Tuesday 12 June 2012

Greenhouse Garden gift presentation

I have been meaning to  join in with Crafty Cardmakers for ages and now seems like a great moment... the challenge there this week is to make anything except a card and I've just made a box for my niece's birthday! I bought her a pretty little polka dot top with a peter pan collar (which I couldn't photograph to save my life!) and here's how I presented it:

I made a box using my Simply Scored using Daffodil Delight for the base and this beautiful tone-on-tone designer paper from the Beyond the Garden range for the lid. I added a matted panel to the lid to give it a bit of strength. Do you want to know my secret for making effortless boxes with my Simply Scored? When using the imperial board, you need to start with a piece of card stock any size for your base and a piece of card stock or designer paper for your lid that is cut 1/16" larger both widthwise and lengthwise. (For example a box base 3" x 4" will need a lid cut 3 1/16" x 4 1/16"). Score both the box base and the lid the same measurement in from the edge all the way round and assemble. The lid will magically fit like a glove every time!

The papers are double sided and this is the other side of the lid. I lined the base with orange tissue paper to pick out the background of the design and folded it over the blouse.

This pretty flower from Greenhouse Garden was stamped onto Whisper White card stock and cut out, then turned into a sticker using a corner of a Multipurpose Adhesive sheet. I've used it to seal the tissue paper closed. This was the moment I was going to show you the top but the photo I took made it look like something from the rag box so I won't! I will show you the tag though:

It's one of the tags from the Two Tags Bigz die which I scored several times before stamping with flowers from Greenhouse Garden and a leaf from my new Bright Blossoms set and decorating with a flower-shaped button. The gift was finished by tying the box up with double ribbon. I always think a box makes a gift so much fun to open!

Here's what you'll need to make today's project:
Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Bright Blossoms
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
OtherBeyond the Garden designer paper, Simply Scored, More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, Certainly Celery 1/8" taffeta ribbon, multipurpose adhesive sheets, orange tissue paper from stash
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you (except the tissue paper) and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

My youngest son has just put my white cushions on the floor - it has been raining all day and people have been traipsing in with wet shoes so I am justifiably miffed. "Please pick those cushions up off the floor!" I said sharply. "Sorry!" he said huffily. "I'm only learning how to do the splits!" What a bad mother I am, quashing his creativity! How on earth is he going to be able to run away and join the circus if I don't let him practise the splits on my white cushions? I have a washing machine don't I?!

Do join me again tomorrow when I'll be here with something dotty!



  1. Very pretty box, Vicky. It looks like one of those you would expect to have your garment gift wrapped in, from an upmarket store. Your niece will love it x

  2. Wow, love the gorgeous box Vicky. What a wonderful 'one-off' gift, your niece will be so pleased with it.

    I wouldn't wash the cushions just yet, there's more rain forecast and your son will probably move on to practising handstands next :). Boys heh?

    Big hugs xx

  3. I can bet your neice will love her gift even more because Aunt Vicky has made it personal to her. Just gorgeous!

    P.S. - you might want to buy some spare matching cushions. Although, I'd be grateful that he isn't intending a career in surgery - just think of that mess!


  4. I think you have excelled yourself this time Vicky and your niece will be thrilled to receive it.
    I love the colours too, so bright and cheerful.
    Will you be joining your son learning how to do the splits??
    L x

  5. What lovely packaging for your gift.
    Laughing at your circus act comment! xxx

  6. Such a bright and beautiful box! Hope your son doesn't do himself an injury, cushions or no cushions!

  7. Such a pretty box Vicky, I love the colours you've chosen & that the tissue matches. A lovely tag to finish it off, just perfect. It made me smile reading about your son's antics, bless him.
    Sally x

  8. Gorgeous gift box Vicky, i love the bright sunny colours! Oh if only it would stop raining and the sun would come out!

  9. Thanks for the tip on making these gorgeous boxes, Vicky! The tissue matching the underside of the top is brilliant!

  10. Ahh this is lovely! I hadn't thought of making gift boxes - what a great idea. The tag is stunning! M x

  11. What a beautiful gift box - I'm with the Japanese on gift giving - the wrapping has to be as nice as the contents for me and this certainly fits the bill!
    maybe you need to make some black cushion covers for circus training ;-)

  12. Really love the citrus colours you have used - so bright and fresh! Love the added detail of the tissue paper inside - adds a real decadence to it!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers - and for sharing your tip on achieving the perfect size lid too!! Cxxx

  13. Gorgeous gift box Vicky,I love the bright sunny colours!
    Thanks for lovely comment on my blog! :)

  14. A really pretty box Vicky - my favourite paper too.
    Thank you too for my lovely birthday card - it was lovely of you to think of me - Jacqueline xx

  15. Really beautiful Vicky - such a lovely presentation for a gift. Especially with the sweet tag added!
    Cheers, Karen

  16. Hi Vicky, how lovely to see you hear at Crafty Cardmakers with this beautiful box ! As you know I have these papers so I can imagine how beautiful this is up close. The colours are so vibrant and the gorgeous orange tissue paper really take this to another level. The addition of the flower sticker is a lovely touch. Your son is a riot but then again he does have you for a mother ! I hope he doesnt want to be a lion tamer though. Thanks for joining us this time at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck.


  17. Oh, WOW!!! This is amazing--LOVE all that orange! And the details are fabulous! So glad you joined us at CCM! :)

  18. Wow, a wonderful box for your gift, the papers look gorgeous. thank you for joining us at CCM this time.

  19. Your family must love it when they receive presents from you. What a beautiful box to present your gift in. Love the tag too. x

  20. What a wonderful gift box, love the orange tissue paper and the seal, fab tag too

  21. Very pretty box...fab. paper too :)
    Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers

    Annette xx

  22. You are the queen of beautifully presented gifts...... I love this little box! I don't think I'd want to open it, it looks perfect as it is :0)
    Jenny x


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