Townhouse (or Gingerbread House) Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

I had a box of two Raffaello sleeves that I found in Walmart.  As I was looking at the packaging, this is what was created in my mind.  (Scroll down below the video for a little shorter, squatter house that will fit three k-cups.)

It is essentially a tall and skinny milk carton, decorated to resemble a townhouse, or a gingerbread house, or any house you would like!  The finished height it 10 1/2″, but the box part is 1 1/2″ wide by 1 1/4″ deep and 6 1/2″ tall.

Start with a piece of card stock 6″ by 11″, and score the 6″ side at 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 3 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.  Turn the 11″ side up, and if there is a pattern keep the top to the right.  Score at 1 1/4″, 7 1/2″, then flip it vertically to the wrong side and score at 10 1/2″, this is the top part of the milk carton.

Now, flipping it back to the right side, turn the 6″ top (1/2″ score) up, and score at 1 1/8″ and 3 7/8″ from the top ONLY to the first (1/2″) score.  This will help us create the triangle for the “milk carton” top.

With a ruler and scoring stylus, score the two rectangles with the partial scores from the 1/2″ score line where they stop to each of the bottom corners of that rectangle.  What you should have are two triangles starting from the end of the partial score line to the bottom of those rectangles.

A close up of the windows and doors

Then create as we did for our smaller milk carton, and decorate as desired!  I used 1″ strips of patterned paper that I had left on my desk, and cut the doors at 2″, and the windows at 3/4″.  The townhouse doors were rounded using a 1 1/4″ circle punch.  The little birdies came from a stampin up tree builder punch.  The “bushes” or “snowbanks” are also from a 1″ strip of paper that was scalloped on one side.  The townhouse roof was created using a 2″ strip of paper, scalloped along one side, and layered on the top, with a 1″ section at the very top.  For the gingerbread house, I used 1″ strips that had been inked along the scalloped edge and layered.  Then, I curled up the scalloped edge for effect.  You can close it as you would like, I used a ribbon and two holes punched with a 1/8″ punch.   Jingle bells and/or a tag would look fun dangling from the closure.  A paperclip banner would look nice, too!  (see previous project for details)

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

As always, my viewers always have ideas and suggestions.  I was asked if k-cups would fit in these, and the answer is “no”.  But, I loved the idea, so I created a shorter, squatter version that will fit three k-cups stacked, and this is how it looks with the others.

Start with 8 1/2″ wide card stock (8 1/4″ will work too, your glue tab will just be 1/4″), use the length you have!  I grabbed a piece of 8 1/2″ by 11″ for my pink cottage.  If yours is 11 1/2″ tall, or even 12″, go for it!  It will make the roof taller like the others.

Score with the 8 1/2″  side up at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″.  Turn top to right, and score at 2″, 7 1/2″, then flip vertically and score at 1/2″ from the right end.  Flip back over, and turn the top back to the scoring guide.  Score at 3″ and 7″ BUT just down to the 1/2″ score line.  Use a scoring stylus and ruler to score lines from the end of the partial score to each of the bottom corners of that rectangle, creating the triangular folds for the milk carton top.  Repeat with other partial score.  Assemble as before and decorate as desired!  I did shorten my windows to 3/4″ by 3/4″ before the awnings, but my door was still 2″ by 1″.

Three k-cups will stack nicely in these, and you can close them with a clip, paperclip or with a ribbon like the others.  I hope you enjoy this version!

I pray you all have much to be thankful for, this week and always.  Smiles, Darby

6×6 Thanksgiving Turkey Favor

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I was in the craft room trying to come up with something for the Thanksgiving table.  I started scoring and folding, and these little guys appeared!  First one, then two, now 12.  Quite the cute little flock!

Start with a 6×6″ piece of patterned paper, and I go for the all-over papers for both sides.  Because we are scoring and folding on the diagonal, any directional print will be shown diagonally.  Score and fold as shown in the video, it is not difficult but you probably need to take it step-by-step the first time.  (I have a diagram of how the front and back of the paper should look, just scroll past the video.)  I did round the turkey tail with a 1″ corner punch, but if you wanted the tail to look even rounder, use a 2″ circle punch, and tuck the corner into the circle from the inside to create a larger corner round.

On two of my turkeys, I added a banner from the “Endless Thanks” retired set by Stampin’ Up!, one on front and the other on the back.  These would make cute place cards as well.  And, as I said in the video, turkeys do not have a comb, they have a fleshy head, snood and wattle.  But, you can make these little guys as whimsical as you would like!  A flock of quirky turkeys!

The “fleshy head” is a 1 3/4″ scalloped circle, although yours doesn’t need to be scalloped, and I cut mine in half to save on card stock but you could glue the entire circle to the back of the head.  In fact, if you want the entire triangle that is folded down to be the beak, you could use a circle for the entire head behind the beak and put your eyes and snood on that.  The beak is a right-angle corner of “beak-colored” card stock, with 3/4″ sides on both sides of the right angle.  The eyes are 1/4″ punches from white, with black marker pupils, although you could also punch 1/8″ from black for the pupils.  The snood and wattle are from the Sprig punch by Stampin’ Up!, but an upside-down heart would be a great wattle, as would two leaves or petals, or whatever you have that would work!

Once you get past the diagonal scoring, they can be made quite quickly.  Then just “stuff” them with treats and set them on the table.  Or, perhaps they could anonymously appear on your coworkers desks!  I went with a sentiment that said, “Thankful for you”, but was really looking for one that said, “Don’t let the turkeys get you down.”  I thought that would put a smile on anyone’s face, and if you have that stamp, it would be fun.  Or, use your computer graphic program and print on card stock.

I hope you enjoy this project, and until we meet again, may you always have something to be thankful for!  God bless you!  Smiles, Darby


Mini Candy Wrapper Treat Holder

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I was asked if I could resize the candy wrapper treat holder to hold a Hershey’s nugget, so here it is!  It will also hold one of the Hershey’s minis.

It is pretty much the same as last week’s, except in scaling it down to fit the nuggets, you need an extra couple of score lines to accommodate the depth.

So, the two above I created using the Tim Holtz Christmas 8×8 paper pack.

For these, I used the Love, Doves and Poinsettias 6×6 paper pack from Catherine Pooler.  If you like the bright graphics, click on the link to order and you will receive 10% off your order, and I get a few credits in the store.  A win-win.

So I hope you enjoy the mini candy wrapper treat holder, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Candy Wrapper Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

Recently, Angie at sent me a very cute “thank you” gift for an order I placed.  She is my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and I just love all the fun projects she creates.  Well, this one was a sweet “candy wrapper” treat holder.  This inspired me to create a “candy wrapper” and add it to a backdrop for a wonderful sentiment or handle.  Here is what it looked like:

Start with a 5 1/2″ by 5″ piece of card stock, and in “landscape position” round the top two corners.  Mat with a 5 1/4″ by 4 3/4″ piece of patterned paper, also with the top two corners rounded.  For the “candy wrapper”, use a 5 1/2″ by 5″ piece of coordinating patterned paper, and score the short side at 1 1/2″ and 4″, then fold and burnish.  If you have an envelope punch board, line up the bottom of the card stock at 1 1/8″ and punch, flip horizontally and do the same with the other bottom corner.  Taking the folded “candy wrapper”, line up the fold line corner at the 1 1/8″ and punch.  Repeat with both sides of the folded edges.  In the video I show two different ways to create the same “punch” effect without using the EPB.

Glue the 1″ folded edge of the “candy wrapper” to the bottom of the card stock.  Place your candy in the wrapper, and fold it up to close it.  Mark the center of the punched out shape with a pencil on both sides, and then punch the mark with a 1/4″ circle punch.  Thread and tie ribbon through each side of the “candy wrapper”.  Then, decorate as desired.  Or, you can punch a “handle” in the top, and decorate with a banner as I did with my third example.

For the two tag labels, I used a 3 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ tag (from Aliexpress) and stamped my sentiment.  The stamps I am using come from a Catherine Pooler stamp set titled: “Seasonal Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set.”  It is bold and fun, and if you click on the link, you get 10% off your order and I get a few credits in her store, a win-win!  I also used her Rockin’ Red, Grass Skirt and Eucalyptus Ink Pads, which are saturated in color and ink stamps wonderfully.  The Love, Doves & Poinsettias 6×6 Paper is from her store, as well, and has a background stamps to match which is just wonderful.

In this example, I punched a “handle” using the classic label punch from Stampin’ Up!, and then layered two banners using the same stamp set.  I tied some twine around the “candy wrappers” and the handle, and then tied two mini-jingle bells to the bow.  So fun!  The banners were created using white card stock, and the sentiment was 3 5/8″ by 1″, and the layering banner was 4″ by 3/4″, and colored with the Rockin’ Red ink.

These were fun to create, and I know you probably already follow Angie Pyjas at, but if you don’t, check out her blog and Youtube channel, she is wonderfully creative and a great Stampin’ Up! demonstrator as well, if you are looking for one.

I hope you enjoy this project and have fun with it!  Until we meet again, may all of your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

Here are some links for products I use.  Some are affiliate links, meaning, if you click on the link and make a purchase, you pay nothing more but I earn a few pennies toward keeping my website running.  Thank you!

Scotch Advanced Tape Glider

EK Tools Corner Rounder Punch Set


2018 Hanging Advent Calendar

Hi Everyone!

I finally have my 2018 Advent Calendar finished.  It is not hard, but making 25 of anything takes a little time.  But, going assembly-line style is definitely the way to go!  Here they are:

The basic unit is a front opening box that is 2″ by 2″ by 1″ deep, and will fit a variety of different treats and trinkets.  For mine, I have also included the Christmas Story as told in the Bible, with a verse or two read each day during Advent while you are enjoying your treat.

Each box is made from a 4″ by 7″ piece of thicker patterned paper or card stock.  You get two from and 8″ by 8″, and 4 from a 12″ by 12″ if the pattern is all over.  If sideways patterns on boxes bothers you, than you can get three from a directional 12″ by 12″, and paper left over for another project.

Score the long side at 1″, 3″, 4″ and 6″.  Turn and score at 1″ and 3″.  Cut straight up the rectangle side of each score line, and slightly notch on the square side.  Place adhesive on the center tabs and tabs on one end, and create a box bottom.  Then, move the front of the box as to close it, and cut a wedge on each side tab so they will go into the box.  If you want a front pull tab to open the box, take a 3/8″ by 2″ strip of cardstock (or a classic label of word window punchie) and glue it to the top of the box, folding the end over the back to the inside and sticking it into place.  Then, I stapled the tab for more strength, and glued the top two tabs back onto the end.

Make 24 colored boxes, and one from gold foil.

Using a coordinating 12″ by 12″ piece of card stock or thicker patterned paper, score 7/8″ on all sides.  Round the corners (if desired) and fold and burnish the score lines.  With any patterns upright, cut and slightly notch into the sides of the card stock.  Arrange all the boxes as desired, with the gold box to the bottom right, as it will be for Christmas Day.  Then, row by row, glue them into place using wet glue.  You can glue them to each other for additional strength.  Make sure they remain centered in the score lines.  Now, glue the framing box sides up, and then the top and bottom in with the tabs reaching around the corners.  I decorated the first one with buttons.

Place a flat object (book?) over the calendar to keep it stuck while drying.

Next, take the 12×12″ card stock for the backing and score each side at 3/4″ (with any pattern facing up).  Fold, burnish and glue the scored sides to the back.  Now, glue your “calendar box” to this piece of card stock, leaving a 1/8″ border at the sides and bottom of the box.  I used both strong, double-sided tape and wet glue.  Allow time to dry.

Now it is time to decorate.  I used the Stampin’ Up! large letter dies and scripted “merry” for the top, but you can use banners or even create scenes on the top of the calendar.  A Nativity would be awesome!  Punch a 1/8″ hole on each side of the top and thread a ribbon through.  Use a decorative corner punch on the top two corners.  Now decorate the front of the boxes any way you desire!  I used many things including: doilies, metallic doilies, scallop circle punchies, circle punchies, stamped numbers, Christmas stickers from the Dollar Tree, ribbon dies and bow builder punchies and more.  Then, decorate the inside of the box with a daily verse or activity.  There are many free printable out there in cyberspace, and I will keep trying to learn how to get mine up in PDF form on my printables page.

Just a note, the front of the boxes are held in place by the tension of the box.  If it falls forward, the weight of the box contents may swing the doors open.  If they will be jiggled, you may wish to place a glue dot on top of the front, right over the tab, to keep it in place.

I hope you enjoyed this project, it is definitely a labor of love, but one that can be enjoyed for years to come.  Until we meet again, may all of your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby




A “Bigger Purple Duffel Bag” for IKEA Votive Candles

Today I am bringing you a bigger version of the “purple duffel bag” from my 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ series.  I had some IKEA votive candles, some Yankee Candle wax melts, and even some empty Stampin’ Up! embellishments containers that I wanted fill and gift, and created a bag that would fit all three and more.

Card stock:  9 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall.    Paper: 6 pieces 1 1/4″wide  by 2 1/4″ tall.

With the 9 1/2″ side of the card up, score at 1 1/2″, 3″, 4 1/2″, 6″, 7 1/2″ and 9″.  Now, mark the top of the card stock at 3/4″, 2 1/4″, 3 3/4″, 5 1/4″, 6 3/4″ and 8 1/4″.  Turn, and score the 7″ side at 2 1/2 and 5″.  Now, take a ruler and scoring stylus and score a line from the mark at the top of each rectangle to each of the left and right lower corners of that same rectangle.  It will give a zig-zag appearance to the score lines.  Now, fold and burnish all of the straight score lines.  With the zig-zag at the top, cut up each of the bottom score lines until the first horizontal score line.  Then, cut off the 1/2″ section completely to the same horizontal score line.

Next, fold each vertical score line, and while holding it together, pinch and fold the scored triangle back and forth.  Repeat with each score line until all triangles are folded.  You can also punch a 1/8″ hole in each triangle, about 3/8″ from the top and near the score line.  Now, glue the patterned paper to each section.  Turning the box over, glue each bottom to the opposite flap and putting some glue between the pairs as well.  The flaps go all the way across, and the box should shape up nicely.  Fill the box with what you would like to gift, and then starting at the front, thread ribbon or twine through all of the holes.  Tie a bow at the front, and trim the edges as desired.

I sandwiched the end of the ribbons to make them prettier.  The blackberry bliss box had butterflies in the pattern, so I punched two retired Stampin’ Up! butterflies and glued them together with the ribbon in between.  For the other box, the patterns included flowers, so I used a resin flower and a 7/8″ scalloped circle in always artichoke for the decorations.

I did not decorate the Yankee Candle wax melts, they were quite pretty on their own.  But, for the candles I ran some coordinating washi tape around the perimeter, and then punched a 2 1/4″ circle of the same patterned paper as on the box for decoration.  You could trace and cut out as well.  I placed the circle on top of the candle, and marked where the wick came out of the candle with a pencil, and punched it with a 1/8″ circle punch.  Then, I wrote on the paper “REMOVE PAPER BEFORE LIGHTING CANDLE”, and threaded it onto the wick.  I makes them quite pretty and giftable.  If you are recycling SU embellishments containers, just punch coordinating circles to decorate.

I hope you enjoy this project, hopefully I will be back with my 2018 Advent Calendar next week.  Until then, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

Products used:  CARD STOCK: SU blackberry bliss and always artichoke (ret.)

PAPER:  The Paper Studios Teesdale Studio 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″ pad

EMBELLISHMENTS:  SU 1/8″ gold and very vanilla ribbons, SU butterfly punches, The Paper Studios resin flowers, Washi tape (from my stash)

Other:  IKEA votive candles (2 1/4″ diameter, 3/4″ tall),  Yankee Candle Wax Melts (I bought these at Bed, Bath & Beyond.)

Ritter Sport or Ghirardelli Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

I was going to show my advent calendar, but it is not quite finished, yet!

So, I have a quick and fun treat holder, that is made to hold a Ritter Sport candy, but will also hold a Ghirardelli chocolate or whatever will fit into a 2″ by 2 1/2″ by 1/2″ box.

I started with a 5 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ piece of patterned paper.  With the top up, score at 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3″ and 5″.  Turn, and score at 1 1/2″ and 4″.

With the top up, pick one of the 1/2″ sides and cut the top rectangle and bottom rectangle off, creating the tab with the center rectangle.  Then, cut straight up on each side of the score lines to the first cross score line you encounter.  We want the tabs and the flaps to be pretty straight, so you are essentially just cutting out the score line.  You can now make the larger flaps decorative, using the tag topper punch or decorative corner rounders.  I used The Paper Studios tag topper punch for the video, but I will show you a couple below that are done with just a corner punch and a hand held 1/4″ circle punch.

Glue the side tab and stick the box together.  Then, glue just the overlap of the bottom tabs and stick them together.  Next, on the bottom part, glue the decorative flaps together for stability.  Put your treat inside, and then fold the top tabs in, and then tie a ribbon loop or bow through the tag top.    To decorate, I used a 1 7/8″ by 2 3/8″ piece of black card stock, that has been stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I threaded some ribbons from my stash through the bottom hole, and tied it with jute twine.  Then I embellished with pearls or rhinestones.

As I mentioned, you don’t need a tag topper punch for this.  I used a retired corner punch from Stampin’ Up! for the black plaid treat holder, and the label was created by just cutting two corners with a 1″ corner rounder.  The snowflake holder was created by tucking the top of each flap into the Pretty Label punch by Stampin’ Up!, and a 1/4″ hand-held circle punch.

Here is how I threaded the top of the flap into the punch opening.  I made sure that the top of the tab JUST went under the opening, and that the sides of the box were parallel to the sides of the punch and the flap was centered in the punch shape.  It turned out very sweet!  Look and see what you may have that could create a wonderful tab shape.

Here are all of them together, I think they look very festive!  They could hang of the door, tree or set on a table or desk.  They could be gifted for encouragement, gratitude or just because or may look very nice as a festive display on your Christmas tree!  If you are ambitious, you could make 24 of these, label them 1-24, and then hang them on your tree for a fun and tasty Advent Tree Scavenger hunt!  How perfect, if you also included a verse from the Christmas story in each box, so you (or the kids) could enjoy the treat while you read the next verse of the Christmas story from the Bible.  Or, perhaps a line from The Night Before Christmas each day.

Wow, if you do that I would love to hear about it!  I’m going back to getting my other Advent calendar finished for next week!(?)  Enjoy the video, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

The stamp sets were purchased from AliExpress.  There are often multiple stores that sell the same product, so shopping around can get you a better price and free shipping to the US.  These are where I purchased from:

“Sending happy thoughts your way”: QLLH Store

“Pray Without Ceasing”:  QLLH Store

“Winter Images Stamp Set”: xiyulove store