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A Lil’ Easter Basket…

When I was in Tucson at a Demo Retreat, Sue Parker gave me the cutest box with coffee containers as a gift (Thank you Sue!).  I loved it!  Because I had to flatten the box to get it packed inside my suitcase I used the flattened box,  measured and cut and came up with an Easter treat box.  Here’s the lil’ box…

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Can you think of so many ways to make and decorate this box?  Can you see just barely there is a handle punched in the back in the center?  Once you have the measurements its pretty fast to put together.  This lil’ box would hold tea light candles, “Mr. & Mrs.” cellophane bags with treats for a wedding thank you gift or shower, and well, there’s got to be all sorts of baby things that would work.  You see how my mind goes nuts with ideas?  Would you like to give it a try?  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits

Stuff:

  • Paper:  Sahara Sand cardstock and Sweet Sorbet (did you hoard any?) DSP
  • Ink:  Pool Party and Daffodil Delight
  • Stamps:  Petite Petals and Flower Shop
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Petite Petal Punch, Pansy Punch, Oval Punch, Pearl, Linen Thread, Seam Binding Ribbon and circle framelit

Digits:

  • Sahara Sand Cardstock is 7″ x 10″.
  • Score short end at 1 1/2″ and 5 1/2″
  • Score long side at 3/4″, 2 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 6 3/4″.  On long sides cut score line to first score line.
  • On 3/4″ score end cut away small rectangle at each side to form a tab.  Opposite end cut away long rectangle on each side and punch with Oval Punch to create handle.
  • With circle framelit cut two circles from the panel next to the 3/4″ tab.  It’s a good ideas for a perfect box to angle the sides on your box side tabs before folding together.
  • Add sticky strip to the 3/4″ tab and last side tab to fold over.  There’s your box!
  • Decorate with your choice of DSP.  The end panels are 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″.  The front and back panels on the box are 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and the one at the top handle is 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
  • Stamp and punch your flower and add the pearl before adhering with dimensionals.

I know this is a long description, but think of it like a recipe and just finish one step at a time and you will be successful.  Even if you mess up, you’ll learn what not to do and the next one will be much easier.  Believe me I mess up plenty…but I always learn something, too!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life is like a camera.  Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t turn out…just take another shot!”

Inky fingers will make you happy…

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