Sycamore Street Mini Birthday Box

Sycamore Street Mini Gift Box

Make your own really cute mini box without a Big Shot or loads of measuring. Simply print an MDS2 template onto card stock, cut/score, and decorate; with free Sale-A-Bration goodies!  Don’t have MDS2?  Try it out for FREE for 30 days. I think you’ll love it!


Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370 W, 127802 C), Mini Project Box-Digital Download (120171)
Ink: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad (126986)
Paper: Pool Party card stock (122924), Island Indigo card stock (122923), Whisper White card stock (100730), Sycamore Street designer series paper (127540-available only with qualifying Sale-a-Bration order)
Tools & Accessories: MDS2 (130646), at home printer, Paper Snips (103579), Bone Folder (102300), Modern Label Punch (119849), Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack (130812-available only with qualifying Sale-a-Bration order), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294)


  1. Open MDS2 and select a new blank project, sized 8-1/2×11, portrait orientation
  2. Open the stamp brush set for Mini Project Boxes and drag over the first one, the square box.
  3. With page-bleed ON, make the box template as big as you want, without going over the margins. You can also leave the box exactly as it comes over, without any adjustments in size.
  4. Using your printer and Pool Party card stock, print this page.
  5. Cut along the solid lines on your box template with Paper Snips and then score your dashed lines. Then reinforce your scored lines with your bone folder. Fold the box so that the lines printed on the card stock end up on the inside of the box.
  6. Use a ruler to determine the size of the designer series paper and card stock panels you will need for your project. The measurement will vary depending on how you sized your box in MDS2. My front DSP piece is 2”x2”, for example, so my Island Indigo piece is 2-1/8”x2-1/8.”
  7. Adhere your designer series paper onto your side and back box panels with SNAIL Adhesive. Layer a square of DSP onto a slightly larger square of Island Indigo card stock and adhere to the front panel of your box using dimensionals.
  8. Slide the Island Indigo ribbon under the raised front panel of the box, tying into a knot.
  9. Stamp the “happy birthday” sentiment and punch it out with the Modern Label punch. Adhere to the front of your box using SNAIL Adhesive.
  10. Construct your box using Sticky Strip.
  11. Fill the adorable mini box with candy, jewelry, or other small gifts and give it to your loved one!

Happy Gift Giving!

My Recent Digital Projects with MDS2

Digital Fans! If you haven’t tried Stampin’ Up!’s MDS2 program, then what are you waiting for? I am fairly new to digital and I love it! I wanted to share a couple of recent projects with all of you.

If you are on my mailing list, then you will recognize this 12×12 scrapbook page from our visit to the State Fair of Texas last fall. This is one of the pages for my Ford Family 2012 Album, which is still very much in progress!

State Fair Digital Scrapbook Page MDS2

This adorable swatchbook project was one of my Christmas Gifts to Liam’s grandmothers! I downloaded the Life Celebrated swatchbook template, popped in my photos, added just a little journaling and embellishments and I was done! The trickiest part was choosing the photos! There are 26 pages (including the front and back covers) so I am just showing a few here today. Click for a bigger picture:

LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-001  LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-010  LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-011

LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-023  LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-022  LifeCelebratedSwatchbook2012-025

Stampin’ Up! offers a FREE 30-Day Trial of MDS2 – so you can “try it before you buy it,” as they say. The program has full functionality, but a limited supply of content to sample. But you definitely have enough included in the trial to know if purchasing the full software package is for you! In addition, you can ask me any questions you might have during your trial – I know quite a bit about MDS2 — I’m even CERTIFIED!

Happy (Digital) Crafting!

[While Supplies Last] Digital Content Disks for $1!

From now until February 12 (or while supplies last) you can get your hands on any of these My Digital Studio content discs for just $1. That's not a typo–they're just one buck. So indulge–it won't break the bank.

I have these disks — they are terrific — and I paid way more than $1 for them!

Since the discs are on the Clearance Rack, they must be purchased via online order. Go get yours today!

Happy (Digital) Crafting!!!