Paper and Fiber Arts

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

La Belle Vie Gift Box and Card

5 Inch Tall Box With Card Under Bow
This gorgeous paper is perfect for so many beautiful projects; it is hard to choose just one to make.  As it turned out, making a box, an envelope and a card took care of the dilemma of having to decide on only one thing.  Starting in August, CTMH is adding some temporary cardstock colors with the new B & T paper packets.  Two of the colors, La Belle Vie Mauve and La Belle Vie Pink, are exclusive to the the La Belle Vie packet.  I used one of the new exclusive colors from this packet for the top and bottom of the box.
Petal Card and Envelope Cut at 4 Inches
There are three different double-sided patterned papers in the packet.  I love using double-sided papers for envelopes. The inside of the card has a 2 inch Bamboo cardstock scallop circle layered inside for a small message and signature.  This makes a perfect gift-enclosure sized card.  I stamped the bee from the Jardin set onto the patterned paper with Smokey Plum ink for the envelope.

CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge Page 40 Card 
When making folded paper projects, it is a good idea to use a bone folder for crisp folds.  It is easy to see where to make the folds because the Cricut provides score lines/cuts. The petal card looks complicated, but it is simple to overlap the folds, which in turn holds it closed.

B & T Strip Used as Accent Around Lid
The box is on the same page of the Cricut Handbook (page 40) as the card and envelope.  The top and bottom are the same piece, so two of these are cut for this box.  After having the Cricut cut them at five inches out of plain cardstock, I random stamped them with various stamps from the Jardin set.  After assembling the lid, I adhered the accent strip from one of the patterned paper sheets around the perimeter.

Seam Binding Colored With Smokey Plum Reinker and Water
CTMH has a seam binding which can be colored with ink to match the project.  I used a piece of this and tied a bow when it dried after coloring it with re-inker mixed with a little bit of water.  The black metal bow clip is from the new Boutique Assortment. It made the perfect embellishment to decorate the seam binding bow.
CTMH Jardin Stamp Set Used on La Belle Vie Mauve Cardstock
Here is a video with some tips and suggestions about the projects posted on this page:

The new catalog will go live on August 1, 2012.  At that time, all of these products will be available!

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  1. ooh, Beverly thanks for sharing what you have been creating on Cricut with the new Artiste! I am your newest follower! LOVE the seam binding idea, and how wonderful it looks when soaked in re-inker! TFS!

    1. Thank you, Heather! I appreciate you becoming a 'follower' and all of the kind words, too! The seam binding idea came about because I don't like getting excessively inky and I don't like throwing away baggies, when I can wash out a bowl instead. :-) Thanks for stopping by! Beverly

  2. Great video! Thanks for all the tips.

    1. Thank you, Linda. And thank you for visiting today! Beverly