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Castle Shaped Box and Castle Card Tutorial

Castle shaped card and box
Dear friends this project is part of a "Birthday Celebration" set I made for my Guest DT post at my favorite craft store Itsy Bitsy. The theme is weddings and celebrations.  
At this stage in my life what we celebrate the most is my daughter's birthday.Last year we had a Rapunzel themed birthday party and I concentrated so much on the party decoration that I didn't give much thought to invitation cards or party favor boxes.
At 6 years birthdays are very important for her and all year long we have discussions on whom to invite [the list keeps changing weekly],what cake to make, what games to play etc etc !! 
Princesses , Castles ,Pink and Purple are in vogue with my kiddo right now so sharing our pink and purple castle shaped invitation cards and castle shaped box
Castle shaped Box
Castle Shaped Box Tutorial
Materials required
Card stock - avoid handmade paper but use card stock
Adhesive : White glue. If you want to make lots of castle shaped boxes quickly or want to craft with kids use double sided adhesive wonder tapes[also called tissue tapes] for the boxes and glue dots for the lids.
Scoreboard and scoring tool- optional...If you have it you get nice crisp folds easily and measuring is easy too.Otherwise use a scale and ball point pen.
Square punch-a must have unless you want to hand cut all those squares!
Castle Shaped Box Tutorial -Please click on the picture for the details[I have changed the view option to decrease page load time]
You can jump directly to the box template or follow the steps on how I create it...then you can customize it to the size you want.
Castle shaped Box
I started out with an A 4 card and scored it every 2.5 inches[my box width] If you have a score-pal that translates to score at 2.5,5,7.5 and 10 inches.Then flip it and score at 5 inches if you want the box 5 inches tall.Score again at a 2.5 inch interval to get the base of the box
Castle shaped Box
Keeping approx 1 inch around the base square as shown chop off the extra card and snip off wedges as shown.
Castle shaped Box
Fold along your score lines and apply glue or double sided tape [in white] as shown on the tabs.
Castle shaped Box
I tried to make the base at different sites but if you make it in the style shown...its super easy to assemble the box by just peeling the tape and sticking in a step wise fashion as above.
Castle shaped Box
It was so quick & easy that my daughter exclaimed that it was "easy peeasy" in typical kiddo slang!
To make the lid for the 2.5 inch wide box I used a 4.5 + 1/8 inch square card stock.Scored all around at 1 inch to get a lid that was of 1 inch height.Cut along the blue lines as shown.
Castle shaped Box
Formula for lid of any sized box = a + 2 b +1/8 inch.Score all around by "b".
a= width of box ;b =height of lid.
Castle shaped Box
Snip off wedges on the tabs to get a better looking box lid. Again sharing a tip to make it easy as well as save time..use glue dots/drops.I used to use Fevicol's glue drops but the size is often larger than what I require and I often have to cut it to size plus the paper is opaque so you cant really be sure where you are applying the dot..Fell in love with Itsy Bitsy's glue dots...which were so perfectly sized and  since the backing paper is clear you know exactly where you are applying the adhesive!...A big bonus when working with kids!!
Castle shaped Box
To make the "castle like appearance" I punched a 2 x 11 inch strip card with the square punch.This gave an un-punched 1 inch strip on one side just right for my 1 inch height box lid.
Castle shaped Box
Scored the square- punched card and stuck it to our box lid.This step needs a bit of care so little hands may not be able to do it!
Castle shaped Box
Here is my little princess with her castle shaped boxes .
Castle shaped Box
You could maybe personalize the return gifts writing each guest's name on his or her castle shaped box.
Castle shaped Box
We added  pink and purple embellishments to our castle shaped box
Castle shaped Box
Made 2 smaller boxes using the same castle shape box template
Castle shaped box template
My  smaller box measuring 1.5 x 3.5 inches was made using a card 7 x 6 inches and scored 1.5 inches.
To use the template to make any size box :w = width of box,h =height of box and t = width of tabs[keep it 1/2 to 1 inch]. 
Width of card required = 4w +t.Height of card required =h+w+t
Width of punched square strip required =1 inch + width of lid of castle box 
Castle shaped Box
In keeping with the theme we made party invitation cards as castle shaped  cards.
Castle shaped card
I made a pop up slider card in the shape of a castle.The central fort of the castle can be pulled up to reveal a space to write the Invitation and party details.
Castle shaped card
Its actually rather easy to make simple or detailed castle shaped cards!
Castle shaped card 
For the Tutorial for this easy to make Slider pop up card do drop by my Guest DT Post at Itsy Bitsy
More links
Basic pop up slider card tutorial [the 1st tutorial on my blog....this one is the 111th!]
Other Castle crafts
Entering the card and boxes to Decorate to Celebrate 42
Supplies:Big Shot [Itsy Bitsy],Embossing folders : Itsy Bitsy spots folder , Itsy Bitsy swirls.,Cuttlebug tiny mosaics[Imaginations],Dies: Itsy Bitsy Venetian die and Scallop circles, Provocraft  Butterfly[Itsy Bitsy];Punches: square,tiara.Glitter alphas, GLitter strips,Boutique Butterflies,Wonder tape, Glue dots all from Itsy Bitsy
Edited : This project earned the top 3 honor at Decorate to Celebrate
Decorate To Celebrate! Top Honors

97 comments:

  1. This is so lovely and so perfect for a princess birthday party, thanks for sharing, hugs, Marion

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    1. Thank you Marion yes my little one is so obsessed with Princesses right now!

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  2. Wow!! I am simply short of words Dr Sonia.... this is just gorgeous work .. ...so many lovely details and so well put together ...this is any little girls dream come true.I love the castle shaped invite and gift boxes ...and congrats on your guest DT post at Itsy Bitsy :)and Thank you so much for the tutorial as well its very well explained.

    Thank you so much for playing along Crafter's Corner # 4 and Best of luck :)

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    1. Thank you Hussena...I am always so touched by your comments...you make me feel so good!!

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  3. Marvelous! A lot of effort and a great result!

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  4. Wow what an elaborate invite with matching boxes. I love your tutorials - simple, crisp & to the point.

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    1. Oh Thank you Tanvi for boosting my morale..I always tend to think I make the tutorials too elaborate !

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  5. oh wow wow wow wow, this is awesome! I just love those pop-up invites, your daughter must be so proud of u.....

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    1. Juhi the whole idea was her own and she is thrilled with it!!Thank you so much

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  6. Very beautiful and innovative doctor. Love your embossing which is so apt where you have used.

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    1. Thank you Suganthi...I actually bought the Big shot cos I loved embossing!!

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  7. Dr Sonia! Wow you sure put your everything into a project and I love how your daughter is so involved creating with you! These invitations/castles are really unique and beautiful! Your children are so lucky to have a mom who goes this far to make a birthday special! I would have loved to get an invitation like this!!! I am sure they will be treasured forever. Thank you for the tutorial! I don't know if you know this but your page takes a long time to load, at least it does for me and I am guilty to say that it is the reason I haven't been by .. seeing you on my blog today made me realize how much I miss your beautiful creativity so maybe I can visit once a week!

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    1. Thank you so much Naomi...I think the huge number of photos loading in large size is the culprit.I have changed the view option to medium sized images for most of the photos...hope its better now.I cant thank you enough for letting me know

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    2. Dr. Sonia!!! I love your new set up!!!!!! It is amazing and loads so much better... I have been dealing with tech issues on my websites and email but I am back now... I couldn't be happier about this and have to thank you!!!! Brillant!

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  8. WOW, what an amazing project, Sonia!! The castle boxes and invite are stunning!! As always, your tutorial is fabulous!! And oh my gosh, your daughter is so adorable!! I am headed over to Itsy Bitsy to see how you made that awesome pop-up castle invite!! Have a great day :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa...I can always count on you to boost my morale!!

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  9. What an awesome way to celebrate a princess birthday party. Wow! The invitations are just the best and who wouldn't love to get an invite like that. That is such a beautiful and creative castle. You little one must be on cloud nine with excitement as she prepares for her party.

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    1. Thank you Benzi...she is super excited and though we had made this as a pilot project before her birthday..she has already distributed many cards to her friends already though the actual birthday is in May only!!

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  10. wooowww! my jaws are still in dropped mode! Amazing ! stunning project,tutorial is fantastic too.Thanks for sharing, have a good day!
    cheers

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    1. Thank you so much...I love the variety of work you do too and just became a follower

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  11. I,m honoured and delighted to have you as a follower! Thank you.......

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  12. WOW!!! This is incredible!!!
    GREAT birthday project, beautiful colors and textures and fab overall design!
    You are so super talented!!
    LOVE this!

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica...you are one awesome inspirational crafter friend!!

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  13. Another great tutorial Dr Sonia. Such a lovely card, my 10 yr old grand-daughter would love this, pink and purple are her very favourite colours. Thank you once again for joining in the fun at Unstampabelles, and you very kind comment on one of my cards.

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    1. Thank you so much...yes I never cease to wonder how so many little girls like pink and purple!!

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  14. Wow awesome card and what a fantastic shape.I am definitely going to copy this for my girls.and thanks a lot for the tute.I am bookmarking this page

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    1. You will rock Snehal...thank you!!

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  15. Wow! This is adorable! You really put a lot of effort in each and every project. Both the card and the box are awesome. Thanks for the tutorial too :)

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    1. Ha Ha I have a perfectionist helper who doesnt settle for anything less!

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  16. Wow!!! This is amazing!!! Love the castle you and your daughter created... and the matching invitation is fabulous! I love the slider idea for the details!!! You are so clever and you daughter must be having a ball working with her talented mom!

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    1. Thank you Grace...I love the slider too and ha ha feel a bit proud of myself for the castle design!

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  17. wow these are fabulous and such a great tutorial too, love the colours as would many a young lady
    hugs Kate xx

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    1. Kate thank you so much..pink and purple I can manage...at times she switches to orange color and I shudder!!

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  18. Oh my word Sonia~
    You nailed it again.. Love this birthday project for your DT... And look and that little princess helping out too.. What a perfect tutorial and beautiful made castle. love all the fine details to both of your projects....

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    1. Shirl I can always count on you to boost my morale...thank you soooooo much!!

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  19. Oh wow how sweet is this!! I love the colors and what a brilliant design you've made with this project!! HUGS :)

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    1. Thank you so much Vicki...I am amazed you have come to visit little me!! I am in awe of your talent!!

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  20. As always you projects and direction have such awesome detail! What a sweet little one you have! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Carla so glad to have you visit..missed you!

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  21. Wow! How perfect for a sweet princess. Your work is always so amazing and detailed. Thank you so much for taking so much time to provide clear tutorials so that the rest of us may benefit from your incredible talent.

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    1. Oh I am so happy you are back to blogging...I had not forgotten you and am so happy about your decision to make the blog more varied!!

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  22. Fabulous project dearest Sonia:)
    Some inspiration for me and Your little helper is so sweet and lovely:)
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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    1. Thank you Sonia..ha ha yes I am blessed to have a sweet yet opinionated helper!!

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  23. This is so pretty. What girl wouldn't love this. You always make all of these projects look so easy too.

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    1. Ann this one is really easy peasy!!

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  24. So fantastic. Another card to add to my list of things to do. A pop up slider card. Love the castle shape and the wonderful gift boxes. Of course the happy smile on your daughters face is adorable.

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    1. Thank you Merry...yes she wanted me to click a pic for the "blog"!!

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  25. oh you always come up with the most fabulous projects and this is fit for any princess!
    Lisa x

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa...my own pink and purple loving princess loves it!!

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  26. Looks like something out of a Fairy Tale bee-utifully fit for a Princess or Queen.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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    1. Thank you so much for always dropping by and being such a supportive and encouraging friend Melissa

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  27. These castles are amazing! Such beautiful work! Carri~Abusybee

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  28. This is super duper fabulous!!!

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  29. Exquisite beyond words, Sonia. You are such a talent and every project brings a smile (or dozen) to my heart. :o)

    Hugs and blessings!

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  30. OMG this is awesome...speechless...Thank you for joining the Crafters Corner Challenge#4

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  31. Such a pretty craft Sonia!!

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  32. Every time I see you have a new post, I get so excited!! Your work is amazing and to have a little helper that enjoys it as much as you do is amazing.

    Those princess boxes are fantastic and the card, Oh my!! Great, great job!!

    Laurie
    serenityscrappers

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  33. Perishable is so blessed to have a mother like you, Sonia. This castle set is fantasamagorical!

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  34. This is Fantastic Sonia..Loz

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  35. Dr Sonia, this is such a sweet card and castle. They would make any princess happy. Lovely work and tutorial as usual. NancyD

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  36. Awesome creation.. love it. Great JOB!~
    -Sony
    sonia-studio60.blogspot.com

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  37. Your castle shape box and card ls so beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate.

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  38. The castle looks adorable..the colour combo too is splendid, so bright and cheerful. Your little one looks lovely Sonia and she must be so proud that mama can create just about anything for her. God bless!!

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  39. Hi Sonia...Thanks for dropping by. Prisha is looking big in pic...she is one happy princess for sure & lovely castle too.

    And as you have asked I just make a running stitch on the ribbon and gathered it by pulling the thread. here is a link of the other project i did.
    http://deepijoshi.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

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  40. Oh my God, Sonia, you must be a crafter in your last birth. Lol. This is soooo beautiful. Love the colour combo. And the card is even nicer.
    Thanks for the visit.
    Love,
    Monica xxx

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  41. Wow what a fantastic project and fit for a princess. Jeanette

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  42. So glad you shared this with us at Unstampabelles Sonia. A great use of dies on these little castle boxes. Thanks.

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  43. Sorry if this is a repeat....blogger didn't seem to do anything when I hit publish before. So glad you shared this with us at Unstampabelles Sonia. A great use of dies on these little castle boxes. Thanks.

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  44. once again you take me to wonderland with your beautiful creations :) ahh i want to be six year old again so i could get it .. and to add more fun its slider pop up card !!! awesome ! and i m a big fan of secret boxes that look like castle :D

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    1. Thank you so much Ayesha..ha ha I guess we dont have to 6 years old to enjoy pink and purple!!

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  45. DAs ist eine zauberhafte Idee und sie gefällt auch meiner kleinen Enkeltochter Vivienne (4 Jahre am 1. februar) Auch sie liebt Prinzessinnen und will alles Rosa.
    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende, Ulla

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  46. Wow..!! Marvelous! You are so super talented!!

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  47. Beautiful castle and a fantastic course to prepare it:) Thank you for visiting my blog:)

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  48. Wow wow wow.......Beautiful creation. Your daughter is so lucky to have such a talented mum. She must have so much fun!!

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  49. Wow.. thats gorgeous.. Sonia.. ur little princess is very crafty indeed :)))

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  50. Terrific project and invitation. Very inspiring! Saw it through MIM.
    Stamping Shanni

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  51. I always keep saying this,ur passion towards card making is reallyyy amazinggg.Just lovedddddd it :)

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  52. Just lovely! Hopped here from MiM. Happy Monday :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@29)

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  53. I am ur new follower.color combo rocks as usual.Noted it to make one for my princess too.thanks for the tutorial with clear pictures and tiny details..
    love,
    Sindhu

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  54. These are amazing! I saw this on MIM. I have a 1-year-old daughter, so I'm sure this tutorial will come in handy in a few years.

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  55. what a fabulous project .thanks for sharing the tutorial .i am sure your daughter adores it
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

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  56. Lovely card and boxes. I really like the idea of the boxes, perfect to use as lollybags at the end of the party. The pop-up castle is such a great idea and the design looks lovely. Thanks for playing at Unstampabelles.

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  57. I saw it on MIM. My grand daughter loves anything to do with princess and dress up. Very pretty. A lot of hard work.

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  58. Another darling card! Love the boxes that go with it, too. Your daughter looks like she is having so much fun! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

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  59. Hi:))

    Amazing project! I will for sure give in a try in creating this :)
    Your projects have always been inspiring to crafters like us! I am ur newest follower!! :))

    Cheers
    Nazneen
    http://kaagaz-artisticquilling.blogspot.in/

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  60. கைவண்ணம் கண்டு கவிவண்ணம் தீட்டுகிறேன்!
    மைவண்ணன் போன்றே மனத்தைப் பறித்ததுவே!
    எண்ணும் கருத்துக்கள் எற்ற எழிற்கண்டு
    கண்ணும் கமழும் கனிந்து

    கவிஞா் கிஇ பாரதிதாசன்
    பிரான்சு

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  61. Dr Sonia, you and Prisha did an amazing job on all of this -- I LOVE that you showed us Prisha working on them -- she is adorable and it looks like she also had lots of FUN!! Congrats on your TOP HONORS at DTC!! :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog -- we'd love to see your decorations and party supplies for our NEW Challenge!! :)

    BIG HUGS,
    Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
    and Decorate To Celebrate!

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  62. The gorgeous castle's colour is my daughter favourite colour and the project is a beautiful one! The photo with Prisha is adorable!You are so lucky having such a beautiful ,skillful girl!
    hugs,

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  63. its so difficult to comment on your projects because u always come out with something amazing and hatts off to your skills of explaining ....it makes me completely speechless...thanks for playing with us at crafters corner Challenge no # 4 - Anything but not a Card or Layout ....wish you all the best
    www.crfaterscorner.in
    www.crafterscornerindia.blogspot.in

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    1. Thank you Shalini that is such a sweet thing to say

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  64. I agree with Shalini its hard to find new words of praise so I think a WOW in capitals will have to try and tell you how great this castle is

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  65. That is simply gorgeous.. Thank you for dropping by at CD ... linking in.. and making my day!! :)

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  66. Hi Sonia, thank you for sharing, its a beautiful tutorial :) Can you please help me with something - I am looking to make a rectangular box with lid - and it needs to be quite sturdy too - can you suggest what card stock I can use ? or should I use cardboard? I want to know what I should be asking at the stores? Thanks in advance.

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  67. Hi Sonia, thanks for sharing its such a well explained tutorial :) Can you please help me with something - I need to make a rectangular box with a lid - the box needs to be quite sturdy so what kind of cardstock or cardboard can I use ? I wanted to know what I should be asking for at the stores. Thanks in advance. Cheers :)

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    1. Divya cardboard will be give a sturdier box and you can recycle in the process too.MDF is quite in vogue in the crafting circles in India these days but getting your hand on it may be a problem

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