Artist Trading Coin Swap and Decorated Binder Display Clips

Hello Everyone,

Because it is my daughter’s birthday weekend, and we’ve been planning and then executing some fun birthday plans, I don’t have a regular tutorial for you.  But, I wanted to share a quick project and the Artist Trading Coins I received from my first swap with Tmika at Scrapdaworld on youtube.

I had some decorated binder clips left over from a craft fair last year that I was planning to use to display the coins on, but when I saw how amazingly beautiful the coins from my swap partners were, I realized I had to up my game and create new ones that would display their artwork in style.  So, I created new clips, and showed them with the coins they were created for.  Just beautiful!

The clips were purchased at the Dollar Tree, and I mostly used the medium and large for my fair, although a couple smaller ones slipped through.  The smallest ones were usually used to display my prices.  But, the medium and larger ones held smaller photos, inspirational quotes and greetings.  I sold them for $1.00-1.50 depending on the size, but anyone who bought more than $20 could pick out one free for themselves.  Wherever you get your clips, just measure the width of the clip, and the length from under the lip on the front and around the bottom of the clip to the back.  The three I used from Dollar Tree were as follows:

Small:  1 1/4″ wide by 1 3/4″ around.   Medium: 1 5/8″ wide by 2″ around.  Large: 2″ wide by 2 1/2″ around.

Artist Trading Coins on display in my craft room

This project uses up your scraps and stray embellishments, or you can personalize it for the recipient and occasion.  It would be great to hold a small photo (larger for the large clip, test it!) or inspiration.  Give it to your child’s teacher with a photo of your child holding up a sign.  Perhaps for your coworker who is going through a challenging time with an inspirational quote or reminder that God is always with them.

The swap was hosted by Tmika at Scrapdaworld on Youtube.  My partners were Eboney at Sharingmoore, Tammie at Tammie Rice Doughty, Audrey at Sewgoodall, and Robin at Crafts I Heart.  They are wonderfully creative, and very inspiring.

Thank you for stopping by, and until we meet again, may your days be Blessed!  Smiles, Darby

Pillow Box Pennant and Banner

Hi Everyone!

I have a cute and quick treat holder to show today.  It starts with a 6″x 6″ paper, and turns into a pennant that is also a pillow box!  You can string them together to create banners, and decorate them as desired.

They are big enough for some candies, money, jewelry and other small items.  (Car key?  Not in my world, but maybe somewhere!)  They are also fun to hang on a doorknob or as an ornament.  How fun to have one hanging on your birthday girl or boy’s doorknobs first thing on that special day.  Or, perhaps hang it on your child’s teacher’s door as a token of your appreciation for their efforts.  How fun they would be for a Halloween party!  And, the Christmas banner would be a nice treat.  If you are REALLY ambitious, it could be a fun Advent calendar and countdown to our Lord’s birthday!  I know you can think of even more uses than I can, because I know how creative you are!

These go so quickly!  Start with a 6″x 6″ piece of paper, and with any directional pattern facing up, score it 1/2″ in on the right side of the paper.  Fold the 1/2″ score line with pattern meeting pattern (this is the opposite of how it will be glued) and fold up the bottom edge of the paper to meet the folded score line.  Then, using the angle of the new fold as a guide, clip off the end of the 1/2″ glue tab to be inside the folded edge of the paper.  Now, turn the tab inside, and use a strong adhesive to glue the pennant together.

Make a mark on each side that is 5″ up from the point.  Using a circle with a diameter that is around double the distance between your two marks, we will create the pillow box flaps.  Because the distance is just under 4″ from mark to mark, we will want to use a circle around 7-8″ in diameter to create a shallow box, otherwise the box will be under too much stress.  I used a salad plate that was ~7″ diameter, and lining it up on the marks, I scored a line that was the top of the pillow box.  Cut along this line.  Turn the box around, and line the circle up again, this time to create the lower arc of the pillow flap.  Flip the pennant over and score again on the other side.

For the single pennant, I punched a hole around 3/8-1/2″ from the top on each side seam.  For the banner, I punched a hole one each side through the pillow box, around 1/2″ down from the point and about 1/4″ in from the side.  Thread ribbons through, and tie a knot on the inside of the single pennant, or through two pennants for the banner.  Embellish as desired for your occasion.  These can be stored flat until ready to use!

I hope you try this project, they are quick and fun!  And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby


Tropically Yours Treat Bag

Hi Everyone,

Yes, it is a bonus project because I just received my Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Collection named “Tropically Yours”, and I just had to play!

Here is a fun treat bag that I created with the Canvas Grunge Background Stamp, and some of the tropical foliage stamps.  The tropical theme is so popular, and these are fun, bold and encouraging graphics and sentiments.  The collection is a bundle that is limited in quantity, but in a few months we should see the individual products appearing in the store.  If you see anything you like, here is a 10% off link to save some money.     http://RejoiceAndCreate10%Off

Here is the video, I hope you enjoy the bag.  It can be made using what you love, in fact, I think I am going to redo it in a Christmas theme.

So, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed!  Smiles, Darby

Start with an 8″ by 10 1/2″ piece of plain card stock (unless you don’t want to stamp and just want to use two-sided card stock).  With the 8″ side up, score at 1 1/2″ and 6″.  Now is the time to stamp the body and the cuff of the bag.  Stamp the 1 1/2″ edge, with the end facing down because it will be folded over, with the patterns that you want.)  Then, flip it over and stamp the body with the desired pattern, I used the Canvas Grunge Background Stamp.  Then, cut the small 1/2″ rectangles at the top and bottom of the 1/2″ scored end.  The middle part is the glue tab.  Then, cut up the 2″ bottom by cutting up on the rectangle sides of the score lines, and notching slightly into the square sides of the score lines.  After folding and burnishing, fold the cuff over and glue it in place.  Then glue the side tab.  Then glue the bottom.

The banner is 4″ by 1 3/4, with a 1/2″ score at one and, and fishtails cut into the other.  Stamp your images and sentiments, and fold over the 1/2″ and stick to one side of the bag.  Stamp a sentiment and image, then punch them out as desired, attach them with twine to make them dangle, and glue it to a binder or library clip, then clip on the bag.


Origami Christmas Nativity Ornament

Hi Everyone!

I could not end the 2018 Christmas in July projects without creating one that highlights the reason we celebrate Christmas:  The Birth of Christ.  When I was creating the photo ornament a few weeks ago, I noticed that at one stage, it looked like a manger.  Then, when all my nesting dies were out, the Holy Family was created, and an Origami Christmas Ornament came into being.

Mary and Joseph were created using the Stampin’ Up! stitched oval die (second from smallest), two ivory 3/4″ circles (face) and two 1″ gold foil circles (halos).  Baby Jesus was created using a 1/2″ circle (ivory) for the head and a 3/4″ gold foil circle for the halo.  The manger was created from a 1 3/4″ by 3/4″ piece of brown card stock (early espresso) that was cut on each end by angling the scissors from 1/4″ in on the bottom corner to the upper corner on the same end, then repeating on the other end.  Then I used a 1″ circle punch to take a shallow punch out of the bottom of the manger, creating “legs”.

The stable was created from a 6″ by 6″ paper, using simple origami folds, similar to the photo cube.  Fold it in half like a hotdog bun.  Open it, and fold it in half the other way.  You should have four squares and two score lines that meet in the middle.  With the pattern you want on the outside of the stable facing down, fold each corner into the center.  Flip it over, and fold three of the corners into the center, the fourth point being the top of the ornament so plan your pattern accordingly.  Flip it over again, and fold each of the corners out to meet the edges.  Now, open the ornament and fold those corners under to create a neat photo corner.  The final step is to reverse fold the three points into the ornament to make it look finished.

The ornament on the right is the way it should look when the folding is done.  Now, you just add a (slightly smaller than) 3″ by 3″ square item to finish the ornament.  For the Nativity, I used a 2 7/8″ by 2 7/8″ piece of patterned paper that reminded me of a starry night.  Then, I glued the manger to one side of the bottom front, and tucked Mary and Joseph into the pocket behind the manger.  The star was glued on next, and I tied a loop for a hanger, and pulled the ends through to the front to tie a bow to finish it.

You can fit a few other items in these if you want to use it for a gift.  These teabags are 2 5/8″ by 3 1/8″, and fit nicely.  They are flexible, but it helps if you don’t glue things across two of the photo corners, you need to leave either the top or the bottom free to open and take out the teabag.

You can also use them as a photo ornament, by slipping in a (slightly smaller than) 3″ by 3″ photo.  Because folks probably won’t be taking the photo out, you can embellish how you want.

You could also fit a 2 7/8″ by 3″ pocket containing a standard sized gift card.  I created the pocket using a 2 7/8″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper that reminded me of a starry night.  You could also use solid paper and place white “dots and stars” using a white gel pen.  I then folded it in half at 3″, glued the edges with 1/8″ double-sided tape, and punch a decorative edge.  Then I tucked in the gift card and tucked it into the ornament.  If you are creating this for a gift card, keep all of the corners free by not gluing across two or more.  That way, the contents can be taken out.  The other thing you may want to do, is to include a tag that tells the recipient there is a gift card inside the ornament, just so they know its there.  You don’t want to visit their house ten years from now, only to see the ornament on the tree with the gift card still inside.

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

Unique-sided Treat Pouch for Hot Cocoa, Mug Cakes and More!

Hi Everyone!

I have a fun treat pouch that can be used for mug cakes, hot cocoa and more.  What makes them unusual, is the unique way the sides are made.  There is a 1/4″ lip on both sides, front and back.

The side has a 1/4″ lip on the front and back, which makes it a bit different and strengthens the pouch.  Hard to see, but easy to create!

The little snowman and penguin are made using the nesting dies, and can be seen in the post and video titled “Chillin’ with my nesting dies.”

You could also add a handle die cut with some ovals or circles to the inset side to create a mug-looking gift pouch.

The original would fit in the 6″x8″ cellophone bags, but you would need a bigger one to wrap the “mug” pouch.

Start with a piece of patterned paper 12″ by 6″.

Score the 12″ side at 1″, 5 3/4″, 6 1/4″ and 11″.

Turn and score the 6″ side at 3/4″ and 5 1/4″ with the outside pattern up, then flip it over and score 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ with the inside pattern up.

Fold, burnish and assemble as shown in the video.

I hope you enjoy this project, it would be fun for friends, coworkers, teachers, stocking stuffers and craft fairs.

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

Sticky Note Ornaments for Gifts, Stocking Stuffers and Craft Fairs

Hi Everyone!

I have another cute and quick project for Christmas in July.  You can make these with what you have around the house.  If you wish to mass produce them, you can also stamp the same image and sentiment for use in the assembly process.  If you have a larger circle die, around 4 1/2″ to 4 3/4″, you can quickly create the base ornament, otherwise a CD works great to trace and cut.  This is how they look:

The ornament holds a 3″x 3″ post-it note, and I purchased them at the Dollar Tree, they come 5 to a pack.  It folds on the bottom, and the top of the front is held in place by the ornament hanger.  Just embellish with what you have around, I used what was left from a Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Kit from last year.  Very cute!

Start with a 10″ by 5″ piece of card stock, or I suppose you could use a stiff single or double-sided patterned paper, and fold it in half hamburger style! (Score at the 5″ mark on the 10″ side.)  Use an appropriate circle, I used a musical CD or computer disc, to trace a circle making sure to leave at least 1″ of the fold line intact at the bottom.  I used a scoring stylus, because I cut right on the score line and did not want to worry about erasing pencil marks.  Trace and cut two pieces of patterned paper using the disc as well, but if you want a border, cut about 1/8″ inside the mark all the way around.

Then, take a 3″ by 1 1/2″ piece of coordinating cardstock or metallic/foil paper, and fold it in the middle, round the top two corners at the fold line, and punch a 1/2″ hole centered about 1/2″ from the top.  Spread glue over the inside of the bottom flap, and centering it along the vertical axis, glue to the top of the back side of the ornament.  Then, just add a little glue along the holder just above the top circle of the ornament, fold over and stick it to the inside top of the back of the ornament.  Wow, the video makes more sense!

Embellish as desired!  Here, I tied a ribbon around the hanger, and then tied a jingle bell to the ribbon.  But, for the rest of them, I tied the jingle bell to the handle under the ribbon and let it dangle just a little bit lower.  Then, I used doilies and images to decorate, and used the cut-aparts from the card kit for my sentiments.  If you are assembly-lining it, then you could just stamp multiple images and greetings, and punch or cut them out to create several of the same ornament at once.  On the back, I used a punched shape to create a “to-from” tag after gluing the patterned paper in place.

Just use a strong adhesive to stick the post-it note pad in the center, and fold up and slip the front of the ornament under the hanger.  They turn out very sweet!  You could also use another layer to stamp or write a personal greeting and stick it to the inside front of the ornament.

Here are the backs of the ornaments, and while I said you didn’t have to cover the back, they look much better when you do.  I stuck the tags on with glue dots, but I think they would look cute if they were punched with a 1/16″ punch and tied on to the back of the hanger on the same side as the bow.  But, do what you like!

Here’s the video, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby

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Chillin’ With my Nesting Dies-Christmas in July 2018

Hi Everyone!

Do you feel that cool wind blowing?  No, me neither.  Especially here in hot, humid Florida.  But, I can chill with my nesting dies, and here’s what I created.

The box is pretty straightforward, and it is sized to fit a travel sanitizer from Bath and Body Works.  The box measures 1 3/4″ wide, by 1″ deep, and 3″ tall to the top of the box part.  The real stars of the show are the adorable characters, created using my nesting oval and circle dies.  But first, the box.

Start with a piece of patterned paper 3 3/4″ by 10″, if you are cutting down a 12″ paper, save the 2″ piece from the end for the hats and scarfs.  If not, you will need a scrap piece for the hat and scarf.

Score the long side at 1 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/2″.  Score the short side at 1″ on both sides.  On each end, cut into the 1 1/2″ score line from the side and stop at the 1″ side score line.  Repeat on both sides for both ends.  Glue both side flaps to the center to create a nice, finished end.  Using a decorative corner or corner rounder, punch each side of both ends to create a finished look.  Line up both ends, and punch a 1/4″ hole centered through the ends.

Now, in the center of the paper is a 1″ section that will be the bottom.  Cut and notch each score line to the 1″ side score line.  Decide which side you want to be the front, and glue those side tabs over the back ones to create a nice finish in the front.  Now for the fun part, the cute critters!

The penguins use nesting ovals, and I used the stitched shape ovals from Stampin’ Up!.  Find the oval that fills the front of the box, cut it in black.  Take the next oval down in size, that is the belly, cut it in white.  I used the smallest oval for the wings, look to see which of yours would be proportional and cut it in black, then cut it in half along the length.  I also used it for the feet, cut one out of orange, folded it in half, and cut across the oval with three “reverse scallops” to look like penguin feet.  I hand cut the beak from a scrap of orange, and used a 1/4″ circle punch to create the eyes.  For one I used the retired Santa Hat punch to decorate one, but used one of the ovals (the one for the belly) to create a stocking cap for the other.  I cut it in half, then folded up about 1/4″ on the cut side to create the brim.  Then, I punched a 1/2″ circle out of the same paper, and glued it on top for the pompom.  Assemble the penguin as shown in the video.

The snowman is even easier!  Just find one of your layering circles that fills the width of the box, and cut that one and the next smaller one out of white card stock.  I used the same oval for the stocking cap as for the penguins, and also cut the “carrot nose” by hand.  The eyes and buttons are black enamel dots, although you could use the 1/4″ circle punchies, or even draw it on with a marker.  I also cut the scarf by hand, curved it a bit to go under the neck, and then cut two strips that I fringed with the scissors on the end and glued into place.  Assemble as shown.  Adorable!

I hope you enjoyed these little guys!  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby