Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas Teacher gifts.....

Merry Christmas to all my wonderful followers and fellow bloggers!

This will be a fairly long post! I saw the most delightful Magic Box made on Cabio's blog last week, and decided that it would be the perfect solution for teacher gifts! Here also is a link to a tutorial on how to make these delightful (if not time consuming) boxes. Thanks so much Cabio for the inspiration, but I should have heeded your reference to just how involved these projects are!!! Yikes, I thought at times that I had bitten off more than I could chew! And I only put two images on my boxes instead of the 5 Cabio did! It's all I could muster....

All of my images are from Magnolia-licious where Diana is having a wonderful sale on Mini Bundles as well as discounts on many images as well as in-store credit which applies each time you purchase. Awesome savings, Diana!

I have lots of photos to show you, which just might take you as long to get through as it took me to make these - NOT!! Just kidding!

Are you ready? Here we go....

The first box I made uses #3092 Tucked Tilda on the outside from the newest "Sweet Christmas Dreams" collection. She is available in the large version used here and the Mini as well. I didn't keep track of the Copics I used, and I pulled the papers together from different companies because they somehow went well together.

Here is Tucked Tilda...I added some pretty lace from my stash, crowned it with a string of pearls and then put some pretty red half back pearls around the scallops of the lace to accent the red in the stripes...I die cut the image using Spellbinders Labels 10.

Here is the inside of the box using #3048 Tilda with Teddy Bear from the same collection...

I finished off the top by make rosettes in two different sizes then stamping the Merry Christmas #726 Vintage Post from Magnolia. I actually used two different dp's but they were so similar that they look alike. I used a MS punch to make the lacy edges.

For my second box I used #331 Ice Tilda on the outside. The papers are from Echo Park, but I don't remember their exact names. Here I used Spellbinders Labels 6 as the shape around Tilda, I also used a little "out of the box" technique to help her fit into the shape. The silk ribbon is from my stash.

Inside the box I perched #3058 Jolly Tilda from the 2010 Christmas collection. She is not available at the moment as she is from last year's collection.

Here is the top of the box...I added just a couple of pearls to each side of my sentiment which I purchased from Magnolia Sweden several years ago.

Finally, the third box! On the front of this box is #3055 Something for you Tilda. The dp's I used for this box are from The Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas collection. I love the turquoise and chocolate brown on these papers. Once again, I used the same lace from my stash and adorned the lacy and area around the image with half back pearls from my stash. (Thank you so much Paola!) For my die I used Spellbinder's Classic Ovals and Oval Scalloped.

On the inside of this box I used and older Tilda also. She is #310 Waiting Tilda. So sorry to say she is no longer available either.

Here is the top of the box...

All of the boxes are finished in the same way on the inside, with a Tilda perched on the edge of the bottom box. I filled the boxes with some Ghiradelli chocolates, Hershey Kisses and some tea light candles the edges of which I cover with matching papers.

So, whew! You've made it through to the end. So for a quick preview, here are the three boxes together....

Now I couldn't possibly give these wonderful boxes away without my signature. So I made one more rosette for each box and stamped my personal identification for the center.

Well, I'm glad that you stuck with me to the end of this post. It's an absolute pleasure to have to visit my blog and I hope you'll be inspired here to create a Magic Box for yourself. Interpretation is completely up to you to vary according to your creative genius! Merry Christmas to everyone....

Blessing and hugs,


  1. These are absolutely Beautiful Barb! I'm sure that the teachers will be delighted, Just lovely!
    Hugs Julie P

  2. Oh wow Barb, the jobs you take on just for those kids.. I adore those projects and love each one of them.. I love them all and couldn't chhose a favorite... they are all so beautiful.. you did a perfect job.. and just know the teachers will love them ane will keep them forever.
    Hugs, Jean

  3. WOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!! Gorgeous boxes, Barb!!!! These were a TON of work, and I sure hope they appreciate all the work and love you put into them! Stunning coloring and love the design and those fabulous rosettes!! Gorgeous work as always! That's some really lucky teachers!!
    hugs, Sharon

  4. OMG, those boxes are gorgeous! Those boxes are such a great idea! I love your coloring so beautiful! They do look like a lot of work!

  5. Oh Barb!
    Your boxes are all so wonderful!
    Fabulous gifts. Sure hope the teachers appreciate all your work o)
    Hugs, Candy

  6. All three of these are stunning girlfriend, your work is always so elegantly put together when i find mine so cluttered and over the top. I made one of these the other day also and have been waiting for you to post yours now i dont think i wanna show anyone my cluttered OTT box.
    luv ya

  7. Hello Barb, your creation is beautiful.

    I love it.

    Gr. Ineke

  8. Hi Barb! ALL of your goodie boxes are beautiful! Wonderful job coloring all the Tildas, and your rosettes are gorgeous! Happy Holidays!
    Hugs, Cami

  9. OMG, WOW, THAT IS A MASTERPIECE. Just beautiful.

  10. You have been quite busy. These are beautiful. I love the images you chose. Thank you for sharing! Awesome work!!!


  11. Oh my I am speechless!!!!! Barb you really did an outstanding job on these!!!!!! Absolutekly spectacular!!!!!! Wow these boxes are a gift in itself!!!!!! WOWWWW!!!!!! Stunning work!!!!

  12. That is more than I could do, I love the inside of the boxes! They are all beautiful and really neat to use for the candy. Great job on them.

  13. oh Barb!!!!!!! These are BEAUTIFUL!!! and boy oh boy a ton of work dear!! Very cool the way they open up...... LOVE THEM!!!

    hope all is well at your house...
    hugs, Janiel

  14. Wow!! wish I was a teacher. lol, these are absolutely gorgeous Barb, wonderful designs and colouring.
    Suzi x

  15. Uhhhhh...give me a minute...I can't find my fell somewhere when I saw all the gorgeousness here!
    Barb! This is FABULOUS!!!!!! Just STUNNING!!!!! Absolutely amazing!!! I am now out of adjectives and haven't even touched on how pretty I think these are!!!!
    Rene :O

  16. OMG-these are spectacular! Your such a great artist.

  17. A lot of work but well worth the effort. They are beautiful Barb. What a challenge and to make three. I love how you have Tilda sitting in each one. so clever how you did it.
    Hmmmmm...I wonder if I could try one of these!!
    Thinking of you Barb.
    Hugs Maz

  18. WOW Barb you wore me totally out just admiring these three beauties. I can not even imagine the work involved here. You totally amaze me and you are one very talented artist. WOW those teachers should treasure each of these beauties!
    Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

  19. Oh Hunny Bun, this is such a wonderful gift idea for the teachers. What a labor of love! They are so beautiful! You colored each image perfectly (as always), and the design if fabulous!


  20. Gosh what beautiful gifts, very lucky teachers. Stunning Barb!
    hugs, Diana

  21. WOW WOW WOW-- one WOW for each of 3 boxes. They are fabulous!!! And I can see they are time consuming to do. Barb, what a beautiful job you've done with each one. And yes you make me want to do one too. I love the different details that you've used with each box so each of your boxes is unique. Love them all--can't decide which one is my fave. Kudos.

  22. All I can say is "those teachers are very lucky". Your creations are OUTSTANDING....your coloring of the cute images is PHENOMENAL!

  23. Cuuuuute! All 3 of them look great. I know the teachers will appreciate all the effort that went into this. Great job :)

  24. These boxes are so cozy and beautiful Barb!! You sure finished them with beautiful winter touch and I am sure they will make a perfect teacher gifts!! The teachers will be thrilled to get them. (love your lids on these boxes!!)

  25. Hi Barb, this is just adorable! a place to hide all little treasures. Beautiful coloring of those cute Tilda, all carefully chosen and so nice together. those teachers will be very happy!

  26. Barb they are all so cute !! I love them. Beautifull coloured and lovely colours :)). I'm sure they will love them :)).

    Hugs Monique

  27. Simply Fabulous Barb!! I was just browsing the internet to find a project to make for a blog hop coming up and I think I'll have to stamp-lift this one!


  28. Simply Fabulous Barb!! I was just browsing the internet to find a project to make for a blog hop coming up and I think I'll have to stamp-lift this one!


  29. Oh I saw this on Cabio's blog too and have to try it! I love all the little compartments where you can hide little gifts. Very beautiful design and love the pretty papers you used. All the Tilda's look gorgeous - love your coloring! hugs, Angela


    I think these are adorable and so pretty.They are so brilliant how there kept together.

    Everything is just so perfect sweetie.I ditto to what everybody said lol!!!

    Love your blog hun :)

  31. Oh my Barb! These are fanastic!!! What a wonderful job you did and the recipients will be thrilled to get them! Beautiful work!!!! Lovely job on your rosette tutorial too!!!


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