Thursday, 20 August 2015

Gift Set and a Tutorial

Hi everyone.  Wow, two days on the trot !  :-)

I have been able to spend quite a bit of time in the craft room this last week.  And it was good to be crafty.

I hope that you are all having a great week so far.

I have another fabulous make today from the new Polkadoodles release Frosted Winter - Octavia.  I have made a little gift set of 4" by 4" cards and envelopes and a little box to put them in.

Octavia Frosted Winter - overview

The tutorial is for the box, now this box is to fit the 4" by 4" cards and envelopes.  I also have tutorials for a box that will fit 3" by 3" cards and envelopes HERE and another to fit cards 6" by 4" cards and envelopes HERE.  So that should cover all the bases (for now)  :-)

The principles of all the boxes are the same, it's just the measurements that are different.

So, here is the gift set I made.

More details and photo's later.  

Now for the tutorial for the box :-)

You will need an 11" by 8.5" piece of card stock for this box.  Start off by cutting your piece to size at 11" by 7.5".  Keep the 1" by 11" piece for later!

Your set of scores along the long edge are - 3", 3 3/4", 8  1/4" and 9"

Now score along the short edge at 3/4", 1 1/2", 6" and 6.75".  That's all the scoring completed.

Now you want to remove four corner pieces so that you piece looks like the one below.  Cut into the side flaps as indicated - at the 8 1/4 inch score line to the second score line in, on both sides, these form the flaps.  I have also used my corner rounder to finish off the edges as indicated by the little arrows.

I would suggest decorating any outside panels before you make up the box, it can be done once it's made, but it's a little more fiddly.

Once you are ready to assemble your box.  Position tape/glue where indicated my the red hashes.

Secure the tabs to the inside tape.

Fold those outer flaps down and bring up the bottom flap to secure.  Your box should look like this :-)

That left over piece is the belly band for your box.  You can make it narrower if you wish, whatever you want to work with.

You will need to score this at 2 3/8", 3 1/4", 7 3/4" and 8 5/8".

When you wrap this around your box - do not secure it to tightly as you want to be able to take it off and on.  I usually secure it on the last cm and find that is usually enough, adding a panel of printed papers to the band to give that little bit more strength and covers the join too :-)

Here are a few more photo's of the set.  The box :-)

The set of four cards.

I have shown you a close up of each of the cards.  These are just using the fabulous backing papers off the collection!!  I added some glitter to the snow flakes on each of the cards and inked all the distressed edges.  I was able to add the sentiments from the CD, on to the backing papers, so they make the perfect quick card too!

For the inside, I used another of the backing papers and a little gift box.  They all have the same inner panel.

I made four little envelopes using the same card stock as the base of the cards.

The four cards and envelopes fit perfectly in the box.

And here is the set once again :-)

Don't forget we are still showcasing this fabulous new collection over on Facebook. At the following groups.  So if you want to take a peak at all the other inspiration, why not pop along and check them out.

The group links are below.

Then a couple of other fabulous Facebook groups, which are

I am entering this in the following challenges

4 Crafty Chicks - #260: Distressing (closes 25 Aug)

Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Challenge #241: Anything Goes (closes 25 Aug)

Crafting from the Heart - Challenge #73: Anything Goes (closes 23 Aug)

Simply Paper Crafts Challenges - Challenge #11: Anything Goes (closes 27 Aug)

A Snowflakes Promise - Challenge #3: Winter Theme (closes 24 Aug)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.


  1. absolutly stunning I love this xx

  2. Hi Karon - what a great tutorial with stunning results at the end - I have joined your blog and would be over the moon if you joined mine - thank you for joining us this week over at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

  3. What a fabulous project/ tutorial Karon great idea for Christmas Fayres!

  4. What a fabulous project/ tutorial Karon great idea for Christmas Fayres!

  5. Great tutorial. Makes a fabulous box. Your cards are beautiful. I love the color you chose for your cards and box base. Looks beautiful with the gorgeous prints. Glad you are getting to craft.

  6. Such a stunning set. I really love the papers. Thanks for the box tutorial.
    Have a creative day.
    Hugs Nana
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  7. Wow what a great box set! The cards are awesome!

  8. Love your cards and card box! Another great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it with us all!

  9. Oh wow, this is stunning, Karon!! The box and cards are so beautiful!! I love the pretty papers!! What a gorgeous gift set this is!! I love, love it!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. What a fabulous tutorial Karon, the set looks fabulous and I am definitely going to have a go at this style of box. Thank you lovely lady!! xx

  11. These are so gorgeous Karon, who ever gets them will appreciate them so much... Thanks for the tut too, I'm sure this will inspire a lot of your followers to get their upcoming holiday cards made too!

  12. Great tute and gorgeous cards, Karon!

    Hugs x

  13. What a gorgeous gift set. This will be a big hit for the recipient.

  14. Amazing project Karon I think it makes a fantastic gift!
    Hugs xx Cara xx

  15. A wonderful gift idea... if I start now, I'll probably have it done in time for Christmas 2017! Where's the year gone?! Have a fab weekend!
    hugs, Asha

  16. Wow, what a great gift it! Thank you for sharing the tutorial too. Hmmm, you are getting me motivated to start thinking about Christmas!

  17. You are so AWESOME. Great tutorial and gorgeous cards. Love it all.

  18. Great tutorial and beautiful project! Love all of them! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week.
    Tina - DT

  19. Simply GORGEOUS Karon!!!
    WOW I LOVE this!
    Thanks for sharing the gift box tutorial too!!!

  20. What a gorgeous and fun gift set!!who would not love to receive this...
    Have a blessed day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  21. Oh WOW!!! Beautiful!!! LOVE the Box & those pretty cards!!! Awesome tutorial too!!! Amazing projects!!! :)

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  22. This is TOTALLY awesome and just so fun!! Love that you shared with us the details of the box and your cards are just so well done!! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks!!! I really enjoyed visiting your blog and I would love it if you popped over for a visit to my blog at!! I have a giveaway going on right now - here is a link
    Taunya Butler
    August Guest Designer at 4 Crafty Chicks

  23. This card set is so fabulous! Easy to follow tutorial. I'm thinking gifts for Christmas myself and now you just inspired me!

  24. What a fabulous creation, and thanks for the tutorial, I have bookmarked it to try later.
    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty this week, hope to see you again soon
    Hugs Sharon x

  25. Great cards and tutorial! Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart this week.

  26. Fabulous creation and a tutorial I can and will use soon...thanks Karon.

  27. What a beautiful set. Thanks for sharing them and for the great tutorial.
    Crafty hugs,


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