12 Weeks of Halloween 2019 | Week 9

Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | 12 Weeks of Halloween 2019 – Week 9

This year’s 2019 Holiday Catalogue had a surprise return of an old favourite, the Curvy Keepsake Box, but in a new mini size (the Mini Curvy Keepsake Box) which is super cute and even easier to put together than it’s predecessor.

The original box was extremely popular and there are loads of ideas on Pinterest for how to decorate them for different occasions, I was inspired by this pin for my boxes today and had stacks of fun creating these little characters 🙂

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One advantage of the Mini Curvy Keepsake Box is that it die cuts the entire box in just one pass and only needs a 6″ x 6″ piece of cardstock or DSP – I love that it’s the perfect size for my 6″ x 6″ DSP packs 🙂

I went with cardstock for my little characters and chose Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay for a colourful assortment. The faces are all from punched &/or trimmed from Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock and I did use my Basic Black Marker to add some touches to lil’ Frankies face 🙂

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I do have a few tips to make these go a little easier:

  • Choose features that are going to fit on your boxes – they are pretty small
  • Assemble any features before adhering to your box eg: mouths with teeth & eyes
  • Adhere your features while your box is flat and use a strong adhesive as they will be on a curve – I used Tombow for mine
  • After your elements are dry use a bone folder to gently curve the sides of your box from the inside to help it form the right shape, this will be a little fiddly over the faces, but really makes a difference.

I did use quite a few punches to create my faces and pulled out some retired ones as well. If you don’t have many punches, tiny dies would work or you could stamp/draw faces as well.

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I used a larger punch and the 1″ Circle Punch to create the smiling mouths and the teeth are the carrot from the Snowman Builder Punch. Most of the pupils used the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the highlights are all from the Twinkle Builder Punch. I did use some retired punches and some free hand cutting for some other features, but check out your stash, it’s surprising what you can create by trimming down larger punch outs 🙂

I finished my boxes off very simply with just a sentiment from Boo To You die cut with one of the tags that come in the Mini Curvy Keepsake Box die set. I tied it one with a little Linen Thread and that’s all the embellishment these simple boxes have.

I think these would be a fun project for kids to make for their friends, my youngest was very interested in their construction and gave me lots of advice for where to put what 🙂 Depending on their age you might need to preassemble some of the features and if you have a Xyron machine, making them into stickers may help keep things a little less sticky – I was very sticky afterwards 😉

Cheers,
Karen

If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used today, please visit my Online Store. I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia and remember to use October’s Host Code: J3MAR4S7  when you shop with me to receive your Party Perks.

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