Friday, November 11, 2016

Mixing It Up


After a rather dismal week weather-wise, the sun is shining today and the Autumn colours are glowing again - well the leaves that are still on the trees, anyway!
I'm still trying to catch my tail after all the coming and going of recent weeks; every time I think I'm getting to grips with the to-do list, something else pops up - you know how it is!
It didn't help that I wasn't entirely happy with my project for the Daring Cardmakers this week and decided to have a second attempt!  

As we're well and truly in the run-up to Christmas (there, I said it!) we thought we'd have a bit of fun with a few non-card challenges thrown in among the usual card ones.  We've called this series "Step Away from the Cards" and this week's challenge is the first of them

Gift Bag or Box
We'd just like you to make or decorate a box or gift bag (it doesn't have to be Christmas-themed) then share your creations with us via the InLinkz gadget  on the blog as usual.  

In the end I'm sharing both of the things I made.  I managed to alter the depth of the box which made the proportions better, but I still think I should have used slightly smaller circles for the flat sections - or made the container part of rth box with a larger diameter
I made this box using s set of download papers which I printed onto card, plus some matching Bazzill Bling card.
I've made a couple of other shapes using the same kind of
 technique in the past.
Once the box was created I decorated it with ribbon and die cuts
My second project was a gift bag - over the years I've made loads of these gift bags as they are fairly simple to make to whatever size I need.  This one is about 17cm high.  
 I used a sheet of 12x12 paper from a lovely Kaisercraft paper pack.  I've never actually tried, but I think it would be fairly easy to size this up for a larger gift by using two sheets of identical paper.  
I have a tutorial for this gift bag {HERE}

To decorate:
Starry border (Joanna Sheen)
Pine cone and branch dies (also Joanna Sheen)
Baubles; Spellbinders, Memory Box and a Tonic circle 
MS Snowflake punch, Tonic border punch for tiny stars
 That's it for today.  I'm going to try really hard to spend some of the weekend catching up with what my crafting blog-mates have been up to recently - I've missed such a lot.  
I've about 15 Christmas cards not enough, and I've not bought a single Christmas gift yet......panic is beginning to set in!

Hope you find time to join in with The Daring Cardmakers this week, it would be lovely to see your creations.

Have a great weekend, see you soon


Karin van eijk said...

beautiful decorated Kathy
Gr Karin

Angelnorth said...

Both lovely, Kathy! I can see what you mean with the depth of border on the box but I think it looks fine - the foofy bow filling the space makes it looks meant, I reckon.

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Kathy, so sorry I have missed your blog posts. They are all gorgeous and especially loving today's projects which are stunning. I have added you to my blog list so I don't miss anymore. Have a wonderful weekend.
Linda xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Kathy your makes are gorgeous I love them both. They will both be very useful for Christmas gifts. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Shabneez said...

Both super projects Kathy. Beautifully designed. I'm going to check out your gift bag tutorial! Shabneez xxx

Dawn said...

Beautiful and I love how you have embellished them. X

Avril Watson said...

Awesome projects Kathy, hugs xxx

Cathy Clowes said...

Two beautiful projects Kathy. I especially like the gift bag, the decoration is stunning. Cathy x

Miri said...

Wow, you've been busy and I like both of your projects a lot. I never thought of making a "round" gift box... maybe I should give it a try.