Hope you're finding that your world is starting to settle a bit after the busy Holiday season. Things in my neck of the woods are starting to slow up a bit and I'm glad for the respite. I've been trying to clean things up and put things away--get myself somewhat organized again. The lovely weather here in East Central Florida has been calling my name with temperatures in the 70s during the day and gently breezes. We've had a couple of chilly days here and there, but that just helps us to keep the dust from building up on our coats where they hang in the closet.
The great new items in the Occasions Mini Catalog have been calling my name pretty loudly, too. I'm really having fun with the new toys for the Big Shot, some truly luscious paper, and reacquainting myself with some colors I haven't used in a while. Today's post addresses the decorated box that I featured during the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Mini Catalog Blog Hop a couple of weeks ago. The Kraft Gift Box (introduced with the Holiday Mini Catalog and still available in the Occasions Mini Catalog) is a great size for packaging those small, but important, gifts that need a bit more presentation than just your usual wrapping paper and ribbon.
The box was assembled and all the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink. The edges of Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper, Pool Party cardstock, and Poppy Parade cardstock were also sponged with Soft Suede ink before they were adhered together and adhered to the top, sides and interior of the box top.
The interior of the box was lined with Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper; it's actually the reverse side of the paper used for the outside panels of the box. One piece of paper was cut to fit the inside bottom of the box. A second piece of paper was cut to fit around three of the inside panels of the box with approximately 1/2" extra length at each end to help to anchor the paper as it is adhered to the inside of the box. To do this, place the paper inside the box and smooth it to fit the three sides using the bone folder to gently create the creases at each corner. Remove the paper from the box and apply adhesive to the back of the paper and reinsert the paper into the box and press it in place with your fingertips. A third piece of paper is cut to the size of one interior panel and is inserted to cover the final inside panel. A piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon was adhered along the top edge of the paper lining the inside of the box to add a finishing touch to the interior.
The medium sized label from the Apothecary Art stamp set was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Staz-On ink. The image was colored with the Blender Pen and the following ink colors: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, and Daffodil Delight. The image was cut out with Paper Snips and matted with a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock die cut with the 3 5/16" x 2 13/16" (measured at the cutting line) Labels Collection Framelits die. The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Soft Suede ink before adhering the stamped image. The focal point was adhered to the center of the box top with Stampin' Dimensionals. A banner across the focal point was created with two pieces of Whisper White cardstock. The first piece was stamped with the "Happiest Birthday" image using Poppy Parade ink and the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink. The second piece was cut in half and "fish tails" cut at one end of each of the two pieces. These pieces were also sponged with Soft Suede ink. The ends of the banner were adhered at the center of the stamped image with the "fish tails" extending beyond the edges of the stamped image. Then the sentiment was adhered directly over the center of the stamped image and "fish tails" using Stampin' Dimensionals.
When I finished decorating the box I realized that I needed to make a gift to put in it. I came up with these cute tags featuring the same stamp image used for the box top focal point.
I made four tags for the box, two of each color shown in the photo above. Instead of placing a banner across the center of the stamped image, I wrapped a piece of Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon around each focal point and knotted the ribbon at the center. You can see that for the Pool Party tags, the focal point image is matted with Poppy Parade cardstock; while the focal point image for the Poppy Parade tags are matted with Pool Party cardstock. The edges of all of the Pool Party and Poppy Parade cardstocks were sponged with Soft Suede ink.
Each tag is comprised of two pieces of cardstock cut with the 4" x 3 3/8" Labels Collection Framelits die. The focal point piece was adhered to the top piece with Stampin' Dimensionals. The second piece was scored at 15/16" from the point along the 4" width OR line up the small bump after the point in the center along the score line of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (as shown in the photo below). Place a piece of Sticky Strip in the area between the score line and the point and press the two pieces of cardstock together, aligning the edges.
A 1/8" hole was punched near the upper left corner of each tag using the Crop-A-Dile. A piece of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was threaded through the punched hole and tied off.
I liked the way this box turned out so much that I decided to use it for one of the projects for the ladies of the SASS Stamp Club this past weekend. They were all pretty tickled with the way their boxes turned out.
I'll be back soon with another of the projects from this weekend's event.
Stamps: Apothecary Art; Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Jet Black Staz-On; Cardstock: Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Attic Boutique; Embellishments: Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled ribbon; Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Blender Pen, Crop-A-Dile, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Labels Collection Framelits dies; Other: Kraft Gift Box