Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tall [but small] Candy/Favor/Goodie Boxes

These are SO easy to make. You get two boxes from one 8.5x11 inch cardstock. I hope I made the templates easy to follow because it does look more complicated than it is. I made these Christmas boxes for my husband to give at work. I used sheets from a DCWV Multi Stack Premium Cardstock pad but first printed the watermark on the sheets before beginning. I trimmed the template off 1" so they would be a little shorter .. four chocolate covered cherries in mini wrappers fit perfectly in each box. I tied a 10-inch piece of raffia on the fronts and BAM ... very easy, inexpensive gifts.


(click on the pictures to enlarge)

These were made on a whim, experimenting with the embellishing. I used paper from a DCWV Luxury Stack. The flowers are three different size daisy punch-outs from leftover paper, glued and stacked. I wanted to see which ribbon looks best. I used a circle and square Coluzzle template to cut out the front piece(s) and covered with a pieces of scrap acetate.



The template is below. Use a 5.5x8.5 inch sheet of heavy cardstock. If you use a Scor-Pal, put the edge at the 3 inch and you have an exact 1-1/4 inch score mark at 4.25. Move your first score line back to the 3 and score again three more times. It doesn't matter which side of the template the 1/2" flap is located, either side will work. The flap is the first thing glued to the inside of the opposite edge when assembling the box. The only other piece to adhere is the bottom, and BAM .. your box is finished! How easy is that?



I'm a visual person, but if you like instructions here is a short version.  Score the 5.5x8.5 sheet vertically, four times 1-1/4" apart with each score. Turn the sheet sideways and score 1-1/4" from one end and 1/2" (and 1-1/4" from that scoreline) on the other end.  The blue lines on the template are cut lines. The red dots indicate the pieces of the template that you will cut off and discard. I used a corner rounder punch for the top flap piece.

Your unassembled box piece should look like this.



Glue the 1/2" flap to the inside of the opposite side. I use a tape runner, it is easy to get the flap lined up with the edge. Glue the bottom flaps down and you have a box! The cutout in the front is optional. These boxes are a perfect size for a handful of candy, small toys, money, notes .. just about anything you would like to gift and want a cute presentation you can even personalize.

As I did in the first bunch, you can make a shorter box (less area to fill with candy :) by trimming 1" and using a 5.5x7.5 inch piece. I have also made a wider size box substituting 2" scores for the 1-1/4" measurements (again using the 1/2" flap scores). Use a 8.5x10 inch sheet for the larger size.

It is easier than it looks, I promise. Let me know if you make any and what you use them for. I'm already thinking Valentine's Day with quilled hearts in addition to the ribbon. Have fun and enjoy!

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Few New Year's Links

This is my all-time favorite quote for the end of the year!

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey

Find more New Year quotes at The Quote Garden.

And Google's list of free ecards and other New Year related links.

And my favorite Earth WebCam to watch, especially on New Year's Eve ~ Times Square, New York City !

Cheers!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Quilling Supplies 20% Off Sale





Only two more days to get 20% off store wide at Whimsiquills! Take advantage of this offer and stock up on everything!

Whimsiquills, the mega quilling store carries quilling papers, tools, kits, books, plus, a gazillion American, English and specialty papers. Order online, the eBay Store or via a toll-free phone call. Patricia Caputo, owner of Whimsiquills has been quilling for more than 35 years! My source for everything quilling and I can guarantee the service and products.

This is the week to go shopping! :o)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quick, Last Minute Decorations ...

Details for these cute trees were found via Paper Crave at this fantastical blog. Thank you, kind over matter!
(I covered my t-p rolls with paper :o)

And here are the instructions for my easy little totes.


click to enlarge

Enjoy!




Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Words of Wisdom


The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
~ Carl Gustav Jung

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
~ Frank Capra

The whole difference between construction and creation is this; that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.
~ Charles Dickens

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
~ Charles Mingu

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
~ Mary Lou Cook

Have a very creative day!




Christmas Tree in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, December 14, 2009

Paper Trees by Carol Heppner

I saw these cute paper trees on Carol Heppner's blog. She has shared instructions and a template in her newsletter. Thank you, Carol!

Quick and easy, all you do is trace, cut and fold! My kind of project :o) I made a few to place in the center of a big round table my mother decorates-- in lieu of a tree. She loved them and friends that stopped by noticed them immediately. The trees are stylish and very unique!

I embellished with some cute painted red and green brads I found on sale at Michaels. After I took this picture, I inked the edges and white core showing on the folds with Ranger Old Paper distress ink. As with any picture, they look much more festive in person :)

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Color of the year for 2010


Pantone's color for 2008 was blue iris, 2009 was mimosa, and the color for the year 2010 is ... turquoise! Imagine the gorgeous color combinations.

CasaSugar
BellaSugar

Now you know!

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