Nurse Graduation Gift Box

Nurse Graduation Gift Box


I was asked to make gift boxes for several nursing students who will be graduating in a few weeks.  I saw this svg file called “Nurse Gift Box” from Dreaming Tree and thought it was perfect!.  The file includes a caduceus for the front of the “prescription bottle” part of the box (sample below), but I created the fake label for each box instead that could be customized for each graduate who is to receive the gift.  (It wasn’t obvious to me at first that the box was supposed to be a prescription bottle, and the label seemed to make it clearer.  I also thought it made it more graduation-y!)

This file could be purchased separately or as part of the “First Responders” set which also includes cards, a fire fighter box, and a police officer box.  I resized the file to fit on 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock and used my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine to cut out the pieces.  There’s a video tutorial that shows how the pieces go together.  (There’s also  a video on the Dreaming Tree site that shows how it could be customized with school colors and a “congrats” die cut instead of the caduceus.)

The box, without the lid, is 4 1/2 inches high and 3 1/4 inches wide.



I had a little trouble, at first, finding colored card stock that looked like a prescription bottle, so I created a white one as a back-up option.  As mentioned above, the file came with the caduceus which I really like in red on the white box.

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There are quite a few samples of fake prescription labels online, and I used the one I found HERE (and a bit of cutting and pasting in Printshop) to create mine.  Here’s a closer look at my sample.

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The card stock I used for this project is Core’dinations Valentia, white, and Recollections Red.

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3-D Penguin

3-D Penguin


My daughter loves penguins so when I saw the file for this adorable guy, I had to get it and give it a try.

The file is in an svg kit called “Frosty Friends” by SnapDragon Snippets at  (I originally bought the file from the Silhouette store, but it appears to no longer be available there.)

HERE is the tutorial on how to assemble him.

I used Recollections black card stock along with a few scraps of white and yellow I had in my stash.  His scarf is a piece of Martha Stewart garnet glitter ribbon that I just cut and tied around his neck.

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Stick Snowman Ornament and Card

Stick Snowman Ornament and Card


This is the fourth of my cards with ornaments.  This one features a removable snowman ornament made from a jumbo craft stick.


I sewed a small, strong magnet onto the back of the snowman’s scarf and placed another one  behind the greeting panel so the ornament can easily be removed or placed back on the card.


I debated between using regular craft/popsicle sticks or these jumbo craft sticks.  I really liked the curvy shape of the jumbo sticks, but they are much longer than the craft sticks.  Because I went with the jumbo ones, my card needed to be much longer than most cards.  I remembered a video Gina K had done showing a card that fit into a regular business envelope and realized that size would be perfect!  My finished card measures 3.75 inches x 9.25 inches.  Unfortunately, with the ornament attached, the card is too bulky to mail as a regular letter/card so it will need to be sent from the post office as a package.

For my ornament, I used:

For my card, I used:

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Tin Snowman Ornament and Card

Tin Snowman Ornament and Card


This is the third in my series of cards with ornaments.  This one has a removable, rusty tin snowman ornament.

Here is the ornament by itself:


To create the ornament, I started with “Primitive Rusty Tin Snowman Garland” that I purchased online from Factory Direct Craft.


I cut the garland apart with wire cutters (leaving some wire on both sides for the arms).  Each piece of garland has 10 snowmen, so I was able to make a bunch of ornaments (and cards).  I punched holes for the eyes, buttons, and hanger in each one with my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile.

I used versamark and Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress embossing powder to create the rough finish on the hat and on the mini brads used for the eyes.  The mini button brads (and brads for eyes) are both Recollections (from Michaels).  Wired ribbon was used for the scarf and trim on hat.

I made another version of the ornament with raffia instead of the ribbon:


Here is the card without the ornament:


For the card, I used “Country Snowman” patterned paper by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby) and some brown (unmarked) card stock from their open stock.  I also used some “Rustic Cream” card stock from Papertrey Ink.  All the edges were inked with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink.

The center layered pieces were cut with dies from the Gina K Designs Fabulous Label die set.  A Stripe Background embossing folder and a Snowflake Swirls embossing folder (both by Darice) were used to add texture to these panels.   The greeting is from the “Peace and Joy” stamp set from Gina K Designs.

Behind the greeting panel in the center is a small, strong magnet which allows the metal snowman to easily attach and detach.  This panel was popped up with foam tape to accommodate the thickness of the magnet.

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Teddy Bear Tote Bag

Teddy Bear Tote Bag


I was asked to make a teddy bear tote bag for a little guy named Daniel.  This bag is to hold a teddy bear and bear-themed books which he will receive for Christmas.

The fabric, iron-on teddy bear was made from a cut file called “Teddy Bear” (Design ID #3350) by Rivka Wilkins that I purchased in the Silhouette Store.

This was my first time cutting fabric with my Silhouette, and I was really impressed with how well the machine handled the job!  I purchased Fabric Quarters (Light Brown, Brown, and Taupe) from Joann Fabrics.  These are small, very light weight, flimsy pieces of cotton.  I had watched a few YouTube videos on how to create iron-on, fabric die cuts, and it was recommended that the fabric be treated with a fabric stiffener first.  I did not do this, and it did not seem to matter.  After cutting scraps of each color to size and ironing out the creases (as best I could!), I ironed (on high heat) pieces of Pellon Wonder-Under Interfacing (#805) onto the backs of each piece.  (I intended to buy Heat’n Bond since that is what was recommended on the videos, but they did not seem to have it; the Pellon Interfacing worked great!)  Then, with a fabric blade in my Silhouette and the fabric setting chosen in the cut settings, I cut the fabric pretty much the same way you’d cut card stock.  Once the pieces were cut, I removed the paper backing from the back of the interfacing and ironed them in layers and in place onto the bag.

I used my Bigkick and my Sizzix Fun Serif alphabet dies (upper and lower case) to cut the letters after backing the fabric with the interfacing.  The dies cut the fabric beautifully as well!


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