Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy Halloween Cracker

Trick or Treat! Halloween will be here sooner than we think. I like making containers for those special tricksters in my life. Today's project is a Happy Halloween Cracker to hold fun size candy bars. This is a quick and easy project. 

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Small pieces of white and black cardstock for stamping

Score long side @ - 2, 6 1/2
Score short side @ - 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, 5

Supplies Used

Cardstock - Stampin Up Tangelo Twist, Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink - Archival Ink Jet Black and Stampin Up Whisper White
Punches - Envelope Punch Board, Martha Stewart Spider Web Edge Punch, Stampin Up Decorative Label Punch
Black Ribbon

Happy Haunting

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Twisted Box Update

I share the Twisted Box on a Facebook page that I belong to and had several requests for a video. I had never made a Youtube video but thought it was time I learned how to do one. My hat is off to all of you that do videos on a regular basis. There is far more work that goes into the video than I realized before I tried it myself.

But here it is with all of its warts showing. Hope it is helpful.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Twisted Box

I saw a picture of this crazy twisted box on the internet and knew I had to make one. It looks so complicated and is so easy. The best part is that each end forms a separate compartment for holding small gifts or treats. The box is as much a present as whatever is inside.

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 8 1/2 x 10 inches
DSP measures - 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 (2 pieces)

Score on the long side @ 1/2, 2 1/2, 7 1/2, 9 1/2
Score on the short side @ 1/2, 2 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2
Score in the large rectangles diagonally from the top right to the bottom left. See diagram below.

The black lines are score lines. The colored sections are the areas to remove. After removing the sections and with your cardstock in the same position as the diagram cut up the score lines to create the top and bottom of the box. See 
photo below. Wedge the tabs as shown.

Cut the DSP pieces in half on the diagonal and adhere to the box.
Fold and burnish all of the score lines. The diagonal lines should be fold in the opposite direction. They are valley folds.

Using a strong adhesive like sticky strip attach the long skinny rectangle to form the box.

Fold the box flat so it looks like this photo.

Then place a hand in each end and spread the interior space open. It may take a few tries to get the hang of how to open it. Don't give up. Fold the flaps in and there is your box. I decorated the top with flowers and attached my greeting on the side. 

Supplies Used

Cardstock - Stampin Up Wild Wasabi
DSP - Stampin Up English Garden
Flowers/Greeting - Stampin Up Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White cardstock

I hope you enjoyed this project.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Simple Thank You Box

Todays project is a simple quick and easy box. 

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
DSP - 2 x 3 3/4 (2 pieces)
Score Long Side @ 3 3/4, 4 3/4
Score Short Side @ 3/4, 4 3/4
Turn cardstock so the long side is at the top again and score at 2 1/2, 6 only to the first horizontal score line.
Rotate 180 degrees and repeat.
With the long side on top cut each of the short score lines up to the first horizontal score line. Do this on both long sides.
Remove the rectangles in each corner. 
Fold and burnish the score lines.
Round the corners.
Using an oval punch make the handles.
Attach the sides to form the box.
Adhere DSP to the front and back.
Decorate the front and tie the handles closed with ribbon.


Cardstock - Stampin Up Crushed Cucumber
DSP - Stampin Up 2015-2017 Designer Series Paper Stack Cucumber Crush
Punches - Stampin Up Small Oval Punch, Stampin Up Decorative Label Punch, Stampin Up Itty Bitty Accents Flower Punch

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bracelet Box

My little granddaughter loves jewelry and sparkly things. So one of her Christmas Countdown boxes will hold a fun little bracelet. This is a no stick box that folds closed. I have done it in snowy colors with a fun snowflake DSP especially for her. Her favorite movie is Frozen.

Finished Dimensions

3 x 3 x 1/2

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures 5 x 10
DSP measures 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 (3 pieces)

Score Long Side @ 3, 3 1/2, 6 1/2, 7
Score Short Side @ 1/2, 1, 4, 4 1/2

Remove sections as shown in the photo below.

Round corners of the large flaps.
Adhere DSP to the three large squares.
Fold and burnish.

 Assemble the box by folding and tucking in the flaps.
Now you are ready to fill the box and decorate.


Cardstock - Stampin Up Lost Lagoon
DSP - Stampin Up Nordic Noel
Ink - Stampin Up Lost Lagoon
Punches - Stampin Up Scallop Oval, Oval and Word Window
Stamp - Stampin Up Festival of Trees
Embellishments - Stampin Up Jewels Basic Rhinestone, All is Calm Snowflake

This would be a great do ahead project especially is you are making several. The  measurements can easily be adjusted for smaller and larger gifts. Enjoy!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Back To School Teacher's Gift

It is that time of year when the kids are headed back to school, seeing old friends and meeting new teachers. If you are looking for that small gift for your children to give their new teacher you might be interested in this little project. Filled with Post It Notes and a pen it will be a welcome addition to any teacher's desk. The inspiration came from Here is a link to Sam's project. I've resized the project and the best part is you can get two boxes from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock.

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 5 x 8 1/2 inches
Score Long Side@ - 2 3/8, 3 1/8, 5 3/8, 6 1/8 inches
Score Short Side@ - 3/4, 4 1/4 inches
DSP - 2 pieces 2 3/4 x 3 1/4

Do all of the scoring. Before folding adhere your DSD to the panels as shown below.

Remove the small squares on each of the long sides.

With the short side closest to you and the DSP on facing the table fold on the second score line from the bottom then fold the first score line back on itself. Do the same on the other side. Fold and burnish remaining score lines.
Adhere two center flaps to the box floor.

Adhere the two sections on either side of the center to the box floor.
Adhere box sides together.

Decorate the box. This would be a great place to add the teacher's name, grade level and year or a stamped image.


Stampin Up Cardstock - Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Smoky Slate
Stampin Up Moonlight DSP
Punches - Stampin Up Window Punch, Petite Petals, Artisan Label Punch
Regal Candy Dots
Mini Glue Dots
Score Tape
Simply Score Board

Hope you enjoyed this project and give it a try.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Truffle Box

Here is a very small treat box inspire by Sam Hammond Donald at  Click here to see the original project. I changed the measurements to hold one See's Candies truffle or 3 mini Ghirardelli chocolates. Homemade truffles would also fit perfectly. Done in Christmas colors these would make a lovely gift for friends or coworkers. They would be perfect as a table gift for a dinner party, fundraising event or even a wedding reception. 

Finished Dimensions

1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 inch

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches (you can get 3 boxes from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock)

To get 3 boxes use these cutting directions

With the 8 1/2 side at the top of the trimmer cut at 7 1/2 inches. 
Turn so the long side is at the top and cut at 6 1/2 inches. 
Rotate 90 degrees and cut at 3 3/4 inches. 
Using the piece left in step 2 with the long side at the top cut at 6 1/2 inches.
Rotate 90 desgrees and cut at 3 3/4.

You now have 3 pieces of cardstock measuring 6 1/2 x 3 3/4.

Score Long Side@ 1, 2 3/4, 3 3/4, 5 1/2
Score Short Side@ 1, 2 3/4

DSP Bellyband Measure 1 x 6 inches

Cutting and Assembly

With the long side at the top cut up each of the vertical scores to the first horizontal score line. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat. Cut small wedges from each of the square tabs for an easier fit.

Fold and burnish all of the score lines.

Using double sided tape on the outside of the square flaps adhere the two bottom flaps to the sides, the two middle flaps to the same sides and the two top flaps to the remaining sides. 

Wrap the bellyband around the completed box and adhere the ends together keeping it loose enough to slip off easily. Embellish and enjoy.

Supplies Used

Stamping Up English Garden DSP 
Stamping Up Hello Honey, Old Olive and Whisper White cardstock  
Stamping Up Oval Scallop Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch, Petite Petals Punch,
and the flower from Itty Bitty Accents.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mini Ghirardelli Chocolate Holders

A fast easy project that is sure to please any chocolate lover. How cute would these be for co workers! I took my inspiration from Sam Hammond Donald at Click here to see her original project. She is a remarkable crafter and has hundreds of great videos for lovely 3D projects. 

Finished Dimensions

2 x 2 x 1/2

Measurements and Scoring

Cardstock measures - 2 x 5 inches
Score Long Side @ 1, 1 1/2, 3 1/8, 3 5/8 inches

Cardstock for inside belly band measures 2 3/4 x 1/2 inches

DSP Measures - 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches and 1 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches

Small pieces of cardstock and DSP for embellishments


I used a decorative tag punch for the front flap and a brad on the bottom flap for a closure. You could also do a belly band or velcro. The snowflakes are from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes die. 

Cut, score, fold and burnish the cardstock.
Attach the DSP to the front panels.
Attach the interior belly band.
Decorate the front and slip in the chocolate treat. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Trick or Treat Mini Wallet

Today I have another quick project for Halloween. The inspiration for this project came from Angie Kennedy Juda at Click here to see her original project. 

For this project you will need:

3 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock
3 1/2" x 2" cardstock in contrasting color
1" x 8 1/2" cardstock of DSP for belly band
Scrap cardstock or DSP for embellishment
Stamps/Ink Pads
Tape, dimensionals, paper trimmer, scoring board, bone folder

Let's get started.

Score the 3 1/2 x 8 1/2" cardstock on the long side at 2, 2 5/8, 5 1/4, 5 7/8, 7, 7 5/8

Score the belly band on the long side at 2, 2 5/8, 5 1/4, 5 7/8

Fold and burnish all score lines. It is important to burnish the score lines before punching the opening for the treats. The final fold is made in the opposite direction. This is the section you will adhere to create the pouch to hold the treat. 

Using the Stamping Up Word Window Punch create the opening for your treat between the first and second score line from the bottom. If you don't have this punch experiment with other punches. 

I increased the depth of the opening by sliding the punch up and punching again. I also increased the width by sliding the punch over. Adhere the section below the punch to the back of the wallet. Position it so the bottom of the wallet is squared off. 

Punch the corners of the front flap with the Martha Stewart Spider Web corner punch or use a corner rounder. I stamped and attached a contrasting panel on the inside of the front flap to accent the spider web. 

Punch shapes and attach dimensional to build the belly band embellishment.


Slip in your treat, fold up the wallet and slide on the belly band.

This would be easy to make for a Halloween party and kids would love helping to put them together. 

Thanks for visiting. Happy Trick or Treat.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Jack O' Lantern Treat Box

This year I am determined to start my holiday planning and crafting early. I will be using this blog to capture the projects I do for Halloween and Christmas this year. I hope you keep checking in to see what is happening in the studio.

I love giving the special kids (young and old) in my life Halloween treats that are all dressed up for the holiday. These cute little Jack o' Lanterns are not my creation. I wish I could give credit to the crafter that originated this idea but there are so many examples of it on Pinterest that I wouldn't know who to credit.

I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit from Stamping Up to cut the pumpkin. You can either cut the full die or position it so you only cut the portion needed.  Trim at the score line. I also removed about 1/4" from the bottom of each shape.

With a piece of cardstock that measures 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" score at 1" on all sides. This will create the box to hold the treats. After scoring cut up to the first score line on  two opposite sides. Burnish all score lines and glue tabs inside the box.

I used my Cricut to cut the Jack O' Lantern face but a large stamp would be just as good or you could draw the face on.  I used Tip Top Taupe  to sponge around to edges for some dimension.

Attach the two pieces of the pumpkin using liquid adhesive.  And then attach the box and fill with treats.

 I used ribbon to close the top. I think the green ribbon give the feel of leaves.

Happy Halloween