Poinsettia Leaves

Wow, I can't believe how many emails I got last night about my poinsettia box…I'm so glad so many people liked it!! I have seen poinsettias all over the web, so I figured everyone had seen them or tried them before…I have no clue the different sites I saw them at, I just made my leaves from how the finished flowers  looked, so I can't really point you in the direction of instructions. But, if I'm stepping on anyone's toes, please let me know if you're the creator of this flower and I'm happy to give credit 🙂

I took a couple of quick pictures to show how I made the leaves, I used what used to be called the small oval punch, but now we have a large oval punch and a large oval punch…so I'm talking about the smallest one SU! offers, #43 on page 202/203. Of course you can use larger ovals too and just make bigger poinsettias, that's my next plan 🙂

First I punched a small oval, then drew lines in it with my bone folder like this (it doesn't need to be perfect lines, because lines on poinsettias aren't perfect):

Next I trimmed the ends to points:

Finally I sponged the edges. I used Cherry Cobbler card stock, so I wanted a darker shade on the edges and sponged with Bravo Burgundy:

A lot of people have asked for the box dimensions, and I will have to get back to that later since I need to go get ready for work, but I'll draw them up tonight!!

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Anything Goes Challenge

Well how do you like that??? I visited the Paper Players challenge blog to see what's up for this week, and how excited was I that this week's challenge is anything goes!?!? You know what "anything goes" means to me right? Something other than a card 🙂 I love making cards, but I really love making things that aren't cards too!

So here's what I came up with…I've been itching to make one of those poinsettias I've seen around, so I started there…then I just added and added, until I finally decided to turn it into a box. Here it is closed:


And here it is open:

I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the box is about 4×4", and it's pretty much covered in gold Smooch Spritz. I hope you like it, thanks for stopping by!

Happy Halloween!


Yesterday, my sister and I went to visit my mom, so I got to see my adorable little nephew & niece, Connor & Grace…they're just too stinkin' cute! I wanted to make them little treats for Halloween, so I made up these fancy favor boxes and filled cello bags with candies I knew they could eat (they're 5 and 3 yrs old, so I needed to be careful what I put inside)…I loved seeing their cute little faces light up when they saw the candies just for them!!

Have a happy & safe Halloween!

Club Treats


Here are the treats I made for the girls for club night last week. I saw the idea on Lisa Freeman's blog here. I love to see the girls every month, but I have to admit, my favorite part of club night is getting to make treats for them 🙂

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Party Favors

The other day a friend & I were talking about a surprise 40th birthday she's throwing for her husband and a couple of other friends, and she was showing me a couple of things she liked in the catalog to make for favors. She definitely wanted to incorporate 40, and the cupcake from the Big Shot, so yesterday morning before work I put together a little item I thought she might like.

I used the Fancy Favor box for the Big Shot, but instead of having the fancy edge to it, I just slid my card stock down a bit on the die to omit that part. I don't know about her husband, but my husband is so not a fancy edge type of guy, so I figured it would be better without it.

I made the 4 myself, and the O is from the Serif Essentials alphabet, but she will be using the Alphabet Simple Numbers set for the Big Shot to create her 40. The cupcake is made with the little cupcake sizzlets, I used Bashful Blue card stock and ran it through the crimper to give it the cupcake wrapper look. The top of the cupcake was made with the Celebrations dsp. Behind the cupcake is a circle from the Circles #2 die in Pacific Point. I tied up the medium cellophane bags with some Old Olive Satin Ribbon.

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Piece of Cake Box

Last week somewhere (I have no clue where now, although I know these boxes have been floating around the web for quite some time now), I saw a piece of cake box that I thought was just awesome! Anyway, I hopped over to the SU! demonstrator website…they have the coolest stuff for us on that site, patterns & templates for sooo many different things. Anyway, I found a template for the cake piece shaped box, printed it out onto card stock and assembled.

Then I made a paper rose like the ones in THIS POST for the top of the box using Blushing Bride card stock. I added a border…you can't tell in the picture I don't think, but I coated the underneath of the border with snail and sprinkled glitter all over it, so all of the holes in the border are sparkly. A piece of Whisper White Satin Ribbon, and I was done! I'm looking forward to making more of these in lots of different variations…wouldn't they make the cutest shower favors?

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How to Make a Gable Box


After making this gable box last week, I've had so many requests for measurements, I thought I'd show you today how to make a few gable boxes of different sizes.The challenge this week at The Paper Players is "Anything Goes" so I guess this fits the bill 🙂

I'm going to show you the step-by-step for the smallest one, which is the snowflake one shown below, then I'll give you measurements for the others and you'll know what to do with them k? This box probably looks really big here, but in real life the whole thing is only 2" wide and 4-1/4" tall, perfect for some little candies or other treats.


Now for the instructions…I like to make my gable boxes using two pieces of card stock, no matter how big my box is going to be…that's because it makes it easier for me to make the handle part. So, for the smallest one, you'll need two pieces of card stock, each measuring 4 x 5-1/2". Cut and score them both to match this template (cut on solid lines, score on dotted lines, the gray portions will be cut off):

*tip – click on the image of the template to enlarge it in a separate screen




Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Night of Navy, Marina Mist

Card stock: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Word Window Punch, Whisper White Organza Ribbon, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 1/2" Circle Punch

When you've cut and scored both pieces of card stock to match the template, it should look like this:


I cut the bottom flaps at an angle to make them easier to fold in without getting caught up on the edge of the box.

*tip – if you want to punch your "handle" in the top of both pieces, do it before the next step. Once the two sides are adhered together, you may have a tough time fitting a punch in as far as you'd like to, depending on the size of the box.

Next, apply Sticky Strip as shown below (only apply Sticky Strip to one piece of card stock!):


Next, line up the sides one at a time, and adhere the sticky strip side over the un-sticky strip side…don't think that's even a word, but you get the idea right??? Your box will look like this:


Here are some more samples, just use the method above and follow the template I've given for each size 🙂




Stamps: Christmas Classics, Four for Christmas

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper, Jolly Holiday dsp

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Large Oval Punch




Stamps: Curly Cute

Ink: Early Espresso

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Nursery Suite Specialty dsp

Accessories: Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Designer Buttons in Subtles & Neutrals, Linen Thread, Mini Glue Dots, 1/2" Circle Punch

Here's the Tess gable box I made last week, with the template, the only thing different about this one is that I cut the corners of the handle at an angle:



Well that's all for today folks! I hope this will help you create some fun packaging for treats and gifts! Thanks for stopping by!


Gift Card Wallet


Yesterday was the year-end party for Nick's baseball team. We had a perfect day in regards to weather, company, and food 🙂 The kids had a blast, as they always do together…it's like a big family…and of course being the baseball players they are, they started up a fierce game of wiffle ball for the afternoon 😉

The parents all like to chip in and get the coach a gift for all of the work he does with our boys throughout the season. The amount of time he puts in is unbelievable, and all on his own time! This year we got him several different gift cards, so I wanted to make a holder for them all, plus have a spot for all of the families to write their appreciation too.

I thought the stamp set was perfect, I used FYI, and the sentiment on the inside was "you are awesome." The belly band is made from Elegant Soiree dsp, 1 1/2 x 7 1/4".

I used Early Espresso card stock for the "wallet" and it measured 4 3/4 x 8 1/2", and was scored at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2"…I round the edges of the front end.

Here's the inside, there is room for 3 gift cards, made by sealing Very Vanilla envelopes shut, then cutting them down to 2 3/8" and adhering them together.  On the bottom, I attached a piece of Very Vanilla card stock that I cut 4 x 10" and scored every 2 1/2" to make it fold up accordion style.



Today is our last day of summer!! Tomorrow the boys will head back to school, and I will go back to work 🙁 Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sketch Challenge Gable Box


Today I found a great sketch over at Pals Paper Arts, and I decided to give it a whirl, but use the sketch on the front of a gable box instead of the typical card. I'm really happy with how this box came out, and I'm planning to give it to a friend with a bunch of cards inside.

I used Tote-ally Tess, because I haven't picked her up in a long time and I love her little tote bag 🙂 I stamped her bag on dsp (BAB Workshop Pawsitively Prints pack) to match the dsp on the front of the box, stamped Happy Birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes on it, and cut it out to hang on her arm…oh yeah and I stamped the tiny flower in the set on a scrap of red dsp I had laying around on my stamp table and cut that out to adhere on her tote too.

I colored Tess with my Aquapainter and Tempting Turquoise, Basic Grey, and Soft Suede ink. I added some Real Red Satin Ribbon, and Brights & Neutrals buttons, along with a tag using the Just for you sentiment from the Afterthoughts hostess set.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a fabulous weekend!

Altered Gift Bag


Okay, here's today's lesson on why I never throw anything away 🙂 The other day I went to Yankee Candle to stock up on tarts during their $1 sale, and I came home with this cute bag:


I emptied out my new tarts into the basket next to my tart burner, but there was no way I was throwing this cute little bag away! It's the perfect size, about 8" wide and 8" tall, perfect for a gift bag! A couple of weeks ago I made this really cool flower, think for the life of me I can find the site of the creator?!?! Nope…so sorry, if it's you just let me know and I'll edit this to include your link. Anywho, she made a similar flower (different colors) for the top of a list pad? using 21 ornament punches. Well I had this flower sitting on my stamp table, waiting to figure out what I'd do with it…aha, today's the day I'm putting that baby to good use!

Edited to add: YES! She found me!! Kelli was the super creator of this flower, and she has wonderful instructions on her blog HERE…thanks Kelli 🙂

I cut two pieces of dsp from the Sweet & Sour Specialty pack, one 6×8" and the other 2×8", then cut a strip of Daffodil Delight cs for behind the flower, 1/2 x 8". I adhered all of this to the gift bag and I'm good to go for the next gift I give…and don't you know while shopping for that gift I'll be on the lookout for the special something that will fit perfectly in this bag lol!!

Here you can see the Smooch Spritz I added to my flower:


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