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

Hi Everyone,

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

 

 

 

Advent Calendar Book with Scripture and a treat!

Hi Everyone!

I have a fun and inspirational Christmas tradition to share with you today.  A book-style Advent Calendar with treats!

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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
  • Paper: Quilted Christmas, Wood Texture
  • Stamps: Christmas Quilt, Smitten Mittens, Santa’s Sleigh (bow)
  • Dies:  Lots of Labels, Many Mittens
  • Ribbon: Garden Green Striped Satin, Old Olive Mini-Chevron
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Lemon-Lime Twist, Crumb Cake.

Quick Cat Treat Holder for Mini-Ghirardelli squares

Hi Everyone,

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

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