Friday, June 5, 2020

Mini Gift Bag | Avery Elle - "Peek-A-Boo Pals" | Alphabet Challenge - "E" is For Earth Bound Animals


I LOVE the Kung Fu Panda movie series and have been watching it non-stop during the pandemic lockdown - there is something uplifting about each of the movies and they just make me happy! So today I would like to share a mini tree house gift box that I designed for a panda-style birthday party!  The theme of our new Alphabet Challenge is "E" for Earth Bound Animals and we can't wait to see your critters in our gallery! The Design Team has created some beautiful projects to inspire your creativity for this challenge!

I have attached a free template of this gift box for you below! This is a versatile design because it could be used for a Thanksgiving theme (with a fall color palette and foxes or squirrels) or for a Spring/Easter gift box (with pastels and bunnies/chicks). 

I designed this box in the Cricut DS and began by cutting the following:
1 - Brown Tree Base - Sized at 11" x 5.63"
2 - Medium Green Tree Tops
2 - Dark Green Tree Tops
Multiple Leaf Colors

I think stenciling is my favorite technique and so I ink blended a wood grain pattern on all sides of the base with Gathered Twigs DO Ink, adding a bit more color along the edges for shading. I scored it (using the white dashed lines as a guide - see below) and die cut a circle about 3/4" from the top, centered in one of the larger panels. Multiple stitched scallop circles were glued/stacked and placed over the opening as a frame. 

I glued the medium/dark green tree tops together because I wanted to give this a bit more stability and to have a lighter color on the outside. I scored the leaf die cuts to give them a bit more dimension and adhered them into place with glue dots. The banner/bows were die cut, stamped and attached with foam tape to the front tree top; rosy red gems were added for a bit of sparkle. I left the back tree top panel blank. I determined the placement of the front tree top just overlapping the framed opening and drew an outline on the back side. Using this a my guide, I lined up the back tree top to mirror the front. Both pieces were then attached to the base with lots of Scor-Tape and I assembled the box.

I stamped, colored and die cut Avery Elle's "Peek-A-Boo Pals" Panda; two additional blank die cuts were glued behind the colored images to add stability. I trimmed a piece of heavy weight black card stock to fit behind the box front and lightly drew the circle opening onto it, giving me a guide for my panda placement. I popped up the bear with a little foam tape on the black panel, added 2-sided tape to the edges and pressed it to the inside of the box. I attached the balloon and paws with foam tape. I LOVE how he looks like he is popping his head out of the tree!

I punched a small hole in the top of each tree top and tied the top of the gift box together with heavy twine. Here's a side can really see how I layer/stack my component images together!

Here is the template for you to copy/paste:
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Thanks so much for joining me today!


  1. Brilliant box and panda stamp

  2. That is so cute, I love it! Thanks for the great instructions. I know I have a critter somewhere in all my stamps that would fit!

  3. Love this cute gift box, Rachelle! The tree top closure is brilliant! In fact, all of your details are great. Have a great weekend!

  4. So cute, love the wood grain and critter, awesome gift bag/box. Thanks so much for playing our challenge at Krafty Chicks.

    Leanne ~ DT/KC


  5. Super gorgeous design, love your displayed technique OF stenciling. Many thanks for joining us in our current challenge of
    Your Favourite Technique at The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge..good luck with your lovely entry.[aNNie design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenges

  6. OMG this is so cute! What a clever idea! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. This is fabulous.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

  8. What a cute gift-bag, Rachelle! It makes me happy and gives me a real party-feeling :) Love the panda!
    Take care and be safe. Hugs, Mariann (your new follower)

  9. Love your beautiful gift box, this is really something different and would put a smile an anyone's face. Thanks so much for joining us at TIOT, Valerie

  10. This is adorable! I enjoy pandas - not much of a movie buff but I might need to check out that series. Thanks for entering the current Anything Goes challenge at the Crafter's Cafe Dorothy Schultz, DT member

  11. So Cute...and what a great idea! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

  12. Ganz zauberhaft gemacht.
    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
    LG Dreja

  13. Wonderful box and the stamp is so beautiful!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Creative Crafting Uncles and good luck. Hope you will join us next challenge again.

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