Friday 27 May 2011

Masculine birthday box

When I give a present I like to pop it in a box or a bag. I think it makes the gift feel special - and everyone likes to be given something that has taken time and thought to make. I know I do! Of course it's easy to decorate a feminine gift - you can just run riot with jewels and flowers and butterflies and bows! But what about gifts for men? Well how about something like this:

I made this box a while ago to house a posh shaving set. I wanted very clean lines and nothing too startling! For the decorative panel I opted for the striped paper from one of the Patterns designer paper stacks. These stacks come in all four of the Stampin' Up colour families as well as the in-colours and I find the tone-on-tone designs so useful to add texture and interest to projects. Here, I've allowed the paper to take centre stage by adding a stamped leaf design using one of the leaves from the fabulous Autumn Splendor set.

Yet again a frame from the brilliant Hodgepodge hardware kit makes its appearance. This kit costs £25.95 for 200 metal accents and I highly recommend it - the frames and brads look fabulous on all sorts of projects but are particularly useful for masculine projects. The kit is a bit like the magic porridge pot too - it seems to last for ages!

When I make a box, I usually clip two sides with a 3/4" circle punch before assembling. And I always use Sticky Strip to put my boxes together - it's so strong and the box is guaranteed not to spring apart!

If you'd like to know how I make my boxes, click here for a tutorial.

Supplies for this project
Stamps: Autumn Splendor, Vintage labels (retired sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Card stock: Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla
Other: Hodgepodge hardware kit, 3/4" circle punch

Today is the last day of the half term and I get to have my lovely children home with me again! My plan is to spend my time gently scrapbooking while the children come and go around me - although I have to say, I have the same plan every holiday and it never, ever happens!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and, if your children are off on half term, enjoy their company.
See you soon,


  1. Great colour and a really stylish box. I do like the subtle pattern on the paper from the stamped leaves. Brilliant!

  2. Another fabulous creation Vicky! Your imagined term break sounds wonderful ...but all I can say is :Good luck with that!!) ( or to quote an iconic Aussie Movie- ...Tell her she's dreamin'!!)

  3. stunning box - i love the stamped images on the striped paper, the color combination is striking, and the hardware piece really sets it all off!

  4. Great design for a chap, love the image behind the stripes...still haven't tried that yet. Lets hope the weather is kind in half-term albeit needing the rain :)
    Jenny x

  5. Fab fab fab! I did chuckle at your line: "I wanted very clean lines and nothing too startling! for a SHAVING set! I was thinking, yeah . . . like my man's chin!!! Hee hee hee!

    Hugs, Sandra

  6. Just lovely, the tone on tone is so effective! I always find boxes tricky, I'm going to check out your tutorial!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, although my pics are so dull, I can't seem to get a brighter picture whatever I do! How do you get such good light on your projects? It's so frustrating how dark they come out, yet in real life they are so much brighter. Any tips? xx

  7. Vicky... you have an eye for beauty and class.. everything you make is jsut gorgeous... and elegant :D
    I love this creation :)

  8. What a great box and a wonderful use of the harware! They are much too heavy and bulky to use on a card to mail! Thanks for the tip on leaving comments. I'm going to try it now.

  9. Hi Vicky It's beautiful and masculine at the same time, love the hardware too. You make some brilliant gift ideas. You also made me giggle with the cat and dog comments, lots of fun LOL :0) xxx

  10. Oh Vicky you did take me back with your muff comment. They seem a bit shorter today .Love your box beautiful blue and gorgeous stamping.


  11. Hi Vicky - fabulous! Just came here from Sandra's blog and I can't see your followers or sign up to be one - mine have gone missing too (settings are fine) and I can't see anyone's followers at the minute. Summick up with Blogger I think - now there's a surprise! Di x

  12. You have done another gorgeous project Vicky, and it's always nice to really personalise a present.
    Have a good week, I'm certainly ready for my break!!
    Margaret x

  13. lovely elegantly done!

  14. Great masculine box, Vicky! I love the use of the hardware. Have a fabulous weekend!

  15. Great idea for father's day!

  16. Fantastic Vicky
    You are an endless source of inspiration!

    mandi x

  17. Why do I never think to stamp on patterned paper? You do it so well and it makes such an impact, too. I'm going to take your lead and start making boxes for smaller store-bought gifts. I think it will elevate even the simplest and most inexpensive of gifts to a higher level -- and since it appears that my husband will be tightening the purse-strings what with this wedding coming up... well, elevating the humble is going to become important, I think! I also love the way you punch out the little finger notches. I usually just make my lids more shallow, but I think I'll try the finger-notch thing, too. You always have such good ideas! :)


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