Sunday, December 01, 2019

Simple Christmas Kraft Boxes

I'm 'retiring' as an AlphaStamps design team member this month.

It feels weird to type that. It hardly seems real! I've been with AlphaStamps 4eva!

Why am I bowing out? I'm trying to simplify and refocus. I've always known that you can't do it all, but I often feel like I'm trying to stuff 36 hours of activity into a day that only has 24. I'm trying to NOT fill every minute so that I can *gasp!* spend a day with family, read a book, and, by the grace of the gods, get every bit of laundry done at least once in my life. (A girl can dream.)

I kinda wish there was a big dramatic crafty fallout, but you'll have to settle for the fact that I'm shit at time management basically.

I'll still be making little things with their delightful crafty bits and I've already said I'd be pleased as punch to be a guest designer if they'll have me. And they better. Or else.

Given that I'm trying to simplify my life, these cute little boxes seem a fitting send off project.

I've kept them simple. Some gold embossing powder, snippets from holiday collage sheets, a wee charm, a bit of raffia. While I totally understand the appeal of embellishing until things are dripping with colour and a thousand different elements, there's a case for simplicity too.

If you've got a load of people on your list you could turn out a boat load of these cute 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes in no time at all. Just a length of paper cut from the Rejoice Christmas Baking Custom 12x12 Paper Set, and a snip from the Gingerbread Collage Sheet. A rustic bow made with raffia and tuck a candycane in place and you're set.

Put a bit of tissue inside these and fill them with wrapped sweets and you're set for giving a small token of holiday spirit. I've prepared a whole whack of these so that I can dole them out and look like I totally have my holiday shit together.

(Note: I do not have my shit together.)

Can we talk about these cute house boxes?

Again, keeping it simple but adorable and cheery.

Simple wee wreath made with Tiny Green Leaf Garland, a Santa Sleigh Silver Charm, a snip from the Tiny Christmas Windows Collage Sheet as a tag and closed up tight with a Mini Bronze Butterfly Paper Clip.

I DID add some gold embossing elements to the roof (because I'm currently in love with combining kraft and gold) but you could totally skip that.

I also added Mini House Doors & Windows (painted red), Polymer Clay Christmas Candy Slice Mix and Larger Miniature Candy Canes. Honestly, I really love the rustic look of these without any added paper embellishing (and the time it saved me!) 

All the bits to make these cute and quick goodies can be found in one place, right HERE.

Or here is everything to pick and choose from:

Santa Sleigh Silver Charm Set
Santa is Outside Collage Sheet
Gingerbread Collage Sheet
Tiny Christmas Windows Collage Sheet
Mini Bronze Butterfly Paper Clips
Larger Miniature Candy Canes
2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes*
Polymer Clay Christmas Candy Slice Mix
Tiny Green Leaf Garland
Sweet Treats Collage Sheet
House Treat Box
Mini House Doors & Windows
Christmas Baking Treat Box Kit - November 2019

So that's it! My last sweet and simple post for AlphaStamps. The biggest fattest "thank you" to everyone at AlphaStamps for all you do. Leslie, it's been an absolute pleasure. Bella, you are a peach and I'll see you around lady. My teamies, you're all such inspirations. The shipping department, you rock! And every other person behind the scenes, you've made my zillion years there all the better because of your hard work. BEST WISHES TO ALL OF YOU!