New Year’s Pop Rocks Slider Pocket

Hi Everyone,

I have a project with a New Year’s theme.  This is a fun slider pocket that holds a packet of Pop Rocks, an exciting treat that literally “explodes” in your mouth.  I thought it would be fun for New Year’s, with all of the fireworks and celebrations, to have an explosion of taste in your mouth.

The pocket starts with a piece of card stock 4″ by 10″, with the long side scored at the halfway point of 5″.  The 4″ side is scored at 3/8″ from both sides.  Fold and burnish the 5″ score to make the pocket, but do not fold the side scores.  They are there to help line up the patterned paper and adhesive, and to let the pocket expand a bit in the middle.

Next, glue a 4 3/4″ by 3″ piece of patterned paper in the center of the side you want to be the front.  On the inside of the front, make at mark at the center point (2″) mark, about 1/2″ down from the top edge.  Punch a 3/4″ circle, using that mark to line up the center top of the punch.  Fold the pocket together again, and using the first circle as a guide, punch a 3/4″ circle on the back side of the pocket.

 

Thread a 26-28″ piece of ribbon through the hole in the pocket, and carefully slide the Pop Rocks pouch down from the top, catching and pushing the ribbon downwards as you slide the candy pouch in.

 

Pull the ribbon from the back over the top of the pouch to the front, and tie a bow over the center of the punched circle on the front.  For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Labels to Love by Stampin’ Up!, but use any ones that have a New Year’s theme.  If I had it, I would have used one from SU Cheers to the Year.  Punch it out with a 1 3/4″ circle punch, and layer onto a silver foil starburst punch with dimensionals.

 

This is a good way to use up some of the stuff left over from other projects.  For this pocket, I used some left over patterned paper from the Stampin’ Up! Merry Little Christmas paper pack.  I also had some gold foil from Michael’s that I used for the starburst.  Black rhinestones from SU gave it some fun bling, and I hope to use the rest of what I have for the other sliders I am making.

 

Give these Pop Rocks Slider pockets a try for a fun, family and friends, way to celebrate the New Year!

I hope you have a safe and blessed New Year’s Eve.  Smiles, Darby

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