Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's All In The Box

I have a confession to make. I do not like to wrap gifts. I think it is a holdover from the days when I was the official gift wrapper. Growing up I even ended up wrapping my own gifts and most of the time I knew out of all the gifts I wrapped which ones were for me.

Not only is the gift important but also is the presentation. At least I think so. Here is a box I made for my granddaughter's birthday. This was a free cutting file from the Silhouette store. I cut this using my Silhouette SD. The Angel on it is a Print and Cut. With the Silhouette machines and software you can make beautiful Print and Cuts using images you have. The flowers are ones I cut out to make my own patterned card stock with my faux glimmer mist. See previous post for details. The ribbon is from a Dollar Tree store. My favorite store to pick up ribbon inexpensively.

 Here is the box I made for the headbands. It is the perfect size for putting four headbands in.

This size box uses two pieces of 12x12 card stock. The pattern for this box can be found here:http://www.theprojectgirl.com/category/organization/free-download/page/5/ You will have to scroll the page to find  the free file. For those who do not have a cutting machine there is a PDF template to use. 

I cut this with my new Cameo by Sihouette but was having some problems with the mat slipping. It took me four pieces of card stock before I got the top and bottom cut out. I was afraid to get into my stash of fancy papers to make this box. By the way the Designer Edition of the software makes it so easy to use files in the SVG format. LOL! Just need to remember to turn on the cut lines.

Yes that ribbon is the same Dollar Tree ribbon I used for the ribbon roses on the headband. Just a different color. I love the glitter. Sigh! Alas they were out of it the other day when I went into the store. I glued on top of the ribbon a paper mat which I had cut out and put in my stash awhile back using my Silhouette SD machine. You could use a paper doily or if you have a cutting machine cut your own mat for on top. Of course I have to have a little bling and I also have fun playing with my I Rock tool. So rhinestones were added.

I am knitting a hat for my youngest granddaughter and I think this will be the perfect size for it. I want to see how my Cameo cuts out some wrapping paper I have as I think a box with the wrapping paper glued on it would be so cute.

I also made a box for a necklace I crafted for my oldest granddaughter out of shrink plastic. I could not get a good picture of the box itself without shadows and glare on a sticker I made decorating it but thought I would share Fritzi the frog.

I tied ribbon under the lid  of the box so I could attach a hair clip to it. Fritzi the frog is a free SVG file from SVG Cuts. I re-sized him and cut him out of thin craft foam using my Cameo. Unfortunately I only had white foam I bought from Dollar Tree. So I smeared glue on the foam and sprinkled green glitter. The eyes are I Rock rhinestones.The foam melted a little bit  while I was applying them so the eyes are a little sunken. I felt like he needed something so cut a piece of red ribbon into a tongue. It curled up a little bit using a pencil to curl it. Fritzi was attached to a hair clip from a package I bought at a Dollar Tree using E600 glue. The clip holds the name tag.

By the way if you do not have a cutting machine but would like to use SVG files as templates you can download Inkscape for free. Inkscape will open SVG files and you can either print from there or save them in another format like the png one.

Oh and if you have a Dollar Tree store or something similar you may be able to find a roll of foam. This is great for making your own hair clips,embellishments on cards and scrapbook pages,ornaments,etc..  Over the weekend  I found a roll of green. Looking forward to making a pin out of it as well as some ornaments.

How do you embellish gifts? What type of decorations or extra little gifts do you add?

For  those who celebrate Thanksgiving have a Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for visiting and be sure to come back.

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