Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's time again for the Saturday Paper a la Mode Challenge at The Outlawz

Saturday again already! The time is just flying by despite the fact that I can't do anything outdoors due to the heat wave we're having.  I know, I complain a lot about that, don't I? Well, I can't help it. This heat is worse to me than if it rained all the time. Okay, I'm done whining for today. Now it's time to show you a couple of little projects I completed for The Outlawz Paper a la Mode challenge. In case you haven't ever visited that challenge site, there is a different challenge each day of the week and the design team is divided among those 7 challenges. I'm on the Paper a la Mode team and our challenges run from Saturday through the following Friday. We have some absolutely wonderful regular sponsors, among which is Oozak. I won a $50 gift certificate for Oozak when I first joined The Outlawz! I was so thrilled to be able to do some online shopping for free and you'll never guess what I bought with it.... if you said Copics, you were correct! There are prizes for each challenge and a grand prize winner for the whole month. We also have a gallery where members can enter photos of their projects and from those photos, several entries are chosen to be featured each month. It's an awesome site and I'm so honored to be on their design team.

The theme for this week's Paper a la Mode challenge is gift bags, tags, boxes and gift card holders. I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to make so I made 2 projects. The first one is a gift card holder.
I scrap-lifted the design from a StampTV video on You Tube. You can see the video here. It's an excellent step-by-step tutorial presented by Gina K and I just love the way mine turned out. I'll be making lots more of these in the future.

I just love the way it turned out.  Here are the details:

Card base - Best Occasions textured cardstock in royal blue
Mats - DCWV Shimmer card stock in bright gold
DP - DCWV Royal Garden (6.4"x4.5" mat stack)
Mat for message spot - DCWV Glitter cardstock in turquoise
White cardstock for message spot - Recollections
Page Pebble on belly band - MakingMemories (extra large circle)
1" circle punch
Martha Stewart corner punch from one of her Punch Around the Page sets
Super strong double sided adhesive tape

My second project is a little gift box set.  Each box is 2" square and is made of double-sided cardstock.  I made a double gift tag to attach to the ribbon from the same cardstock.  These are a cute size to hold some small sweet treats or little small gifts like bracelets, earrings, etc.

I'm afraid these pictures don't do it justice as they're prettier in person but at least they give you an idea.
And the recipe:

Double-sided patterned cardstock - Stampin' Up! 6" square Designer Series "In Color" stack
Ribbon - purchased from Michael's
Martha Stewart small butterfly punch
tiny pearls for butterfly thorax - Recollections and colored orange with Copic marker
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to adhere the folded corners of the boxes

There ya go!  Two projects in one day.  I had a lot of fun making these and I hope they inspire you to make some of your own gift packaging.  I can picture lots of variations on these designs in my mind.  It's all in the papers and colors you choose.  I'll be posting a mini album on Monday and it's one I think you'll really enjoy so I hope you'll stop by again to see it.  Until then...

Happy crafting!


  1. These are so cute, great job. I have been so busy these last few weeks, went to visit my oldest daughter, saw my son off to college and working in between. I hope to get back to my regular crafting soon. Maybe will try your challenge this week.

  2. Hi Annie, great projects this week. Love your little boxes. Very cute.

  3. Wow, what a fabulous gift card holder! And your mini boxes are sooo pretty too!

  4. Hi Annie! Your card holder and gift boxes are adorable with bright and cheerful colors!! We love you being on the team!! Hugz

  5. Fabulous projects do such a awesome job...i just love the colors you use and the added touches...tfs

  6. Such wonderful creations, I just adore the little boxes. :)

  7. Hello friend!! WOW!! What darling creations you have done!! I adore the papers and the elegant look it brings to your projects!! TFS!! :)


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