New Year Energy Drink Carrier

Hi Everyone

First, I would like to thank each and every one of you who took time from your busy days to watch my videos or visit the website.  I am humbled and overjoyed that we can spend some time sharing this love of creating that we all enjoy.

Second, I wanted to let you know that I am going to take a couple of weeks off to visit my Mom with the kids.  I will also reorganize my craft space, so we can be ready to create in the New Year!

On to today’s project, which is an adorable energy drink carrier.  Modeled after some of the cup carriers, I sized this one to fit some of the energy drinks that are available on the market, but any similar sized product would work.  With all of the New Year’s celebrations and parties, perhaps you know someone who would benefit from a little energy boost.  (Someone  mentioned it may fit the little wine or liquor bottles, and if anyone has one around, please let me know!  I’m thinking it may need to be a little taller, so your 6 3/4″ measurement may need to be increased if you wish to give spirits, instead.)

Start with a 6 3/4″ by 11″ piece of card stock, and score with the short side up at 1 3/4″ and 3 3/4″.  Turn the card stock with the long side up, but make sure that the smaller (1 3/4″) section is at the bottom, and the larger (3″ for this size) section is at the top.  (This is because we will do some partial scoring.)  Score all the way at 1 3/4″, 5 1/4″, 7″, and 10 1/2″.  Then score JUST TO THE FIRST SCORE LINE at 3 1/2″ and 8 3/4″.  Fold and burnish all the complete score lines, but don’t worry about the two partial ones at this point.

Cut the top and bottom sections of the 1/2″ glue tab, leaving only the middle section in place.  In landscape, with the 1 3/4″ section down, cut up along the scorelines on the rectangles and slightly notch into the squares, as this will be the bottom of the box.  On the top, I cut carefully down each side of the score line, to the first intersecting scoreline, for each of the full length scores. Then just snipped the score line off.  (Don’t cut the partial scorelines, yet.)  For the two narrow sections, they will fold down, so I trimmed them just shorter than the side of the box.

On the sections with the partial score, cut the side and score line free from the box that is opposite the side of the box with the glue tab.  This will give you two sections where half of the section swings free like a door.  (The video is much better than words.)  It has to be done on the same side of both partial scores, because we will need to swing them in and glue them together to form the handle.  Before that happens, we need to glue the bottom of the box together as normal, side tabs, then back tab, then front.  Now is the time to swing in and glue the two flaps together to form the handle, and slide a 1″ circle punch down on that section to punch a finger hole.

Wrap and adhere a 1 3/4″ by 11″ piece of patterned paper around the box, lining up the edge with the seam of the box.  Stamp a sentiment and punch with the Pretty Label Punch.  I used a mat made from another Pretty Label punch cut in half vertically, and offset slightly on each end.  It gives the illusion of having a slightly larger mat.  Then, stick it on with foam tape, and add an embellishment to complete!  Stick your offerings in, and gift!

If you use a patterned card stock, you may not need to wrap it will paper and can just stick a sentiment on and be good to go.  Either way, it makes a nice gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year.

Thank you for stopping by, and I will be back in a couple of weeks.  However you celebrate, I pray it is safe and joyful.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies:
  • Card stock:  Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Old Olive.
  • Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Year of Cheer, Whole Lot of Lovely
  • Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! Merry Cafe
  • Punches:  Stampin’ Up! Pretty Label Punch, Star Punch (retired)

New Year’s Pop Rocks Slider Pocket

Hi Everyone,

I have a project with a New Year’s theme.  This is a fun slider pocket that holds a packet of Pop Rocks, an exciting treat that literally “explodes” in your mouth.  I thought it would be fun for New Year’s, with all of the fireworks and celebrations, to have an explosion of taste in your mouth.

The pocket starts with a piece of card stock 4″ by 10″, with the long side scored at the halfway point of 5″.  The 4″ side is scored at 3/8″ from both sides.  Fold and burnish the 5″ score to make the pocket, but do not fold the side scores.  They are there to help line up the patterned paper and adhesive, and to let the pocket expand a bit in the middle.

Next, glue a 4 3/4″ by 3″ piece of patterned paper in the center of the side you want to be the front.  On the inside of the front, make at mark at the center point (2″) mark, about 1/2″ down from the top edge.  Punch a 3/4″ circle, using that mark to line up the center top of the punch.  Fold the pocket together again, and using the first circle as a guide, punch a 3/4″ circle on the back side of the pocket.

 

Thread a 26-28″ piece of ribbon through the hole in the pocket, and carefully slide the Pop Rocks pouch down from the top, catching and pushing the ribbon downwards as you slide the candy pouch in.

 

Pull the ribbon from the back over the top of the pouch to the front, and tie a bow over the center of the punched circle on the front.  For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Labels to Love by Stampin’ Up!, but use any ones that have a New Year’s theme.  If I had it, I would have used one from SU Cheers to the Year.  Punch it out with a 1 3/4″ circle punch, and layer onto a silver foil starburst punch with dimensionals.

 

This is a good way to use up some of the stuff left over from other projects.  For this pocket, I used some left over patterned paper from the Stampin’ Up! Merry Little Christmas paper pack.  I also had some gold foil from Michael’s that I used for the starburst.  Black rhinestones from SU gave it some fun bling, and I hope to use the rest of what I have for the other sliders I am making.

 

Give these Pop Rocks Slider pockets a try for a fun, family and friends, way to celebrate the New Year!

I hope you have a safe and blessed New Year’s Eve.  Smiles, Darby

Christmas 2017 Teapot Treat and Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone,

The last project for this Christmas is an all-purpose, treat, teabag or gift card holder.  In the shape of a teapot, it is an adorable way to give someone a treat and a gift card.  Dress it up for Christmas, or decorate it to personalize it to your recipient.

The pocket on the teapot measures 3″ by 3 3/4″ by 1/2″, and will fit a couple of teabags, a gift card, some candy or even small pieces of jewelry.  It is made from an 8″ by 8″ piece of card stock, and scored on the diagonal.

Place the diagonal on the 1/4″ in line and score, turn the piece 180 degrees, and place the diagonal on the 1/4″ line and score again.  This will give you a 1/2″ strip down the center of the diagonal.  Turn it 90 degrees, and now place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score, turn it 180 degrees and place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score again.

I used a 1 1/2″ punch to round the corners at the top and on both flaps for the handle.  I used a 1″ circle punch to create the handle, and also to shape the curve in the spout.  It is not hard to create, but a bit hard to explain.  So, I will put in the video so you can watch how I did it.

This project finishes the Christmas 2017 series, and I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did bringing them to you.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and may you find joy and peace in the child of Bethlehem.  Rejoice!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Christmas Manger Candy Cane Treat

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I hope your hearts are prepared for the coming of our Savior.  Here is a quick project that can be used as a favor, gift or stocking stuffer, and reminds us of WHY we celebrate Christmas.

A sweet candy cane treat, with the candy cane as a “J” for Jesus, and an adorable manger with the head of our Lord.  Behind Him is a shape showing the radiance of His divinity, and can be any circular image.  I used the daisy punch and the starburst punch from Stampin’ Up!  But even a circle with some random wedges cut out would give the same effect.

Start with a piece of card stock 2″ by 8″, and score one end at 3/4″ and 1 1/8″.  (Or, if your candy cane is thicker, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/4″).  Use a piece of patterned paper 1 7/8″ by 6″ with the top two corners rounded for the background.  Fold score lines and secure into a pocket with washi tape or a 1/2″ by 6″ piece of patterened paper.  Add your “radiance”, here I have used daffodil delight.

Place the candy cane into the pocket, and line the straight part parallel to the side of the holder.  Mark on both sides of the candy cane with a pencil, and use a 1/8″ or 1/16″ punch to make holes.  Thread linen thread or twine through the holes and tie a knot or bow to secure.  I placed a glue dot under the bottom of the candy cane to keep it from sliding around.  Alternatively, you could just use your piercing tool to make a hole on either side of your candy cane.  It saves a step if you are making several, as for a church school class.

Place a star up top, here I have used one from the Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up!, but you could use what you have.  Even gold stars from the stationary aisle would work.  For the manger, I used a piece of Early Espresso 1 1/2″ by 1 1/4″, and folded it lengthwise.  Like my other manger for the treat box, hold the folded side toward you and cut from 1/4″ on the fold to the corresponding corner.  Repeat on the other side.  Unfold, and on one edge, cut to the fold line parallel to each side making the legs.  Then cut out the middle section between the legs.  Glue a 3/4″ very vanilla circle offset on a 1″ gold foil circle, then glue to the backside of one end of the manger.  Place a glue dot on each side where the manger meets the candy cane, and also on the two legs, and glue in place.

A quick, but very sweet, treat holder that helps us focus on what is important in this Christmas Season.  I hope you liked the project and give it a try, and until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

Christmas 2017 Special Delivery Lindt Reindeer

Hi Everyone,

I have an adorable, and delicious, little reindeer treat holder for you today.  It is a Special Delivery crate, straight from the North Pole, that contains a wonderful, and tasty, chocolate Lindt Reindeer.

Start with a 6 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ piece of card stock.  Score with the 6 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 4″.  Score with the 8 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 6″.  With the piece in landscape  (horizontal) position, cut neatly up the score lines on both sides of the rectangle in the center, and notch into the corner squares to make the assembly neater.  Turn the piece around and do the same thing to the other side.

Turn the shorter end towards you, the 1 1/2″ section in the middle will be the front or back, so you only need about 1/2″ on the outside of the score lines for glue tabs.  So, you will be cutting away a lot of the outside corners.  Turn the piece around until the other end is facing you and do the same thing.  See the video below for a visual guide.

On one of the narrow ends (which will become the front) take a 1 1/2″ circle punch or scissors, and create a “scooped” area where the neck of the reindeer will sit.   Decide which side you wish to have the sentiment on, and on the other side, use the Classic Label Punch to make two slots in the side.  I made mine at 1″ and 1 3/4″ from the bottom score line.   Then glue the tabs to the sides and create the crate.

Use two circle tab punchies to glue over the sides of the crate with a strong adhesive (I used liquid glue), and punch a 1/4″ hole in the circle.  Thread a ribbon through, and secure on itself using a strong double-sided tape adhesive.  I put the tabs slightly to the front of center, because the reindeer is a little heavier toward the head.  Then, make a bow for each side and glue on with glue dots.  I used the Quilted Christmas ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment from the Merry Little Labels stamp set in cherry cobbler onto whisper white card stock, and cut using the second largest stitched shape oval.  Cut a coordinating scalloped oval from the layering ovals, and glue the sentiment to it.  Then, glue this onto the side of the crate that has not been cut out.  Add the reindeer, and give to young or old!

I had a though after creating the video, that a “name tag” around the neck of the reindeer and hanging over the front of the crate, would be an adorable place to write the “to-from” for the gift.  Some small jingle bells would be pretty cute, too!

I hope you enjoy this cute little project, and give it a try.

And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Gamer’s Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today’s project is aimed for those who have video game players in theirs lives, and plan on giving the video game gift cards.  They are around 5″ by 3 1/2″, and are a bit big for the standard gift card holder.

Two friendly snowmen are playing “Deck The Halls:  The Game: on their console, and inside there is a pocket large enough to fit many of the gaming gift cards, such as, Blizzard Entertainment, League of Legends, Roblox, Minecraft and Steam.  They will also accommodate the Visa and Mastercard gift cards, which are around the same size.

The two snowmen were made from the front and back of the Seasonal Chums snowman tag stamp.  I stamped them in smoky slate, and used the smoky slate marker to draw a face on the back of the tag, to make it look like the front of another snowman.  That way, they face each other and can engage in an exciting game of Deck The Halls.

The card was made from a 5 1/2″ by 12″ piece of card stock, scored with the long side up at 4 1/4″ and 8 1/2″.  I punched a “finger slot” on the shorter end panel using the Pretty Label Punch.  It was then folded, and the shorter panel glued using 1/8″ double-sided tape.  You could also use a very thin line of liquid glue along the two edges of the pocket.  Because the gift card is 5″ long, there is not enough room for the tear and tape, as it is just over 1/4″.

I used Carols of Christmas for the Deck The Halls stamp, then stamped “The Game” under it with the Labeler alphabet.  Then it was cut out with the second largest layering square, and the corners rounded.  It way layered onto a piece of either crumb cake or night of navy that was 2 7/8″ square.  The mat layer is whisper white, and I embossed it with the softly falling embossing folder.

The game controllers were each made from a petal of the pansy punch.  Or, you could just freehand one just as easily.  Then I drew the Xbox controls onto each one to make it a bit more realistic, and stuck them to their mittens using a glue dot.  The inside sentiment was from the Tags n Trimmings stamp set, and cut out with the layering ovals.

So, if there is a gamer in your life, they may enjoy this gamer gift card holder.  I hope you enjoyed the project!  Thanks for stopping by.

Until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  ~Darby

 

Christmas 2017 Lots of Labels Ghirardelli Favor

Hi Everyone,

Today’s project is fast and easy, and you can use up some of your ribbon, card stock, foil paper and washi tape scraps that have been sitting on your craft table from other Christmas projects.  Yes, I know they are there!  I have quite a few bobs and bits laying around my craft table.

They make quick and cute table favors, stocking stuffers, or “thinking of your” gifts.  Throw a few in your purse or car to hand out during your daily errands.  And, they couldn’t be easier.  The hardest part for me was trying to decide what punch, embellishment or diecut to adorn them with.

Cut the largest label from the Stampin’ Up! Lots of Labels dies in card stock of your choosing.  Using your trimmer, place the label horizontally along the top guide.  Line up the “corner” of the label at the 2″ mark and score.  Move the corner to the 2 1/4″ mark and score.  That’s all the scoring.

Fold and burnish the score lines, then select and adhere the embellishments of your choice to the “top” of the favor, that is the end with the longer section.  Using a glue dot, stick the Ghirardelli to the larger section of the label, and center it in the score lines.  I love how the candy cane striped Ghirardelli look in these favors, but any Ghirardelli would do.  Using washi tape of your choice, wrap it around the favor to form the pocket around the Ghirardelli.  Then stamp you sentiment, cut it with the smallest layering oval, and back it with the smallest scalloped layering oval.  I used dimensionals to make the label stand out. Tie a knot in a scrap of ribbon, and use a glue dot to adhere it above the sentiment and you are done!

The first two were made using Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake card stock, Year of Cheer washi tape, and the Gold Metallic Edged ribbon.  The embellishment was cut from Garden Green and Real Red card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits.  For the first one, I stamped Merry Christmas from the Merry Cafe stamp set in Real Red, and backed it on real red card stock.  For the second, I stamped the Celebrate from the Labels to Love, embossed it with gold, and backed it on gold foil paper for a more elegant look.

For the third one, I went with more of a “New Year’s” theme, and used Night of Navy card stock.  I used a retired washi tape, Floral Boutique, but Year of Cheer would work just as well, and backed the sentiment with silver foil paper.  The ribbon was a scrap of the silver metallic edged ribbon that I had in my scrap jar.  It only takes a few inches, so it is a great way to use the bits left from other projects that you don’t want to waste.

I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful.

And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  Smiles, Darby