Christmas 2017 Gamer’s Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today’s project is aimed for those who have video game players in theirs lives, and plan on giving the video game gift cards.  They are around 5″ by 3 1/2″, and are a bit big for the standard gift card holder.

Two friendly snowmen are playing “Deck The Halls:  The Game: on their console, and inside there is a pocket large enough to fit many of the gaming gift cards, such as, Blizzard Entertainment, League of Legends, Roblox, Minecraft and Steam.  They will also accommodate the Visa and Mastercard gift cards, which are around the same size.

The two snowmen were made from the front and back of the Seasonal Chums snowman tag stamp.  I stamped them in smoky slate, and used the smoky slate marker to draw a face on the back of the tag, to make it look like the front of another snowman.  That way, they face each other and can engage in an exciting game of Deck The Halls.

The card was made from a 5 1/2″ by 12″ piece of card stock, scored with the long side up at 4 1/4″ and 8 1/2″.  I punched a “finger slot” on the shorter end panel using the Pretty Label Punch.  It was then folded, and the shorter panel glued using 1/8″ double-sided tape.  You could also use a very thin line of liquid glue along the two edges of the pocket.  Because the gift card is 5″ long, there is not enough room for the tear and tape, as it is just over 1/4″.

I used Carols of Christmas for the Deck The Halls stamp, then stamped “The Game” under it with the Labeler alphabet.  Then it was cut out with the second largest layering square, and the corners rounded.  It way layered onto a piece of either crumb cake or night of navy that was 2 7/8″ square.  The mat layer is whisper white, and I embossed it with the softly falling embossing folder.

The game controllers were each made from a petal of the pansy punch.  Or, you could just freehand one just as easily.  Then I drew the Xbox controls onto each one to make it a bit more realistic, and stuck them to their mittens using a glue dot.  The inside sentiment was from the Tags n Trimmings stamp set, and cut out with the layering ovals.

So, if there is a gamer in your life, they may enjoy this gamer gift card holder.  I hope you enjoyed the project!  Thanks for stopping by.

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


Christmas 2017 Lots of Labels Ghirardelli Favor

Hi Everyone,

Today’s project is fast and easy, and you can use up some of your ribbon, card stock, foil paper and washi tape scraps that have been sitting on your craft table from other Christmas projects.  Yes, I know they are there!  I have quite a few bobs and bits laying around my craft table.

They make quick and cute table favors, stocking stuffers, or “thinking of your” gifts.  Throw a few in your purse or car to hand out during your daily errands.  And, they couldn’t be easier.  The hardest part for me was trying to decide what punch, embellishment or diecut to adorn them with.

Cut the largest label from the Stampin’ Up! Lots of Labels dies in card stock of your choosing.  Using your trimmer, place the label horizontally along the top guide.  Line up the “corner” of the label at the 2″ mark and score.  Move the corner to the 2 1/4″ mark and score.  That’s all the scoring.

Fold and burnish the score lines, then select and adhere the embellishments of your choice to the “top” of the favor, that is the end with the longer section.  Using a glue dot, stick the Ghirardelli to the larger section of the label, and center it in the score lines.  I love how the candy cane striped Ghirardelli look in these favors, but any Ghirardelli would do.  Using washi tape of your choice, wrap it around the favor to form the pocket around the Ghirardelli.  Then stamp you sentiment, cut it with the smallest layering oval, and back it with the smallest scalloped layering oval.  I used dimensionals to make the label stand out. Tie a knot in a scrap of ribbon, and use a glue dot to adhere it above the sentiment and you are done!

The first two were made using Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake card stock, Year of Cheer washi tape, and the Gold Metallic Edged ribbon.  The embellishment was cut from Garden Green and Real Red card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits.  For the first one, I stamped Merry Christmas from the Merry Cafe stamp set in Real Red, and backed it on real red card stock.  For the second, I stamped the Celebrate from the Labels to Love, embossed it with gold, and backed it on gold foil paper for a more elegant look.

For the third one, I went with more of a “New Year’s” theme, and used Night of Navy card stock.  I used a retired washi tape, Floral Boutique, but Year of Cheer would work just as well, and backed the sentiment with silver foil paper.  The ribbon was a scrap of the silver metallic edged ribbon that I had in my scrap jar.  It only takes a few inches, so it is a great way to use the bits left from other projects that you don’t want to waste.

I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful.

And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  Smiles, Darby


Christmas 2017 Manger Treat Box

Hi Everyone!

Today I have a sweet treat box, with the image of Our Savior as a baby in the manger.  It is pretty good sized, and will hold a bit of treats.  The front and the back of the manger were made with the pocket from the Pocket Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up!.  (But, if you don’t have this set of framelits, I will have measurements and cutting instructions at the end of this post.)

I was looking for a sweet, but religious, treat for my faith formation class, and this is what I came up with.  One of the roof panels opens to reveal the goodies inside.

Start with two die cut pockets, here I have used Sahara Sand in the first, and Crumb Cake in the second example.  The sides and bottom are created with a 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso card stock, scored at 1/4″ on each of the short sides, and at 2 1/4″, 4 7/8″, 7 1/8″, 8 5/8″ and 10 1/8″ on the long side.  Because the pocket has some tabs, we cut away the side 1/4″ on all but the largest section.  Then we glue the “top” of each pocket to tab on each side of the largest segment.  We follow the box around, and glue the remaining sections on to the respective tabs.  Except for the last roof segment, which will open and close to reveal the treats inside.

A 4″ by 2 1/2″ piece of Early Espresso card stock was scored at 2″ on the long side, then glued to the “under roof” with liquid glue.  I used a 1/16″ circle punch to punch two holes right on the “peak” of the roof, inside the front and back tab lines, to create a place for the linen thread hanger to go.

Then, I punched a starburst from Daffodil Delight, a 3/4″ circle from gold foil, and a 1/2″ circle from very vanilla.  I stamped “Merry Christmas” from the Seasonal Chums stamp set, but you can select whatever you have that will fit.  The very vanilla banner was punched with the banner punch.  The manger was made with a 1 1/4″ square piece of card stock, folded in half.  With the folded side down, measure approximately 1/4 in, and cut from there up to the corners.  Repeat on the other end, and then unfold.  On the bottom half, cut from the bottom to the fold line 1/4″ and parallel to the angled line you previously cut to create the legs of the manger.  Repeat on the other side of the bottom, and then cut off the section between the two legs.

Then, layer the very vanilla circle on the gold foil circle, and attach to the underside of one end of the manger.  Attach the manger to the starburst circle, and then to the front of the box.  On one of the mangers, I layered my banner by cutting out the middle section, and attaching it with dimensionals to a second banner.  Both were sponged with early espresso ink prior to attaching them together.

Fill with goodies!  Enjoy!  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

Below the video are instructions for making the shapes without the pocket die. 

  • Supplies:  All Stampin’ Up!
  • Card stock: early espresso, sahara sand, very vanilla, daffodil delight, crumb cake, and gold foil.
  • Shape cutting:  pocket framelits, banner punch, 1/2 & 3/4″ circle punches.
  • Stamp set: Seasonal Chums for the Merry Christmas
  • Ink:  early espresso

***To create the shape without the die, start with a 3″ by 1 5/8″ piece of card stock.  In portrait position, mark the center of the top at 1 5/16″ (half way between the 1 1/4″ and the 1 3/8″ marks, if you do not have 16ths on  your ruler).  Mark each side down 3/4″ from the top corners, and cut from the marks on the side to the center top.

Score the 2 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ as directed before, but because the “pocket” does not have any tabs, you will NOT cut the 1/4″ tabs from the sides of this piece.  Instead, trim them as shown:

Attach the “top” of the “pocket” piece to the tabs on the largest segment (second from left), and adhere the remaining tabs similar to the video, except the tab will be on this piece and not the die cut piece.  The rest of the manger is assembled the same.  To save some steps, it is easier to run one piece of tear and tape along each 1/4″ side tab before you cut the notches at the score lines than to put tape on every section after the notches are cut.  So, if I was cutting my own “pocket” piece, I would use the tear and tape instead of the liquid glue, as it would go faster.  Just remember that the last section on the right will NOT be adhered, so it does not need any tape.

Christmas 2017 Striped Treat Bag Gift Card Holders

Hi Everyone,

Here is a quick, but beautiful, gift card holder from a striped treat bag.  These bags are so elegant from the start, but you could use any gift bags you have that are around the same dimensions, which are: 4 3/4″ by 7″.

Starting with a Striped Treat Bag, you score 3″ from the bottom, and fold the bag up toward the front and secure both sides with a strong adhesive.  This gives you a pocket for a gift card, and the inside of the bag for a note.  If you have all of the supplies on hand, they can be made very quickly, even at the last minute.

These will fit in an A2 envelope

The strip of designer series paper was 2″ by 12″, although I did cut around an inch off when I wrapped it around the bag.  Before I wrapped it around, I placed a strip of 1/8″ gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer on the top and bottom of my strip.  This gave it a wonderful edge.

The ribbon is just a 5″ piece, tied near one end, and secured to the front so the knot and angled end peek out from the focal point.  The focal was layered with a gold foil snowflake, the second largest stitched circle framelit from basic black, old olive trees and a basic deer from the card front builders framelits, and a Merry Christmas cut from the Labels to Love stamp set.

The “To-From” was stamped onto the double banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelits and adhered to the back.

I used the Circle Tab Punch to add a little “handle” to the gift card, so when it is tucked into the pocket the tab can be seen, so the recipient does not miss the gift card.  The note is a piece of whisper white card stock cut 3 1/2″ by 4 1/2″, the corners rounded, and stamped on each with the decorative stamp from the Carols of Christmas, and the elements were connected by a dotted line with a fine tip black sharpie.  A gold foil circle tab punch was added to the top of the note card as well, so it can peek out from the top and remind the recipient that it is there.

I hope you find these useful and beautiful!

Until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.
  • Stamp Set Carols of Christmas, Labels to Love
  • Card Front Builders Framelits, Stitched Circle Framelits
  • Punch: Circle Tab Punch
  • Designer Series Paper:  Merry Music, Merry Little Christmas
  • Card Stock: basic black, old olive
  • Products:  Satin white ribbon, foil snowflake, Year of Cheer Washi tape.

Quick and cute, Halloween Fruit Strip Classroom Treats

Hi Everyone!

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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After the storm

Hi Everyone,

I am sorry that I was not able to post a video this week.  We had an expected, but somewhat unwanted, visitor in the form of Irma.  We live about an hour north of Tampa, Florida, and hunkered down to weather the storm at our house.  Living in the country, we were well versed in downed trees and power outages, and were ready to go without power for several days.  Predictably, the power went out when the first tropical storm winds started to blow on Sunday.  We were beyond relieved, because we took much less of a storm than had been predicted.  Downed trees missed every vital structure, the power went out but our generator functioned well, the winds blew but our house, barn and animal structures stayed intact, even the roof shingles remained in place.  Through the hard work of our local crews, and the many who left their home states to help out, our power came back late Wednesday, and our cleanup began.

But while we are getting back to normal, we know many who have lost much more.  Our prayers and our efforts are going out to those we know who did have damage to their homes and properties.  It is very heartwarming to see all the instances of neighbor helping neighbor, strangers becoming friends, and the community working to grow stronger for everyone.  Often, it was just people helping each other, without any official government agency involved, as we were meant to do.  Please keep all those folks who are still very much affected in your thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, I am working on a project that should be ready for the coming Sunday.  So, until we meet again, may your days be blessed.  ~Darby

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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