Saturday, June 16, 2012

My Business Box... oh and a mini tutorial

I came home from convention with another fabulous stamp set (another perk for  being a demonstrator and attending convention) and it was sitting on my desk for a week or two and I wanted to put it to good use, I thought I would share this project with you as customers most probably wouldn't be interested in this business stamp set, but you may like the idea behind the project itself :) so I came up with an idea(most probably done before but a new idea for me anyway) to make it useful, I have created a carrier for all cards to do with business.  Each card has a matching hand stamped envelope too (which also fits in the carrier).  I can create a lot in one sitting and pop them in here ready, so I don't have to madly scramble a card together for a special customer, instead I will have them ready, One good thing is if this empties it will annoy me (A LOT) so I will have to keep it full to avoid that (am a little OCD ha ha ha)

NOTE: The stamp sets used can be changed up to suit what you have in your stash, this would make a great birthday card holder (just put month divider cards in) for example, or whatever really, its a great size.

This front little pocket (using a retired stamp set) holds my postage stamps.

the other little pocket holds my 3 x 3 thank you cards and envelopes for workshops

I have kept the box fairly simple ( I used my basic mini milk carton carrier tutorial and changed it up)  in regards to decoration as I need it to be practical, just enough pretties adorning it.
Am thinking of adding some more pockets on the sides, then I can keep my business cards in it also, along with a pocket for small handmade embellishment packs.

One of the stamps in the new stamp set is this Stampin' up! image, I love love love that I can now make custom made monogrammed Stampin' Up! business envelopes just by one dip in ink with this cute stamp

For any cards you send out just stamp an image from the stamp set you are using and stamp the image on the bottom somewhere to customize your envelope.

This is one card of 4 designs that sit in one side of the carrier - these are all hostess and business cards
This one says "thank you for being such a great hostess"

This one says "Welcome to Our Stampin' Up! Family".

This one says "come stamp with me"

This one says "I love what I do and you would Love it too"

On the other side of the carrier is where I will keep all my thank you cards that go out for internet only orders, I have a lot of customers who order this way from me and I always like to send them a hand stamped thank you to show my appreciation.
This stamp says "Thanks for your order"

Another Version

And another version

 A Mini Tutorial:
NOTE: Use your simply scored for this.

1. Using a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock  on 3 Sides ONLY score in at 7cm.
2. Using the bottom of the cardstock that has the scored lines (ie opposite to the side that has no score lines),
measure 17cm up and put another horizontal score line. 
3. From that 17cm score line measure up another 7cm and score another horizontal score line.
4. At the top you will have a score line that is less than 7cm thick, in the two corners you will need to cut out the squares as shown below in the picture.
5. Along the two sides also (under where you cut out the corners) make two snips in the score lines as shown below, this will enable you to form your box.
 Flip the cardstock over and place sticky strip as shown 

leaving the large flap alone, peel the sticky backing off and form your basic box.  I have chosen to keep the black flap on and stick it to the back to give it some extra strength through the middle, but if you like you can cut it off, its a little more sturdier with it though.
Take your insert piece which is 16cm wide and 30cm long and score at 10cm and 17cm.
Flip it over and add sticky strip to the 10cm piece and the 7cm piece leaving the longest part without sticky strip, this will form your handle.

Peel off the sticky strip and CAREFULLY put the 10cm piece in first and then the 7cm bit can be stuck down.

Once you have your second box add sticky strip to one side like the picture below and then adhere it to the existing box you have made.
Do another insert like the one previously, but this time add some sticky strip to the top of the handle also as this is going to be stuck to the first handle.
It should now look like this:

For the pockets:
Each one:
you will need an 18cm x 9cm cardstock.

1. Score on 3 sides ONLY 2cm in from edges.
2. On the same sides you have just scored, score in another 2cm on each score line (ie 4cm from edges).
3. Then cut out as pictured below:
Note: put a little sticky strip on the two little tabs on each side as they will be tucked under.  Again form your box shape. 
4. Add sticky strip to the back to adhere to front of carrier so that it holds well, other glues will not hold it.
Decorate the box before adding the two front pockets, decorate as desired.

I was lucky to get some more free goodies at convention, but won't be showing any of them until closer to the catalogue being released in September 1st, so you will have to come back and visit :)

Details: All Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets: Forever Young,  Workshop words too (convention gift for demonstrators), Extra postage(retired)
Ink Pads: Crumb cake, River Rock, Early espresso, basic black, baja breeze
Cardstock: I used some confetti white I had here but you can no longer get it in 12 x 12, so I suggest white or very vanilla, or use the DSP white backing - its a lot stronger., Black cardstock, very vanilla cardstock, whisper white cardstock.
DSP:  timeless portrait, beau chateau
Punches: wide oval punch, scalloped edge punch, designer label punch (retired)
Tools: Simply Scored, sticky strip, paper piercer,
Other: Black satin ribbon, crochet trim, very vanilla velvet trim, little resin rose (NAH), vanilla hodgepodge (retired), very vanilla envelopes, whisper white envelopes.



  1. Fantastic Mel, I love it and I will be making this - thank you for sharing your tute too!! You're a star!

  2. Awesome - hope the rest of us Demo's get to buy that set for our Business as the colours you used and I will definitely being casing this for sure - TFS..xx

  3. Thanks so much for going to the effort to post a tutorial! ♥

  4. I simply love these designs!!!! What a wonderful creative project :)Thumbs up.. PSD to WordPress

  5. Thanks so much for sharing Melissa.

  6. Wow! I am speechless! Where do you find the time to do such fabulous projects! I need some lessons on time management from you ... I think! :) This is simply gorgeous, Melissa! Hugs xxx

  7. Gorgeous Melissa! You are so clever and thank you so much for sharing your tutorial too :)
    Claire xo

  8. Wow Miss Mel...this screams elegance and sophistocation. Great tutorial Thanks so much for sharing. ooxx

  9. Wow wow wow. This is awesome. I am so making one - lol and I'm a hobby demo. So grateful you added a tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

    Love that you're so organised too!



Hi thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend giving me a comment on this project, I truly appreciate it, Melissa