Side Inset Handle Easter Treat Basket

Hi Everyone!

Today’s project is a very cute, side-inset handle, treat basket.  Inspired by a mug cake pouch from last, the recessed sides feature a 1/4″ lip.  To highlight this unique feature, I used contrasting card stock for the handle.

Start with a 6″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper.  With any pattern up, score at 1″, 1 1/4″, 4 3/4″ and 5″.  Turn 90 degrees and score at 2 1/2″ and 3 1/2″.  Fold and burnish the last two score lines, then, with the side of the paper you want to show down, fold back the 1 1/4″ and 4 3/4″ score lines, then fold back out the 1″ and 5″ score lines.

Glue the 1/4″ section to the center, which will leave the 1″ sections on each side sticking out, these are our sides.  Now, cut and notch the 1″ tab in the center of each side.  Place glue on the outside of the tabs, and glue them to the inside of one side, then place glue on the inside of the other side and wrap it to the outside of the first side to finish the basket.

Next, glue each end of the 1″ by 11″ (or longer) to the inset area of the box.  I usually curl the card stock through my fingers first.  Then, glue a 3 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ coordinated patterned paper to the front of the basket, centered top to bottom. and decorate as desired.  I used a punch art lamb and “Easter Blessings” from Taylored Expressions “Simply Stamped-Tulips”)

Oh, and while you can put all kinds of candies and treats or tea or coffee bags, I created a tag-style note pad to tuck into your pocket or purse, and a matching mini-gel pen.  Then pen was actually from Valentine’s day at the Dollar Tree, but I covered the heart decorations with a matching piece of patterned paper.

The punch art lamb, and many punch art animals, have been around for a while.  Just search Pinterest or the Web and you will get tons of ideas!  This lamb was from a 2009 video by Angie Juda at ChicNScratch.  Being a punch hoarder, I found that I had all of the punches she used back then.  So, here are the shapes so you can find what you have that may work.

So I hope you enjoy this project today, and give it a try!

Until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby


Diagonally scored – Skewer closed – Gift Box

Hi Everyone!

I have a unique project today.  It is scored on the diagonal to create long front and back flaps that close over a 5 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ by 1 1/4″ tall box.

Start with a 12″ by 12″ piece of card stock, patterned card stock or stamped card stock.  Start by making a light pencil line on each diagonal.  On one diagonal, mark 3 1/2″ from both corners.  On the other diagonal, make two marks: 5 1/2″ and 8″ from both corners.  Starting with the 3 1/2″ mark, take the opposite corner and move the corner point to the 3 1/2″ mark, pressing and burnishing the fold line.  Do the same with the opposite corner.

Moving to the other diagonal, take a corner and move it to the opposite 5 1/2″ and 8″ marks respectively, pressing and burnished each fold line.  Repeat for the opposite corner.  On each side, there is a small triangle.  Remove thses triangles by neatly cutting the fold line off.  Next, neatly free the 1 1/4″ strips next to each larger panel by carefully cutting along the fold line, just on the larger panel side, just until the first cross fold line.  Do this for each of the four 1 1/4″ strips.  These will become the sides of the box.

Now, fold each of the larger triangles to meet the fold line on it’s respective diagonal.  This makes the fold line where the front and the back panels will touch.  Erase all pencil marks.  If you want to dry emboss the front and back panels, now is the time to send it through the machine.  Fold one side in front, and the other behind, then make sure all of the side strips are folded down, away from the flap to be embossed.  then, slip the the folder from the side and emboss.  I used a 6×6 folder, if yours is more narrow, just send it through twice, making sure the first time you are lined up along the fold line.

Now, glue the end points of the two corresponding side strips together to create a side.  Repeat with the other side.  Just the ends line up, so make sure to put adhesive just where the sides will overlap.  Now, finish the box by putting the two larger triangle flaps together at the fold line, and punching a double hole about 1 inch in from both sides with a 1/4″ circle punch.  By double hole, I mean punch once, then pull it back 1/2 the size of the circle, and punch a second time.  This gives more of an oval-ish hole, and will reduce the stress on the paper of the skewer.  Decorate as desired.

I have three liner options to decorate and secure the box contents.  The easiest starts with a 5 3/8″ by 5 3/8″ piece of coordinating patterned paper.  Score 1″ on two opposite sides, and fold and burnish the score lines.  Then, just glue the bottom of the “U” into the box.

Option two starts with a 5 3/8″ by 7 3/8″ piece of patterned paper.  Score 1″ on all four sides, and cut and notch the corners as if you are doing a normal box.  But, because we want the inside of the box to be neatly finished, glue all tabs to the outside, and then glue the bottom and set it into your box.

Option three has a few more steps, but is a fun way to create a partition for your contents.  Start with patterned paper 5 3/8″ by 9 3/8″, and score 1″ on all four sides.  With the long side up, you will create three score lines that are one inch apart, based on you contents.  I wanted to put a tea bag into my box, so I put the teabag inside the one inch score lines at one end of my paper.  I could see that a score line at 4″ would make a nice compartment for my tea bags.  If yours are bigger, you may start at 4 1/2″.  Either way, you would continue to score two additional score lines that are 1″ apart, for my example, at 5″ and 6″.  To see how this one is assembled, please see the video.

To finish the box, I glue my desired liner in place, filled the box, folded down the box flaps, then pulled the front and back together, and placed a skewer through the holes.  Then, I decorated as desired.  I tied the twine around the skewer, but you could create a bow and glue it on as well.

These boxes take a little longer than the ones I normally create, but they make such a nice and unusual presentation, that I feel they are worth it for that special someone!

I hope you enjoy this project, it is a little out of the ordinary.  And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby


Clothespin Crosses and Easy Treat Bags

Hi Everyone!

This is an easy but heartfelt project for Easter.  It is always fun to have the bunnies, chicks, eggs and flowers; all of the symbols of new life, but I wanted to remember the Author of Eternal Life.  So, I created these clothespin crosses:

The crosses can be clipped on whatever you would like, but here is an easy treat bag that is 3 1/2″ by 1″ by 4″ tall.  Take a 5″ by 9 1/2″ piece of patterned paper that you like, and score the long side at 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 8″ and 9″.  Turn the short side up (the bottom to the left guide) and score at 1″.  The 1/2″ section on the end is the glue tab, so cut away the bottom 1″ rectangle of that section.  Free up the remaining bottom flaps.  Glue the side together, then the bottom by folding the sides, back, and gluing the front flap.  Pinch the sides to create a pleat at the top.

For the topper, I used a stitched rectangle that was 3 1/2″ wide by 2 1/4″ tall, but you could use a piece of card stock the same size.  Score the short side at 1″.  The 1 1/4″ part is the front, decorate as desired.  Then, align and glue the 1″ section to the back.  Now for the cross…

I used clothespins that I bought at Walmart, which where about 3″ long, and 3/8″-ish wide.  While I used some in their natural color, I also dyed them by various means.  In the video I show the color differences between soaking in RIT fabric dye, soaking in alcohol ink, coloring with Sharpie markers and coloring with alcohol ink markers.  Experiment, you get a bunch for the money, then use what you like.

Then, I cut and dry embossed 3/8″ strips of “cross colored” card stock.  I started with 5″+ strips, lined them up in the embossing folder, and then cut them to length after they were embossed.  I found that embossing a piece of card stock, then trying to cut it into strips, didn’t work as well because the texture prevented me from getting good cuts.  Glue a 3″ piece to the clothespin, trim the ends as needed.  Then glue a 2″ piece for the cross beam.  Decorate as desired, and clip to what you want!

I used supplies on hand, including leaf dies of unknown origin, fabric drape from Taylored Expressions “Old Rugged Cross” dies, stamps from Stampin’ Up! Easter Message and Itty Bitty Greetings, and SU Triple Leaf and Petite Petal Flower punches.  The “crown of thorns” is jute cord, and the flower center is a Recollections glitter dot from Michael’s.

I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try.  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

A Bigger Origami Inspired Easter Basket

Hi Everyone,

I created a 2″ by 2″ origami inspired basket about a year ago, and a subscriber recently asked it I could make a larger version.  I thought that was a great idea!  Here they are:

The basket is pretty basic origami, and the handles were added on for a bit of decoration.  I will try to link both this video, and the previous one for the smaller basket, at the end of this post.

Start with patterned paper 8″ by 12″.  Score the long side at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 12″.  Score the short side at 2″ one each side.  Now put in four diagonal score lines with a stylus and a ruler, starting from the outer corner of the center 4″ square, and extend each line to the outer opposite corner of the 2″ square at each corner.  I will try to create a template tomorrow and place it below.

Now fold the diagonal score lines by meeting the two score lines that frame each one.  Now, fold the end of the paper up at the second score line, pressing it against the diagonal pieces sticking out, and folding the last section into the box.  Carefully wrap around the two sides, and tuck those into the box as well.  Do the same with the other end.  This creates the box.

You will need two 1″ strips of card stock for the handles, and they can be 11″-12″ long, whatever you have that you want to use.  The brown basket has the 11″ strips, and the flowered basket has the 12″ strips.  Fold each strip in the center and pinch, and then line they back up.  Taking a piercing tool or pen, put the point at the center of the center fold to act as a pivot point.  Twist two ends apart, until the outer corners are just less than 4″, the width of the box.  Holding the strips in place, use glue or sticky tape to adhere the two strips together at the center.  Now, glue a decorative ornament to the top and bottom at the center.  I used punchies from Pretty Label Punch and Tailored Label Punch for mine, but circles, ovals and rectangles would all look great.  Now, glue the ends of the strips to the inside of the box, with the handles on the inside where the outside folds are.

For the finishing touches, add a bow or knot, and dangle a tag.  Fill with paper shred and candy.  I added “faux” stitching to both the top handle ornament and the tag.

I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try, and until we meet again, may all of your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Back 2 Basics Carrot Cone Box for Easter

Hi Everyone!

I have a Back 2 Basics project today, and that means you can create this project without dies, templates, special boards or special tools.  Just the basics!  And here they are:

These are quick and easy.  And, NO SPECIAL TOOLS!  A corner rounder or a circle punch or die can help to shape the “petals”, if you have them.  But, you don’t need them to create a fun box, just shape the “petals” with scissors, or leave them square, the box still looks pretty darn precious!  The ones I created will fit a Ferrero-Rocher, or 6-8 kisses, or lip balm, or small nail polish, or other little gifts or goodies.  But, if you need a bigger one, just start with a bigger piece of paper.

I started with a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper, but you can start with whatever size you would like.  On one side, fold the edge over about 1/2″.  Fold the adjacent free edge to meet that fold, forming a trangle.  Take that same free edge, and fold it down to meet the fold created in the last step, creating a smaller triangle.  Flip over, and fold the side with the original 1/2″ fold to meet the same folds as the rest.  This creates a smaller triangle with a 1/2″ fold on one edge.

Measure from the point to the shortest fold, and mark that measurement on the other side of the cone, also measuring from the point.  Cut across from the shortest point to the mark.  Now comes the decision about what closure you would like.  I have three shown: 1) four “petals” meet in the middle and interlock to create the closure, 2) four “petals” overlap within the top of the box, and punch a hole through to close, and 3) four “petals” overlap greatly beyond the top of the box, two are trimmed within the shape of the top, and two a folded upward in the middle to created a punched and tied top.

“Petals” are half of the measurement of the top, and create an interlocking top, these were shaped using a circle punch.

For the interlocking closure, the “petals” need to be half the distance across the top of the box.  In the video, I measured across the top of the raw cone, which made the measurement TOO BIG, because the top of the finished cone would actually be smaller.  So, I would measure across the cone a little ways down, maybe an inch for the size I started with, and halve that distance to cut my “petals”.  Or, just “eyeball” the first one, and it will give you a plan for the rest!  Fold the top of the raw cone straight down the desired length, and cut from the fold lines to the open end of the cone on both sides, making sure the cuts are parallel to the axis of the cone.  Then, trim the top and bottom of the glue tab to fit inside the cone.  Next, if desired, trim the “petals” by using a circle punch, corner rounders, tracing a circle and trimming it, or just winging it with the scissors.  Or, leave them square, that works, too!

“Petals” overlap within top of box, shaped using a corner rounder.

The tops of these overlap a little more, but do not extend beyond the top of the box.  A hole punched into the area of the overlap on two, or all four, of the “petals” creates a fun, carrot closure.  I like the puffier ribbon, because it keeps the top closed without tying a knot or bow, although they would be cute, too!

This last example was created by GREATLY overlapping the “petals”.  Two of the were trimmed to fit in the shape of the top, and the two longer ones were folded in the center, punched, and tied using ribbon.  It will shorten your cone, so definitely try it first to see if you need to adjust the starting size.  You can see the difference between this one and the others, as these were all created with a 6″ by 6″ piece of paper.

So, I hope you enjoy this project, and give it a try!  And, I would love to know if there are any other uses you find for them.  As always, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Supplies:  Basics paper from “The Paper Studio”, “A Good Day” stamp set by Stampin’ Up!, ribbon also from SU (garden green satin, crinkle emerald envy and stretchy lace in cucumber crush.)


Milk Carton Dog House Treat or Gift Box

Hi Everyone!

I purchased the dog punch from Stampin’ Up!.  Having used and enjoyed the cat punch that came out last year, I knew this would be one that I would enjoy, as well!  And, after playing around with it, knew I needed to create a home for the dog.  Here are the milk carton dog houses that were inspired:

The finished box measures 2 1/4″ by 3″, and is 2 1/2″ high at the “shoulders” of the box, and 4″ overall height.  A great size for treats, small gifts and favors.  And, based on the milk carton, very easy to create with just a scoreboard, ruler and stylus.

Start with a 6″ by 11″ piece of card stock, two 2″ by 3″ patterned paper (roof) and a 1 1/2″ by 2 1/4″ piece of card stock (door), your dog, sentiment and tag, and ribbon or twine.

Score the 6″ by 11″ on the short side at 1/2″, 2″ and 4 1/2″.  Turn the card stock clockwise (1/2″ section up top), and score at 3″, 5 1/4″, 8 1/4″ and 10 1/2″ all the way, then score just to the first line at 4 1/8″ and at 9 3/8″.  Then, with a ruler and stylus, score from the end of the partial score lines to the left and right of the bottom of the rectangle the partial score ends in.  This creates the triangle top of the milk carton sides.

Fold and burnish, then cut the bottom rectangle off of the 1/2″ glue tab.  Cut the bottom tabs free, and then glue the box together at the seam with strong adhesive.  The side bottom tabs overlap about an inch, so glue those together carefully, then glue the front and back bottom tabs, note that they meet in the center.  With the seam to the back, glue the door, sentiment and dog, and the two roof panels to the “house”.  Punch two holes in the top, and thread the ribbon to one side, tying a bow or know, then add the tag, if desired.

I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

Stampin’ Up! dog punch & banner punch.  Dog bone tag dies from AliExpress.

Two more store-bought, chipboard tag projects

Hi Everyone!

I am sorry my posts and comment replies have been behind.  I have been a bit under-the-weather that last couple of weeks.  But, being on the mend, I am trying to catch up!  I definitely read and appreciate all of your comments.

Today’s projects are a continuation of last week’s, and use the same store-bought chipboard tags.  I got mine from Michael’s during a doorbuster sale for $5.00.  But, I also see them frequently on 70% off for $6.00.

Here they are, a gift card holder and a mini-album:

Of course, the mini-album could also hold a gift card.  So, start with two tags, if you don’t have the tags then cut one as follows:  2 3/4″ by 4 1/4″ heavy card stock or chipboard.  On one end, measure 7/8″ down and 5/8″ over from a corner, and then cut the triangle off.  Cut the second corner off to create the “tag” shape.  Punch a hole.

For the gift card holder:  2 3/4″ (or just shy of 2 3/4″) by 12″ Patterned paper, score the long side at 3′, 6′ and 9″.  Second, coordinating piece of paper 1″ by 2 3/4″ folded in half length-wise.  Adhere the center panels together to create the “holder” part, using a skinny line or glue or 1/8″ sticky tape, along the top, bottom and outside of the two panels, sticking the center panels together and then cutting off the folded end.  You could use a decorative shape punch, a border punch, or just carefully cut it off with scissors to open the end for the gift card.  Now, glue the “hinge” in place.  Then, using wet glue, glue the two end panels to the two tags, lining up the “hinge” end with the end of the tag.  Decorate as desired.

The mini-album is very sweet, and uses two tags, a piece of card stock for the liner at (just shy of) 2 3/4″ by 7″, two 2″ by 3 1/4″ card stock tags, one 2 3/4″ by 3 1/4″ top loading tag, and two “page sets” using 12″ by (just shy of) 2 3/4″ patterned paper.  Score the card stock liner at 3 1/4″ and 3 3/4″.  Glue the two tags to the liner by lining the end of the tag at each score line.

Score the “page sets” on the 12″ side at 3 1/4″, 6″ and 8 3/4″.  Now, fold, burnish, create and glue the “page sets” together.  The tags were created using corner rounder and tag topper punches.  Tie two pieces of heavy thread, thin twine or elastic cord around the back of the album binding.  At this time, you can punch a little hole in the binding if you are going to embellish with beads/charms.  Now, insert each “page set” into the threads, one to the right and the other to the left.  Glue the two pages that come together in the center into a top loading pocket, and insert the tag.  Embellish as desired.

I closed it with a little plastic “safety pin” looking thing, that is a stitch counter for knitting or crochet.  You can create a little hole for thread/thin twine by “drilling” with your piercing tool.  I created a 1/8″ hole for ribbon with my crop-a-dile.  A fun and different closure.

I hope you enjoy these projects, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby