on this box is from the ‘Good Greetings’ stamp set.  This is the Free set you can get this month when your party sales reach a minimum or $300.  This set is very useful with greetings for all occasions.

The Island Indigo box might suit the men in your life.  On this one I stamped the seaweed from ‘By The Tide’ with White Craft Ink.  The shell was stamped in Pool Party and the Seahorse in Calypso Coral.  I stamped the verse on each side of the box with Island Indigo ink.  For the Burlap trim I cut a length and cut off the sewn edges.  I then frayed the edges by pulling out some of the thread.  I used one of the threads to tie off on the Silver button.

Here they both are individually.

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Here you can see how the end flaps fold in.

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So do you want to know how to make one yourself.  Here you go.

RECTANGULAR GIFT BOX TUTORIAL

(Finished size is 10cm x 4cm x 7cm)

1. Cut cardstock METRIC:  24cm x 20cm.  On the 24cm side score and 4cm, 11cm, 15cm and 22cm.  On the 20cm side score at 1cm, 5cm, 15cm and 19cm.

                            IMPERIAL: 9 1/2″ x 8″.  On the long side score at  1  1/2″, 4  5/16″, 5 7/8″ and 8 5/8″.  On the 8″ side score at 3/8″, 2″, 6″ and 7 1/2″ (NOTE: I haven’t tested these measurements yet so I do hope they are correct! Let me know if I am wrong.  There are some odd measurements!)

Here is the template.  (This has now been updated).

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2. Cut off all the shaded areas.  Cut up on the tab lines (filled in line).  Where I have marked “Trim Down” I cut these tabs down shorter.  These are the tabs you fold in on the ends and then I angled the tabs to fold in more neatly.  I hope that makes sense??

3. Fold on all the scored lines.  Stamp the cardstock as you like before assembling.

4. Add Sticky Strip along the narrow tab on the right hand end (the underside).

5. Assemble by lining up the edge of the tab with the Sticky Strip to the other end.  Then fold in the flaps on each of the ends.

Hope this all makes sense.  Please ask if you are unsure.  Enjoy making them.

Jenny