Christmas 2017: Star of Light Card with inside pocket

Hi Everyone!

Even though we are still enjoying the Fall and all of the wonderful autumn celebrations, it is time to start creating some projects for Christmas.  In our family, we have been giving small and meaningful gifts for many years, whether handmade or locally crafted.  Selecting small, but meaningful presents, allows us to keep a better focus on the true gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ.

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year, and for it to be ruined by chaos and materialism is a shame.  IMHO, it is much better to have peace and happiness in our hearts as we celebrate God’s Greatest Gift to us, His Son.

So, I try to start early and small, nothing too overwhelming.  One of the first things on the list is getting the Christmas Card list and Cards created, so they can go in the mail early December.  I do make additional cards for local nursing homes, but they will be hand delivered, so we do that as Christmas draws closer.

An inside pocket can hold tags, small pictures, notes, and gift cards.

The card is a corner-flip card, and starts with a standard 5 1/2″ by 4 1/4″ card base.  The corner is cut in a way to allow it to “flip” over, and the addition of a mat gives us a pocket on the inside.

I used the Star of Light stamp set by Stampin’ Up!, along with the matching framelits.  With it’s Night of Navy and Whisper White, it gives a nice contrast to the Silver Glimmer Star that is featured.  I love the elegant simplicity of this card, but it is also quite useful.

The inside pocket will hold notes, wallet size pictures of the kids, a tag for a heartfelt greeting or even a gift card.  I have a hard time explaining this one without getting confusing, so here is the video which is much clearer.

Thank you for visiting!  And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies:  All Stampin’ Up!
  • Card stock: Night of Navy 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base, 2 1/2″ square
  • Card stock:  Whisper White: 5 1/4″ x 4″mat, 3 x 4 1/4″ mat, scrap for star, (4″x2″ for inside tag, if desired)
  • Card stock:  Silver glimmer paper: 2 3/4″ square, scrap for inner star diecut
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Soft Sky
  • Year of Cheer Washi Tape:  1/8″ silver, for inner pocket (could also use a 1/8″ strip of silver glimmer paper)
  • Ribbon:  Night of Navy wrinkle seam binding (for tag, if desired)

 

Quick Cat Treat Holder for Mini-Ghirardelli squares

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I thought my All Hallow’s Eve projects were done, but then these cute and quick little Cat Treat Holders showed up in my craft room.  I just had to share them!

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Each one holds a mini-Ghirardelli chocolate, and is very quick to make.

I used a piece of card stock 1 1/2″ by 7 3/4″, and score with the long side up at 3 3/4″ and 4″.  Then, holding the ends together, placed the open ends at the 1 1/2″ mark on the Envelope Punch Board, and punched.  I flipped him over, and punch the opposite side at the same 1 1/2″ mark.  Then, still holding the open ends together, slid them directly into the throat of the punch, trying to center the curve of the punch on the 1 1/2″ ends of card-stock, and that makes his ears.  If I am being as clear as mud, there is a video that is easier to follow.

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A Friendly Ghost Favor Box

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Next week I will be starting more Christmas projects, but I couldn’t resist showing these cute little Ghost favor boxes to finish out my All Hallow’s Eve projects.  Here they are!

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Quick and cute, Halloween Fruit Strip Classroom Treats

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It is that time of year, when the kiddoes will bring in classroom treats for Halloween, or for Fall Harvest Festival, or for whatever they are calling the celebration nowadays.  We celebrate All Hallow’s Eve because it is the evening before All Saints Day.  With all of the strict rules about bringing in food:  it has to be commercially wrapped, it has to be nut-free, it has to be peanut-free, etc., it becomes difficult to send in treats.  But, the kids still enjoy getting a special little something to eat.  So, I go for the fruit strips.  There are many varieties out there, so you have a lot to choose from.  The one I used is SunRype, which is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan and no added sugar.  (The fruit sugar is 11g)  They can be eaten by those who are affected with many food allergies.  I bought mine in our local grocery store for 2 for $1.00.  But, if you can’t find them, I will leave the link below.  You can get 55 strips for under $20.  You can probably take care of a couple of classrooms with one box.

Quick and cute, Halloween Fruit-Strip Classroom Treats

These Fruit Strips are 5 1/2″ long, and 1 1/2″ wide.  So, if you find other fruit strips that are similar or smaller in size, these dimensions will still work for you.  Even if the ones you find are a bit longer, you may be able to fold over the bottom edge before you slide it into the holder.  But, without further ado, here’s how to make them.

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Rudolph Pillow Box Ornament

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I have a REALLY cute project for you this week, and it is useful, too!

A Rudolph pillow box ornament (if you want) that uses the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits by Stampin’ Up!  Here he is…

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Isn’t he adorable?  I love his big, red, glittery nose!  And, he is still a pillow box, one that is “self-closing”.  (Unless, you stuff him with yummy treats, then he might just stay open in the back.)  Because he is made with the Trim Your Stockings Thinlits, he is also just the right size for a gift card!

Or, a little treat or two…

And, like the “self-closing” boxes, you can just squeeze to open, and relax to close.

With a handy hanger, he will also be a wonderful ornament on your Christmas tree, or a surprise gift on someone’s doorknob.

  • Supplies:
  • Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up!
  • Soft Suede Cardstock 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″
  • Scraps of:  Whisper white, basic black, gold foil, early espresso, red glimmer paper and Quilted Christmas dsp.
  • Linen thread

How festive it would be to have a whole herd of Rudolphs hanging on your Christmas tree or fireplace mantle.  I would love to know if you give this a try, please let me know in the comments.

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