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