Asked to create a project for a class as a guest demonstrator using the Sweet Little Boxes from the Jan-Jun 2022 Mini Catalogue I chose the New Horizons designer series paper and inspiration from Christy Gridley.

Sweet Little Box New Horizons DSP

I incorporated a chocolate square in my project, consequently I chose not to make the tags from Christy’s design. 

My real inspiration came from how Christy stamped on smaller pieces of the designer paper to replicate the printed design used on the front and back of the box. The pull tab idea is genius, however I kept mine simple with the co-ordinating cotton ribbon in Pale Papaya.

For the stamps I used On the Horizon and Oceanfront on my project. I went with the greener designs of paper mixed with blue and orange. Mainly due to the number in the pack and the way they could be cut to use for a 10 person class.

Sweet Little Box Front & Back
Sweet Little Boxes

Sweet Little Boxes Instructions

You can check out Christy’s post to see the tags. Or I’ve made a video showing how to make my version using these measurements;

Sweet Little Box:
Sweet Little Box (pg 9 JJ Mini Catalogue 2022)
Evening Evergreen cardstock panels – front/back – 3-1/4″ x 2-3/8″; sides 2 at 1/2″ x 3-3/8″ and 2 at 1/2″ x 2-3/8″.
Evening Evergreen cardstock label – punched with the Label Me Fancy punch.
Pale Papaya Cotton Ribbon (pg43 JJ Mini Catalogue 2022)

Evening Evergreen cardstock card base – 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ scored at 2-1/4″.
New Horizon DSP panel – 3-1/4″ x 2″ plus two 1/8″ x 2″ strips.
Basic White inside panel – 3-1/4″ x 2″

Gift Card Sleeve:
Evening Evergreen cardstock sleeve base – 6-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ scored at 3-1/2″.
New Horizons DSP wrap – 6″ x 2-5/8″.

You Can Make It

Firstly I cut the portion I wanted from the 6″ x 6″ New Horizons designer series paper for the front and back panels of the box. Secondly, I stamped the trees using Evening Evergreen ink. In addition, the grass using Cinnamon Cider ink and the birds using Misty Moonlight ink. Mat these pieces onto the Evening Evergreen cardstock layers.

You can also add them to the box, I did mine when the box was laying flat. The images need to face the opposite direction, or so the ‘ground’  is at the bottom on both sides, see below.

Image Direction

Use a similar coloured piece of paper from the same pack and the Oceanfront stamp set to artistically create another stamped background piece. I stamped in Evening Evergreen to replicate the scene on the front and back panels for the card and the wrap for the gift card holder.

In addition Cinnamon Cider was sponged at the bottom where needed. It depends on the pieces you cut as to the extra stamping and sponging you need. Resulting in a different look with each set you make and the opportunity to be creative.

Gift Holder

Include a gift holder in a box with a card and chocolate to elevate your gift giving to a new level!

The gift holder is so simple with Evening Evergreen card encasing the gift card and stamped designer series paper wrapped around to co-ordinate with the rest of the package. So cute!

I left mine sentiment free, due to the size and the moody colour palete. It could be for any ocassion, reminscent of tinned sweets or playing card packets from my childhood.

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