2017 Occasions Sneak Peek: Part 6

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Welcome back, Stampers! Today we’re on part 6 of a 6-part series featuring sneak peeks from the upcoming 2017 Occasions Catalog and I have saved the best for last!! Be sure to bookmark this blog (hit Ctrl+D on Windows or CMD+D on a mac). Even though this is the last post in the Occasions sneak peek series, watch this space because I’ll be posting the Sale-A-Bration sneak peek on Monday! Be sure to visit my blog weekly to see all new ideas featuring some of the products you’ve seen already and some new products that you haven’t!

You can get your hands on these fabulous products starting January 4th. If you are not currently working with another demonstrator and need a copy of the catalog, request yours below! Want to browse through the sneak peek series? Review part 1 here, part 2 herepart 3 herepart 4 here and part 5 here! Today we’ll be focusing on some gift and treat packaging ideas featuring the new Window Box Thinlits Dies, which is sure to be a catalog favorite!

Gift Packaging Ideas featuring products from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog

Before we jump into the fabulous ideas featuring the Window Box Thinlits Dies, here are some great gift packaging ideas that were recently featured on Shelli Gardner’s blog! Shelli is so creative! I love these boxes that she makes for family members. Here are 5 ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

Stampin' Up Gift Packaging Ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just because!

I just love that pillow box! It would also make a gorgeous gift card wrapping for a wedding gift.

Stampin' Up Gift Packaging Ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or just because!

Look at that paper gift bow! Isn’t it fabulous! I just love looking at these gift boxes from Shelli. It’s so inspiring and makes me want to jump up and make one for myself!

Mini Egg Cartons

Okay, I had to point out a “blink and you’ll miss it” product from the 2017 Occasions catalog. It’s the new Mini Egg Cartons!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Mini Egg Cartons

These coordinate with the cute easter Basket Bunch stamps that I introduced you to in Part 4 of the 2017 Occasions Sneak Peek Series! They also coordinate with a must-have stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure called Hey, Chick that features 3 different chickens! So cute! The mini egg cartons are a natural cream color but can be easily dyed using a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of ink! Just spritz…

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Dying Mini Egg Cartons with a Stampin' Spritzer filled with Rubbing Alcohol and a few drops of ink

… and let it dry! Then you’ll end up with a custom colored egg carton! Here are three dyed egg cartons. From bottom to top: Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Dyed Mini Egg Cartons in Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum

Fill, wrap with ribbon and add a tag! Instant cute gift box! The tag below features the “Enjoy” sentiment from the new Everyday Tags stamp set, which coordinates beautifully with the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies! This image first stamped with Peekaboo Peach ink. Then the stamp was inked in Calypso Coral. A sponge dauber was used to apply Versamark ink to the bottom of the stamp. It was then positioned with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to slightly overlap the original Peekaboo Peach image. Last, add a bit of gold embossing powder and heat set!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Mini Egg Carton gift box with a cute gift tag that features shadow stamping and heat embossing! Sentiment from the Everyday Tags stamp set.

Gusseted Cellophane Bag featuring the new Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies and coordinating That’s The Tag photopolymer stamps

I love this next idea so much that I totally borrowed it to wrap one of my mom’s Christmas gifts! I don’t have the dies used here but the bag itself is what really tickled my fancy! This is just a 6″ x 17″ gusseted cellophane bag and a half sheet of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate! The 6″ x 12″ piece of acetate was scored at 4″ and shoved into the bottom of the cellophane bag. And it’s sturdy enough that you don’t have to use tape or anything to hold the bag open! Perfect! I even had a bunch of crumpled paper on hand to fill the bag similar to the one below. Booyah! Love it when I get to put these ideas into action! My mother loved the gift packaging too :)

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gusseted Cellophane Bag featuring gift tag made with the new Timeless Tags Framelits and coordinating That's The Tag photopolymer stamps

Here’s a close up of the tag, which was made with the new That’s the Tag stamps and coordinating Timeless Tags Framelits dies. The white doily you see is the new Lace Doilies, which are white on one side and vanilla on the other! In my opinion, these are the best doilies that Stampin’ Up has ever offered!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Closeup of tag made with the new Timeless Tags Framelits and coordinating That's The Tag photopolymer stamps

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Window Shopping Bundle, featuring the Window Box Thinlits Dies

Okay, okay! I know you’re totally dying to see the new Window Box Thinlits Dies and all the cute project ideas! I don’t have an image for the coordinating stamp set, Window Shopping, but you will see the stamps from that set used in the projects below! Here we go!

Below are all of the pieces you will get with the Window Box Thinlits Dies.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Closeup of tag made with Window Box Thinlits Dies

Assembling the Window Box hexagon gift box

You will need to cut two pieces using the largest die, which fits a half sheet perfectly! Expect to get 1 box per sheet of letter sized cardstock. Once you have your two pieces, cut the tabs off one of the pieces and glue them together to make a little man, like so:

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Assembling the Window Box Thinlits Dies - Cut 2 box pieces then glue them together to make a little man. Cut the flaps off of the feet.

To finish the box, burnish the score lines and apply adhesive to the hands, armpits and love-handles (see black dashes in the image below). Then fold the legs on the score lines, wrap the arms around the legs and tuck the head!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Assembling the Window Box Thinlits Dies - After adhering the two parts together to make the little man, add glue to the arms and love handles, then fold legs, wrap the arms and tuck the head!

Let’s check out some project ideas! Here’s a gift of thanks for a host Who wouldn’t love receiving this cute gift box?

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gift of Thanks Box made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Features 8 mini cards inside!

Tucked inside the gift box are 8 mini cards which were made with the Window Shopping stamp set and coordinating detailed dies from the Window Box Thinlits Dies.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: 8 mini cards to tuck inside the Window Box. Cards were made with the Window Shopping stamps and coordinating Window Box Thinlits Dies.

There’s also something special about this box… it opens at the side instead of the top! Take notice of how this box opens because I’ll show you another way to open it that’s similar to this. In this design, the box is mean to stand up on a table, with the top and bottom having a straight flat side. The box opens at a seam, sort of on a hinge.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gift of Thanks Box made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Learn how to alter the pieces so the box opens on a hinge!

Alternative way to assemble the Window Box – opening on a hinge

You will cut 2 pieces from the cardstock, just like you would for the top-closing version of the box. Instead of making the man, though, you will cut the large hexagon in half and adhere that piece to the bottom for both box halves.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Learn how to alter the die cut pieces of the WIndow Box Thinlits so the box opens on a hinge!

Fold both boxes and adhere so they look like the photo below. Then adhere the flaps on one side, to make the hinge, and cut the flaps off of the other side.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Learn how to alter the die cut pieces of the WIndow Box Thinlits so the box opens on a hinge!

Here’s the finished box, one more time:

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gift of Thanks Box made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Learn how to alter the pieces so the box opens on a hinge!

Did you see the 3D Banner Builder die in the Window Box Thinlits Dies?

Really quickly, I want to point out the 3D banner on this box. It was made with what I call the banner builder die from the Window Box Thinlits dies. This piece will cut and score banners up to the height of the die. See that little triangle piece in the middle there? That will help you center the die over shorter banners! Run this through your Big Shot, fold on the score lines and, voila! 3D banner that pops off your project!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Making a 3D banner using the banner builder die from the Window Box Thinlits Dies

More project ideas featuring the Window Box Thinlits Dies:

Know someone who loves boats? Build a boat gift box for them! The little water piece at the bottom was made with piece that you’d likely throw in the garbage after die cutting! It’s used here to decorate the bottom of this nautical box! So cute!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Sail Boat Treat Box made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies

Know anyone who loves games? These next two projects are for you! Here’s a pokeball made with the hinge opening method I showed you above! I love this idea and it comes at a perfect time for us! My brother-in-law is getting married this summer and their wedding theme is Pokemon! You can bet I’ll be making them this box and filling it with something cute!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Pokeball Treat Box made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies

Pokemon not retro enough for the gamer in your life? How about Pac Man?

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Pac Man and Ghost Treat Boxes made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies

The ghosts were made with the traditional top-open method. But the Pac Man and Pac Woman were made with an alternate assembly method! Notice that the top and bottom of this box are pointed, making it slightly different from the hinge-open method I showed you earlier.

Alternative way to assemble the Window Box – making a Pac Man

Here’s how to make the Pac Man box. Begin by cutting two pieces and assembling the man. The difference this time is that you won’t cut the flaps off of his feet. Instead, you’ll slice him down the middle until you reach the bottom of the tummy. The uncut portion will create a hinge. Fold on the score lines and adhere all of the flaps together for one half of the box. Repeat for the second half. Trim off any unneeded flaps.

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Pac Man and Ghost Treat Boxes made from the Window Box Thinlits Dies. Alternate Window Box assembly method - the Pac Man box.

DIY Wedding Decor featuring the Window Box Thinlits Dies

This last idea is my absolute favorite. If the other ideas didn’t make this a must-have for my list, this last one certainly did! Cut and assemble the box using the top-close assembly method (actually, I think this box has a side flap that opens but I don’t have an image to show you how to do that just yet). Insert it with a battery operated tea-light (not shown) and wrap it with some of the new Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon (page 51 of the Occasions catalog if you’re looking for it). Repeat! Ready to see what you’re making?

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gorgeous DIY Table decor and wedding party favors made with the new Window Box Thinlits Dies!

Ta da! How gorgeous is this!! I love the multiple hexagons on a table runner. Such a simple thing and so elegant! It’s a cost-effective DIY wedding table decoration… or any table for that matter! I want to make one for my formal dining room!

2017 Stampin' Up Occasions Sneak Peek: Gorgeous DIY Table decor and wedding party favors made with the new Window Box Thinlits Dies!

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13 Comments on “2017 Occasions Sneak Peek: Part 6”

  1. I entered my information for a catalogue, but after I submitted it, the form just went blank. I’m not sure if it went through. Thank you!!!

  2. Thanks for your great directions for the hinged box. I have a question as I am making one. When I cut the hexagon pieces in half they are larger than the half that is left. Do you trim the cut pieces down so that they are all the same size? It looks like that is the case since the filagree top is in the center with even edges all around. Hope this question is not confusing. Thanks once again for the tutorial!

    1. Hi Lynne! You know, that is a really great question. The photos and information above came directly from Sara during her OnStage presentation in November. If you would like to watch the video she shared, you can find it on the demonstrator website under Events > OnStage Online. This is from the 2nd video and her presentation starts about 2/3 of the way through that video. I don’t think she explicitly states to trim extra material but it’s possible that you may need to. Sadly, I don’t have the hexagon box YET. I’m planning on ordering it this week. :D

      Please leave another comment and let us know how you ended up putting it together! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. On the box, the top flaps that end up being the top or the bottom of the boxes on the regular Window Shopping box above, I have a question. On the part that is the “belly” of your man, on the big hexagon shape, there is a top flap there, but I can’t see whether it is taped to the outside of the box or cut off? Which is it and if cut off, what keeps that from being a big hole for stuff to fall out of? Sorry, if my question seems silly, but my head is thinking it. Otherwise, it’s a great tutorial and is much appreciated. Thank you so much.

    1. Great question! It’s actually glued to the underside of the first half of the box. Or the “chest” if you will. The only pieces that may need to be cut are the side flaps on the second half of the box, or the “feet”. You can see on the “arms” the man still has hands. Hope that helps clear up any confusion!

  4. Love the designs with the Window Box framelits and you have made it so easy with the ‘man’ idea, I can’t see how I could go wrong now with that image! Thank you!

  5. I love the hinged window box with mini cards inside! The blog description is great but I would love to see a YouTube video on this. Thx for sharing your great ideas!

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