Monday, April 1, 2019

Dies R Us Anything Goes

Anything Goes using dies by companies carried at the DRU Store.  I made a candy box for this challenge.`

To make the frame to hold the candy I used Elizabeth Craft Happy Frame XL.Since I wanted a 5 by 5 frame, I cut four pieces of paper at 5 1/2 by 4 which is a little smaller than the die. The nice thing about this frame is that you can make it  square or rectangle and in almost any size you want.  

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I used a heavy weight(140 #)  water color paper so the frame would be sturdy. I cut the straight edge of the four pieces to five inches in length.

I decided to add a little color to the frame so I uses a stencil and sponged some wilted violet distress ink on to all four pieces. 

Fold each one of the score lines. Use a strong adhesive to glue each side of the frame. Fold the bottom to the top for a perfect fit.

Tip ( Not This Way)

TIP   Before you start gluing assemble the box.  I watched the video Happy Frame Video and I still glued  the first one wrong and had to make two more sides.  If you have things lined up you are less likely to make a mistake.  There is also a front and back side  so if  you are making a box make sure you glue the front side up.  Ask me how I know... lol. 

Next I cut the out side of my box. For a 5X5 frame I cut a piece of paper at 51/4 by 11 and scored at 51/4 and 5/3/4

I glued a piece of ribbon down the center.  I wanted to tie a bow so I cut about 24 inches of ribbon. 

Then I glued the frame to the back and side of the box. I individually wrapped some Hershey's  nuggets with some decorator paper and  put them in the center of my frame.

I love my Sue Wilson Festive Frame.  Who says that flower has to be a poinsettia? Yes, I know dogwoods in some people's world are not purple,but my husband is a horticulturist and I know how they are always experimenting to get new colors and varieties so I am sure one day there will be purple dogwoods, but they probably won't have prills in the center. 

 I had a ton of fun making this little candy box.  You will be seeing more of them because I am making them to sell at a craft booth at a Walnut and Wine Festival. The proceeds of the sale goes into a scholarship fund.  The festival is right before Mother's Day so I thought this would be a nice gift for Mom. In the meantime,this one was personalized and  went in the mail to a special friend.   

We hope you will join us at Dies R Us Challenge Blog for this Anything Goes Challenge. 


  1. SWEET! Love this. I bet it was a ton of fun to make. Great colors, byt those flowers....GORGEOUS! And the sweet hidden chocolate gems! YUM!

  2. Holly Molly! This is over the top crafty gorgeous! What a great treat gift for a friend that says LOVE! YOur covered box is Stunning with the sentiment and the flowers. Then the surprise sweets inside make it enticing. This box can be reused, or set up as a frame. Thanks for the instructions and pictures.

  3. Oh, what a wonderful lovely project!! Gorgeous flowers, sentiment, and pretty color! Such a sweet surprise for a birthday celebration! Awesome tutorial, too!

  4. Oh my gosh, Kathy, this is absolutely FABULOUS. First of all, I love the color. And your flower spray, as usual is stunning. The background is perfect here, I really like the texture. But the star, of course, is that you have made this beautiful creation useful. Well done, this is just SPECTACULAR!!!

  5. WOW what an AWESOME creation and the surprise inside is such fun! Thanks for all the details ... you've inspired me to give this a try (first free moment that is lol). FANTASTIC creation and absolutely beautiful in my favorite color! LOL

  6. Oh, wow! This is so amazingly beautiful! And what a great surprise inside seeing some chocolate treats. I love the wonderful colors and elements you added as well.

  7. This is a winner! What an awesome project. I LOVE it. You do such a great job on your blooms, they look so real!

  8. What a clever way to use that frame die Kathy! I never thought I "needed" it until now. What a fun little gift idea and yours is truly sweet!