New Year Energy Drink Carrier

Hi Everyone

First, I would like to thank each and every one of you who took time from your busy days to watch my videos or visit the website.  I am humbled and overjoyed that we can spend some time sharing this love of creating that we all enjoy.

Second, I wanted to let you know that I am going to take a couple of weeks off to visit my Mom with the kids.  I will also reorganize my craft space, so we can be ready to create in the New Year!

On to today’s project, which is an adorable energy drink carrier.  Modeled after some of the cup carriers, I sized this one to fit some of the energy drinks that are available on the market, but any similar sized product would work.  With all of the New Year’s celebrations and parties, perhaps you know someone who would benefit from a little energy boost.  (Someone  mentioned it may fit the little wine or liquor bottles, and if anyone has one around, please let me know!  I’m thinking it may need to be a little taller, so your 6 3/4″ measurement may need to be increased if you wish to give spirits, instead.)

Start with a 6 3/4″ by 11″ piece of card stock, and score with the short side up at 1 3/4″ and 3 3/4″.  Turn the card stock with the long side up, but make sure that the smaller (1 3/4″) section is at the bottom, and the larger (3″ for this size) section is at the top.  (This is because we will do some partial scoring.)  Score all the way at 1 3/4″, 5 1/4″, 7″, and 10 1/2″.  Then score JUST TO THE FIRST SCORE LINE at 3 1/2″ and 8 3/4″.  Fold and burnish all the complete score lines, but don’t worry about the two partial ones at this point.

Cut the top and bottom sections of the 1/2″ glue tab, leaving only the middle section in place.  In landscape, with the 1 3/4″ section down, cut up along the scorelines on the rectangles and slightly notch into the squares, as this will be the bottom of the box.  On the top, I cut carefully down each side of the score line, to the first intersecting scoreline, for each of the full length scores. Then just snipped the score line off.  (Don’t cut the partial scorelines, yet.)  For the two narrow sections, they will fold down, so I trimmed them just shorter than the side of the box.

On the sections with the partial score, cut the side and score line free from the box that is opposite the side of the box with the glue tab.  This will give you two sections where half of the section swings free like a door.  (The video is much better than words.)  It has to be done on the same side of both partial scores, because we will need to swing them in and glue them together to form the handle.  Before that happens, we need to glue the bottom of the box together as normal, side tabs, then back tab, then front.  Now is the time to swing in and glue the two flaps together to form the handle, and slide a 1″ circle punch down on that section to punch a finger hole.

Wrap and adhere a 1 3/4″ by 11″ piece of patterned paper around the box, lining up the edge with the seam of the box.  Stamp a sentiment and punch with the Pretty Label Punch.  I used a mat made from another Pretty Label punch cut in half vertically, and offset slightly on each end.  It gives the illusion of having a slightly larger mat.  Then, stick it on with foam tape, and add an embellishment to complete!  Stick your offerings in, and gift!

If you use a patterned card stock, you may not need to wrap it will paper and can just stick a sentiment on and be good to go.  Either way, it makes a nice gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year.

Thank you for stopping by, and I will be back in a couple of weeks.  However you celebrate, I pray it is safe and joyful.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies:
  • Card stock:  Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Old Olive.
  • Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Year of Cheer, Whole Lot of Lovely
  • Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! Merry Cafe
  • Punches:  Stampin’ Up! Pretty Label Punch, Star Punch (retired)

Christmas 2017 Teapot Treat and Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone,

The last project for this Christmas is an all-purpose, treat, teabag or gift card holder.  In the shape of a teapot, it is an adorable way to give someone a treat and a gift card.  Dress it up for Christmas, or decorate it to personalize it to your recipient.

The pocket on the teapot measures 3″ by 3 3/4″ by 1/2″, and will fit a couple of teabags, a gift card, some candy or even small pieces of jewelry.  It is made from an 8″ by 8″ piece of card stock, and scored on the diagonal.

Place the diagonal on the 1/4″ in line and score, turn the piece 180 degrees, and place the diagonal on the 1/4″ line and score again.  This will give you a 1/2″ strip down the center of the diagonal.  Turn it 90 degrees, and now place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score, turn it 180 degrees and place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score again.

I used a 1 1/2″ punch to round the corners at the top and on both flaps for the handle.  I used a 1″ circle punch to create the handle, and also to shape the curve in the spout.  It is not hard to create, but a bit hard to explain.  So, I will put in the video so you can watch how I did it.

This project finishes the Christmas 2017 series, and I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did bringing them to you.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and may you find joy and peace in the child of Bethlehem.  Rejoice!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Special Delivery Lindt Reindeer

Hi Everyone,

I have an adorable, and delicious, little reindeer treat holder for you today.  It is a Special Delivery crate, straight from the North Pole, that contains a wonderful, and tasty, chocolate Lindt Reindeer.

Start with a 6 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ piece of card stock.  Score with the 6 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 4″.  Score with the 8 1/2″ side up at 2 1/2″ and 6″.  With the piece in landscape  (horizontal) position, cut neatly up the score lines on both sides of the rectangle in the center, and notch into the corner squares to make the assembly neater.  Turn the piece around and do the same thing to the other side.

Turn the shorter end towards you, the 1 1/2″ section in the middle will be the front or back, so you only need about 1/2″ on the outside of the score lines for glue tabs.  So, you will be cutting away a lot of the outside corners.  Turn the piece around until the other end is facing you and do the same thing.  See the video below for a visual guide.

On one of the narrow ends (which will become the front) take a 1 1/2″ circle punch or scissors, and create a “scooped” area where the neck of the reindeer will sit.   Decide which side you wish to have the sentiment on, and on the other side, use the Classic Label Punch to make two slots in the side.  I made mine at 1″ and 1 3/4″ from the bottom score line.   Then glue the tabs to the sides and create the crate.

Use two circle tab punchies to glue over the sides of the crate with a strong adhesive (I used liquid glue), and punch a 1/4″ hole in the circle.  Thread a ribbon through, and secure on itself using a strong double-sided tape adhesive.  I put the tabs slightly to the front of center, because the reindeer is a little heavier toward the head.  Then, make a bow for each side and glue on with glue dots.  I used the Quilted Christmas ribbon.

Stamp the sentiment from the Merry Little Labels stamp set in cherry cobbler onto whisper white card stock, and cut using the second largest stitched shape oval.  Cut a coordinating scalloped oval from the layering ovals, and glue the sentiment to it.  Then, glue this onto the side of the crate that has not been cut out.  Add the reindeer, and give to young or old!

I had a though after creating the video, that a “name tag” around the neck of the reindeer and hanging over the front of the crate, would be an adorable place to write the “to-from” for the gift.  Some small jingle bells would be pretty cute, too!

I hope you enjoy this cute little project, and give it a try.

And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Candy Cane Poinsettias

Hi Everyone!

Here is a sweet treat for classmates or coworkers, Candy Cane Poinsettias!

Festive and fun for the Christmas season, they are a thoughtful and tasty way to say Merry Christmas!

Start with a 6″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper, here I have used Quilted Christmas and Be Merry by Stampin’ Up!  Score by lining the diagonal points up on the 3/4″ line on the trimmer, and score.  Turn and repeat, until you have scored four times.  Trim the tabs as shown in the video, curl the “points” of the paper out, and glue the tabs in place.

Tie a ribbon around the box, then stamp and punch/cut the sentiment out.  For this one, I used Quilted Christmas paper, Merry Labels stamp set, real red ink, tranquil tide card stock and ribbon, and the layering ovals framelits.  The “to-from” was stamped and cut out with one of the Bunch of Banners framelits.  The poinsettia was made with real red, daffodil delight and tranquil tide card stock.

This one was created with the Be Merry paper from Stampin’ Up!, cherry cobbler, garden green, daffodil delight and whisper white card stock, cherry cobbler ink, garden green ribbon and I used an enamel shape in cherry cobbler.  The sentiment was stamped from the Seasonal Chums stamp set, and punched using the 1″ circle punch and the corresponding layering scalloped circle.

Start with a 2″ by 8″ cellophane bag and cut it down to 6″ long.  Fill it with your choice of treats, here I used candy cane kisses, and a candy cane.  Tie a ribbon around the bag to close it just above the candy level, which I filled to about 1″ above the top of the box.  Make sure the ribbon is snugged down, and the cellophane bag top is fluffed out above the ribbon, because that is where we will attach the poinsettia.

For the poinsettia, you can use whatever means you have to create one, whether you still have the framelits or the punch from previous years.  For this one, I used the leaves from the lemon punch.  I punched six sets of the two leaves, and glued them onto a 3/4″ circle base.  First, the six with stems were glued to the circle placing them evenly around, then after curling one end, the remaining six were glued down in between the first six.  Then, I punched a “center of the poinsettia” thingie from the blossom builder punch, but look around and see what you have that would work.

Then the poinsettia was stuck to the cellophane bag right above the ribbon using glue dots, and the flower was tucked into the box.  A very cute favor or gift.

I hope you enjoy this project and find it useful.  And, until we meet again, I hope your days are 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!

Scroll down for video tutorial

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 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 Advent Wreath Explosion Box

Hi Everyone!

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.

Scroll down for the video tutorial.

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