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Lavender Box by Suzanne Saltwell


Joanna Sheen 8 x 8 Paper Collections Pad - Volume 3    
Oval Die Set or the Craft Dies by Sue Wilson - Frames and Tags Collection works well
Joanna Sheen Signature Dies - Lavender SD286 and Sabrina Lace Border SD407
A3 Pearl Card, Foundations Icicle Pearl Card and Coconut Card
Tim Holtz Dusty Concord, Seeded Preserves, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Ink Pads
Creative Expressions Smoothies
Creative Expressions Finishing Touches Off White Satin Ribbon
Low Tack tape & Acetate
Decoupage Snips
Pinflair Glue Gel, Double Sided Tape & Foam Tape
Small Lavender Organza Bags & a Lavender Soap


Steps 1 to 5

1. This project highlights the Joanna Sheen lavender die and the lace paper from the 8 x 8 paper pad collection.

2. Select the lace sheet from the paper pad and cut to the size of card you want. Mat this onto a grey card and trim off leaving a 3mm border, then mount this onto a larger pearl base card.

3. Cut an oval with an aperture inside using a die and then add a piece of acetate to the back of the aperture. Add a line of thick double sided foam tape around the acetate edge on the reverse of the card. If your foam isn’t very thick then use 2 layers.

4. Pack the piece full of lavender before removing the backing from the foam tape and placing a piece of card over the oval. Just make sure the card isn’t bigger than the outside oval.

5. Cut lots of the lavender die cut pieces out in a white card. Colour the stems with Tim Holtz peeled paint & shabby shutters ink on a smoothie or cut`n`dry foam pad. Then use the Tim Holtz dusty concord and seeded preserves in the same method to colour the lavender in.


Steps 6 to 7

6. Add 2 full lavenders to the bottom corner of the card and glue in a few single heads of lavender to fill up the gaps.

7. Cut single heads of the lavender and add them to the top of the oval lavender piece and finish with a small bow and pearl.


Step 8

8. 2 small organza lavender bags have been used as embellishments in the bottom right hand corner of the card. These were made by removing some of the lavender from the bag and folding the organza around the back of the piece to make them the right size. 


Steps 9 to 12

9. A box needs to be made so it fits the size of the card and the depth of the box is 4.5cms deep. This is so it will take the depth of the lace border.

10. Then a separate box has been created to the width of the soap and with 2 – 4.5cms flaps down each side of the box. The right hand side folds back to strengthen the box. The left hand side flaps over the lavender card box and is glued down to secure the 2 boxes together.

11. It`s impossible to give measurements as each card may be slightly different in size. But all the photos will give you an idea of how the box has been made.

12. Place a piece of folded card in the centre of the side box to divide the soap from the lavender bags and cover the flaps of the card divide with some more card in the base of the box.


Step 13

13. Cut a lace border and ink with some of the dusty concord ink on the edges. Secure the lace ends at the back of the soap and add an inked circle to the front and back of the soap. Embellish with a lavender sprig.


Steps 14 to 15

14. Place 3 small lavender bags in the top section of the box and embellish with a sprig of lavender.

15. Measure and create a lid out of an A3 piece of card and decorate in a similar manner as the card.


Step 16

16. Cut lots of the lace border in white card and glue them around the base sides of the box. The side box works better with the lace starting on that area of the box.

The person you make this box for will appreciate the time and effect that has gone into making this but you will also have enjoyed making the different elements. It might seem a large project but take it steady over a few days and complete it in stages i.e. the shaker parts, then make the lavender bags smaller, create the card and then pull it all together with making the box.

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