Advent Box Calendar

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I know it’s a bit late for others to have a go at, but I’ve finally finished my Advent Box Calendars for the boys and wanted to share them with you. I just need to pop down to Sainsbury’s for some fillings (can’t give too many details at this time, but suffice to say they will all be edible – plus a few extra for Mum!)

So, to make these you will need:-

* A4 Cardstock in Green, Red and White (as with the Halloween treats, I used cheap Cardstock from Hobbycraft)
* Trimmer
* Scoreboard (or Scoring Blade for your trimmer)
* Numbers Stamp Set (I used the Stampin’ UP! 25 Days set from the Autumn-Winter 2014 Catalogue)
* Inkpads in Green and Red (I used SU Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler)
* Sticky Strip
* Stampin’ Dimensionals/ Foam Pads
* Bone Folder
* Scissors

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Cut the Green & Red Card to measure 5″ x 7.5″ – you’ll get 2 from each sheet and you’ll need 25 in total (12 in green and 13 in red)

Butting the long side up to the top of your Scoreboard/Trimmer, score at 2″, 3.5″, 5.5″ & 7″. Turn the card so the short side butts to the top and score at 1.5″, 3.5″ & 5″. Cut notches as shown above and them, using your trimmer, cut the edges of the lid down to 0.5″ as shown, then notch the corners.

Fold and burnish your score lines.

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Add sticky strip as shown, making sure the sticky strip on sides nearest the lid only go halfway up.

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Fold up the sides and stick to make a box, making sure the sides with the half piece of tape are attached first.

Cut 25 squares measuring 2″ x 2″ – 12 in Red and 13 in Green. Cut 25 squares measuring 1.75″ x 1.75″ in White and stamp each number once, alternating between Green and Red ink, with the odd numbers in Green. Stick the numbers to the topper square of the colour matching the ink.

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Attach Dimensionals/Foam Pads to the back of each topper, then attach it to the front of a box of the opposite colour (green toppers on red boxes and vice versa).

I hope that made sense lol. If you’d like to buy the items I used from Stampin’ UP! then take a look at my online shop at http://www.magiclady.stampinup.net 😉

Halloween Treats Part 2

For the second of my three part series of Halloween Treats I give you a Chocolate Pumpkin/Eyeball Box. These little boxes will hold 5 Chocolate Balls – I bought Pumpkins and Eyeballs from Sainsburys. This box is adapted from a design originally by Sam Donald at http://www.pootles.co.uk

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You will need:-

A4 card (you can get 3 boxes from each sheet)
Scraps of Patterned Paper (I used The Stampin’ UP! Witches Brew collection which at the time of writing is still available in the Clearance Rack)
Trimmer
Scoreboard (or Scoring Blade for your trimmer)
Bone Folder
Scissors
Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1) Cut your card to measure 6 1/2″ x 4″.

2) Butting the long side of the card to the top of your Scoreboard, score at 1″, 3″, 4″ and 6″. Turn the card round so the short side is at the top and score at 1″ and 3″.

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3) Using your scissors, cut up either side of each score line as shown below to make notches. Trim the little notch away. Note that you do not need to cut up the sides of the small rectangles on the left.

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4) Using your trimmer, butt the edge with the thin scored section to the top, and carefully remove 1/2″ from each side of the top square as shown below.

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5) Notch out little triangles at the corners of each of the 1/2″ strips as shown below. This will for the box lid. Fold all your score lines, burnishing them with the bone folder to give a crisp fold.

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6) Taking your patterned paper, cut out four pieces measuring 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ and one piece measuring 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″. Turn your card over so that the score lines are raised and attach your paper as shown below using liquid glue to allow a little wiggle room.

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7) Using liquid glue, stick the small squares on the box base to the inside of its neighbouring rectangle, repeating for all four corners.

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8) Finally, fill your box with your five chocolates and carefully close the lid with the tabs inside the box.

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