Red Lobster Gift Card Gift Box

Red Lobster Gift Card Gift Box

For a gift exchance, I picked up a Red Lobster gift card. I decided to create a little gift box…and couldn’t resist adding a bit of a hint as to what the box holds inside.

Red Lobster Gift Card Gift Box

This is quick and simple. The lobster stamp is Imaginisce. The Warm Winter Wishes tag on the left is My Sentiments Exactly. The pine is Greatest Impressions.


Homemade Fathers Day Card Bear Box

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Bear Box

I handmake a goodie box for my Father for Father’s Day. The entire package is an outdoorsy theme. As usual, I used products from number of different lines.

Father's Day Gift Box

The picture didn’t turn out so well, but it’s my own fault since I waited until the last minute to create this gift box! On the left is the card. On the right I wrapped some dark chocolate squares and decorated with a tree die from a cuttlebug plate.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Card

Father's Day Bear and Nature

For the Father’s Day card, I used the bear stamp from Stampin’ Up which I colored with Copics (used Memento Ink to stamp the image). I incorporated a few trees from Cuttlebug. I hand cut the shape of the sun. Oh, and I added a little tag from Stampin’ Up. The greeting is from Hero Arts. The ink for the stamp and the distressed edges is Tim Holtz distress ink.

You’ll notice the card has a Susan B. Anthony coin attached to it. That will become more clear when you see the contents of the inside of the card.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Inside the Card

Inside the Bear Card - Lottery Tickets

Inside the card I have tucked some scratch lottery tickets inside a pocket with the top edge cut to look like grass. I cut the grass by hand. Since I was in a hurry, my husband cut out the QuicKutz letters for me. I also added some cuttlebug tree die shapes and a Stampin’ Up star from the set that has the bear. Again, I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Box

Box Bottom

As they say, presentation is everything. So I wrapped it all up in a homemade gift box. As you can see by looking at the bottom, I stamped Martha Stuart leaves on the package. I used Tim Holtz distress ink to give the paper texture and to add green color to the leaves. If you scroll to the top, you can see that I have leaves on the inside of the box as well.

I finished the box off with a clear lid – cut to the same size as the base. This makes the lid nice and snug. The box is one of the more simple boxes, no reinforced areas because I anticipate this being tossed in the trash. I wrapped the box closed with grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions.

Birthday Card and Gift Box

Homemade Birthday Card and Matching Gift Box

homemade birthday card and coordinating gift boxThey say it’s your birthday….it’s my birthday, too! Yep, today is my birthday and my sisters. We’re twins. I waited until the very last minute to make her card, buy a gift and make a coordinating gift box! I finished it and was only 5 minutes late in picking her up for our birthday lunch with our parents. We have been known to be a couple minutes late to family get togethers…so I’m sure it was no surprise. My parents are always early so they had probably been waiting for 15 minutes!

Here’s my attempt at creating a simple and fun birthday card. I came across this absolutely scrumptious ribbon, new from Creative Impressions. So the entire card is inspired from a piece of one inch green ultra thin and ultra poofy ribbon.

Homemade Birthday Card – Simple and Fun

homemade birthday card simple and funIt dawned on me first thing this morning that I hadn’t made a card for my sister. Oops. And I was going to be seeing her for lunch….so I figured a card was in order.

I pulled out some simple stamps and simple colored paper. I wanted to use the green ribbon and I also wanted the card to be bright and fun. So I opted for green and pink as my main inspiration.

I colored the cupcake with some copic markers. And I couldn’t resist adding a couple little gems. At the last minute I added the little yellow tag that says, “love”.

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of cards with a couple of rounded corners. Not all four corners…but just a couple.

Inside the homemade birthday cardInside the card I brought in the green and pink. I needed a surface to write a birthday greeting. So I have a very large chunk of white paper. I accented that with a little birthday package from the Stampin’ Up set. 

Lately I have found that adding interest to the inside really finishes the card. Again, I colored the image with copic markers.

The happy birthday greeting is from My Sentiments Exactly.

After I created the card I decided that I had time to run to the store and pick up a quick gift. My sister has started to stamp a bit more now that she’s back in the States. So I couldn’t resist getting her some stamping gear.

Homemade Gift Box

Homemade gift box close upI picked up a Sizzix alphabet set for my sister since she recently purchased a Cuttlebug. I could have wrapped it in traditional gift wrap, but I decided that it would be way cuter in a homemade gift box. So…I set out to make a coordinating box.

I measured the die cut plate and just created a box to fit. The die cut is longer than a single piece of paper so I decided to make a two part box. The top green portion is 1/8″ bigger then the bottom box.

Again I went with a clean and simple design. I finished it off with some gems….then a few more gems! The pink scallop border is attached to the top green lid. A word of warning: the scallops are very fragile! So, this box is really only good for one time use!

My sister was very pleasantly surprised. She oooh’d and aaah’d over it. Which made it all worth it.

Homemade Birthday Card and Gift Box

  • Present and Cupcake stamp – Stampin’ Up (probably retired)
  • Happy Birthday Greeting stamp – My Sentiments Exactly
  • Paper – The Paper Company
  • Gems
  • Scallop Punch – Stampin’ Up
  • Ribbon – Creative Impressions
  • Tag greeting and punch – Stampin’ Up
  • Corner Rounder
  • Black Memento Inkpad
  • Copic markers
  • Circle and Scallop Circle – Punches
  • Zots to attach ribbon to card

Homemade Valentine Box

Homemade Valentine Box – Movie Night

My sweetheart and I don’t usually make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. This year I asked him to buy me a little chocolate heart from the grocery store. Nothing fancy. I was simply going to make a card, but was inspired by my sister to make a valentine’s box with a movie theme. Check out Deborah’s Valentine Box. I took the simple approach to my box. Oh, wait….that’s my new approach anyhow!

homemade valentine box

I decided to use a hinge on the valentine, because my husband assures me that hinges are very masculine. I also distressed all the edges with Tim Holtz black distress ink because my husband loves the distressed look. (Check out my husband distressing paper). My one accent that I’m not sure about is the giant sized button.

I chose this button because it had an elevated back for sewing to clothes. I usually try to make all my buttons flat but this time I wanted it to be more of a handle for opening the little door. I hole punched the paper twice then used scrappers floss the tie the button onto the card.

I colored the ice cream with copics and aged it with Tim Holtz distress ink. The stamp is from Stampin’ Up. The words “I Love You” are from My Sentiments Exactly. The hindge is from Jo-Ann Essentials. The button is from an old sweater!

I used red marker on the letters after I stamped it in black. Also used glitter gelly roller pen on the letters and around the ice cream. I put two small white pen marks – one on the cherry and one on the chocolate ice cream.

When you open the door you get a sneak peek at the inside and there’s a little pocket card that holds a gift card – in this case to the movies. There is a piece of acetate / transparency which the gift card pocket is adhered to.

To get to the candy you simply remove the entire lid. The door makes it appear that you access the insides through the door. But it’s really just a lid much like a gift box you get for sweaters.

You are not suppose to take candy into the movie with you. And my husband doesn’t usually eat candy at the movies, but I thought it would make a cute little Valentine package. Cause, well, they sell candy at the movies!

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge

I had one more request to hold a magic box class at Simple Pleasures – my local independent stamp store. I held my first Christmas Magic Box class in July 2009, but a few students missed it. The paper I used for the summer class was discountinued, so I had to create a new box for my fall class. So here it is for all to see.

I call it Christams Grunge because I distressed all the decorative paper with a razor blade. One could use the blade of a pair of scissors, or heck, they make special distressing tools. That’s on my wish list. I originally chose this paper because it allowed me to make a red box – which seems more traditional for christmas. It didn’t meet my mom’s approval, however, because it’s not elegent. So, I guess there’s no compromize – you can’t dress up grunge!

Magic Box – Christmas Grunge Outside

magic box christmas grunge lid

Lid of the Magic Box Christmas Gruge

The lid top is deocrated with a square gift tag.

Side 1 of my Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I used Sizzix swirl die cut for the sides of the lid. Just trimmed one or two swirls per side.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 2
Side 2 of Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I used a Martha Steward snow flake punch to decorate the sides as well as the inside.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 3
Side 3 of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

No snowflake is complete without a gem or something sparkly!

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Side 4
Side 4 of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

The trick to adhering the swirl is to use a glue pen. And because it’s a small element, place your glue on the die cut in dots, as opposed to trying to draw a line of glue. Just a little tip!

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Inside

Of course, the magic happens when the lid is removed from the box. The sides spring open and lay flat revealing a christmas scene in the middle. I have a gift card holder surrounded by christmas grunge floating shapes.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Inside
Inside the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

I incorporated some snow flakes into the inside of the box. Brings continuity to the project.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Gift Card Holder
Close up of Magic Box Christmas Grunge Gift Card Holder

Here’s a close up of the gift card holder. I added a tiny bit of ribbon and some snowflakes and gems.

Magic Box Christmas Grunge Support
Photo of the support of the Magic Box Christmas Grunge

Here is a photo illustrating the mechanics of the project. I use a triangle wedge to support the gift card holder. I poke the transparency / acetate into the bottom decorative paper to support the floating christmas grunge elements.

Believe it or not, I only used three piece of 12×12 to make the box. One piece of decorative paper and two pieces of red cardstock (one for the lid and one for the box). I used accents of blue and green paper here and there. No stamping on this one.

Check out all the other Magic Boxes on my blog!