Saturday, October 31, 2009

CTMH November Stamp of the Month "Around the Block" Blog Hop - Gingerbread House Treat Boxes with Tutorial!

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the limited edition "Around the Block" acrylix stamp set from Close to my Heart! This is a circular hop so keep clicking on the link at the end of each post to get to the full circle (complete listing is a separate post following this one).

Several weeks ago I was inspired by a post from a fellow CTMH consultant who used this set to create a gingerbread house on a card. I was immediately inspired to take the idea and transform it into an actual gingerbread house! I love to give little sweets, treats and cookies at the holidays but so often the boxes or treat holders you can buy at the store are HUGE leaving you too much space to fill to make the box look presentable. This little house is just perfect for a small bag of chocolates, a couple of envelopes of gourmet cocoa, some spiced cider, some special soaps or anything else you want to present that would fit! Finished size is 2.5" square with 5.5" height.

Cost of project: 40 cents in Cardstock and 17 cents of Cranberry grosgrain ribbon per house!

Paper Dimensions you'll need:
4x4" Colonial White Cardstock
6x12" Brown Bag Cardstock
4.75"X4.75" Brown Bag Cardstock
1. Create the box base with the 4x4" Colonial White cardstock.
- Score .75" in at all sides
- Cut slit on ONE side of each of the scored squares in the corner
- Use HEAVY DUTY adhesive like Tombow Power Bond or Sticky Tape in the corners to adhere.

2. Score your 6x12" at the following dimensions:
- 2.5", 5", 7.5", 10"
- ADDITIONAL SCORE NOT SHOWN - score .5" along the top edge (you will fold this down and adhere after you've embossed to make the top edge of your box sturdier!)

3. Emboss your house design in White Daisy. Note that the "front" of the house should be on the second panel - this will keep the seam away from the front of your house!

4. Add your adhesive!
- NOT SHOWN - fold down your .5" lip at the top of the house panel and adhere now. This will give the top of your box a sturdier edge.
- To build the box put adhesive on the bottom and on the side that is the last panel of your house (the smaller 2" blank edge will be folded inside).

5. Roll your box bottom along the bottom edge of your house lining things up!
- Make sure your box is squared up as you adhere your long house edge.
- When you have everything adhered gently place your hand inside and press all the edges to make sure things are stuck down good and tight!

6. Make your roof lid with your 4.75"x4.75" Brown Bag Carstock piece.
- Score at 1" on all sides and then do your embossing.
7. This is how your embossed lid will look.
- Now cut one slit at each of the corner squares and assemble exactly as you did your box base!

8. Optional - add a bit of Chocolate ink to distress and "bake" your gingerbread.

9. Add a pretty ribbon around the whole box and you are ready for the holiday gift giving season!

Materials Used:
Other: White Daisy Embossing Powder, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Tombow Power Bond (red tape will also work)

Now put back on your frog feet and hop on over to Shannon's site for some more artwork and fun!

Don't forget November is also my STAMPAGANZA event - Buy 2 acrylix stamp sets and Get 1 FREE! From November 3-30th simply stop by my site at and place an order! This promotion will automatically be added to your cart AND any order of $100 or more in product ALSO gets "Around the Block" for FREE - an extra $22.95 bonus! Click HERE for more information on STAMPAGANZA and get a free HOLIDAY WISH LIST you can copy and print out! Give it to your hubby to make his shopping easier and less expensive so that YOU'LL get all your wishes fulfilled under the tree this year!


Lori Miller said...

My goodness, Paige -- this is ADORABLE! Guess I know what I'll be doing this afternoon! lol!

nonapearl said...

SO stinkin' creative! Love it!

Cindy said...

Very Cleaver! tfs

Melissa Laverty said...

LOVVEEEE ITTT!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, too!

Michelle Nist said...

Wow - These are ADORABLE! I think I'll have to make some for my craft show in December. Thanks!

HELLO!! said...

That's really neat! Thanks for the directions!

Mary Eisen said...

VERY COOL IDEA - loved it!

Cibele Glazer said...

Great minds think! You did an awesome job. Love it!!

Leslie said...

Paige, thank you so much for the tut. I can't wait to play with this idea.

Carla said...

Cute project Paige! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Nancy said...

What a neat idea!!!
Thanks for the tutorial too!

Anonymous said...

VERY cute! Great tutorial! :-)

Tammy Lea Pinchard said...

WOW! Paige, this is adorable! I have a customer looking for something cute to make to put on counters of businesses to collect money for the local Gingerbread House in our area. I may have to lift this, but will be sure to give full credit to you, you incredibly talented lady!

Sarita said...

I LOVE this idea!I could see giving so many goodies in this adorable box! Great job!!

Sheila Bennett said...

What a great idea! Your house box is really cute.

Kimberly said...

I love this box! What a fabulous and creative use of this stampset!

Terrie in AZ said...

I too have loved the gingerbread look, but this takes it up a notch! Beautiful and thanks so much for offering up the tute! Darn, now I won't get my space cleaned up as I will have to try this!

Adeline E. Brill said...

Soooo clever - terrific holiday project idea!

Haley D. said...

What an awesome job! Thanks for the tutorial too.

Krista Ritskes said...

Wow, what a great way to use this stamp set!

bren yule said...

Very clever! thanks for the inspiration!!!

shannonmvt said...

You Rock!

Arlene B. said...

What a great idea, thanks for the directions. Love the idea for sharing Christmas goodies.

Superjaxster said...

OMG this is just too adorable for words. I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for the tut!

Misty said...

So cute!

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh this is such a cute box! Very clever idea also to make it a gingerbread house.

Paige Dolecki said...

Ladies - I'm so happy you liked this project and thank you for all your kind words! You definitely give me an incentive for creating more tutorials in the future!


Jena said...

Now how DARLING is this! I LOVE what you did with the gingerbread look - TFS!

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