8 June 2014

Summer Celebrations with IndigoBlu

Hi everyone. I'm serving up a little treat for you today with an entry for Eileen Hull's Art with Heart June Challenge - Summer Celebrations.
There's nothing quite so personal as a little home-made cake to give as a gift if someone you care about is celebrating, and if you present your treat in it's only hand-crafted box you make it extra special for the lucky recipient.

Eileen's Square Box design is the perfect size for housing muffins and cupcakes. I cut this one from 280gram card twice. The die is designed to cut/score matboard (mountboard) so at this stage I had to go over the scorelines with an embossing tool but wanted to make the box double-skinned. An oval aperture was cut into one side so that an acetate 'window' could be added, allowing the recipient to get a glimpse of what awaited them.

It's always best to colour/stamp/stencil your box before assembly so you have a flat surface to work on. I wanted to replicate the luxury look of a certain chocolate brand painting it with 'Wimberry Pie' acrylic paint before stamping it with a couple of IndigoBlu designs; it's as though Kay designed this sentiment from the 'More Than Words' set to fit the box, and I used the Mechanics A6 stamp for the top.

Both were stamped with FlitterGlu before being covered in 'Chariot of Fire' Mega Flake. For those of you in the US who may be unfamiliar with these products here's a couple of reviews from Amy Bowerman after she got to experience them first hand at the January 2014 CHA confererence;

To complete the rather decadent look to this box I cut some tattered flowers from Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art, colouring them with Butterscotch Alcohol ink before shaping each of the three layers. Some of the leaves were cut from the same material, coloured with Oregano and Pearl alcohol inks, and others from gold card, embossed and shaped with an embossing tool.
The flowers were secured in place using Idea-Ology brass coloured Long Fasteners.

When constructing the box I added a second layer of card inside the box; in part this was to cover any paint on the insides (ensuring a clean look) and it also helped to cover the fastenings on the box lid. By using two layers of 280gram card the box was nice and sturdy.

Needless to say, with four hungry fellas at home the fresh blueberry muffin (and its companions) didn't last long but the box would be a permanent reminder for that special person if  I had decided to give it away as a gift.
That's it for now but there's plenty more to come from me this week.
Hope the coming week is kind to you. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

Links to the IndigoBlu products used for this box;


  1. Gorgeous and opulent . I adore your flowers Jenny. This is such a lovely gift idea. Tracy x

  2. Beautiful flowers on your luxury cup cake box Jenny, I love the sentiment too. I have this vision in my head of the scrum for the cup cake from the boys. Mo x

  3. What a lovely gift box ~ it makes a simple cupcake into a SuPeR Cupcake. The flowers on top are beautiful :o)

  4. Gorgeous gift box Jenny! I love the colours and such an elegant design. I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come! xx

  5. A brilliant gift box! The flowers are beautiful, and sure greed will wait!

  6. this is a delightful gift box Jenny - wonderful - and the cake that I'm spying looks delicious - those flowers look awesome too - really clever to use the alcohol ink to colour - looks great - fab ATB - love it xx

  7. Fabulous box for a very lucky recipient! Specially love the CfA flowers!! Wow, they look amazing!

  8. A very yummy post. Love the quote :)

  9. Very elegant and rich looking Jenny and I love that sentiment on the side, it is just perfect. The cake inside looks pretty good too! Anne xx

  10. Good morning Jenny,
    What a fantastic box, I just LOVE your beautiful flowers.
    Mmmmmm!! the person receiving it will be delighted both with the box and the "yummy" contents.
    Off to pack my bag, we head for home later today.

    Patricia xx

  11. The box alone would be a wonderful gift but with added cake it has to be brilliant. Love it!

  12. An amazing idea and the flowers are stunning

    Love Chrissie x

  13. Stunning flowers on top op this sweet box Jenny! And that text is too cute :-)))
    Greetings, Alie

  14. Hi Jenny,
    Absolutely gorgous.
    Very beautiful box. And you are absolutely wright when you say it's ever so nice to give a present in a hand crafted box. I myself just made a book-card filled with chocolates all in vintage style to give to my teacher french. And she was so very happy with it aswell.
    I send you lots of crafty greetings,

  15. Your cupcake box is gorgeous in that bright blue Jenny! love your florals on top too - a wonderful way to give a foodie gift!!

  16. hi Jenny, wow what a stunning project, the flowers are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the heads up too, Vintage Seaside has got to be my favourite theme ever so I'm a very happy bunny
    Claire xx

  17. I am in love of those flowers...great! awesome

  18. Wow.. this is such a beautiful box, Jenny. Love the gorgeous flowers and great sentiment. Such a brilliant idea to celebrate summer. :)

  19. I would welcome calories every day if they came in a box this sensational!!!
    That sentiment is a riot and OH so true :)

  20. The butterscotch flowers are out of this world wonderful - altogether a fabulously elegant ATB!
    Alison xx

  21. YUM! This is quite the fancy box with gold lettering! Love the flowers and acetate window- beautiful! Thanks for entering the Art with Heart Challenge Jenny!

  22. This is beyond gorgeous Jenny! I love your delicious and functional take on your latest and greatest ATB! I apologize for not getting over to comment and share sooner...life has been getting in my way as of late :)



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