Sunday, February 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas {The Sweetest Christmas}


Welcome to this month's installment of the Keeping Christmas Blog Hop! Grab a cuppa and relax as we hop along for some fabulous Christmas inspiration!

I'm sharing a project today that is a little unconventional, only in the fact that it isn't actually finished. Let me explain. Last year, before I decided to start my monthly Keeping Christmas series, I had put together a project that really was a lifesaver this past holiday season. I had created a set of 6 boxes and coordinating tags that would be stored flat and unassembled until I needed them. I was able to quickly put them together when I needed them, which ended up being a last minute treat box for the secretaries at my boys' school. I decided to make a new set of boxes this year.


All of the supplies I am using for today's project are from Papertrey Ink and I will link the supplies that I use throughout the post. To begin, I created the coordinating tags. I stamped them onto Stamper's Select White cardstock using Pure Poppy Ink for the red portion and Palette Noir ink for the "sweetest Christmas" sentiment. I used the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set and coordinating dies for this project. Once they were all stamped, I used a circle punch to cut them and then a circle die to cut out the larger pink circle. Before I assembled the two circles together, I added an eyelet and some Pure Poppy Baker's Twine. When I was organizing my studio, I realized just how many eyelets I own and these tags are the perfect place to use them! I just love how they give the tags a polished look.


As much as I love getting two boxes from one piece of cardstock, it just isn't possible with a box of this size. The front panel is 3 3/4 inch with the sides measuring 1 1/2.  You can see here that I have them all scored, folded and cut. I also added some ScorTape on the edges and bottom so that I don't even have to fuss with that when I am ready to put them together. I will only need to remove the backing on the tape and assemble them. The base of the box is made using Kraft cardstock and the die cuts are mounted onto a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock that has been die cut using the Mix and Mat Scallops Die. 

I did all of my cutting first and then got to work stamping all of the images. I added the white steam and peppermint stripe along the bottom BEFORE I adhered the cups using Fresh Snow ink. The other little peppermint twists stamped in white, were added after everything else for proper placement.

I bought the cello bags, and the ribbon so that they will be ready to go! There's nothing worse then getting ready to put a project together and realize that you don't have the right supplies!

Since everything is flat, it is really easy just to slip it all into a ziploc bag for protection and to keep all of the little pieces together! I hope you enjoyed this project and thanks for fluttering by!

ETA: Here is a sketch of how to create your own box! Once you have it scored, cut the vertical black lines at the bottom up to the solid horizontal line so you can assemble the box. Remove the small piece just under the side tab that I X-ed out.


14 comments:

~amy~ said...

so SWEET!

Gloria said...

Great idea. TFS

JoAnn said...

Love your project and such a fabulous idea to have them ready to use when needed. Thanks for sharing.

sansuey said...

Very charming!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Such a great idea, Kelly! I seem to always forget someone at the boys' school and end up making a mad dash the last day of school to make or buy something. Definitely going to try to make some of these ahead of time this year. These are so adorable!

harrahx2 said...

I loved the idea when you first posted it and love it now. But you are taunting me with the ability to use pink so well. the boxes and tags are so cute. Good job!

Lesley said...

Such a great idea! I love that you are prepping for December! It is always such a busy time and there is always someone who gets missed. Very pretty project as always. XO

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous idea, having boxes and tags all ready to go for quick use is fantastic and I love the pink and red together.

Dorothy S said...

Cute project and great idea. I like the red/pink/white swirl and stripes!

Debbie said...

This is absolutely adorable. Since I am somewhat new to your blog I was wondering if you could link to your original post of these "ready to go" boxes. I'm hoping there were dimensions and instructions. Thank you so much.
Debbie

Nance said...

Wow, Kelly! This is an amazing project! I love seeing posts like this because it jogs my brain to remember my own projects I want to do ahead of time! I really need to start remembering more often. Love the idea to cut and stamp everything and then put it all together to assemble later. These are beautiful too! Love all the red and white!

Kim Heggins said...

too darn sweet...love your wonderful project! I have this set and just love your incredible inspiration!!!

Broni said...

What a great idea to get everything done but the assembly! Love this so much!!

Vicki Finger said...

I hopped around on Sunday but since I was on a mobile device, it wouldn't let me comment. I love the way you use Pink and Red for Christmas and I definitely need to make up a few tags for next time. These are beautiful!