Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gift Cards & Box - Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company’s Christmas in July blog hop!  We are so glad that you joined us.  We hope that you will enjoy the tutorial each day and the projects on each of the blogs.  The blog hop will run 23-29 July, with a new tutorial and project each day of the hop.  Please note, if you are not a member of Speedy TV you will need to join the site before you can view the tutorials.  Joining is quick, easy and FREE, just click the tutorial link below and it will take you right to the home page where you can join.  The sign up button is on the right hand side of the page.

    Monday July 23rd —Christmas Cards in a Gift Box
    Tuesday July 24th —Stocking Stuffers
    Wednesday July 25th—Gift Bag
    Thursday July 26th—Gift Card Holder
    Friday July 27th —Ornament with Shrinky Dink
    Saturday July 28th —Glass Block
    Sunday July 29th —Decorated Tissue Box

Below are the designers participating in the hop. Some may have a tutorial or project each day, and some may not.

For my project, I chose to use a cardboard pencil box from Michael's covered with green designer paper, die cuts, and using the Little Church mini stamp set received free with the purchase of 4 full sized stamp sets this month paired with Scenic Selections.

Once I had the church stamped in memento tuxedo black ink onto snow storm heavy card stock, I colored only the windows and roof using prismacolor markers before stamping my trees and birds from Scenic Selections and then stippling Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink around them for a "frosty sky".  After all of my stamping and layering was finished, I pulled out my Spellbinders poinsettia dies and cut one full poinsettia for the middle of the box lid, then ran all of the pieces through the paper crimper.  Next, I pulled out some K&Company die cuts, plus some Me And My Big Ideas chipboard pieces to help add some color/dimension to the lid.  Once everything was added, and I was happy with it, it was time to make the cards.

For my cards, I stamped the saying and cardinal/holly image from Christmas Cardinals in memento tuxedo black ink onto MFP snow storm smooth heavy card stock before coloring with prismacolor markers and layering.  The card itself was dry embossed using a cuttlebug ornament embossing fold with a big shot before punching some holly leaves and bows using two different Martha Stewart punches.  My only embellishments were some faux brads, mini gold pearl stickers and Ranger Glossy Accents on the eyes and berries for some added dimension.

Here's a close up of the completed set.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the participating designers blogs for inspiration and leave some love.

Stamps: MFP Christmas Cardinals, Little Church, Scenic Selections
Card Stock: MFP Snow Storm Smooth Heavy, Stampin Up! Real Red, Glorious Green, Michael's 12x12 Green Plain Designer Paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Pencil Box, Mini Gold Pearl Sticklers, Martha Stewart Punches (Holly Leaves and Bow), Ranger Glossy Accents, Spellbinders Poinsettia Dies,K&Co. Die Cuts, MAMBI Chipboard Pieces, Glue Dots,  Paper Crimper, Stipple Brush


  1. Bonnie, what a great idea to decorate the pencil box. Cards are wonderful.
    stamping sue

  2. Like the stamped church image & the Poinsettia embellishing. Nice makeover on the box.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. I had wondered about your box when I first saw it -- a pencil box, how creative! I like the poinsettias you used to decorate it, and your cards are lovely. Good job, Bonnie!

  4. Excellent work and to use a pencil box is SMART COOKIE stuff!!!! :)

  5. Bonnie,
    What pretty cards and a beautiful gift box - wow!

  6. Oh how beautiful! Love the cardinal cards. The colors are very festive and elegant. Love the punches and dies and what a stamp set... the church is very peaceful looking. Thank you so much for showing us. Merry Christmas in July.

  7. Bonnie--OMG--I don't know where to start! This set just takes my breath away!!! I can't tell you how beautiful and what a wonderful job you did with the box & set of cards!!!! Great project & cards! TFS

  8. I am loving the flowers on your box and the holly on the cards!

  9. Like the idea of how to decorate gift box..Look same like Gift Card envelopes..thanks for sharing.