Monthly Archives: December 2013
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more?”
–The Grinch from, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Oh boy! It’ll be here soon!! Yep, Christmas Day is this week! (Like you needed any reminders. Ha, ha.)
This time on Seems a Little Sketchy, we have a beautiful Christmas sketch for you! Sketch # 55 is shown below and is of course on the Seems a Little Sketchy Challenge blog. Now, you don’t HAVE to make a Christmas card because by now, unless you need one last minute–you are most likely done with that. But I do love to make Christmas cards and if I don’t need this one this year, it’ll go in my box for next year.
- Snowsuit, Hats, Headband, Penguin, Deer’s collar R27 + R29 + R46
- Scarf, Sled, Penguin’s Hat BG01 + BG05 + BG07
- Girl’s Face E000 + E02 + E11 + R20
- Girl’s Lips RV13
- Girl’s Hair E35 + E37 + E57
- Girl’s Eyes B0000
- Reindeer E21 + E23 + E25
- Reindeer’s Nose N5
- Penguin’s Beak Y19
- Penguin’s Face W00 + W01
- Girl’s Skin Shadows BV01
- Image Shadows, White Fur and Snowflakes BG0000
- Jingle Bell C3
- Girl’s Boots N5 + N10
You make one!
My daughter has this gift for a friend that needed a sturdy box with a lid that lifted off because you just can’t turn it every which way to wrap it up. We looked for something to buy but found nothing–even at the Container Store–none of the boxes were what she could use. So I volunteered to make one!
I took my super duper Premiere Guillotine Cutter and some chipboard and cut out the pieces for this box, assembled it using instructions I learned from Kathy Orta Files of Paper Phenomenon, covered it inside and outside with pretty Christmas papers and viola! A gift box that’s just made for the gift! (Shhh that’s a secret.) And when she puts the gift inside, we’ll tie it up with a pretty ribbon.
I didn’t write the dimensions down but I think I can come up with them off the top of my head. The box measures 7″ tall x 5″ square. So I cut four chipboard pieces 7″ x 5″. For the bottom of the box, I cut one 5″ x 5″ square–all out of heavy weight chipboard. For the lid, I cut one piece of chipboard 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ and the four sides are also chipboard cut 5 1/4″ x 1 1/2″. Next I cut brown cardstock into hinge pieces to fit the inside corners and outside corners of the box and lid. Each measures the length needed and the 1 1/2″ wide. I scored them all on the 1 1/2″ side at 3/4″ to create the hinge pieces. I used Score-Tape to assemble the box, then I cut decorative paper to cover all sections. The lid fits down securely and will keep the gift item upright, just the way it needs to be.
So there it is. It didn’t really take that long to make. Maybe an hour total. And if you find you have a gift that needs a sturdy box and you don’t have one—just be crafty and make it!
We’ve all got a busy few days coming up! Have fun and enjoy them rather than stressing and working yourself into a frenzy. I’m off to heat up some leftovers for supper and maybe I can convince hubby to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” with me!
Last week in a blog post I mentioned that I was wanting to buy a vintage aluminum Christmas tree to replace the one I gave to my daughter several years ago and that I was going to Miss B’s antique mall in town to search for one. I found one and bought it! It’s just the right size–four feet tall and I’ve put it up in my crafty room in front of one of the windows. I had enough vintage glass ornaments to decorate it without having to take any off my big Christmas tree.
I think it’s beautiful and gives me lots of Christmas cheer. I’ve put some of snowmen underneath it and a mini tricycle I’ve had for several years plus a vintage toy piano that I got for Christmas when I was a little girl. Let me just say…that piano is pretty old but in really good shape and still plays a little tune.
So now when I’m in my crafty room creating I can enjoy my tree! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my card that I’ve created for the Digi Haven challenge.
Have a great day!