Popcorn Mini Treat Box

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The new Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies make a simply adorable Mini Treat Box!  I tried out the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack to create it and found that, yes, you do need two of the 6” x 6” sheets.  When I try it with Card Stock, I’m going to see if I can save some paper.  (Check back next week to see.)

This box is made with the dies by themselves.  I didn’t get the Ready to Pop Stamp Set yet.  When I do, I’ll be sure to make another Popcorn Box(By the way, the stamp set and dies also come in a bundle!)

When you assemble the box, be sure to use Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps.  If the Tear & Tape is wider than the flap, remove the liner and curl the excess tape back on itself so nothing sticks outside the flap.  Like the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies, the Popcorn Box has overlapping bottom flaps.  You can adhere them or not, depending upon the weight of the contents of the box.

Here’s a video from one of my favorite people at Stampin’ Up!®She’s going to show you just how to assemble the Popcorn Box.

Note that the box can fold flat for storage!  That’s one of my favorite benefits to the box!

I also used Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape instead of cutting out tapered strips.  The popcorn is die-cut from Whisper White Card Stock and sponged with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and a Sponge Dauber I liked one of the phrases from the Jar of Love Stamp Set, so I edited it with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and a Project Life® Journaling PenThe tag is attached with another pattern from the Washi Tape.

When you fill the box, especially with unwrapped food items, it’s a good idea to put the treats in a food-safe bag like the 2” x 8” Cellophane Bag or a waxed paper sandwich bag.  You can also adhere waxed paper to the Designer Series Paper or Card Stock before you die-cut it.  tams# 7472

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Watermelon Party Favor

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Have fun making this Watermelon Party Favor with the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies.  You know I like to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits in different ways, such as the New Year’s Party HatYou’ve also seen a traditional use of the Cake Slice Box in my Icing Cover for the Cutie Pie Cake Slice Box article.  So here’s another way to use the Cutie Pie Thinlits: a watermelon wedge!

Start with Emerald Envy Card Stock and die-cut two pie pieces.  I used a 6” x 12” piece from the 2016-2018 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock AssortmentYou can fit both sections on the one piece by putting them face-to-face and keeping them close to the edge.

Add the watermelon markings with a Sponge Dauber and a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad.  You just need to smear stripes on the top and bottom wedges, plus the end flaps.  I went over the stripes with a cotton swab afterwards to bring up the paler green.  This also dries the ink quicker.  To get the stripes to line up, I put the outer flaps edge to edge facing each other to get the starting places.  Note that I left the pieces flat without folding until I was ready to assemble.

The inside watermelon pieces were made from Watermelon Wonder Card Stock and cut to fit the rectangles on the die.  I used the solid drops (or leaves) from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set to stamp the seeds with an Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad.

I cut the “rind” from Whisper White Card Stock and left a 1/2” margin on three sides.  To get a rounded inside corner, I punched a small bit of the corner with the now-retired 1/4” Circle Handheld Punch.  Then I trimmed the edges to smooth out the rounded inside corner.

I recommend adhering the watermelon “meat” and “rind” before you complete the box.  You can use SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesives for this step, but you’ll get best results from Tear & Tape Adhesive when you go to assemble the box itself.  This will let the box hold up when you fill it and use it for Summer Barbecues & Parties!

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Cotton Paper Flower Fry Box

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The companion project to the Hamburger Box is the Fry Box.  I used the remaining half of the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the die-cut.  I also had plenty of Cotton Paper flower pieces left and decided to show a different floral configuration.

The flower for the Fry Box is made from the 5-petal blossoms and two different colors of the small leaves.  I curled the petals, including the Watermelon Wonder leaves, with the Bone Folder, then lightly crumpled them to give the blossom some lift and dimension.  I attached the Cucumber Crush leaves, pinching them down the center, then adhered the whole blossom to the front of the Fry Box with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The final touch was the large Iced Rhinestone Embellishment in the flower center.

So, between the two projects, you could make a matching set of boxes.  Both boxes would look great with either flower.  They would be perfect to package, say, a matching bracelet and earrings set for Mother’s Day!

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Confession: Box for the Cotton Paper Flower

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I have to make a confession.  This is the box I’d originally planned to use with the Cotton Paper Flower I talked about earlier this week.  Fortunately, the Bouquet Bigz L Die makes a lot of different sizes of flowers, especially when you cut 8 sheets at a time!  I had plenty to make a smaller flower for the box from the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die, which is so cute!

I chose the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper for the box itself.  The pattern with silver jewels randomly placed seemed good to use.  The Iced Rhinestone Embellishments dressed it up well and created a sparkly center for the smaller Cotton Paper flower.

The flower-making how-to is laid out in the Cotton Paper Flower article.  I changed up a bit for this flower, because I was worried about it sticking to the box.  I made the petals by overlapping the bases and pinching them together with a Glue Dot.  Then, I started with the 5-petal flower in Cucumber Crush for the “leaves” and glued it to the center of the box lid with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  I laid down a ring of glue on the “leaves” and lined up the larger Watermelon Wonder petals with the gaps between them and pressed with a Bone Folder to glue them down.  I repeated with the smaller Crushed Curry petals, overlapping them with the breaks between the Watermelon Wonder petals.

To finish off the flower, I glued a Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center, then added a large Iced Rhinestone.  This tied the Iced Rhinestones around the edge of the top together.  This box is perfect to hold a Celebration surprise!

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Cotton Paper Flower with Bag

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I described how to make the Cotton Paper Flower in yesterday’s article and mentioned that I would attach it to a bag and post it on my Facebook Page in a few days.  Well, I changed my mind.  I thought we should have a Real Life Color Coach discussion and talk about the Cotton Paper colors of the flower and the Designer Series Paper colors of the bag.

The Cotton Paper Flower colors are Watermelon Wonder from the Red-Orange Color Group, Bermuda Bay from the Green-Blue Color Group, Crushed Curry from the Yellow-Orange Color Group and Cucumber Crush from the Green-Yellow Color Group.  The four colors create an Analogous Plus Color Scheme.  I last talked about Analogous Plus combinations in my Watermelon Wonder Bowl of Cherries Card article.  This scheme includes Green-Blue, so the Plus has more oomph.  The combination screams “Let’s Party” to me.

Adding depth to the color scheme are Mossy Meadow, the Shade from the Green-Blue Color Group, Blushing Bride, the Tint of the Orange-Red Color Group and Pool Party, the Tint of the Green-Blue Color Group.  These colors are in the pattern of the bag, which is made with Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper and the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I tied off the bag with a length of Cucumber Crush 1” Dotted Lace Trim.  The Birthday Bouquet pattern is a bit more subdued than the Cotton Paper Flower, but the colors still coordinate.

Besides Party, this combination is good for any Celebration, Friendship, Graduation, Thank You or Summer.  The Birthday Bouquet patterns by themselves are also good for Sympathy and other less exuberant occasions.

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Cotton Paper Flower

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When the Retiring Stamps & Accessories Lists come out, I typically post projects using items on those lists.  Today is no exception.  I wanted to make a flower using the Cotton Paper and the Bouquet Bigz L Die.  Both of these are retiring, naturally.  Too bad, because the Cotton Paper is perfect to make flowers and the Bouquet Die is perfect for cutting the Cotton Paper.  I folded one sheet of each color in half and cut through eight layers at one time!  I could have done more, but this worked.

I had intended the flower to decorate the top of a box, but it turned out huge!  Luckily, I had smaller petals for the box.  I also wanted to use each color in the Cotton Paper package.  This is the result.

The leaves are two of the large Cucumber Crush petals that I left flat for the base.  I adhered them to a scrap of Card Stock.  I used the Crushed Curry 5-petal flower for the center and as the guide to attach the petals.  Before I attached the rest of the flower petals, I overlapped the two sections of each petal base and secured them with a Glue Dot.  I found that the Cotton Paper wasn’t fond of adhering with Glue Dots, so I bullied each petal into sticking by pinching it closed and letting my fingers heat the glue.  It worked just fine.  You have to show paper sometimes who is boss!  I attached each petal to the center with Glue Dots as well.  When the flower was done, I adhered it to the leaves on the Card Stock scrap with Tear & Tape Adhesive.  I used a large Vintage Faceted Button on top of the center flower and tied it through all layers.  The Paper Piercing Tool works well to poke holes for the Linen Thread.

So now I have this nice, large flower (almost 6” across).  I think it’s destined for a large bag.  It’ll work on the largest bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  Check my Facebook Page in a few days to see what it looks like!

By the way, the Cotton Paper, the Vintage Faceted Buttons and the Bouquet Bigz L Die are all retiring, so you may want to head over to my online store to browse and shop!

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Happy Earth Day 2016!

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Happy Earth Day!  Usually, I like to use leaves or flowers or something from the yard in my projects, but everything is wet today (yay-in California!).  Instead, I decided to do a quick stamping on a spare flower pot, also suitable for growing herbs.

When Stampin’ Up! announces the retiring list, I often use retiring products in the projects I show.  This time, I used the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, which is not retiring, because it has great color-in images… and I love roses!

The retiring products I used are the Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Individual Markers and the 2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  I also used the Mossy Meadow 5/8” Striped Cotton Ribbon.  I thought the ribbon looked earthy.

A few tips for stamping on rounded surfaces like flower pots:

  1. Use the “rock & roll” technique to get the image stamped.
  2. Place your image away from any protrusions or it won’t stamp fully. The block gets in the way.
  3. If you use photopolymer stamps, you can use them without the block, but the smear factor is still high, so be careful.
  4. Use permanent ink and wait for it to dry. Since I’m showing off retired product, I had to use water-based markers, so I will have to keep my pot inside once it’s filled.
  5. If you have paint, you can tint it with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and color in the image after you stamp it. Paint will cover up any action stamping, misstamping or smears.

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Continuing With Undersea Theme

This is a section of the sign for “The Seas with Nemo & Friends”
attraction at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center. The fish and sea
turtle look like cut-outs similar to the one I showed in my “Simple
but Decorative Wall Plaque” post. I like the bright Green-Yellow,
Green-Blue, Blue-Green, Blue and Red-Violet combination.

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Sparkle and Shine, Valentine

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The Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies are part of the Weekly Deals this week, so that inspired me to make a Valentine Treat Box! The Thinlits include a cute little heart that would cut through two layers of Glimmer Paper. I had double-sided Glimmer Paper (Red and Silver) that I’d used for a 12 Weeks of Christmas Project, but only mentioned it here in my article, How to Remove Glitter from Your Big Shot™ Dies. I die-cut the heart twice and attached it to both sides of the Clothespin. The Red side faces out and the Silver side faces the back.

You can cut both pieces of the box from one 6” x 12” piece of card stock. Use the Big Shot Magnetic Platform to hold the dies in place and cut them as close to the edge as possible. If your paper or card stock is uni-directional, you may need to use two 6” x 6-1/2” pieces instead. There’s just a smidge of room needed to place the dies in the same direction, but it is enough to have you run out of room if you can’t overlap the dies. I gave some more tips in my article, “Dinosaur Baker’s Box in Cheerful Melon Mambo Triad”.

I assemble the box with the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the side flaps. I don’t tend to adhere the bottom flaps together because I like boxes you can store flat. However, if the contents are heavy, the bottom will come open. A bit of masking or painter’s tape would hold it closed and still let you remove the tape to store the box. If you’re sending filled boxes home with someone, adhere the bottom flaps.

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Gift Card Envelopes You Can Make In A Batch

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As I mentioned in my post last week, you can make Gift Card Envelopes from card stock. The Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies die-cut the envelope, complete with scoring lines, equally as well as paper. These envelopes can stand alone, in addition to being attached to greeting cards. You can easily make a batch of them to have on hand.

The card stock envelopes would be sturdy enough to close with a Velcro® dot if you want them reusable. I tried Velcro on a Designer Series Paper Gift Card Envelope, but it was too easy to tear off. The Belly Band that slides on and off works just as well to make a reusable envelope. I wrapped an 8” x 1-1/2” strip around the Gift Card Envelope and adhered it together so it was slightly loose. I also like to cover the join with some kind of label or image. The 8” x 1-1/2” belly band works very well for the size of the envelope.

If you like the layered look for your Gift Card Envelopes, die-cut one from card stock and one from a coordinating patterned paper. Crease all the folds, then open out the envelopes. Trim each section of the paper envelope by 1/8” all the way around. Then layer each section on the card stock envelope.

I layered a 1/1-4” x 8” strip of paper around the belly band after the card stock band was adhered together. This allows enough give for the layering. If you layer first, you run the risk of the paper puckering or detaching.

The flat design of the embellishment on the belly band allows you to stack or file a whole batch of gift card holders. That way, you’re ready to pop in a gift card and give or send your gift at a moment’s notice!

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Get Ready to Party for 2016

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I love the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies, but I haven’t been making cake-and pie-slice treat boxes with them. Instead, I’ve been making hats! I did a Witches’ Hat Box for Hallowe’en and a Santa Hat (which only my subscribers saw – so sign up now – box at right!) for Christmas. So, this Party Hat Box is just in time for a New Year’s Eve Party to welcome in 2016. You can do up a whole bunch in a jiffy!

Die-cut the cake slices from Silver Foil Sheets. Cut away one of the flaps at the “nose” of the box. Adhere the box together with Tear & Tape Adhesive on one side so the whole thing lays flat. It’s easier to work with that way.

Cut 2-0-1-6 from Gold Foil Sheets with the Little Numbers Thinlits Dies. I cut four of each so there was one group on each side. Attach the numbers at jaunty angles to each other with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Let dry. If the numbers start curling up, flatten them by covering with a Silicone Craft Sheet, then the weight. The Craft Sheet won’t stick!

I don’t recommend using Glimmer Paper for the box. It’s very hard to stick together unless you use Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Even then, you have to hold it together while it dries and I don’t have the patience for that. So, I avoid Glimmer Paper for the box. The Numbers, however, are a different story!

To finish, adhere the box together on the remaining side and nose. Punch holes across the nose with the 1/8” Circle Handheld Punch. Thread two pieces of 1/8” Metallic Ribbon (one Silver, one Gold) through the hole and tie into a floppy bow. You can try curling the ends of the ribbon with scissors or a Bone Folder, but I didn’t find it worked too well. The curls came out very soft and gentle.

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Ornamented Baker’s Box

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The thing I like best about the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies is that the box can be folded flat until you need to use it. You don’t have to tape down the bottom unless you’re using the box for a heavy gift. Otherwise, just folding it closed works very well.

I decorated the box front and back with Gold Foil Sheets, Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies and Metal-Rimmed Pearls. The Pearls are colored with a mixture of alcohol and Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. See how in yesterday’s article, More Red & Green for Christmas. I would have decorated the two sides with the smallest Delicate Ornament Die, but I didn’t have room on any of my Gold Foil scraps.

To die-cut the handle, line the die up on the handle area of the box and cut with the Big Shot. Then trace the opening on the other handle, line up the die and cut. The two openings will match perfectly. Do the handle cut-outs before you start assembling the box. I tied a bow with Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon dyed with Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. Be sure to follow the directions in yesterday’s article as above.

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Treat Bag Greeting Card

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The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies make bags that are small enough to fit on a card front. You can tuck in gift cards (or cash or checks) for a gift and card in one.

When you die-cut your Mini Treat Bag, make sure the pinked edges of both dies are headed in the same direction, if your paper has a directional pattern. You don’t have to worry about this if you have an all-over omnidirectional pattern or no pattern. I avoid plaid designs because you really need to match them.

The bag Thinlits only need to go through the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine once. The words, bow and other fine-detailed dies really need 3 or 4 trips through. Place your die and paper in the middle of the cutting pad and on top of the Big Shot Magnetic Platform to make cutting easier. With the die in the middle, you can easily roll it back and forth without having to take your cutting sandwich out of the Big Shot.

One thing I noticed about the Boughs & Berries Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is that it’s larger than the front of a card. I centered the 5-1/4” x 4” layer from side to side and covered the top. When I placed the Treat Bag on the card front, I centered it on the sides and bottom of the layer so the embossed top border would show. You could use the long edge to emboss a border on the envelope flap.

I scored and folded little over 1/2” of the bag top to form a closure. A Glue Dot secured it closed, but it will still open without much problem. The bow is attached to the flap with a folded-over Glue Dot.

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Sleigh Ride Pillow Box

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Since my area is going through a heat wave, I’ve been thinking about snow! I thought of doing something with the Square Pillow Box Thinlits™ Dies and decided to try them with the Sleigh Ride Edgelits™ Dies. This is the result!

I made a Pillow Box in my Gift Packaging Class but my first sample didn’t turn out well. For today’s article, I decided to cover it up with Island Indigo paper from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. The box was already assembled, so I cut off the side flaps of the paper panels and glued one to each side. This works better than trying to assemble the Pillow Box pieces and then gluing them to the underneath box. The original box was made from Kraft 12” x 12” Card Stock, so the finished covered box is nice and strong.

Note on gluing with the Stampin’ Glue Sticks: coat the covering in stages because the glue comes undone if you coat the paper all at once and then have to move it into place. It is quick-drying.

I wanted a ribbon-like strip made from the Edgelits, so I die-cut the sleigh and horse image from a 5-1/2” x 6” piece of Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock. As I finished each die-cut, I lined it up with the 1” mark on the Stampin’ Trimmer and cut off the excess. This gave a thin strip with the sleigh and horse on it. I adhered each trim piece with SNAIL Adhesive on the bottom and Glue Stick on the sleigh and horse. Instead of wrapping the ends around the box, I trimmed them at the sides. This keeps it neat because the ends don’t match.

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A Forest of Christmas Trees

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You’re going to need your Math Hat on to make these Christmas Tree boxes with the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies! Or maybe it’s Engineering… I tend to lump them all together. I made three in different sizes, but you could make more!

One Tip you might want to use: when you’ve got your medium and small trees perfected, you might want to create a template for them so you don’t have to go through the measurements again! This means fussy cutting with scissors instead of using your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine, but it will take less time.

Note: If you order the Sweet Stack Project Kit (139645) from me, you’ll receive a free template for the medium-sized box along with a tip sheet for making the centerpiece. If you just want the tip sheet and template for $7.95US, you can order it separately – just click this link.

Back to creating your forest:

Die-cut 6 Cutie Pie Slices, 2 for each tree from Card Stock. I used Garden Green. On one pair, draw a line 1/2” from the bottom fold. On the second pair, draw a line 1” from the bottom fold. I didn’t measure how long the closure flaps needed to be for the medium tree, but mark 1-1/4” from the bottom fold on both closure flaps for the small tree. Trace the closure by lining up the bottom of the flap with the mark, then cut away the excess. You can trim the side flaps as you like. Try using 1-3/8” for the medium tree – you want the closure to fit the box. You don’t need to do anything for the third pair – that’s the large tree.

I used the back of the Spider Web Doilies, which is white, to place the trees on for a centerpiece. If you want to make a centerpiece without using the trees as boxes, you can trace the base on a piece of card stock, cut it out with Paper Snips or a craft knife, then pull the flaps through the opening and adhere them to the bottom side.

I decorated the trees with Snowflake Elements on two sides of the top and scattered Winter Wonderland Embellishments over the rest. I added Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the centers of the Elements – the hole is just too unfinished for me! You could use sequins or Real Red Pompom Trim, or whatever you like!

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Hallowe’en Wreath Good for Fall

This wreath is done in oranges and reds, and Browns, of course, and hangs in the gift shop of The Grand Californian Hotel next to Disney’s California Adventure. The stack of pumpkin cookies (only the top one has a Jack O’Lantern face) could be replaced with leaf or turkey cookies for Thanksgiving. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Scary Candy Corn Treat Box

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While I was taking pictures of my Witches’ Hat Treat Box, I got a few more ideas, but the Candy Corn Treat Box wasn’t one of them. Instead, I got this idea as one of my 3am-middle-of-the-night inspirations… at 3am, of course! What says Hallowe’en better than Candy Corn?

This starts with my new best friends, the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine and the Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies. I use the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform to keep the pie pieces aligned nose to nose. This makes sure they both fit on a 6” x 12” piece of card stock. I cut the body of the candy corn from Tangelo Twist in the 2014-2016 In Color 12” x 12” Card Stock Assortment.

I also used the Cutie Pie Thinlits to cut the “nose” and “base” pieces for the candy corn from Neutrals Envelope Paper. This is a way to use the extra Envelope Paper pieces, which I’ll discuss in Tuesday’s Tool Time feature. I cut two from the “nose” section and two from the “base” section, not needing complete die-cuts since I’ll be trimming them anyway.

The base needed to be yellow, so I brayered those pieces with the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad and let them dry really well. I measured 1-1/4” for each section and cut away the flaps and the excess. You may want to leave the flaps in place and adhere them to the Tangelo Twist flaps. I cut them away to eliminate excess thickness, but since I used Envelope Paper, that probably wasn’t necessary. I would only leave the side flaps and the tip flaps in place to camouflage the base card stock. Before you start assembling, be sure to re-score the die-cut so the extra layer will fold well.

A nice, plain Candy Corn is fine, but… I’ve got this great Big Shot and all these really cool dies, and I needed the camouflage! I cut the Wizard’s Hat from Black Glimmer Paper, die-cutting one from the front and one from the back so they’ll be mirror image. I punched the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack star from Gold Glimmer Paper, one for each side. I joined the hats to each other by adhering the top third with Fast Fuse Adhesive. Then I straddled the top, securing the brims on each side with Fast Fuse. Mini Glue Dots did the trick for the “Boo!” and the stars.

I couldn’t resist photographing the finished Candy Corn Box on a Spider Web Doily. If you want to have the doily as part of your box, adhere it to the top part of one of the closure flaps with Glue Dots or either type of Liquid Glue. If you use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, be sure it dries thoroughly. The Multipurpose Liquid Glue takes longer because it remains flexible.

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Witches’ Hat Treat Box

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I’ve been hanging on to this idea for a Witches’ Hat Treat Box ever since I got my first set of Cutie Pie Thinlits™ Dies. Today’s version has the ribbon and buckle posed at a jaunty angle. First Tip if you want the buckle centered on a side: apply your adhesive to the box, not to the ribbon. I used too much of the Tear & Tape Adhesive on the ribbon and had a very sticky time getting the knot to tie! When you put the adhesive on the box, don’t put any on the side you want the buckle and knot!

Start by making a 5-1/2” to 6” circle. If you don’t have a circle cutter, trace around a small paper plate or use a compass and a white pencil. After the circle is cut out, find the center. I use the Stampin’ Up!® Grid Paper and line up the circle, then draw lines with the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker.

The base of the box is 2” x 2-3/4”, so I mark each line and draw a box. After, I snip from the center to the corners and fold the tabs to the unmarked side. The completed box will slide through this opening and leave the flaps free for you to fill with treats. I snip the tabs to about 1/2” so they’ll be covered by the ribbon. The hat brim gets adhered to the outside of the box so you can easily use the box for goodies.

Second Tip: Use a 6” x 12” piece of Basic Black 12” x 12” Card Stock to die-cut the Cutie Pie box. You will need to cut the second piece nose-to-nose with the first piece in order to save paper.

I used Gold Glimmer Paper and Squares Collection Framelits™ Dies to make the buckle. It’s better to die-cut Glimmer Paper because punches will dull from trying to cut it. The first and third dies from the center make a good size buckle for the hat. You may have to hold the dies in place with Post-It™ Notes, even with the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform.

Since I love Hallowe’en, I may make some other Witches’ Hats. Be sure to check back. In the meantime, try out this Basic Black one. I’ve listed everything I used except the circle cutter.

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Seasonal Wreath You Can Use All Year Long

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Fall Baker’s Box

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I always have so much fun making a Baker’s Box! Today I wanted to do something for Fall, so I decorated the Baker’s Box with a cluster of leaves. Originally, I left the Kraft Card Stock unstamped, but when I’d finished the box, I thought it looked too plain. I stamped leaves over the rest of the panels, but with the irregular surface from the attached cluster, not all the images came through clearly.

Tip: Stamp the box while it’s open out flat.

I noted some basic tips about making the Baker’s Box in my “Dinosaur Baker’s Box in Cheerful Melon Mambo Triad” article. For this box, stamp all over either before or after you make the folds but before you adhere the second set of flaps. Then while the box is open, attach the cluster of leaves. If you’re closing the box with cord or ribbon and you didn’t mark the top and use the Thinlits™ for the second time, you can punch the second set of holes before putting the box together. I used the retired Crop-A-Dile with the 3/16” hole punch, which are the same size as the Thinlits.

Tip: Stamping the leaves is a great way to use up scraps! It’s a snap to do with the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform!

Note: Use the Archival Stampin’ Pads to stamp on foil. They won’t smear while you wait for the foil to dry.

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