3D Thursday: Yummilicious Pretzel Box

Happy Thursday! Today, we have Guest Designer Libby Fens joining us, and she has created this great packaging for chocolate dipped pretzel rods (YUM!)

For her project, Libby used items from the 2020 January-June Mini Catalog, including the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper. Who wouldn’t want to receive this sweet treat in such a great little package?

Others items that Libby used include the So Sentimental stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly Dies, which can be purchased right now as a bundle for 10% off the cost of both separately. Take a peek at what’s included in the bundle below, or click HERE to go straight to it in the online store!

Want to make this project yourself? Download a FREE project sheet HERE, or click the image below:

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s project! Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Chocolate Square Holder

Happy Thursday! My post is late today due to my 5 year old being sick. He’s been running a temp for two days now, and is absolutely miserable. I HATE when my kids are sick. I apologize for not having this up earlier!

Sarah Wills is this week’s designer and she has created this super cute chocolate square holder. It is designed to perfectly hold three Ghiardelli chocolate squares (my favorite!) She designed her project using items for Valentine’s Day, but this could very easily be used for any occasion just by switching up the colors, papers, and sentiment!

Isn’t this such a sweet project? It would make a perfect little gift for school kids, coworkers, or anyone you just want to wish a sweet Happy Valentine’s Day to! You can download Sarah’s FREE project sheet HERE (or click on the image below)!

Sorry for the super short post today, but I’ve got my hands fiull with my little guy. I will be back soon with a new project and post!

Have a great day!

Nicolle

3D Thursday: Tropical Oasis Box

Aloha from Connecticut! How I wish we were having beautiful, tropical weather, but unfortunately, it’s cold and rainy here. YUCK. For 3D Thursday this week, we have Guest Designer Cathy Williams joining us! Cathy is a demonstrator from California, and she has created this beautiful tropical themed gift box using items from the NEW Tropical Oasis Suite! The new suite can be viewed on pages 38-40 of the January – June 2020 Mini Catalog, or you can view the entire suite online HERE.

Here’s a few additional pictures of her gorgeous project!


This would be such a great project to make for someone who is planning a trip to Hawaii, or for favors for a Hawaiian/Tropical themed party or wedding!

You can download a FREE, printable project sheet, complete with step by step instructions, and a full supply list HERE, or by clicking the image below:

Remember, we have NEW 3D Projects every Thursday! You can view them here on my blog, or you can also find them on our Facebook page as well! (We would love it if you liked our page!) You can find the 3D Thursday Facebook page HERE.

Thank you for visiting today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

Another Sweet Treat for the Holidays

These little boxes are one of my favorite items to make treats for any holiday!  The boxes are the perfect size to use for favors, place holders at holiday dinner tables, and small gifts for teachers and staff at your local school!

They are so easy to use and can be filled with your choice of so many different things!

These are super easy to make:

  1. Assemble the box according to package directions.
  2. Fill with your choice of candy or other small gift.
  3. Close up the box and wrap a 1 x 9 inch strip of DSP of your choice around the entire box and secure with strong adhesive.  (For mine, I used Tear & Tape Adhesive).
  4. Make a tag for the top, add a sentiment, a bow, and a star embellishment, and you’re good to go!

For these, I used Hershey’s Miniature candy bars.  Ten of them fit in the boxes perfectly!  I also used mini metallic bows that were purchased at WalMart.  I added the little tag and they were done!

The Tiny Treat Boxes are available in a pack of 16 for $7.50 and are a super versatile item to have on hand when you want to make a quick gift for someone!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

It’s Merry Monday! Time for a Sweet Treat!

I have not posted in awhile due to the fact that every spare moment of my time for the last 4-5 days has been spent on Christmas Bazaar stuff!  Planning an event is a lot more work than I thought, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!  I work part time at the school in the town where I live, and the bazaar was a fundraiser for our PTO.  Since I have craft show experience, I volunteered to organize it.  We had 31 vendors, plus raffle baskets, food, kids’ crafts, and a lot more!  We ended up raising almost $3000 for the PTO, and that money will all go toward supplies, field trips, and equipment for students, so I would say the event was a success!

This week I will be sharing some of the completed items I had available at my table at the bazaar.  My first project is a mini coffee cup covered with DSP and filled with Hershey Kisses!  Not all of the supplies I used were 100% Stampin’ Up!, but the majority are!  On this project, only the coffee cups and cello bags are not Stampin’ Up! products.  Both items are from Amazon, and I will post links to them at the end of the post.

For the cup shown, I used the Under the Mistletoe DSP to wrap around the cup.  I found a cutting die that cuts the perfect sized piece to wrap these cups with.  It definitely makes things easier!  The die is also a non-SU product, and I will post the link for that as well below.  I love the mix of greens in this paper, and how it’s accented with white and just a hint of red for a pop of extra color!

For the top of the cup, I used a 2 inch circle punch to cut a piece of Real Red card stock, then layered it with a piece of Shimmery White cardstock cut with the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.  I topped it with a Snowflake Trinket from the now retired Snowflake Showcase Suite.  The cup holds 15 Hershey Kisses.  The ones I used are really cute.  They look like little Santa hats:

Once the cup was decorated and wrapped, I wrapped it in a 4 x 9 Cellophane Bag, added the tag, and tied it with Real Red Mixed Satin Ribbon.  The sentiment is from the Candy Cane Season photopolymer stamp set, and the tag was cut with a die from the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.

These little cups were a big hit at the bazaar!  This would make a great gift for teachers, mail workers, coworkers, or even as stocking stuffers!

Here are the links for the non-SU products:

You can find the cups HERE.

You can find the cello bags HERE.

You can find the dies for the cup wrapper HERE.  (The cups can also be purchased here as well!)

I hope to be back to posting regularly again this week!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Nicolle

 

Check out these Gift Packaging Options!

Stampin’ Up! offers many great products perfect for creating custom packaging for small gifts!  Below is a sampling of some of the gift packaging products currently available:

Baker’s Boxes

 

Red Distressed Card Tin

 

Kraft Pillow Boxes

 

Santa’s Bags

 

Mini Pizza Boxes

 

Mini Gable Boxes

 

All of these (and more!) can be found in the Paper Basics & Packaging section of the online store!  You can see them all HERE.  They can also be found throughout the Holiday Catalog!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

End of Year Cafeteria Worker Gifts

Here’s another one of the end of year gifts I made for staff at my son’s school.  This time, they were made for the cafeteria workers!  They are mini lunch bags filled with candy and decorated with a tag that reads “Thank you bunches for the lunches!”  I got the idea from Pinterest, of course, and just modified it a bit to put my own spin on it!

Not all products used on this project are from Stampin’ Up!  More specifically, the bags and the apple paper are not.  The bags were purchased at a local craft store, and the paper was purchased on Amazon.  If you would like specifics, please contact me and I will be happy to share the links with you!

As for the products that ARE Stampin’ Up!, I used a few!  I used the scalloped tag topper to make the tag, as well as the NEW Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners.  I also used the Layering Squares Framelits to frame the sentiment, which was typed and printed on my computer, and of course, I used the Big Shot as well to cut them out!  The tag is tied on with 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  I also used Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the tag.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Fill the bag with the gift/treat of your choice (I used individually wrapped Godiva chocolates from Target.)
  2. Fold the top of the bag over twice and staple on each side.
  3. Trim the apple paper to 2 x 4 inches and punch one end with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, and round the corners of the other end with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  4. Print out the sentiment and cut out using the Layering Square Framelits and the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the sentiment to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Punch a hole in between the two staples, and attach the tag with the 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in a bow.

And that’s it!  This one was quick and easy to make!

I got to hand deliver these to the cafeteria workers myself, and they seemed really pleased with them!  I love how they came out!

If you have any questions about how these were made, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

End of Year Bus Driver Gifts

As I mentioned at the end of last week, I have spent the last few days working on end of year treats/gifts for school personnel at my son’s school!  I have finished the bus driver gifts, so I thought I would share!

These little Hershey Nugget treats were fun and easy to make!  Each one has five school bus themed nuggets in a red tray.  The tray is slipped into a 2 x 8 inch cello bag, and is topped with a printed thank you message.

I found these cute school bus nugget wrappers on Etsy.  It was $2.99 for a digital download (PDF form) with 16 wrappers on it.  I printed them out, then cut them with my paper cutter.  Each one was wrapped around a nugget and secured with a small piece of scotch tape underneath.  The wrappers were specifically designed for Hershey Nuggets, so they fit them perfectly!  You can find the wrappers HERE.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Purchase, print, and cut out wrappers.
  2. Wrap each Hershey Nugget, securing the wrapper underneath with a small piece of scotch tape (or your adhesive of choice).
  3. Cut a 2-1/2 x 5 inch piece of Real Red cardstock.
  4. Score the Real Red piece lengthwise at 1/4 inch and 2-1/4 inches.
  5. Fold the Real Red cardstock up along the score lines to form a tray.
  6. Attach each nugget to the tray using a Mini Glue Dot.
  7. Slip the tray and nuggets into a 2 x 8 inch cellophane bag.
  8. Type and print the thank you message on Whisper White cardstock.
  9. Cut out the thank you message with the Layering Squares Framelits using the Big Shot. (The scalloped square I used measures approximately 2 inches).
  10. Stamp Daffodil Delight stars using the star stamp from the Pick a Pennant stamp set.
  11. Cut a 2-1/4 x 4-1/2 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Score it at 2-1/4 inches.  Fold in half.
  12. Trim 1 to 1-1/2 inches from the top of the cellophane bag.
  13. Place the trimmed end of the cello bag into the folded black piece and staple.
  14. Adhere the thank you message to the front of the black topper with Snail Adhesive.

I’m pretty pleased with how these came out!  I hope the bus drivers like them, and I hope you do too!  🙂

Please check back this week for more school personnel gifts!  I still need to make some for secretaries, custodians, cafeteria works, and the school nurse.  I’ll post what I come up with!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Mini Treat Bag Gift Card Holder

My project today features one of the most useful retiring products that Stampin’ Up! sells:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  This is a perfect item to have on hand when you need small bags for gift cards, note cards, treats, and more!  The finished bag measures about 3-3/4 x 5-3/8 inches.  For this project, I used it to make a gift card holder for a Starbucks Gift Card!

I used the thinlits to make the bag from a piece of the NEW Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.  (There is a woodgrain pattern in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, but as it is so close to the end of the catalog period, I did not have enough of that pattern left, so I substituted the one from Tranquil Textures instead.)  As I was making this for a Starbucks gift card, I wanted to make the whole project coffee themed.  The Coffee Cafe bundle and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper were perfect for what I needed, AND the colors of the paper just so happen to coordinate with Starbucks colors too!

Once the bag was made, I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped the coffee beans from the Coffee Cafe stamp set in Versamark ink all over it.  I then wrapped it around the bag like a band, and wrapped a piece of Linen Thread twice around the band for a little added detail.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green ink, and is cut out with the coordinating die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I layered it on a Corrugated Elements embellishment and then mounted it to the bag with mini dimensionals.  I also used one of the framelits to cut the cup from another piece of the Coffee Break Paper, and mounted that with mini dimensionals as well.  I then added a small button from the True Gentleman buttons and a tiny linen thread bow to the cup.

For the inside piece, I used a piece of Garden Green cardstock, and again stamped the coffee beans down one side of it in Versamark.  I then used a one inch strip of the polka dots pattern from the Coffee Break Paper, cut both ends with the Triple Banner Punch, cut it in half, then stapled it to the top of the green piece.  This is so that it can be used as a handle to easily pull the insert out of the bag.  I mounted the gift card to the green insert piece with mini dimensionals as well, and slid the whole thing into the bag.  Now it is ready to be given to its recipient!

 

The measurements for this project are as follows:

Tranquil Textures DSP:  6 x 6 inches (you need two pieces to make the bag!)

Crumb Cake Band:  1-1/2 x 9 inches

Garden Green Insert:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Coffee Break DSP banner piece:  1 x 6 inches (cut with Triple Banner punch, cut in half, and stapled to top of green insert piece as shown)

Whisper White sentiment piece:  2 x 2 inches

 

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper are both retiring items and are only available while supplies last, or until May 31st!  The Coffee Cafe Bundle is available for 10% off until May 31st, after which time, the stamp set and framelits will still be available, but the 10% discount will not be.  So if you really love this bundle, buying it before May 31st will save you some money!

If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

So this week in the US is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Since I am a former teacher myself, I have a special place in my heart for the events of this week.  I have two young boys, one in preschool and one in kindergarten.  So for this week, I wanted to make something special for the teachers and staff at each of their schools!

The gifts shown in the pic above were made for my little guy Max’s teachers at his preschool.  He goes to a small, private, rural preschool, and there are four teachers there.  I made them each a Mini Pizza box filled with 10 gold foil wrapped chocolate hearts, and a note that reads “You have a heart of gold, thank you for all you do.”  I decorated each the same, with a 3 x 10 inch strip of the NEW Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, just in a different design. There is a LOT of green in this paper, and green is my favorite color, so I really, really love this paper!  On these, I used Goil Foil Paper for the heart, and cut them with a die from the retiring Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies set.  I also wrapped a piece of Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon around each box.  Here’s a peek at the DSP designs:

 

And some close ups of the boxes themselves:

For my older son’s school, I had to make 95 gifts!  So it was not practical to make the gifts as shown above!  So for his school, what I did instead was place three of the chocolate hearts into a small cello bag, placed the same scalloped square note in the bag, and tied it closed with a ribbon:

These were much easier to make since I had to make so many!  I then placed them all in a large basket with a sign next to it saying they were for Teacher Appreciation Week and placed them on the table in the main office of the school for everyone to take one as they walked by!  For these, I used Gold Glimmer Paper for the hearts, as well as various colored ribbons to try to use up some of my stash of ribbon!

I got the idea for these from Pinterest (of course).  Why not make a simple gift for the teachers in your life?  It doesn’t take long, and I am sure it would be very much appreciated!

Feel free to contact me with questions!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle