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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Need some gorgeous "Favor Boxes"? Of course you do!
As our calendars fill with Thanksgiving dinner invites and then right on into Christmas party invitations be prepared with the perfect Hostess gifts....and you know me now....it's all about the packaging!
I took some simple box patterns and turned them into WOW gift containers just by using the "Lost & Found" papers from My Minds Eye. Bet you didn't think that paper could be used for Christmas. Well, look again. The gorgeous green glittery swirls with the brick colored roses and brown accents.....LOVE IT! They came out so pretty your hostess won't even care what's inside, but add some little tubes of hand lotion, chocolates or what ever you think she will like. When the party's over and she sits back to rest she will have a little special goody just from you to make her feel special!
This box was made with a sheet of paper 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Score short side at 2 1/2 and 6 inches. Turn and score long side at 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 inches. Fold on all score lines both ways to break down paper at folds really good. Ok, this next part sounds tricky, but don't over think it! Bring the horizontal fold to meet the vertical fold to create a diagonal crease. Use a bone folder to really press this crease good. Do this to the rest of the 3 corners. (sample will be in store if you need to see how this is done :) ) To create your box, fold the diagonal folds in toward the center and pinch the top closed. May have to push in a little on the sides. Use your crop a dile to punch holes for ribbon at top. You can embellish as much or as little as you like!

This box above is also super easy to whip up. Using a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inches paper or cardstock, score long way at 2", 5", 7" and 10". Turn paper so short end is at top now and score at 2" and 7". Snip along the bottom at each crease up to score line to create flaps for bottom of box. You can cut each flap at an angle to remove some of the bulk. At the top where it is 2" (as you hold paper horizontally) cut away all but the last two 2" sections. One of those sections left is the narrow strip which will be folded and adhered in to create box. The wider piece is the flap that will fold over and close box. Adhere the narrow strip on side to form box and then adhere bottom flaps to close box bottom. Pinch in sides, fold over top flap to close and punch holes for ribbon. That's it!
So instead of going right to the Christmas paper tables at Scraphappy, look around....there's alot of paper that is gorgeous for Christmas!
Now go Bless Someone's Life With Your Creativity!

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