Monday, 17 November 2014

Inspiration Journal - Happy Holidays

This month at Inspiration Journal the challenge is Happy Holidays!  The challenge is to create Holiday cards, gifts or wrapping ideas!

One of my favourite parts of the Christmas celebrations is actually wrapping the presents, I have been making boxes for years now but a couple of years ago I saw the box below demonstrated on TV and have been making them this way ever since.

Here's the finished (and decorated) box....
I am going to show you instructions for the box, it is picture heavy and looks a bit complicated, but once you have made one it is very easy, I promise!

The only rule is that you need two sheets of card or paper and they must be square, the bigger the card, the bigger the box.  Card makes a stronger box and I used one sheet of Tim Holtz's Resist Motif paper (star pattern) for the top and plain white card for the bottom 12" x 12" cardstock results in a box of 4.1/2" square and 2.1/2" deep.
Take your two sheets of paper/card.  Decide which piece will be the bottom and cut approx 1/4" from the top and one side.  This is an important step - do not cut your 1/4" from the top and bottom, as you will not have a square left to work with..... ask me how I know that.....
Take a ruler and place this diagonally across the wrong side of your card, corner to corner (do this on both pieces) and draw lines as shown, to find the centre.
Take one corner and fold this up to the marked centre.  Use a bone folder to make a good crease.
Fold the same corner again into the centre and score well.
Now do exactly the same on the opposite side, unfold the sides and do the same on the two remaining sides, so that all four corners are folded and creased in the same way.
Open our the piece and cut between the marked arrows on two opposite sides only.
You will end up with something like the above.
Fold the sides like shown and score well.
Bring the two scored sides in as shown above.
Fold the end in on both sides and score well.  You can glue the flaps inside but it is not really necessary if you have scored well.
Do the same again on the second piece and you will then have a nice strong box with a lid.
Decorate as you wish!  I used Tim's Poinsettia and Holiday Greens dies and a Tidings Token to finish off.  The Poinsettia has been coloured with Tim's fabulous new Distress Spray Stains.

You may remember this box from a recent post I did, it is made with 8" x 8" card and the resulting box is 2.3/4" square and about 1.1/2" deep.
I used the same Poinsettia die, so you can see the scale of the box.

I hope you will join us at Inspiration Journal, there is a $50 voucher to spend at Inspiration Emporium for one lucky winner, we would love to see your Happy Holiday card, gift or wrapping idea.

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon, I will be back on Thursday with another creation.  If you do want to make a purchase from Inspiration Emporium (only) and you use my code Redanne, you will get 10% off your total order!    Hugs, Anne xx

Products Used 
Tim Holtz Poinsettia Die
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains
Tim Holtz Holiday Greens die
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tidings Token

Tim Holtz Resist Paper - Motif


  1. Brilliant box Anne. Great tutorial for building your own holiday gift. The addition of the Holiday Greens die is great with the tattered poinsettia flower. I've been excited to combine these. What a great gift to give.

  2. This is a beautiful box Anne. The tutorial is great. Thanks for showing all of the steps. This is something I will most certainly make. Cheers, Di

  3. Wow, amazing box Anne! Thanks so much for sharing the details, definitely think I will give this one a go! Love your poinsettia too, it's so shimmery! hugs :)

  4. Beautifully made Anne - a real delight and thanks for the instructions too. Nikki xxx

  5. Love the box Anne and thanks for the tutorial. So much nicer than boxes you can buy.
    Thanks to for stopping by at mine, pleased you liked the cards.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  6. Wow, thanks for the step by step, these boxes are so pretty and I love the idea of making your own box for gift wrapping

  7. Wow Anne. I love your box so much. That poinsettia is so rich looking. Fabulous. Need to get some 12X12 card though. Thank you so much for a great tutorial. Hugs Rita xxx

  8. Beautifully made gift box, topped by yet another stunning poinsettia.
    Julie x

  9. Stunning gift wrapping. The box tutorial photos are so clear and helpful, and that poinsettia is a showstopper!
    Alison xx

  10. WOW! Your box is stunning Anne, the poinsettia looks so beautiful. Thank you for such a fantastic tutorial too, I have saved it for future reference.
    hugs Sue xx

  11. Great tutorial Anne - your boxes look gorgeous and I love your poinsettia on the top! Elaine x

  12. Annie, you know I'm in awe of card artists like you who make the most amazing 8x8 cards that are gifts themselves and THEN, as if that wasn't enough of a gift for a person, you go and make a gift box that is also a gift itself! It could be empty and the recipient would swoon over it!! Thank you for all the inspiration and for taking the time to prepare this wonderful step-by-step tutorial on making one of the box bases! I repeat: I am in awe!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  13. Gosh, your presentation is as pretty as whatever will be contained inside this beautiful box. Thanks for showing the pictures on how to make this. It looks easy the way you've done it. I'm with Darnell...I'm in awe too. But then I always am, when I visit here!!! Big Hugs & Thanks for sharing.

  14. Gorgeous box Anne, Loved the tutorial I will try some of these for Christmas...I adore the Poinsettia... Hugs May x x

  15. I love these little gift boxes and you've decorated them beautifully. Great step by steps too. xx

  16. What lovely boxes Anne & the perfect finishing touch for Christmas gifts.
    I love the poinsettia and the Holiday Greens are super.
    Toni xx

  17. Really pretty box Anne and your instructions are great to follow.Thank you for sharing this. The poinsettia is so beautiful x

  18. Oh Miss Anne you are THE BEST, my friend will be over and we are going to try this, I love this box, the flowers are just gorgeous, love a;; the photos, wonderful tutorial, we just might be able to do it, yippeee, have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

  19. Gosh Anne I can't keep up with your productivity ! Please send me some of whatever it is you are taking lol. What a lovely hand made box with it's beautiful Poinsettia adornment. Your family must be overjoyed to receive a gift on Christmas morning in one of your so pretty gift box's. Thank you for sharing the instructions on how to create one for ourselves. Hugs Lottie x

  20. stunning boxes Anne and thanks so much for the tutorial - lovely indeed and great photographs. I adore that poinsettia die - another one for the wishlist! Lol - will it ever get any shorter? Thanks also for the hardboard info too! Big hugs rachel xx

  21. They are such lovely little boxes Anne, I can imagine they must look so enticing sat under a Christmas tree, sparkling away, waiting to be opened :) Great tutorial xx

  22. I love your boxes and treasure the memories of the day you taught me how to make them. The poinsettia on the top of this one is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Jenny xxx

  23. I had to laugh at your comment "ask me how I know this" I guess we have been there together! I learn best through my mistakes. Love this make of yours.

  24. These are beautiful Anne! Such a clever way to make a box too!
    Julia xx

  25. Thank you so much for the tutorial Anne, I am in awe of how you keep on coming up with these wonderful creations! Out comes my poinsettia die now! Hugs, Barb xx

  26. Fantastic box with stunning decoration.
    I just LOVE your Poinsettia it is beautiful

    Patricia x

  27. Oh My Goodness Anne!! Your lovely decorated box and not to mention-homemade/handmade box, is a gift enough in itself!! You are such a creative elf--you're going to put Santa's crew out of business :) Fabulous step-x-steps, just in case anyone of us gets as motivated as you :) You just keep knocking my socks off!! :)
    XOXO-Shari T.

  28. Hi Anne! Your box is wonderful! If only all my presents looked so gorgeous under our tree this Christmas... I don't think I'd let the kids open any of them just so they stay looking pretty ;) lol.. Thank you for the tutorial... very cool indeed! Love your poinsettia, very fancy! xxx

  29. Wow and wow Anne! what a beautiful box - a gift in itself - your poinsettia looks wonderful on top with it's sparkle, Christmas charm and red ribbon! Thanks for showing the fold - I think I may have made a box something like this before... (?!) looks so difficult but once you're going at it - it works out!!

  30. Hey Sugar! Such a beautiful box - looks like a delicious cake! I have always loved the traditional Christmas colors. Thanks for the tutorial Anne - I sure will save it and give it a go.
    Time is flying by !!!
    Sandy xx

  31. Anne, those are two fabulous gift boxes! Love those poinsettias and all the trims, so festive! Thank you for sharing. Hugs!

  32. Anne.this is so gorgeous I wouldn't want to unwrap! Hugs Carole Z X

  33. Your poinsettia is fantastic and looks so good on the boxes. Fabulous tutorial too! xxx

  34. Such a gorgeous box - it's too beautiful to open!

  35. I love the big poinsettias and greenery on your boxes, stunning! I have been enjoying them on the feed on FB and this is one you would not want to open. Thanks for the tutorial also.
    Hugs Kelly

  36. Thanks for the tutorial on the box, love how you've decorated yours!!

  37. Anne...this box is fabulous! That big tattered poinsettia that covers the top of the box is stunning and SUCH a lovely gift box embellishment! Your work is always so beautiful and so beautifully crafted. I wanted to thank you, too for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Reading comments like the one you left are so uplifting and makes my day! <3 Candy

  38. Lovely box with a fabulous poinsettia on top. I detest wrapping presents and think it will be over to the other half this year as I have decided I will make sure I am busy when it comes to wrapping most of them. Shhh... don't tell on me. Unless of course you want to come and wrap for me?
    Hugs, Neet xx

  39. This is so amazing, Anne! Love your tutorial about making the box - it is quite easy to follow. The poinsettia is so incredibly beautiful as well and tops of the box beautifully! Well done!


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