Let's start it off with my first project of the New Year...Mini Houses with Matching Boxes! I recently moved my crafting space from my dining room into my very own craft room and as I was organizing all my stuff, I realized I have an unhealthy obsession with all things Anna Griffin and all things Tim Holtz...two designers at complete opposite edges of style. So...I thought I'd challenge myself to come up with a project that embraces both designers and this was the result.
This is my very first project using a Sizzix machine. My birthday and Christmas are near each other so this year I asked for Amazon gift cards as gifts...as I knew I was finally going to get my first Sizzix (the Vagabond 2) and, the first dies I wanted were the Tim Holtz Village Dies.
Once I had my mini houses created I knew they needed something else...so, matching boxes was what I came up. The houses fit inside the boxes so that now I can include a little tea light, and maybe a gift card, and use them as little gifts for family friends. I used my Cricut to make the boxes and, in Cricut Design Space, welded on a different edge to the box lid to create 4 unique boxes. To create the bow (also using the Cricut), I used leftover scraps of the same paper that matched each house.
Here's what the house looks like in the box. The bottom of the box was a little too short (at the maximum size of a 12x12" piece of paper)...the little chimney stuck out too high...so I cut 4 additional rectangles of paper and lined the inside of the box to add the height that I needed. It also gave extra strength to the box, which was an added benefit.
The little tags say: Home is where your story begins. It's from a sign I have in my house. I used my Cricut to make the tags and also do the writing on the tags...which is a wonderful feature available on the Cricut Explores!