well it's almost Christmas - yippee! The run up has been pretty crazy, but every...thing...is...done...now! even the presents wrapped - hurray. So it's time to sit back and relax (well as much as that is possible with four kids under 6 around - no not all mine!!), catch up on some blog browsing, read a book and perhaps have the odd glass of champagne too :) The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is perfectly suited to the Christmas season - it's just add wrapping/pretty packaging.
I wanted to make my SIL some lavender filled felt strawberries ( I made some of these earlier this year - see this post for the details of the making). The only thing I've improved was to add a little button to hide where the ribbon hanger is stitched on. I figured these juicy berries required some special packaging to showcase them. So I dug out my Petal Cone die and cut two acetate die cuts. I converted the cone die cuts to a box shape by trimming the bottom inch off each then scoring and folding the next inch under to form the bottom of the box. I used sticky strip to hold it all together and then added DSP (on the outside) and cardstock (on the inside) on two sides of the box to hide where the box was adhered together. I decorated all the flaps with scalloped cardstock and DSP, but reversed the orientation on the opposite flaps (hope that makes sense - just look at the pics to see what I mean). I shredded some white tissue paper to act as a bed for the strawberries, tucked them and then in the flaps folded up I punched holes and threaded through some taffeta ribbon, tying it in a bow to secure it all. Lastly I added a Christmas tag with some linen thread.
Hope you are all on the home stretch with the Christmas preparations - and then enjoy a Christmas filled with peace, love and joy!!
Thanks for visiting,
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Holiday Lights (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Petal Cone BigZL die, Bella Rose DSP (R), Beautiful Blooms DSP (PaperTrey Inc), 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread, 2" scalloped circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Jewels - rhinestones, Sticky Strip, Scor Tape
Red and green wool felt, White embroidery thread, 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon, shell button