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Thursday, August 4, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!

I'm so glad to also be presenting this little box as my DT project over at Sheila's today.  Why not click on her name for a direct link to her blog and leave me a comment there too -- I love your comments!!!  And while you're there take a look around!!!  Sheila has all kinds of fascinating and things going on!

This is the little jewelry box I'll be sharing today:


What interested me about this little jewelry box is that it has 2 lids, one on each side of the box, and you open both lids to get to the inside box!  You'll see further down in the post!

But what's a jewelry box without a piece of jewelry?  So, just to give you an idea of how cute this is as a jewelry box, I made a pendant to match and include in the box!  (Sorry, this pendant isn't part of today's project, only the box is; however, if you want a tutorial, please let me know.  I'm sure most of you already know though how to put one of these together using Tim Holtz' idea-ology Facets):

Would you like a close up?  Yes?  Okay, here you go:

Oops, there's my reflection in that rhinestone!!!  LOL!!!  Okay, before I start the tutorial, I wanted to show you where my inspiration for this box came from.  I recieved an item in this adorable box -- one picture shows the box closed and the other with the two (2) lids open revealing the inside of the box:

To begin the tutorial, I first cut out the patterns from the cut.file:

These pattern pieces are the box cover, the box, and (optional) panels.  Beginning with the box cover, you will see I have added small tick marks (cuts) on the sides -- which I've highlighted in ink; these marks indicate where the cover will be folded across from one side to the other :

I bone-folded these tick marks from one side to the other separating the cover sections as shown below, then put the cover aside:

Grabbing the box pattern, I bone-folded the 4 tabs and 4 sides of the box:

After all the folds were made, I applied glue to the 4 small corner tabs of the box pattern as shown below, and attached the tabs to the inside side folds ( do both sides):

Here's the assembled box:

Now I go back and get my box cover.  I apply glue to the 3 inside panels only, leaving the 2 outside panels without glue (these are the 2 lids that open onto the box):

Taking the box, I centered and aligned it onto the box cover and attached them together (careful centering is necessary for folding up and attaching the sides of the box cover to the sides of the box to align properly):

This box itself is now complete!!!  See how it opens?!!!  But I'm not finished, I want to add my panels!  After closing the box, I took the top cover panel, aligned it, and glued it in place.  (NOTE:  After aligning the panel there will be access paper which will have to be cut off the bottom edges of the box; I turned the box over after gluing on the panel and cut off the access).  My box now looks like this:

Because my box is made of matching decorative paper, I don't need the smaller side panels included on the cut.file for the box sides, so all I need to do is add the longer side panels to the front and back sides of my box cover:

Last but not least -- embellishing my box!!!   I added Stickles along the edges of the side panels, both sides of the outer sides of the box, and along the edge of the top box cover and panel -- I love the bling!  Next I attached a small ribbon bow, and accented the bow and across the top of the box with a Pearl Pen, and then just tossed on a couple of flowers I had lying around.  And how about this set?!!!  Kinda cute, huh?

The cut.file, and a .gypsy file, is available at the end of this post.  Of course, it's a box, so it was easiest for me to do the file using the George cart; however, if you do not have George, please leave me a comment and I'll get back to you to determine further directions.

Thanks for stopping by, and...

I'll be seeing you!

each side opens box.gypsy


- - Sheryl - - said...

Love the box and how you made the fancy cover. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I have not been around this week as we are on vacation - we will be home tonight. Thanks for checking.

jessica said...

Amazing!! you did an awesome job on both the box and the necklace. Thanks so much for sharing the files as well :)

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You always make it look so easy. My daughter loves boxes... I will have to try to make one of these. It's just gorgeous and the necklace, wow.. you are so amazing my friend. Have a wonderful day, I hope it has cooled down a little for you.. we still are in the high 80's here in Ukiah, not normal for us. but we are thankful for the nice weather. hugs

Pam said...

Audrey you are one amazingly talented woman. TFS

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Sooooooooo gorgeous Audrey. And that ribbon bow is fabulous. Gonna hop over to Sheila's and check it out there too. Hugs. :)

Jean said...

Oh Audrey, this is so pretty!! Love it.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is such a GORGEOUS design. I love everything about it from design, to color to the bling! GORGEOUS! Thank your for sharing it with us at She's A Sassy Lady today.

jen said...

Audrey this is stunning! Fantastic job. Wow that looks like a lot of work....lol
Keep up the great work.

Nicole said...

Wow!!! You make the most beautiful creations!

~BridgetL~ said...

ok so I wanted to say stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, but they have been said already. Guess everyone agrees. You are amazing at what you do. Im glad you got to read my silly post last night. Been trying to keep busy. Don't forget if you come to vegas, let me know. :)

Audrey Frelx said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and for your wonderful comments!!! I had such fun doing this project to present to you -- you all just bring out the best in me, I guess!!! LOL!

Bunnyfreak said...

I wish I had George so I could make this.

The Archiving Angel said...

Wow Audrey! This is absolutely outstanding!!!
I love the uniqueness of the box, that outside layer with scallops & your gift matches to a "T".
You are something else lady...love it!!!
I enjoy stopping by to see what you share with us.
Truly brilliant!!!
Crafty hugs,

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Audrey, awesome tutorial, thanks so much for doing it for us...FABULOUS! ~Shen

girlia said...

You are amazing with a cut file.

Dawnll said...

What a beauty!
Love the necklace but the box is the icing on the cake!
You always share such fun and great ideas.I am thrilled when You show something new.
Wish my mind worked like yours more often

Sherrie K. said...

This is absolutely stunning! I love this box and all the pretty details! TFS!
Sherrie K

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [05 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Staying Crafty said...

A gorgeous set as always!

Angie said...

Hi...I love the top of this box!! I really need to find and purchase that George Cartridge...too many things I'm missing out on!!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!! just gorgeous Audrey!! Love it and thank you for sharing it with us:)
Have a fantastic weekend!!

SherriC. said...

this is FANTASTIC Audrey!!!!!
thank you so much for sharing this....
I love to make boxes, and put little gifts inside....
I can't wait to try this box.....

Brigit said...

Audrey, I love this box it's just so pretty, awesome job!!! TFS

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty. Appreciate the great directions and the files. Thank you so much for sharing.

Cricut Couple said...

Jill loves to make the beaded jewelry! I am gonna have to start working with her to make coordinating boxes. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? Well... because God wanted you to inspire me!

Brenda said...

oh this is so beautiful. Thanks also for sharing the file. I need to get to crafting.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Mary said...

Oh my this is gorgeous! You are the box Queen, Audrey! TFS

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower. Your work is so beautiful. I do not have the george cart. but I did try to get the cut file so I could try to copy it with the carts I do have. I couldnt get it to down load. Any suggestions

Anonymous said...

Very delightsome jewelry box.

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