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 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 Ribbon Bookmarks Ready for Gifting

Hi Everyone,

Please don’t object to my use of “gifting” for this project.  I wanted to convey a sense of giving, but have it include all of the warm and wonderful thoughts and feelings that go into creating a present personalized just for the person receiving the gift.

Ribbon Bookmarks packaged and ready for giving

These bookmarks can be made with what you already have in your stash, but can still be beautifully personalized to the person receiving the gift.  They can be a thoughtful gift by themselves, as stocking stuffer, or can accompany a carefully and lovingly selected book.

The bookmarks are made with a 9″ length of ribbon, although the length can be adjusted if you are giving them with a taller book.  I used the Circle Tab Punch for each end of the bookmark, so the width of your ribbon can vary from 1/2″ to 1″, which is just smaller than the width of the “shoulders” of the circle tab punch.  You probably want to select a ribbon that is not bulky, because it will be sandwiched between the circle tab punch layers.

The most important thing to watch out for is the glue.  Take time to glue the bookmark carefully, as you don’t want any stray glue to stick to the pages of the book.  I used a touch of Fast Fuse to stick it fast, but a bit of Tombow to hold for the long run.  You can personalize these any way you wish using different ribbons, card stock colors, stamped images and even tassels.  If using premade tassels, make sure to carefully “twist” the jump ring open and closed to keep it round.  Watch the video for a visual explanation.

I packaged them in a 2″ x 8″ cellophane bag, and used a strip of card stock 10″ by 1 7/8″, scored at 8″, with the scored end punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Stamp a sentiment on this top flap.  Next, cut a slit in the card stock about 3″ from the bottom, and centered 1/2″ from each side.  That is where I pulled the bulk of the ribbon through so the bookmark top and bottom would be visible in the packaging. If you have repositionable adhesive, you could stick it down with that.  I used some washi tape from the Year of Cheer to hold it in place, because the washi doesn’t usually leave any stickiness or residual. Test yours to be sure. Remember to secure the ribbon on the back as well.  Then slip the card stock and bookmark into the cello bag, fold over the top flap and stick with a glue dot to the cellophane bag, thread a ribbon or twine through and around, and tie a knot or bow.  Embellish as desired.

Here are the ones I created:

A more masculine version, this was made with the Night of Navy Crinkled ribbon, tab punches from Whisper White and stamped with Touches of Texture in Sahara Sand, and embellished with the rooster and “for you” from the Wood Words stamp set.  The 3/4″ circle punch cuts sentiments and images that fit well in the circle tab punch.  The sentiment is from SU Christmas Pines.  I used a snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.

The next one was made with Berry Burst finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, gold embossed flower from Better Together, gold embossed “enjoy” from Tabs for Everything, package embellishment with the Holly Berry builder punchies, and sentiment stamped in berry burst from the Better Together stamp set.  Gold tassel from the Eastern Beauty collection.

The third one was created from the Fresh Fig finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, “Hello” and flower image from Easter Beauty stamp set, fresh fig tassel from the same collection, gold foil and silver glimmer paper punched stars (SU retired punch) and fresh fig stamped sentiment from Better Together.

I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful for your Christmas giving.

And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  ~Darby

 

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

 

 

 

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 Shorter Wooden Pumpkin Crate

Hi Everyone,

I love little boxes, bags and treat holders, in fact that is what I make the most.  So, when Stampin’ Up! came out with their little wood crates framelits, I put them right on my shopping list.  What a fun way to gift little treats and gifts, and it is quite easy to create many different versions of the adorable little crate.

Because I wanted to gift one Eos lip balm, I shortened the crate to  fit my purposes.  But, you can shorten it to any length you need following the same steps.  So, it looks more like a milk crate than a vegetable crate.

Here they are, the shorter, and cuter, versions of the crate.

 

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Pretty Label Top Pocket

Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick treat pocket that uses the Pretty Label Punch to create a decorative top.  It will hold the 100 Calorie Dove Bars, or a similar sized candy bar.  Aren’t they sweet?

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I used the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper pack, but you could certainly use any paper you have.  Start with a piece 5″ by 5 1/2 “.  With the 5″ side up, (this will be your top) score at 1 1/2″ and 3 3/4”.  Turn the paper counterclockwise, and score at 5″ (which is 1/2″ from the bottom.)

On the bottom 1/2″ score line, remove the outer two rectangles, and keep the center one for the glue tab at the bottom of the pocket.  Glue the wider side flap over the shorter side, and glue the bottom tab up.  A quick pocket to be made.

Then, I fed the bottom of the pocket through the front of the pretty label punch, and pulled it out of the center of the hole for the shape.  I slower pulled it out the bottom until the top edge of the pocket could be seen, then slid it back in slightly.  I lined up the sides of the pocket parallel to the sides of the punch, then made sure it was centered in the shape, and punched.  It might sound confusing, but it is quite easy.  Just watch the video for a demonstration.  Then I snipped each side from about 1/4″ down to cut off the tiny scallop on each side, leaving a large center scallop and a smaller one to each side.  Fold down the front flap, and secure with a dimensional.

The sentiment was stamped from the Text Ya Later stamp set.  I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch, and kept the sentiment to the right, so I could stick a medium Gold Faceted Gem on the left side.  A glue dot was used to stick it to the pocket, see the pictures for positioning.  To complete it, I used the sheer whisper white ribbon to tie a little bow, and stuck it on with a glue dot.  Tuck in your treat and you are done!

This one will hold a Hershey Mini chocolate bar.

I also made a smaller version to hold the mini-Hershey’s Bars, and started with a piece of paper that was 5″ by 4″  The rest of the pocket is scored and assembled the same.  I used the Old Olive 1/8″ ribbon on the right one.

I hope you give this a try, it is quick and easy, and would be great for a classroom if done in a theme.  Perhaps Halloween?  Thanksgiving?  Maybe even Christmas!

Here is the link to the video of this project.

Until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up!
  • Petal Garden Designer Series Paper, scrap of Whisper White
  • Whisper White and Old Olive 1/8″ ribbon
  • Gold Faceted Gems
  • Sweet Sugarplum and Old Olive inks
  • Pretty Label and Classic Label punches