Friday, May 10, 2013

350 Cards and Gifts Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

I am so glad you are here to help me celebrate the release of Paper Crafts Magazine 350 Cards & Gifts!  This issue is is packed with fun, approachable gift ideas.  I am absolutely crazy for the card sets in this issue!



When I think of birthdays I think of cake, so I created a stack of gift boxes that resembles a birthday cake.  Yum!  
I resized THIS file to create each of the boxes.  I added die cut border strips to each box and a fun cake topper.  The boxes measure 5.5", 4.25", and 3" across and are about 2" high.  And how about those gorgeous papers and trims?  They are from Heidi Sonboul's Sunkissed collection from GCD Studios.


The boxes separate so you can fill each one with a special gift.  Give each box separately or as a set.   Now I know what you're thinking--making a 3D circle box must be so hard!  Let me tell you, it is so easy, even for a beginner.  All I did was add some adhesive to the circles and adhere the box sides.  Don't be afraid to give it a try!


I mixed and matched the papers and trims to make the inside of each box equally fun and festive.

I added a straw flag topper along with a whimsical spiral to the top of my "cake".  Wanna know how to make those cute little flags?  Keep reading!

1. Trim 1.5" wide strips of paper and fold in half.  
2. Insert a piece of paper into the folded strip and stitch near the edge of the strip. 
3-4. Trim your stitched paper into flags of various shapes and sizes. 

Insert a straw into your flag and you have a fun, festive piece of party decor!  (Aren't those zigzag straws fun?  I got them from THIS Etsy shop.)

Now off you go to the super talented and inspirational Kelly Griglione.  This girl really knows her way around paper!  

Here is the complete list of bloggers: 
Amanda Coleman <--------You are here! 

Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to win your very own copy of 350 Cards & Gifts!  You have until Tuesday, May 14 to comment.  Be sure to check back here on Wednesday, May 15 to see if you are the winner!  

Happy hopping! 

Amanda

64 comments:

monica said...

super

~ Jo ~ said...

Wow these are freaking awesome my friend!!

Hugs,
Jo

Miranda said...

Super Cute!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Amazing!!

Carol McCready said...

What great party items. Just love them.

Shylaashree said...

it is a tempting cake amanda. happy to participate in bloghop
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Cassie_lu said...

love the idea of little hat boxes stacked on top of each other for a cake effect that hold little surprises.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Awesomeness!!!! Wow wow wow wow!!!!

KatheeVZ said...

Really cool cake!

Kelly Griglione said...

I about passed out from all the patterned paper goodness here!! Those flag straws are the best ... thanks for sharing your tutorial! They are perfect for a birthday party I have coming in a couple weeks : )

Queenie said...

This is SOOO totally ADORABLE! You are a master of all things 3D!

Cindy H. said...

How adorable and clever! I love the topping on your "cake". Thanks for the tip on how to make the flags.

My Creative Zone by Valerie said...

This is way to yummy...love it...

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Your straw flags are soooo cute! Love the bright colors!

Kimberly
My Craft Spot

C Wu said...

so sweet. love the straw flags.

Connie G said...

WOW!! What a lot of work but the end result is amazing!!! Love the patterned papers you used.

Sue D said...

Very cute idea. I like the flag topper and spiral.
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Torrie said...

I am so excited to have found your blog, I have this shape from SOS and haven't used it yet. I love the tute on the flags too.

diane (cookiestamper) said...

What a fun cake! I especially love the spiral at the top. Super cute!

Trinh said...

I love this! Very cute and fun.

Helen F. said...

Amanda, the cake and flags are such a crazy awesome idea! Sooo fun :)

cheryl (clee') said...

So pretty! Must give it a try :)

Noreen said...

A clever centerpiece idea! And, wow, can you use your paper scraps for this!

Noreen
http://craftyjournal.com

Brenda Lee said...

I love boxes! (so do my cats...LOL). The cake box is fantastic. Love the decoration and the flag. Thanks for the tutorial

Emily H said...

Ok this is absolutely fabulous!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

RachelB said...

Very cute!

Cathy said...

What a fun colorful project, wish I could sew.
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Agata said...

This is an excellent idea! Love it!

Lynda said...

Super cute idea...love it!

Mendi said...

Super cute projects! I also wanted to pop in and tell you how much I loved your Gingerbread house card at the Reader's poll over at Paper Crafts Magazine. I thought for sure you were going to be a winner. ;)

Natasha G.P. said...

WOE, that is amazing. I love the flag, and all of the details!

sharon g said...

What a cute box. You could put treats or presents in it since it looks pretty sturdy. Nice.

Tracy Ercole said...

Wow, Fantastic!

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

So fabulous! Love it!

Indy said...

Eeek! These boxes are fabulous! The colors and paper designs are so festive. As to the making all of these into a birthday cake, too delightful!
{hugs}
Indy

Angi Barrs said...

Fabulous! Love the straw flags.

Cindy C. said...

How cute and delightfull!

Jean Bullock said...

Wow, so many great ideas. Thanks for showing us how to make the flags.

Amber S said...

These are gorgeous boxes!!

Deborah said...

Love the straw toppers!!! And the boxes are great. Would love to win a copy of this magazine.

Janis said...

Those straw flags are ADORABLE!!!! I love your projects soooo much!!

Leanne said...

Lovely!

Mary-Anne V said...

wow how cute...love the different pp you used.

~amy~ said...

super fun projects...love the layered cake and the flags...a-dorable!

Crazy8farm said...

WOW!! Gorgeous!!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE these straws and the boxes-- BEAUTIFUL papers used! YOU are AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZING:)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOVE these straws and the boxes-- BEAUTIFUL papers used! YOU are AMAZZZZZZZZZZZZZING:)

Amy Kolling said...

Very clever and unique project!!! Love it!!

marylouh said...

Great idea. It could be adapted to many occasions - wedding or baby shower, christmas, etc. thanks for sharing. I have to remember this one.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Lovely cake, love those papers and the fun flags. TFS

Kim said...

Very Cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathleen said...

I love the patterned papers you chose. They all coordinate nicely.

Tina Mayo said...

loving this!! thanks for showing!!

Denise Bryant said...

Darling boxes! Love your mix of patterns and colors!

Sandi said...

super cute

Katie said...

What a cute cake and great box idea to keep after the birthday. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Ruby Craft said...

What a treat! I love tower gift boxes but never thought I could make my own, these are adorable! And the straw flags are a terrific idea too! Thanks for the tutorial and beautiful ideas!

*Jennyfer Leung* said...

OMG! I love this tower of bday cakes and love the super duper straws.

Chark said...

so cute, thanks for the tut on the flags!

Susan said...

What a colourful, cheerful paper birthday cake. Love the round boxes that can be filled with treats. The swirly topper with the flag tutorial was super!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow these are amazing!!! Love the topper on these boxes!

Stacey B said...

Reminds me of hat boxes that have been repurposed. I love it! I can't wait to make my cake tower and fill it with goodies for my nephews b-day party next month. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ami said...

Awesome!

Stacy Kay Brais said...

Fabulous!!! Love, love!