Thursday, May 5, 2022

Gift Boxes for Mother's Day

 A friend commissioned me to create some Mother's Day gift boxes to put small gifts in for her mother-in-law, and daughters-in-law.  

I have lots of Eileen Hull/Sizzix container dies (having just retired from her wonderful Design Team after 6 years) and so made up a few undecorated containers so she could choose size and shape.  My friend wanted a flower/bee theme on all of them as she was giving at least one of the receivers some honey!  

She said it was ok to use the same general design on all of them - which made it easier for me!

I made a sunflower for each of the projects below using a beautiful die from Honey Bee Stamps called Lovely Layers Sunflower.  I die cut them out of yellow textured paper and then sponged over them with Wild Honey Distress Ink to add depth to the petals.  I cut the leaves out of a textured green cardstock and sponged the center of them with Peeled Paint Distress Ink to highlight the veins.

I made bees for all of the projects using the Fireflies die from the Greetery - cutting them from white cardstock and coloring the bodies with Copics to make them look like bees.

I die cut bows for all of the projects with Put a Bow On It die and stamped the sentiment from Put a Bow On It stamp set - both from the Greetery.

I die cut all of the boxes out of Little Sizzles Matboard from Sizzix.  I added DP to all of the boxes, some of the pieces I cut with the die and some I just cut panels to fit. (I don't like to wrap DP around corners as sometimes it creates a gap - so I cut pieces for each square or rectangle side instead.)

Here are the gift boxes I created.

First up is this sweet little box made using Eileen Hulls Sizzix Bag Caddy Die (retired).  I cut it out of Sizzix Matboard and covered it with a Teal Bumble Bees DP from Michaels.  I added the stamped die cut bow to the top and the sunflower on the front.  I didn't add any leaves to this sunflower since the area was so small and it was fun to see this pretty paper!

I decorated the back of each container the same way with Sentiments Squared Stamps and dies from The Greetery.  The sentiment strip was cut with Simple Strips Die from Taylored Expression.

I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix 3D Teacup Bigz die for my second project.  The die also cuts the tea bag and spoon.  I added twine to the teabag and sponged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I pressed the spoon onto a Versamark Ink pad and embossed it with Platinum Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.  

My friend ordered 4 boxes cut from Eileen Hull's Sizzix Gift Box Scalloped Edge Die.   I didn't fold the back piece of the box on the scoreline so it stood up as a tall back and I cut off the tab on the top edge.  I added the two scallop pieces from the die to the top edge (the small scallop adhered over the larger scallop at the score edge).  I made these boxes all the same but used different papers.

This one was made with a yellow background with white dots DP - I sponged randomly over it with Wild Honey Distress Ink to tone down the white dots a bit.

I covered this box with a Hexagon DP from American Crafts.

I made the last two boxes with this fun bee paper from American Crafts.  The paper had a white background with the black bees, and I thought the bees looked a little scary against the white (!) -  so I sponged randomly over the paper with Wild Honey Distress Ink to make the bees look more friendly!?

Design Tip - I wanted to share how I reinforced the bottom side edges of this Scalloped Edge Gift box.  
The Design of the die cut only secures the front and back edges of the bottom of the box when you assemble it and there can be a little gap on the bottom sides depending on how sturdy the  matboard you use is. 
The Little Sizzles I use is very sturdy, but I wasn't sure how heavy the items might be that she was going to put in the boxes, so I die cut 2 more of the larger scallop edge on the die, folded them on the score line and adhered them inside the box on both sides using ScorTape, so the flat edge is adhered to the bottom of the box and the scalloped edge is adhered to the side, holding the sides to the bottom of the box.
(I hope this makes sense to you......)

My friend was very happy with these Mother's Day gift boxes!
I'm linking my Tea Cup Box to:

Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes - Optional: Mother's Day


Path of Positivity Challenge - Anything Goes - or Something special about a friend.

Stamps:  Put a Bow On It, Sentiments Squared - The Greetery

Ink:  Versafine,  Canyon Clay - PTI, Ranger Distress Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo

Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Precision Yellow and Brown Textured Card Stock- Parklane/JoAnn, Green Textured Card Stock - Lawn Fawn, DP:  Core-dinations Yellow Hexagon and Bumble Bee - American Crafts/JoAnn, Teal Bumblebees, Yellow Pin dots - Recollections/Michaels.

Accessories:  Bag Caddy Die, 3D Tea Cup Die, Gift Box Scalloped Edge Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Put a Bow On It Die, Sentiments Squared Die, Firefly Dies - The Greetery, Simple Strips Dies - Taylored Expressions, Lovely Layers Sunflower Die - Honey Bee, Ultra Thick Platinum Embossing Powder - UTEE, brown POSCA Pen (for centers of sunflowers), foam dots, orange gem - from stash, Copics - Y38, 100 (to color bees)


Christine Alexander said...

Such beautiful gift boxes for mothers day or any other occasion ♥

ScrappyHorses said...

Oh my, these boxes are just perfect for Mother's Day gifts! Lovely colors and so much dimension to the flowers! They are going to love receiving these beauties! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina

Cindy C. said...

Wow beautiful projects!! Thanks for linking up to our May challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

Mac Mable said...

Julia you are so creative and these little boxes/teacups are unique, fabulous and amazing x. Thank you for the tips too x.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Gorgeous Mother's Day gift boxes, Julia - you decorated them so beautifully!! I especially love the teacup one but they're all amazing!!

Bonnie said...

These sunflowers are gorgeous especially with the little bees! The tea bag and spoon go beyond creative! They are so realistic looking! I'm betting your friend is delighted with these!

Loll said...

These gift boxes are so adorable Julia! I love how you've created unique designs for all, with that gorgeous die-cut sunflower being the constant. Great mix of papers and colours. Have to say that sponging the bee paper was a great idea! :) Hope you are doing well, my friend. xx

Michelle N. said...

Wow-love all these neat boxes! The teacup is my favorite, but they all are wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas Anything Goes Challenge!

Trina P. said...

Adorable gift boxes and beautifully decorated.

Suze said...

Wonderful selection of gift boxes Julia. I like how different they look even though you used the same decorations. Thank you for entering the Celebrate Something Special About Your Friends Challenge at Path of Positivity.