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Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper

Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper

If you want a quick and easy favor for your Thanksgiving dinner, try this Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper. Just get some chocolate bars and wrap them in designer paper.  I used this generic sheet from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.

To make the punch art turkey to fit on the candy bar, I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch for the body and the 1″ Circle Punch for the turkey head. The feathers were cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies  and Big Shot, but you could also use an oval punch. The turkey feet are punched with the feet of the Owl Punch!  What would we do without the Owl Punch?! The eyes are also punched with the Owl Punch but I just colored in the pupil with a black marker. The red waddle on the turkey is the little heart from the …..Owl Punch! Just cut the beak freehand.

The Thanksgiving greeting is from the ever-useful stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Classic Label Punch.  I still love and use the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set a lot.  It has almost every greeting in it that you could possibly need.

Just a fun punch art turkey to make for a  Thanksgiving candy bar wrapper or you could make the same one on a Thanksgiving card. Play with the idea and make something fun!

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Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor

Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor

This Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor is not made with stamps, ink, or paper but it still is one of my favorite things at Thanksgiving! I think I found the idea in a family magazine way back when my kids were little and I made lots of them for preschool parties and elementary school or Scouts or whatever at Thanksgiving. There are similar ideas out there, usually involving Oreos, candy corn and frosting as glue. Those are cute, too, but I always thought these were the easiest to make and so cute!!

You will need Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies, Hershey Kisses, candy corn and Kraft Caramels (or whatever similar brands you find at your store).

Unwrap several Hershey Kisses and have them sitting on a plate or napkin so they are ready, with a cookie and candy corn handy also. Put a caramel on a plate nad microwave it just a few seconds until it is slightly soft, but not melted or too soft. When the caramel comes out of the microwave, plop it on top of the Hershey’s Kiss. Immediately “smoosh” the cookie against the backside of the caramel until it sticks. Take the candy corn on edge and stick it into the caramel! There you have a turkey!

These turkeys are so fun to make for Thanksgiving! To make multiples, just have your ingredients ready to go. You can soften several caramels at a time on a paper plate in the microwave, maybe about six. You want to be able to work quickly when the caramels come out of the microwave so you can stick everything together. Have extras on hand because there will be some broken cookies! And you will need to kind of test your microwave and caramel softening factor to get the timing right. So just have extra ingredients on hand. And of course you can eat any malfunctions or leftover ingredients!

You can place these at each setting at your Thanksgiving table. If you want to add a placecard with someone’s name, can probably do that one way or another. My, how I used to like making placecards for family dinners when I was little!!

Pick up these ingredients at the store and try your hand at these Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favors! Something different for Thanksgiving!

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders

Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat HoldersWhile we are on the subject of chocolate (from yesterday!), here are two more versions of Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders. Honestly, once you get started on these, you hate to stop! So many possibilities!

The first candy treat holder on the left is a folded over piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, cut 9 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. It is scored at 3 1/4″ from each end so that the paper is scored in thirds.  That gives a flap to fold on the inside to hold the candy (you could also do this for tea bags) that is trimmed at a diagonal so you can see the candy. Use an adhesive to hold the bottom of the triangle shut to hold the candy like Fast Fuse. Then just decorate the front of the candy holder however you like. I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to cut out the greeting from the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp SetThis stamp set is one that is on sale during the month of November.  You will be able to get lots of use out of this stamp set making your holiday cards and projects.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Folded Candy Treat Holder Inside

The smaller chocolate candy treat holder is cut 5 1/2″ x 2″ with each end punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Then it is scored at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. Fold, put the candy inside, perhaps with a Glue Dot to hold it inside, and tie with a ribbon at the top. I used the Gold 1/8″ RibbonI chose a piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper for the small piece on the front of the candy holder. The little greeting is from the Oh What Fun Stamp Setdie cut with the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  You DO want these dies in your collection!

Go stock up on some candies you can use in your holiday crafting, then have fun making all kinds of cute things like these Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders.

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Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder

Here is an easy Ghirardelli Candy Holder for you to make, perhaps as a little table favor for your Thanksgiving guests or really for any occasion.  All you need are the basics on how to make this and you can decorate and embellish for any occasion. The other day I came across one of these I had made a long time ago for Valentine’s Day and I thought it was time for an update!

I cut my Delightful Dijon Cardstock 3″ x 9 5/8″. Actually, once you have the idea, you can modify the measurements to whatever you like. Then I scored this strip at 2 3/4″, 3″, 6 1/4″ and 6 1/2″. We used to use the Word Window Punch (retired) for the candy slot so today I tried the Classic Label PunchBefore you punch, fold on all the score lines and see how the packet will go together. I made the area that was a bit shorter to be the top flap. Therefore the longer area went inside and was punched to make the candy slot. From the bottom of the strip then I inserted it into the punch all the way, being careful on the sides to make sure it was centered. In this case, the punch was as wide as the paper, but you still need to make sure where the punch is in relation to the paper. After punching, I adhered the punched flap just about 1/4″ below the inside score line and used Fast Fuse Adhesive to hold it. If you are using SNAIL Adhesive, I would probably put the SNAIL on both areas that I was adhering.  I think that makes it hold better and stronger if you need that.

Candy Holder Inside

Now once you have the basic candy holder made, you can decorate it however you like! If you don’t find the exact greeting you want, just look through your stamps and surely you will find something generic you can use.  I opted for this “For You” greeting from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set.  I’ve used that greeting over and over because I love the font and it suits almost any occasion.

I stamped the greeting on Whisper White and die cut with the Big Shot and the wonderful new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Yes, you are going to love these new dies when you order them!  These dies put just a little bit of a stitched look around the shape. Many times it is just a little something that you need to make your card or project “pop” and these dies will do that! I could have put an oval layer behind the greeting, but for one thing, there wasn’t much space and for another, it looked good the way it was! I stamped it in Mint Macaron ink because that is one of the coordinating colors of the designer paper. Cut some designer paper for the front flap, leaving either a 1/4″ or 1/8″ border around the outside.  Since my outside flap was 2 3/4″ x 3″, I cut the designer paper, a pattern from Petals & Paisleys, to 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. I think this paper is beautiful for all your fall and Thanksgiving projects!

To finish my candy holder project, I used a piece of Delightful Dijon ribbon in the Ribbon 3/8″ Trio Packjust tied around to hold the flap down, in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  You can view the catalog online or if you would like your own hard copy, please email me at Karen@KarenStamps. com.  I’ll be happy to mail one to you. It’s not too late to enjoy the Holiday Catalog and enjoy you will!

So go hit the “craft supply” section in the candy department and pick up some candies you know you can use during the holiday season, starting now! These square chocolates are good for a lot of projects!

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How to Make a Halloween Triangle Treat Box

Halloween Triangle Treat Box

Here is how to make a Halloween Triangle Treat Box, one of my favorite treat boxes to make! I have been making these triangle boxes for years and find them so easy to make! Just take a rectangular piece of paper, score it in half, then score from the middle of each end to the outside edge of that center score line. Fold, punch holes in the ends for ribbon, and decorate.

Check out the photo below to see how it is scored and folded.How to Make the Halloween Triangle Treat Box

For this particular box, take a piece of cardstock or designer paper cut 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.  Score at 5 1/2″.  On the ends of the paper, mark the center measurement lightly with a pencil.  Score from this mark to the side of the center score line. See my imperfect drawing below for the general idea:Triangle Box Drawing

Just fold on all the score lines and use a hole punch to make holes in the ends for ribbon to tie or I suppose you could just adhere it shut after you put the candy or gift inside, maybe with Tear & Tape Adhesive. To tie mine together, I used the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine. The designer paper is the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. To decorate the box, I stamped the mummy image from Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. The greeting is from Spooky FunThe greeting is punched out with the Classic Label Punch.

That’s it!  Try making bigger and smaller sizes of this box, although I think this size is pretty good. Couldn’t be easier!  You can use it for any occasion!

If you need a last minute treat box, try this Halloween Triangle Treat Box or save the idea for the next occasion when you need a box for a candy treat or small gift!

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Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat Holder

Halloween Witch's Boot Candy Treat Holder

Here’s a Halloween treat holder I made a couple of years ago and it was so popular I thought I would post the photo again. It’s the Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat Holder! I saw the idea online and had no directions, but I just figured it out on my own. I thought it was such a cute idea and we all have those empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls around the house frequently. (Personally I think I’d rather use a paper towel roll!)

I wrapped Rich Razzleberry card stock around the roll, adhered with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Before I tried wrapping the roll I pulled the cardstock over the edge of my kitchen table a few times, which has a rounded edge, just to break up the fibers a little bit and make it easier to roll. You could use a bone folder or just anything rounded to get the paper to “relax”. For the sock stripes, you can use Pumpkin Pie 1/2″ strips of card stock. For the top of the boot, I just wrapped around a piece of Basic Black and folded back the corners. The buckle is a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (you could use any color Glimmer Paper) with a small square piece of Basic Black right in the center which makes it look like a buckle without having to actually MAKE a buckle! The “shoe” part is easy to make. Measure the roll diameter and then make the black paper slightly wider. Cut it at a diagonal as you see, Put glue on the bottom of the roll and stick it on the black card stock. When the glue is dry, you can trim off the excess in the back. Roll up the toe a little bit. There you have it! Put a little treat inside the boot.

This could be a little Halloween gift for someone, or a table decoration or party favor. Have fun making your Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat Holder!

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Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

These Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bags are fun and easy to make, if you need a simple treat to make.  Actually you can make these candy treats for ANY occasion – just cover a chocolate nugget candy with designer paper! These narrow cello bags from Stampin’ Up! are fun to use, but if you don’t have them, just put the candies in any little bag, tie with a ribbon, and make a tag and you have a  cute little gift!

The Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set gives you so many choices with the characters you can stamp. Don’t forget, you can still use the scarecrow through the fall and for Thanksgiving so don’t put away this stamp set after October 31! And if you are thinking ahead to Christmas (surely you are!), get the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp SetYou will want the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to go with it, so you might as well get the Bundle and save 10%.

To make the cute candies, I used the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the chocolate nuggets.  You just need a 1″ x 3″ strip of paper.  I adhered them on the back of the candy with a Mini Glue Dot. The adhesive is only on the paper, not touching the candy.  I have made tons of these candies through the years for gifts or treats. For Christmas, of course, use Christmas colors or Christmas paper. For birthdays, use some other design. Whatever! And remember, some of the patterns in the Halloween Night paper can be used beyond Halloween, so keep it out and handy after Halloween!

These narrow cello bags are the 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags. They are only $3 for 50 bags! Remember, if you want to stamp on cello bags, use Stazon Ink. Check out all the different sizes and kinds of cello bags Stampin’ Up! offers because they are so handy to have on hand!

To make a little tray to hold the candies in the bag, cut a piece of cardstock 2″ x 5″.  Score 1/4″ along each long side to make the tray.  This will fit inside the bag. Cut a piece of ribbon or twine about 12″ long to tie the bag. Embellish as desired! Make a bunch and put them together assembly line style.

Halloween Treat Bag Pieces

Think ahead to Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years and think about making some chocolate candy treat bags like this one!

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Cello Halloween Jar of Haunts Candy Treat Bags

Cello Halloween Jar of Haunts Candy Treat Bags

Need more last minute Halloween ideas like these Cello Halloween Jar of Haunts Candy Treat Bags?  This is what I came up with late last night!

Do you ever have late night stamping sessions when you should be calming down and getting ready for bed?  Isn’t that when you feel the most creative?! And then when you do go to bed, you can’t fall asleep because your mind is still swirling with creativity!

Although this size of cello bags is retired, there are other kinds and sizes of cello bags you can use. You do need Stazon Ink to stamp with because it dries on cello bags and plastic items like these treat bags. As with other times, what I thought I was going to stamp and make changed into some other idea as I was working on the project! It happens! As I started putting in my “filler” paper and candy, I got the idea to stamp the empty jar from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. Originally I was going to stamp the eyeballs randomly on the bag or an image from the Spooky Fun Stamp Set. But then I saw the jar and thought that would look like the candy in the bag was inside the jar. And then I thought the greeting would be cute stamped inside the jar! That’s how this came about!

The filler paper is just scraps of cardstock, run through the old Crimper we used to have, and then cut into thin strips with the Fringe Scissors. You can cut the strips with whatever scissors or paper cutter you have, it’s just that the Fringe Scissors do several strips at one time. Then, moosh the strips of paper all up with your hands and much as you can, and you have “filler”. I think there’s another name for it but I can’t think of it. Just a little something to take up space and add some color in a gift or treat bag.

The ribbon tying the bag is the Kraft Rope Trim unraveled into three pieces or rope!  I saw that idea online, so always be thinking outside the box with every product! I like the frazzled look of it rather than smooth for this Halloween treat bag!  The tag is made with the Tags & Labels Framelits Dies and Big Shot.  The greeting is in the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set.

Such fun tricks and treats you can make for Halloween!

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Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products in the catalog are the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  I just think the little bags you can make for treats, for money, for gift cards, and used as envelopes are the cutest things and so versatile.

On this Halloween mini treat bag, I used a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper for the bag.  You could really use either side of the paper for this project! I also stamped the skeleton in the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  So easy!  Then I stuck him on the front of the bag for decoration as well as tying around some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  The greeting is stamped from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and made into a little banner.  The ghost I thought would be cute, from the same stamp set!

Just put a candy treat inside or a Halloween note card or whatever you like!  Just be sure it is spooky when you make this Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag!

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Paper Pumpkin Halloween Test Tube Candy Treats

Paper Pumpkin Halloween Test Tubes Candy Treat

Yesterday I got around to playing with my September 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit and here is what I made!  I still have some extra tags and banners that I can use to make some other cards. Lucky for me that I had enough CANDY to fill all these test tubes!!! As I worked on these test tube treats, I started thinking of people I could give them to besides my kids, so don’t worry that maybe you don’t have children, grandchildren or trick-or-treaters to pass them out to! Think about taking one or a few along to a doctor appointment, or give to a couple of your neighbors, or take along to a restaurant and give to a good server in addition to a tip, or the drive-thru window at a coffee or fast-food place, there are just all kinds of ways to pass them out to people!

This was such a cute project and so easy to make! I know in the past Demonstrators have loved getting their hands on these fun test tubes to make various treats, so how great to just get them delivered in a Paper Pumpkin Kit!

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Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

The other day I posted the first candy bar I made, but it was so fun I had to make some more Halloween Night Candy Bars with the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set plus Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Depending on the kind and size of candy bar you use, just wrap designer paper, or even card stock around the candy bar and secure with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape.  Stamp the Cookie Cutter characters, color in and punch out. Add a few other stamps for embellishments or whatever else you come up with!  So fun and easy!

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Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar

When we think of Halloween we think of candy, so why not decorate a chocolate bar for Halloween like this Cookie Cutter Halloween Candy Bar?! It’s so fun to make stamping projects for Halloween!

First I just wrapped the chocolate bar (with almonds!) in a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper. The size depends on your candy bar, just overlap it a bit in the back and make sure it’s a fairly tight fit. I just used a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive.  The mummy is stamped from Cookie Cutter Halloween and colored lightly with a little Sahara Sand ink and my Aqua Painter.  The little ghost I had already cut out with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies.  The greeting is stamped from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Such a fun and easy treat or favor to make just for fun or for a party!  Check your pantry or grocery store and see what you come up with!

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Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Sometimes the best gifts come in tiny boxes, just like this Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box. There is nothing simpler than this way of packaging a small gift or treat! The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are food safe and acid free and only 2″ x 2″ x 2″ in size! You get 16 treat boxes in a package!

There are limitless ways to decorate and use these little boxes! You will have fun seeing what cute ways you can use these boxes. For this one, I assembled the flat-folded box, added the candy treats inside, and tied with the new Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (available September 1st in the new Holiday Catalog!). For the little gingerbread house on the front, I found that the smaller ones printed on the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper on one of the sheets fit perfectly after I cut it out with my Paper Snips scissors. That’s all there was to it! Instead of candy, you could put a very small gift inside tucked inside some shredded paper or wrapped in some tissue paper. Instead of being able to see inside so easily, you could wrap designer paper around the outside like a wide belly band. Use these boxes for any occasions! They are great to have on hand!

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Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Cookie Cutter Scarecrow Mini Treat Bag for Halloween

Here’s something fun to make with the Cookie Cutter scarecrow on a Mini Treat Bag all ready for Halloween!  The Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set is coming soon (September 1st!) in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and coordinates with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (and there is a Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set too that you won’t want to miss!).

I had already stamped and punched out the scarecrow another day and he was right there on my table so I colored him in with Stampin’ Write Markers and mounted him on a layer of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Basic Black.

You already know how much I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  When I got the idea to make a treat bag, I grabbed a piece of the new Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper toward the back of the Holiday Catalog.  I think the little pumpkin pattern looks so cute with the scarecrow! I decided to fold over the top of the treat bag and tie closed with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.

Don’t forget to put the candy or treat in the bag before you tie it shut!  You could also make it like a little envelope with a greeting or gift card inside. So many uses for the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

Holiday Catalogs are starting to arrive in mailboxes so be sure to watch for yours if you have been a regular customer of mine! Sometimes they get lost along the way, so let me know if yours doesn’t arrive by September 1st.  If you are new and would like a catalog, just let me know and I can send one to you.

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Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card Inside

Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card

When I discovered these Pop Up Corner Cards, I loved them and made several including this Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card for my daughter. They are so easy and the recipient will think you are so clever!

Start with an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock for the card base.  Score in the middle vertically and horizontally so the paper is divided into fourths.  In the upper left quadrant, score than on a diagonal.  Fold on all the score lines back and forth, then cut the right horizontal line just to the center.

Pop Up Corner Card Diagram

Fold the top half down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top piece back on the diagonal score line.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Fold the top quarter down.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

That piece you just folded down and the piece to the right are the areas where you will put adhesive and glue those two pieces together when you fold over the right area.

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Pop Up Corner Card Fold

Open the card, make sure you have it all going in the right direction and decorate!  As you get experienced, it’s probably easier to adhere paper and embellishments on the sections before those two areas are glued together to actually make it the folded card,

Pop Up Corner Card Open

I hope you will try one of these cards like my Botanical Pop Up Corner Birthday Card.

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags

I spent most of the day making a bunch of Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags for some people. Yesterday I posted one I made to get myself going and think about how I was going to decorate the treat bag. It’s best to have a simple design when you are making a quantity of anything, of course.  I used quite an assortment of papers for these! I used the Cherry on Top Paper Stack, the Love Blossoms Paper Stack, Birthday Bouquet, English Garden (retired), and the Botanical Gardens Designer PaperMost of these I had big enough scraps for at least one treat bag so I ended up with lots of different papers just to use up some of my current papers.

I scored the bag at 3 1/2″ from the bottom to make the foldover flap. Then I adhered a belly band around the treat bag (be sure to put the treat in first!) and stamped “Thank You” for the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set. The word “Celebrate” is from the Any Many More Stamp Set that has all kinds of greetings in it.

It’s fun to make these mini treat bags!  You don’t only have to use them for candy or treats. You can use them for envelopes and slip in a simple card or a monetary gift.

Of course the main thing you need to make these Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Candy Treat Bags is the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Big Shot.

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St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag

St. Patrick's Day Gift Bag and Tag

If you have a little treat for someone today on St. Patrick’s Day, you might want to make a little St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag like this one!  I pulled out the Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board and the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This paper has a printed pattern on one side and shiny pattern on the other side, so that presents a dilemma of which side to use because you will like both sides! This is heavier kraft paper so great to use for boxes and bags and such.

The tag is first punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with Cucumber Crush card stock which matches the Shine On DSP. To make the little pot of gold, I punched a circle of black with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch and cut it in half. You could use a larger circle punch or even a large oval punch if you wanted a bigger pot.  The rim and two legs on the pot are punched from the Word Window Punch.  What would we do without the Word Window Punch?!! For the gold coins, I pulled sequins off the Gold Sequin Trim.  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and the word “lucky” is from the And Many More Stamp Set. I inked up only the word Lucky on the stamp (it says Lucky You) and punched it out with the Word Window Punch. To make it smaller, I inserted the punched out piece back into one side of the punch coming in from the top so just the one end would get punched. It fits perfectly on the pot of gold!

So there you go! Make someone a St. Patrick’s Day Gift Bag and Tag and surprise them!

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Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box

If you get the Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Playful Pals Stamp Set and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies, and you spend some time playing with it, you will just become more and more creative playing with all the stamps and dies and thinking of all the possibilities, such as my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box.  I didn’t even know if there were proper “ears” in the set, but there were, and then I die cut a bunny ear out of orange card stock for a carrot and a green piece that is probably most like a frog’s foot for the leafy top of the carrot. I just drew in the little lines on the carrot and the leafy top with a black marker.  A lot of times I find that the more I sit and play with my stamps and accessories, the more ideas I can come up with.

Bunnies aren’t just for Easter!  You could make Playful Pals bunnies out of other colors, even designer paper, just for fun.  How cute will they be for babies or baby showers or gifts?! Little kids will like them as a birthday party favor.

With this Playful Pals Photopolymer Bundle, you can just stamp on the pyramid box or you can stamp and use die cuts to make things a little more 3D. So many possibilities! You can copy ideas you find online, but I also challenge you to just play and stamp and stamp and play and see what you come up with all the little pieces and parts!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that end tomorrow!  You might for sure want the Ornate Tag Topper Punch and especially the very cute Tin of Cards Project Kit by Stampin’ Up! You might also want to add the Tin of Cards Photopolymer Stamp Set that has great greetings and little doodles that I’ve used on other projects, not just the Tin of Cards.

If you want to make fun little animals and other projects like my Playful Pals Easter Bunny Pyramid Treat Box, be sure to check out my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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Easy Valentine Candy Jar

Easy Valentine Candy Jar

I saw this idea for an easy Valentine candy jar in an online feature from Country Living and I had to try it since it looked so easy!  All you need is a doily of some kind, a heart, and some Baker’s Twine or similar! I used just a dab of SNAIL Adhesive to hold the doily in place and the heart while I wrapped the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around and around the jar. And then the best part – filling the jar with Valentine candy!! Give it fora  Valentine gift or keep it for yourself!

Halloween Mini Treat Bag

Halloween Mini Treat Bag

One more day until Halloween so here is a Halloween Mini Treat Bag for holding some treats! If you have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, you can make your own treat bag.  If you don’t, maybe this will give you an idea for decorating whatever little bags you have or can buy at the craft store if you are needing some last minute treat bag ideas!  I couldn’t even find my Spider Web Doilies but I did have two halves laying on my table so I used those!  The tag is from the Merry Everything Stamp Set.  I colored in the little vampire with a Pear Pizzazz marker.

For a layer behind the tag I just punched 4 pieces from the Note Tag Punch,  cut off the bottom portions, and adhered them behind the tag, just for a different look!  The spider web paper from Happy Haunting was perfect for this.

I hope you are ready for a fun Halloween! And I hope the weather cooperates for all the little trick-or-treaters, wherever you live!