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 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 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 Wobbler Chums Gift Card Box

Hi Everyone!

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!

Scroll down for video tutorial

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

Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock: tempting turquoise, crumb cake, whisper white, very vanilla, soft sky.
  • Ink: tempting turquoise and crumb cake ink pads; cherry cobbler, crumb cake, soft suede, pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise, smoky slate and garden green markers.
  • Stamp sets:  Tags & Trimmings, Seasonal Chums
  • Dies:  Trim your Stockings, Seasonal Tags
  • Other:  Linen thread, white 1/8″ sheer ribbon
  • Hampton Art: Action Wobbles Mini Action Springs

Christmas 2017 Place Card with Treat Holder

Hi Everyone!

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.

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.

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