Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fantasy Box

I went to a local demonstrator holiday party last night, and we had a stamped gift exchange. I made the little box shown here, called a Fantasy Box. Several demonstrators asked me where I got the pattern, so I promised to post the link. I got a good giggle when one of the demonstrators said she was afraid to Google the term "Fantasy Box" to find it herself!

I found a great pattern using Stampin' Up! product on the blog of another demonstrator, Julie Reynolds. Click HERE to check out her instructions.

I used the Urban Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), and Baja Breeze card stock. For the decorative flowers on the outside, I used a flower from the Fall Flair Hostess Set, inked up in Night of Navy, stamped onto a scrap of DSP. Stamping an outline image over a lightly colored patterned piece of paper creates a lot of depth with zero effort!

One tip I'd like to share is that I cut an extra strip of chipboard for the "guts" that was 5" by about 1/8". Then, I laid that between each piece of chipboard and the next, as a spacer between them as I adhered them to the back of the main piece of Designer Series Paper. The spacer doesn't get adhered, you lift it up and move it between the next two pieces of chipboard, and so on. That way, all your pieces of chipboard are evenly spaced apart from each other, and they are level and square with each other.

I also made sure to leave the top of the box lid flat, which you can see in the picture above, instead of adding layers with bling. The reason I did this is because the box lid can be turned over when it's taken off, and used as a fifth container, set under the tallest box in the row, as pictured below. If you have brads or a knot of ribbon on the top of the box lid, you won't be able to set the box lid flat, unless you find something that is taller than your embellishment to adhere to each of the four corners of the box lid. That would lift the box up a bit so it would rest on those four corners.

The boxes inside the Fantasy Box are filled with chocolates. There are stamp covered peppermint patties, and also Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares. Two of either of those candies fit absolutely perfectly in there, stacked on top of each other! The Scallop Circle Punch is used for the covers for the patties, and the Scallop Square Punch is used to embellish the DSP-wrapped chocolate squares.


  1. Awesome box. I made one of these a few years ago but after seeing yours I will do another with the new DP. Beautifil!!!

    Vivian Swain

  2. This is really beautiful! Thanks for all the handy tips too.

  3. Wow are you lucky that you have get-togethers. We don't have anything in my area, not even with my upline! :(
    Love the box, that is so cool! Thanks sooooo very much for sharing it with us!
    Stampin' Smiles from Ear to Ear!
    Ann :)


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