There's something about little boxes all decorated that makes me swoon, and when they're decorated with the delicious ephemera from the Simple & Sweet collection, well, that just makes them even better!
I have long-loved Pinkfresh patterned papers for gift wrap, and even though it's thick, I still enjoy using it like wrapping paper. But if that's not for you, try using a template, tool, or die to create your own gift boxes instead. You'll find that the extra sturdy papers are so welcome for this endeavor!
I've used a punchboard to create 3 cute boxes from 3 pretty papers, and then I decorated them with S&S die cuts, chipboard, and puffy stickers. My first box is made from 'Sweet Life' paper and the finished size is 4" x 4" x 1 3/4." This paper is one of my favorites from the collection and with all of its sweet motifs like cakes and lemons, it's very fitting for a gift box.
To decorate, I began by tying a yellow ribbon around the box, with an off-center bow in the bottom right corner. (You don't always have to tie your bow in the center of the box!) I then built the topper piece, starting with layered die cut labels on the bottom, followed by the black puffy sticker that says "pretty much the best thing ever." (I'm definitely implying that whatever might be inside the box is spectacular!) The sweet chipboard cake nestled perfectly atop that sticker, and then I adhered a tea cup that I fussy cut out of leftover paper scraps after making the box.
I wedged the topper just under the ribbon and lightly attached it in place with a couple of small glue dots. I continued the decorating by adhering the chipboard banner under the ribbon bow. To finish, I used an orange tassel bow from the Be You collection. I added gold metallic thread and "tails" for the extra little bit of wispy texture and to bring out the gold foil details in the S&S elements.
The second box is made from 'Good Things' paper and measures 3" x 3" x 1 3/4." Instead of wrapping ribbon around it this time, I tied on a piece of lace. I then created a gift topper in much the same way that I created the first one--building up from the bottom and adding elements as I went. Except for the flowers on the bottom right of the tag, the other pieces are chipboard, and this little box certainly is "bursting with excitement!"
For the final touches, I tucked some gold sequin trim under the layers and added a peach tassel bow (from Be You), and again, I wrapped the center with gold metallic thread. You can't beat all those gorgeous colors against the lemon-yellow backdrop!
The last box measures 3" x 3" x 1 3/4" and was created with the backside of 'Lemon Lush' paper. I really liked the idea of pairing the black and white design with bright pops of color, which is one reason I chose to use that side instead of the other. I tied on some minty aqua ribbon (this time putting the bow in the upper left corner). Then I cut out some of the lemons found on the reverse side of the paper, using leftover scraps. I cut out 3 of them and created a cluster, which I adhered together on top of a chipboard lemon so I could utilize the leaf and the stem.
Once again, a Be You tassel bow for the win (with my own gold thread addition), and a small length of yellow pompom trim to finish the decor.
These little boxes and so fun to make and decorate, and I hope their recipients find them just as fun to open as I found them to create!
I started by stamping the circular night sky image in navy ink. I was just going for the general shape of the circle so I intentionally did not try to achieve full coverage color on the image. With the same ink, I used a small paintbrush and a bit of water to paint over the image.
Once I had a look I was pleased with, I set the card aside to dry while I cut some gold glitter stars with the constellation die (the 5 stars that are connected). I cut a few of them out and kept one intact to use on my stamped image. I carefully trimmed off the tiny stars from the others to scatter around the rest of my card. When the card was dry, I stamped the message "when it's dark look for stars," and then adhered the single stars and constellation to the card. The deep blue mixed with the dainty, sparkly gold stars is so pretty, and will hopefully give someone a little hope and encouragement.
Just for fun, I made a tag to go with it, using the negative of a constellation die as the focal point. When attached to this black gift box with ruffled gold crepe paper, the gold paper comes through to brighten things up.
I added the sentiment "I thank my lucky stars for you," which is also found in this stamp set. I cut out the larger star from water color paper and painted it with the same ink I used on the card, then tied it to the tag with some gold thread.
Sometimes I'll pile on the embellishments and trims, as I did with the gift boxes from the first part of this post. Other times, all you need is something simple, especially when you have strong imagery as found in the Constellation set. Whether you're creating something simple or something sweet, be sure to have fun doing it!