Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a lovely Thanksgiving and weekend. We were especially thankful for friends and family and had a wonderful time with both. Local friends included us in their Thanksgiving day plans, we hosted a friend and her children for Thanksgiving evening dessert and fun, and on Friday, our boys came home. Our family did a "three-fer" celebration Saturday night at Buca di Beppo, celebrating Thanksgiving, our 32nd anniversary, and Ian's 23rd birthday!
But do not worry, even with all of the friend and family time, I did not forget about Bitten by the Bug 2 this week. In fact, I am hosting this week's challenge. I asked the Design Team to create a Christmas gift box or bag using any Cricut cartridge. I am hoping that BBTB2 might inspire you to create more homemade gift containers, tags, etc for this year's gift giving.
I created a gift bag that coordinates nicely with last Monday's Christmas card. I used the same "wreath like cut" for the front of the box as I used on the card. I used three Cricut cartridges to create my gift bag: Paper Trimmings, Artiste, and Art Philosophy.
I cut the basic box using the Artiste cartridge. I did weld an oval over the scalloped closure flap to create a smooth edge. I used the Paper Trimmings cartridge to cut the wreath. And I used Art Philosophy to cut the double layer flowers. The flowers were stamped with a stamp which came with the Art Philosophy cartridge. The greeting on the front of the wreath is a CTMH stamp from my stash.
I used my last sheet of 12 x 17 inch Christmas print card stock (from Darcie's) to created this box, which was cut at 11 inches tall and 14.5 inches wide, side ways on the 12 x 24 inch mat. I welded an oval over the scallop-edged flap, making the box 11.5 inches tall.
The poinsettia's were cut at 1.5 inches and stamped with Ruby ink. Three of the flowers were hand trimmed around the ink and then layered with pop dots. Gold gems were added as flower centers.
Using Art Philosophy I cut a coordinating to/from cart and attached it to the gift bag using CTMH red and white twine. I added sticky Velcro to the closer flap and the front of the box to secure the closure.
I hope to create additional gift boxes in the coming two weeks as I wrap gift and place them under the tree. I hope that you choose to join us this week at Bitten by the Bug 2 and create gift boxes/bags of your own to use this Christmas. I love the special touch that homemade gift containers and tags add to the gifting experience!
Thanks for stopping by today.
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