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Make an Easy Triangle Box For a Treat With Year of Cheer Paper

Year of Cheer Triangle Box Side

If you need a cute little gift box for a treat or small gift, try making this easy triangle box with the Year of Cheer Designer Paper. I learned to make this triangle box a long time ago and it is SO easy!  You can vary the size, decorate it for any kind of occasion, make it as plain or simple as you want….it’s up to you! And did I say it was quick and easy?!

My sample starts with a piece of the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series PaperThis is beautiful paper with foil designs, one-sided, and perfect for special cards and projects. I used a  piece of paper cut 5″ x 10″.  All you have to do is score the paper at 5″, then mark on the short ends the center spot which would be 2 1/2″. Score from the 5″ score line to the center mark on the short ends on each side on each end.

This is what the scored paper will look like:

Triangle Box Scored

Fold all the score lines and practice folding into the triangle box shape. Then on each end you will need to punch holes so that you can tie all the ends together once you put the contents inside.

Here is one of my older posts with a diagram of how to score the box. You do the same thing even if the size is a little different.

Year of Cheer Triangle Box Front

To decorate this triangle box, I embossed a snowflake image from the Cheers to the Year Stamp Set with the Heat Tool and Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I punched out the snowflake with a Circle die that fit around it with a Silver Foil scalloped circle die. After adhering these two pieces together, I layered that piece on a piece of Silver Foil punched with the Pretty Label Punch.  I embellished this snowflake piece with a piece of Silver Mini Sequin Trim and Rhinestone Jewels.  The triangle box is tied with a piece of Mini Tinsel Trim.

Make an Easy Triangle Box For a Treat With Year of Cheer Paper for a small gift or a candy treat inside! It’s easy to make and the Year of Cheer Paper is elegant for any occasion!

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Here are some of my favorite Halloween posts from last year all in one place, if you need some last minute Halloween ideas!  If you don’t have this year’s Halloween stamps and paper, perhaps you have ones from last year or you can just use something else. Substitution is easy! It doesn’t always have to be “Halloween” paper or stamps.  Just use the ideas!

Halloween Witch's Boot Candy Treat Holder

Halloween Witch’s Boot

Easy to make with a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll! Very cute and fun to make!

Halloween Night Washi Tape Halloween Card

Halloween Night Washi Tape Halloween Card

Use some washi tape, whatever you have, criss-crossing at the bottom of the card and do a little stamping at the top!

Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

Halloween Chocolate Candy Treat Bag

Even if you don’t have the narrow cello bag, use the idea of wrapping chocolate nugget candies with designer series paper for a Halloween treat!

Halloween Small Hexagon Box

How to Make a Halloween Small Hexagon Box

This cute little hexagon box isn’t as hard as it looks!  Give it a try for any occasion!

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Use the Swirly Scribbles dies to make pumpkins for Halloween!

Halloween Night Candy Bars

Halloween Night Candy Bars

Decorate candy bars of any size with designer paper and Halloween images.

I hope you can use these ideas to inspire your own ideas with the materials you have! Actually most of these could be used as Christmas ideas or for a birthday party.  Just change the colors, the paper, the images.

Have fun making some last minute Halloween treats for family, friends, or your trick-or-treaters!

 

Frankenstein Mini Treat Bag For Halloween

Frankenstein Mini Treat Bag For Halloween

As I was reading something online, I saw a mention of Frankenstein, and I realized with Halloween almost here, I’d almost forgotten about Frankenstein.  We used to make lots of fun cards with one of the original steel dies we used to have, the Top Note Die.  It was perfect for a Frankenstein head!  But as I glanced through some images of Frankenstein to refresh my memory of how his face looked, I noticed people were using various punches to make Frankenstein, perhaps a little smaller though!  I saw one candy project using the Everyday Label Punch, and decided to make a Frankenstein face with that punch.

The face turned out small, naturally, using a punch, and I could have added it to many different things, like the Clear Tiny Treat Box for one thing.  Since I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies so much, I decided to make a Mini Treat Bag out of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and make the Frankenstein face the focal point.

This is how you start using the Everyday Label Punch to make the Frankenstein face:

Everyday Label Punch for FrankensteinI punched one label out of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock and one out of Basic Black. The Basic Black one I cut in a little less than half and then just snipped the bangs with my Paper Snips. Then I glued the black hair piece on top of the green face piece. I suppose you could leave the “lump” on top of his head, but I cut mine off, just following along that straight line on top.

For the Frankenstein face, I used the 1/2″ Circle Punch for his nose and sponged it with a little bit of Lemon Lime Twist Ink. For the eyes, I missed having the Owl Punch and forgot that would have been good to use for the eyes.  Use whatever punch that you have to punch out the white eyes.  You can punch smaller dots for the eyes, but the simpler thing to do is just color in the black part of the eyeballs with a black marker.  I used my 1/4″ Handheld Punch for the white eyes. They are a little small but that’s okay.  Just draw on his mouth and scar with a black marker.

To make Frankenstein stand out on the Mini Treat Bag, I just layered him on an Oval die cut, also one with the scalloped edge, and one of the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  The greeting is from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.

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Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes

Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes

Someone asked me to make some kind of treat boxes for a school festival, and these Halloween Candy Corn Treat Boxes are what I came up with after looking at a whole bunch of ideas online. As it turned out, these were made with the boxes in a Paper Pumpkin Kit a couple of years ago. The kit came out in time for Thanksgiving and the boxes were designed to look like a piece of pie. Since it’s usually just three of us at Thanksgiving, I saw no need to make these boxes so of course I saved the kit. Sometimes hoarding is good!

Even if you don’t have an old Paper Pumpkin Kit with pie shaped boxes, you can easily make your own triangle boxes yourself out of cardstock.  You can see one I made HERE in this post.  Just cut a strip of cardstock, score in half, then score from the halfway mark on each side to the middle point at each end.

Triangle Box Drawing

I pretty much copied the sample box I saw online. Instead of trying to cut the colored cardstock strips to an exact length and angle, which which have been a little difficult to measure ahead of time, I just adhered each “too big” strip onto the box lid and then trimmed off the excess length with scissors.  Just make the strips whatever width you like, no need to measure.  Just fit them on the box.

The bats were punched with a retired Bat Punch from Stampin’ Up!.  The greeting, as it turns out, after I searched through many old stamp sets, was from a Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Even when you make the project, you still have an exclusive little stamp set to keep! After filling the box with some candy corn in a cello bag, I closed up the box and tied the Pumpkin Pie ribbon around the sides and added a bit of Gold Sequin Trim. We used to have bigger sequin trim but now we have Mini Sequin Trim.

Just for an extra surprise in the box, I decided to make the little black cat Halloween ornament.  All that took was to die cut a circle out of lightweight cardboard and cover with designer paper.  In this case I used some retired paper. Then I used the Cat Punch, a small circle for the moon and sponged the edges, stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes (still one of the best stamp sets!) and punched the greeting with the Classic Label Punch.

This was such a fun project to make! Try your hand at making the triangle box!  You can make so many variations for treats or small gifts for most any occasion!

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Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Christmas Tiny Treat Box

It’s time to stock up on the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes for making something like my Christmas Tiny Treat Box or treat boxes for any other occasion. They are very easy to decorate and fill with candy or a small gift.

These little boxes are really handy to have.  They are small and come flat so storage is no problem.  Just pull off the plastic protecting their surface and assemble.  Be sure to crease the score lines well on the boxes.  I usually fold  back and forth where I can to get a good crease.  That makes for a “sharper” box.

Decorate the Tiny Treat Boxes any way you like!  For Christmas, like the box above, you might easily wrap some Christmas designer paper around the outside around the sides. Another variation might be to wrap the paper from top to bottom, covering the lid and decorating that way. After wrapping the Be Merry Designer Series Paper around the outside of the box, I also wrapped a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon around the the middle and simply tied in a knot,  You really can’t decorate a small gift box quicker and easier than this! And if you wanted to, you could embellish way more than this!

If the gift or treat or favor is for a birthday, of course just wrap with birthday or generic paper, tie on some ribbon, maybe add a greeting or an embellishment or tag, and you have something quick and ready to go for the recipient.

Here are some Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes With Spooky Cat in THIS POST that I made in August to get ready for Halloween. Just think of the possibilities!  You get 16 boxes that are food safe, 2″ x 2″ x 2″ and only cost $7.50. Good to order some and keep on hand, even if you don’t have a specific occasion in mind at the time.  They will be useful for lots of things.

And don’t forget, the Be Merry Designer Series Paper is one of the papers in the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP Sale going on now all month in October.

Stock up during the special offers going on now!

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Halloween Witch Trick or Treat Candy Treat Box

Halloween Witch Trick or Treat Candy Treat BoxHere’s a fun Halloween Witch “Trick or Treat” Candy Treat Box to make for Halloween! I think it is the witch on this project that makes it interesting (although I could have made her face better I think!).

Remember the little Fall Treat Bag I made the other day on THIS blog post?  This treat box is made the exact same way, except it is not as tall and I left it open instead of closing the top! This box is about 3 1/4″ tall. I made it with the witch’s hat pattern in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  For the treat inside, I used a Cello Bag to hold some chocolate candy (of course!) and tied with the Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.  You can make your own “shred” to put in a gift bag or a treat box like this one by just cutting very narrow strips of cardstock and then crumbling it up in your hands as tight as you like!  The greeting is stamped from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set. I even sponged it a little with Pumpkin Pie ink.

Let’s talk about the witch!  I took out a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock to possibly punch with a Circle Punch for the witch’s face.  This particular scrap already had a piece punched out with the Pretty Label Punch.  I saw that and thought that, at least, the bottom portion, lengthwise, could look like a witch’s face with a chin! Do you see it??

Lemon Lime Twist Punch outThat’s how I came up with the witch’s face using the Pretty Label Punch!  Then I just cut a triangle and an oval for her witch’s hat and added a small strip of the Pumpkin Pie 1/4″ Stitched Ribbon on her hat band. For her black hair, I just cut a scrap of Basic Black Cardstock and snipped it to look like hair for each side.  No special directions, just play it by ear!  I could have drawn on her face better but I didn’t give it much thought!  I was excited to make her face out of the Pretty Label Punch!

Box Diagram

Remember, check out my blog post HERE to see all the directions for making this box, but above you see the diagram.  For this box, since I wanted it to be shorter than the fall treat bag, I made it shorter than the 6″ width, about 5 1/4″.  The paper is 12″ long.  Score for the bottom flaps with the paper lengthwise at 2″.  Then turn the paper sideways, like the diagram, and score at 1″, 3 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 9 1/4″. Cut out that little section I have marked with light blue. Fold and crease all the scored lines and assemble the box.

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Quick and Easy Fall Treat Bag For Candy or a Gift

Quick and Easy Fall Treat Bag For Candy or a GiftIf you need a quick and easy fall treat bag for some candy or a gift, making this little bag out of some pretty designer paper or cardstock is about as easy as it gets!  It uses half a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper and then is scored and cut, folded and glued.  Leave it open at the top or tie shut with a ribbon or something else and you’ve got a cute little treat bag. Make it for any occasion by changing the paper and the greeting or decoration.

Start with a 12″ x 6″ piece of designer paper or cardstock to make this bag. I used a piece of the beautiful Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper  (I love this paper!!). Place the paper lengthwise in the Stampin’  Trimmer or Simply Scored board.  Score at 2″.  This will make the bottom of the bag. Next turn the paper the other way to score four times:  at 1″, 3 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 9 1/4″. Fold and crease all the score lines with the Bone Folder. It really helps to get a good crease.

Now starting at what will be the bottom flaps of the box, the 2″ scored section, cut those four score lines up to the original 2″ score line. So you will have one little section that is 1″ wide and the rest are 2 3/4″ wide. Cut off the little 1″ section. This diagram isn’t drawn to scale but it gives you the idea! (And I learned a new skill!)  Cut out the light blue portion and cut up on the short score lines at the bottom to the horizontal score line to make the bottom flaps.Box Diagram

Put adhesive, something strong like Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape on that remaining 1″ strip. If you have the paper flat on the table, you can just fold over the opposite end and adhere it to that 1″ portion. Do this instead of fumbling with it in a box shape in your hands.

Punch two holes in the top, if you like and tie with a ribbon.  I used the Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon.  The greeting is stamped from the Labels to Love Stamp Set, stamped on Whisper White in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. Then it is punched out with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. The background is a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock punched with the Pretty Label Punch. I adhered the greeting on to this label, popped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals on to the bag, and added some Gold Faceted Gems for some bling!

This is a very quick and easy treat bag you can make for fall or Thanksgiving or any occasion for a small gift or a candy treat!  Leave it open or close it up.  It will only take you a few minutes to make and the recipient will think it is fantastic!  If you think your friends would be interested in this blog post, you can share by clicking the buttons below!

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Halloween Treat Bag With Candy

Halloween Treat Bag With Candy

If you have the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, you can make this Halloween Treat Bag with candy quickly and easily!  I love those Mini Treat Bag Dies, as I have mentioned many times in my blog posts! They make it so easy to make these cute treat bags, which you can use for treats, as card, or for a small gift or gift card!  They are so versatile!

The paper I used is the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog. I chose the pattern with the little bottles of potions!  The label on the front is from the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp SetThat is stamped on Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and punched with the Everyday Label Punch, which also coordinates with another stamp set,  Merry Little LabelsYou can even buy this stamp set and punch in a Bundle and save 10%.  I also stamped the Happy Halloween in the set on Very Vanilla on a scrap strip of paper and then put it in the punch to get the perfect curved ends to match the label!  I also sponged it with a bit of Pumpkin Pie ink to have it match a bit better and look a little spookier! I put this all on a strip of Basic Black Cardstock (you could also wrap it all the way around in a belly band) and to jazz it up a bit, put a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper behind it!

Won’t a little trick-or-treater love to get this mini treat bag instead of just being handed a candy bar?!

Here’s another treat bag I made with the Birthday Memories paper in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  So many cute ideas with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!

It’s time to start getting ready for Halloween, whether you are giving out treats to trick-or-treaters or co-workers at the office or maybe party favors at a Halloween party!  It’s fun to do when you’re not rushed at the last minute so take some time to make some easy and fun Halloween treats NOW like this easy Halloween Treat Bag!

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Enjoy Some Stampin’ Up! Holiday Videos!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!  You can view it online and order from it! Start enjoying all its gorgeousness!  It really is time to begin thinking of the holidays and all the cards and projects we want to make.

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Summer has ended and now it is almost fall, at least that’s what Labor Day weekend tells us! Here in Houston we still have plenty of hot weather to go, although after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey last weekend, I think we are going to be treated to a little bit cooler weather for a few days. It’s hard to believe a week ago we’d had 3″ of rain with another 32″ to go by Sunday morning. And even as I write this post, people are still being evacuated from places that are still flooding and from places east of Houston where Harvey’s path took it after it hit here. By some grace of God, we are still fine in our home.

That’s why it is so good to have something to help us relax and take our minds off the troubles of the world for a little while. That’s why we say “Stamping is cheaper than therapy!” Of course a lot of stampers and other Demonstrators are still trying to save their stamps and papercrafting supplies from the flood or will have none left when this is all over with.  Stampin’ Up! has already stepped up to help some of those people.

Here are some Stampin’ Up! videos for you to enjoy and to get a better feel for some of the products in the Holiday Catalog!

When you look through the catalog, when you see that little “play” arrow near a product description, that means there is a video for that product or suite of products.

If you do not have a Demonstrator and would like a Holiday Catalog, it seems that our mail service is back up so I can send you a complimentary copy.  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com with your contact information and let me know if you would also like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Be sure to order your favorite products as soon as you can as some could go on backorder temporarily as we have seen in the past!  If something is backordered when you want to order it, I always think it is best to go ahead and add it to your order anyway rather than wait until the stock is resupplied because Stampin’ Up! will send it out to you as soon as they have it.

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Enjoy your Holiday Catalog and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cat

Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cat

How do you like these Halloween Tiny Treat Boxes with Spooky Cats?  I bet that one of the most popular items in the upcoming Holiday Catalog will be this Cat Punch! If you are interested, I would order it right away when the catalog comes out. What is really great, is that you can punch the cat right out of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper!  You can also stamp and punch with the Spooky Cat Stamp Set!

If you are ordering in August, I would go ahead and order the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes from the Annual Catalog.  They are currently backordered, but yours will come as soon as they are resupplied, which will be faster than if you wait until they are back in stock and then order.  You get 16 boxes that are 2″ x 2″ x 2″ and are food safe!  And the cost is only $7.50. These are great for having on hand any time you need a little treat for someone or to hold a small gift.  You can decorate them however you like.  You will see this Halloween idea in the Holiday Catalog. I chose to just punch out some cats from the Spooky Night Paper and tie with some ribbon, plus I added a stamped greeting from the Spooky Cat Stamp Set.  So fun!  So many creative possibilities!

This is such a quick and easy Halloween treat to make and will be so fun with the new Cat Punch!!

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I can’t believe how fast August is flying by!

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Easy Graduation Card Idea for 2017

Easy Graduation Card Idea for 2017

Now that I know my niece has received her high school graduation card, I can show it to you! I got the idea online somewhere and updated it a little bit, so it really is an easy graduation card for 2017, using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies, which thankfully are not retiring this year! There are so many good graduation cards out there it was hard to narrow down my choices. Or maybe I wish I had more graduates to send cards to this year!

The front layer of this card is Whisper White Cardstock, embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. This folder is retiring, although it is still available. I think stars are always handy to have in your stash in whatever form because they can be used to many occasions. The numbers are die cut with the Big Shot and the numbers framelits I already mentioned.  I used Gold Foil paper as well as a layer under the Whisper White.  Some gold or silver foil or glimmer paper always adds some elegance, I think!

The graduation cap is easy to make. Either you can google some tutorials on how to cut the angles or you can just cut out somewhat of a diamond shape. Then cut a little square piece for underneath and punch or cut those two little half circles like graduation caps usually have. You can make your own tassel with embroidery floss or twine, but I used a tassel from the Eastern Palace Suite. It was easier to just stick it up underneath the cap than to deal with the ring on top of the tassel which maybe should go at the center of the top of the cap. On the top of the cap I placed a Gold Faceted Gem, coming in the new catalog.

The card is just on a Basic Black card base and you can put a piece of Whisper White on the inside so you have somewhere to stamp and write a greeting.  Maybe add a strip of the Gold Foil on the inside to carry through the design.

Which do you think a graduate will appreciate more, a graduation card you handmade for them or a store bought one? I guess as long as it has money inside, they will appreciate either, but you know what I mean!!

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Make Easy Animal Party Favor Treat Boxes and More!

Pyramid Pals

Two of the items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products List are the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set which can help you make easy animal party favor treat boxes and more! It’s an infinite number of cards, party favors, gift boxes, party decorations and more that you can make. Fill these Pyramid Pals with candy or a treat or just make them for fun or for a decoration.  Just think of the fun you could have with your children or grandchildren if you make the box and then they help you decorate the pyramid to make an animal. Or just make a pyramid box, decorate with some designer paper or stamping or perhaps a clear window cut out, and use it as a party favor or gift box. Use the stamp set to decorate the boxes or just to make cards and other projects.

Both the Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set and Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies are still available as I write this post, so if you think this is something that would be fun and useful to own, grab it while you can.  All retiring items are available until May 31 or while supplies last.

Playful Pals Bundle

The Playful Pals Bundle may not still be available but you can order the dies and stamp set separately. It’s a fun and different product to use!

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Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Quick and Easy Easter Tiny Treat Box

Make a quick and easy Easter Tiny Treat Box for a little gift or a table favor or even a decoration in your home!  And you can eat the candy later!  The Stampin’ Up! Tiny Treat Boxes make this project so quick and easy. If you don’t have any “Easter grass” to put inside, just cut narrow strips of cardstock and moosh them up with your hands, unless you have the old Paper Crimper, which is what I used to get the crinkly effect.

My project was made super-quick because I already had extra Easter figures cut out while doing another project. I had already stamped and die cut the Easter bunny, carrot, chocolate bunny and little bunnies with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle. The Bundle includes the stamp set and matching framelits dies and is on the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List. Now the Bundle at $46.75  in the Occasions Catalog has always been the best deal if you wanted both the stamp set and the framelits, but now that the Retirement List is here, it looks to me like the best deal is to buy the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set on sale at $16.80 and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies on sale at $15.50.

This set can be used for other occasions, not just Easter, so don’t worry that you don’t have time to order and use it now!  There is always next year, but even now you can use bunnies for any happy occasion and certainly the basket and flowers. One day I made a baby card with the bunnies that had nothing to do with Easter.

The Retirement List was released yesterday so be sure to check it out early so as not to be disappointed if any products sell out early!

  • Retiring stamp sets will continue to be manufactured by Stampin’ Up! in Kanab, UT until May 22, then it will be while supplies last.
  • Some items on the Retirement List are discounted, but not all.
  • Bundles in any catalog are only priced as bundles with the 10% discount for the first year in the catalog, after that the items may be available separately.
  • Tools and accessories are available “while supplies last”.

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Retiring Stamp Sets

Retiring Bundles

Retiring Everything Else

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Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! Back in Stock!

Decorated Egg Cartons Stampin' Up!

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The Mini Egg Cartons by Stampin’ Up! are back in stock!  What a shame that they were unavailable for this length of time, but you can get them now. If you do want them for Easter and depending on where you live, you still might be able to get them in time to decorate if you order today or even over the weekend. There is even Expedited Shipping if you REALLY want them FAST!

With the popularity of the Hey Chick! Stamp Set at Sale-A-Bration, I would say these Mini Egg Cartons could be used for cute projects even after Easter, so don’t hesitate to think of other creative ideas beyond Easter.

Mini Egg Cartons Plain

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As you can see, the Mini Egg Cartons come very plain, just like real egg cartons.  You can spritz them with a color if you like, using the Stampin’ Spritzer and ink refills, or leave them plain and embellish according to the occasion.  In the photo at the top of my blog post, you can see there is a piece of designer paper inside the lid and a matching belly band around the carton plus decorations made with the Basket Bunch Photopolymer Bundle.  These can be used as a gift box or treat box. If you are looking for a different kind of presentation, this just might be it!

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Remember, the Retirement List for the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog comes out on Monday, April 10th at 1:00 pm Mountain Time. If there are things you REALLY wish you would have ordered already, it’s time to get them before someone else does, whether you know it’s going to retire or not. Once the Retirement List hits, all bets are off; some things sell out in the blink of an eye and many do not.  So you never know.  We don’t know what is on the list except for the In Colors of two years ago, so be sure to consider those first of all! You don’t want to pay high prices on Ebay later!

Check out the Mini Egg Cartons and perhaps add some In Color products to your order before Monday!

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St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick's Day Easy Candy Treat Holder

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17th, so if you are looking for a fun little treat maybe for your family, your co-workers, teachers, whomever, here is a St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder. You can put a chocolate square on the inside or whatever you find that fits. Or modify the measurements to suit your treat!

This project is so easy to make and as usual, can be made and decorated for any occasion.  Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2″ x 2″ so that it will fit inside the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Score at 2 5/8″ and at 2 7/8″.  Then insert each end of the strip into the punch for the fancy top. If you don’t have this punch, you can leave it plain or snip off the corners at an angle.

For the decoration on the front, I made a pot of gold!  The pot is just a 1 3/8″ Circle Punch cut in about half. Either just cut little strips for the pot legs or use, as I did, the Classic Label Punch, cut in half or smaller. I first thought I would like the pointy ends for the legs, but I changed my mind. I also punched another strip to go across the top of the pot. If you have the retired Window Punch, that works great, too!

For the gold coins, I used the always-useful Owl Builder Punch!  If you don’t own this punch, you really need to put it on your next order. It’s so fun! I use it in so many ways. For the coins, I punched the small circles that would be eyes. They are adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue.

Click here to see a similar St. Patrick’s Day design I made last year. As you can see, I used Gold Sequins.

The greeting is from another of my favorite things, the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There aren’t many places you will find a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” stamp but this set has it!

The ribbon is the one with gold accents, free in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, with a $50 purchase.  You get a Combo Pack of two ribbons, one with the silver accents and one with the gold accents. It’s called the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  The ribbon is very soft and nice.  You will like it.

Sale-A-Bration ends the last day of March and we know that will sneak up fast!

Be prepared for all special occasions by knowing how to make this St. Patrick’s Day Easy Candy Treat Holder! 

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