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Studio Snapshot – Making More Puffy Pentagon Boxes

It’s time for my yearly art retreat! I’m packing my calligraphy supplies and a few clothes. The calligraphy supplies take priority on this trip. And I always take a little something to share with my retreat buddies. This year, it’s my Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included.

These Puffy Pentagon Boxes are going to be gifts to my artist friends, chocolate included inside.

Of course my Puffy Pentagon Boxes need something to go inside them. So I made a trip to Dagoba Chocolate here in Ashland.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares fit nicely in these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

Dagoba Chocolate makes their chocolate right here in Ashland, so it’s so easy to just pick up chocolate whenever I need it. I particularly like their Taster Squares which fit very nicely in many of the boxes I make.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

I used scans of my painted paste papers to make these Puffy Pentagon Boxes.

If you want to make your own Puffy Pentagon Boxes, I have instructions and a template you can print out on my blog post: DIY – Puffy Pentagon Box.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

I made enough Puffy Pentagon Boxes to have extras on hand. When open, they are flat, so they are easy to store.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making More Truffle Boxes

I made Truffle Boxes for my dad and his friends for Father’s Day. They were a big hit, so this past week I made a bunch more out of my hand painted paste papers.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They're the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

These Truffle Boxes are made from my hand painted paste papers. They’re the perfect size box to hold a single truffle.

If you are wondering what paste papers are, you can check out my blog post: Making Paste Papers: Part One. And if you are wanting to make paste papers, you can check out my blog post: Paste Paper Recipes.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end.

These Truffle Boxes are held closed by a ribbon with a bead on each end of the ribbon.

If you would like to make some Truffle Boxes of your own, check out my blog post: DIY Truffle Box With Template.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

I have included a link to my blog post that has instructions and a template so you can make your own Truffle Boxes.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes With Chocolate For Father’s Day

The first half of my week was working on Origami Mandalas (see Art On The Go! – Making Origami Mandalas). The last half of the week was spent thinking about Father’s Day. Do you realize, it’s less than a week away?

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father's Day.

Chocolate in their own boxes for Gary, Nelson, Bob & Warren for Father’s Day.

My father has made it difficult for me, again, by requesting no gifts. He says he doesn’t have room to store more “stuff.” I get that, but it’s hard for me not to get him something for Father’s Day.

I figure I can get away with giving him some chocolate. That’s edible and won’t take up space once it’s eaten. Dagoba Taster Squares are perfect since they are like individual small bites. They can be easily saved (or eaten immediately).

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

I made each box in the favorite color of the recipient.

Since my dad and I we will be with 3 other fathers on Father’s Day, I decided to make 4 boxes, one for each of the fathers and fill them with Dagoba Taster Squares.

You can download the template for making these boxes from my blog post: DIY – Truffle Box. I also show how to close the box once it is made.

Happy Father’s Day, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Thank You Boxes With Dagoba Chocolate

This past week I have been recovering from organizing our neighborhood Art, Crafts & Collectibles Sale. As the coordinator, I was in charge of 40+ artists and 50+ volunteers. I’ve been working on this for the past 9 months. It was tremendously successful in raising money for our Community Art Fund.

Five Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

Five of the nine Thank You Boxes I made. Each box contains a Dagoba chocolate Taster Square.

It was a lot of work, and I was lucky to have lots of dedicated helpers. So, I decided to make little boxes and put a Dagoba Tasting Square inside each one. Plus I made a little thank you insert with a heart on it.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

This close up shows the little thank you insert with gold heart that I put in each box.

Thank you to Sheli, Richard, Gayle, Paul, Jean, Margie, Shari, Susie and Bill. You were my wonderful volunteer support staff. The box is my Clover Fold Box. You can download the template to make your own.

Clover-Fold box template
DIY Clover Fold Box Blog Post

Enjoy, Candy

Paper Father’s Day Gift Ideas

My father says he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day. He claims he has everything he wants and is more interested in getting rid of things than accumulating more stuff. I figure I can get away giving him Father’s Day gifts as long as they are consumables. Here’s what I have in mind for this year. Links to  projects are included at the end of this post.

Happy Father's Day accordion card book.

Happy Father’s Day accordion card book.

First, I know he loves crossword puzzles. I gave him a set of pencils wrapped in paper from the New York Times crossword puzzle paper a year and a half ago. They were a big hit and I’m pretty sure he could use some new ones.

These pencils were wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. They are going to my father, an avid crossword puzzle fan.

These pencils are wrapped in a New York Times crossword puzzle from my local Sunday newspaper. 

Next up is chocolate. I know he likes chocolate and he also likes spicy. What could be more perfect than Xocolatl Taster Squares from Dagoba Chocolate. They contain rich dark chocolate, chilies & nibs. I’m sure he’ll love them.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Xocolatl Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares (with chillies) are the perfect size to fit into my Clover Fold Boxes.

Then there’s the packaging. I designed these Clover Leaf Boxes to fit one Dagoba Taster Square for this past March For April’s Oregon Chocolate Festival.

I know I can't go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares. Shown with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

I know I can’t go wrong giving my dad milk chocolate Taster Squares, shown here with my Clover Fold Boxes that I made to hold a single Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square.

Dagoba Chocolate just introduced two new Taster Squares, orange and lemonberry zest. OMG! I tasted both and they are ever so delicious. It was hard to choose my favorite, but the orange finally won.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

Dagoba Taster Squares and Clover Fold Boxes. My new favorite, orange is on the left. Lemonberry zest is on the right.

I have found that the presentation of a gift can make the gift feel super special. So, my Father’s Day card is going in one of my Father’s Day gift bags. The gift bag makes a great statement.

Father's Day Tie Gift Bag - This paper reminds me of art deco. I even made a paper lotus flower from this paper.

Father’s Day Tie Gift Bag is made from a 9″ by 12″ white envelope and a decorative paper for the tie which is attached with velcro.

I also made a larger clover fold box that holds 5 Dagoba Chocolate Taster Squares. I was thinking of a masculine color, so I made it black. Then I got the idea of making a topper for it, so I made the Happy Father’s Day “ribbon” and attached it to the top of the box.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father's Day.

A larger version of my Clover Fold Box with a little topper for Father’s Day.

Since my dad doesn’t go on the internet, I feel certain that he won’t see what I’m giving him for Father’s Day. If you know him, please don’t spill the beans.

Have a Happy Father’s Day!

link to DIY Paper Wrapped Pencils

link to Clover Fold Box instructions

link to Father’s Day Gift Tie Bags

link to more Accordion Card Books

Enjoy Candy

Studio Snapshot – Clover-Fold Boxes

In my studio this week, I made clover-fold boxes from some of my paste papers.

Clover-Fold Boxes I made this week from my paste papers.

This is what I made in my studio this week, Clover-Fold Boxes, which I made from my colorful paste papers.

I originally designed my Clover-Fold Box to be the perfect size for a Dagoba Chocolate Taster Square to fit into. I was preparing a box demonstration for the Oregon Chocolate Festival earlier this month and Dagoba Chocolate donated some of their delicious Chocolate Taster Squares. I wanted a box which would hold one Taster Square. Thus, the Clover-Fold Box was born.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

What I hadn’t expected was for my Clover-Fold Box to be such a hit with my customers. I sold out of the boxes I made. So, this week I made a bunch more Clover-Fold Boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

I’m a big fan of color, so I picked lots of colorful paste papers with which to make these boxes.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

These boxes are easy to make.

Clover-Fold Boxes

Clover-Fold Boxes

Easy and fun too. See the links below for my DIY blog post and the template so you can make your own.

2015 Studio Snapshot Clover-Leaf Boxes 5

Blog post: DIY Clover-Fold Box
Template: Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Clover-Fold Box

This is a simple box which gets its name from the way the box flaps fold over and interlock. I designed this box to hold one Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

Clover-Fold box is just the right size for Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. The boxes look great made from my paste papers.

Dagoba Chocolate was kind enough to donate a bag of their Tasting Squares for me to me to give away during this coming First Friday’s Art Walk. I will be demonstrating how to make boxes (perfect for holding chocolate)  in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Friday kicks off the 11th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival with the Chocolate Makers Dinner which is also at the Ashland Springs Hotel.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

A Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Square fits perfectly inside the Clover-Fold Box.

I have a couple of other blog posts about my boxes for chocolates and you can view them here:
Studio Snapshot – Boxes for Chocolates
DIY Boxes for Chocolates

The Clover-Fold Box is easy to make. I have included a template at the end of this post that you can download. Print the template on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut on the solid lines, fold on the dashed lines, glue the four tabs, then fold the four half circle flaps over to close the top of the box (see photos).

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

These two Clover-Fold Boxes were made from scrapbooking paper.

This box is best made from card stock. I prefer a light weight card stock, but you could use just about anything from heavy text weight paper to heavy card stock. You can find lots of decorated papers at art supply, craft and scrapbook stores.

Boxes for Chocolate!

Boxes for Chocolate!

Clover-Fold box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Boxes For Chocolate

It’s that time again . . . chocolate is in the air as Ashland prepares for the Oregon Chocolate Festival which starts on Friday. And what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for Chocolate?

Some of my boxes I'll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

Some of my boxes I’ll be demonstrating how to make in the lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel during the First Friday Art Walk.

It’s been a busy week. I’ve been making boxes and testing box templates to share during the First Friday Art Walk.

With St. Patrick's Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming later this month, I had to make some green triangle boxes, still perfect for chocolate.

I’ve teamed up again this year with Dagoba Chocolate (wonderful, wonderful chocolate) to showcase my boxes. And new this year, I’ve also teamed up with the Ashland Springs Hotel where the Oregon Chocolate Festival is happening. I’ll be demonstrating making my boxes in the hotel lobby from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday during the First Friday Art Walk.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

These boxes have a paper flower as a bow. The ribbon and bow easily slip off and back on the box can be reused again and again.

I even designed a new box this week, the Clover-Fold box. I made it the perfect size to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate bars. I call them Dagoba Mini's.

I designed this little box to hold one of the little Dagoba Chocolate Tasting Squares. I call them Dagoba Mini’s.

Scrappy Craft, an art store in Phoenix, Oregon, had a sale on Saturday. I went and found some wonderful scrapbook paper that made into wonderful little boxes like the one below.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I love this scrapbook paper I found on sale at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, Oregon.

I’m sharing the links to the blog posts where I show how to make most of these boxes at the end of this blog post. I’m also including the links to just the templates.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It's just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I call this box my Truffle Box. It’s just the right size to hold a chocolate truffle.

I’m having so much fun making boxes and more boxes this week. And I love using my paste paper to make boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

This is my little tower of boxes.

One of my favorite boxes is the Crown Jewel Heart Box, which is shown in the photo below. It works so well with a double sided paper.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

This is my Crown Jewel Heart Box.

If you’re in the Ashland area, stop by the Ashland Springs Hotel where I’ll be demonstrating during the First Friday Art Walk. And also stop by my studio at the Ashland Art Center where Paul will be demonstrating how to make chocolate mice from Hershey’s Kisses.

2015 Studio Snapshot Boxes for Chocolate 9

Here are the links to the blog posts and the templates for each of the boxes I have made templates for.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Heart Box Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

Clover-Fold Blog Post
Clover-Fold box template

Enjoy, Candy

2014 Year End Review & A Preview For 2015

It’s hard for me to believe that 2014 is gone and it’s already 2015. 2014 was a great year for me with my move into a home with more studio space, three shows and so much support from family, old friends and many new friends too. While 2014 seemed to go by fast, when I look back, I am amazed at how much I did accomplish this past year.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Five boxes, each perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Looking back at my blog posts, I found that my most viewed blog post was DIY Boxes For Chocolate. I guess chocolate wins hands down every time.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. The green papers are paste paper and include flecks of gold in the paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, contains 665 pieces of hand folded paper. Not only was it sold from my blog, but I was asked to make a custom lid for it.

My Earth Spirit Vessels, which were featured in a number of my blog posts, received a lot of views. I even sold a couple when they were featured on my blog. The power of the internet is wonderful. If you want to see more of me Earth Spirit Vessels, just type Earth Spirit Vessels in the search bar at the top of the right hand column of this blog.

It's easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

It’s easy to make the box look extra special with gold thread and beads that match the color of your Truffle Box.

My DIY posts were the most popular of my posts. My top 7 posts were all DIY posts. And my DIY Truffle Box with Template was almost as popular as my DIY Boxes For Chocolate post. Perhaps it was popular because it’s a great box to put a piece of chocolate in.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock that was sprayed with some purple ink. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock that was sprayed with some purple ink. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

Many of the photos from my blog were shared on Pinterest. Anything with hearts seemed to be very popular on Pinterest. My Crown Jewel Heart Box from my post DIY Crown Jewel Heart Box was one of the most pinned photos from my blog.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes.

50 triangle boxes are a whole lot of boxes. This was another favorite photo that was pinned a lot on Pinterest. It’s from the post: 50 Triangle Boxes For A 50th Wedding Anniversary.

This information is helpful for me as I make plans as to what to share for 2015. Obviously there will be lots of DIY blog posts. I will be sharing some DIY bookbinding blog posts as well as continue to share box and envelope templates and instructions.

The bandsaw is stopped here as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

A photo from one of my Monday Studio Snapshot posts showing what is going on in my studio.

I will continue to post twice a week. My Monday, Studio Snapshot, will show what’s been going on in my studio for the previous week. My Thursday blog posts will be more informative and include things like DIY posts, more detailed information on my art and the process, book reviews, shows and what other paper artists are doing, tools and techniques and more.

This is my camera. It's actually an iPod Touch that I use as my camera. Most all of the photos in my blog have been taken with my iPod Touch.

My own personal favorite photo from my blog last year. It is from My Favorite Tools which I wrote last April.

The past few years, I have been doing a lot of journaling, especially about things I am grateful for. In 2015, I am going calligraph “gratitudes” or things I am thankful for. I am not sure what form they will take. I’m thinking of a book or possibly even coasters. I’ll be sharing with you as my gratitudes take shape.

This is the inside of the above napkin fold card. It says "grandchildren are the dessert in life."

This is the inside from one of my most viewed posts from 2013: Napkin Fold Card: Part Two (including instructions).

I was quite pleased to find out that my blog was visited almost 4 times more in 2014 than in 2013. I’ve been blogging now for 4 years and loving it. Apparently others are enjoying it as well.

Some of my paste papers.

Some of my paste papers from another popular post: Making Paste Papers: Part One

Happy New Year! I look forward to a new and wonderfully creative 2015.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Boxes For Chocolate

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

This triangle box is made from one of my paste papers. It could hold more than one piece of chocolate.

The anticipatory tingling of my tastebuds is telling me that the 10th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is this weekend. There will be three days full of chocolate tastings, chef demos, competitions, chocolate workshops, even a chocolate-makers dinner. And it all kicks off with the First Friday Art & Chocolate Walk on Friday, March 7.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

Five boxes, all perfect for holding a small piece of Dagoba chocolate.

I’ve teamed up with Dagoba Chocolate and will be offering free Dagoba Chocolate with the purchase of any handmade box at my studio during the Walk.

Wouldn't this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

Wouldn’t this be a perfect box for white chocolate? I made the paper for this box by rolling a comb through drips of white acrylic paint on black paper. The black and white bead which was a gift from a friend. I think it goes perfectly with this box.

After all, what could be more perfect for a Chocolate Festival than boxes for chocolate? Whether to display the perfect truffle, give to the perfect person, or simply to haul your loot home in, boxes and chocolate go together like chocolate and strawberries, or chocolate and ice cream, or chocolate and peanut butter. Actually, is there anything chocolate doesn’t go with?

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine's Day.

I put truffles in Crown Jewel Heart Boxes and used them as place settings for Valentine’s Day.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will make a big hit.

Put a piece of chocolate into this Cube Heart Box and give it to a loved one. It will be a big hit.

 

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

This 2-Toned box and Dagoba Chocolate are made for one another.

I’ve put together an array of boxes (and their templates so you can make them yourself) that are perfect for giving to the chocolate lovers in your life. Just don’t forget to add the chocolate. I’ve shared these templates before on my blog, but now they’re all together in one place. And, while I’ve shared them before, the boxes are ones I’ve made just for this occasion.

Truffle Box Blog Post
Truffle Box template

Crown Jewel Blog Post
Crown Jewel Heart Box template

Cube Heart Box Blog Post
Cube Heart Box template

Triangle Box Blog Post
Folded Triangle Box template

2-Tone Box Blog Post
2-Toned Box small template

Happy Chocolate Loving, Candy