Christmas 2017 Advent Wreath Explosion Box

Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is a special one for me.  It shares a tradition that my family does every year during Advent.  That is the Advent Wreath.  For each of the four Sundays before Christmas, a candle is lit and prayers are said to help prepare our hearts for the birth of Our Savior.  It creates special and peaceful family moments, as we ponder the miracle that we celebrate on Christmas Day.  So this project is especially joy-filled for me, because it shares a very precious tradition.

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Let’s start with the box.  Take an 8″ x 8″ piece of card stock, and score at 2″ on all four sides.  Using a ruler, make a score line from where the 2″ lines intersect straight out the the corresponding corner.  Then, cut the corner off by cutting from score line to score line across one corner.  Repeat for all four corners, then fold and burnish the score lines.

In the corners between the “candle clusters”, I cut the three leaves off of the leaf punch, and stuck them on with glue dots careful not to cross any of the fold lines.  Using a 1/4″ punch and cherry cobbler card stock, I punched a couple of “berries” to glue on as well.  This filled out the “wreath” and made it appear to go all the way around.  I arranged the leaves and berries different in each corner, but always took care not to cross the folds so the box would still fold up properly.

For each “cluster” under the candle, I used two old olive pine branches, two cherry cobbler branches, and two leaf punchies.  The “clusters” were glued on with Tombow liquid glue, lots of it, and given enough time to dry.  I did not want them to come off, and was relying on them to hold the candles on.  I also used one banner from the Bunch of Banners in whisper white.  Each banner was stamped with the appropriate prayer, and in the appropriate color,and then the edges were sponged with the same ink.

  1. 1st week is HOPE in Fresh Fig
  2. 2nd week is PEACE in Fresh Fig
  3. 3rd week is JOY in Powder Pink
  4. 4th week is LOVE in Fresh Fig

Purple is a color of repentance and preparation, so during those weeks we focus on preparing our hearts.  Pink is a color of celebration and rejoicing, because we are more than half-way through our Advent, and we will soon celebrate the birth of Our Savior.

The candles are from IKEA, but any candle ~1 1/2″ diameter will do.  These are ~5/8″ high.  Three candles were wrapped with a purple ribbon for the first, second and fourth weeks (Fresh Fig Finely Woven Ribbon); and one candle was wrapper with pink for the third week (Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon) using tear and tape.  When the “clusters” had a chance to dry for around 20 minutes, I used a ring of dimensionals (6 on the bottom of each candle) to stick the candle to the center of the “cluster” on the corresponding side.  If the dimensionals don’t readily stick, use some rubbing alcohol to wipe the bottom of the candle, let dry, and they should stick like champs.  If the candle slides out of the votive, just stick a couple of glue dots on the bottom, and stick it back in.  I only had one that slid out, but the glue dots kept it in place.

For the top, I used a “shim” of two layers of card stock, and butted the Year of Cheer DSP to it on the left side of the score board.  Then, I scored at 1″ on all four sides, careful not to let the top slide under the shim.  Cut up each score line, then miter slightly into each side of the square tab. Using a strong adhesive, glue the four tabs into a box.  Decorate with die cuts as shown, or as you desire, and adhere stitched circle sentiment to scalloped layering circle using fast fuse, and to box using dimensionals.  The Year of Cheer DSP makes everything made with it quite beautiful.

I hope your enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed share it with you.

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

  • Supplies are Stampin’ Up! unless stated
  • Stamps: Carols of Christmas, Christmas Pines, Labeler Alphabet
  • Dies:  Stitched Shapes, Layering Circles, Bunch of Banners, Pretty Pines
  • Ink: cherry cobbler, fresh fig, powder pink
  • Card Stock: old olive, cherry cobbler, early espresso, chocolate chip
  • Ribbon:  finely woven ribbon in fresh fig and powder pink
  • Leaf punch, 1/4 circle punch

Advent Calendar Book with Scripture and a treat!

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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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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

Pretty Label Top Pocket

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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

 

Love and Hugs Holder with Ribbon of Courage

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a sweet, but quick, little project that was inspired when a gentleman at church was telling me about his mom.  She was undergoing chemotherapy, and was having trouble with an altered taste in her mouth and very chapped lips.  So I thought I would make a little something that may help with these problems, but would also let her know we are praying for her.  The Ribbon of Courage stamp set is perfect for this treat holder project.  The holder contains a mini-container of TicTacs and a soothing lip balm.  And here they are…

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