Els van de Burgt Studio

Celebration Treat Box with Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia

September 27, 2017

Hello Dear Friends,

September marks the beginning of the fall season, accentuating life’s fleeting nature and the spirit of letting go, starting anew. I am in love with this season because it is the beginning of a protracted festival season in India, the time of year where we not only invite light into our homes by lighting candles and our fireplaces, but also bring light into our lives by inviting our friends and family over to share in laughter, music, singing, dancing, food and drink. We clean our homes, open our hearts, and cleanse our souls of past misgivings – just like the trees letting go of old leaves, knowing that fresh new green life will follow.

I have created a Treat Bag to help make the gatherings memorable, the brand new Susan’s Garden Notes Dahlia to make my flowers. Here in India, the Dahlia is considered to the flower of the Fall, symbolizing being graceful under pressure and achieving success against all odds. I chose fall hues in shades of yellow and orange to heighten the effect of the season.

Here is how I created my project:

Step 1 –  Create a box for the base of the treat box.  Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures  4.5″ x 3.75,  score at 1.25″ on all four sides. Cut along the score line on two opposite sides to create tabs. Fold along all score lines, adhere the tabs to create the box base.

Step 2 – Die cut two of the largest rectangles from the Postage Stamp Rectangles die set, adhere to front and back of box.

Step 3 – Cut a piece of  watercolor paper slightly smaller than the Postage Stamp Rectangle. Create a background using Lindy’s Magical by sprinkling on color and water from a mini-mister. Allow to dry.

Randomly splatter white acrylic paint over the background. Allow to dry. Adhere to the front of one of the Postage Stamp Rectangle panels.

Step 4 – Using the Dahlia die set, cut enough pieces to make two flowers, plus plenty of leaves. Color the petals with Buttercup and Bright Tangelo Archival Inks. Color the leaves with Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Lemon Squeeze, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

Die cut the Ivy Vine four times and color with the same inks as were used on dahlia leaves.

Shape and assemble the flowers and shape the leaves and ivy vine using the tools from Susan’s Garden All Metal Tool Kit and Kids Choice Glue. Arrange and adhere to the front panel. Refer to the photos for placement.

You can find a detailed step by step tutorial showing how Susan assembles the Dahlia here.

Step 5 – Stamp the sentiment from Susan’s Garden Little Words Mean a Lot Clear Stamp set onto White Soft Finish Cardstock, Trim as a ribbon or fishtail banner. Adhere to lower portion of treat box.

Step 6 – Punch or pierce two small holes at the top of the decorated front panel and plain back panel of the treat box. Tuck candy or a small gift into the box. Add jute twine through the holes to close the top of the box and hold the treat in place.

Step 7 – Optional: Add transparent pearls to create the look of dew drops. Add fine brown threads to create the feel of natural vines.

Now this special treat box is ready for your celebration!

I hope you all will love my work.

Have A Nice Day!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Lindy’s Magical

Archival Ink in Buttercup, Bright Tangelo

Distress ink in Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Lemon Squeeze, Vintage Photo

Transparent pearls

Jute twine

Fine brown threads

Awl or 1/8″ hole punch


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  • Marjorie Dumontier September 29, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    That’s a gorgeous bag !

  • June Fletcher September 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    This is so beautiful. I adore the colours and flowers

    Thank you for sharing

  • Carolyn Smith September 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Love your work–it’s so fall and who wouldn’t love getting this and then SAVING it forever! Keep up the beautiful inspiration! Hugs!

  • Beverly Fuchs September 27, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Stunning cards. The colors are perfect to make them look like you could touch them and they would be real. Fabulous job.

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