Top Opening Gift Box

Hi Everyone!

The project I have today is a top opening gift box.  It is 2″ by 2″ by 4″, and will hold two K-cups, some votive candles, a few candy bars or ghirardelli, or washi tape, or other small gifts in tissue paper.  The great thing about this little box, is that the shape of the top side tabs keeps the top of the box from pushing down into the box.  That means, if you are gifting a small item wrapped with tissue paper or nestled in paper shred, the top of the box won’t sink into the box.

Start with a piece of card stock 8 1/2″ by 8″.  With the 8 1/2″ side up, score at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″.  Turn it to the 8″ side and score at 2″ and 6″.  Fold and burnish all of the score lines.

It will hold several rolls of washi tape.

Start with the end that has 1/2″ section, and remove the two side rectangles, leaving the center section on the end, and slightly angling into both ends of the center to make them even, as this will be the front tab section.

You can also fit two K-cups inside. Yum!

Next, cut along the second score line from the 1/2″ section end, then folding that tab out of the way, cut along the 2″ score line to the next intersecting score line.  On the same side, cut from the front end along that same 2″ score line, freeing both the side tabs to fold toward each other.  It is hard to explain, so please watch the video for a demonstration.  Repeat all of these cuts on the other side.

I like the ribbon to stay with the box, even when untied, so I threaded the ribbon through the box across the bottom.  You can skip this step, if you want to wrap it around the box.

Working from the front edge, I folded that edge under, so the fold from the 2″ section was folded out.  I then made a little score notch at 1/2″ and 7/8″ from the left side score line.  I repeated this for the back, inside score line.  Then I used a 1/8″ hole punch to make holes on the bottom of the box at each of the score marks.  Using a pair of snips, I connected the holes on each side, making a little slit for the ribbon to pass through.  Then I threaded the ribbon as shown in the picture.  You can cover the bottom of the box with a piece of card stock 3 7/8″ by 1 7/8″ if you wish.  You can also just make a slit using a blade, so you can mark then cut, and skip the hole punch altogether.

The tab (shown outside the box) keeps the top from sinking into the box, even when the box is not full.

To make the curve in the top tab, I traced around a ribbon spool, and cut inside the line.  Then, I attached the patterned paper to the front, top and back (3 7/8″ by 1 7/8″) and one to each side (1 7/8″ by 1 7/8″).

Fill the box with goodies, close, and tie the ribbon in a knot or bow.  Stamp the desired sentiment, and cut or punch it out.  I did some selective coloring, because I wanted the outline of the Truly Tailored stamp, but not the sentiment.  So I used a marker to color the outline only.  Then, I stamped “You’re Awesome” from epic celebrations. Because the Tailored Label Punch leaves an edge around the coordinating stamps, I trimmed the stamped label closely around the image, and was able to mat it on  a full-sized punched label.  For the demonstration, I used markers to color the Label Me Pretty stamp how I wanted, then punched it with the Pretty Label Punch.  I then backed it by punching out another label, cutting it vertically, and attaching it slightly offset on both ends.

Attach and embellish to suit your occasion.

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

Supplies:  Stampin’ Up!

  1. Card stock:  Soft Suede, Pear Pizazz, whisper white, soft sky
  2. Stamps:  Truly Tailored, Label Me Pretty, Epic Celebrations
  3. Paper: Coffee Break
  4. Ink:  Soft Suede, pear pizazz, soft sky pads, and pear pizazz, calypso coral, wisteria wonder markers.
  5. Punches:  tailored label, pretty label, triple leaf, 1 1/4″ circle
  6. Other:  pear pizazz shimmer ribbon

Jelly Jar Ghirardelli Holder

Hi Everyone,

This cute little holder reminds me of the little crystal jam jars we had as a kid.  This one holds a Ghirardelli chocolate, and there are some yummy ones that are out now for Valentine’s Day.  Stock up!

The top has a corrugated appearance to make it look more like the jar lid, and the bottom folds nicely to hold a Ghirardelli full-sized chocolate.  I do recommend using a scoring board, as there are several 1/8″ score lines to mimic the threads of the lid.

Start with a piece of patterned paper or card stock that is 3″ x 9″.   With the 9″ side up, score at 2 3/8″, 4 3/8″, 4 5/8″ and 6 5/8″ for the holder.  To make the “jar lid threads”, score each end at 1/8″ intervals from each end to the 7/8″ mark.  (1/8″, 2/8″, 3/8″, 4/8″, 5/8″, 6/8″ and 7/8″)  I do realize that you can simplify some of these fractions, but I think the idea comes across more clearly this way.  Turn the piece 180 degrees, and score from the other end as well.  If you don’t want to turn it, just score every 1/8″ starting at 8 1/8″, 8 2/8″, 8 3/8″, 8 4/8″, 8 5/8″, 8 6/8″ and 8 7/8″.  See, it sounds easier just to turn it!

For the neck of the jar, use a 3/4 circle punch, and line it up as follows:  With one short side up, you will see several 1/8″ score lines at the end, and the next score line is a single one.  Place the circle punch just above (toward the end) that score line, punching out half a circle.  Repeat on the other end of that score line.  Then, turn the paper around so the other short end is up, and repeat the punches.  The middle of the paper has a 1/4″ section, which is the bottom.  Using a glue dot, stick the back of the Ghirardelli to the back panel of the holder, centering it from side to side, and resting it on that 1/4″ section.  Then, tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the “neck” of the jar, creating either a knot or bow, your choice.  Then, fold the corrugated end over at the last score line from the end, and stick it with foam dots.

Stamp and punch or die cut a sentiment for the front depending on what occasion you are using it for, and then attach and embellish as desired.  For the one I created for Chinese New Year, I rubbed a Versamark pad across both of the ends after scoring it, and then embossed the ends in gold.  I think it came out stunning.  I used both the everyday label punch and the pretty label punch from Stampin’ Up!.  To mat them, I punched another shape from contrasting card stock, then cut it in half horizontally and glued each half slightly offset on the label.

Also, if you have directional paper, decide which place you want the direction to be right side up, and design your jar from there.  For example, on the one that created from the Coffee Break paper, I decided to put the hearts right side up on the jar lid, so that side of the paper was placed down in the score board, and I used the side where the hearts were right way up for the front.

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

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted
  • Paper:  Whole Lot of Lovely, Coffee Break
  • Card stock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
  • Punches:  Pretty Label Punch, Everyday Label Punch
  • Stamps:  Bloomin’ Love, You’ve Got This.  Also, Really Like You by Simon Says Stamp
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, Powder Pink, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
  • Other:  1/8″ white ribbon, 1/8″ old olive ribbon, black shimmer ribbon, silver baker’s twine, gold embossing powder, black rhinestones

Cling Wrap Heart Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

I thought I was done, but here is another quick and cute treat holder for Valentine’s Day.  Although, you could use it for any occasion by changing the sentiment.  This project also uses what is already in your stash!

The base of the treat holder is a 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ piece of card stock, folded in the center of the long side at 2 3/4″.  A 4″ by 2 1/2″ piece of patterned paper is glued to the front, and a shape is punched out to accommodate your chocolate. (If you want rounded corners, do that after folding, but before you glue the paper on to both the card stock and the paper.)  In my examples, I used a 1 3/4″ circle, because my Palmer chocolate heart fits in that sized opening.  Hershey’s hearts are similarly sized, and they would work as well.  You could also orient the treat holder either vertical or horizontal based on your sentiment.  I would choose a patterned paper that allows your sentiment to show.  Stamp your sentiment.

Then, folding the holder together, I used a scoring stylus to mark where the circle is on the back half of the card stock.  This let me center my heart, but not create pencil marks.  After opening the holder, I applied adhesive around the outside of the scored circle, placed the heart in the middle in the orientation that would work for my holder, and stretched a small bit of cling wrap side-to-side over my heart and into the adhesive.  I then stretched in over the top and bottom and into the adhesive, and smoothed the cling wrap from the center of the heart outwards, making sure the edges where stuck in the adhesive all the way around the heart.  Cut off the excess wrap, and then apply glue, I used liquid glue, to the inside of the front flap, making sure to get the edges and around the punched hole.  Press and hold the front flap to the back, until it has adhered together.

I thought the punched area needed a little more definition, and created a “frame” to go around it.  First, punch the shape you used in your selected paper or card stock, in this case the 1 3/4″ punch.  Next, select a larger shape that will be the frame, for this example the starburst punch from Stampin’ Up!.  Then, just glue your frame in place.  Embellish as much or as little as you want.  Done!  For this holder, I used dapper denim card stock and color theory paper from Stampin’ Up!, and the Really Like You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

This one was oriented vertically because the sentiment fit better that way.  I used early espresso and black card stock, and wood texture paper from Stampin’ Up!.  The sentiment is from the same Simon Says Stamp set.

For my third example, I used soft suede and whisper white card stock, powder pink fresh florals, soft suede ink and enamel shapes from Stampin’ Up!  I also used the starburst punch, which makes a nice frame.

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




Zinger (Or Twinkie) Sleeve

Hi Everyone!

I know this project won’t be for everyone, but if you are gifting a Zinger, Twinkie, Ho-ho, or other, similar sized, snack cake, it could be for you!  It would be fun for Valentine’s Day, a sweet birthday treat to hand someone, a delicious “thinking of you”, or even a post-game celebration for the kids.

The inner part is made from two 1 1/2″ by 6″ pieces of card stock or stiffer patterned paper with the ends glued together with scor-tape (or another strong adhesive).  Punch a hole on each end that is right inside the glue strip, and centered in the width of the card stock.  AFter sliding the cake in sideways, the inner sleeve then slides into a rectangular sleeve and a ribbon is tied around lengthwise and a label applied.  If the wrapper ends stick out, a few well-placed glue dots will help to keep them in.

The sleeve is made from a 4″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper, scored in landscape mode at 1 1/4″, 2 3/4″, 4″ and 5 1/2″.  The 1/2″ section is the glue tab, and it creates a rectangular sleeve that is open on two ends.

While we probably shouldn’t have these around all the time, what a fun Valentine’s Day treat to get a decorative Zinger Sleeve, or perhaps a colorfully wrapped Twinkie for a Birthday treat!

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

  • Supplies:  Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted
  • Card stock:  Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Whisper White
  • Paper: Color Theory DSP, Bundle of Love
  • Stamps:  Labels to Love, Really Like You (Simon Says Stamp 101714)
  • Other:  Night of Navy and Berry Burst crinkled seam binding, everyday label punch, silver baker’s twine


Happy Mail from my Mom

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to share some happy mail from my Mom.  She is my co-conspirator in craftiness, and I enjoy getting happy mail from her, because she often creates the projects I post and lets me know if my directions are clear, or if anything is difficult to understand or do.

Because she (by choice and space) does not have as large a crafting stash as I do, she often puts her own personality and spin on the projects using the supplies she chooses to have on hand.  It is fun and instructional for me to see what she does, and gives me the opportunity to craft future videos for those who don’t have the means or the desire to have bunches of tools, dies and other crafty paraphernalia on hand.  Here’s is what came in the mail after I posted the Gem Hearts tutorial.

They turned out adorable!  She did not cut the point off, and was able to place the ribbon a bit higher.  She also made both a Valentine version, and an Easter version.  I believe she printed the images and sentiments from the computer, and punched them with the shapes she had on hand.  The small butterfly and the lamb’s heart are a Dazzle stickers from Paper Wishes.  She even packaged them up in cellophane bags.  How sweet!  Here they are, close up.

I also wanted to show you some of the ones I created for my Faith Formation class.  I actually made them slightly bigger, and I will give the measurements below, and made one of the Heart Baskets for my Assistant.

You can still get three of the gems from one piece of card stock, just line up the 11″ side first, and cut at 6 1/2″ first, then turn that piece and cut two at 3 1/2″, to give two pieces that are 3 1/2″ by 6 1/2″.  Then, just cut the third piece from the first off-cut.

  • Larger Gem Heart:  Use a piece of card stock that is 6 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.  In landscape (long side up) score at 3″ and 3 1/2″.  Turn to portrait (short side up) and score at 1/2″.  Assemble this heart the same as the smaller version.

I hope you  enjoy putting your own personality into these projects!

So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby


Fold-Over Heart Treat Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today is a cute treat holder inspired by a channel named “May May Made It” on Youtube, and on the web.  She created these adorable critter Valentine treats, like the mouse I show here, out of 1/4 sheet of card stock.  I adapted the idea to use a heart, and used some of the stamps and dies I had on hand, and this is what I came up with:

The base is made quickly, and you can embellish as desired.  Start with an 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet of card stock, then cut it into quarters at 5 1/2″ and 4 1/4″.  (If you are using A4, then cut it down to 11″, and cut the short side in half at 4 1/8″)  Score the long side in half at 2 3/4″.  Turn the short side up, and on one end, just make a score mark at the half-way point, 2 1/8″ for the 4 1/4″ width, and 2 1/16″ for the 2 1/8″ width.  Then, put that mark on the cutting track, and cut from the to one side where the long side half-way score line hits the side, effectively cutting off a triangle.  Flip it over and repeat on the other side.

Now, embellish as desired!  May May created six different “critters”, and if you want some fun critter inspiration, head over to here for her project post.

For the hearts, I used Cherry Cobbler card stock and ink, and created a fol-over heart treat holder.  The banner is from the “Sure Do Love You” bundle from Stampin’ Up!, but you could use any heart and sentiment, and cut a straight banner and flag the ends.  The banner is raised, and it holds the point of the folded over edge, so you can insert a candy or other treat into the space.

If you want, round the corners, draw faux stitching, use non-traditional valentine colors, the sky’s the limit!  This one was made using Dapper Denim and some paper from the Color Theory paper pack from Stampin’ Up!.  You can gift any slender treat, such as: twizzlers, pixie sticks, slim candy bars, small rulers, pencils, fruit strips and more!

I hope you enjoy the project, and visit May May for some fun creations.

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

Layered Hearts Treat Basket

Hi Everyone,

I have a sweet project to share today.  It is a treat basket, using the layered hearts dies.  I used the Sweet and Sassy layered hearts from Stampin’ Up!, but if you have other layered heart dies, they could work as well.

The basket part of this treat holder is 3″ wide, by 1 1/2″ deep, by 2″ tall, and can hold a bunch of different treats.  One is more rustic, and may appeal to the guys in our lives, and the other is shabby chic.

I used some shred, and put three yummy Lindor Ball Truffles in each basket.  What a sweet way to let someone know you love them!

The basket is made with a 5″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper or card stock.  For the shabby chic version, I stamped tone-on-tone with a textured flourish from Timeless Textures by Stampin’ Up!.  With the 5″ side up, score at 1 3/4″ on each side.  Turn the 6″ side up, and score at 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and 2 1/4″ from each side.  Cut each of those scores up to the horizontal score line on each side, so you have a center horizontal strip that is intact, and seven flaps on the top and below the center strip.

With the paper in landscape (horizontal) position with the patterned side down, put glue on the ends of the six smaller flaps facing towards you.  Lift up the center (larger) flap to perpendicular, and then one by one starting with the ones closest to the center flap, glue the smaller flaps to the larger one, making sure the top, outside corner of the flap lines up with the top of the larger flap.  Alternate from one side to the other, starting from the closest to the center and working out.  In the picture above, you can see how gluing the smaller flaps this way will create an overlapping pattern.  Repeat this step with the other long side of the basket.

I used the two largest layered hearts from the Sweet and Sassy heart framelits by Stampin’ Up! for the back of the basket.  The largest one went in back, and was card stock.  The next largest was cut from patterned paper and glued to the first one, but sandwiched the side of the box in between.  This way, the layered construction of the box was hidden, so it looks neat and trim.  I used two smaller layering hearts, (in this case heart #5 and #6 when counting from the large to the small in the set), and layered them offset on the front with a piece of 5/8″ burlap ribbon in between.

Then, I stamped the banner from the Sure Do Love You stamp set by Stampin’ Up!, die cut it with the coordinating framelit, and used foam dots to stick it to the background hearts.  For the rustic or masculine version, I used real red, basic black, white chalk markers and the wood texture paper pack.  For the shabby chic version, I sponged the edges with crumb cake ink.

I hope you enjoy this project, and give it a try.  If you adjust the papers and sentiment, it could be used for birthdays or other occasions as well.  And, as always, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  ~Darby

  • Supplies by Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
  • Stamps:  Sure Do Love You, Timeless Textures, Bloomin’ Love
  • Paper:  wood textures, Lots of Lovely
  • Ink:  real red, powder pink, crumb cake, basic black
  • Card stock: very vanilla, basic black, whisper white, powder pink
  • Other: chalk marker, 5/8″ burlap ribbon, paper shred, delicate doily