Twist Top Box

I know, I know, I’m ducking and running as I type this post.  So you remember this box?  Yes, I made several promises that it would be posted here with instructions.  I guess the only thing I had not anticipated was six months flying by, yikes.  Well the good thing is that we have several holidays coming up that cry out for this box.  My next projects will be to use this as an Easter Egg holder.  I wasn’t sure of the best way to do the instructions, so I have made a video that will be posted some time tomorrow – be sure to check back okay? 















I knew exactly what stamps I wanted to use for this project and they were sent to me by my sweet friend Claire Brennan (stamp designer and paper engineer extraordinaire) with Waltzingmouse Stamps.  She knows how very much I love my Spellbinders templates and that clever lady has designed several of her stamp sets to match – they are "Nestie Friendly".  I’m using Very Vintage Labels 4 and as you see they make the perfect frame for my "windows".  The window pieces were cut with Spellbinders™ Labels 4 and Spellbinders™ Petite Ovals SM.  I also used several of the decorative stamps to frame motifs for the twist top of the box.  The banner on the front of each box is hand cut and I selected the perfect sentiment from another Waltzingmouse Stamp set called
Say It with Style – a set that was designed to take on a myriad of occasions.

I used the pages from one of the books I gutted for design paper – I love print paper!  I tucked four small pieces of cut paper, embellished with an EK Success Punch, into the top of the box to give it a little zip.  The handle is a simple as knotting a piece of lightweight ribbon and letting the knot catch when closing the box.  This approach calls for a light item inside but if you have something heavier you will need to attach the handle.

Project Recipe:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Stamps – Very Vintage Labels #4, Say It With Style
Paper:  The Paper Company, book pages
Ink:  Versamark and Ivory Embossing Powder, Colorbox Chalk Ink – Warm Red
Accessories:  Spellbinders™ Labels 4, Spellbinders™ Petite Ovals SM, EK Success Border Punch, Acetate, Buttons, Pearl Cotton, ribbon

So yes!!  I’m in the process of editing the video tutorial so be sure to keep an eye out for the post.  I’ve had lots of requests for this one and I’m tickled to finally be putting the final touches on it.

P.S.  Claire is another one of those wonderful, wonderful owners who wouldn’t hear of me trying to tackle her stamps while any hint of a crisis loomed over head – she made me vow to take care of important things first.  Oh gosh, she’s a real sweetie and  I adore her stamps . . . please give her a visit, for me :-)


  • GermaineJanuary 23, 2010 - 3:45 am

    GOsh, I love this box, please give us the instructions! TFS! HUgs always!ReplyCancel

  • americaJanuary 23, 2010 - 4:19 am

    wow!! SHOW stopping BOXED beauties!!! adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisJanuary 23, 2010 - 5:09 am

    What gorgeous boxes Becca, can’t wait for the tutorial. TFS!!! I will visit your friends site. Your right Becca, these are very vintage looking in color and in style. : DReplyCancel

  • Denise (peanutbee)January 23, 2010 - 5:24 am

    OH my gosh, SOOOOOO cool!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy HansonJanuary 23, 2010 - 5:38 am

    Wow…your creativity is “amazing” alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbi ClouserJanuary 23, 2010 - 6:07 am

    Beautiful! Do you have a tutorial section on your site? Or do we have to look through the archives to find your tutorials? Will be anxious to see this one when you get it posted!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny S. (UK)January 23, 2010 - 6:19 am

    Absolutely fantastic. xxxReplyCancel

  • HeatherJanuary 23, 2010 - 6:20 am

    Becca these are stunningly gorgeous – wouldn’t you just want to make them for anything and everything! Looking forward to the tutorial. tfs – even your photography is brilliant. (I’ve been to your friend’s site and placed an order!!!)

  • Claire BrennanJanuary 23, 2010 - 6:22 am

    I have no words Becca, I’m just sitting here, shaking my head at your sheer genius, I’m Spellbound!!!LOL!ReplyCancel

  • AnnetteJanuary 23, 2010 - 6:29 am

    WOW, WOW…this is so beautiful!!!

  • Wendy MooreJanuary 23, 2010 - 7:00 am

    Outstanding. I can’t wait to see the tutorial. Just a wonderful project. TFS!ReplyCancel

  • Bernice BarnesJanuary 23, 2010 - 7:18 am

    Beautiful boxes. Looking forward to the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Lola G.January 23, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Santa brought me some of Claire’s fabulous stamps (including a Nestie-friendly set), and I’m looking forward to having some fun with them. Your projects are always filled with inspiration — thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Christi SnowJanuary 23, 2010 - 7:54 am

    These are absolutely amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • CindyJanuary 23, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Wow, as are all of your creations, this is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • AnyaJanuary 23, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Fantastic Becca! These are just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • CherieJanuary 23, 2010 - 8:58 am

    Becca, This is just beautiful! I really want to make a couple of these! Hoping you are going to share the directions soon! :) Off to Claire’s to spend more money! :)ReplyCancel

  • KarenJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Just love it Becca! So ready for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • DianeJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Wonderful project. So creative.
    Looking forward to the tutorial.


  • Gini CagleJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Oh Becca- This is so gorgeous, and your little details always amaze me!

  • StampinCathyJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:27 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! This is just STUNNING, GORGEOUS, FABULOUS, and BREATH TAKING! Love this style of box and all your details and color combo is FANATIC. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:56 am

    wow Becca, these are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Mona L. PendletonJanuary 23, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Gorgeous vintagey Valentine treat boxes! :) TFSReplyCancel

  • Pam HeroldJanuary 23, 2010 - 10:54 am

    am loving your site. Just finished the hop at ODBD and was sad to see you not there. will be following you along though cause you have such great ideas. May even convince me to get the spellbinder to use those nestabilities. LOL! Have a Blessed Day!ReplyCancel

  • PeggyJanuary 23, 2010 - 10:57 am

    Becca, these boxes are the most beautiful candy boxes I have ever seen. I love the colors and the Waltzingmouse stamps. What a great color combination. Thank you once again for sharing with us even when your family is going through such trials. God bless!ReplyCancel

  • Destinae WaddingtonJanuary 23, 2010 - 11:02 am

    Becca, these are gorgeous! Definitely worth the wait, (even though I’m new and didn’t know I was waiting on them. ;) ) Just beautiful, as always!ReplyCancel

  • Marge R.January 23, 2010 - 11:47 am

    There just aren’t words left (not already used) to express your indescribable talent, Becca! I went to Claire’s blog (as I OFTEN do) and have had several of her stamps on my Wish List for quite awhile now, only to find Labels 4 & 5 temporarily sold out — no big surprise as most ladies seeing your boxes would run & order them!!! Just keep on WOWing us — don’t ever stop!!! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Deb NeermanJanuary 23, 2010 - 12:02 pm

    WoWzA, this is absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Denise TrahanJanuary 23, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • SabineJanuary 23, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    I do love Claire’s stamps ,for the same reason like yours, they are Nestie friendly and just beautiful.
    I will wait for the video and then start this box project!Your boxes are gorgeous….Love them….ReplyCancel

  • JanelleJanuary 23, 2010 - 6:45 pm

    Oh, my! Those are absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Linda C.January 23, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    WOW! Totally amazing! Do you ever sleep?? lolReplyCancel

  • Julia AstonJanuary 23, 2010 - 8:25 pm

    What a wonderful box Becca! love the framings using our Claire’s wonderful stamps!! The colors and use of text are super!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa D. Atha (inspired by purple)January 23, 2010 - 9:15 pm


    These are way too awesome for words! Your creativity constantly amazes me! So pretty.


    Lisa AthaReplyCancel

  • Deb ZachrichJanuary 23, 2010 - 9:43 pm

    AWESOME box! Can’t wait for the video instructions!ReplyCancel

  • Betz61January 23, 2010 - 10:30 pm

    You are so very talented that we will always wait for your secrets to be revealed and just adore you for sharing with us and yes we all know that life sometimes gets in the way of best laid plans. Thank you so very much Becca and may God Bless You.ReplyCancel

  • Julie MasseJanuary 23, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    This looks amazing!! No wonder Claire was so excited about it – what a great box Becca!! Looking forward to the how-to! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynne PhelpsJanuary 23, 2010 - 10:54 pm

    I am a longtime Waltzingmouse fan, and yes, Claire really IS the NICEST person! Can’t wait to see the video, these boxes are FAB and look very useful for just about any occasion! I buy old books at the library fund raiser every year, and you’ve inspired me to start cutting them up sooner rather than later!ReplyCancel

  • KrisJanuary 24, 2010 - 1:09 am

    THANK YOU Becca……I’ve been waiting patiently for this one!ReplyCancel

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  • LeeJanuary 24, 2010 - 4:35 am

    I am in awe and can’t wait till you post the instructions/template for this box. Absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanJanuary 24, 2010 - 4:39 am

    Breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. You rock Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - NanaBugabooJanuary 24, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Love the boxes. Would appreciate it if you could share the instructions. You are very talentedReplyCancel

  • CarolineJanuary 24, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    I just recently found your website. This box is awesome! I cannot wait for the instructions.

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Val WJanuary 24, 2010 - 2:59 pm

    WOW!! This is way cool.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterJanuary 25, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Awesome boxes, what a wonderful treat it will be for whoever is lucky to recieve them!ReplyCancel

  • Judy McMullenJanuary 25, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorials, Becca! You are a blessing!!!ReplyCancel

  • pam barkerFebruary 4, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Thanks you so much the the template. I loved you boxes!

    God Bless

  • JoyceFebruary 5, 2010 - 1:56 pm

    I loved the boxes.I found your site the other day and am very impressed. Thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • JackieApril 9, 2010 - 12:55 am

    So gorgeous. Love the way you’ve dressed it up. Will be trying very soon!!ReplyCancel