Played a bit with October Afternoon's 9 to 5 - gift packaging for a pair of earrings - used this tutorial for the dimensional envelope. Prima nest, doily, 7gypsies velvet leaves, seam binding.
The base is thick chipboard covered neatly with 8x8 paper. It measures about 4-1/2-inches by 3-1/2-inches. Project was created at the request of a friend for her mother.
Here's how the earrings slide into the envelope - used a 1/4-inch depth for the handmade envelope.
Magetic snap closure - the clasp is totally hidden so it closes like magic...one magnet is under the button, the other is located the inside of the envelope. Happy Memorial Day and best wishes for a great week!
Today is a step-by-step of how I made the matchbox case for a pair of handmade earrings from this post - photo above is the matchbox interior for today's project.
When I learned how to gift wrap a present with wrapping paper, one thing that was drilled into me was how important it was to fold over the raw edges, and not to leave a cut edge exposed.
The same rule applies for these. Or maybe I'm just a tad OCD. I think you knew that already...
But folding over does make for a more finished product. Professional. Yeah.
October Afternoon 5 & Dime line was used for this project. Begin with a long strip of scrap patterned paper - this one is about 3" wide and 12" long. We'll refer to this as 'the matchbox'. We will adjust the 12" length later.
Increase the 3" width to accomodate your needs.
From the bottom, score at 1/2" and again at 1-1/2". Adhere the 1/2" flap down. Nice & neat.
Get another strip of scrap cardstock that coordinates with the outside matchbox, and cut it down to 2-1/2" wide (this is maybe 10" long - we'll trim it later - better to be too long than too short). We'll refer to this as 'the insert'.
Score the insert in half and fold. Punch two holes for the earrings - and punch the holes askew - near the fold, using a 1/16" hole punch.
In my experience, when making these matchbox holders for earrings, I recommend making the holes askew; do not make the holes parallel with one another. Should your handmade jewelry creation be the slightest off in length it will be very obvious if you present the earrings with parallel holes. By punching the holes askew (refer to first/top photo in this post), it gives not only an artistic air to the presentation but aleviates any minor length (or other) discrepancy between the earrings.
Insert the earrings into the punched holes of the insert and hold them up - measure the earring length and mark where to trim the insert, remembering to compensate for the matchbox fold at the base. Remove earrings and continue.
Note about the earrings: I created this project/earrings for a neighbor that gives me the nicest hand-me-down clothes for my youngest daughter - Swarovski crystals on sterling chain. Simple & classic, yet artsy.
Adhere the fold of the matchbox to the insert, and staple all layers in place - use one or two staples, your choice. Here I've used a tiny attacher and two staples.
Side view. Note we need to adjust the length of the top matchbox flap. Do not trim this - score where needed and adhere the flap down - creating a finished edge...
If the patterned paper used has a directional quality to it, it should be upside down on the front, which will be covered/embellished...
...but correctly viewed from the back. If you don't have time to embellish the front then either use non-directional patterned or solid paper for the matchbox, or reverse this to suit your needs/timetable.
Or don't be OCD like me...
Gift bag for the matchbox - she will love this presentation. Bag was folded horizonally, punched with an edger punch then machine stitched to form a pocket. Flower was made from linen fabric then formed using this tutorial and a slant cut. Thanks for stopping by today; hope this step-by-step is useful!
I created a few pens for the summer school teachers my son had these past few weeks. With his language processing disorder and speech delays the school developed a summer program for a few students - he benefited greatly and I am as always so appreciative of the two teachers, and two bus drivers.
The tutorial for these pens can be found in this previous post. Those pretty blue dishes hold the kids vitamins (and soy sauce for sushi - their intended purpose) are from etsy seller M. N. John.
A pair of earrings I made for a friend - she saw them on my daughter and asked if I could make her a pair - love this style of packaging. Paper is from October Afternoon.
The outside of the matchbox cover - images are PTI. Best wishes for a great weekend!
This card and soldered necklace project was a submission to Crafts 'n Things magazine, and appeared in their September, 2008 online newsletter. Instructions can be found here. Hope you enjoy this quick gift idea!!
The bird branch image was stamped in Adirondack Espresso on white cardstock, then I swiped the surface and edges using an Antique Linen Distress pad, and the edges only with Distress Vintage Photo. Blended with Tim's tool then matted onto Espresso cardstock. To the back right of this unit I added a small section of Aerial cardstock that was punched with a SU spiral punch, following Zappy's layout.
I know birdies are popular right now, but these stamps and paper to me are timeless - I don't know why I am so drawn to this Aerial cardstock but it sure talks to me! LOL!! Things like paper, stamps and even beads - they all talk to me!! They and tell me where to go and what to do. I just listen. And obey. :-D :-D Back to the directions - I stamped the birthday circular sentiment on Aerial decorative paper, then punched out with a circle punch. Added a decorative brad and mounted to the cardfront with a pop-dot. Happy Birthday Mom!
Second part of the post: BEADS
I will openly admit I have, but do not suffer from: ribbon, paper, rubber (and photopolymer) stamp addictions. I am not seeking help or intervention at this time. :-D
However, I also have a bead addiction. My latest craze has been shopping on Etsy and finding wonderful bead artists that make lampwork focal beads!
And yes, these beads did talk to me through my monitor! LOL!!
Here are two sets of beads I found on Etsy last week from Mary Noelker: