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Cricut Christmas Tree Box & Sizzix Bow 12 Days of Christmas DAY ELEVEN GIVE AWAY

Oh Christmas Tree Box, Oh Christmas Tree Box … how giant is your homemade Sizzix bow?

This little tree box is so cute…even with it’s ginormous bow.  😀

You’ll find this tree box in the Tags, Bags, Boxes &  More Cricut cartridge.  I’m going to use it in my Cricut Imagine, so that’s what the 12×12 white cardstock is for.  I bought that cardstock at Hobby Lobby.  It works well with the Imagine.  You don’t need the Imagine to make this box, just use any cardstock that you like. 🙂

Here’s the Tags, Bags & Boxes overlay on the Cricut Imagine.

I chose the Christmas tree box using the Shift button so I could get the tree box with holes in the sides instead of slits.  I was going to put a handle in it, but decided not to later.

I’m using the Mr. Frosty Imagine cartridge for the patterns you see.  I finally settled on the green holly”ish” pattern.  Next I’ll click “apply” and we’ll be on our way!

Now we’re almost done.  I clicked “fit to page” so the box would be as big as possible while still retaining its shape.  “Fit to Page” is the button where it says “ABC”.   I’ll click “next” and we’ll get to cuttin’.  Yee Haw!

Yep.  It’s finished printing so it’s now cutting.  If you’re planning on getting an Imagine for Christmas, it’s best to give it a permanent space.  It’s heavy.  It also needs room in back and in front of it for the mat to extend almost completely.  That’s just something to keep in mind. 😉

And now for a brief intermission while We Make a Bow…

I bought this bow maker Sizzix die months ago and couldn’t wait for it to arrive.  It got here and I was like, “Say what?  That looks time consuming.”  You know what?  It is.  However, it’s also cool to make your own bows out of any color and pattern that YOU like.  You’re not subject to what you can find at your local store.  It does take longer than buying a bag of bows, so don’t fool yourself like I did and think this is a time or money saver.  It’s just cool. 😀

Yes, these do turn into a bow…eventually.

This is after 2 cuts with the die.  I didn’t read the directions and figured I now had enough for the bow and put my Big Shot away.  Um…wait a sec…the directions say FIVE cuts from the die.  Oh for Heaven’s sakes!  FIVE CUTS?  I got the Big Shot back out and cut 3 more.  Geeze.  Now I know why I heart the Cricut.  I have no patience.  LOL!

How embarrassing…It just occurred to me that I could have cut more than one sheet of paper at a time.  Well, no use in hiding that I overlooked that idea.  Now we can just have a good laugh! 😀

Oh, OK!  If you follow the simple instructions you TOO can make a bow.  Got it. 😉

I later decided to switch out that dull brad for a heart shaped one I had in my crafty stash.

Drum roll…where’s the drum roll?

I did it!!  I made a bow!  Woo hoo!  Crazy dance.  You can see the little heart brad in there too.  SWEET!

You might be interested in this video:  Cuttlebug & Big Shot Compared

And Now…back to our Previously Scheduled Craft…

I scored the box by following the tiny cuts the Imagine put there for me.  If you’re using a Cricut, the Cricut does the same thing. 😉  Next, I glued it in many of the folds leaving a few of them open for adding and retrieving a gift.

Cute as this is, I think we can better it with some BLING!  I’m using the Glam-It-Up crystal and stud cordless heat setting tool and crystals by Tulip.

On the 11th Day of Christmas Tulip – ILovetoCreate.com Gave To One Winner….

It’s an awesome heat setting tool and crystals!!  These are just like the ones I used in my post. 😀

Go visit ILovetoCreate.com and see all the cool things they have!

To be eligible to win please leave a comment on this post. The winner will be chosen by Random.org on December 13.  Join me on Facebook and Twitter! Look on the left for those links. 😀

SEE YOU TOMORROW FOR THE 12th Day of Christmas and a BLOG HOP with many awesome crafty friends!

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  1. Super cute. I have yet to try the tree box from this cart but now it looks like I will have to. The bow is awesome!

  2. Holy cow … if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t even know that I have access to that Christmas Tree box!

    I also wouldn’t have heard anything good about the Imagine this week (lots of unhappy Imagineers out there …).

    Maybe those sad people just need a little bling machine with rhinestones … that makes everything better.

  3. OMG how cute is that tree! And I love pink!!! I have the cart so I am going to have to copy this for sure. Thank you for all of your inspiration!

  4. Cute bow. I love your little christmas jokes, they make me laugh. Thanks for the ideas. Keep them coming.

  5. Joy, you keep giving me great Christmas list hints. I’d love to know your top 10 favorite crafty items.

  6. This is the cutest box. I guess I need to explore my cartridges more. I didn’t know this was in there!
    I am loving your little jokes. I’ve been writing them down to share with the grandkids. I can just see the eyerolls now. LOL

  7. Super cute box. I’ve been drooling over the irock and didn’t know tulip made one. I would’ve had one ages ago. I’ve tried several bows thinking it’ll save time and money as well. The jury’s still out on whether they’re worth it or not. They do look cool…

  8. I love that tree box – I’m so excited to have that cart on my gypsy, now I need to make the time to play with it!

    I do have a question though – where/how does the tree open? Or does the person you’re giving it to have to rip the box to get their gift out?

    And that bow is so neat, I can’t believe you made that – thanks for that tutorial, I had no idea you could buy dies that make bows!

  9. I got this cart when I just got my gypsy so I’m going to trey this! Thanks for letting us know that we can use our cricut with this. As a beginner I need all the info and help I can get!

  10. I completely forgot there was a tree box. Now I know what I will make to put the jewelry in that I’m making. Thanks Joy!!!

  11. Beautiful bow! I love the tree box! It would be fun to be able to make my own coordinating bows and boxes. I’ll have to save up for the Sizzix Create-A-Bow die.

  12. I love the tree box. Have never made my own bow before, guess there will be something new for me to try, thank you for the ideas. I could really have fun embellishing my cards with the crystals.

  13. I have this cartridge and love it…but what are you going to put in the box? I find it to be a awkward shape but it’s sooo cute.

  14. OH don’t you just love that tree box? I made my mom 2 to put little bracelets in for her nieces. I found some patterned file folders that were perfect. Love the little bow to! Take a Bow you made that! 🙂 great job!

  15. Joy your bow & box are so cute. The bow reminds me of a cut file someone created way back when DS first came out using Fab Finds. I looked through my cut file stash and couldn’t find it, darn. I know what you mean you love your Cricut after having to run that through so many times. Love your site and all your great projects.

    1. Jsleavitt,
      You’re right! I bet there is a quick and easy way to cut the bow out using the Fabulous Finds Cricut cartridge. That would be GREAT, especially since I’ve used it only one time since buying it. YIKE! 😉

    1. LadybugCarrie,
      Zippy was back on the computer this afternoon. He didn’t buy anything, but he’s being very tight lipped about what he was doing. I think he said, “If SuperJoy can do it then so can I.” Then he rolled away. I don’t know what he’s up to, but he sure is being mysterious. We may have to wait until Monday to see him because he’s hiding under some cardstock and seems to be plotting something.

  16. Oooohhh! How I would like to have that cart! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make bows. Thanks for sharting your talents with us.

  17. Oh I hope I’m getting this in on time! Would love a chance to win this it looks soo cool!!


  18. I LOVE the tree box – and the bow is awesome! It does look like a lot of work, but at least you can customize it to match your project! I totally would have ran it through 5 times too instead of cutting multiple sheets at once! lol Thanks for sharing!

  19. WOW, awesome Xmas box & bow. U do such amazing things with your Cricut. I must definitely look at the Tags, boxes & more cartridge again. Thks for the oppurtunity to win such a gr8 giveaway,too. U rock, Joy! 🙂



  20. Your box and ginormous bow is quite cute. “Thanks for sharing your project with us today.
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  21. I Had NOOOO Idea that there was a tree box on the TBBM cartridge… Now I’m Gonna have to go look and make one! Thanks for letting me know.. I should pay more attention to these things! :o) The added bling makes it cute! But I have to say that I LOVE that bow… Gotta get me one! 🙂

  22. I just love it when I discover something new on a cart I already have. I just love this tree! I just purchased the bow maker and can’t stop making bows! Itks so much fun! TFS!

  23. It is SO much better to see what the image will actually look like – I find that the handbooks that come with the catridges leave me wondering sometimes!!
    Thanksf or sharing!

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