One of my lovely customers Judith Tetley, is hosting an awesome early bird Christmas crafting event on her blog for all types of crafts, and I am chipping in with some papercraft tutorials and inspiration. It goes for 4 months and the idea is that you get organised and prepare as many Christmas things by the end of September. Each month has a different theme and this month is mini gifts. You can read all about the event on Judith's blog here. If you do choose to sign up as a result of reading about it here on my blog, please leave a comments and let me know. As well as listing your name on Judith's blog I'm suggesting us papercrafters have a link to each others blogs for this project so we can check out what everyone else is making. What do you think? Would be fun and friendly in the lead up to Christmas.
As I said I plan to do tutorials to inspire the papercrafters in this event as a way of helping Judith and joining in the fun. My first tutorial is a gift box which is designed to fit the little 85g boxes of Guylian chocolates (about $3-$4 each in Coles). I thought these would be quick and easy gifts to have on hand.
Here's the step by step instructions to make this little pizza box to perfectly fit the Guylian choccies.
Start with a piece of Chocolate Chip A4 cardstock. I decorated mine first, by stamping the snowflake stamp in matching Chocolate Chip ink from Stampin' Up!'s Winter Post Stamp Set (available from me, just $47.95 plus postage and handling** straight to your door anywhere in Australia).
Leave it the full length (11 5/8"), but trim to 6.5 inches wide, and then score and trim:
- Score at 1 1/4" along both of the long sides.
- Score at 1 1/4", 5 1/4", 6 1/2", 10 3/8", 11 5/8"
- At the end that you finished the scoring on, use a circle punch (I used 1" but other sizes could be substituted)
- Cut along each of the score lines on both long sides (4 places) up to the 1 1/4" score line.
Your cardstock should look like this:
Next place strong adhesive (I have used Stampin' Up! Sticky Strip which is great for holding papercraft boxes firmly together) on the right sideof each of the four corners and the centre tab.
Each of these tabs is now folded inwards and adhered to the adjacent side piece to make a little pizza style box.
I then decorated my box using elements from the Stampin' Up! 'I Wish' Simply Scrapping Kit and some matching Stampin' Up! Real Red ribbon.
This 'I Wish' Simply Scrappin' Kit is a great little kit if you want to do some Christmas crafting and have everything coordinate. You get 8 sheets of textured 12x12 cardstock in Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, as well as 6 sheets (3 each of 2 designs of coordinating 12x12 Christmas paper) and 6 sheets of cardstock weight stickers. Everything matches and we even sell the coordinating ribbon. If you would like to get this great Christmas papercraft pack sent straight to your door anywhere in Australia, it's just $36.95 plus postage and handling**. Just email me or call 03 97352946 to order.
Well I hope this has inspired you to get into some Christmas crafting and to participate in Judith's challenge. If you would like some more free papercraft tutorials, check out my free tutorials page. I'll also be making some more projects and posting them here as part of Judith's challenge. Thanks for the inspiration and friendship Judith!
Until next time, happy crafting.
** Postage and handling on Stampin' Up! orders is 5% or $5.95 (whichever is greatest) and orders placed through m can be sent to your door quick smart anywhere in Australia.