Christmas 2017 Ribbon Bookmarks Ready for Gifting

Hi Everyone,

Please don’t object to my use of “gifting” for this project.  I wanted to convey a sense of giving, but have it include all of the warm and wonderful thoughts and feelings that go into creating a present personalized just for the person receiving the gift.

Ribbon Bookmarks packaged and ready for giving

These bookmarks can be made with what you already have in your stash, but can still be beautifully personalized to the person receiving the gift.  They can be a thoughtful gift by themselves, as stocking stuffer, or can accompany a carefully and lovingly selected book.

The bookmarks are made with a 9″ length of ribbon, although the length can be adjusted if you are giving them with a taller book.  I used the Circle Tab Punch for each end of the bookmark, so the width of your ribbon can vary from 1/2″ to 1″, which is just smaller than the width of the “shoulders” of the circle tab punch.  You probably want to select a ribbon that is not bulky, because it will be sandwiched between the circle tab punch layers.

The most important thing to watch out for is the glue.  Take time to glue the bookmark carefully, as you don’t want any stray glue to stick to the pages of the book.  I used a touch of Fast Fuse to stick it fast, but a bit of Tombow to hold for the long run.  You can personalize these any way you wish using different ribbons, card stock colors, stamped images and even tassels.  If using premade tassels, make sure to carefully “twist” the jump ring open and closed to keep it round.  Watch the video for a visual explanation.

I packaged them in a 2″ x 8″ cellophane bag, and used a strip of card stock 10″ by 1 7/8″, scored at 8″, with the scored end punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Stamp a sentiment on this top flap.  Next, cut a slit in the card stock about 3″ from the bottom, and centered 1/2″ from each side.  That is where I pulled the bulk of the ribbon through so the bookmark top and bottom would be visible in the packaging. If you have repositionable adhesive, you could stick it down with that.  I used some washi tape from the Year of Cheer to hold it in place, because the washi doesn’t usually leave any stickiness or residual. Test yours to be sure. Remember to secure the ribbon on the back as well.  Then slip the card stock and bookmark into the cello bag, fold over the top flap and stick with a glue dot to the cellophane bag, thread a ribbon or twine through and around, and tie a knot or bow.  Embellish as desired.

Here are the ones I created:

A more masculine version, this was made with the Night of Navy Crinkled ribbon, tab punches from Whisper White and stamped with Touches of Texture in Sahara Sand, and embellished with the rooster and “for you” from the Wood Words stamp set.  The 3/4″ circle punch cuts sentiments and images that fit well in the circle tab punch.  The sentiment is from SU Christmas Pines.  I used a snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.

The next one was made with Berry Burst finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, gold embossed flower from Better Together, gold embossed “enjoy” from Tabs for Everything, package embellishment with the Holly Berry builder punchies, and sentiment stamped in berry burst from the Better Together stamp set.  Gold tassel from the Eastern Beauty collection.

The third one was created from the Fresh Fig finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, “Hello” and flower image from Easter Beauty stamp set, fresh fig tassel from the same collection, gold foil and silver glimmer paper punched stars (SU retired punch) and fresh fig stamped sentiment from Better Together.

I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful for your Christmas giving.

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

 

Christmas 2017 Wobbler Chums Gift Card Box

Hi Everyone!

I think I made this one for me, as I could not stop playing with it to make the characters “wobble” back and forth.  It is a gift card box, that has the back compartment for the gift card, but the front for an adorable character to wobble back and forth when the box is tapped.  So much fun!

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Here are the two compartments:

What makes the character “wobble” is an Action Wobble Mini Action Spring from Hampton Art.  I couldn’t find any local, so I purchased some through Amazon:

They are self-adhesive on both sides, so they are quick to stick the character to the background panel.  I placed the wobble spring in the center of the character, to allow full movement.

For the box, I used a piece of card stock 6 1/2″ by 10 1/2″.  The “background” panel for the wobbler, and the window film are both 2 3/8″ by 3 3/4″.  Decorate the background panel any way you like to coordinate with your image.  The window was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits.

I used the Seasonal Chums stamp set for my characters, and used the matching framelits to cut them out.  Then, I just “fussy cut” the front and back of the tag apart.  I kept the “tag loop” on the back image, as I used it for the “to & from” tag.  Then I just colored them in with markers.

Because the “wobbler” is contained in a box, I did use a little extra ballast to help with the movement.  I used one of the larger metal rimmed pearl, and stuck it to the underside of the bottom of the snowman, and under the head of the reindeer.  I feel the extra weight gives the wobbler a little more momentum.  If you don’t have any metal rimmed pearls, a small button adhered with one or more glue dots would probably work.  Just make sure they are well stuck.

Take a look at the video to see the wobblers in action!  I hope you think they are as fun as I do.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock: tempting turquoise, crumb cake, whisper white, very vanilla, soft sky.
  • Ink: tempting turquoise and crumb cake ink pads; cherry cobbler, crumb cake, soft suede, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, smoky slate and garden green markers.
  • Stamp sets:  Tags & Trimmings, Seasonal Chums
  • Dies:  Trim your Stockings, Seasonal Tags
  • Other:  Linen thread, white 1/8″ sheer ribbon
  • Hampton Art: Action Wobbles Mini Action Springs

Christmas 2017 Place Card with Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

This project would work equally well for Thanksgiving as Christmas.  In fact, any celebration where you sit down with family and friends to enjoy a meal would be a great way to use these place cards.

The place card stands like a “tent”, and has a little box on the side for a goodie or note.  I show some goodies in the video that will fit into each of the sizes.

  • For the larger Thanksgiving version, I used:
  • Cajun craze card stock: 5″ x 8″, scored on the long side at 1″, 4″, and 7″.
  • Very vanilla card stock with banner die and largest stitched square die.
  • Early espresso card stock with scalloped square to fit sentiment square.
  • Painted Autumn paper, 3″ x 6″, scored on long side at 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/4″, and 5 1/4″, fold and secure into 2″ by 3/4″ sleeve.
  • The Painted Harvest stamp set with cajun craze and crushed curry inks.
  • See the video for how I cut the place card to accommodate the treat holder.

  • For the smaller one, I used:
  • Cajun craze card stock 4″ x 6″, score long side at 1″, 3″, and 5″.
  • Very vanilla die cut with smallest stitched oval, and 5/8″ by 3 1/2″ for banner.
  • Early espresso die cut with matching scalloped oval, and 1/2″ by 4″ for banner.
  • Painted Autumn paper at 2″ x 4 1/2″, with long side scored at 1/2″, 2″, and 4″, then fold and secure into 1/2″ x 2″ sleeve.
  • Stamped with Painted Harvest sentiment in Cajun Craze ink.
  • See video tutorial for how to cut place card to accommodate holder.

The Christmas themed place cards were made in the same manner, but with Garden Green, Real Red, and Whisper White card stock, Real red ink, Garden Green or Quilted Christmas ribbon, and the Be Merry paper pack.

Just add your guest’s name, and pop in a little treat or note, and it makes for a lively tablescape.  Of course, you may further embellish these to match your decor and celebration!

I hope you enjoy adding these to your holiday celebrations!

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

*All supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.

Christmas 2017 Striped Treat Bag Gift Card Holders

Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick, but beautiful, gift card holder from a striped treat bag.  These bags are so elegant from the start, but you could use any gift bags you have that are around the same dimensions, which are: 4 3/4″ by 7″.

Starting with a Striped Treat Bag, you score 3″ from the bottom, and fold the bag up toward the front and secure both sides with a strong adhesive.  This gives you a pocket for a gift card, and the inside of the bag for a note.  If you have all of the supplies on hand, they can be made very quickly, even at the last minute.

These will fit in an A2 envelope

The strip of designer series paper was 2″ by 12″, although I did cut around an inch off when I wrapped it around the bag.  Before I wrapped it around, I placed a strip of 1/8″ gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer on the top and bottom of my strip.  This gave it a wonderful edge.

The ribbon is just a 5″ piece, tied near one end, and secured to the front so the knot and angled end peek out from the focal point.  The focal was layered with a gold foil snowflake, the second largest stitched circle framelit from basic black, old olive trees and a basic deer from the card front builders framelits, and a Merry Christmas cut from the Labels to Love stamp set.

The “To-From” was stamped onto the double banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelits and adhered to the back.

I used the Circle Tab Punch to add a little “handle” to the gift card, so when it is tucked into the pocket the tab can be seen, so the recipient does not miss the gift card.  The note is a piece of whisper white card stock cut 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″, the corners rounded, and stamped on each with the decorative stamp from the Carols of Christmas, and the elements were connected by a dotted line with a fine tip black sharpie.  A gold foil circle tab punch was added to the top of the note card as well, so it can peek out from the top and remind the recipient that it is there.

I hope you find these useful and beautiful!

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

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
  • Stamp Set Carols of Christmas, Labels to Love
  • Card Front Builders Framelits, Stitched Circle Framelits
  • Punch: Circle Tab Punch
  • Designer Series Paper:  Merry Music, Merry Little Christmas
  • Card Stock: basic black, old olive
  • Products:  Satin white ribbon, foil snowflake, Year of Cheer Washi tape.

Christmas 2017 Triangle Top Gift Bag

Hi Everyone,

Today’s project is a fun gift bag.  It starts as a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper, and is folded into a bag shape.  These have been around for a bit, and I sized this one to fit a 3-pack of K-cups and a little treat.  The difference comes when we cut a coordinating 6″ x 6″ piece of designer series paper or card stock diagonally and use it for a handle.

What a beautiful packaging to give to someone you love, perhaps with a Keurig 3=pack of their favorite coffees or cocoas, and a tasty treat as well?  The size of the box is 6″ by 2″, and the compartment is ~4″ tall.  You could fit many different gifts in one of these lovely bags.

They will store flat, so you can make a bunch ahead of time!

Start with a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper, if there is a pattern that runs in one direction, score with that side up first at 3″ and 9″.  Turn it 90 degrees, and score at 4 7/8″ and 7 1/8″.   Fold and burnish the score lines.  With the 3″ and 9″ score lines running vertically, fold each edge to the center.  Pivot the closer horizontal fold line out to the edge, and line it up with the corresponding outside fold.  This is hard to describe, but much easier when you see the video.  Do this “pivot” for each corner.

Next, take the 6″ by 6″ piece of paper or card stock, and cut it in half diagonally.  Score a line parallel to, and 1″ from, the diagonal.  I did this on the trimmer, by lining the diagonal line on the 1″ mark.  Now, placing the diagonal along the top edge of the trimmer, place the “point” (the right angle of the triangle) on the 3″ line, which will put one of the acute angles of the triangle about 1″ish past the scoring track, and score.  Flip the triangle horizontally, and score the other acute angle while keeping the right angle on the 3″ line.  Clear as mud?  It is definitely easier and quicker to watch the video.

Glue the and of the bag to one of the handles by lining it up to the 1″ score line, and centering between the other two score lines.  Repeat with the other triangle.  I rounded the top angle of the handle using a 1 1/4″ circle punch, then holding the handles together, punched a 1 1/4″ circle in the center of the handle, as far down as the punch would go.

The 3-pack of K-cups fits perfectly, and I topped it off with some Pfeffernusse cookies tied in a bag.  I used candy canes for the hot chocolate.   Then, I punched a 1/8″ hole, about 1″ in from each side right above the score line, threaded a ribbon through, and tied a bow.  I left the tails long for a beautiful effect.

I hope you enjoy this project!  And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
  • DSP: Be Merry, Merry Little Christmas, Bundle of Love
  • Card stock:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil, cherry cobbler
  • Ink:  cherry cobbler, garden green, old olive, versamark
  • Ribbon:  Garden Green satin striped, Old Olive mini-chevron, Gold Metallic Edged
  • Stamps:  Good Tidings, Tags & Trimmings
  • Dies: Layering Scallops, Stitched Shapes
  • Other:  Foil Snowflakes, gold embossing powder

Christmas 2017 Everyday Label Punch Treat box & Ornament

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What a fun treat box that you can hang on the Christmas Tree as an ornament, or place on the table for a festive treat holder and place card.  Because of the coordinating stamps and punch, this goes very quickly, and can use up many of the scraps you cut off to make other projects.  It looks great in many different color combinations, whether traditional Christmas red and green, or perhaps a unique lemon-lime and berry burst.

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The little boxes will fit 3 Rolos, or 3 Hershey’s kisses (especially the Candy Kisses which are out now and oh so yummy!) Or, it will fit 2-3 starlight mints, and you can make some with the sugar-free version for your local nursing home residents.

All you need is enough card stock for two Everyday Label punchies, I used the whisper white, but you may use whatever color coordinates with your event.  The “box” part is made from one 2″ by 6 3/4″ strip of card stock.  It is scored the same way for either the vertically oriented image or the horizontally oriented image.  The only difference between the two, is which end you start cutting for the top.

This still picture from the video shows the cut lines.

With the 2″ side up, score at 1/2″ on both sides.  With the 6 3/4″ side up, score at 1/2″, 1 7/8″, 3 3/8″, 4 3/4″ and 6 1/4″.  This will give you a 1/2″ tab on each end, and there will be four rectangles that alternate between 1 3/8″ and 1 1/2″ in length.  The end with the shorter rectangle is used for the top of the vertical box, and the end with the longer rectangle is used for the horizontal box.  Then, the side tabs are glued and stuck to the label as shown, and the rest of the strip is glue to form a box inside the two tabs.

Stick label to each side of the bottom panel, then form the sides of the box.

It is hard to explain, but really easy to do.  The video walks you through step-by-step.

Next, fill the box with your treats of choice, then tie a ribbon around the box and either tie a bow or a knot on top.  If I am doing an ornament, after the first half of the bow/knot, I lay a piece of linen thread across the ribbon, and tie the second half of the bow/knot over it.  Then, I tie the two ends of the linen thread together with an overhand knot for the ornament hanger.

There is even a sentiment that can be used on your Thanksgiving table.  If I am standing it up on the table, I would cut off that bottom scallop, so it would stand square on the table.

I hope your enjoyed the project, it would be fun for classmates or co-workers, and most likely you have many scraps around that you could use up in the process.  If you don’t have the Everyday Label punch, the Lots of Labels framelits have a similar sized shape that would work as well.

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

  • Supplies by Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted
  • Card stock: various, whisper white, soft sky, cherry cobbler, early espresso, old olive, emerald envy.
  • Ribbons: old olive mini-chevron, night of navy crinkled ribbon, pear pizazz shimmer ribbon, burlap ribbon, garden green satin ribbon, lemon-lime twist finely woven ribbon.
  • Stamps: Merry Labels, Labels to Love
  • Punch:  Everyday Label punch
  • Inks: cherry cobbler, emerald envy, real red, garden green, lemon-lime twist, berry burst, night of navy, old olive, daffodil delight, always artichoke, pumpkin pie

 

 

 

Christmas 2017 Advent Wreath Explosion Box

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Today’s post is a special one for me.  It shares a tradition that my family does every year during Advent.  That is the Advent Wreath.  For each of the four Sundays before Christmas, a candle is lit and prayers are said to help prepare our hearts for the birth of Our Savior.  It creates special and peaceful family moments, as we ponder the miracle that we celebrate on Christmas Day.  So this project is especially joy-filled for me, because it shares a very precious tradition.

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Let’s start with the box.  Take an 8″ x 8″ piece of card stock, and score at 2″ on all four sides.  Using a ruler, make a score line from where the 2″ lines intersect straight out the the corresponding corner.  Then, cut the corner off by cutting from score line to score line across one corner.  Repeat for all four corners, then fold and burnish the score lines.

In the corners between the “candle clusters”, I cut the three leaves off of the leaf punch, and stuck them on with glue dots careful not to cross any of the fold lines.  Using a 1/4″ punch and cherry cobbler card stock, I punched a couple of “berries” to glue on as well.  This filled out the “wreath” and made it appear to go all the way around.  I arranged the leaves and berries different in each corner, but always took care not to cross the folds so the box would still fold up properly.

For each “cluster” under the candle, I used two old olive pine branches, two cherry cobbler branches, and two leaf punchies.  The “clusters” were glued on with Tombow liquid glue, lots of it, and given enough time to dry.  I did not want them to come off, and was relying on them to hold the candles on.  I also used one banner from the Bunch of Banners in whisper white.  Each banner was stamped with the appropriate prayer, and in the appropriate color,and then the edges were sponged with the same ink.

  1. 1st week is HOPE in Fresh Fig
  2. 2nd week is PEACE in Fresh Fig
  3. 3rd week is JOY in Powder Pink
  4. 4th week is LOVE in Fresh Fig

Purple is a color of repentance and preparation, so during those weeks we focus on preparing our hearts.  Pink is a color of celebration and rejoicing, because we are more than half-way through our Advent, and we will soon celebrate the birth of Our Savior.

The candles are from IKEA, but any candle ~1 1/2″ diameter will do.  These are ~5/8″ high.  Three candles were wrapped with a purple ribbon for the first, second and fourth weeks (Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon); and one candle was wrapper with pink for the third week (Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon) using tear and tape.  When the “clusters” had a chance to dry for around 20 minutes, I used a ring of dimensionals (6 on the bottom of each candle) to stick the candle to the center of the “cluster” on the corresponding side.  If the dimensionals don’t readily stick, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe the bottom of the candle, let dry, and they should stick like champs.  If the candle slides out of the votive, just stick a couple of glue dots on the bottom, and stick it back in.  I only had one that slid out, but the glue dots kept it in place.

For the top, I used a “shim” of two layers of card stock, and butted the Year of Cheer DSP to it on the left side of the score board.  Then, I scored at 1″ on all four sides, careful not to let the top slide under the shim.  Cut up each score line, then miter slightly into each side of the square tab. Using a strong adhesive, glue the four tabs into a box.  Decorate with die cuts as shown, or as you desire, and adhere stitched circle sentiment to scalloped layering circle using fast fuse, and to box using dimensionals.  The Year of Cheer DSP makes everything made with it quite beautiful.

I hope your enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed share it with you.

Until we meet again, may our days be blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless stated
  • Stamps: Carols of Christmas, Christmas Pines, Labeler Alphabet
  • Dies:  Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Bunch of Banners, Pretty Pines
  • Ink: cherry cobbler, fresh fig, powder pink
  • Card Stock: old olive, cherry cobbler, early espresso, chocolate chip
  • Ribbon:  finely woven ribbon in fresh fig and powder pink
  • Leaf punch, 1/4 circle punch