Monday, October 22, 2012

"I think I need a bigger box"

Anybody remember that commercial? Give me a shout-out if you do.

My title is my attempt to a clever little lead-in to today's post. While I love my new Artiste Cricut cartridge beyond words, especially for the all the cute boxes and packaging options, I have to say sometimes I am a bit disappointed that I can't make BIGGER boxes than what the machine is limited to.

I played around a while with ideas, remembering once a long time ago if you put envelopes together, you can create a box of a pretty substantial size. So I thought I would share with you what I taught my Cards & More Club this month. Here are the projects we made...

The box filled with Fall sprigs on the right is what I'm referring to specifically. 

Here's how it easy it was to create...

Artiste booklet, page 35, cut from Autumn Terracotta cardstock. Cut four at 3 inches each. The border is simply a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch strip of B&T paper from the Flirty paper pack, then punched with one of my border punches and adhered to each envelope flap as shown.

Fold on the scores then adhere each envelope to the next as shown.

After you adhere them all together, finish off the bottom with adhesive and you're done. Now I have a pretty good sized box to fill as I like. 

I adorned the flaps with Arbor Wooden Shapes which I colored with Close To My Heart's new pigment inks and tied the corners with jute twine. Stamping with done with Chocolate ink using the Fall Harvest stamp set.

My finished box measures 3 1/4 high x 4 1/4 wide but you can certainly make an even bigger box simply by cutting out larger sized envelopes on the Cricut.

I hope you'll give this a try. It's a fast, easy little table decoration.


  1. Such a clever and beautiful idea! (Yo quiero Taco Bell?) Teehee.

  2. Oh my gosh, you're so clever! I have long wished for a bigger box. Fantasic!!

  3. ADORABLE! Such a great idea, I have already suggested this to my CTMH demo for our club! :)

    1. Yes, this is a wonderful idea for club and there are so many seasons to play with. Springtime Easter baskets....


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