Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm in (Panda) Love!

What a week!  I've been so busy.  Well, wait a minute.  Have I really?  It seems like I was going every moment.  And yes, we did go to Lyric to see Spamalot on Thursday evening and to see Begin Again at the movies on Friday night, but what about the rest of the week?  I seriously don't know where the week went.  But, it certainly got away from me!

One thing is for sure, I've been in Panda Love this week.  Pandas are adorable - real ones, especially!  Since I'm not going to be adopting a panda anytime soon, I'll just make do with these darling Panda images that I found at  Miss Tina on Etsy.

I put together a note card set and had to have something cute to contain it all.  I settled on a matchbook type box.  This pretty paper is from Below Blink.  I printed the paper on 110 lb. paper so my box would be really sturdy.

You could use one of the die sets out there to make this box, but you don't need to.  If you have a cutter and a bone folder, you can make it easily.  (I used my scoring pad to score my box - it does make nice scores.)  A matchbook box is easy to make:

These dimensions are for a box that will hold cards that are 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 and envelopes that are 3 3/4 x 5.  Use double sided paper for your box so that the inside is finished.  I chose two different patterns to print.  For this size box, you will need to cut two pieces of patterned paper.

Cut one paper to 6 1/2 x 9" and one paper to
 4 x 4 3/4". 

Score the 6 1/2 x 9" paper -  this will form the back and the holder for the cards.

1.  Turn paper horizontally (long side is at top) and score 2 1/2" from right and 3 1/4" from right.  Also score 3/4" from the left.

2.  Turn paper vertically and score 1 1/4" from each side.  Score 1/2" from each side.

3.  Cut off sections marked above and make the 4 cuts from edge of paper to the 1 1/4" score.

Score the 4 x 4 3/4 paper. 
1.   Turn the paper horizontally and score 3/4" from left side.

Your papers will look like this:

Hint:  You really want to punch the holes for the ribbon now.  It is much harder when the bottom is glued.  

Lay the front piece on top of the back matching the edges.  I've used scrap paper so that you can see the front and back.  Punch through both pieces at the same time.  That way you will have mactching holes.  After punching the holes, you are ready to fold the box.

Glue the front to the back at the 3/4" fold.  Glue the front 3/4" fold on top of the back 3/4" fold.  Thread the ribbon.

Let's talk envelopes.  I used  my Envelope Punch Board to make my matching envelopes.  I printed the paper on one side of a 28 lb. Hammermill copy paper - which makes lovely envelopes.  

I printed one of the panda images on white sticker paper to make envelope seals.  I also die cut blank sticker paper for the front of the envelopes.

I just love this panda card set!  The box will hold 6 cards, 6 envelopes and the glassine bag with the envelope seals.

I've got some more Panda cuties on the way.  Happy Panda Love!


  1. What a nice little set, Lori! I have bookmarked this post so I can come back and make a set for myself - I think this would make a great little gift. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Wow Lori, this is super. What a lovely gift idea and those pandas are just adorable.
    Toni xx

  3. Gorgeous set Lori and I can see why you are in Panda Love...Loz

  4. Superb looking gift set Lori, pandas are just so cute!
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  5. WOW - beautiful - fab tutorial and love those papers and the cute pandas! TFS

  6. Hey Sugar - we have been out of town a lot this summer - busy with grandkids and lots of summer work to be done. Love this box although I must tell you, I am horrid at following instructions -- I really need to see it being done.
    Lori I want to tell how how much I LOVE the SU paper cutter - wonderful!!!!!!!
    Sandy xx

  7. This is adorable Lori!!

  8. I absolutely love this card set, so adorable with the Pandas. I'm not very good at following instructions either but will make it anyway, by hook or crook. If I lay things out so they make sense then I can do it. Am determined to make this as it's so cute and so handy. Would be nice to make some of these containers to keep some of my printables corraled, just have to adjust size for papers used. My favorite craft is paper crafting. I'd love to be as good as you are, your projects are so wonderful. will try to learn from you.
    I was trying to get a line of dog cards started, made up a whole family, hand drew their features. For the bag to put them in I adjusted a pattern I had to make a gift bag, used heavier kraft paper to make dogs and the bags
    Need to work on that again, didn't go anywhere with it after a gal and I split up doing idea of dog cards and her dog cookies. She didn't want me using certain words and thought I should be able to crank out a dozen cards in an hour. She wanted to go big at gift shows and I didn't want to, wanted to keep dog cards hand made. Just not possible to draw all features on different dogs in an hour let alone rest of card and envelopes. What do you use to fasten envelopes closed to stay? I got some stuff to glue them closed. Would be very interested in knowing what you use.
    Always enjoy your blog posts and seeing what you're doing. Great tutorial on the box, love papers you used and the envelope stickers. Do you always use envelope stickers instead of any other way of keeping envelopes closed? Happy summer days and paper crafting.
    If you reply could you please do so to my email address. Thank you.

    1. Hi! Your blogger information doesn't have your email, so I can't contact you! Please email me (see the email me button on the right side bar of my blog) and I'll be able to answer you via email. Thank you!

  9. Oh wow Lori! Absolutely adorable!!!


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