I saw a cute box on Kelly Lunceford’s website that uses just one sheet of cardstock to make the base and the lid and I thought I’d give one a try. 

Well, it’s three boxes later and I’m thinking about making more!  They’re very addictive and I’ve been having fun using lots of patterned paper on my creations.  My colours were inspired by three little “desk sets” I bought a M’s about a month ago…they’re tiny sets with a stapler, staples, a staple remover and a tiny roll of tape in a plastic bag.  While they’re not the most practical office tools, they are fun and affordable and I thought they’d be great in a gift set.  They fit perfectly in these little boxes and would make a great teacher or graduation gift if you tucked a gift card inside (Tim’s for a teacher and iTunes for a teen grad). 

Here are the three I made…the most time consuming part was colouring the stamped images (especially the school boy – I spent ages colouring that one!)  The fourth picture is one of the boxes opened up:

You can’t really make out the details of the desk set but trust me, it’s very cute!  My favourite box is the one with the little girl and I really liked how the school boy turned out.  I’m not over the moon on the grad box but that’s the only graduation stamp I have and I had a red desk set left so that dictated the colours.

Kelly didn’t give details on her blog but she mentioned that she did the bow so you wouldn’t have to untie it to open the box so I only attached my bows to the box top and only attached the stamped images to the box botton so you could easily lift the lid off.

My boy and girl boxes use American Crafts paper (totally enabled on that one and I want more but they don’t have the ones I want at my local M’s) and the grad box uses some K&Co paper.  I used a dew drop in the centre of the flower on the girl box and punched a circle out of the orange paper to customize it.  I’ve deliberately left the dew drops on top of my acrylic stamp handles so I would remember to use them more often.  It’s working so far!