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Thursday, September 6, 2012


Hello, family!  I am doing well -- just haven't been around the last few days because I'm really busy getting everything in order for my kitchen remodel.  I can honestly say this isn't  fun! I'm still searching for/deciding on the right accessories and trying to determine what to get rid of (when I  want to keep everything I don't need or have room for).  Then there's trying to find additional space to place kitchen items outside the kitchen before work begins next week.  However tiring this is, it's the excitement of the outcome that's keeping me going... lol!!!

Before I get started I want to say hi, and welcome, to Misty and Angie for becoming new members of our family by following me.  We're glad to have you both and look forward to getting acquainted!

Well it's that time of the month again where today I am the DT "Sassy" designer over at Sheila's.  So if you missed me there, I'm always here to share with you.  My DT project is a swan gift box:

I used my swan box as a towel holder and topper to a box of soap roses but, of course, it can be used separately for other small gifts.  I made the cutfile for this box using the Art Noveau and George cartridges (required for cutting files), and I've provided the .cut and gypsy file downloads at the end of this post below, if you're interested.
With that said, I began by cutting out the file:
Once cut, there is the box and 2 wings:
Please excuse my lines not being straight, however I wanted to provide you a picture schematic of the box folds which are indicated by the black lines:
These pictures show how the tabs (1) and swans (2) folds will look when bone folded:
Now it's time to glue the box together by gluing the side tabs on each end to the inside body of the swans:

Once glued, the box will look like the first picture below and the next picture will show where to place the wings (I used pop dots on my box so that the wings would have a 3-D effect):

The box is now basically done -- just needs to be decorated and filled as desired!
For my box, I glued the heads on each side of the box together, and the tails, to give it the look of being one swan; for texture and to give the appearance of feathers, I added dimensional paint.  I finished the effects by adding eyes and highlighting the box with Stickles. Click on the picture for a close-up of these effects: 
My final embellishing was to add a ribbon bow and silk roses at the bottom of the box to complement the rose soaps
I hope you like my project, and that you'll have as much fun as I did putting yours together!!!  Now, don't forget to grab your cut file below!  LOL!!!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, hugs, and...
I'll be seeing you!
Project Cut Files:


My Crafting Channel said...

Wow beautiful box. Love it. Thanks for sharing the cut files.

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Besthobbyeva said...

WOW!!! Audrey, this is beautiful. I love how you spruced up that Swan, just gorgeous. Another fabulous project!!!


Dr Sonia S V said...

Audrey this is simply fantastic-- How your brain functions ...the creative side of it is simply astonishing!!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this is truly amazing. Love the great job you did designing this on your Gypsy! And look howbeautiful the whole box turned out! AMAZING!
Love all the detail the stickles added to the swan. This is GORGEOUS! Thanks for sharing today on She's A Sassy Lady.

Treva said...

Wow, how pretty! Your swan box is awesome, another great project. Audrey you always know how to make your projects 'pop'!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely Stunning, and thank you for the tutorial and fabulous file.

What great gift boxes this will make.

Hugs, Lori m

Lori Apgar said...

This is gorgeous Audrey!!!! I knew it was one of your projects when I opened up Sheila's blog post today!!! Love it!

Rhonda Emery said...

realy pretty tfs

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Now this is too cute, you are so amazing my dear friend. I absolutely a love this. And I a so excited that you are getting your kitchen remodeled.. I am sure that it would not be fun, but all I would be like you so excited to see the end results..

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Oh My Goodness - Audrey this is absolutely stunning. What a fabulous idea - thanks for the tutorial and the cut file:-) TFS my friend. Karon

Scrappin Sista said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Audrey!!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!

Susie Craft Happy! said...

OMG! Another stunner! Amazing job! It's beautiful!!


Lisa said...

Audrey, this is gorgeous!! I love, love the swan!! It's just so elegant and beautiful!! And thanks for the tutorial on how to make it...I definitely need to try this!! Good luck with your kitchen remodel and have a great day :)

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Ana Márquez said...

How beautiful! Thanks for showing how to make it, you're so kind, dear. Kisses!

Myrna said...

You know all the hassle will just be a distant memory when your gorgeous new kitchen is finished. :)
The swan box is beautiful. I love the way you used it with the roses and towels. You make such elegant things.
I wish I could use it but I need it in an svg as I don't have a gypsy.

Lawren said...

This is so pretty and creative!

I am so jealous, I want my kitchen redone. Although having to find space for everything until it's over would be impossible!

Cricut Couple said...

What an amazing tutorial Sweetie! This is brilliant!!! Thanks for all the details!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

How pretty this is. The swan is so elegant and the glitters add so much fun. Such a lovely job you did!

Pam said...

Audrey this is so so beautiful! I love the way you have added the violet glitter. It pops out the swan so. You always amaze me with your talent. TFS

DIANA L. said...

This is so beautiful Audrey I just love everything about it it is so elegant.
thank you so much for the cute file. I may just take you up on this one.
Hugs, Have a great weekend my friend

doodlingdebbie said...

Audrey, Your box is gorgeous! It inspired me to make a Silhouette Studio cutting file. I couldn't use your cutting files and I sure hated to miss out on making one of these gorgeous boxes so I made a Studio file by looking at your wonderful tutorial. You always do such a great job explaining thing. I'll make sure to link your blog to credit you with this awesome idea. Thank you sooo.. much! xxx - Debbie

lovemypaper said...

Super cute!tfs

doodlingdebbie said...

Hi Audrey, I could have sworn I signed up as a follower. I guess I just know where to go. Today, I made sure to sign up. You are such a great inspiration. Thank you!

lisa808 said...

The swan is so pretty. One day I hope to have a Cameo!

The Archiving Angel said...

Wow! This is incredible. You have done it again. Intricate, elegant, practical & gorgeous. Your attention to detail is amazing. I love this !
Sorry about the tedious work involved in prepping for your remodel but soon you will see your reward. Hang in there dear. As always, big hugs & thanks!

Jean said...

Oh my goodness, this is so pretty! Love it.

Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful swan!!! Oh my gosh, I love the gorgeous details and thanks so much for the tutorial:) TFS!
Sherrie K

Sandi Cl~ said...

What a gorgeous box! I swear, I don't know where you get all these amazing ideas! Good luck with the kitchen re-model. We actually have our house on the market and are house hunting. It's exciting but a real roller coaster on the emotions! LOL

Stephanie said...

This swan is so elegant. Just beautiful. Great tutorial.

Jani Lewis said...

Beautiful box. Great design and love the Stickles and texture.

Angi said...

This is soooo elegant and creative Audrey. You really need to sell these. They are a work of art.

And thanks for the sweet comments on my blog. Hugs!!!!

Debbie said...

You always come up with the most unique crafty projects! The swan box is beautiful and I love the sparkle effect with the stickles!

Mary said...

This is just beautiful Audrey. Are the soaps some that you made? I love all the dimension on the swans. Good luck with the kitchen remodel. We did that 6 years ago and the inconvenience was well worth it.Hugs always my friend~Mary

Norma said...

WOWZERS Audrey this is just GORGEOUS and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Have a fantastic week my friend and thank you for visiting:)

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Your boxes are always fun-- you may be the crowned Queen of the Box! Beautiful in every way!!

jen said...

This is gorgeous! How are you?

About Me said...

I love your lovely swan box. You did a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing your creations. I love them all! You are a great inspiration!

Evie said...

This box is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

WOW! Very stunning as always!!!