Hey y’all!  How is everyone this morning?  I had a great Holiday weekend spending time with my girls and family.  I even got most of my Christmas shopping done during Black Friday and Cyber Monday and yesterday I got the Thanksgiving decorations put away.  However, the Christmas stuff is still in the closet and more than likely won’t be put up for another week or so.  Typically I get them put up Thanksgiving weekend, but instead of helping Mom, my girls were out shopping and running around.  I decided to wait!

Now that Thanksgiving is over and CHA is looming in the near future, it’s time to get crackin’ in the studio.  New product has been pouring in like crazy and it’s now time to start playing and trying things out.  However, before we get too deep into that stuff, let’s talk about Christmas wrappings.

I have a few small gifts that don’t need heavy wrapping, but they do require something (remember . . . good things come in small packages).  For one of these gifts, I decided that a small box would do and this is what I came up with.


The box was die cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Hexagon Pinwheel Top Box using Under the Mistletoe from Graphic 45’s Christmas Emporium Collection.

Here’s the box when it’s been scored and folded together.


You’ll notice that I made the poinsettia from the flip side (inside the box) of the paper.

When the box is closed, the flaps overlap leaving very little space to decorate the top.


I decided to die cut two large circles from Spellbinders Classic Circles.  The poinsettia is glued to one.  To tie the poinsettia to the top of the box, seam binding (dyed Antique Linen and Scattered Straw) was glued to the the circle attached to the poinsettia and then the other circle was glued to that one.


Hopefully the above photo shows you what I was trying to say.


A small tag was die cut and attached to the seam binding . . . just in case I decided to write a name on the package.


The seam binding was tied offset to the side for no particular reason . . .


The center of the poinsettia was made from floral beads dyed with Lemonade Alcohol Ink.

All in all, the box is 1” high and 2” square . . . perfect for a pair of earrings, a necklace . . . well you get the idea!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way today!


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Good Monday morning!  Today begins a week long Blog Swap with Graphic 45 and Core’dinations.   My project is on the Graphic 45 Blog today.  I’m going to show a portion of it here, but you also need to head over to the Graphic 45 Blog in order to see more of the project and to take part in the contest and/or prizes!



  • GRAPHIC 45: Papers: Fashionista Collection – Debutante, Vintage Cherries and Lefluer; Fashionista Tags
  • CORE’DINATIONS: Core Essentials Collection – Graphic 45 Timeless Collection; ColorCore Cardstock Signature Series Graphic 45; Sand It Gadget
  • SPELLBINDERS™: Grand Calibur, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, S4-161 Labels One, S5-049 Carnation Creations, S4-328 Foliage, E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop Edgers
  • RANGER INDUSTRIES: Matte Accents; Pitch Black Alcohol Ink; Ink Blending Tool with Felt; Inkssentials 1×1” Memory Glass and 1” Frame; Mister; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Peeled Paint Distress Stain; Heat It Tool; Craft Sheet
  • SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L: MyStik Permanent Tape
  • COLORBOX: Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink
  • OTHER: Tsukineko Ink Sweeper; Seam Binding; Hot Glue Gun

Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to join in the Blog Swap fun on the Graphic 45 Blog!


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Good morning!  Another week down, another weekend in front of us.  So do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?  I’m thinking laundry, more laundry and then some studio time.  I need to catch up on some overdue projects.

Earlier this week Graphic 45 posted a Halloween treat box that I made on their blog.  In case  you missed it, I’m reposting today here on the BAD Side!




from the side:


and a video to show you how to make the box:

That’s all for me today.  I’m heading the studio to work on those projects.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!


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Good Thursday morning!  I know I have posted much over the last week, but let me tell you . . . I have been very busy with projects that I can’t show you just yet.  I know what you’re thinking . . . well that just bites!

Tuesday evening I had a sorority meeting and had a gift for the outgoing President.  It had been in the Vice President’s stuff (which was me) in my basement.  It was so tiny (1×1”) I didn’t want to drop it into a gift bag because it definitely would have gotten lost.  All of a sudden I remembered the new Spellbinders™ box templates.  You can tell I haven’t used them yet because they didn’t come to mind until late Tuesday afternoon.

I went to work quickly and came up with this gift box.

I used a Krylon Gold Leaf Pen to mark along all the edges for some added trim.

Sorority Gift Box Open

See how tiny the gift was  . . . wrapped in layers of tissue paper.

Sorority Gift Box Flower

Of course I could envision my “sister” keeping this box so I had to make the flower faux porcelain.    I think she liked the box  . . . she did say it was nice.

Anyway, I have to say that these little boxes are perfect for small gifts.  I can see folding up some money and using these as money boxes for Christmas or possibly even birthdays.  Before I forget, the box was 2” square when completed, and I’m sure if time is taken you will come up with something better than the above.

That’s all for me except . . . thanks for stopping by!


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