Category Archives: Boxes & Bags

Halloween Treat Bag

Another Halloween project today and this is a paper bag for popping a little treat into.

We used a Cellophane Bag filled with individual M&Ms but you could easily pop a small packet from a multipack into the bag.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits were used to die cut a bag from Spooky Night DSP. Stars (from the same thinlit set) were cut into the front centre panel of the bag before assembling. A panel of Very Vanilla was stamped with a sentiment from the Spooky Cat set using Pumpkin Pie ink. Using Basic Black ink, the “written words cat” from the same stamp set was stamped onto Pumpkin Pie card and punched out with the Cat punch. The hat from the set was stamped with Basic Black ink onto Very Vanilla card and then fussy cut out. Pumpkin Pie ink was used to add the buckle to the hat. A couple of slits were cut into the brim of the hat for the cat’s ears to stick through and then both cat and hat were put on the mat (lol) with dimensionals. More dimensionals were used to pop the mat/panel up on the front of the bag.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Spooky Cat trick or treat bag

Another Halloween treat today. This one uses some sweets that I got while visiting a US M&Ms store while on holiday – I love how you can choose specific colours!

The tag is stamped on both sides.

A narrow Cellophane Bag (5.1 x 20.3cm) was filled with the sweets. The Wicked Yummy frame from the Spooky Cat set was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Basic Black ink. Elegant Eggplant ink was used to stamp the Trick of Treat sentiment from the same set along the centre. The Everyday Label punch was used to punch out the tag.

On the other side of the tag, the sentiment, outline bottles and side frames from the Spooky Cat set were all stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink. The “liquids” for the bottles were stamped over the top with Pool Party, Perfect Plum and Lemon Lime Twist inks. Using Vintage Crochet Trim, the tag was tied onto the filled treat bag and finished with a bow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Painted Harvest gift box

After buying some tasty handmade chocolates as a gift for a friend (well, I had to buy a few extra to test that they were tasty, lol) I wanted a little gift box for packaging them, instead of the bag used by the shop. The new Mini Pizza Box fit the bill perfectly.

Before assembling the box, the sides of the base and the top of the lid were covered with Painted Autumn DSP. The sides of the lid were  stamped with a sentiment from Labels to Love in Cajun Craze ink. A Stitched Shapes circle was die cut from Soft sky card and layered onto a Layering Circle die cut from Cajun Craze card. These were popped up on the box lid with dimensionals. The Painted Harvest flower was stamped onto Whisper White card with Peekaboo Peach ink for the base flower, Cajun Craze ink for the shadowed flower layer and Daffodil Delight for the flower centre. This was then fussy cut out. The solid trio of leaves was stamped onto Whisper White card twice with Lemon Lime ink and then both were overstamped with the detailed leaf trio using Garden Green ink before punching out with the Leaf punch. The leaves were adhered behind the flower before popping it up in the centre of the circles with the dimensionals.

For tips on using the Mini Pizza Boxes, please consider following me on Facebook where I share very quick extra tips that don’t make it to this blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

Spooky Night Treat Topper

Did you take a look at the Halloween card on Thursday and think “it’s okay but I never send Halloween cards”? If so I can totally relate. I don’t send Halloween cards either. But … that card can so easily be turned into a treat topper and I do give out Halloween treats 🙂

I actually take part in trick or treat in our neighbourhood but even if I didn’t, I still have a nephew and friend’s children that I give Halloween treats to, so there’s plenty of use for this project there.

The treat topper is a small square card (3″ x 3″) of Basic Black. A piece of the Spooky Night DSP was cut and trimmed (2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″) to mat onto the card front. Using Smokey Slate ink, the owl from the Spooky Cat set was stamped over the branch. Pumpkin Pie ink was used to add the beak and claws. Basic Black ink was used to stamp the eyes and the sentiment. After filling the Cello Bag with sweets (take care not to overfill or the topper can’t sit flat), the top was folded over and secured closed with Tear and Tape. More Tear and Tape was then used to adhere the card over the top of the bag.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. Click on any product to shop online.

Orchid Window Box

This treat box was designed to go with the card I made for my Mum a few days ago. A bunch of us go for lunch to celebrate each other’s birthdays and I traditionally make a little treat box of choccies for the birthday gal. I used the same Berry Burst as my main colour as I used for the card and repeated the orchid as an embellishment.

The box base was die cut from Berry Burst with the Window Box thinlits. Each side panel had a small square of Crushed Curry adhered direct to it and then slightly larger squares of Berry Burst with the heart design die cut from them were popped up over the top with mini dimensionals. Old Olive card was die cut with the hexagon top from the same thinlits set, trimmed to shape and adhered direct to the box lid. The box was then assembled. The large two layer flower from the Climbing Orchid set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Berry Burst ink and die cut out with the co-ordinating Orchid Builder Framelits. The flower centre was stamped with Crushed Curry ink, overstamped with the detail stamps with Berry Burst ink and die cut out. The orchid was assembled and popped up on the box lid with mini dimensionals.

Here are a few choccies inside.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great bank holiday weekend

Sara xx

Bright and cheery Mini Treat Bag

While I still had the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits out on my desk from this project I decided to make a quick Treat Bag. They take no time to cut and assemble and are handy to have around if you need a quick gift when family or friends call unexpectedly over the summer. The Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist combo are bright and cheery enough to carry through the summer too.

The Mini Treat Bag was cut from Fresh Florals DSP and folded over at the top. A tag was created by cutting a banner from the set with Berry Burst card and trimming the flag from one end. The For You sentiment was die cut from Lemon Lime Twist card and adhered direct. After punching a 1/8″ Handheld Circle in the top of the tag it was threaded onto Lemon Lime Twist Woven Ribbon and tied around the Treat Bag in a bow. The tag was finished with a few different sizes and shades of the Glitter Enamel Dots (although these are actually Old Olive the lighter shade ones work quite well with the Lemon Lime Twist).

The ribbon can be slid off the bag for it to be filled with a gift card or small chocolate bar then simply slide it back on again so that you don’t have to retie the bow.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Foil Frenzy Box

A few days ago we shared this birthday card.

Today, we’re back with a dinky gift box, (big enough to hold a few chocolates), to co-ordinate with the card.

The box was created using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. The box base was cut from Berry Burst card and the lid from Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, partially punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle to create finger holds. A strip of Fresh Florals DSP was used to create a belly band and the same paper was punched with the Bow Builder and assembled. To tie the box back to the card with a hint of Copper, strands of Copper Metallic Thread were sandwiched between the bow and the belly band before topping with a Basic Pearl.

The belly band slides off to allow the lid to be removed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Window box in Lemon Lime Twist

Have you met our new In Colors yet? Each year we have a refresh of a small set (of 5) colours so that we are able to stay on trend. This year our new colours are:

  • Powder Pink
  • Fresh Fig
  • Berry Burst
  • Lemon Lime Twist
  • Tranquil Tide

I knew I would love Lemon Lime Twist from the moment I saw it! It’s a great way to add a little zing to projects and add contrast to some of the darker colours.

Here I teamed it with Early Espresso to make a bright and cheerful birthday box.

The box base was die cut from Early Espresso with the Window Box thinlits. Next a large piece of Lemon Lime Twist card was covered on one side with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and the backing left in place. The heart squares and the hexagon top from the same thinlits set were die cut from the backed card and then the backing peeled off to adhere the shapes in place before assembling the box. A sentiment from Number of Years was stamped onto a strip of Whisper White card with Early Espresso ink and a few flowers from the same set added in Lemon Lime Twist ink. The strip was then die cut with the banner ends from the Window Box thinlits which also add the fold lines as well as die cutting the banners. The banner ends were adhered to the top of the box so that the banner stands proud.

What do you think? Do you like the Lemon Lime Twist?

Sara xx

Tutorial for creating a mini pizza box

swirly box open

Over the last few posts I’ve shared some small thank you cards and matching gift box to package them in.

As promised, here is a quick tutorial for making the “pizza style” gift box.

The thank you cards were small square cards, 4″ x 4″ and the envelopes sized just a little larger. Although the envelopes were a snug fit, I was able to make the box from an A4 sheet of card rather than needing to start with a 12″ x 12″ sheet.

The A4 card was cut to 11-1/4″ x 6″

pizza box 1Step 1 – Place card on score board portrait ways (short edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″.



pizza box 2Step 2 – Turn card on score board landscape ways (long edge at top) and score at    3/4″ and 5-1/4″. Rotate card 180° and score again at 3/4″ and 5-1/4″.



pizza box 3Step 3 – With card landscape ways, snip along vertical score lines as far as horizontal score lines both top and bottom (four snips on both top and bottom). Snip a small “v” on outer snipped edges and just one of the inner snipped scorelines, matching top to bottom (see pic) (three snips on both top and bottom). Punch a small semi-circle from the centre of the vertical edge on the side that has a “missing” “v” (see pic).

swirly box openStep 4 – Fold and burnish with a bone folder along all scorelines. Fold in and adhere all small squares to box edges. Allow adhesive to dry before adding envelopes and cards.





Hope this helps.

Sara xx

Perfectly Wrapped Boxes

wrapped boxes close up

On Sunday I shared the bags from the Perfectly Wrapped project kit and I’m back today to share the boxes.

This is still using the same kit and stamp set. You can make 4 of each of 2 designs of bag and 4 of each of two designs of box – a total of 8 bags and 8 boxes.

perfectly wrapped kit

Here are the boxes made up following the kit instructions.

wrapped boxes

And here’s another variation.

wrapped boxes alt

For the small box, the flower and bow were separated rather than stacked. Flower petals and the bow were stamped with the spots in matching ink, the large box sides were stamped and a few changes made to stamped used on the label. The small flower added to the label was made from left-over cardstock from the die cut petals and sequins that fell off the thread when cut were added as embellishments.

Of course you can make these boxes completely different by adding stamps and accessories from your existing craft stash (yes, I know you have some, lol).

Sara xx