Friday, 29 September 2017

Craft Consortium. Tell The Bees, Mini Shaker Gift Box

Today is my first post as part of the Craft Consortium Design Team.

Who are they?

This is what they have to say on their 'About Us' blog page...

Craft Consortium is an Award winning, family run, Crafts Manufacturer & Wholesaler; We pride ourselves on delivering innovative, design led product offerings for the Creative Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Industry.

Since our worldwide market launch in 2015, Craft Consortium has quickly established itself as The premium crafting Brand in papercrafts and home dΓ©cor, with the Craft Business Awards accolade: Winner of ‘Most Innovation Collection 2017’ for our Santoro -Kori Kumi papercraft collection, and nomination for the award ‘Best Papercraft Manufacturer 2017’.

And I get to play with their products and let my imagination run wild.
Little old me!
It's an absolute privilege...  and I'm already having a blast.
But seriously, who wouldn't?
These truly are beautiful product ranges...


So today's offering is a little shaker bee box...

And yes, it's a little bit of work to put together., but if you've already got a gift box die to hand or a plain box in need of decoration it's really not too much work at all.

Let me show you...


Once that was made, it was simply a case of cutting some of the Tell The Bees Premium Paper Pad front and back cover to size.  
(You see, as well as having some gorgeous and 'oh so handy' extra topper elements, these pads also have a pretty design printed on the inside of the covers that is just begging to be used.
And as I hate seeing anything with craft potential go to waste and I love using product packaging this seemed like the perfect option).

Add a die cut circle to what will be the top of the front of your box, glue on an acetate layer to the back (again - mine's cut from scrap packaging) and then build up a frame along the inside edge.  
I chose to use layered up die cut frames (which I cut to size before gluing together), but foam tape can work equally well.

As for the rest of the front of the box?
If you look at the photo you'll notice that I've inked onto a piece of scrap vellum using Stazon Timber Brown along with the honeycomb stamp from the Tell The Bees - Clear Stamp Set
I glued this into place - just along the edges so the glue can't be seen - and I also glued down those four Tell The Bees - Sequins that you can see.

Why would I do that?

Because as much as I love shaker cards, tags, etc.  I hate the fact that all the sequins end up hidden in the corners.  Gluing a few into place means that no matter what, they at least will always be seen...  and that makes me happy!

You should hopefully be able to see in this photo that I've distressed all the edges - top and sides - and then added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  
Once dry, I've wrapped Always And Forever - Elegant Lace Ribbon - Heart Chain  around the side pieces...  and then I've glued them into place on the box.

As for the top of the box?

Carefully add those loose sequins onto the top of the vellum - keeping well away from the edges.
Pick up your top piece that has the acetate on and glue around the inside edges before very carefully putting into position over the top of the sequins.

Do not pick up the box until completely dry!  Not unless you want your sequins stuck in the corners and all along the edges!
(I placed my die cut plates carefully onto the top to help everything get a firm, tight seal).

And there you have it...  the basis of your box.

Now how you choose to decorate it from here is entirely up to you.


I cut out bees from the inside front cover and bees from one of the sheets of the paper pad.  
Then, using scrap card I drew around the outlines, cut out and glued and layered them all up.  

I also added some of these...


So there you have it.
One little shaker bee box.

There's also 15% off selected Kori Kumi lines...  while stocks last!
So be quick and go take a look.
(Shop link at bottom of page/sidebar).

Wishing you a happy day wherever you may be...

Donna. x


  1. This is a beautiful shaker box creation and I haven't come across this company before so Happy days are here again. I can feel a spend come on. Lol. I like using up every day objects and getting the most out of every scrap of paper . Hubby has just wafted an empty custard tart box under my nose as he knows that I will want it for the stripey pattern on it. Now what can I team up with peach! Goi g back to your box I just love your theme and those bees are just well the bees knees. Gorgeous creation. Hugs Mrs A.

    1. Thank you, Mrs A... A for A-mazing lady who has also trained her husband so well that he knows not to throw things away without asking if they are of any use in Craft Land! This company was new to me, too... but seriously - take a peep through the gallery or go on YouTube where they flick through the pages of the paper pads. The new Winter Woodland has some super pretty stamps to go with the papers, too! As for peach? That goes well with pear and plum! X 😘

  2. What a stunner Donna sweet friend! I LOVE the work you put into all your projects, such dedication, the 'Craft Consortium' are very lucky to get you, many congratulations on your well deserved DT spot! I also love your new header pic (you are so youthful looking!) Have a wonderful day my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

    1. Thank you, Hazel. I'm like a kid in a sweet shop with all these lovely new toys to play with.
      (As for the photo... editing software! Husband softened some wrinkles)!!!

  3. So creative and loving the shaker element of this fabulous project x

  4. Hi Donna, Fabulous first post for your new DT postion, bet they`ll be glad they have you! to show case their wonderful product.
    Love this little bee shaker box, great idea my dear friend.
    Hugs Pam x

  5. Super cute, as always. I love those little daisies. Congratulations on your DT position, hope you have lots of fun creating these little masterpieces for them x

  6. Donna, your little bee-box is ever so sweet! What a fabulous premiere, my friend! They are so smart to bring you aboard their Design Team! Congratulations!!

    1. Thank you, beautiful.
      Keeps me busy... which is a bigger blessing than you know. 😘

  7. Humming *grin* with happiness that you've joined this team; talent such as yours should be broadcast everywhere! I can tell you thoroughly enjoyed designing your sensational bee shaker box; your entire post - from the wonderfully explained details, to the photos, to the finished product - is infused with joy! Project #1 - and already you're a shining star!
    Hugs to you, beautiful friend!

    1. Thank you so much, lovely. πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚