Monday, February 21, 2011

Homemade Gift Boxes

I had no time to show these darling gift boxes to you during the Christmas season. Yes, that's why they are made with holiday scrapbooking paper. 

These boxes are the most simple and adorable things I've ever created. I made about 5 of them for this Christmas and everyone loved them. 

Okay, so let's get started. You need a sheet of 8 1/2"× 11" piece of scrapbooking paper or colored cardstock, whichever you prefer. I used Christmas scrapbooking paper for my boxes. 

On the longer side of your paper, score at 2", 5", 7", and 10". On the shorter side, score at 2" and 7". Now, the next part is tricky to explain so I made a diagram to show you. 

Okay, this isn't the exact size it would be if you actually made the craft. Obviously I can't make it but these lines are similar to the ones you will see when you score them. 

After you score, first cut lines A, B, and C, up to the two horizontal lines on the other side of the paper. Tape them together with a strong adhesive. At the bottom half, where D, E, F, and G are, press them together. 

Make two holes with a hole punch at the top and slide some matching ribbon through them. Put in some tissue paper and your gift and tie the ribbon into a beautiful bow. You're good to go!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Soccer Fox Card

I got a Cricut™ cutting machine for Christmas and at first I barely used it, because #1 I had no cartridges and #2 I had no time. Then I was introduced to this amazing software Sure Cuts A Lot™.  And then I found out about this amazing site SVGCuts . They have free files you can download for Sure Cuts A Lot™. And the two programs work together to create something even better than a Cricut™  cartridge. All you do is buy the program and you can cut anything for no extra money. How cool is that? 

So I have the Sure Cuts A Lot™ program and I use SVGCuts all the time. And wait till you see what adorable card I made today. It was quick, fun, and cute. A belated birthday card for my cousin who loves soccer. And what do you know, SVGCuts has a free file of a Soccer Fox. So I downloaded the file, and changed the colors a little. 

Instead of red brown for the head and tail, I used a light orange (I think this makes the fox look more girly). And Instead of the blue shirt I did a pink shirt and I added a pink bow. Also in this project, the eyes are a little too small, so I made two small ovals with a black permanent marker. 

After I cut all of my shapes out, I used my Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine to stick it all together. This is one of my favorite products because all you do is slide your paper in, crank it through, rip off the access stuff, and peel your object off. Adhesive sticks to whatever is on there, and there's no messy, extra glue to deal with. This is a very friendly adhesive machine that everyone can use, including kids. 

After I glued everything together, I stuck it to a small piece of pink and white polka-dot KIWI™ Embroidery Paper and it was good to go! This only took me about 5 minutes, and I stuck it in a small pink envelope I found in my extra envelopes box. You can try this fun craft out if you have Sure Cuts A Lot™. Hope you enjoyed it!