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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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
1st week is HOPE in Fresh Fig
2nd week is PEACE in Fresh Fig
3rd week is JOY in Powder Pink
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
I have a fun and inspirational Christmas tradition to share with you today. A book-style Advent Calendar with treats!
The one on the left, made with the Quilted Christmas papers and Christmas Quilt stamp set, was the prototype. But I realized it would cut into three pieces of card stock, and I didn’t need that much room inside the boxes. So, I reconfigured it and created the one on the right. You can get the three pieces of card stock you need from one 12×12 sheet. Much better use of resources.
Take a 12×12″ sheet of card stock, make a cut at 6 3/4″. Take that piece, turn the 12″ side up, and cut it at 6″. This will give you two pieces that are 6″ by 6 3/4″. Score both pieces at 1/2″ and 1″ on all four sides. This will create two reinforced boxes.
The leftover piece is 5 1/4″ wide, cut the length to 9 3/4″ for the cover. With the 9 3/4″ side up, score at 4 3/8″, 4 7/8″ and 5 3/8″. Fold and burnish the outer two score lines, the middle score line is to help line up the boxes. I decorated the front and back with patterned paper and seasonal images, and then rounded all the corners to finish it.
On the inside, adhere a 32″ piece of ribbon across the center horizontally, and glue each of the boxes to their respective side, butting the inner edge against the corresponding score line. I used Tombow Liquid glue, it seems to hold quite well.
Here are the front and back of the Quilted Christmas Advent Calendar. The picture below shows the inside.
The daily boxes were made on the envelope punch board. Take a 3×3″ piece of designer series paper, punch and score at 1 1/8″ and 1 3/4″ on the first side and turn the paper. Then, punch and score by lining up the “nib” on the previous score lines. Do this all the way around. Round the corners in the top of the punch. On two opposite sides, cut next to the tab to the first score line to create tabs. I used glue dots on the tabs and formed it into a box. Make 24 of these. To speed things up, I punched two squares at the same time, careful to make sure they stayed lined up throughout the process. Don’t worry if they are not all exact, it will work.
Here are the front and back of the Wood Textures Advent Calendar book. I had some of the Wood Textures paper left, and though it would make a beautiful, natural, woodsy, more masculine version of the Advent Calendar. I used the Smitten Mittens stamp set, and cherry cobbler and old olive. Here is the inside.
Doesn’t it feel so earthy and natural? The little boxes hold a Starburst, an individually wrapped Lifesaver candy, or a Brach’s Starlight mint or other disc candy. Included in each box, is a scripture verse for Advent on a paper punched with the Classic Label Punch: for the Quilted Christmas, I used printer paper; for the Wood Textures, I found a light colored piece of paper in the stack and punched the labels out of that. The scripture verses were hand-written one each paper, it was folded in half, and then placed on the candy in the box. If you wish to use scripture, you can look online for “Bible verses for Advent”, and you can find different lists. Or, you can write activities to do, or inspirational and encouraging words.
After filling, I closed each box in this order: The side flaps first, the bottom flap second, and the top flap last. I used a mini-dimensional on the point of the top flap, but before I closed it, I stuck my finger on it a few times to make it less tacky. This way, the top flap will hold, but the user can still peel it open without tearing the paper. The last things to add were the labels. I punched 24 x 1″ circles from whisper white card stock, and stamped the appropriate numbers on each using the Labeler Alphabet and Early Espresso ink. Then, I just went through my Christmas stamp sets to find small images to stamp on each circle. In order to see the numbers, most images were offset, and I stamped off ink that was very dark. Then, each circle was glued onto the top flap of the corresponding day. I did them in order from left to right, top to bottom. But, my daughter mentioned I should do them in random order, so the recipient would have to search for each day to open it. Either way, it gives them a fun and tasty way to countdown to and prepare for Christmas.
I hope you try this project, it is a little more time consuming, but well worth the effort. And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed. ~Darby
Supplies are Stampin’ Up!
Card stock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Old Olive
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.
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)