Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Gift Card Presentation Box

Hi Crafters,

December has been a super busy month for me. Aside from the usual work and taking my dad for hospital appts, I've decluttered the downstairs of my house in preparation for Christmas. Throw in some friends and family birthdays cards to make and there hasn't been much time to get started on my Christmas crafting!
Today it was a 'get on with it' day, and thankfully I've made a small dent in the mountain of things left to do!

Today's blog is all about the super gift card boxes I made last week. It started with wanting something special for a friends 50th birthday. A group of us clubbed together to get our friend a Next gift card, but I think just an envelope is pretty boring so scoured YouTube to find something I liked.

I found an old 2013 tutorial by a demonstrator in America called Brenda Qunintana. Then noticed an updated version by Jan B, an English demonstrator. Between them, they inspired me to make the box above, which in turn led me to make the matching card for us all to sign.

I used the fabulous Broadway Birthday DSP as my starting point. My friends birthday party theme was black & gold, so the paper was perfect! I liked the way it all turned out.

Then I decided to recreate the presentation box in Christmas DSP as I have a gift card for my son. I love making these boxes and I think everyone will be getting gift cards so I can make some more!

You can watch the following YouTube video to see how I made the boxes

Happy Crafting,
Karen x

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mini self-closing gift bags

Hi crafters

It's getting pretty busy here now. I have three family birthdays  a friends 50th, lunch with a couple of work friends  flat viewing with my dad .... and lots of crafting to catch up on. And then there's work to fit in too! 

This time I'm finally catching up with some little swaps I made for Stampin Up's Onstage event last month. Sadly, during a bout of illness, I accidentally deleted my video of my makes, so after a couple of requests for measurements, here I am remaking a few. 

The mini bags are quick and easy to make and can be adjusted go make different sizes.

Supplies needed:
Designer Series Paper
Metallic foil card - I used Copper
Scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock
Seasonal Chums stamp set
Snow Is Glistening stamp set/Spirited Snowmen stamp set

You start off with a piece of DSP measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" (11.5cm x 8.9cm)
Score on the long side at 2" and 4" (5cm and 10cm)
Score on the short side at 1" at each end (2.5cm)

There are further score lines, please watch my short video to show the remaining measurements and how to put together.

Happy Crafting!
Karen x

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ho Ho Ho - its Christmas!

Hi Crafters

I'm gearing up for Christmas now, starting with these adorable gift boxes holding a trio of Ferrero Rocher or even chocolate coins. They're super easy to make and look fab once you've added the embossing on top.

I came across these on Pinterest last year and kept them for this year, then came across them again just last week from another Demonstrator so it was meant to be 😉

I decided to add the chocolate coins as an option after chatting to a Vegan. They don't have dairy in their diet, so I looked in my local health shop and found you can get sweets and chocolate suitable for Vegans. So I altered the box slightly from the original idea.

I used the following measurements to create the red box, just substitute to Night of Navy and silver foil for the blue one

Real Red card: 4 1/8" X 10 1/8", scored at 3/4" on all four sides
Basic Black layer: 8 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Real Red layer: 8" x 2"

Real Red card 5" x 11" scored at 1 1/4" on all four sides

Real Red card: 3 3/8" x 9 3/8" scored at 1/2" on all four sides

I've created a YouTube video to show you how to make up the gift box