How amazing is the new Hydrangea Hill Mercury Acetate? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pack of it – not only because it contains purple either! The pack contains two different colours, Highland Heather & Rococo Rose, both equally beautiful. My box is made from Highland Heather and during my Facebook Live, I made one using Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Snail Mail suite.
The box is a prism slider, where the acetate or DSP acts as a ‘wrap’ around the inner card box. It’s a good size and will hold a varying amount of sweet treats or jewellery – perhaps even stationary. Because of the acetate and how stunning it looks, I didn’t need to add much more to get a gorgeous finish to the project.
A quick bow using the Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon, a couple of flowers from the Hydrangea dies and a sentiment from the ‘You are Amazing’ stamp set. Quick and easy project which showcases the suite perfectly.
Which way did you prefer – acetate or Designer Series Paper?
One of my favourite combos is Black and Gold and I absolutely love when I can bring all the co-ordinating items onto a single project like this one – ribbon, embellishments, embossing powder – all matching to really bring the box to light. The acetate acts as a slider on the box for added wow, which I love as it gives it a special something elevating it over any other box you may make.
I don’t get my embossing powders out as often as I should, but powder is the only way to get that gorgeous look to the sentiment. Gold was the theme for the sample I made, but in my video I switched to Silver to show the variety the acetate brings – I’m not sure which one I prefer more!
And don’t you just love the sentiment? The mixture of two fonts is gorgeous, and to make things even better, the stamp set is one of the FREE choices as part of Sale-a-Bration until 28th February 2021. The finished size is really good too and will fit plenty of treats inside.
Have you purchased any of the Golden Garden Acetate yet? If not, why not?
They’re back – the cute little animals from the Baby Pull Toys stamp set are back. It doesn’t take long for me to reach for this stamp set again and again, it’s almost addictive! You have to admit that the little animals are the cutest things ever, and they’re so easy to colour in with Stampin’ Blends.
I took inspiration from the Mini Catalogue and stamped all three animals in a row to form a gorgeous little train. I chose to colour these ones with blends using an assortment of different colours. In my Facebook live yesterday, I put together a baby girl version of the box using Blushing Bridge – but you could of course make this box from any colour (although I personally love the subtles!)
The box is so simple to put together and has the most adorable finish to it. What colour would you choose to make it in?
I think I am well and truly getting into the Christmas spirit now – the second lockdown that the UK currently faces has almost pushed me into getting organised and so my projects have turned to Christmas treats for my team at work. Every year, they get a box (or bag) of handmade gifts from me as a Christmas present usually including something tasty and something they can put to use in their role.
This gorgeous box is a selection box and houses four different mini chocolate bars (multipack size). Rather than building segments into the base, I have created four separate mini boxes and then housed them with a single lid. The Brightly Gleaming paper has to be one of my ultimate favourites and I will be sad to stop using this paper when the Mini Catalogue comes to an end. However, whilst its still here, I will continue to use it as much as I can (and quite possibly buy more!)
What chocolates would you house in a box like this? Let me know…
At this time of year my attention turns to desk top treats that I can make for my colleagues at work – and the treats that can go inside them. Chocolate and sweet treats are often the default goody that I reach for, but there are times when these aren’t suitable and other options are required.
Tealights are one alternative, especially scented ones. The ones I used in this box are different to the usual, they are 6 hour candles which means they are deeper than the normal tealights – fitting 8 in this box.
The Designer Series Paper (DSP) used is Feels like Frost, a gorgeous returning fave from last year – both sides of the paper are lush, aren’t they? I kept the theme focussed around the silver of the paper and finished it off with the silver edged ribbon.
I think it would be a cute table gift as an alternative to sweet treats.
I’ve hit that time of year when my mind has turned to Christmas and table favours, little gifts for team mates or for my children’s school friends. ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper (DSP) is amazing for this as it has so many different patterns in a mixture of seasonal colours.
These gorgeous little milk carton style boxes are big enough for some sweet treats and can make sweet table favours for Christmas Day itself. I’ve made mine look even cuter by adding some foil accents around the paper, which really makes it pop.
This one features Real Red heavily, and the ribbon is truly gorgeous! What would you use these little cartons for?
Best Wishes, Suzanne
Card Stock = 5 x 7 inches
Red Foil = 13/8 x 15/8 inches (4 pieces)
Designer Series Paper = 11/4 x 11/2 inches (4 pieces)
Red Foil = 13/8 x 1 inches (2 pieces)
Designer Series Paper = 11/4 x 7/8 inches (2 pieces)
Making large boxes isn’t done often, mainly because I like to save Designer Series Paper (DSP) and not use an entire sheet in one go. But that’s silly – that’s what it’s for and should be used for others to be amazed by. So I’ve done it, this project uses a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of Specialty Designer Series Paper and a full 12″ x 12″ foil sheet. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I wish I had done it a lot sooner.
The Brightly Gleaming paper is a returning fave from last year’s Autumn / Winter Mini Catalogue and you can see why – it’s absolutely beautiful. There isn’t much you need to do to a project when you have paper like this! So I decided to make the most of the stunning paper and not do too much to cover it up.
The foil base sits with the paper lid and a wrap of Night of Navy ribbon – the only extra piece is a small label, ready for the recipients name to be added. I love it, almost too much – who is going to receive this from me? It’s a great size to fit lots of treats, jewellery, scarves, ornaments, a bundle of smellies… all sorts!
Have you got your hands on this paper? If not, why not?
Best Wishes, Suzanne
Designer Series Paper = 12 x 12 inches
Copper Foil = 12 x 12 inches
Copper Foil scrap.
Very Vanilla scrap.
Night of Navy scrap.
Designer Series Paper = 4 inches on all four sides (see video for tip)
I enjoy making unusual shape boxes – anything that isn’t square or rectangular. I also love making big boxes that can house lots of treats and goodies. This box was meant to be a flat bottomed, tall box with a hexagonal top to it. However, when making the net of my sample, I got the idea to turn both ends into the same.
On my second version, I switched things up a little by using ‘Tis the Season Designer Series Paper to make a Christmas version. The paper is absolutely gorgeous and so many designs to choose from – I went for a Cherry Cobber candy cane pattern.
My most favourite part is the gold cord that I used to tie up the two ends of the box. I’ve always loved cord to tie boxes and bags together, it is so forgiving when tying bows and is easy to untie to gain access to the contents.
Which colour do you prefer – the Night of Navy or Cherry Cobbler?
Best Wishes, Suzanne
For Boho Indigo version:
For ‘Tis the Season version:
Cardstock = 73/4 x 11 inches
Designer Series Paper (6 pieces) = 11/2 x 4 inches
Long side (11) = 13/4, 31/2, 51/4, 7, 83/4, 101/2 inches
I love when Stampin’ Up! release dies that make cute little boxes such as the new Little Treat Box dies that are available. They are great when you are struggling to bring a box together for a project and mean you don’t have to work out the measurements before making it. This cute die is meant for a small treat, perhaps a small treat bar or some biscuits?
The treat box size is quite narrow, so does limit the treats that go inside it – however, I adapted mine to have two slots, so double the treats!! Who could say no to that?
To make the project does require two sheets of 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. I chose to make mine from the Regals paper stack, but this could be very easily adapted to suit any occasion. A Christmas Designer Series Paper stack would be perfect with a few stocking filler treats inside – perhaps some chocolate coins?
This project means that there is only one left of my Birthday Party Live Event, I’ll be sad to see it end…