Oh my goodness, sometimes I wonder why I don’t just go with my gut instinct when it comes to ordering from Stampin’ Up! When the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue came out the first thing on my wish list was the Pretty Pillow Box Dies. Somehow though it didn’t make it onto my first order, nor my second. As time wore on my interest seemed to wane. Then last month I placed an order and with some Demonstrator benefits to spend I decided it was now or never. Why had I waited so long! Since getting the dies I just can’t seem to put them down. A couple of days ago I showed you a bookmark using the small flower dies in the set. Today I’m excited to bring you an actual pillow box favour just in time for Christmas.
SIMPLE PILLOW BOX
There’s lots of different extras in the set to add interest to the actual pillow box but for my first one I wanted to keep it simple. I cut a 4-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Very Vanilla Card and placed the large pillow box die on top. Then I ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine.
In one pass, the die cuts the shape and adds some ‘scored’ lines. All I had to do was carefully bend the card along the lines and squeeze it gently between my fingers.
Once I’d done that I folded in one of the curved side sections in from the back and added a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I folded the curved section from the front over it and pressed them together firmly for a minute. The liquid glue gave me time to adjust the sides so they were properly lined up, but then holds really well. After repeating the process for the other curved side the familiar pillow shape was revealed.
Then I filled it with some chocolate, folded over the flap and secured it in place with a Mini Glue Dot.
Now I had to decorate the box for my Christmas table so for that I decided to create a poinsettia.
I returned to the Pretty Pillow Box Dies and took the two larger flower dies and one of the smaller ones. Then I found some scraps of Garden Green and Real Red Card. Using the dies I cut one of each size flower from Real Red and just one of the larger ones from Garden Green.
Then, with a dot of liquid glue to hold each layer in place, I stacked the red flowers on top of the green one, staggering the petals to reveal the ones underneath.
For some subtle sparkle I added a single Pale Papaya embellishment from the Genial Gems pack to the centre. Then with a little more liquid glue I fixed the poinsettia onto the flap of the pillow box. In no time at all my Christmas favour was complete.
I must say that I’m in love with the pillow box which is really easy to put put together. In addition, despite being only just under 1″ across, the poinsettia embellishment is very striking. I’m so delighted that the Pretty Pillow Box Dies are being carried over and will continue to be available for some time yet. You’ll definitely be seeing more projects from me using these dies in the weeks and months to come.