Category: box

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge for February – Castles

This month’s Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge is Castles featuring Karen’s new Castle Pop Up die.  I made some boxes and tags with the Castle die, Princess and Mermaid die, Knight and Dragon die and the Word set die 5 – Royalty.  This tag uses the Castle die in Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo.  The sky was done with Distress Oxide inks and the grass is Pear Pizzaz.  The little princess wears a Pool Party dress embellished with some Dazzling Diamonds. (Sounds like we’re at the Oscars!)  The tag itself is from the Karen Burniston Tag Book. I just used the Castle die flat – no score lines – across the tag.

Every Princess needs a box for their gift!  Here I used the Castle die flat across a box.  I finished it off with some birds from the Karen Burniston Outdoor Scene die.  It took me 3 1/2 castle strips to do this box.  (A retired SU box – any box would work.)  I tied it off with some pink ribbon from my stash.

Now for your little Knight –

This was done the same way as the Princess tag using Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.  I added some Glossy Accents to his shield.

For his box I added the cute, cute dragon in Daffodil Delight!

So there’s the Castle die used flat!  Check out all the other designers and see what they’ve done with the Castle!  Hugs, Fran

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Happy Birthday USA

Popcorn Box 01

I hope you’re enjoying the celebration today!  This little popcorn box will sparkle on my table today filled with …chocolates!  I made this with the new Popcorn Box die in Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White and Silver Glimmer paper.  This box is tiny – smaller than a pop can – but it’s HUGE on cute!  Have a safe and fun day – Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle April Blog Hop -#Imbringingbirthdaysback


In honor of Shannon West’s (from Stampin Up) campaign – I’m Bring Birthday’s back – this month’s Creative Circle Blog Hop is a darling, perpetual calendar!

Creative Circle 4:2016 group

The box has two cubes that can be rotated for the days of the month (remember that the 6 is also the 9), a flip top for the months, and a space int he back to hold your birthday cards so you can actually mail them out!  (I am the worse!)

Creative Circle 4:2016 side

I used the Whisper White Heavy card stock and the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack to make mine.  This paper stack has 48 sheets of double sided paper in it!  My balloons on the front are from Balloon Celebration and are punched out with the matching Balloon Bouquet Punch.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Rose Wonder

This card uses the bow from the Cutie Pie Thinlit, more It’s My Party paper and the Elegant Dot embossing folder.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Picture Perfect

This card uses the Picture Perfect stamp set and Blushing Bride.

Creative Circle 4:2016 Happy Birthday Everyone

And last, but not least, this card uses the Bokeh technique.  You can find it on Splitcoast here.

You can get the pattern here:

To see all the other wonderful designs for this pattern, follow along on our hop!  One lucky person who leaves a comment will win the pattern 🙂  Hugs, Fran


Sandra Mott

 Liz Holloway

 Fran Cassidy Sabad – You are here!

Barb  Stencel

Creative Circle 4:2016

Pyramid Boxes

Pyramid Box strawberry side

There is a cute, little pyramid box die in the Occasions Catalog that matches the Playful Pals stamp set.  But the box die can be used for so much more.  Here are few animals I made using both the stamp set and the die. For this post, I made a few other things – first a strawberry.  Done in Real Red and Old Olive with the Basic Black marker for the seeds.

Pyramid Bos strawberry

The leaf part is made with the Flower Patch stamp set and matching die.  I punched a hole through the top sections and tied a ribbon to make a hanger.

Pyramid Bos Strawberry top

Then I coated each “seed” with Crystal Effects to make them shine.

Pyramid Box chicken

This little chick was cased from an ad I saw in a magazine – that was not in English!  At first I thought it was a Stampin Up ad – but I’m not sure, since I couldn’t read it and Google couldn’t translate what was written on a photo.  (I tried)  The red part is a retired Boho Hearts punch (not sure that’s really the name – 3 hearts on a whale punch).  The beak is a small heart.

Pyramid Box Chicken side

The wings are another retired punch – but could be done in any shape that’s fairly round.  Hugs, Fran

Cutie Pie

Cutie Pie Box cake

I was playing around with the Cutie Pie Thinlits and the Pyramid Thinlits.  They both make triangle shaped boxes.  The Cute Pie die makes pie shaped pieces that can be put together to make a cake.  So I started with cake 🙂

Cutie Pie Box cake bow

It also has a bow that is super cute!  On this one, I one together and then added the “icing” pieces to the completed box.

Cutie Pie Box Cake Candle

There’s also a candle for the top.  Cut two and glue together all but the bottom.  The bottom flares so you have a base to hold it on the cake.

Cutie Pie Box Watermelon

Then I tried a slice of watermelon.  But this time I made 2 boxes and put them together to make one.  I like the way this turned out better.

Cutie Pie Box Watermelon side

I made the seeds with the punch that goes with the Ronald McDonald set.  Then I covered them with Crystal Effects.

Daylight Savings really bothers me – sorry I’m late posting!  Is anyone else affected by the change in time?  I feel like a slug!  Hugs, Fran

Suite Sayings Bakers Box

Suite Sayings 01

This is one of my favorite sets in the Occasions Mini catalog – Suite Sayings.  It’s all sentiments and greetings and they are really nice AND pretty fonts.  For this catalog case, I stamped the sentiment and die cut it using Lots of Labels Framelits.  I die cut 2 leaves using the Botanicals Builder Framelits dies and stamped them with the matching Botanical Blooms stamp set.  The color in the center of the tag is done with a sponge dauber, Hello Honey and Cajun Craze ink.  Hugs, Fran

Packaging a Birthday

Suite Sayings 02

These Petite Cafe Bags make cute packaging for just about any occasion.  I cased the project in the Occasions Mini using Suite Sayings and the Botanical Builder Framelits Die.  Quick, easy and cute – my kind of project!  Hugs, Fran

Creative Circle November Blog Hop and FREE pattern!

Creative Circle Blog Hop Resized

Can you believe it’s November and the holidays are just around the corner?  This sweet little box is perfect to help you with your holiday gift giving.  And the best part – it’s free!  Hop along with us and see lots of great ideas for this pattern.

This is the box filled with cards.  It’s a substantial size and I was able to get 10 2 layer cards and envelopes inside!  I used Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Season of Cheer Designer Series paper for the box and the Merry Everything for the tag.  I die cut the top with the Perfect Pines Framelit Dies and added a piece of window sheet to the opening.

Creative Circle November 2015 cards enclosed

Here’s the set –

Creative Circle November 2015 set

But it’s not only great for cards – it’s great for gifts too.  I filled mine with chocolate.  Wouldn’t this make a cute gift for a teacher, hair dresser, babysitter, neighbor – anyone you want to remember during the holidays?

Creative Circle November 2015

The box opens with a cute fold –

Creative Circle November 2015 open

So now that you’ve seen my ideas for the box, follow along on the Blog Hop and see other ways to use the pattern.  You can get your copy of the pattern here.



Fran  (You are here!)



Halloween Gift Bag

Witche's Night 01


And last but not least, my Halloween version of this bag!  I used the Witch’s Night stamp set and Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper.  The image and matting were cut with the Lots of Labels Framelit die.  This one is my favorite 🙂  Hugs, Fran

Little Christmas Gift Bags

Cup of Cheer 02


Continuing on from yesterday!  This gift bag uses the new Cup of Cheer stamp set and the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The image was inked with Stampin Write Markers.

Cup of Cheer 01


And this one got a big “thumbs down” from my youngest – the critic!  Ha!  But here it is, in case it inspires you to do something else!  Hugs, Fran

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