Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Bunny's Egg House

Happy Easter! Sharing the egg house boxes I created for giving to family and friends for Easter this year. I had been eyeing this egg house box from SVG Cuts for the longest time, thinking it was so cute but always thinking it would take too much time and effort to make. Since I got started early on Easter projects this year, I decided to take the plunge and give these a try...yup, they took a little much time to put together, but oh, so much FUN!

I made ten of these boxes...and honestly, for me the hardest the part and what took up the most time was deciding on which papers to use. Ended up using a combination of printed papers from Echo Park (Bundle of Joy), Bo Bunny (Double Dot), Lasting Impressions (Plaids) together with digital papers I purchased online over at Etsy.

Once all the papers were printed and cut, the assembly of these boxes took time, but wasn't too hard. Mary over at SVG Cuts has an assembly video posted on her site which helped alot, and with ten of these to make, by the time I was half way through, I was getting faster at it. One change I did make to the original cut file was to increase the height of the box by half an inch because I wanted to be sure it would be deep enough to hold at least six pizzelle cookies.

I also added Mr. and Mrs. Bunny! Idea for this comes from the adorable egg house boxes created by Nadia of Glittering Eyes blog a few years back.  My bunnies for my boxes are from the "Easter Title and Bunnies" cutting file from My Scrap Chick. Cut them out on plain white cardstock and colored them with Copics...much easier and faster than having to load and reload all the different colored papers for each piece to be cut on the Silhouette. I used the grassy borders die from Die-namics for the grass under the windows and a Punch Bunch mini daisy punch for the flowers. Flower embellishments on the tops of the eggs are a combination of  petals from silk flowers I took apart and flowers from All Natural Accents and Prima.

Then at the last minute, I thought it might be cool to make a window box to put the egg boxes in. Used Make the Cut to design the boxes, having to keep it really simple since I was running out of time. I totally enjoyed making these egg house boxes. Mary at SVG Cuts does an awesome job of creating cutting files that even I can put together! What's really neat is how you can completely change it up by the papers you select...from vintage to elegant to FUN!
Hope everyone is having a fabulous and fun Easter weekend! Have a few more Easter projects to share but will save for next time.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Kawaii Kokeshi

Sharing a trio of super kawaii kokeshi treats today, given to me by three of my sweetest crafting buddies.

I just LOVE this really neat shaped treat bag created by my dear friend Kris.The unique triangular shaped panels on this gives this bag some very cool dimension and really makes the adorable little paper pieced kokeshi stand out! Love the pretty sakura paper Kris used on the panels and red rafia bow to keep the bag closed. The paper pieced kokeshi girl Kris used on her bag comes from a freebie set called "Kyoto Kuties" from Lettering Delights and you can find many tutorials for this neat bag by doing an internet search for "Fancy V Self Closing Bag".

On Girls Day, sweet Lorna brought by pretty plum blossom adorned treat boxes for each of us at work. 
Lorna did a wonderful job of decorating these the beautiful bold plum blossom with buds and the image of the cute wooden kokeshi in the background for a perfect finishing added designer's touch!  Lorna told us that the inspiration for decorating her boxes came from seeing images of  pretty Japanese wagashi or tea confections beautifully shaped and decorated to look like flowers.

This totally amazing treat box is a creation from Patti, of Creations By Patti blog. I'm very embarrassed to admit that this little treasure was given to me nearly 6 months ago but I had such a difficult time taking a picture of it because of the glare on the dome that I nearly forgot to post this. 

Patti created this beautiful "snowglobe" trinket box by covering a round candy container with patterned papers and adhering a plastic dome onto its lid. Inside the dome are miniature kokeshi, pagoda and a cherry tree from the "Cherry Delight" collection from My Little Shoebox. Gently turn the box over and pretty pink iridescent sequins fall like sakura petals around the kokeshi. So pretty!!! You can learn more details on how this was made and see more views of this amazing project by visiting Patti's blog here
Hope you enjoyed and are inspired by these kawaii kokeshi projects from my talented and creative crafty friends! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Treat Boxes for Girls Day

Today is Girls Day or "Hina Matsuri" in Japan, also known as "Doll Festival". To celebrate, I made these kimono girl treat boxes and filled them with rice cakes or "mochi" to share with friends.

The inspiration to make these boxes comes from some cute bear shaped "onigiri" or rice ball boxes I spied on Pinterest from a Japanese design concept site called "h concept" found here. Using the Make the Cut design program, I tried to create a template similar to the onigiri boxes but taller to look more like the body of  kimono clad doll.

I added a head and hands, and covered the box with washi paper so it would look like a kimono. Slits were cut in the hands to allow the hands to slide into each other and keep the box closed.

Sliding the hands apart opens the box to get to the goodies inside! Coming up with the template for this box was a bit of a challenge, but once that was done, decorating and putting these treat boxes together was fun. Thanks for dropping by to visit, and wishing you all a Happy Girls Day!