Thursday, November 14, 2019


Gift Card Gift Bags!

These little bags are the perfect way to hide a gift card!  They are approximately 4-1/2" x 4" x 1-1/2" when finish and are compatible with both the 12x12 and 8x12 mats.  When the recipient lifts the bag flap, the gift card lifts up to reveal itself!  There is even room behind the gift card to place an additional small gift, like a pack of gum or chocolate or you can place in the receipt for the gift card in case they should need it! 

The Merry & Bright portion is a print and cut.  You can still cut out this piece without printing if you'd like, it will just not have the sentiment/design on it.

The Merry and Bright Gift Card Bag has a print and cut portion.

Here is the tutorial:

1.  Cut out the pieces of the file.  Fold on all the score lines.  For the main box, place adhesive on the side tab.  If you need help with the print and cut portion of the Merry and Bright label, click here.
2.  Bring the box edges together and adhere in place.
3.  For the bottom of the box, bring the slot tab down then fold the two side tabs in.
4.  Press the tabbed side into the slot to close.
5.  Pinch in the two side.  Your box should look like this now.  
6.  Push in the box top into the slot.  
7.  Place adhesive along the top edge (near the score line) then around the outside edge as shown.  Do not place adhesive on the cut flap area, that is what will tuck inside the box to close it.
8.  Adhere your decorative panel on, centering.
9.  Next place your gift card in the tabs of the insert and then place adhesive on the long top tab on the back.  
9.  Match up the top edge of the insert to the top flap of the box and adhere as shown.
10. If you are going to add in a handle, simply cut a piece of ribbon (or twine), make a loop then tie it in a knot.
11. Slide your knot around so it is under the gift card insert and not showing.

Embellish and decorate as desired!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Holiday Treat Boxes

These Holiday Treat Boxes are approximately 3-1/2" x 2" x 3/4" and are perfect for holding 2-3 Ghirardelli Squares.  You can adhere the top together or attach a ribbon through the slots.  These are perfect for office gifts, teacher gifts, and more!  You can even roll money and place inside then hang on the Christmas trees for those teenagers that are hard to buy for!


Tree Treat Box

Here is the tutorial:
1. Cut your pieces and fold on the score lines.  Place adhesive above each of the score lines on the main box as shown with the white adhesive in the photo.  Place adhesive on the side tab on the front of the mat (shown with arrow).
2. Flip the mat piece over and add adhesive on the backside of the tab, then across the two wider areas along the top.  NOTE: Do not put adhesive on the two smaller pieces, these are the "sides" of the box and you don't want those sticky!
3. Adhere the wide solid part of the mat to the box making sure that your adhesive is along the top so the mat will have adhesive holding it at the top and bottom.
4. Wrap the mat around and adhere the tab in place.  Make sure you keep the "box" shape, do not let it bend in when placing the mat around.
5. Finish wrapping the mat around, making sure to keep it level and keep the shape of the box.
6. Your box should look like this now.
7. Cut out your embellishments.  Place a small dab of glue on one side of the bow center piece.
8. Wrap it around a pencil tip or skewer to form a loop and adhere in place.
9. Place adhesive in the center of the bow.
10. Then adhere the center in place.
11. Adhere the bow to the tree top.
12. Use foam adhesive to adhere the tree to the front center of the box!  Fill with Ghirardelli Squares and embellish as desired!

Layered Bow Treat Box

Gingerbread Treat Box

Poinsettia Treat Box


Poinsettia Wrap Box
The finished project is approximately 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" and comes with all the paper elements shown. The file is compatible with both the 8x12 and 12x12 mats. 
You can find the tutorial and other versions of this box here:



This Holiday Gift Card Box is approximately 4-1/4" x 2-1/4" x 1/2" and is perfect for holding a standard gift card.  You can adhere the top together or attach a ribbon through the slots.  These are perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree too!

Ornament Gift Card Box

To assemble the box, follow the instruction for the treat boxes at the top of this post.  For the Ornament, adhere the mats on the ornament cuts and fold in half on the score line.  Place adhesive on the full back of one of the ornaments.  Adhere the ornaments to each other, one on each side of the ornament with the adhesive.  Adhere the ornament to the box (I used foam adhesive to adhere mine).  Fill the box with your gift card and add ribbon and twine to complete!



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Monday, November 11, 2019


Two Toned Gift Bag

This file comes with a one piece base, a decorative mat that also lines the top of the bag (folds over), and a bottom mat to hide the tabs at the bottom for a crisp clean, store bought look!   The completed project is approximately 3-3/4" x 4" x 1-1/2" and the bag is compatible with both the 8x12 and 12x12 mats. 

Here is the tutorial:
1. Cut out your pieces and fold on the score lines.  Place adhesive on the front of the main bag piece as shown (along the side tab, on each of the two smaller bottom flaps, and on the far right large bottom flap across the bottom).  Also place adhesive on the BACK SIDE of the mat/liner cut.  This piece requires adhesive along the top (I use a 1/2" double sided adhesive tape all away across), then two pieces for the bottom score line area, one to cover the first three section and then a separate to cover the last section (it is cut/split as its own piece).
2. Take the mat/liner piece and adhere the first three sections of that mat/lines to the top of the box.  Do not adhere the last piece, leave the adhesive tape on for now.  Please make sure you take your time with this as you need to ensure it is even and score lines match up!
3. Remove the top adhesive on your mat/line and fold it down and adhere in place!  If something happens and your holes are not perfectly aligned, it's okay! Your ribbon handles will hide that in the end.
4. Flip your box over.  Place adhesive on the large flap at the bottom as shown.
5. Fold your long side tab in and adhere to the other side of the box to form its shape.
6. Push your two small bottom tabs in.
7. Push your top flap down (watch where your adhesives are so you end up with a piece at the bottom and a piece at the top). Then finish closing your box.  
8. Place your box upright.  Remove your adhesive on the remaining mat/liner and adhere it down.  
9. Place adhesive on the back of the bottom box cut and then adhere it at the bottom of the bag to hide the box flaps.  
10. Your box should look like this now!
11. Cut ribbon/twine for your handles.  You can make these any length but make sure you cut them long enough so that they are easy to knot on both sides. You can place handles on each side of the bag (as I have) or have them go across the bag for a different look.
12. Embellish and fill your bag as desired!



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Friday, November 08, 2019


Holiday Favor Boxes

These favor boxes are great for party favors or gifting small items like candy, home baked goods, etc.. The files come with the box base, the coordinating mats, and the paper elements shown.  The box is approximately 4-1/2" x 2" x 3" and is compatible with the 8x12 and 12x12 mats. 

Santa Suit Favor Box

Here is where to place the mats and adhesive (shown with white adhesive tape):
If you need a full tutorial, you can see this post here: 

Tree Favor Box

Holly Favor Box


Snowflake Cut-Out Favor Box

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019


Christmas Wishes and Cookies For You Boxes

This Cookies for You box is approximately 3" x 3-1/14" x 2-1/4" and is perfect for holding homemade cookies!  The file comes with the box base, the box band, and a print and cut scallop with the design/saying shown.  The file is compatible with both the 8x12 and 12x12 mats.  You can find a full tutorial on my blog.




This Christmas Wish box is approximately 5" x 3-1/14" x 2-1/4" and is perfect for holding homemade goodies, gifts, and more!  The file comes with the box base, the box band, and a print and cut scallop with the design/saying shown.  The file is compatible with both the 8x12 and 12x12 mats.  You can find a full tutorial on my blog.


This file is "stacked" in the file.  You may need to ungroup in order to move pieces.  The "dark green" color is the box base and the "light green" color will be the mats. Make sure you move the mats off of the base cuts before cutting. This design also comes with a print and cut label (the scallop cut).  Below are steps to help you with that piece and then the box tutorial will follow.

When you open the file, your screen will be similar to this.  Again, be sure to "ungroup" before cutting as mentioned above.  For the Print and Cut, I like to take that piece to another page, so I select the scallop design piece then choose "Edit" and "Cut" then open a new Silhouette Studio Window and  then in the new window choose "Edit" and "Paste".  

Next you will need to click on the Design Page Settings and then choose "Current Printer" or make your page 11" x 8.5".  I use landscape.


Click on the Registration Marks icon, then choose your machine type.


Next step is optional, I like to save paper so I adjust my registration marks using the right and bottom insets to get the smallest square possible for the printer marks the Silhouette machine reads.


Once you have completed these steps, send your item to the printer then follow the steps to scan the registration marks/cut the item.  Close out your window and return to the box cuts and complete those!

Here it the tutorial for the box once you have it cut.
1. Cut out all your pieces and fold on the score lines.  Adhere the mats to the box in the coordinating areas then add adhesive to the side tab of the box as well as the side tab to the wrap.
2. For the main box, fold the tab and one box side over then fold the other box side in and adhere the tab securely.
3. Pop the box to form its shape then turn it over so the bottom is showing.  Fold the large slot piece down, tuck the two sides in.
4. Insert the tab into the slot and push down.  You will have to complete the closure with your hand in the box to close properly.
5. Grab your wrap and adhere the tab to the other side to form its shape as you did the box.
6. Flip your box over and slide the wrap on.
7. Adhere the scallop Print and Cut piece with foam adhesive then decorate, embellish, and fill as desired!


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