Okay, so I thought I was getting over the chest cold, but it tricked me and just went deeper. Grrr. I've been taking it easy all morning, just sitting with my laptop...then all of a sudden I got an idea, and I had to get up and try it out. Have you ever pictured a project in your mind and just almost wet all over yourself with glee as it came together even better than you imagined??? That's what happened when I stepped up my Owl Gift Box to make this little guy:
Uh, you may not believe this, but the Santa hat and the wings were actually made from our new Holiday Stocking die. I know, right?!? There is also a new coordinating Stocking Accents die you could use to cut out a candy cane and put on the box so it looks like the owl is holding it. (Note: the dies are used in the Big Shot machine):
Or use the Stocking Builder Punch, and the owl can hold a stocking:
I moved the ear tuft pieces farther into the owl's head, because my son said it looked more like a Gremlin (actually Mogwai) than an owl when they stuck out more. And I changed the color of the eyes, so all the card stock you'll need for this project can be found in the Neutrals Collection, and the 2010-2012 In Color Collection, so you can just buy those two assorted packages and be done with it. The handle is optional, so just skip it if you don't want to invest in the ribbon and brads.
This would be a great gift box for your kids' teachers! Trick him out even further by tying some of our adorable Mini Jingle Bells onto the brim of his hat with White Baker's Twine:
And for those of you who love penguins, I'm sure you can see how easy this would be to modify :-) I'll see if I can work one out for tomorrow--if I don't cough up a lung first. Sorry the lighting in these pictures stinks, I would have shot them outside except it was snowy and windy all day!
Stampin' Supplies: Big Shot die-cutting machine, Fancy Favor Box die, Top Note die, Holiday Stocking die, Stocking Accents die, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, XL Oval Punch (to take "bites" out of scallop punch pieces for belly and feet), Heart to Heart Punch (beak), Boho Blossoms Punch (pom-pom on hat), Crimper, Early Espresso ink & Stampin' Sponge, Early Espresso card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Whisper White card stock, Pear Pizzazz card stock, Poppy Parade card stock and Poly-Twill Ribbon, Basic Black card stock, Peach Parfait card stock, Mini Glue Dots, Sticky Strip, Mono Multi Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rhinestone Gems, Jumbo Brads - Neutrals (to hold the ribbon handle on each side of the box), Crop-a-Dile (to punch holes thru ribbon and sides of box).