Let’s Make a Box!

What happens when you need a smallish box for Christmas gifts? Do you run around to different stores looking for something that will sorta work?? You certainly could if you live in a large enough town with lots of options, but if you’re 50 miles from everywhere and the crafty sort, you just make your own!


As with everything, there are a number of different ways to make a box, but my new favorite way is with the help of the Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers. This handy little tool is made specifically to create envelopes, hence the name, but with a little tweaking, you can make the perfect size box for any occasion.

To make this adorable little box you will need two (2) sheets of heavy card stock measuring 10” x 10”, the envelope punch board, score tape or a similar type of double sided tape or wet glue, and some additional cardstock to compete the presentation on the inside of the base and cover.

Let’s start by creating the base of the box.

Begin by placing your 10” x 10” cardstock in your envelope punch board aligning the edge at the 4 ¾” mark, punch and score.


Make a quarter turn and align the cardstock at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.


Rotate a quarter turn; align at 4 ¾” mark, punch and score. Rotate a quarter turn; align at 3 ½” mark, punch and score.

Now we need to add the dimension to the box base. After the last punch and score, move the cardstock to the left to align the previous score line with the indicator on the punch. This will give you the next position to punch and score.


If the previous score line doesn’t extend far enough to make an accurate placement, you can always line up the punch on the right side with the score line on the board as shown in the next image. (sorry it’s a bit blurry)


Continue around the next three sides until you have a final piece that looks like this:


Give each score line a good crease with the bone folder. Before we continue we need to cut from the punch up to the score line on two sides as shown below.


At this point we need to create one more fold to create the sides of our box. With the triangle facing us, fold to the first score line, then crease the triangle at the second line as shown below.


When you are finished the base should look like this:


Add your score tape, or wet glue if you prefer and finish you box base.


To hide the messy looking inside you can add a piece of cardstock cut to approximately 6 1/8 x 4 3/8”. Give it a dry fit to see if you need to shave off just a touch more for a smooth fit, then add just some tape or glue to hold it in place.


To create the top of your box you will follow the same procedure as above with only a slight increase in the measurements: Begin with your cardstock aligned at 4 7/8”, punch and score.


Quarter turn align at 3 5/8” punch and score.


Quarter turn align at 4 7/8” punch and score and quarter turn to align at 3 5/8” punch and score. Follow the same directions as above to complete your box lid and finish it with a piece of cardstock cut to 6 ¼” x 4 ½”. Again give it a dry fit to assure it fits properly before adhering it with you favorite adhesive.

To give this year’s box a little added decoration, I decided to add some stamped snowflakes to the lid before taping it all together. I wanted to keep everything in the same color family so I chose to use Frayed Burlap distress ink. I don’t know if it would have made a difference, but when stamping the snowflakes I used a piece of scrap paper to cover the corners that would have the adhesive on them, just to be sure nothing would come apart on me.


This finished box measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾” x 1 ¼” with the base alone measuring 1” deep.



Thanks for stopping by and I hope the instructions for using the envelope punch board to make a box were clear enough. If not, please let me know!



A Goodbye Card

A friend of mine is moving on in her career and to let her know how happy I am for her and yet how sad I am to see her go, I made her this card.


To create this A2 size card, I started with Kraft card stock from Recollections. The brick wall layer was created with the Tim Holtz Alterations “Bricked” embossing folder. To add some interest to the embossing, I sponged on a bit of Aged Mahogany and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks.


I made the flowers with Ivory Recollections paper and three sizes of the EK Success Retro Flower Punch, the medium, small, and tiny. Before the flowers were shaped with my new McGill Paper Blossoms Toolkit and Molding Mat, the individual layers were inked with more of the Aged Mahogany Distress ink. To add a bit more interest a few of the tiny flowers were left without any ink and I also used my Sizzix Foliage dies with three different shades of green card stock.


The finishing touch comes with the matching envelope.


I’m really pleased with how this card turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments below.


Table Top Flower Garden

So, the other day when I was making my explosion box, I started looking around for some flowers to add to it. The first I came across were the Classic Sunflowers from Heartfelt Creations, which I LOVE! But I also found a small bucket FILLED to the brim with flowers of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. I just had to spread them out this morning and take a picture of them.


As you can see, there are some made with flower punches and dies, but there are also some made with a different Spellbinder dies.


Most are made with card stock, but a few are made with coffee filters. There’s a lot of Distress Inks and Memento Inks in there as well. I also see three of them that are colored with Copic Markers.


This isn’t all of them, there are plenty more in the bucket that are just pieces, or boring bright white. lol


I have so much fun making these, now I just need to start using them!


One of my biggest issues though it – How do I send cards made with 3D flowers on them???


Now it’s your turn to share – How you send your 3D creations to family and friends???


Let me know in the comments below!

Explosion Box

A few years ago I saw instructions to make an explosion box, but when I tried to recreate it, something went terribly wrong. What appeared before my eyes was not even close to a square box shape, so I tucked the idea away. Not long ago, a friend mentioned seeing one of these boxes online and asked me if I had ever made one. After recounting the misadventure I decided to give it another go, and this time it turned out perfect!



To create this you will need 3 pieces of 12” x 12” card stock for the box construction and one piece of 8 ½” x 11” card stock for the lid.

With the first three sheets of card stock, leave one at 12” x 12”, cut the second down to 11” x 11”, and cut the third to 10” x 10”. For the lid, cut this sheet of card stock to 6 5/8” x 6 5/8”.


Starting with the 12” x 12” sheet, score all four sides at 4”

For the 11” x 11” sheet, score all four sides at 3 ¾”

For the 10” x 10” sheet, score all four sides at 3 ½”

For the 6 5/8” x 6 5/8” sheet, score all four sides at 1 ¼” and then set it aside for later.

Now let’s focus our attention on the box and the first three sheets of card stock. Using a pair of scissors or your favorite cutting device, remove the outside corner pieces at the score lines as shown in the following picture.


When you have finished with all three of the sheets, fold at your score lines. If you want to do anything to your edges, now is the time to do that, as I did with my Distress ink in Vintage Photo. Don’t forget to ink both the front and the back of each piece. This may also be a good time to add your decorative paper to each flap. I waited until my box was constructed, but the next time I will do this step first.


To secure your layers together, use a strong tape adhesive, such as redline or (my personal favorite) Score Tape. It was easier for me to start with the smaller panel and adhere it to the medium size panel before securing the group to the larger panel.


Now to create the cover of our box lets grab that last piece of card stock. Rather than completely removing the corner pieces as we did for the box, we will just snip along the score line as shown in the following image. Also now is the perfect time to add your decorative paper as well as inking the edges if you so desire. Again using a strong adhesive on the small flaps, create your box top.


From here you can add your photographs and present your loved one with the perfect interactive gift.

Here is a list of sizes for each layer of the box:

Inside center square of the box: 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”

Lid top and inside square: 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”

Lid side panels x4: 1 1/8” x 3 7/8”

Small box panels: 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”

Medium box panels: 3 ½” x 3 ¼”

Large box panels: 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”


I decided to try something new this time. Rather than add a million pictures of the finished box, I started playing around in Movie Maker and created a slide show/video to showcase the finished project. Well, little did I know that you can’t just upload a video file, so I also ended up creating my own YouTube channel in the process. Let me know what you think!



The Kraft cardstock and decorative paper, Bella Bohemia are both from The Paper Studio

Flowers – Classic Sunflower Collection Die from Heartfelt Creations


Another Vellum Card

The creative juices are flowing once again, at least for a while!! LOL Last night while mindlessly looking through Pinterest I saw a card that gave me an idea for another use with vellum. It’s sort of like the card I made the other day, but it’s just a tad different.


Rather than coloring the image on the reverse side of the vellum, I stamped and embossed my image on a piece of water color paper. Then, using Distress Inks and a blender pen I added the color to that image. Cutting a piece of vellum the same size, I stamped and embossed it to act as an overlay. Below is a picture of the paper layers before I stuck everything together.


As you can see in the image not only did I color the rose but I also added some additional shading to the edge of the image with Vintage Photo. The rose itself was colored with Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint.


Along with the blender pen, I also used Memento Ink for the stamping, clear embossing powder, as well as my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure everything lined up perfectly.


Just like the card I made the other day, I also used brads to hold all of my image layers together. Here’s a close-up for you.


I don’t often think about the inside of my cards, other than to make sure there is a light color piece of paper to write on, but this time I did add a piece of the stripped paper from the front of the card that was also shaded with a bit of vintage photo distress ink. This adds interest but still leaves plenty of room to write a note in the card.


Thanks for stopping by!


Envelope Punch Board Matchbox

The envelope punch board has been one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. Not only will it allow me to make any size envelope I want, but I can also make different types of boxes, one of which is this cute little matchbox.


I’ve already made a few of these adorable boxes and each started with just an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper for the entire box and just scrap pieces of pattern paper for the decorations. The finishes boxes are about 3 ¾” x 2 ½” x ¾”.

The first box I made was adorned with this little paper bow, also made on the envelope punch board.


Here are two more boxes that I’ve made so far.


This first box is decorated with roses made with the Retro Flower punch, inked with Fired Brick distress ink and accented with Star Dust Stickles.


The next matchbox is decorated with a simple leaf cluster cut from Spellbinders Foliage dies and inked with Pealed Paint Distress ink.





File Folder Mini Album

Here is another “found under the pile-o-crap on the scrap desk” project. It’s amazing what I’ve been finding down there!! LOL This treasure is a file folder mini album that I made early last year. I found the idea for this little mini album on Pinterest by Katie’s Scrappy Studio. Follow this link HERE to see her video.  The pages are 6 x 6 and created with 4 manila file folders and covered with paper from a 7gypies 6×6 pad. All of the tags were made with kraft card stock and are 4 ¾” x 4” and everything was inked with Vintage Photo distress ink (I just love that stuff).


Here are some pictures and as always, it’s not been decorated…yet. lol

Front cover –


Inside pages –











Back cover –