Sweet Treats

Hello blog friends,

With Christmas and 2014 around the corner this is the last challenge for the year 2013 at Sugar Creek Hollow. The theme for this challenge is to make cards or any other paper-crafted projects using items you have recycled or repurposed. You can make anything you wish but it must be in the vintage – or shabby chic style. We also have Laney Delaney as our guest designer for this challenge. You can see more of her  beautiful work at her blog Laney’s Place.

I decided to make gift boxes and fill them with chocolates. A Sizzix Birdhouse 3-D XL die was used to cut the shapes from empty  breakfast cereal boxes. I love to recycle these cardboard boxes as they are very sturdy. The roofs were cut from an old white corrugated gift box. The kraft side was then painted with Tim Holtz distress paint and leave to dry to form fine cracks on the surface. After completely dry, I distressed the boxes with Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage Photo” for a weathered effect. After assembling the birdhouses the fun part was to decorate and embellish each one differently but to keep the red, white, green and silver theme. The boxes were filled with some yummy chocolate-coated coconut treats. The family and friends will definitely love what is inside and I hope they will love the outside as well! The 3 easy steps in photos:

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I would love to enter my project in the following challenges:

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Close ups of the individual gift boxes. I used die cut corners, seam binding, pearls, paper roses and a little wreath charm to decorate this little box.

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This one is decorated with lace on the edge of the roof, a hanging pearl and crystal and a little sentiment banner. To me it looks like a little church.

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A silver heart with a red rhinestone heart inside give this one a country feel. I added silver wire at the bottom for extra bling and texture with the pompom lace.

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The boxes open at the bottom and are filled with chocolate coated coconut treats.

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Project details:

  • Recycled cereal boxes
  • Recycled corrugated gift box
  • Sizzix Birdhouse, 3-D Scoreboards XL die (658451)
  • Tim Holtz distress paint “Picket Fence”
  • Tim Holtz distress ink “Vintage photo”
  • Marianne Design Creatables (LR0106)
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities “Antique Frame and Accents”
  • Sentiment stamp unknown
  • Lace
  • Pearls
  • Silver wire
  • Gemstones
  • Paper roses
  • Charms
  • Hug Snug seam binding “Lipstick Red”
  • Skwiglues “Crystal”

Thanks for visiting today, I appreciate your visits and comments so much. Hope to see your recycled or repurposed project at Sugar Creek Hollow – there is plenty of time to enter as this challenge closes on January 3, 2014. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bianca
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:22:11

    What a wonderfull project. Happy New Year and Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

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  2. Elfie
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 13:11:24

    What a beautiful Birdie House.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons
    Hugs Elfie

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  3. Cathi
    Dec 22, 2013 @ 19:43:26

    Wow!! I love those birdhouses!! Do you need my address? I love how you recycled so much of your birdhouse from household items, they are just stunning!

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  4. lizzi
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 17:29:22

    amelia this is so lovely…love every shabby detail….hope you have a wonderful christmas…hugs lizzi

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  5. butlersabroad
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 18:05:29

    Oh Amelia, these are so pretty. They’re absolutely beautiful! Sparkles Christmas Challenge would love to see them too as our challenge is Feasts and Treats. These would be absolutely perfect.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  6. Darlene Pavlick
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 04:16:48

    OMG these are absolutely FABULOUS and GORGEOUS! I just LOVE them! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CHRISTMAS SPARKLE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    Darlene
    one of the ‘Sistahs’
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS

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  7. michele
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 01:51:00

    Fabulous gift boxes Amelia! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

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  8. Anna
    Dec 19, 2013 @ 18:23:23

    OMG, this is soooo sweet, love these little houses! Such a cool idea for a gift! Thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Catz and I hope you will come back again.
    Hugs,
    Anna xxx

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  9. Janine
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 00:02:13

    They’re absolutely gorgeous! Love that they were all once cereal boxes. Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design.
    Hugs, Janine xx

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  10. Carina Els
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 18:00:44

    Liewe Amelia
    Kan ek nie maar een van jou sussies wees nie? haha Dit is pragtig!
    Geseënde Kersfees vir jou en die res van die gesin.
    Carina

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  11. Anonymous
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 12:03:20

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us at Card and Scrap!
    DT Unni A

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  12. tilly trotter
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 14:15:45

    what stunning boxes, they will be loved, thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz
    Tilly

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  13. Lakul
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 13:50:23

    Wow, aren’t they elegant. I sure anyone would love to receive one of these as a gift. Thank you for joining in with our Christmas challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

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  14. Kimbo
    Dec 16, 2013 @ 10:58:17

    These are just beautiful. I love the distressed effect. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

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  15. Jac
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:50:37

    Wow! Beautiful gift boxes so gorgeously decorated, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design and Crafty Catz this week. Jac x

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  16. Kathy Skinner
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 08:55:18

    These boxes are simply gorgeous! Thank you for joining us this month at The Cupboard Trilogy Challenges!

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  17. Marie-Louise
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 02:04:32

    These are supeb Amelia. Just gorgeous.

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  18. Meggymay
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 00:46:20

    Gorgeous treat boxes, the details look awesome.
    Yvonne

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  19. Josuane
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 23:33:30

    What à lovely git for Christmas !! It’s so beautiful !

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  20. Judy
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 20:44:15

    I just love these. So creative and unusual. Judy x

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  21. Carol (Granny)
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 19:47:04

    These are so cute and so beautiful Amelia. I love all the wonderful details making each one unique in their own way. What a lovely gift for that someone special. A keepsake to treasure forever. Have a wonderful holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year. Love & Hugs, Carol

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  22. Mervi
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 18:48:58

    So beautiful and sweet treats;-))m

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  23. shazkeanly
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 18:36:08

    I’d like to be an honourary family member too. Absolutely stunning. Love these birdhouses. Merry Christmas.

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  24. Thea Field
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 17:02:41

    Ag liewe aarde, maar dis pragtig!! Jou handewerk is regtig besonders!

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  25. Nessie
    Dec 14, 2013 @ 15:41:45

    Can you please count me to your family and give me one of this wonderful birdhouse boxes? They are sooooo beautiful, I love them!
    Tfs, Nessie

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