Stampin’ Up! Joyful Season and Vintage Leaves on an XL Pillow Box!

Good Sunday morning to you all!  We’re getting a little taste of Fall here in the A-T-L.  We slept with the windows open last night – first time this season and it was wondrous!  Hopefully we’ll get an actual “Fall” this year – fingers crossed!

I have a share today that combines quite a few of the wonderful new products in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  I wanted to try the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits – but I wanted to do a large one like we’d done at our Amy’s Inkin’ Krew meeting a few weeks back. And, in the catalog, they’ve got a sample Pillow Box in which they’ve incorporated one of my favorite new things – the Woodland TIEF.  So, it was kind of a shoe-in, really!  Add in some embellishments with Vintage Leaves and Leaflets Framelits, and a sprinkling of Joyful Season….and, well…take a look-see:

Joyful Seasons Vintage Leaves Pillow Box 1

I’ve posted a Tutorial for you so that you can make your own Double Pillow Box, so I won’t go into all those details here.  Let’s just say we’re starting…here:

Pillow Box Tutorial 10

Head over to the Tutorial page to see how I got to this point, okay?  You’ll end up with a blank canvas on which to add your beautiful embellishments.  Let’s start decorating!

The first thing I did was to stamp some leaves from the Among the Branches Stamp Set – in Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  On further reflection, it would have been a LOT easier to stamp those BEFORE I assembled the Pillow Box.  Which really seems like a “duh” observation, doesn’t it? 🙂

But, I got the leaves on there, on the front and the back.  In order to cover the seam between the two pillow boxes – you’ll know what I mean after you see the Tutorial – I made a belly band out of a piece of Into the Woods DSP, some 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon and a length of Real Red 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon.  I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the three layers of the belly band together.  For the DSP layer – which was first, I measured the width of the box with it kind of flattened, doubled that number and then added about 1/2″.  Then I scored the band – which is 2″ wide – at about 5/8″ and again where the band was going to “turn the corner” to the back of the box.  When I glued it, I made sure the little 5/8″ flap was on the under-side of the seam.  Then I layered on the burlap ribbon and finished up with the Real Red Cotton Ribbon.

Joyful Seasons Vintage Leaves Pillow Box 4

To make the cardinal, I used the Joyful Season multi-step stamp set.  First I stamped the outline in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then I filled him in with the appropriate stamp in Real Red.  I added his mask in Tuxedo Black, and his beak in Hello Honey.  Then I fussy cut him out.  Oh!  I built him on Whisper White Thick Card Stock (same as the Pillow Box), so he held up well to being cut out.  I didn’t cut out his little feet, cause…I’m not crazy! 🙂  Then I set him aside to await his turn.

I heat embossed four leaves from Vintage Leaves, in Gold Stampin’ Emboss’ Powder.  I did three of the maples – one on Cajun Craze card stock, one on Tangelo Twist and one on Crushed Curry.  The oak leaf was done on Tangelo Twist.  These are quite detailed stamps , so be sure to use your Embossing Buddy before you stamp with the Versamark and sprinkle the Gold Emboss Powder on.  Once I set them with the Heat Tool, I cut them all out with their matching framelit from the Leaflets Die set (which, of course, you can get in a bundle for 15% off!).  I gave them all a little roll with my bone folder, just to add a little dimension to the front of the box.

Joyful Seasons Vintage Leaves Pillow Box 3

I laid out the leaves how I was going to want to be on the box, and adhered their stems together with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  Then, just for good measure, I popped in a staple with my Mini-Handheld Stapler.  I used the stapler again to adhere the cluster of leaves to the burlap ribbon on the belly band.  At that point, I also added another dab of the Liquid Glue under the Burlap Ribbon – just to give it a little more stability.

I stuck on about three Glue Dots in the center, and wound multiple loops of Linen Thread around.  Then I used more Liquid Glue to attach my fussy cut cardinal and “Thanks” from the Expressions Natural Elements.  Joyful Season Vintage Leaves Pillow Box 2

And that, as they say, was that.  In other words…et voila!  A lovely little gift or treat holder for someone special!

Take another quick peek at the Weekly Deals before they’re gone – I’m thinking I need the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and some Silver Glimmer Paper, and several packages of Pearl Basic Jewels….

TTFN and see you tomorrow!


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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Whisper White Thick Card Stock: two sets of Square Pillow Box Die cuts (4 pieces total); cardinal cut out
Into the Woods DSP; 2″ x ~9″ (first belly band layer)
Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist:  Vintage Leaves die cuts
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10 September

138288: Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (5,325 backordered; 9,504 expected)
138378: Tin of Cards Project Kit (more details)
139622: Spider Web Paper Doilies (more details)

12 September

132622: Gold Foil Sheets

14 September

138395: Expressions Natural Elements (429 backordered; 5,992 expected)

15 September

139607: Red Foil Sheets (1,103 backordered; 6,000 expected)
139463: Reindeer Paper Clips

16 October

139673: Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (633 backordered; 2,160 expected)

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8 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Joyful Season and Vintage Leaves on an XL Pillow Box!

  1. Ahhh!! I love this!!!! Awesome job creating the double pillow box, wonderful decorating too. Love the fall colors, fantastic project! 🙂

  2. Mom

    This is a winner, for sure. What a nifty idea for presenting a small thank you gift.

  3. Patricia

    Very pretty, Mary! That new embossing folder is lovely, and the pillowbox looks like it would be easy to use. The cardinal stamp, in a watercolor effect, is great. This would be a darling treat to have at each place setting, for Thanksgiving dinner, or for a women’s fall event. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. 🙂

  4. It is easy. When you double it and emboss it you do have to take your time to keep it all straight, but that’s about it. And you’re right – they’d make lovely little place settings! 😊

  5. Lovely project! Thanks for the great instructions, I needed a refresher for the longer box! 🙂 Love all of the embellishments, too. So, so nice.

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