A friend recently had a birthday and to celebrate, I sent her a small gift. If you receive my newsletter, you’ll recall the peony birthday card along with instructions for creating the card. As promised, I am sharing the coordinating Peony Gift Box that includes the inspiration for both the box and the birthday card. One of my go-to places for small personal gifts is Bath & Body Works. So after receiving an email showcasing a selection of peony bath gel and lotions, an order was quickly placed. The items coordinate perfectly with products from the Peony Garden Suite Collection.
As you see in the photo, I crafted a box from a 12″ x 12″ Night of Navy cardstock (from the Neutrals 12″ x 12″ cardstock pack) cut to size for the box bottom plus it’s matches the blue on the Bath & Body Works products. For the box top, a piece of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper is cut to fit the box bottom. For creating boxes, I use the instructions provided by Donna Griffith in her You Tube video, How to Make Your Own Box. Her detailed instructions make it easy to create boxes sized specifically for a project.
After creating the box, use the Peony Dies to cut Blushing Bride cardstock for the flower. Next, sponge each of the pieces for the flower using Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad before assembling. Tip: When sponging, use a swiping motion with the sponge to drag the ink across the layer. Now, assemble the peony. And to create dimension between the peony layers, tuck Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals between the cardstock layers. Finish the flower by adding the stamen using a mini glue dot. The stamen is die cut from a scrap of Bumblebee cardstock. Notice how the Stampin’ Up! colors match the peony colors on the lotion and gel containers perfectly? For the leaves, cut 3 sets using the Peony Dies. Garden Green cardstock forms the main leaf body and contrasting leaf edges use Old Olive cardstock.
Finishing the Peony Gift Box top:
Next, create a base for the peony label by cutting a piece of Night of Navy cardstock using the Tasteful Labels Dies. Attach a Gold Foil circle cut with the 2-1/4″ circle punch to the Night of Navy label. Finish by arranging the leaves and adding the peony to the label using Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals. Ribbon is wrapped around the center of the box lid and glued inside the flaps. The Night of Navy ribbon on the project is retired and no longer available but you can substitute a Whisper White Ribbon or color a ribbon with Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. Add the Peony Label to the box using a strong adhesive such as Stampin’ Seal+. Complete by adding a bow just below the peony on the label. Add to the Night of Navy box bottom and your gift box is complete!
It’s so much fun when you find products that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! stamps and papers! Creative ideas abound!
Of course, the box coordinates also with the card…
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