Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jillibean Soup Blog hop

December greetings!  I hope you are enjoying all the festive inspiration for gift ideas here and with our friends at Jillibean Soup.   I loved playing with Jillbean Soup’s Christmas Eve Chowder collection to create some very fun holiday gifts projects. 

My first project is a little window treat box of Keurig K-cups.  The box holds 9 K-cups (or other sweet treats) snugly and will definitely be the perfect holiday gift to warm up on those chilly Winter nights.  

Here are the steps to create the window box: 
1) To make the box bottom, start with a 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inch square and place onto your Scor-pal. Score at 1 3/4 and 7 1/2 inches. Rotate 90 degrees and repeat.
2) Fold along score lines.  Choose two opposite sides and cut from the outside edge to the corner point where the score lines meet.  Use scor-tape adhesive on the flaps and fold in to form the box.

3) To make the box lid start with a 9 5/16 x 9 5/16 square (slightly larger than the base) and score the same as you did in Step 1. but do not adhere the corner flaps until you create the window.  To make the window, take a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 square cardstock and centre on the lid and trace with a pencil.  Use scissors to cut out the square window.  Do not worry that your cutting has to be perfect because you can use a border strip to cover the outside window edges.

4) Cut a 4 x 4 piece of acetate and put thin scor-tap along the edges and adhere acetate over the open square.  Fold in the corner flaps to create the lid.

5) You have just created a window box to fit 9 K-cups snugly and now you can have fun embellishing!
My second holiday project is a bright and cheerful Christmas Peek-a-boo display.  This would be a terrific gift for family or friends to include their own photos and memories for their Christmas countdown.  The extra fun inter-active elements are the peek-a-boo windows that invite you to flip open to reveal more photos.   The mosaic pattern squares can be substituted to fit family photos.  The Scor-pal tool is used to score the a mosaic pattern onto your cardstock and you can make as many peek-a-boo windows wherever you like. 

Try these steps to make your own mosaic masterpiece:

Place a 12 x 12 paper on your scoring tool.  Score every 2 inches, rotate the paper 90 degrees and repeat. Determine how many and where you wish to create the windows. 

With an exacto knife, use the scor-lines/ruler as a guide to trim out the 3 sides of your window (always leaving one edge scored as the spine).  I kept the other scor-lines on the page because I wanted to create a mosaic effect.  A mosaic pattern is a fabulous way to use up the little paper scraps/embellies from your favourite Christmas papers.  You can also substitute the pattern squares for little photos or journaling.  The pattern squares measure 1 ¾ x 1 ¾ inches.

I hope you enjoyed 'peeking' into my Christmas gift ideas, have fun making yours!
Merry Christmas! Virginia


  1. Hey! I just was over at Sketch Support and was completely unsurprised to see your name there! Congratulations! (and nice job with the tags, too. I'm doing them too, but only up to day 5 so far)

  2. These are such beautifully crafted projects, Virginia. tfs

  3. This is great I so need more hours every day. Want to give up sleep for crafting. Gotta try this one.


Your comments always brighten my day!