Usually when I’m creating cards or other projects, I’m thinking of making someone happy . . . but initially I’m the happy one . . . Then I share this happiness to others!!

Since I’ve started making cards, treat bags and boxes, etc. using Stampin’ Up! products, I’m finding I’m much happier and I share this happiness with others.

If you love paper crafts — making your very own greeting cards and treat bags and boxes with your own sentiments on them, then you must visit my blog often for inspiration . . . and to shop for quality paper crafting supplies.

Have you noticed in every super market there is a section of greeting cards?

And have you also noticed how many people don’t find the “right” greeting card?

Have you had this experience?

I know I have. That’s why I decided to make my own!! I can tailor make cards for every member of my family for every occasion . . . and this can be expanded to friends . . . neighbors . . . co-workers . . . Just about everyone!!

You may need a birthday card, but you can’t find the right one — gather ideas and then come home and make one of your own!!

Stampin’ Up!® has a variety of stamps, dies, punches, etc. you can use to create the correct card for just about every occasion. 

And why stop there?

You can create some little gift bags with goodies in them for all of your guests!!

Someone may be celebrating a birthday at work . . . you can do the balloons and cake and all of that . . . but you can make a personalized card plus a gift bag for everyone to take with them . . . Everyone can sign the card and take a moment to congratulate the birthday person . . . instead of the cake and the clean-up after, make small gift bags or boxes everyone can take back to their desks and enjoy at their leisure.

It does make more sense to me.

This works well for a special holiday without making a big fuss and interrupting the work flow . . . And, it gets everyone involved . . . and there’s no waiting around for a delivery or having to pick up extra goodies before work or during your break. You have it all planned and you’re ready to pass everything out.

These small gestures seem to go much further and create more good will than gathering everyone together to make a 5 minute fuss . . . with clean-up!

I go for what is easy — it may be a bit more work, but you’ll be doing what you love — crafting. So, you plan ahead and work on these a week or two ahead . . . and get to work early to pass them out . . . Everyone is involved without disruption.

I’m sure you can think of some fun ideas for bringing a holiday celebration together or make a special card for others to sign .

Just something to think about.

Here’s a Video Tutorial You May Enjoy:

This shadow box can be used for a variety of celebrations.

Need the measurements?

  • 1 piece of cardstock (color of your choice for your shadowbox) cut at 7″ x 7″
  • 1 piece of cardstock (color of your choice for the shadowbox lid) cut at 3″ x 3-1/2″
  • Score the 7″ x 7″ piece of cardstock at 1/2″, 1″. 1-1/2″, 2″, 5″, 5-1/2″, 6″ and 6-1/2″
  • Turn 90° and repeat the scoring.
  • Then make an additional score line only to the second score line at 2-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ — check the video
  • Turn your paper 180° and repeat the partial scoring at 2-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ — follow along with the video
  • For the 3″ x 3-1/2″ cardstock lid piece, score at 3″
  • For cutting the shape out of your shadowbox, be sure to follow the video — you may want to pencil in your cut lines.
  • Follow the video for the stamping
  • You can color your images with watercolor pencils and the blender pen . . . or use Stampin’ Write Markers or the Blender Pens
  • Follow the video for assemblying the shadowbox — you can use multipurpose liquid glue or dlue dots
  • Attach the lid (as shown in the video). . . Then add the candy of your choice.

This is the best tutorial I’ve found for making a small “candy” shadowbox.

I’m planning on using it for all occasions . . . and no special occasion at all.

You may find this “shopping list” helpful:


I added some “last chance” bundles and the new Share What You Love Bundles and the new in-color ink pads.

I do hope you’ve found this blog post useful — especially the video tutorial.

Initially, the amount of work you put into making these shadowboxes is actually minimal to the amount of enjoyment everyone will be receiving from them. Some times it is nice to surprise people . . . I like getting up early and leaving them on doorsteps in my neighborhood. I’ll let them know I am the one “thinking of them” . . . I don’t know about ringing the doorbell and running . . . but that could be fun, too.

Thanks for stopping by!