Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dragonfly Box

    What I'm sharing this morning may not seem like that big a deal to those of you with electronic cutting machines and a huge variety of .svg files for boxes but those of you who have manual machines and who know how limited we are on the sizes of our dies for making boxes, you'll understand why this IS a big deal.  :-D

     I personally have three dies for cutting box shapes; one gives me a 1" x 1" x 1" box, perfect for one piece of fancy chocolates; another gives me a 4" x 4" x 2" box (for which I've found very little use); and the third gives me a 2.5" cube.

     I was wandering through my local craft store about a month ago and saw a Box Maker which allows you to make boxes of all shapes and sizes with a few simple score lines -- limited only by the size of card stock available to you and your imagination.  Today, I'm showing you one I made which is 5" x 5" square and 4.5" deep.  I'm just so excited about this because now I'll have boxes for the hand made Christmas ornaments I make every year for all the kids, kids-in-law, grandkids, and great-grands!

     I used two sheets of heavy white CS to make the box pieces (one top and one bottom which fits inside the top) and used double stick tape to adhere the box corners.  I decorated the top with a black scalloped-circle which had been die cut (Spellbinders) and added three layers of the dragonfly die cut (Memory Box) on top of it.

     I cut the dragonfly piece three times, then used a glue pen on only the bottom corner, leaving the upper parts of the dragonflies and grasses loose so that they could be lifted to add some delightful dimension.  It worked even better than I had visualized in my mind.  :-D

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    I'm heading back to my craft room to score and fold more boxes of this size since I'm going to need more than a dozen of them by Christmas time.  I'm playing with some ideas of using sheets of scrap booking paper on top of heavy duty kraft CS to make a few so that they'll be already "decorated" when they are folded into the box shapes.  I have a ton of old 12" x 12" Christmas papers and I can't think of a better way to use up some of it.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so pretty NanaConnie. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges.
Cathy DT Member

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous box and I love the wonderful dragonflies, great dimension you have achieved.
Linda xxx

Michelle N. said...

I wondered about that box maker, & you've decorated it Perfectly! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Diva's!

Linda W. said...

What is the name of the tool you bought NC? I need one too - badly!

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is a lovely box and it is so nice that now you can make boxes to fit your handmade ornaments.

Dixie Designs by Gill said...

I love the dragon fly die so classy. Boxes are such great things for gifts as they can be used for bits and bobs and we all have lots of them don't we! xxx

Leslie said...

Love this! Your attention to detail is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's "May Anything Goes" challenge!
Leslie, LTCCB DT
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Desire Fourie said...

NanaConnie this is beautifully designed and perfect for our 10th ‘ATG with CREATE WITH TLC’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
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Lisa J said...

Lovely Box and pretty design. Thanks for playing along with me this month. Lisa Monochrome Magic

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Such a pretty box and good on you finding something to give you so much joy and useful too :).

Irena Stefanova said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us this month at MixItUp Callenge blog!

Arlene said...

Wow, that's a good size box. And so simply and beautifully decorated. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Paddington fan said...

Very elegant box, love the dragonflies! Thank you for joining our '4 or more legs' over at Sparkles this month, I do hope you'll join us again very soon,
Love Jacky x
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