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.

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

Pumpkin Favor Box

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Today I have a very cute favor box, that reminds me of a cubic pumpkin.  It was made using the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up!.

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Aren’t they cute?  It would make a fun table favor or place card for Thanksgiving or another festive fall celebration.  I originally made them for the large Hershey’s Kisses, the ones that are just under 2″ diameter at the bottom.  They would fit the pumpkin just as it is.  Sadly, all of my large kisses went missing.  Instead, I made a small box for the inside bottom, just big enough for one Ferrero Rocher, or similar sized candy.

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Christmas Cracker Gift Box

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It’s Christmas in July, oops, I mean August.  I am a bit late with this, but it just looks so festive, I can’t resist posting one last Christmas idea for now.  Here they are, Christmas Cracker Gift Boxes, made with the oh-so-shiny Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.

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The “box” portion, where the sentiment layer sits, measures 3 1/2″ by 3″, and it is 2″ deep, a nice size for a gift or some goodies. The entire cracker measures 7 1/2″ by 3″ by 2″ deep.  I used the Carols of Christmas stamp set, which is available now to order. Continue reading “Christmas Cracker Gift Box”

A Circle-Tab Closure Treat Purse

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Circle Tab Treat Purse

I think this is such a fun treat holder, a treat purse with a closure that reminds me of the “snap” closure on the change purses.

Start with an 8×8″ piece of designer series paper and the envelope punch board.  You will also need the Circle Tab Punch for the closure.  Coordinate your inks with the paper, it is so easy to do with Stampin’ Up!

Here is a video of the project:  Circle Tab Treat Purse

I hope you enjoy it!  May your days be blessed.  Smiles, Darby

Happy Independence Day-America!

What a beautiful day to honor and celebrate all that we have here in America.  We have so many blessings, and because they were endowed to us by our Creator, no man, nor any government, can take them away.

So, let us celebrate our freedom, and praise God for His providence.

Here is a quick little treat box in honor of the day.  I know I am a bit late, but it will be here for next year, too.  Of course, you can always tweak the colors for other occasions, but here it is…

Independence Day Treat Box: 1″ by 1″ by 4″

The star end of the box flips up to reveal the gumballs inside.  This box holds 4 gumballs that are about 1″ diameter.  These are Dippin’ Dots gumballs that I found at Cracker Barrel.

Here is a picture tutorial for the project:

Whisper white card stock 3″ by 11″:  Score 11″ side at 1″, 2 1/2″, 5″, 6″ and 10″.  Score the 3″ side at 1″ on both sides.

Real red card stock, cut with the Swirly Scribble Thinlit die.

Dapper Denim Star:  The bigger one is the retired Star Punch, the smaller one is from the current Wood Crate Framelits die.

Whisper White card stock: 3/4″ by 3″, stamped in Dapper Denim with “Let’s Celebrate” from the Born to be Loved stamp set.

Whisper White thick baker’s twine, around 16″ (gives room to tie the bow) Continue reading “Happy Independence Day-America!”