Sunday, August 16, 2015

Anything But a Card Challenge #50-Celebrate!

Hello! I'm so glad you came by to visit today!  My post is filled with mixed emotions as I am sharing my creation for our very final challenge at Anything But a Card.  I have loved being a member of this wonderful team of artists from the very beginning.  I still remember the surge of excitement I had when Carla (the original creator) asked me to be a part of the team! Over the years, I have seen so many amazing creations and 'met' so many talented people.  Our team also changed during those years, and Susan has been such an awesome leader.  She keeps us on track, and let me tell you that's not easy with a group of creative minds going in so many directions!!  While I am sad to see the challenges go, I'm thankful that it's happening at a time when I could actually use the break to focus on other things.  It has been a wonderful ride and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

Enough of my personal monologue!  Our final challenge is Celebrate and we are asking you to share any non-card creation with us that fits this theme!  You could do holidays, special occasions, or just about anything that shows how you celebrate!

My project is a gift box to hold note cards and while it may not look a lot like celebrating, it is a gift for my mom's 80th birthday and that is definitely worth celebrating!

The box is actually pretty simple to create and it's especially easy if you have really pretty paper to start with!  I cut a 12x12 piece of DCWV royal garden paper to 8 1/2 x 11.  The 8 1/2 side is scored at 1" and 7 1/2".  Then I turned the paper and scored at 2", 3", 7 1/2" and 8 1/2". Once all of the scored lines had been folded, I cut in at the 1" line on all four score lines.  Finally, I attached the flaps with sticky strip leaving the top flap loose so you can get into the box!  Because the paper was so pretty, I just added a little layered label, a gold ribbon, and called it done!

In this photo you can see the open flap and a peek at the note cards inside.  These were simply more papers from this stack that I cut into 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2 to make the cards.  The papers are so beautiful that I didn't even embellish them-just left them as simple blank cards for my mom to fill out as she wishes.

This is the back of the gift box and you can really see the wonderful print of the paper.  I attached the gold ribbon on this side so it would stay with the box without being in the way.

I hope you were inspired to create your own gift box for your next celebration, and we would be thrilled if you would join us for our last challenge!  Thanks so much for visiting!


  1. I'm so sad this challenge is closing Margaret. I've seen some wonderful creations from not only you, but the rest of the DT as well.
    Your card box is stunning. That design paper is so pretty and I know you're mother is going to love it. Happy Birthday to her too!
    Guess school will be starting soon so enjoy the rest of your summer.

  2. This is such a pretty box Margaret and I love that paper! I'm sure your Mom loved it too and do hope her birthday was a special day. Hope all is well with you and your family. :) xx

  3. love the dp you used to create this box Margaret-so beautiful-hope your Mom's birthday was a great one and that you have settled into a new school year routine

  4. Sad to see Anything But a Card for as well. It has been fun joining in with the challenges. I do so enjoy your box very much! Your mum will be over the moon with the wonderful, and thoughtful, gift. Your sentiment and the gold cord at the perfect finishing touches. Awesome sauce! ~Niki


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