Gift Card pop up Box

November 13, 2017

Good Morning,

For the upcoming gift-giving season or in my household the rest of the family birthdays, I am sharing a Silhouette cut file for gift card box.  It seems as my kids get older their presents get smaller but more expensive. One of their favorites is to receive gift cards to their favorite places, this seems to hold true for their friends as well. I don’t know about you but, putting a gift card in a card always seems to lack a little something, I am always on the lookout for new ways to present a gift card.  I made this one for a friend of my son’s birthday recently, even my son liked it. He said it felt like I was giving a “present” not just a card!  The box itself is two cuts on one piece of 12×12 paper. The exterior of the box is all connected to give that interior pop. The inside hinge might be a little tricky figuring out which way it folds to lift up the gift card.

I made this one for a friend of my son’s birthday recently, it was received well, the mom even sent me a note asking how I made it.  The box itself is two cuts on one piece of 12×12 paper. The exterior of the box is all connected to give that interior pop. The inside hinge might be a little tricky figuring out which way it folds to lift up the gift card.

However, once you do it, it makes sense. The creator of this cut file has instructions on her blog which were pretty easy to follow. If you are interested I will have links to it on my supply list below.  This card also has room to add a little candy or other surprises inside as well.

The finishing touch is the shadow block letter spelling Happy, they are all welded at the bottom and fit the expanse of the box perfectly. The cursive “birthday” is a simple one layer cut. I cut it twice and layered it to make it stand out a little more.

All together this project took me 30 minutes from when I finally picked my paper. It would have been faster if I didn’t over think the hinge! ūüôā

Here is my supply list with links:

  • 1  sheet of  12×12 pattern paper – reversible is best for the box.
  • 6×6 sheet of pattern paper for “Happy.”
  • One sheet of solid cardstock for Shadow on Happy and cursive birthday.
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Store – 3D Pop Up Gift Card Birthday Box Design Id #63323 by Jamie Cripps
  • link to “how to”  http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/2014/07/pop-up-gift-card-boxes.html
  • Optional candy or trinkets to fill box along with the gift card
  • If you give this DIY Gift Box a try, I would love to hear how it went and what you thought.

Until next time……

P.S. To keep the coffee flowing while I create and write I have added my Amazon affiliate link to products. However I still only suggest products I think you will like and those I have had a good experience using. 

A Book Box of Treats for Book Club

May 29, 2017

Good Morning,

I am in the middle of my kid’s school year wrapping up along with my parent classroom job, book club. ¬†I love it, it’s a great excuse to indulge into kids books while getting to know the kids in my son’s class.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I enthusiastically arrived to talk about our book only to be met with exhausted kids. The end of the school year has brought State testing as well as deadlines for a number of projects, by the time they see me after lunch they are exhausted.  Wanting our time to be enlighting but fun, I asked what I could do to help pep them up, cookies were promptly requested. To which, I was given various options given allergies and preferences.

With the cookie idea percolating in the back in of my mind, I came home to work on the more pressing need of family graduation cards. In looking for a caps and gowns, I came across these fun Book Boxes. I thought, what a cute idea to bring cookies to book club.

Of course having more luck figuring out the book club solution, I abandoned graduation for this cute cut file by¬†Lori Whitlock. ¬†I used an older Basic Grey ¬†“hipster” collection to make all three “books” and the sticker sheet but for the bases, I used a Kraft paper. The cut file breaks down pretty easy with opportunities to do multiple pieces on¬†one mat. The boxes do take a bit of folding on score¬†lines as the spine is meant to be rounded, but overall it is easy to assemble. ¬† The opening and depth of the boxes are pretty generous so I am sure I will have enough to make five happy, cookie-eating, book club kids.

Oh but wait, it’s for school, I have to share to with the whole class, I better get baking.

Untile next time…..

If you’re interested here is my supply list based on doing all three books:

  • For the Box and cover base – 4 sheets of Kraft Cardstock (or black, white or cream)
  • The Spine, Front and Back Panel – 3 different 12×12 double sided pattern paper (One sheet for each book)
  • Decoration accessories: ¬†alphabets, flowers, sticker sheets etc.

 

 

**While I seem to be on a Lori Whitlock cut file kick lately I am not affiliated with her just love her designs and file set ups.

Valentine’s Day Pillow Boxes

February 11, 2017

Good Morning,

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Today I am revealing my prototypes for Valentines Day gifts for my son’s classroom. If you have been following along you know I, have been sharing a few different possibilities in the past couple of weeks. I finally came across something that has some substance but easy to mass produce and put together….the pillow boxes.

These can easily be made on the Silhouette with minimal gluing needed. When still flat the box measures 6.65 h x 6.417 w (Silhouette Cameo measurements). Once assembled the box measures 5 1/2 ¬†x 2 3/4. ¬†This file also comes with a large¬†“Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box) ¬†I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.

This file also comes with a large¬†“Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box) ¬†I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.

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I love polka dots especially red and white, so for this one, I used an echo park dots and stripe 8×8 pad. ¬†The Happy Valentine’s Day is the cutout portion of the word from the Black and White box. ¬†To add a little something extra¬†I tried adding my latest obsession, Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal Drops in “white” to make an underline flourish. While I like the raised shiny look, my hand dexterity is not as skilled as my mind envisioned. ¬†I need to practice…but not on 50 some boxes.pillow-box-dots-1

The third box I did with some leftover Graphic 45 “Mon Amour” paper and tags. I have to say it is my favorite and will most likely be given to Hubby. ¬†I think the decorative base with the stronger colors looks good with this type of box and I like how the well the 3 x4 tag worked look on here.

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In the end, I am leaning toward the idea of using Kraft with red baker’s twine and a tag. This way I won’t be as upset to see kids throwing away the boxes if its Kraft versus my Graphic 45 paper. ¬†I will do an update post once I decided on the paper and make them all.

Thanks for following along on Valentine’s Day Project Journey.

I always love to hear from everyone and their ideas.

Until next time…

 

 

Valentine’s Cup of Sweetness

February 10, 2017

Good Morning,

 

 

Today I am sharing this tea cup I found on my Valentine’s Day quest for my son’s school. When I spotted this cut file in the Silhouette Store I knew I wanted to make it. It is actually considered a box (lidless) designed by Lori Whitlock. ¬†While it may not work for the kids I think it strikes just the right tone for a teacher and staff gift.

Let’s get into it……

The completed tea cup measures approx. 2 5/8 (across the base) stands at 3 5/8 tall with an opening of 2 1/8. There is plenty of room to add a generous portion of treats. This cut file was relatively easy to put together. For the cup itself, you will need one sheet of 12×12 paper. It cuts two large pieces to form the base and sides of the cup. Then for the decorative layer (included in the file) ¬†you could use either a 12 x12 patterned paper or a 6×6 pad would work as well.

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Bo Bunny’s “Head over Heels” collection ¬†(circa 2013) has been hoarded in my stash since it came it out. ¬†I finally decided it was time to break into it. I used it to cover the front and back and keeping things simple I used a flower piece from the 12×12 chipboard sheet. It was tempting to want to put a lot of embellishment’s on it but since I am giving out about ten and make something for the classrooms, I decided to be easy on myself and keep it simple.

As the title says this is a generous cup of sweetness as it can easily hold 20 to 30 pieces of Hershey¬†Kisses. I could also see it holding cocoa packets, coffee or maybe a gift card with some other small items. OOOH! Bath crystals or heart shaped soaps would be nice too, then again chocolate¬†works nicely. ūüôā

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post of what I finally decided to make for the kid’s classrooms.

Are you making anything this Valentine’s Day? ¬†Please feel free to share in comments about your crafty project.

Until next time……

 

 

 

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