Hi my little dumplings. Do you remember when I said perhaps I should do “weeks” ? Punch Board Week, “Z” Fold Card Week, remember? Perhaps I should have asked for suggestions because this weekend as I tried to come up with something I found the Creative Juices Store closed. What was I going to do? Familiar with the expression “I don’t have a clue”? Well, I didn’t, until my eyes fell onto my Gift Bag Punchboard. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know we talked about it before, but let me back up. Let me introduce myself, “ Hello my name is Miss Hammie and I’m a gadgetholic”. I’ve never seen a gadget I didn’t want to buy. My punchboards, that’s right I own all three, are a perfect example. They showed up and I didn’t care what they were for or did. They were gadgets and I wanted them! Now that I’ve actually sold one I needed to see what the Gift Bag Punchboard could actually do. Sure, sure I tried it when I first bought it and produced utter garbage and off to the “I’ll try it again another time pile” that went along with gift box Punchboard. Now that I’m the one who has to demonstrate its many uses, I’m really going to have to in the words of Tim Gunn “Make it work”. So off to YouTube I went to actually learn how to put this pony thru it’s paces. I figured how hard can it be, I went to college. So I hit my retired paper stash and started looking at videos and after completing a few bags it was time for something a little more difficult, a box. I’ve always struggled with boxes and was a tad apprehensive. However though a tad Raiders of the Lost Arc-ish here’s the box I created. I case’d it from Linda Parker from Paper Crafting with Crafty. It’s a hinged top box that I made from a piece of what Stampin’ Up likes to call specialty paper. It was part of the Eastern Palace Suite Designer Series Paper pack. It glittery and appeals to my inner magpie. I must admit photographing such a reflective surface is not fun.
I think it turned out rather nicely and it’s quite deep enough to accommodate a line bracelet or a necklace and matching earrings. Hey, if it’s gold on the outside a little gold inside couldn’t hurt. It could also hold chocolate treats another quick trip to a lady’s heart. Now for the down and dirty instructions, no pictures, just the basic box.
For this box you need a piece of cardstock that measures 11 3/8 in. X 6 3/8 in. On the 11 3/8 in. side using the Stampin’ Up Simply Scored scoring pad score at 1 3/8, 3 3/8, 6 3/8, and 8 3/8. On the 6 3/8 in. side you will score at 1 3/8 and at 5. You need to burnish all your score lines. Using the Stampin’ Up Gift Bag Punchboard along both sides of the 11 3/8 side of the cardstock line each score line up at the Start Line and punch. You’ll notice when you lay the cardstock in what would be considered “portrait” that the scored sections on the top and bottom are different sizes. Working with the end that has the widest flap line the edges, the left and right sides, up with the Start Line and punch. This helps give the box a more finished look. Without pictures it’s a bit difficult to explain how to place your tape and I would definitely recommend Stampin’ Up Tear ‘n Tape for this. On that end I just told you to finish off, that’s the front of your box. If you bring the front and back towards each other you’ll see the front has 2 sort of large flaps as does the back and the are 2 smaller upright tabs. Place your tape along the edges of the large back flaps. Make sure that you’re satisfied with how the sides are lined up and adhere them together. You’ve completed the body of the box now you need to finish the top. As you look at the top you’ll see 4 tabs. You will only apply Tear ‘n Tape to the lower 2 tabs along the top and about 1/4 of the way down the outer edge. Fold it over at the score line and line up the tabs. You will see how the sides should come together. Once you’re satisfied with how you have aligned the sides adhere them together and your hinged top box is complete and ready to embellish. I simply added a gold foil circle, a smaller Fresh Fig scalloped circle and a Fresh Fig tassel to my box. If however you wanted to add Designer Series Paper to the front and top the dimensions would be 3 1/4 in. X 2 3/4 in. for the front and 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 for the top.
That gift bag punchboard is no one trick pony, it’s a very versatile tool. Wait a minute I’ve got it! I’m going to spotlight tools I don’t utilize as much as I should. Guess that means more from the Envelope Punchboard too.
Don’t forget this month’s great promotions, two of which end on Oct. 10th.
Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by Oct. 10th to be able to take full advantage of the very first ever coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits.
Dont forget World Card Making Day on Oct. 7th or Stampin’ Up’s great 15% off select items, I posted the list yesterday. Check it out stamp sets and if you order Fast Fuse adhesive they will give, that’s right give, you two refills. That also ends on Oct. 10th so don’t miss out.
And the promo list goes on. Do you like pretty paper, I know I do. Right now until Oct. 31st if you buy 3 rolls of Designer Series Paper you can select a 4th roll on Stampin’ Up. I posted the list yesterday, so check it out.
Last but far from least available until Oct. 31st with a qualifying order of $300.00 or more is the Merry Patterns stamp set. You can purchase it you can only earn it. I outlined several ways you could earn this stamp set in my post yesterday. Make sure to take a peek the stamp set is awesome!
Ok, TTFN and I’ll see you on Wednesday