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: 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)

 

Rudolph Pillow Box Ornament

Hi Everyone!

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

Christmas Cracker Gift Box

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It’s Christmas in July, oops, I mean August.  I am a bit late with this, but it just looks so festive, I can’t resist posting one last Christmas idea for now.  Here they are, Christmas Cracker Gift Boxes, made with the oh-so-shiny Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

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The “box” portion, where the sentiment layer sits, measures 3 1/2″ by 3″, and it is 2″ deep, a nice size for a gift or some goodies. The entire cracker measures 7 1/2″ by 3″ by 2″ deep.  I used the Carols of Christmas stamp set, which is available now to order. Continue reading “Christmas Cracker Gift Box”

Here comes project #2

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the delay, but I was learning how to post on YouTube, with all of the additional video editing stuff.  I think I have gotten the hang of it, at least some of it, please let me know what you think!

Here is the project from my second video, the Gift Card Purse using Stampin’ Up Supplies.

Just start with a 6×6 square sheet of paper, and follow the directions in the video link above.  I used the 6×6 size to create a purse that was the right size for a standard gift card.  Although, as long as you start with a square, you can make these any size.  You probably just need to lengthen the cut for the handle.

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This is exciting!

After a HUGE learning curve, (and some good-natured ribbing by my teens) I was actually able to shoot, edit and upload my first video tutorial to YouTube.

Corner Flip Card with bonus corner bookmarks

Here is the project I created:

I used the corner flip technique, and then matted the card in way so the mat becomes the pocket for the gift card inside.

Corner Flip Card with Gift Card Pocket

Continue reading “This is exciting!”