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Saturday, October 22, 2011



Welcome to the Bugbytes Halloween / Fall Challenge Hop hosted by Pam!!!  Pam and the Bugbytes Design Team are looking forward to your joining in the fun by linking a Halloween or Fall theme project, or a black and orange project, in the challenge -- as well as joining us in the Hop!!!  Of course, Pam has a  special challenge prize for the lucky winner of the challenge but, of course,  you'll have to head on over to Pam's for all the challenge information.  Just click here for a direct link to Pam's where you'll be able to get details on linking your challenge project. So, I hope you're ready for lots of fun; you won't want to miss it a minute!!!
We've prepared to greet you with some really great projects for your viewing pleasure along the Hop and some of us even have blog candy made especially for you.
Here is a list of the participants in the order they're ready to receive you:
Jen from http://3catsandabug.blogspot.com/
Lori from www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com
Jeannie from http://nonnasscraps.blogspot.com/
Audrey from http://cuteandsome.blogspot.com/  THIS IS ME -- YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!
Kymberlee from http://www.thepapermidwife.com/
Allison from http://goodybagdiva.blogspot.com/
Kelly from http://www.kamscraftyplace.blogspot.com
Debbie from http://debseclecticthoughts.blogspot.com/
Carole from http://www.onmycraftroomwall.blogspot.com/
Kate from http://sassyandscrappykate.blogspot.com/
Amylynne from http://www.amysscrappyspace.blogspot.com
Mila - M&M from http://milamemories.blogspot.com/
Dayna Sabrina from http://sabrioletdesigns.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth from http://www.217creations.com/

The project I've prepared for you today is a box for the season.  I sooo wanted to do this box but I also wanted to capture the colors of fall to fit into the theme of the hop, so this box is a combined effort.  I'm calling it "A Gift Box For The Season":

This is a basic gable box, however, I altered the top of it by rounding off the handle instead of it having the typical square or half octogon shape.  My inspiration for the handle design came from a Lauren Meader box I saw some time ago.  I thought the top/handle was so different that I retained the idea of it to lift and use on one of my future boxes -- this was it!

I am providing a cut.file below (at the end of this post) for this box.  The cut.file uses the George cart and here's what the file looks like:

This is the template once the file is cut:

To constuct the box I bone-folded along the fold lines that I've indicated with shaded lines below:

Before adhering the box I covered the inside window frame with vellum; however, acetate or transparencywould have also been great choices:

Now I'm ready to glue the box together:  working with the back of the box facing me, I located the tab extending from the right-side middle panel of the box; I folded the tab up and added glue to the bottom of the tab (Note: the bottom of the tab is actually the front); next, I fold over the left panel and adhere the bottom of the panel to the bottom of the tab making certain the edges are evenly aligned.  The picture below shows where I placed the glue on the bottom side of the tab on the left side of the box:

Finally I fold up and glue the tabs in place on the bottom of the box.  Here's the assembled gable box with the altered handle:

Now the box is complete, and ready for me to decorate and embellish any way I'd like.  Here's the recipe I used on my box:

The 2 scrolls were cut from Anna Griffin's Adhesive Felt Borders Colllection, shown on the left; the 3 silk roses I cut from a stem of roses and wired them together; the autum leaves are by Prima; and I don't know the correct name for the stuff used as a filler for many flower bouquets but it was green with white so I spray- painted it with Walnut Ink.  I arranged it to my liking on the box, glued everything in place, and added accent ribbons.

You can fill this box with a nice Thanksgiving gift of a bottle of lotion or other toiletries, candy, cookies, etc.  It's a fairly good size box to have fun with for the fall season and Halloween holiday!!!

Now for my blog candy!!!  Everyone is eligible to win by just commenting.  However, please note, if the winner lives outside the U.S., he/she will be responsible for additional mailing cost.  The winner must contact me by the deadline date which will be provided once the winner is selected or the prize will be submitted for another drawing.  The drawing will be held on Monday, October 24, before the end of the day.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org.  Here's the candy:

I put this little kit together just for you and I think you'll like it!!!  Good luck!

Okay, if you haven't been there already, getting to Pam's is easy from here: click on the link in the first paragragh of this post, or you can click on the challenge logo/picture provided on my side bar on the right-hand side of this page at the top under the Halloween/Fall Challenge Hop announcement.  So come on over...  link your project(s) to enter the challenge -- and participate in a really fun hop!!!

Thanks so much for joining me, and now the others are anxiously awaiting your arrival!  We're really looking forward to seeing everyone and seeing your wonderful project entries in the challenge!!!

Hugs, and I'll be seeing you!

Available Cut.File (George Cartridge):


AllisonF (Goody Bag Diva) said...

This is so beautiful! But I really don't expect anything less from you!

Pam said...

Lovely box and the decoration is awesome. TFS

lovemypaper said...

Very cute box!

Kelly M said...

Fab box. Love it x

Lori Apgar said...

Can I just say GORGEOUS!!!! Love the box and the decor on it my friend!!

Dayna Sabrina said...

Oh Audrey, you again amaze me. This is absolutely beautiful. And I love, love, LOVE those flourishes. Now I'm off on a hunt to find them. See waht you've done? Lol.

amylynne said...

Fabulous gable box! So lovely to put treats or a small gift in! And a cut file too! How sweet you are!

Brenda said...

I so love this little gem. I just cannot believe how you come up with all these fabulous ideas. Like I've said before, I would love to be in your head for half a day. Awesome
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Angi @ CokiePop said...

Yes...this is a gift box for the season. Love this gorgeous design. :)

Jani said...

Lovely box Audrey. Love the scrolls, so elegant. I always adore Anna Grifffin's products. Thanks for sharing :) (Buster is so cute:)

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Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This box is gorgeous! Love the design and it is decorated so beautifully! Love it, it is so pretty you can just use it as a docorator item! TFS

Jean said...

Audrey, this is so beautiful!

Carole P said...

Audrey this box is sooo pretty! You've done a great job and your instructions are wonderful! The Autumn theme is perfect for this box, too.

Kymberlee said...

The box is great. You did a fantastic job on it.

Cricut Couple said...

Audrey, OMG! This is AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing the Gypsy file for it too! Just wonderful!!!

Kate said...

Gorgeous! Your projects are always so beautiful, Audrey.

Newbie2crafting said...

beautiful box...


Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is so stunning! Love the window and those yummy flowers. It is so perfect.

Lisa said...

WOW Audrey, what a gorgeous box, love all the elements. You are so creative. Thank you for always leaving me comments on my blog :) I appreciate it so much. I am having trouble commenting back through Google. I don't know what is wrong with it.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful box Audrey!!! I love all your gorgeous details. Very creative! TFS!
Sherrie K

shari said...

What a pretty box Audrey, sorry I have not been around much or posted on my blog. Life has just been busy. You don't have to put me in on your candy, I just won some candy from you. Have a great day my friend. Shari (cricutrookie0

The Archiving Angel said...

Oh my dear friend, you are a clever one. This is splendid!
I love all your details. Love this!
I never tire of telling you how amazing you are.
Love ya,

Patti J said...

Audrey, this is beautiful! I love everything about it! You are amazing, dear friend! Hope all is well - hugs...

Debbie said...

This is so lovely ! You did a fantastic job on it. Perfect for a little fall gift for someone. Hmmmm, maybe some Chex mix would be perfect and fit the color scheme too :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Beautiful box! Love the great details and your extra touches!

marg0006 said...

Thanls for the canc at a giveaway and seeing your pretty box. My email is marg0006@verizon.net and my blog is Loving Scrapper 101.

Carolyn/MamaC said...

Such a beautiful project! Thank you for the insturctions! The box is gorgeous!

Mel said...

Your box is stunning- Love the way you decorated it. :)

Snowmanlover said...

Audrey, this is soooo gorgeous!!!
I have a wish please? Can you please put a "subscribe button" on your blog please?
I am no longer able to go into my dashboard on blogger to see all the blogs i followed, since it upgraded me to the new blogger. If you do want to put a subscribe button on your blog, you can go to mine and where it says FEED BURNeR ( in each post) you can click on that and set up your own subscribe button. Just a friendly suggestion, that way I can see you whenever you post by getting an email update :)
Hugs, Barb- and thanks for all of your uplifting comments. I think you are truly an Angel!!

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Sandy from Ukiah said...

You are definitely the "box Queen".. this is just beautiful. Thanks for always sharing your .cut files.. you are so sweet. hugs

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is one fun template and a beautifully embellished gift box, thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Luvy said...

Love this Audrey! I didn't get the chance to do the blog hop, but I hope to get to make this! Soooo adorable!

JenL said...

Gorgeous box!!

Rhonda Emery said...

wow this box is gourgeous, you make the most beautiful boxes ever. love it. hugs

callyannc said...

Audrey this is so very pretty! I love all the details and colors! That template is great! Would you be able to cut me a few and let me know how much! I would love it! TFS CallyAnn
Take Care!

Susan said...

What a clever and beautiful box! Thank you for sharing. I hope that you are well.

Love That Bug said...

What a great box, as usual your projects always turn out really well. I love it
Hugs, Stacy

Charlotte said...

Audrey, Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!! This is so beautiful!!! I have got to make one! I always love seeing your beautiful work.

FitterTwit said...

Audrey, thank you for the wonderful comments!!! And.... YOU SHOULD TALK!!!! This is FABULOUS!!!

GabyCreates.com said...

What a gorgeous box Audrey! you are the QUEEN of boxes!!