Category Archives: Boxes & Bags

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

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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

Perfectly Wrapped Bags

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Have you had a browse of the new catty yet? It’s got so many great new goodies!

One of the new kits is the Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit.

perfectly wrapped kit

It has all you need to make 8 bags and 8 boxes (4 each of 2 box designs and 4 each of 2 bag designs), you just need to add stamps and ink. You can always use what you already have in your craft cupboard or you can get the specially designed Perfectly Wrapped stamp set as we did here.

Here are the 2 bags as they are when you follow the instructions that come with the kit.

wrapped bags kit

And here we used the same materials (i.e. same kit contents, same stamp set and same inks) but changed them around a bit (and there’s still 4 more bags in the kit still to make).

Can you spot the differences?

wrapped bags alt

Back soon to show you the boxes from the same kit.

Now we’ve already shared some cards made with the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set – so you can see that it’s a handy set to have, but if you don’t fancy buying it and still want to use it for this project, then why not have a crafting party with friends. Your group buys the kit(s) and I’ll fetch the stamps and ink. Just email me to find out more.

Sara xx

Washi-tape Wednesday – tape on striped DSP

washi treat bag close up

It’s Wednesday, so it must be washi and we have another new washi-tape project for you – this time using washi to alter your DSP.

washi treat bag 1

This works best with a design of DSP that has clear negative areas. We used It’s My Party DSP and although the stripes aren’t completely uniform they are straight enough to work for this technique.

washi treat bag2

Simply lay the washi tape along the length of the stripes (we chose the white stripes but opted for alternate ones so that the design didn’t become too busy).

washi treat bag3

Die cut the treat bag ensuring that the stripes will run in the right direction on both pieces.

washi treat bag

The treat bag was die cut from It’s My Party DSP (that had been taped with It’s My Party Washi Tape), using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Balloons were punched from Melon Mambo card and It’s My Party DSP  with the Balloon Bouquet punch and then adhered together overlapping slightly. Bows and “enjoy” were die cut from Melon Mambo and Basic Black card using more dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and were adhered over the top of the balloons. After adhering Twine from the Baker’s Twine Combo Pack behind the balloons, they were popped up on the Treat Bag front with dimensionals and the “strings” adhered in place with a little adhesive from the fine-tip glue pen.

For those who don’t have/like washi another design alternative is to stamp sentiments into the negative space between the stripes.

Sara xx

Pyramid elephant box

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I succumbed! These pyramid box dies were introduced in the Spring/Summer catty and I resisted for the first few months but they somehow snuck into my order a couple of weeks ago! 😀

And I’m so glad they did. My first thought is that they’re actually a little smaller than I expected (which means they’ll be perfect to hang on the tree at Christmas) and my second thought was how easy they are to put together. I was visiting my nephew at the weekend and whipped up this little box in about five minutes flat.

pyramid elephant

The triangular base (x2), ears (x2), trunk and tail were die cut from Basic Gray card with the Pyramid Pals thinlits die and the eyes were die cut from Whisper White card. After folding and adhering the two base pieces together, the other body parts were also adhered in place (you need to remember to fold one ear one way and the other the opposite way – ask me how I know!). A Basic Black marker was used to draw in the centres of the eyes.

pyramid elephant back

The back was left unglued so that it simply opens up by pulling on the tail and inside we popped about 8 fruitella sweets. My nephew did pull the tail off – forgot that a 3 year old doesn’t have much concept of gentle, but he had fun with it and that’s what matters.

I really hope that these carry over to the new annual catalogue in June – they’ll be great for Christmas treats for grown-ups as well as creating a mini zoo for the little kids! 🙂

Sara xx

Shine on box

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If you’ve been a fan of SU! products for a while, then you may remember the Under the Tree cardstock we had a couple of Christmas’s ago? This was a heavyweight printed kraft cardstock. It was great for making boxes.

Well now we’ve got something even better. Shine On Specialty DSP. Again, it’s a heavyweight cardstock rather than a paper, making it ideal for boxes. There are 12 sheets in a pack, 2 each of 6 double-sided designs. Each has a silver foil pattern on one side (sparkly!) and a coloured printed pattern on the other.

shine on box

The box base was cut and folded from a 10” x 10” piece of the mini spotted design of Shine On Specialty DSP, following the instructions on the Gift Box Punch Board for the 2.5” x 2.5” x 4” size box. After die cutting the sentiment from Silver Foil using a Mini Treat Bag thinlit, it was adhered to a Note Tag punched from the striped design of Shine On DSP and then threaded onto Silver Satin Ribbon used to tie the box closed.

shine on box open

This box has a green spotted interior when opened up 🙂

Love the quality of this cardstock!

Sara xx

Perfectly Artistic origami box

artistic box close up

I recently shared a card created with background papers from the Perfectly Artistic DSP pack (a freebie with purchase during Sale-a-bration). At the time I also said how great the papers would be for making boxes and bags – so here’s a box made with them 🙂

artistic box

The box is folded from one pattern of the Perfectly Artistic DSP, following the instructions provided by Tanya Bell ( a very talented Australian demo). A belly band was formed from Whisper White card, matted with a strip of a contrasting colour of paper from the same pack. A flower was die cut from Blushing Bride card with one of the new Botanical Builder framelit dies. The centre was die cut from Basic Black card using another of the dies in the framelit set and then finished with a basic Pearl. Two leaf fronds die cut from Wild Wasabi were tucked beneath the flower which was popped up on the belly band with a dimensional.

artistic box open

The box is the perfect size to hold our embellishment containers – there’s both a large (deep) and small (shallow) one in here.

The Perfectly Artistic DSP pack is only available until 15 February 2016, along with both the Sky is the Limit and the Hello stamp sets – so if you like any of these, you’ll need to get hold of them early on during our Sale-a-bration period – please don’t leave it too late.

Sara xx

Origami flurry box

origami flurry box close up

Sorry for the delay in posting. I was away on holiday and unexpectedly had no internet access!

Anyhow, here’s a gift box to go with the card I posted last.

origami flurry box

The origami box was folded from Winter Wonderland DSP using the tutorial I shared here. Using Basic Black ink, the duo of snowflakes from the Flurry of Wishes set was stamped onto Smoky Slate and Whisper White card and punched out with the matching Snow Flurry. The medium snowflake was stamped onto Smoky Slate card and punched out with the Flower Medallion. After stacking the individual snowflakes with dimensionals, they were topped with a Basic Rhinestone.

Here’s the box opened up.

origami flurry box open

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your extra hour of crafting time – well what else would you use it for, lol?

Sara xx

Flurry of Wishes Pillow Box

winter pillow box close up

flurry of wishesToday’s mini gift box co-ordinates with this Christmas card that I shared on Monday. This time we used much more of the remaining sheet of Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP and added the matching Snow Flurry punch to punch out the snowflakes and layer them up.

The gift box has many of the same elements as the card; gold snowflakes, Winter Wonderland DSP, Gold Cording Trim and Metallic Foil Doilies.


winter pillow box

The Square Pillow Box was die cut from Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP (this is one of the single sided designs) and assembled. Gold Satin Ribbon was wrapped around the box and tied at the top with Gold Cording Trim. A Gold Metallic Foil Doily was tied onto the Cord. The medium and two smallest snowflakes from the Flurry of Wishes set were stamped onto Basic Black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold EP. The medium snowflake was punched out with the Flower Medallion and the smaller duo with the Snow Flurry punch. All the snowflakes were stacked onto the Doily using dimensionals between each.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx