Pillow Talk

If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.
If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.
But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me.
   ~ Author Unknown

Square Pillow Box

As I was making these fun pillow boxes the old 1959 movie Pillow Talk was stuck in my head. Anyone old enough to remember that movie?


I was a baby when it came out, so, you know, I only remember watching it on the small screen. I loved all the hijinks between Doris Day and Rock Hudson from sharing a party phone line, because, yes, we had one of those. But, I digress. (Yeah, I do that all the time).

I was thinking about Pillow Talk the movie because I was making lots and lots of pillow boxes with the new Square Pillow Box Die-namic being released this month by My Favorite Things.

Lisa Johnson Design Rustic Hearts

Holy Cow these things are fun to make. I learned a few lessons along the way, so here are just a few tips.

MFT Square Pillow Box

  1. Which way is up? I treated the end with the smaller rounded tab as the bottom of the pillow box because that was the end I put adhesive on. Be sure to line up your Square Pillow Box die cut with the direction you want your paper to go when it's finished.
  2. Which way is down? Usually you put a die cut on the top of the paper so any embossing will show. Put this die cut on top of the bottom side of the paper that will become the inside of your box. The embossing makes the creases/folds of the box and this will put the valley and mountain folds in all the right places. (That's fancy origami talk.) If you forget, no worries. Just fold the creases the way they want to fall. That will break the fibers sufficiently enough to let you fold them back the other direction.
  3. You should be getting crisp embossing for your folds, but if you don't, just run it through your die cut machine again with the impression/embossing pad.
  4. After cutting out one of the boxes, I ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder to get the dotted Swiss textures. That, lightened the creases (mountain/valley folds) from the pillow box die, but, because I folded the creases back and forth before running it through the Cuttlebug folder, the fibers were broken enough to still maintain the folds.

My Favorite Things Teaser Time

It's day one of the My Favorite Things Teasers (MFT) and here are the details about all the festivities for the upcoming release:

  • You can join the party right now with the guest designer contest. Check out the forum for details on how you can win over $200 in stamp sets and Die-namics.
  • If you'd like to see all the teasers for today, just click over to the MFT Blog now.  Be sure to leave comments as you visit the designers for the chance to win $10.00 gift certificates given away daily. The winners will be posted on January 8 just before the release party, on the MFT blog.
  • The New Release Party is on January 8 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST HERE in the MFT forum, where you can also WIN PRIZES!
  • All the new stamps sets and Die-namics, will go on sale on January 8 at 10:00 PM EST.  You'll find all the newest products HERE at release time.

Today we're featuring Lisa Johnson's latest designs: Homespun Hearts and Hearts and Stitches. The Homespun Hearts set has so many sweet images, I thought it would be fun to mix and match the images for Valentine treat boxes. Lisa also designed Die-namics to cut out the heart images – so I was able to make felt hearts to match the stamped hearts.


MFT Die-namics Rustic Hearts

And . . . did you spy two other new Die-namics. Ah, you are observant!

MFT Die-namics Boy Meets Girl

MFT Paper Doll Boy Border


Here are all the ingredients I used. 

Other ingredients:


  • Ink: VersaMark Watermark.
  • Paper: My Mind's Eye Love Me 6" by 6" Designer Paper
  • Pad. Fibers: American Crafts twine.
  • Tools: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.
  • Misc: Ranger Seafoam White Embossing Powder.

I'll see you all tomorrow with more teasers.

MFT Square Pillow Box Die-namic

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Sweet Comments

  1. Welcome to the MFT family Linda! Love your assortment of treat boxes! The embossed images look fabulous!
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  2. Love your pillow boxes Linda! Hope you enjoy your first MFT release! It is the best!
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  3. Welcome to the MFT Family! So excited and happy for you – and us! :)

    I love that movie “Pillowtalk” and remember it well…it is even on NETFLIX right now! Love your sweet pillow boxes! And those new boy and girl die cuts are precious! A must have for me! πŸ˜‰ Jill
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    • My Nanny McGregor had a party line (God Bless her soul) and she was the nosiest neighbor on there! She and Mrs.Dodge would always get into trouble eaves-dropping on someone! πŸ˜‰ Good memories!! Congrats to one of the kindest, funniest and most talented crafters out there! So happy for you! Enjoy your first release and best wishes on many, many more!

  4. Adore your pretty pillowboxes, love the embellies, such pretty hearts :)

  5. What a cute cute cute project! Those little boxes could come in very handy for some candy.

  6. absolutely darling!!!!!!!
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  7. These are ADORAB:E!!!!!! Nice tips on using the die. Think I might need to get this one. And. I remember loving to listen on my grandmother’s party line whenever we went to visit ~ Lots of fun πŸ˜€

  8. OMG These little pillow boxes are adorable! Loving this release so far. Happy New Year and congrats on your gig!

  9. I think your pile of pillow boxes are just wonderful. The variety of decoration is fab! Congratulations on joining MFT DT! And I remember party lines too :)
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  10. These are so adorable! I love the papers you used. Thanks for the tips.

  11. in loooove with these boxes of fabulousness! great papers, and accents!
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  12. Linda, Linda, Linda!!! I love Doris Day and I love your pillow boxes!! Thanks for all the tips and tricks!

  13. These are so wonderful!

  14. I am happy to be able to see you back on the MFT board. I love how you used this new set.

  15. Can I be your Valentine? LOL!! These are darling, darling, darling!
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  16. Oh wow these are darling, way to go Linda..terrific first day..congrat’s on joining the MFT team

  17. Sweet little boxes.

  18. LOVE these Linda!!! They are all SO fabulous and so perfectly embellished!!

  19. Love those pillow boxes! And the boy meets girl die is a must-have! Great job as always, Linda!

  20. Ack….what a bunch of PRETTY pillow boxes…..great job Linda!

  21. What gorgeous pillow boxes! Love these.
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  22. Hi Linda! Wow, you made some beautiful pillow boxes. Love them! I have seen Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, great movie. Congrats on your place at the MFT design team. Hope you will have lots of fun!
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  23. Queen Mary says:

    Way cool Linda! You make me want to have a Valentine’s party! Your basket of goodies is so cute!

  24. Rosemary D says:

    love your little pillow boxes… they are just adorable!!

  25. All those boxes are just soo darling!! (And I know I remember Doris Day and Rock Hudson from back in the day, just not sure if I actually saw that movie, though)
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  26. my compliments, Linda, I love them! thanks for the inspiration!
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  27. Wow, these are all darling. Love the design of each one and they look so pretty all together in your basket. Thanks for sharing the tips. Welcome to the MFT design team.

  28. This are cute boxes. They will be great for your sweeties on valentine’s day!

  29. Congrats on joining the design team!

  30. Amazing Boxes! I LOVE all of the added elements!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)
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  31. such wonderful boxes, cool colors.

  32. I love your beautiful pillow boxes! So pretty!

  33. Great movie and a great project – they are so cute.
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  34. Terrific Tips!!!! It’s always nice to hear how the designers use the products!!! I think I want the pillow die!! It’s so cute! My sister and I love PILLOW TALK and all the Doris Day movies! We are lucky if we see each other once a year but you can bet…if we are together ….there is going to be at least one Doris Day movie watched! We watched “glass bottom boat” last summer on our visit!

  35. Tricia Barber says:

    Welcome to the design team… I look forward to seeing more of your work!! Great job with the pillow boxes!! Love them!!

  36. Love your pillow boxes and your sweet “tail” of Rosie :)

  37. These pillowboxes are amazing!!
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  38. I love the movie and Doris Day and your pillow boxes. They are so cute. The large boy girl die cuts look great on them.

  39. I wasn’t a thought yet when Pillow Talk came out, but I watched it many times. I guess my parents really liked those ‘old’ movies. :) We didn’t have a party line, but my grandmother did. I always thought it funny that we had to count the longs and shorts to know if we should answer or not.

    Love your boxes and thank you for sharing the tips.

  40. These are so adorable
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  41. Look at the basket full of fabulous pillow boxes! Love it. That new boy meets girl die is on my must have list.

  42. These are darling and I appreciate all the tips!
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  43. Dorothy C. says:

    I saw your pillow boxes on Lisa’s blog and had to come over and tell you how much I love them! They’re so unique and adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  44. These are just AMAZING! I’m a HUGE pillow box lover and these are just wow. :)
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