Here’s the thing. I don’t do Halloween. I’m in good company here in Australia though despite a push to make it happen (mostly by big chain stores wanting to sell more stuff).
So when it came to this week’s CASEing the Catty theme, Happy Haunting, I needed some new ideas. I don’t think there’s anything happy about haunting at all so I’m turning my post into something that’s always happy – a birthday. OK, I know some birthdays aren’t happy but it’s always nice to be celebrated as a person. In fact, today’s post is really about just that. My father in law was born on 31 October, so we have a happy birthday to celebrate instead of Halloween, only this year it may not be quite so happy. Sadly, his dad passed away just two days ago so this birthday may not be his greatest. Even so, my in-laws and particularly my children will still want to celebrate Pa on his birthday. We’ll just need to celebrate him sensitively.
A few months ago I made paper samplers for my wider team and as a result I had some left over Happy Haunting DSP which I never would have bought otherwise. I’m thrilled though that this year, many of the holiday themed papers have non-holiday specific reverse sides, so you can use one side for the holidays and if you don’t get through the whole pack, you can keep using the otherside throughout the rest of the year.
Here’s how I changed up my Happy Haunting paper into birthday boxes. I was inspired by a couple of the holiday catalogue samples that featured little gift boxes made with the Gift Box Punch Board out of DSP. I started off in the same direction although I used my Envelope Punch Board instead, just because it was laying around and it can do boxes too.
I then stamped the big stamp from Amazing Birthday onto a strip of vanilla cardstock and attached some more Happy Haunting DSP with stars. A bow of silver cording trim finished it off.
Next, I got more adventurous. I wanted to create a box that fit the acetate sleeve of the Tag a Bag gift boxes (LOVE those guys). I played around with different dimensions on the punch board until I got it right.
I really wanted to use the Lost Lagoon cotton trim as I love it so much but don’t often find ways to incorporate it. It’s perfect for man projects though. I wrapped it around the sleeve and decorated with a banner and stamps from Amazing Birthday as well as a string of punched stars. Finally I filled with coconut truffles.
Note: You should totally visit the AMAZING Wholefood Simply website if you’re into clean eating but still need a treat in life. The coconut truffles above are grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, nut free, egg free, gluten free and paleo. Bet you’re wondering what’s left to put in them right? Make sure you check it out – they are DELISH! I’m in no way affiliated with the site but why not give a shout out to a GOOD thing!?
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