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Monday, November 3, 2008

Homemade Holiday Project 2 (and 3!)

The Homemade Holiday kit is filled with packaging ready to be personalized for special holiday gifts.  Today I'm going to share a couple examples.

Supplies From the Kit:

  • Pillow Box
  • Square Box
  • Maraschino, Leapfrog, and Announcement Cream cardstock
  • Pine Bough and Charles Cardinal stamps
  • Snowflake embellishment
  • Red Grosgrain ribbon
  • Raffia

Other supplies:

The Pillow Box:

websnowflakepillowThe kit includes 4 pillow boxes. 

These boxes are a little smaller and a little lighter weight that the pillow boxes listed individually in the store.  Because of that, I was able to emboss mine!

I got this clever idea from Michelle over at Inspiration Blooms.  You can see her inspirational post HERE.

I used my Wizard and the snowflake cuttlebug folder.  My sandwich was: white plate, thin white spacer, pillow (still folded flat) inside the embossing folder, and then the Wizard blue embossing plate.  If you want the embossing to be really deep, you can add a cardstock shim.  To be honest, I also ran one through my cuttlebug (the normal embossing sandwich).  It came out beautifully - but it was a very tight fit so I'm not comfortable recommending it (emboss at your own risk??)

After embossing. I popped my little box open and filled it with yummy chocolate covered raisins. 

I created the tag by cutting a rectangle using my Nestibility die.  I left the die in place and inked the center with a duster brush using Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.  Then I stamped the Pine Bough in Memento Bamboo ink and Charles Cardinal in Memento Rich Cocoa.  The "To" and "From" came form the Sentiments I collection (a very useful set!).  When you remove the cutting die, you get the nice cream border.  Then I colored Charles with Copic markers.

Mount the rectangle on a scalloped rectangle and add the punched circle and little snowflake embellie.  Punch a hole at the top tie it to the box with the red ribbon from the kit.

The Square Box:

websquarebox What I love about these square boxes is that they have a locking bottom.  So you don't have to worry about the bottom opening and spilling your stuff!  (was anyone else picking up spilled crayons from under the pews at church yesterday?).  The top is a regular box top that can be open and closed.

For this project, I did basically the same thing as above to create the tag mounted at the top - only with a square.  A added a little bundle of raffia for an embellishment.

Around the base of the box, I added a decorative strip.  The box is 12" around, so you need to create the strip in two pieces.  Do the side, the front and the other side, then do the back side separate so it meets at the corners.  The cream strip is  1/2" wide and stamped all over with Pine Bough and Green Memento ink.  The strip is mounted on Maraschino cut 1 1/2" wide and punched across the top with the Snowflake Border Punch.

I filled the box with yummy toffee coated popcorn and almonds.

I think I'll give this along with a small gift card for coffee to my twin's kindergarten bus driver for Christmas.  He is so nice and takes such good care of all the kids.

Tomorrow.... How about a bakery bag for special homemade goodies??


mel m. m. mccarthy said...

Ouuuu! This is brilliant & breathtakingly beautiful! The birdy is named Charles? Just like my Sweetie (looks like him actually, LOL) I love the colours and the embossing and the way you turned the tree into a branch. Amazing!!! :O)

Unknown said...

Oh my stars I love this so much - so beautiful!

You were the Runner Up Craft of the Week at Card of the Week.com. You can see the original post here.

I did use a picture from your post, with links back to the site and the original post. I hope that is OK. Please feel free to email me if you need me to change anything.

I also have an “I was featured” on badge for you if you want it :D

Thanks again for sharing!

Mich said...

These little candy boxes look really stunning !!! So beautiful, it makes the gift so much more beautiful than just some candy. Great idea for small gift ... Thanks again for sharing !