I thought I'd share with you these cute little gift boxes I made for Valentine's day even though I know we are well past Valentine's day.   Well, you can always use these to make a start on next year's, right?

I used Truly, Madly, Deeply by Darlene H:

Couldn't you just eat those chocolates, lol?! !

Anyhow, I made two gift boxes, the first of which was a heart topped box:

I found the template for this at http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/free-gift-box-templates.html and it is so quick and easy to use. 

I actually converted the template into a png and got rid of the white background so all I had to do was place the template on the kit paper, print and cut out, then score along the dotted lines and fold.  The flower on the front side of the box was made using petals from the kit which I cut out and stuck together to create a flower.  I added a leaf from my stash to finish it off.

The only difficulty with this box was the actual heart on the top, as you need to make sure you cut far enough down so the two halves fit together.

The second box was also made from a template I found (see http://tethered2home.com/?p=8300), but was just a little bit trickier to put together (hence the crease on one side of the lid which shouldn't be there!).  

Again, it was a case of cutting out and scoring, and then folding the box up (it worked the second time ;) ) .  I added extra hearts (using heart shapes included with the box template) and created a 3d flower using two copies of one of the kit flowers.  I reduced the flower in size so it would fit the box before printing it out, and then cut down the side of each petal, placed one copy of the flower on top of the other and attached them to the lid of the box using a Papermania brad.  I also added a lace ruffle to the underside of the lid as a finishing touch.  

All in all, both boxes were fairly straightforward to make and I will definitely be using these templates again.  But for now, I need to get back to sorting out a client's VAT return.  Oh, I lead such an exciting life ;)

Happy scrapping.