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Star Shaped Box Tutorial

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Star Shaped Boxes
Dear friends Thank you so much for the support on the Beaded Christmas Tree  diorama.Thrilled to say it came top 3 in 3 separate challenges! This is yet another handmade Christmas tree project!
This stacked Star shaped boxes Christmas tree is my Guest DT project for Lulupu's bloghop [Recipe :pattern paper,die cuts,punches,embellishments]
I had earlier posted a DIY photo frame set with a star shaped box.So many of you asked for a tutorial to the star box…that was nearly a year ago!!Well finally I got around to writing up a tutorial for the star shaped box!
I stacked  5 star shaped boxes  [packed with little gifts of course!]to make a Christmas tree.
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Star Shaped Boxes

How to make a Star shaped Box

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Star Shaped Box tutorial 
  • Stars-You need a star template – Hand cut,Punch or Die cut 4 stars.
    • You can either make all 4 stars the same size or cut out 2 stars to be slightly larger in size [will show you why soon].
    • Cut out the star shapes from thick card stock to make sturdy boxes
    • My smallest star has a side only  slightly more than 1/2 inch
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      Star Shaped Box tutorial 
  • Card Strip- Cut from thick card stock
    • You need 2 card strips to make the base and lid of your star box.
    • The length of your card strip will be 10 times the side length of your star + 1/2 inch.
    • Width depends on how high you want your star boxes to be.I kept mine 1 inch high and so my card strip was 1 inch + 1/4 inch for tabs.
  • Optional Decorative strip – optionally use pattern paper,ribbon,lace or washi tape to decorate your boxes. I used a strip of pattern paper  1 inch wide to wrap around my star box.
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
Score your card strip lengthwise at 1 inch leaving 1/4 inches to create tabs.For larger stars you can keep your tab width at 1/2 inch [that is use a card strip of 1.5 inches wide]
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
Score [mark deeply with a blunt pen or bone folder] and accordion fold your card strip as shown above at intervals equal to the length of your star side.You’ll need to make 10 “sides” plus a 1/2 inch tab for gluing.
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
At the accordion fold lines on the 1/4 inch part of the strip you had earlier scored off ,snip off triangles.You will create gluing tabs to help adhere the card strip to your star .
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
Fold these gluing tab wedges at 90 degrees.
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
Apply glue on the gluing tabs one by one and stick under a star to snugly fit along the side of a star.
When you are gluing the tabs you may notice a jutting portion of your glue tab as shown above..snip that off so that your next glue tab can snugly hug your star![Just a little trick to get a neater star!]
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
Keep gluing all your tabs one by one.Spend some time to make sure each tab adheres well to your star otherwise your box will fall apart and you’ll be cursing  in despair!
The final 1/2 inch glue tab on your card strip can be stuck either inside or outside the star box.If you are going to use pattern paper to line the outside of your star box stick the tab outside as the pattern paper will hide it.
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
This is how the under surface of your star box will look once all the tabs are glued.You can adhere a same size or a slightly bigger star atop it.
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Star Shaped Box Tutorial
To line your star base with pattern paper simply apply glue and wrap it around creasing along the points as you go along with your nails to keep the star points sharp and crisp!
Here are  the 3 sizes of star shaped boxes and their lids.Well how do you make the lid you may be wondering! That is the best part…you can make it in exactly the same way using the same dimensions!
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Star Shaped Boxes 
The star shape allows a lot of leeway and you can manipulate 2 similar sized star bases to make one the base and one the lid of your star box.
So you don't actually have to break your head calculating how many millimetres more to make the lid!
You can of course make your lid to be shorter as I had made in my first Star shaped box project
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Star Shaped Box 
Here is a close-up photo of  the lid of my star shaped box.In these boxes I glued a star of slightly larger size  on the basic star box.Using a larger size star adds a bit of extra dimension and also serve the practical purpose of making your boxes easier to open!
If you want to handcut your stars you can  use this stacked stars template.
In the picture below you can see the smallest star box serving as the base of my Star Box Christmas tree.
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Star Shaped Box 
I used lots of tiny star shaped brass beads on my boxes in keeping with the starry festive theme!I placed my Christmas tree on lacy heart Spellbinder die cuts [I love this die and you can see more in my Foam jewellery tutorial ]and also placed a lacy heart atop my Star Box christmas tree .
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Star Shaped Box 
Made the wooden bead -cloth doll into a fairy by gluing on feather wings and a shimmery flower and pearl beads to her waist.
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Star Shaped Box 
I hope you liked this tutorial to make a star shaped box.Apart from serving as a gift box and decor piece you can use your star box as a shadow box [use an OHP to make the lid ]or even personalise it to showcase a favorite photo.
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Star Shaped Box
Dont forget to participate in the  Lulupu Bloghop — 2 lucky people who leave comments along the hop  will win some amazing prizes + 1 lucky hopper can win a Martha Stewart punch from Lulupu! Thank you so much Karuna for inviting me to be part of your awesome celebration.

Supplies:Dies : Sizzix stars,Spellbinder lacy hearts-Itsy Bitsy.Punches -MS heart-Mansi,Pattern Paper- DCWV botanical ,Feathers,Butterflies-Itsy Bitsy.Beaded Lace and star beads- local Fancy store Sahakaranagar

118 comments:

  1. fantastic tutorial Sonia! Looking at final picture of the star box, I never imagined , making it can be so easy, ...you make it easy :)

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  2. Wow! I love picture tutorials and you are one of the best when it comes to making them! Thanks a ton! The star shaped boxes look FAB! I wish to give them a try.

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    1. I love pictorials myself Sindhu ha ha and I guess thats why I dont make videos!

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  3. This is superb as always! Beautiful project and so easy to follow tutorial! Loved the star boxes and how they form a tree! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  4. it is so pretty Sonia, you are a master in making the shaped boxes. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and nice blog hop post.
    Adhiraacreations

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    1. Thank you so much Shylaa...yes I do love making shaped boxes

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  5. Lovely tutorial and a fantastic end product! Thanks doc for the detailed working of this fab box.

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    1. Thank you so much Rupa glad you liked the star boxes

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous box and such a lovely and easy to follow tutorial! thank you so much for hopping with us at Lulupu Blog

    cheers
    Karuna

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    1. I had to make something special for your hop Karuna and the star box tutorial had been requested by so many!

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  7. Super awesome box!! Dr Sonia.. thanks for the tutorial and the wooden bead doll you made is sooo cute :) you are an amazing crafter Dr Sonia your tutorials make easy and inspires soo many of us.. love the over all arrangement of boxes :)

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    1. Thank you so much Radhika...you are yourself a big inspiration for me!! So glad you enjoyed the star shaped box tutorial

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  8. This is a stunner, Sonia !! always love your projects and the tutorials !! loooooove how elaborately you embellish your projects. The scalloped hearts behind the fairy creates a frame for it and look like an additional elaborate set of wings !!! so..... so...... so........ pretty!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Suman.I actually didnt have to embellish this project much as the star shape itself looked beautiful and the paper was so pretty!

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  9. wow. this is beautiful...
    www.craft360.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Fatima glad you liked the star boxes

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  10. Hey Doc. Sonia,
    I always love your tutorials for its clarity and this is not an exception. The boxes look very pretty. Thank you for sharing.

    Hugs
    Catherine

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine.Glad you like my tutorials

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  11. What an awesome project- love to see your picture tutorials- you make it look so dang easy!!! Love the DP and roses you added too!

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    1. These shaped boxes are indeed easy to make Shelly

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  12. This is just fabulous !! Thanks for sharing such detailed post with us :)

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  13. Superb as always. Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

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  14. It's beautiful Sonia ji....would make a great gift. Thanks for explaining it so wonderfully.:)

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  15. These boxes are outstanding doc! and they look even prettier stacked together...like a Christmas tree...such an apt gifting idea for Christmas!! thank you so much for sharing the tute :)

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  16. As always, a pretty project and fabulous tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. As usual, beautiful box and awsum picture tutorial...........
    hats off to u Dr.Sonia

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  18. As usual, beautiful box and awsum picture tutorial

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  19. OMG,such a lovely project.Always admire your work and this one is one of the best.Hopping with lulupu is fun!

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  20. Fantastic ! I would never have imagined that one could make such lovely boxes by hand , if I had not seen your tutorial.Looking at this lovely creation , I applaud to your creativity !!!

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  21. Wow..Beautiful boxes..Sonia...The small star box size amazes me..How tiny it will be..Thanks a lot for detailed tutorial...

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  22. Beautiful creation, I am amazed b how you make it look so simple when it has so many little things to take note of. how do you find the time to do all this?

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  23. Wowwwwww....winning entry for sure, Doc...Loved it to bits...So much festive in color..Thanks for sharing as always... :)

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  24. Beauuuuutiful ....really fabulous creation. thank you for sharing it with tutorial...<3

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  25. Congratulations on winning 3 times Sonia. This tree is Stunning also..Loz

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    1. Thank you so much Loz glad you liked it

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  26. Wow. This project looks so pretty. Thanks for sharing this tutorial... You have made such beautiful work look so easy...

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    1. It is indeed quite easy to make Dhivya. Thank you so much for the sweet words

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  27. Congrats! You’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award for new bloggers. For more information, please see my blog post at http://scrapsmania.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/i-am-nominated-for-liebster-award/

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    1. Thank you so much am off to your blog!

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  28. Lovely project ! well explained tutorial ! thanks for sharing Dr !

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  29. Lovely boxes and I love d way u put ur tutos together..so easy to follow :)will defintly try these soon

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    1. Thank you so much Lekha this tutorial was not too difficult to photograph so it was an easy one for me!

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  30. AH-MAY-ZINGG!! Its beauutiful...love the whole idea of making a chistmas tree and i definately think that you have a great taste in choosing colours!! Love the fairy too!

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  31. Oh! My! Word, what a fantastic project.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do such a brilliant Tutorial.
    I just love the effect you have achieved with all your boxes.
    Have a great day

    Patricia xx

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  32. You've blown my mind with this fab tree!!! I love the design and it is so very pretty, going to have to make one using your wonderfully, detailed tutorial. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  33. Wow, fantastic project! I bet it took a long time to make each one of those star boxes, but the finishing result is just wonderful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial also!!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Delightful Challenges, "Red and Green"! :)

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  34. I really cant believe my eyes!!!!! :O I am amazed...this is....OMG beautiful!!!! wow wow wow,,,Love this and I am not eligible to comment on this i can only admire and get inspired...!!!! :D

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  35. it's such a gorgeous idea .. and such a beautiful creation :) ..... totally lowe it :)
    lowed hopping here :)

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  36. Oh!!! My!!! I am at awe seeing your creation.. very very inspiring I really wonder if I could ever come up with something like this... :)

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  37. I love your beautiful star boxes! Thank you for the detailed tutorial, they don't look to difficult to make.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

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  38. Oh wow, Sonia, what a fabulous project!! I love the star boxes!! Your tutorial is perfect!! I want to make some!! Thank you for the amazing inspiration!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  39. Wow! This is really gorgeous. It looks almost like a wedding cake. Thanks so much for sharing your cleverness with us via the tutorial.

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  40. Your creation is so very wonderfull! You can use it for many occations. Thank you for the tudorial and for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

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  41. wow, these are awesome. I've got to pin this so I can try it out when I have some time

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  42. What a magnificent project! It looks amazing!

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  43. Wow, stunning project - and so kind of your share the instructions with everyone. Thank you for sharing your Christmas project with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

    Dionne

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  44. Completly fantastic creation Dr. Sonia....loved its evry detail...thanks for sharing the tutorial....as always you are a rockstar.

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  45. You're plain unbelievable Sonia! You make the stack look SO easy to make! What an adorable box!!!!!

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  46. Hi Sonia
    Mind blowing ...u make every thing sooooo easy dear...lovely tute ...this creativity is outstanding dear as always

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  47. OMG!! I have made love shaped boxes and I know how painful it is to make shaped boxes. You made it look so easy and fabulous. I wonder how you get such fab ideas!! Hats off to you doc!!

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  48. this is fantastic!!!u hav lotts of patience to give such a detailed tutorial!!awesome!!

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  49. What a fantastic star tree and even more fantastic that it is individual boxes! Your tutorial is wonderful and this is now on my to do list x Thanks for joining us this week over at CYP :) x
    Craft your Passion Challenges
    Little Pear Tree

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  50. So beautiful, I love how you share step by step tutorial with detail..
    All the best dear!

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  51. you never cease to amaze me. This is awesome! You have such talent. Hugs~

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  52. Wow wow wow what a beauty.
    Thanks for the tutorial..
    Gr Elly

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  53. WOW Sonia aunty..just fabulous..love how you create such pieces..From where do u get such awsome ideas..everytime you come up with something new which is always stunning and fabulous!!Love ur work!!

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  54. Wow! Wow!Wow! Sonia:) So beautiful and pretty!!! Glad to see you guest designing at Lulupu and to hop over your blog for the same :)

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  55. Wow! Wow! Wow! Sonia :). So beautiful and pretty. Glad to see you guest designing at Lulupu and to hop over your blog through the same :)

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  56. Oh wow, Dr Sonia an awesome tutorial. I have never seen star boxes created before I will now have to give them a try. This is such a terrific project and thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles for our Christmas challenge.

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  57. Sonia, this is as usual fabulous and so clever. Great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles for our Christmas Challenge!

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  58. Ditto my comments from before from the Squirrel and the Fox!

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  59. Gorgeous boxes! love the way you make it look so easy. Thank you for taking part in our Christmas Challenge at Unstampabelles.

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  60. Wow! firstly congratulations on your top 3's. Well deserved.
    This is an absolutely cracking idea and your tutorials are second to none. I love the idea of being able to put small presents into the boxes and what a lovely display/surprise to put on the table at Christmas tea time. Happy Christmas to you and your family. hugs Mrs a.

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  61. Hi Dr Sonia,
    Congrats on making it to top 3 in 3 different challenges that project was a winner for sure :) ..I love the star shaped boxes you have shared today they are so beautiful especially like the way you have stacked them to create the tree pattern !! ..And Thanks a bunch for sharing this detailed tutorial:) ..You have made this project look so easy ..I really need to try this once :)

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  62. You are one crafter who with your tutorials can make things look so simple.
    These star boxes are awesome.....speechless absolutely!!! Love them.

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  63. Thanks for the tutorial! The boxes are fantastic!
    Thanks also for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challengeblog!
    Andrea :-)

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  64. Fantastic project, so many wonderful details. Thank you for sharing it with us at TioT's this time.
    Yvonne

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  65. This is so pretty! I love the paper you used and the star tutorial is very awesome!! :)

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  66. Dr Sonia.. thank you for a tutorial on these wonderful star boxes. They are all such stunning pieces. Loved them all..

    I have hopped on from the Lulupu blog hop!!

    Hugs
    Divya
    http://pinkpapercastle.blogspot.in/

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  67. What an awesome tutorial!!! great idea... I sure am going to try this..

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  68. Oh my you make all boxes seem so easy to make with your fab tutorials. Never expected this to be soooo easy when I first saw this on the lulupu blog. I think you will be an excellent academic teacher too!!!

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  69. Congrats on making it at top 3 thrice with ur creation..and thanks for sharing such a detailed tutorial Dr Sonia :)

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  70. wonderful project!
    Amazing work. love your tutorials.

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  71. Wow! Another stunning project. Thanks for sharing....and Congrats on your top 3s :)

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  72. Fabulous....box tree !! As always you have put the tutorial wonderfully with lots of clear pics to explain it...loved the touch of feathery fairy
    Congrats...the diorama made it not only to Top 3 but also won Itsy bitsy Challenge.

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  73. thank you for sharing with us at TIOT.EE

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  74. OMG, this is a WOWzer! What a cool, creative way of making a X-mas decoration. I would like to thank you for entering my ‘C… is for challenge’ blog and I wish you good luck in the draw.
    Hugs,
    Anna xxx

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  75. Thank u for d lovely tutorial. U make it look so simple but it actually requires so much patience. Ur indeed a genius

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  76. WOW! This is gorgeous! Love all the details. Thank you for joining us at Parade Your Crafts.

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  77. LOVE your card with the tree!
    Thanks for joining us in the challenge on TIOT!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

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  78. I meant to say - I LOVE your tree, it does look difficult!

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  79. Wow Dr. Sonia... you always come up with unique project ideas.. & thanks for sharing the tutorial as well :)

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  80. Such a cute and festive little tree.

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  81. So easy to make and so beautiful! Thank you for sharing yet again a great tutorial, Sonia! By the way, when I first saw picture, I thought of a cake with 5 levels! Yummy!

    Hugs,
    Manu

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  82. thanks for the wonderful tute Dr. Sonia.... love the lil cuties, ur daughter must have loved it to bits

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  83. Liebe Sonia, Erstmal wünsche ich dir ein schönes Weihnachtsfest und dann möchte ich dir sagen, dass deine Kreationen immer soooo fantastisch sind.
    Jedes mal ist es eine Überraschung für mich, deinen Blog zu besuchen.
    Liebe Grüsse, Ursula

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  84. An amazing Christmas project and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts for this month's challenge.

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  85. Thank you for joining in The Songbird Challenge over the festive period with this lovely creation.
    Happy Crafting
    Carole xXx

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  86. And I am back again this time with my ABAC hat on! Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at ABAC this month.

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  87. Wow... this is absolutely gorgeous!! And what a great tutorial too!!

    Thanks for joining the Craftin Desert Divas Christmas Linky Party!
    Lori

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  88. Wow! This is totally amazing! I can't imagine how hard you worked to get all that fabulous detail into each and every layer. You are always such an inspiration, and the things you create are so unique and original.

    Best crafty wishes!
    Amber
    Staying Crafty

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  89. What a lovely Christmas creation and super tutorial so we can all have a go! Hope you had a festive holiday and thank you for sharing it with us at TioT. x

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  90. An Amazing Project......Dr....!! I Like very much....
    Wish you & Yours a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

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  91. Wow, kaunis.

    Oikein Hyvää Uutta Vuotta 2014

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  92. Thanks for the tut Doc. Sahiba. You know I have made a ring binder of all your tutorials. Whenever I need some inspiration, I flip through the pages.

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    1. Thank you so much Sheetal...oh that is so wonderful..I am truly flattered!

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  93. Extremely beautiful and clever Doc!!!! loved it

    BIjal

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  94. Absolutely outstanding!!!! Happy New Year to you Sonia.
    Big hugs,
    Lisa x

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  95. thanks so much Sonia for your comment on my blog today, I am touched :) looking forward for your encouragement and support in future as well!

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  96. This is simply genius Sonia !!
    I love the tutorial and i really enjoyed the boxes
    Thanks for playing with us at BGC #44 - 3D gift challenge

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  97. Lovely project, and super tutorial Dr. Sonia!
    Happy New year!

    Regards,
    Vithya

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  98. you leave me awestruck with ur creation everytime..surely a must try on :) Thanks for joining us @BGC.

    Bips,BGC DT

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  99. I have always admired your work and learn so much from each new project that you do. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Oooh so thrilling!! Loved your work..am always super delighted to discover a crafter with multiple talents!!

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