Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bees Knees Artist Trading Box

Hey, Crafty Friends!!
It's another beautiful day to get crafty! And today I will show you how I created this beautiful bright and cheery Bees Knees ATB (Artist Trading Box)!

Let's get right to it!!

Supplies Used
Mat Board (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Entomology Dies (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves Dies(Sizzix)
Honey Dear (DCWV)
Cardstock- White, Gray
Creative Station (Xyron)
Create-A-Sticker (Xyron)
Distress Oxide Inks- Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed,
Shaded Lilac, Black Soot (Ranger Ink)
Medium White Lily(I Am Roses)
Small White Lily (I Am Roses)
Yellow Sweet  Moon Rose (I Am Roses)
Yellow & Cream Variegated Cherry Blossoms (I Am Roses)
Liquid Glue
Wooden Dowel Caps
Gesso (Liquitex)
Adhesive Foam
Cutter Bee Scissors (EK Success)
PITT Artist Pen (Faber-Castell)
Water Brush Pen
Wooden Dowel

Today, I'll be playing with Eileen Hull's new Gift Box with Scallop Edges Die...

Along with DCWV's Honey Dear Stack.

I cut my patterned paper in half to measure 6" x 12". 

Then I ran both halves through my Xyron Creative Station Machine.

I peeled the protective film and attached each piece to a separate sheet of Sizzix Mat Board .

Once I attached my paper, I placed it faced down onto my Gift Box die and ran them both through my Sizzix Big Shot Plus.

I folded the die cuts on their creases. Each of these pieces creates one half of a box, hence, the need for two.

This box also cut out little labels and scalloped edges. I didn'
t use them for this project so I set them aside and saved them for a potential future project.

I added a string liquid adhesive onto the little flaps of one of my cut-outs. And attached it to the inside middle panel of the other.

I used a couple of mini clothespins to hold it securely in place while the glue took hold. 

Once it was dried, I attached the other ends with glue, again held it together with clothespins till the glue firmly took hold.

I left the top flap unattached so that I could still use it for a storage box.

I placed it aside to completely dry.

I painted 4 wooden dowel caps with white gesso and attached them to the underside of my box as feet.

I found this cute card panel in the Honey Dear Stack that I absolutely adored. It said, "You're the Bees Knees" with a picture of a beehive surrounded by an elegant frame.

I cut it out by hand with a scissor, attached foam adhesive tot he back, and attached it to the front of my box.

On top of my box, I attached an assortment of lilies, cherry blossoms, and a sweet moon rose.

Then I die cut one Skeleton leaf from gray cardstock. I cut it apart and made it into multiple mini leaves.

Then individually tucked and attached each leaf under my flowers.

Next, I die cut a couple of bee silhouettes using one of my Tim Holtz Entomology dies. I don't have the matching stamp set so I drew all the details by hand using a PITT Artist Pen.

I ended up not using the vellum one pictured.

Then colored in the bee using Distress Oxide inks in Spiced MarmaladeMustard Seed,
Shaded LilacBlack Soot, and a water brush pen.

I curled around a dowel rod a 3-inch piece of wire that was discarded from one of my flowers.

Then I ran my blank bee silhouette through my little Creat-A-Sticker and sandwiched the wire in between the two bee silhouettes.

Lastly, I tucked and glued the wire into my bed of flowers.

And here is my finished box...

I really love how this turned out!! That yellow is such a happy energetic color!!
This box is like a ray of sunshine and makes me want to smile each time I look at it!!

I hope it has made you smile too!!

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and it inspires you to make one yourself!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time...


  1. This is so light and springy! I love the flying bee <2 Thanks for creating something cheerful- just what I needed...