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

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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

Halloween Pillow Box Treat Pouch

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I have a very cute treat pouch for All Hallow’s Eve.  They are 6″ by 3″, and have enough depth to fit a few miniature Hershey’s bars, or other mini-bars, or even a treat size bag of M&Ms or Skittles.

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How cute!  I used the pillow box die from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits die, but only cut the bottom half of the pillow box.  I started with 2 pieces of 3″ x 6″ designer series paper, Spooky Night, and the page that contains the cat images.  After partially cutting each 3″ x 6″ paper using the pillow box die, I cut the two side tabs off of one of the pieces.  I show how to use the trimmer to do this because the score line only goes partially up the side.  But, you are welcome to do this with a pair of scissors as well.

Then the sides were glued together, and the cat was adhered to the front after punching it out of the paper.  Then, I used a 1 1/2″ circle punch to cut the hole in the top, centering it by eye.  I also used the same circle punch to round my top two corners.  Just snug the corner into the punch from inside the bottom, and punch.  It works pretty well!

The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set, and was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out using the little rectangle tag die in the Trim Your Stocking thinlits set.  I used Pumpkin Pie for the sentiment, and Smokey Slate for the little potion bubbles decorating the corner.  A piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon folded underneath, and basic black Baker’s Twine to hold it onto the pouch, although there are a couple of glue dots under the tag to secure it to the pouch.

But they are not just for Halloween, here is a Christmas version.  I used the holly from the Trim Your Stocking thinlits set, but the cute little snowman is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set.  He is actually a folded over tag, although I just used the front.  There is a thinlit set to match this set as well, and it also includes an adorable reindeer and sweet little pumpkin, which are tags as well.  What a fun bundle.

I hope you enjoy this project and check out the video!

Stop by often, and until we meet again, may your days be blessed! ~Darby

  • Paper:  Spooky Night, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper
  • Trim:  Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon, Basic Black Baker’s Twine
  • Tools: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer
  • Dies:  Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies, Seasonal Tags Framelits Dies
  • Stamp Sets:  Spooky Cat Stamp Set, Seasonal Chums Stamp Set

Pumpkin Favor Box

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Today I have a very cute favor box, that reminds me of a cubic pumpkin.  It was made using the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up!.

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Aren’t they cute?  It would make a fun table favor or place card for Thanksgiving or another festive fall celebration.  I originally made them for the large Hershey’s Kisses, the ones that are just under 2″ diameter at the bottom.  They would fit the pumpkin just as it is.  Sadly, all of my large kisses went missing.  Instead, I made a small box for the inside bottom, just big enough for one Ferrero Rocher, or similar sized candy.

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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”

Arch Top Treat Bag

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This is one of those bag-and-a-box bags.  Or is it a box-in-a-bag bag?  Whatever it is called, there’s a box, and the DSP is adhered around it to make a bag.  And these are very sweet!

(Scroll down for a link to the video of this project.)

I am calling them my Arch Top Treat Bag, because it has an arched top, and you can fit the 2×8 cellophane treat bags into them.  Just stuff the cello bag with your favorite treat that fits, then tuck it into this lovely treat bag for a wonderful, elegant, or whimsical gift.

To make the box at the base, start with a 3″ by 2 1/2″ piece of cardstock.  The color is not really important, because it won’t show when they are standing up.  Just pick some card stock scraps you have kicking around your craft space that is the right size, and coordinates or complements the DSP you have selected.  Then, score it a 3/4″ on all four sides.  With the long side towards you, cut up both the score lines, and take a little wedge out of both sides of the square tabs.  Do the same with the other side, add strong adhesive, and stick the box together.  The arched top is creating using the layering ovals, or the stitched shapes ovals, whichever design will give you the look you are going for.  Just find the one that fits the best, and run it partially through the Bigshot.  Then, use a 3/4″ circle punch to create the fingers holes at the top.

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