A Friendly Ghost Favor Box

Hi Everyone!

Next week I will be starting more Christmas projects, but I couldn’t resist showing these cute little Ghost favor boxes to finish out my All Hallow’s Eve projects.  Here they are!

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I used the mitten outline from the Many Mittens Framelits by Stampin’ Up!  You could cut him either way, he will just be right or left “handed”.  Then, I cut out the flower outline and cut it in half for his mouth, and two of the “oven mitten loops”, and used the inside pieces for his eyes.  The “Boo!” was hand written on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock, but you could use any scrap, and the cut with the SU Classic Label Punch, then I fed the label back in to cut it shorter.  I used a piece of soft suede card stock 1/8″ by 1 1/4″ that I cut by hand for the little sign post.  Then just adhered his face and sign with multipurpose glue.

The box is 1″ by 1 1/4″ by 2″ tall.

The box was made from Sahara Sand card stock, but you could use any color you wish.  Start with a piece 5″ by 3 1/4″, and score at 1″ on all four sides.  Cut and assemble the box as you normally would, using a strong adhesive like Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape.  I used liquid multipurpose glue on one of the 1 1/4″ sides of the box to adhere the little ghost on.

So cute!

These would make very cute table decorations or place cards, just write the name of your guests on the sign or the bottom of the ghost.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little project.  It shows another way to use the mitten framelit, and I love getting more for my money!

So, here is the video, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  ~Darby

Quick and cute, Halloween Fruit Strip Classroom Treats

Hi Everyone!

It is that time of year, when the kiddoes will bring in classroom treats for Halloween, or for Fall Harvest Festival, or for whatever they are calling the celebration nowadays.  We celebrate All Hallow’s Eve because it is the evening before All Saints Day.  With all of the strict rules about bringing in food:  it has to be commercially wrapped, it has to be nut-free, it has to be peanut-free, etc., it becomes difficult to send in treats.  But, the kids still enjoy getting a special little something to eat.  So, I go for the fruit strips.  There are many varieties out there, so you have a lot to choose from.  The one I used is SunRype, which is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan and no added sugar.  (The fruit sugar is 11g)  They can be eaten by those who are affected with many food allergies.  I bought mine in our local grocery store for 2 for $1.00.  But, if you can’t find them, I will leave the link below.  You can get 55 strips for under $20.  You can probably take care of a couple of classrooms with one box.

Quick and cute, Halloween Fruit-Strip Classroom Treats

These Fruit Strips are 5 1/2″ long, and 1 1/2″ wide.  So, if you find other fruit strips that are similar or smaller in size, these dimensions will still work for you.  Even if the ones you find are a bit longer, you may be able to fold over the bottom edge before you slide it into the holder.  But, without further ado, here’s how to make them.

First of all, I am a big proponent of using what you have.  Especially when it comes to classroom treats, where the kids will rip off the amazingly cute packaging to get to treat inside.  So, if you have designer series paper, Awesome!  If you have other fall or Halloween themed paper, Awesome!  If you have construction paper in orange, purple and black, Awesome!  It will work in any case, and be totally cute to boot!

SU Painted Autumn DSP with Seasonal Chums Jack O’ Lantern and sentiment.

Start with a 4″ by 6″ piece of paper.  Score in portrait position (4″ side up) at 1 1/4″ and 3″.  Fold and burnish the score lines, then put tear-and-tape on one long side and one short side.  I like the tear-and-tape because it gives a definite 1/4″ glue line, and is quick to put in the right spot, but you may use your personal favorite.  Fold over the long side without the adhesive first, then fold over the side with the adhesive and seal.

Spooky Night DSP with Spooky Cat Stamp set

Slide your fruit strip in.  Use a 1/8″ hole punch, and make a hole in the center of the open end about 1/4″ from the end.  You may punch through the end of the fruit strip packaging, but it is OK because that is where the seal is.  Thread and tie a bow with any ribbon or baker’s twine that you have around that matches your project.  I used the basic black baker’s twine on some, and the 1/8″ old olive sheer ribbon on others, usually the ones with pumpkins because it looked like vines.

Spooky Night DSP with Eyeball from circle punches

For the banners, use card stock that is 1″ by 5″ and flagged at both ends for the base banner.  The next banner was used to stamp the sentiment IF my image stamp did not have one, and that was 1/2″ by 4″ in very vanilla.  Finally, I placed my image slightly off-center to the left.  I like the way that looked.  You can use any image, any embellishment, anything that reminds you of Halloween.  I used some of the images from Stampin’ Up! for the first two, but pulled out my 1 1/2″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches for the spooky eyeball.  A real red marker and some not-so-exact lines made the eye look bloodshot.  But, again, use what you have or can get easily, the Dollar Tree has Halloween/Autumn stickers that would look great.

While I love creating awesomely cute packaging that no-one wants to tear into, when it comes to classroom treats, I am more of a realist.  The kids may stop to glance at the packaging, and may even appreciate it, but they are going for the treat inside.  But I do believe, as they are tearing off the wrapper, it will register in their subconscious minds that someone cared enough about them to make the treat just a little more special.

Happy All Hallow’s Eve to you.  And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

  • Paper:  4″ x 6″:  score with 4″ side up at 1 1/4″ and 3″
  • Base banner:  1″ x 5″ flagged both ends
  • Sentiment banner:  1/2″ by 4″ flagged both ends, stamp as desired
  • Focal image:  Pumpkin from Seasonal Chums, the label from Spooky Cat and the eyeball with the 1 1/2″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches.

SunRype Fruit2Go Fruit Strips

Rudolph Pillow Box Ornament

Hi Everyone!

I have a REALLY cute project for you this week, and it is useful, too!

A Rudolph pillow box ornament (if you want) that uses the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!  Here he is…

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Isn’t he adorable?  I love his big, red, glittery nose!  And, he is still a pillow box, one that is “self-closing”.  (Unless, you stuff him with yummy treats, then he might just stay open in the back.)  Because he is made with the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits, he is also just the right size for a gift card!

Or, a little treat or two…

And, like the “self-closing” boxes, you can just squeeze to open, and relax to close.

With a handy hanger, he will also be a wonderful ornament on your Christmas tree, or a surprise gift on someone’s doorknob.

  • Supplies:
  • Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up!
  • Soft Suede Cardstock 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″
  • Scraps of:  Whisper white, basic black, gold foil, early espresso, red glimmer paper and Quilted Christmas dsp.
  • Linen thread

How festive it would be to have a whole herd of Rudolphs hanging on your Christmas tree or fireplace mantle.  I would love to know if you give this a try, please let me know in the comments.

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

A Shorter Wooden Pumpkin Crate

Hi Everyone,

I love little boxes, bags and treat holders, in fact that is what I make the most.  So, when Stampin’ Up! came out with their little wood crates framelits, I put them right on my shopping list.  What a fun way to gift little treats and gifts, and it is quite easy to create many different versions of the adorable little crate.

Because I wanted to gift one Eos lip balm, I shortened the crate to  fit my purposes.  But, you can shorten it to any length you need following the same steps.  So, it looks more like a milk crate than a vegetable crate.

Here they are, the shorter, and cuter, versions of the crate.


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After the storm

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry that I was not able to post a video this week.  We had an expected, but somewhat unwanted, visitor in the form of Irma.  We live about an hour north of Tampa, Florida, and hunkered down to weather the storm at our house.  Living in the country, we were well versed in downed trees and power outages, and were ready to go without power for several days.  Predictably, the power went out when the first tropical storm winds started to blow on Sunday.  We were beyond relieved, because we took much less of a storm than had been predicted.  Downed trees missed every vital structure, the power went out but our generator functioned well, the winds blew but our house, barn and animal structures stayed intact, even the roof shingles remained in place.  Through the hard work of our local crews, and the many who left their home states to help out, our power came back late Wednesday, and our cleanup began.

But while we are getting back to normal, we know many who have lost much more.  Our prayers and our efforts are going out to those we know who did have damage to their homes and properties.  It is very heartwarming to see all the instances of neighbor helping neighbor, strangers becoming friends, and the community working to grow stronger for everyone.  Often, it was just people helping each other, without any official government agency involved, as we were meant to do.  Please keep all those folks who are still very much affected in your thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, I am working on a project that should be ready for the coming Sunday.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

Pretty Label Top Pocket

Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick treat pocket that uses the Pretty Label Punch to create a decorative top.  It will hold the 100 Calorie Dove Bars, or a similar sized candy bar.  Aren’t they sweet?

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I used the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper pack, but you could certainly use any paper you have.  Start with a piece 5″ by 5 1/2 “.  With the 5″ side up, (this will be your top) score at 1 1/2″ and 3 3/4”.  Turn the paper counterclockwise, and score at 5″ (which is 1/2″ from the bottom.)

On the bottom 1/2″ score line, remove the outer two rectangles, and keep the center one for the glue tab at the bottom of the pocket.  Glue the wider side flap over the shorter side, and glue the bottom tab up.  A quick pocket to be made.

Then, I fed the bottom of the pocket through the front of the pretty label punch, and pulled it out of the center of the hole for the shape.  I slower pulled it out the bottom until the top edge of the pocket could be seen, then slid it back in slightly.  I lined up the sides of the pocket parallel to the sides of the punch, then made sure it was centered in the shape, and punched.  It might sound confusing, but it is quite easy.  Just watch the video for a demonstration.  Then I snipped each side from about 1/4″ down to cut off the tiny scallop on each side, leaving a large center scallop and a smaller one to each side.  Fold down the front flap, and secure with a dimensional.

The sentiment was stamped from the Text Ya Later stamp set.  I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch, and kept the sentiment to the right, so I could stick a medium Gold Faceted Gem on the left side.  A glue dot was used to stick it to the pocket, see the pictures for positioning.  To complete it, I used the sheer whisper white ribbon to tie a little bow, and stuck it on with a glue dot.  Tuck in your treat and you are done!

This one will hold a Hershey Mini chocolate bar.

I also made a smaller version to hold the mini-Hershey’s Bars, and started with a piece of paper that was 5″ by 4″  The rest of the pocket is scored and assembled the same.  I used the Old Olive 1/8″ ribbon on the right one.

I hope you give this a try, it is quick and easy, and would be great for a classroom if done in a theme.  Perhaps Halloween?  Thanksgiving?  Maybe even Christmas!

Here is the link to the video of this project.

Until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up!
  • Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, scrap of Whisper White
  • Whisper White and Old Olive 1/8″ ribbon
  • Gold Faceted Gems
  • Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive inks
  • Pretty Label and Classic Label punches


Halloween Pillow Box Treat Pouch

Hi Everyone,

I have a very cute treat pouch for All Hallow’s Eve.  They are 6″ by 3″, and have enough depth to fit a few miniature Hershey’s bars, or other mini-bars, or even a treat size bag of M&Ms or Skittles.

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How cute!  I used the pillow box die from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits die, but only cut the bottom half of the pillow box.  I started with 2 pieces of 3″ x 6″ designer series paper, Spooky Night, and the page that contains the cat images.  After partially cutting each 3″ x 6″ paper using the pillow box die, I cut the two side tabs off of one of the pieces.  I show how to use the trimmer to do this because the score line only goes partially up the side.  But, you are welcome to do this with a pair of scissors as well.

Then the sides were glued together, and the cat was adhered to the front after punching it out of the paper.  Then, I used a 1 1/2″ circle punch to cut the hole in the top, centering it by eye.  I also used the same circle punch to round my top two corners.  Just snug the corner into the punch from inside the bottom, and punch.  It works pretty well!

The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set, and was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the little rectangle tag die in the Trim Your Stocking thinlits set.  I used Pumpkin Pie for the sentiment, and Smokey Slate for the little potion bubbles decorating the corner.  A piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon folded underneath, and basic black Baker’s Twine to hold it onto the pouch, although there are a couple of glue dots under the tag to secure it to the pouch.

But they are not just for Halloween, here is a Christmas version.  I used the holly from the Trim Your Stocking thinlits set, but the cute little snowman is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set.  He is actually a folded over tag, although I just used the front.  There is a thinlit set to match this set as well, and it also includes an adorable reindeer and sweet little pumpkin, which are tags as well.  What a fun bundle.

I hope you enjoy this project and check out the video!

Stop by often, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed! ~Darby

  • Paper:  Spooky Night, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper
  • Trim:  Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, Basic Black Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer
  • Dies:  Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies, Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies
  • Stamp Sets:  Spooky Cat Stamp Set, Seasonal Chums Stamp Set