IDEAS Blog Hop - 'Meant to Be' Valentine's Projects


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Welcome to the first blog hop for the IDEAS (International Demos Exciting Artistic Stampin') team. Each month we will put together a Tutorial Bundle to give you a heap of inspiration for your crafting. There will be a theme for each month and this month it is Valentine's Day. We have 8 fabulous tutorials in this month's bundle, each consisting of at least one card and at least one treat packaging option and we're giving you a peek at our projects in this hop.

If you've come from Janey's blog, then welcome! If you're visiting me, I appreciate you stopping by today!  You can continue your journey to see the other inspiring creations from the IDEAS Team by clicking on the NEXT button at the bottom of the post. 

We all have a different perspective on Valentine's Day, with some crafting for a special someone and others taking the opportunity to show friends and family they are special. Either way, our projects are not just for Valentine's Day - you can change up the greetings and colours and use them for many other occasions too.

Stampin' Up! Meant to Be Valentine's Day projects - Judy May, Just Judy Designs, Melbourne

I have used products from the Meant to Be bundle that is new in the Occasions Catalogue, to create my projects.  My tutorial has step by step instructions to make all of the projects shown above.  In addition, you will get 7 other detailed, step by step tutorials with ideas for Valentine's cards and treat packaging. There are more than 20 cards and treat packaging projects in the bundle, so this is fabulous crafting value.

Each tutorial features at least one card and one project, some include multiples. There are over 20 Valentine cards and treat holders included in this month's bundle! Would you like a copy of the instructions for these projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me to find out how to earn it for FREE!

You can purchase the tutorial with Instant Download through my Etsy store by clicking here. You can pay with a credit card or PayPal and you DO NOT need to sign up to Etsy to make a purchase. Check out as a guest if you are not a member.

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Now it's time to hop over to Caroline in the Netherlands to have a peak at her lovely projects.

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IDEAS Gift Packaging & Tags Tutorial Bundle

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I've been off the air for a bit, primarily because our Internet connection went down for more than a week.  It was very annoying and frustrating and an exercise in patience, waiting for the wheels to turn to get it resolved.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I've joined a group of international demonstrators to produce a bundle of tutorials each month. Normally, they would be released in the first week of the month, but hey, better late than never. Each month has a theme and this month it is gift packaging and tags.  I will give you a little sneak peek of my project when I  release the bundle, but given I am so late this month, I've decided to show you the full project.

I've made a gift box with the beautiful Joyous Noel designer and coordinating embellishments. It is very sturdy and a generous size (5.5" x 4" x 3") that would hold a heap of chocolates, home made treats, christmas decorations, beauty products, candles and so on.

Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel Gift Box

Here is a close-up of the tag hanging from the Merry Merlot & Copper Reversible ribbon that is tied around the lid.

Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel Gift Box

This is the embellishment on the lid with the label from the Stitched Labels Framelits in Copper Foil.

Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel Gift Box

My tutorial has step by step instructions to make and embellish this lovely gift box. My other project is a set of really cute tags, that are quick and easy to make.   In addition, you will get 8 other detailed, step by step tutorials with ideas for gift packaging and tags. Although these packaging ideas are Christmas focussed, they can of course be easily adapted to other occasions. 

There are 3 ways you can get the December 2018 Tutorial Bundle.

1.  Place an order with me for $50 or more using the current month's Host Code (shown in the side bar on the right) and you will receive the tutorial bundle for FREE. I will email you the PDF file within 24 hours of your order being confirmed. For those lovely customers who have already placed an order during December, keep an eye on your Inbox for the email with the attached PDF.

2.  Purchase the tutorial bundle for $10AUD. This is absolutely great value for 18 projects that you can keep and reuse. Click on this link to pay by PayPal: PayPal.Me/justjudydesigns. If you are resident in Australia and don't have a PayPal account, then I'm happy to accept a bank deposit. Contact me and I can give you the details.

3.  Join my team and you will get this bundle of tutorials for FREE every month to use for your personal crafting or for classes. Stampin' Up! has a fabulous joining special in January, during Sale-a-bration, so stay tuned for more details on that offer.

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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project


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Today the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are starting to say goodbye to the Occasions Catalogue that finishes on 31 May 2018. I just can't keep up with how fast this year is disappearing. This week we're looking at our favourite Big Shot project and that is a hard ask as there are so many great products with coordinating dies in this catalogue. 

You may have come from visiting Sandra's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

This gorgeous box in the photo above took my eye as soon as I saw the catalogue. I love making pretty gift packaging and the recipient is always wowed that you made it for them. I'm really pleased the Cake Soirée stamp set and coordinating Sweet Cake Framelits Dies will be carrying over to the new 2018-19 Annual Catalogue. However, they won't be sold as a bundle, so if they are on your wish list, take advantage of the 10% bundle discount by purchasing before 31 May.  

 You may remember that I used this sample as inspiration previously, turning the box into a layout for this card. Today I decided to make the box and the tag. Making gift packaging is a great way to use up designer paper that you have been saving (for a rainy day that rarely comes, lol).

Stampin' Up! Sweet Soiree Gift Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
I'm not sure what size the box in the photo is as photos can be very deceiving.  I decided to make the biggest one I could with a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock. I prefer to make the base of my boxes from card stock so that they are very sturdy and reusable (and re-giftable) and it also uses less designer paper too. My box is 6" x 4" x 3" deep, which is a great size for a couple of candles, treats, a scarf, jewellery, crafting goodies and many more possibilities.

I decided to go with Berry Burst for the box base and I adhered the designer paper after I had cut and scored it and before assembling, so I could get a really neat finish. I sandwiched the centre flap between the 2 side flaps to get a really neat finish on the inside too. When I went to make the top I realised that I only had one piece of the striped Old Olive foil left and the stripes were going the wrong way, so I had to improvise! The lid of the box is Old Olive, so that it isn't noticeable that the designer paper was a few millimetres short. When you open it, it looks bright and funky.


I have cut the lacy tag with the Sweet Cake Framelits and stamped the 'for you' at the top in Berry Burst ink. I added one of the greenery elements die cut in Lemon Lime Twist and some vellum leaves from the Sweet Soirée Embellishment Kit. The silver foil open flower was die cut and I traced around it to create the Berry Burst backing and then popped it up on the leaves. It is attached with the silver and white Baker's twine. 

This is a really great bundle for any celebratory occasion, so make sure you get yours at a bundle discount before 31 May!

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soirée
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Silver Foil, Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper
 Ink Berry Burst
Accessories Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Silver & White Baker's Twine
Tools     Sweet Cake Framlits Dies, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Tombow glue, Glue Dots


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CASE-ing the Catty - Petal Passion Suite


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This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Catalogue on pages 22-27. 

You may have come from visiting Rose's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

This week, I'm taking my inspiration from the narrow note card in the top left of the the photo. I love the floral image from the 'Petal Palette' stamp set, plus all the great greetings make this set a keeper.


The new Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes are on page 19 of the Occasions Catalogue. You get 20 cards and envelopes for $14, so they will go a long way. They are too small to post, but are perfect to include with a gift. I got a bit carried away and decided to make a set of them! The Stampin' Blends are perfect for colouring the floral image and if you stamp and die cut them all first, it doesn't take long to colour them. 

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Narrow Note Cards & Lots to Love Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
You can see I changed my cards to a landscape orientation, to make them easier to write in. I also wanted to add a colour coordinated border on my cards, without adding an extra layer, so I used a sponge dauber to quickly add some colour to the edges before adhering the black and white designer paper. I also sponged the end of each envelope in the coordinating ink and added the dots and the small flower image in Smoky Slate ink.


I have replaced the white circle on the sample with a Vellum oval for my floral die cut to sit on, as it seemed a bit too harsh. The thank you greeting was stamped in the coordinating ink colour and tucked it under the die cut. You can see in the closeup above, that I have added clear Wink of Stella to the flowers for some subtle sparkle and a trio of rhinestones for the finishing touch. I have deliberately kept the cards as flat as possible, for the reason you will see below.  I couldn't resist doing a Pool Party version as it is one of my favourite colours. 

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Narrow Note Cards & Lots to Love Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs
With my set of cards completed, I broke open the 'Lots to Love Box' Framelits Dies to make the perfect sized box for my set of narrow note cards. I have used the same layout to embellish the front of the box, but instead of the black designer paper, I have used the dots stamp from 'Petal Palette' to create my own designer paper. I added a slightly larger stitched oval in Gold Foil under the vellum to take it up a notch and the oval has been popped up over the gold Love Mini Tinsel Trim for a final bit of bling. I love the greeting 'From the Heart' as it fits so well for a handmade gift. 

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Narrow Note Cards & Lots to Love Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The box comfortably fits the 6 narrow note cards and envelopes I made.

Stampin' Up! Petal Palette, Narrow Note Cards & Lots to Love Box - Judy May, Just Judy Designs  

Project Details
Stamps Petal Palette
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Vellum, Gold Foil, Petal Passion Designer Paper, Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
Accessories Love Mini Tinsel Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, Petals & More Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Blends, Wink of Stella


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Mini Gable Box Two Ways

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I've been kept busy with classes this week, as well as finalising the tutorial to accompany my Sweet Soiree Mega Project Kit. Click on the link too see all the pretty elements  included in the kit, that come from the Sweet Soiree Suite on pages 10-13 of the Occasions Catalogue. When you purchase the kit, you receive my 17 page tutorial for FREE. It contains 5 projects to create and three of the projects include alternative design options.  

Today I thought I would share one of the projects we made in classes this week, using the Mini Gable Boxes. It is one of the projects I designed for the Sweet Soiree Mega Project Kit tutorial.  These are fabulous gift and treat boxes in a matte silver heavy weight card stock that come as a flat pack and you pop them together. Think Christmas, Easter, birthdays, thank you and just because occasions when you want to give a small handmade gift that you've dressed up especially for them. I love having a couple of decorated treat boxes on hand for gifting.

I have used the 'Petal Pair' embossing folder to dry emboss the front and sides of the box and added some of the gorgeous Berry Burst metallic-edge ribbon and a lovely bow. 

Stampin' Up! Silver Mini Gable Boxes - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

The finishing touch is the pretty decorated tag, made with the 'Sweet Cake' Framelits dies that coordinate with the 'Cake Soiree' stamp set and some elements from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.

In my tutorial, I have provided a second option for decorating these cute boxes. I have chosen one of the smaller silver embossed prints from the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper and teamed it with Flirty Flamingo for a pretty gift box that anyone would be delighted to receive. 

Stampin' Up! Silver Mini Gable Boxes - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

This time the greeting from 'Cake Soiree' stamp set sits on the top section of the box and I've added a pretty bow with a paper tassel from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit hanging from it.

Project Details
Stamps Cake Soiree
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Paper
 Ink Versamark, Marina Mist
Accessories Silver & White Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, White & Berry Burst Metallic-Edge ribbon, Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit
Tools     Sweet Cake Framelits, 'Petal Pair' TIEF, Big Shot, 1", 1 1/8", 1 1/4" Circle punches, Classic Label punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue,


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Pretty Thanks

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Before we get onto today's project, I need to apologise for an 'oopsie' with my blog on Sunday night. I had my CASE-ing the Catty blog post scheduled, but then on Saturday afternoon I was whisked away for the weekend for my birthday. I had 10 minutes notice to pack some clothes and as you can imagine I forgot all about my scheduled post, which I hadn't written yet. Anyway, that is a lesson for the future, lol. 

Now onto the project I have to share today, which is all about thanks. I love dressing up small thank you gifts to make them special. I've made some tags that could be added to a card or a small gift. Of course, you could change the greeting for a birthday rather than thank you.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have used the second largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits as the base of my tag and stamped one of the flower sprays from the 'Wild about Flowers' in Old Olive ink. The flower heads are added in a second step and I've used the pretty Flirty Flamingo ink. A flagged banner is the base for the stamped greeting that I have punched out, sponged and popped up. It comes from the retired 'Petite Pairs' stamp set, still a favourite as it has many small greetings.  I popped a hole in the top of the tag and threaded some retired Flirty Flamingo ribbon through and tied it with white Baker's Twine. I've finished with some small pearls on the banner.

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Gift Packaging - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I have added one of finished tags to this customer thank you gift that I have put into one of the gorgeous gold Striped Treat Bags. Doesn't it look sweet? 

Stampin' Up! Wild About Flowers Tags - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Wild About Flowers, Petite Pairs (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White
 Ink Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, White Baker's Twine, Flirty Flamingo Ruched ribbon (retired), Striped Treat bags
Tools     Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot, 1/8" Hole punch, Large Oval punch (retired), Dimensionals, Sponge dauber

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CASE-ing the Catty Blog Hop - Gift Packaging

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It is time for more CASE-ing the Catty inspiration from the crew. This week we are looking at the Gift Packaging section on pages 55-66 of the 2015-16 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.  I love creating something special when packaging small gifts. It can make something small really special to the recipient when they know you have taken the time to add that extra touch for them. It is also a great opportunity to use some of the lovely embellishments that we have in the Annual Catalogue.

You may have come here from the blog of the super talented Alison Barclay, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue to the next blog by using the button at the bottom of this post.

There are so many options shown in the Gift Packaging section to add a special touch to your gifts.  I have made a gift bag for a friend's birthday and took my inspiration for the tag from the photo on the right hand side of page 59. It shows a number of options using the fabulous Banner Triple Punch.  My gift bag is quite large - 14cm x 20.5cm (5.5" x 8") as I have sized it for the specific goodies I will be putting in it. I used 2 sheets of Mint Macaron card stock to create the basic bag and added the floral design from the 'English Garden' designer paper pack to the front and back. The flap at the top is closed with small, but strong neodymium magnets.

I have cut my tag 2" wide and used the Banner Triple Punch to flag the end. Did you know that you can also flag the end of a wider piece of card stock as I have done, to create the Blushing Bride mat?   This allows you to get the same perfect shape and you just snip the bottom edges of the points where it is too wide for the punch. Try it out and you will understand what I mean.  

The beautiful bold 'happy birthday' sentiment from the Hostess stamp set 'Happy Birthday, Everyone' is the perfect size for my tag and I have heat embossed it in gold.  The gold metallic doily forms the base for the Mint Macaron bow and Blushing Bride sequin trim. A small Vintage Faceted button adds a finishing touch. 

  Stampin Up Gift Bag using English Garden DSP & 'Happy Birthday, Everyone' Just Judy Designs


Project Details
Stamps Happy Birthday, Everyone (Hostess)
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, English Garden DSP
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Metallic Lace Doily, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Rhinestone Basic Jewels   
Tools     Simply Scored Board, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Gold embossing powder, Heat gun, Banner Triple Punch, Glue dots, Magnets (not SU)

Now it's time to check out the inspiration from the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf.


As always, you can see the full list of participants in today's blog hop and join in by linking up your creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog

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Easter Projects - Part 1

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I don't know about you, but I can't believe it is only 2 weeks until Easter!  The year really is flying by and it is hard to keep up.  I spent an enjoyable 10 days in Western Australia catching up with friends and family and celebrating my MILs 90th birthday. Now I'm peddling hard to catch up with the chores at home and in the garden!

However, in the few days since I've been home I have been making some cute projects that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of days. The first of these is my version of a bunny treat box using the Bigz L Fry Box die. I've had this die for a while, but it has been sadly neglected. Now I have dusted it off, I see lots more opportunities for it - isn't this always the way? I think he is pretty cute and much cuter IRL than the photo shows.


The box holds a full bag of the pretty polka dot Lindt mini eggs, but I've also tried it with the Lindt hen and eggs as well. For gift giving it may be easier to put the eggs in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon or thick baker's twine. This is what he looks like from the back.


The next project would be perfect for kids to give their friends at school. I've filled a cellophane tube with crisp shelled mini eggs and added a cute tag using the 'For Peeps Sake' stamp set. I think the greeting goes perfectly!


Here is a close-up pic of the tag. 


I am offering a PDF tutorial that includes these 2 projects and 2 additional projects that I will show you tomorrow - great value for your Easter crafting.

I am also offering kits (available for postal addresses in Australia only) so you can make your own Bunny Treat Boxes. You will receive all of the punched elements and the box as a flat pack for you to construct (it does not include the treats!). You will need to provide adhesives (Tombow glue or equivalent, glue dots), ink and sponge for adding definition to the punched elements, grey or black marker, white gel pen. The box base will be Smoky Slate (pale grey) with a number of different colour options for the spotted designer paper. If you want a specific colour not listed, please contact me

Click on the links below to make your purchases.

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I'll be back tomorrow with the other 2 Easter projects.

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Painted Petals Thank You


Today I have a cute thank you card and matching gift bag using the 'Painted Petals' stamp set that we made in class last week. The top section of the card has been embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and the bottom section stamped. This set has such a great group of accessory stamps to the main floral images that allow you to create your own borders and backgrounds. I love the 'lines' stamp as it gives a nice hand drawn look and the photopolymer makes it so easy to line it up by eye.



 For the inside I have created a little border of flowers. Stamp off the edge of the card stock (before you add the mat) to create a shorter set of stems than the stamp.  



To complete the ensemble is this cute gift bag made using the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits from the Occasions Catalogue. There are 2 thinlits that make up the treat bag - a large one that forms the front and one flap and a smaller one for the second flap. I have cut 2 of the large die so that the flap will form the side gussets of the bag. The flap is 5.1cm(2 1/16") in width from the side fold line, so I scored at 1cm (1/2") from the flap edge and then scored 3.1cm  (1 1/4") from the edge.  On the second score line, finish 2.5cm (1") from the bottom and then using a ruler and scoring tool draw a diagonal line from the end of your score line to each corner of the flap.  This will help the gusset fold in nicely when you clip it together at the top. Make sure you burnish the existing score lines and score the new lines before you emboss your bag. I have used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to coordinate with the card. You will need to create a base for the bag, so cut a piece 4.2cm x 11.5cm (1 5/8" x 3 3/4") and score at 1cm (3/8") on each end. Attach each of the side gussets to corresponding front/back panel and then add the base. I found Tombow glue the easiest for this task. It sounds a bit involved, but it is really quick and easy once you have the pieces in your hand. It creates a nice sized bag and is very sturdy made in card stock.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set also has a large number of extra pieces you can use to decorate the bag or use in your other projects.  I have cut out the 'enjoy' to add to the tags on the front, which are clipped to the bag with a gold metallic mini clothespin. It really is very sweet.



Project Details
Stamps  Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers      Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
 Ink  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories Metallic Mini Clothespins, Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers Twine, Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Circles Collection Thinlits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Big Shot, Scallop Tag Topper punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Xyron

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3D Star Boxes

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Today I want to share this fabulous star shaped box made with the Stampin' Up! Stars Framelits and matching 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set. Stampin' Up! have produced a video showing you the basic process, which you can watch below. Their project shows how to make a 3D star box that you cannot open after it is constructed. This is perfect for decor items (they definitely aren't just for Christmas) or as decorations to hang on your Christmas tree. However, as soon as I saw this video I wanted to make one with a removable lid so that you could put treats or a gift inside without having to destroy the box to get to the contents.  This is how my finished star box looks.


I always make my prototype 3D projects in Crumb Cake card stock, but as this turned out pretty well, I decided to add some embellishment. I have white embossed the largest of the 'Bright & Beautiful' star images which adds some pop to the Crumb Cake and Real Red combo. I've added some bling with the smallest of the Stars Framelits used to cut the centre star from Silver foil and the Itty Bitty Accents punch cutting the smallest star from Silver Glimmer paper. It matches the shape of the Stars Framelits perfectly.  This next photo shows the lid removed.


I recommend that you watch the Stampin' Up! video first, so that you understand the basic process and then hopefully my tips and comments below will make more sense.


For my star box, I used the largest of the Stars Framelits as I wanted a box that would be sufficiently large to hold treats (eg Lindt balls, homemade rum balls etc) or other gifts.  Using the video as a basis, here are my recommendations/measurements.

1.  Use heavyweight card stock for your box. Whisper White and Very Vanilla would not produce a sturdy box. The 'Under the Tree' Specialty Designer Series Paper would be suitable as it is card stock weight and has the advantage of having kraft or coloured designs if you wanted to minimise the embellishment.

2.  As you are adding the side strips to the star shape, I found 2 star shapes glued together first gave a sturdier base for this process. I did this for the top and bottom of the box.

3. The measurement of the arms on the large star is 1 11/16", which is not a very friendly measurement to work with.  I scored the side strips at 1 3/4" and found this worked well, as you lose a tiny bit when you score anyway.

4.  I used Tombow Multi Liquid glue instead of sticky strip. It gives you a bit of wriggle room to manoeuvre the points into place. However, if you do use liquid glue, make sure the point is set before going onto the next one, as you may find it will move out of place.

5.  For the side strips for the TOP of the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 1/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your lid a finished depth of 3/4". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.

6. For the side strips for the BOTTOMof the box - cut 2 strips from the full length of A4 or 12 x 12 card stock 1 & 7/8" wide. With the short edge at the top of your scoring tool, score at 3/8" down the full length of each strip. With the long side at the top score every 1 & 3/4". You will find that the last piece of your scored strip is less than 1 & 3/4", so cut it off at the last score line. These measurements give your base a finished depth of  1  & 1/2". You will need to join the strips as per the process shown in the video.

7.  In the video you see the side strips being stuck to the underside of the star shape. Use this process for the base of the box, so that you have a completely smooth underside that will be seen.   Cut another star shape and adhere it to the inside of the base, to cover the tabs (you can see I used Real Red, as a contrast to the Crumb Cake). You may need to trim the inside angles a little bit for it to fit.

8. To achieve a neatly fitting lid to the box, I adhered the tabs of the side strips onto the top side of the star shape. By bringing the card stock over the top edge of the star shape, it is automatically going to be a tiny bit bigger, allowing it to fit over the base without a problem, but not enough to be sloppy. This leaves the inside lid of your box with a lovely smooth finish (as per the base), but you will need to add a finishing layer to the outside of the lid to cover the tabs. This gives you the opportunity to decorate the top with a contrasting colour card stock or to use the gorgeous 'Bright & Beautiful' stamp set as I have done. 

Well, I hope this remotely makes sense, but drop me an email if you have any questions. 

Project Details
Stamps Bright & Beautiful
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Real Red, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon
Tools     Stars Framelits, Big Shot, Simply Scored Board, Tombow Multi liquid glue, Itty Bitty Accents Star punch

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