Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Is a Box Such a Big Deal?

     Boxes when they are just boxes are not a big deal.  But when a box is the first one ever made using new tools and dies, THAT's a big deal!  And this is the first ever box made by and decorated with my own hands.  Just in time for a celebration of Valentine's Day.

This photo shows how I decorated two sides of the box and the top.  
I turned the box so that it actually opens on the side
and it's large enough to hold a cupcake or even one of those huge, 
solid-chocolate Hershey Kisses they make for Valentine's Day.
Personally, I think I'll carefully slide in one of those decadent
Triple Strawberry Cupcakes from my local bakery.  :-D

This is a shot that better shows the butterfly on the top of the box.

     The doilies and the butterfly are cut with dies from Cheery Lynn.  The hearts are cut with Spellbinders' dies.  The box is done with a board from Memory Keepers.

     I double cut the butterfly, used a matching angel wing die for the darker pink cuts, and adhered it all together along the body for that layered look.  Then it's popped up with dimensional dots onto the white heart.

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Scrapy Land
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That Craft Place

     OK, I'm off to make a few more boxes for Valentine gifts.  Maybe I'll have to buy my cupcakes by the half dozen to fill them all.  :-D  Happy Crafting.  NanaConnie


Anne Temple said...

Your box is wonderful. It is fun to create something like this from a flat piece of paper and see it come to life. Love the double cut butterfly and a large cupcake sounds like the perfect embellishment for your box ;-0.

Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful box and loving the decorative dies and butterfly.
Linda xxx

*Vicki* said...

Well your box is VERY cool and a wonderful Valentine style with lots of pretty red and pink dimension everywhere!! :) HUGS

Lori Kobular said...

Wow! What a great box! Love all the details and the pretty dies that you used. Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenges!

Kathleen said...

Really lovely box and a great for Valentine gifts.
Thank you for joining in our Valentines challenge this week at Allsorts.


Kim said...

Your box is awesome! Tools and dies just make everything so much more fun :-) Thanks for joining us at

xx, Kim

Donna Ellis said...

How delightful, Connie! You should be proud of your first decorated box@ GORGEOUS die cuts, and pretty details on every side! I can nearly smell those strawberry cupcakes - mmmmmm!

Doubling the butterfly on top is really the icing on the cup cake!

Thanks for playing in the {Scrapy Land Challenge}! Hope to see your pretty projects again soon!
crafty hugs,
{Creative Smiles}

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

Whoever gets your box filled with what ever treat you choose will be delighted! What a nice job.

Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for our Love is in the Air challenge!


jimlynn said...

Definitely go for the half dozen (or even a dozen) cupcakes and just make more boxes to give to yourself every day before Valentines!
BEAUTIFUL! Love that big butterfly die and the red doilies!

Teresa Arsenault said...

You did a lovely job on this. it is a nice feeling when you make a different something for the very first time.

Nannieflash said...

Fabulous box design, love the butterfly on top. Thanks for joining us at PG, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

AnyOldCraft said...

Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
AnyOldCraft (DT)

Doreen said...

Love your

Daffodil Cards said...

Well done you, it's a beautiful box, love how you have placed hearts in the doily for the sides. The butterfly is perfect on the heart for the top, a Super box.

Debbie's Time Out said...

Connie Great box. I really like how you have layered up the butterfly to make it look so elegant. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Designs challenge. Best of luck to you.

Diane said...

Just a darling box design.

Hugs Diane

coldwaters2 said...

What a brilliant box love the dies you have used it is ACE, thank you for joining our challenge at LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS
lorraine x

Dawn Lancaster said...

Your box is out of this world gorgeous! I bet whoever gets it will be over the moon!
Dawn xx

Juliz Design Post said...

What a fab box and I love the way you have layered your pretty butterfly. Thanks for joining in the challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and good luck.
Julie x

Katrina Brown said...

What a pretty box! I love pink and brown together and that butterfly is amazing! It is so intricate! Can't go wrong with a cupcake; sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at Cut It Up for our Love is in the Air challenge!

Jenny Alia said...

Beautiful! I love how you layered the butterfly. Thanks so much for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck in the draw!

Bonnie Garby said...

Beautiful decorative box! Thanks so much for participating in the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge this week and good luck.

Sara Sherlock said...

Beautiful! And that butterfly is gorgeous. Thanks for dropping this by 613 Avenue Create. We hope to see you again next week!

Sara -DT
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Nicola Jayne Saul said...

Beautiful box. Thanks for joining us at That Craft Place, Nicola X

Melanie said...

A lovely box!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends.
Hope to see you again in our current challenge as well…

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Come and Get It)

(DT Crafty Friends)

Wanda Hentges said...

A wonderful box!!!