Christmas 2017 Teapot Treat and Gift Card Holder

Hi Everyone,

The last project for this Christmas is an all-purpose, treat, teabag or gift card holder.  In the shape of a teapot, it is an adorable way to give someone a treat and a gift card.  Dress it up for Christmas, or decorate it to personalize it to your recipient.

The pocket on the teapot measures 3″ by 3 3/4″ by 1/2″, and will fit a couple of teabags, a gift card, some candy or even small pieces of jewelry.  It is made from an 8″ by 8″ piece of card stock, and scored on the diagonal.

Place the diagonal on the 1/4″ in line and score, turn the piece 180 degrees, and place the diagonal on the 1/4″ line and score again.  This will give you a 1/2″ strip down the center of the diagonal.  Turn it 90 degrees, and now place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score, turn it 180 degrees and place the diagonal on the 1 1/2″ line and score again.

I used a 1 1/2″ punch to round the corners at the top and on both flaps for the handle.  I used a 1″ circle punch to create the handle, and also to shape the curve in the spout.  It is not hard to create, but a bit hard to explain.  So, I will put in the video so you can watch how I did it.

This project finishes the Christmas 2017 series, and I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I did bringing them to you.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, and may you find joy and peace in the child of Bethlehem.  Rejoice!  ~Darby

 

 

Christmas 2017 Christmas Manger Candy Cane Treat

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I hope your hearts are prepared for the coming of our Savior.  Here is a quick project that can be used as a favor, gift or stocking stuffer, and reminds us of WHY we celebrate Christmas.

A sweet candy cane treat, with the candy cane as a “J” for Jesus, and an adorable manger with the head of our Lord.  Behind Him is a shape showing the radiance of His divinity, and can be any circular image.  I used the daisy punch and the starburst punch from Stampin’ Up!  But even a circle with some random wedges cut out would give the same effect.

Start with a piece of card stock 2″ by 8″, and score one end at 3/4″ and 1 1/8″.  (Or, if your candy cane is thicker, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/4″).  Use a piece of patterned paper 1 7/8″ by 6″ with the top two corners rounded for the background.  Fold score lines and secure into a pocket with washi tape or a 1/2″ by 6″ piece of patterened paper.  Add your “radiance”, here I have used daffodil delight.

Place the candy cane into the pocket, and line the straight part parallel to the side of the holder.  Mark on both sides of the candy cane with a pencil, and use a 1/8″ or 1/16″ punch to make holes.  Thread linen thread or twine through the holes and tie a knot or bow to secure.  I placed a glue dot under the bottom of the candy cane to keep it from sliding around.  Alternatively, you could just use your piercing tool to make a hole on either side of your candy cane.  It saves a step if you are making several, as for a church school class.

Place a star up top, here I have used one from the Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up!, but you could use what you have.  Even gold stars from the stationary aisle would work.  For the manger, I used a piece of Early Espresso 1 1/2″ by 1 1/4″, and folded it lengthwise.  Like my other manger for the treat box, hold the folded side toward you and cut from 1/4″ on the fold to the corresponding corner.  Repeat on the other side.  Unfold, and on one edge, cut to the fold line parallel to each side making the legs.  Then cut out the middle section between the legs.  Glue a 3/4″ very vanilla circle offset on a 1″ gold foil circle, then glue to the backside of one end of the manger.  Place a glue dot on each side where the manger meets the candy cane, and also on the two legs, and glue in place.

A quick, but very sweet, treat holder that helps us focus on what is important in this Christmas Season.  I hope you liked the project and give it a try, and until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

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 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.

Scroll down for the video tutorial.

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!

Hi Everyone!

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.

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)