Saturday, October 27, 2018

Botanical Bliss Treat Holder

Had seen a candy bar treat holder made using the Stampin Up Botanical Bliss Bundle.  The crafter that made it is Eva Schrottmeyer on her blog:

Really liked how this treat holder opened and that it was one piece rather than having a box top and a box bottom.  Although my computer translates other languages her video did not translate well so I made one sample treat holder before I made this one that I will show today.

First I measured the flower die she used from the Botanical Bliss Bundle die set and that gave me the width I needed for my box. I will show photos as I went along making this treat holder but here is a photo of the finished project:

To begin with here is a photo of the Stampin Up bundle:

To begin with I started with a piece of SU Riding Hood Red card stock 12" long by 2 3/4" wide. With the short end at the top of the score board I scored this at 3/8" on one long side. Then turned it over and scored it again at this measurement on the other long side. With that done I turned this piece with the long side at the top of the score board and scored it at 3", 3 3/8", 7 1/2", and again at 7 7/8". Creased all scored lines with the bone folder.  With the scored lines creased I used scissors and did all the trimming of this piece:

The shorter end is the end you will die cut your floral image on. I used washi tape to hold the die in place with the top of the die at the straight end of the treat holder - this will be the front of the treat holder:

With that flower die cut I turned the piece over and put tear and tape on the "flap" pieces that make the sides of the box. Leaving the treat holder flat I cut a piece of the rose printed card stock I used for the box front - this piece is cut to 1 7/8" wide by 3 7/8" long. Before adhering this piece to my box I made sure I had the floral design on the printed card stock piece going in the right direction since it is a directional design. All I did was close up the box and I could see which direction my printed card stock needed to be.  I used the ATG to put this on the front of the treat holder:

For my candy bar I am using a double Ghirardelli candy bar for my candy treat. (The candy bar or treats need to be 2" wide and that is a Ghirardelli).  I slipped the candy bar into the box:

Also in that photo you can see the belly band I made that holds this treat holder closed. To make this belly band I used a piece of cream card stock 5 1/2" long by 5/8" wide. Scored this at 1 3/4", 1 7/8", 3 7/8", and again at 4 1/4". Creased the scored lines with a bone folder and wrapped this around the treat box. Used tear and tape to keep the belly band closed. (The belly band is attached to itself and not the box so that the band can easily be removed to open the box to get the candy bar out - the belly band can slide on and off the box).  Added three strands of jute twine around the belly band and tied that into a bow. Put a small glue dot under the bow to keep it in place. Also put a micro mini glue dot under the twine on the back of the belly band to help keep the twine in place on the belly band:

The "for you" is from the "just for you" stamp from the Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. Used the SU Riding Hood Red ink on the "for you" on the stamp and stamped it onto scrap cream card stock. Punched it out using a small tag punch. Added it to the belly band using a glue dot. Here is the treat holder again:

Thanks to Eva S. for sharing her cute treat holder and hoping my version does hers justice! (If you can not find the Ghirardelli candy bar two of the Ghirardelli squares should also work in this box). This is an easy treat holder to make and you can make 4 of them from a 12" x 12" sheet of card stock.

BOO Bags Packed and Ready . . .

Here are photos of some of the treat bags I made for friends and gals at work for Halloween:

Each bag is decorated similarly but in different colours. Made some treat holders for inside -

The above photo shows some Hatagories that hold Tootsie Pops and then this holder holds the Cadbury Screme Egg for Halloween:

Plus some of the holders I made that hold the Ferrero Rocher candies:


as well as a treat holder from Paper Pumpkin, a Matchbook holder that holds a Fun Size bag of M&Ms and other candies.  Made a ghost pin for each recipient to wear on Halloween. Here are photos of some of the bags:

Also had dropped off a treat bag for my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime).  In her bag I put the candy treat holders and also a Frantic Stamper Halloween die as well as a package of Christmas themed washi tapes for her holiday projects ahead.... Hoping she enjoys her treat bag!  BOO to you!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

BOO Day Cards

Forgot to take photos of the first batch of Halloween cards but remembered for the last batch -- Happy to say for the ghost cards I was able to use the new-to-me Stampin Up Banners die set I picked up earlier this week for $5.00 for the set. The ghost die is from Simon Says Stamp:

These next cards I used various dies for - the spooky house and tree card uses a die set from Fun Stampers Journey and the graveyard scene card uses a die and stamp set from Taylored Expressions. It is also their trees background stamp:

Craft room is a mess but at least the BOO Day cards are in the mail.... already started working on the Thanksgiving projects so hoping to finish those up this week or at least by the end of next week. Then starting all the Christmas cards and such ... busy crafting time of the year but lots of fun so hoping everything goes as planned.... But for now BOO to you!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Hatagories Revisited

This post is the last of the Halloween Treat Holders I made for this year -- decided to revisit the Halloween Hatagories since I had not made them for a few years. Here is a photo of the original Hatagories:

This photo shows some of the Tootsie Pop Halloween Hatagories I made for this year:

Finished the treat holders with matchbook treat holders that hold the Fun Size M&Ms:

Used one sheet of orange card stock to make four of the matchbook holders. Here is the pattern for those:

One sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. With the 8 1/2" side of the card stock at the top of the score board you need to score this at 3/4", 4 1/2", and 5". Once it is scored take this to the trimmer with the 11" edge at the top of your trimmer. Cut this piece every 2 3/4" until you have four pieces. Using the bone folder crease your scored lines. Add printed card stock to the front of the holder and decorate.

Leave this open. Put the candy bag inside and staple this at the bottom to hold your bag in place. Tuck the decorated front piece behind the stapled piece to close your holder. I added various washi tapes across the bottom front of the holder over the staple. Easy holders to put together.

The pattern for the witch hat Tootsie Pop Holder can be found here:

You need to fussy cut out each holder and be sure to use thicker card stock so it will stand up and the top of the hat will keep it's shape.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

More Watering Cans and gift bag fronts

Finished the Thanksgiving small kraft treat bags I am making and finished my watering cans. For the front of the kraft gift bags I wanted to use some of my fall holiday printed card stocks so each bag is different. I painted the watering cans to match the printed card stocks. Also at the bottom of each bag is a strip - I bought a package of these strips on sale at Hobby Lobby and they are meant to be put together to make garland out of paper rings - here is what they look like flat:

For my bags I used the dotted strips. Here are the bags:


Used the technique Ida had shown on her video to make the watering cans but after I dabbed on the acrylic black craft paint I did not have a kit for the patina so I just dabbed more paints on the die cut watering cans until I got the looks I wanted. The pumpkins are buttons that I removed the shanks from and the leaves are from Hobby Lobby. "thankful" is from a die set from the stash that I cut out of various foiled card stocks stacked onto card board "thankful" words using Stick It Sheet to give the words dimension.  BIG thanks to Ida for sharing her idea to make the watering cans into embellishments for my holiday treat bags. Added sequins from the stash to the bag fronts.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

So... what do you get? ? ?

So..... what do you get when you have Halloween, Fall/Thanksgiving, and Christmas cards and projects all started and in process at the same time????

ONE MESSY CRAFT ROOM!!!    grrrrrrrr.... but having fun so guess it is worth it.... This next post is something I just finished that I had no idea I was going to be working on.... stumbled across this while I was looking around for Thanksgiving treat bags - -  I am making treat holders for Thanksgiving and already using scarecrows and also pumpkins..... Had wanted to work on the kraft bags I bought to hold the treat holders and was not sure how I would decorate them --- so I stumbled across a video on Youtube and that was it.....

The video is by Ida at Created to Create on Youtube.  She has lots of videos with great ideas and simple projects and once I saw her watering cans that was it - I have the Sizzix Watering Can die she used as well as the word die set she used but not the product she used for her patina finish on her watering can. Used what I had on hand for my watering can but did make a run to Hobby Lobby for the crystals she used for the water coming out of the watering can spout. Also -- the theme for my Thanksgiving treats and treat bag is rustic so my watering can is a darker colour than Ida's but it will work well for my bags. I am also using my watering cans as an embellishment to tie onto the gift bag handle as a tag:

Here is the link to her video with all the how to's for her project:

To begin with I have chipboard in the craft room but it is very thin so I measured the watering can die and cut two pieces of the chipboard a bit larger than the die. Using liquid glue I put the two chip boards together to make it thicker. Set it aside to dry. For my watering can I decided I wanted the bow on the can to match the card stock I used for the back of my watering can so I used a bow die from my stash and cut out a bow. Put it together using glue dots. Die cut out a watering can from the same printed card stock for the back of the watering can.

Using the dryer vent foil tape by 3M Ida uses I cut two pieces of the foil tape for the front of the chipboard piece. Peeled off the backing and put them onto the chipboard smoothing them out with my finger:

Die cut out the watering can:

The foil tape side of the watering can will be the front watering can for the project. As Ida had suggested I used black acrylic craft paint and I dabbed the paint onto the foiled piece using a tissue - dab it on - do not rub it on or it will come off the foiled finish - here is the watering can with just the black paint on it:

On my finished watering can you will see I used scrap printed card stock for the band on the front of the can so I did not use the foil covered band piece that the die cut out with my original die cuts. Once the black paint was put on and dried I added various craft paints I had on hand - a rust, a brown, then gold Perfect Pearls, (used a thin paint brush for the Perfect Pearls), then rust paint, and then rust Perfect Pearls, letting it all dry in between. It does not take long for drying since you are using so little paints. I wanted my can to be rusty looking and have a gritty texture but in this photo you can still see the silver foil tape under all the layers of paint and Perfect Pearls:

The messier you apply your layers the better the finish will look. After my last layer was added I set the piece aside to dry and I worked on the "thankful" greeting.  Die cut the die from scrap rust textured card stock. Wanted it to be dimensional so also cut this out of the top tab to a kleenex box:

Before I die cut the two "thankful" words from the rust card stock I put Stick It Sheet behind this piece so when I cut out the words they had adhesive on the back of them and then I put them on the kleenex box words. Wanted to add sparkle to the word so I used a clear Wink of Stella over the word to add sparkle:

This photo shows the printed card stock I used for my band on the can that I put the "thankful" word on top of. It also shows the bow with a gold crystal in the center of that. For the pumpkins and leaves below the band on the watering can I used pumpkin buttons I had in my stash:

Used wire cutters to snip off the button shank on the back of the button to make the pumpkins flat:

I also used a green marker from SU for the leaf and stem part of the pumpkin to add colour. I was happy that I had the "fill" shapes from Hobby Lobby that Ida uses on her watering cans so I used three of those leaf pieces under my pumpkin on my watering can:

I used a hot glue gun to add the leaves and pumpkin to the watering can front.  This is a better list of how I assembled this watering can tag:

Die cut the chipboard covered in silver foil tape
Die cut one watering can from printed card stock for back of project
Dab on the paints to the watering can foil tape covered front and also added Perfect Pearls
Die cut the band in printed card stock and one layer of chipboard - adhered them together with glue
Die cut and assembled bow
Die cut "thankful" and put Wink of Stella on that.
Put "thankful" on die cut band piece using liquid glue
Cut off pumpkin button back and used green marker for leaf/stem part
Get out three foil leaves from "fill" bag
Used scissors and snipped off three crystal pieces for "water"
Put red sticky tape on back of spout and put the three crystal pieces on that
Covered the printed back watering can piece with liquid glue and put it on the watering can back
Using glue I put the word/band piece onto the watering can front
Used hot glue for the leaves and pumpkin
Put bow on front using glue dots
Added gold crystal to center of bow
Used small circle punch for can handle to tie on my twine to hang onto gift bag handle

Easy project to make and have a few more to put together but am sure each one will be different - once they are all done I will post a photo to show how they all turned out. I just made one to begin with because I was not sure if I would like how it would turn out since I do not have the products Ida uses for her patina on her watering cans. Here is another photo that shows the printed paid card stock on the back and how it covers everything up and gives it a more finished look:

Here is a photo of the crystal garland I picked up at Hobby Lobby and I bought the small one:

Cute idea of hers to use the crystals to mimic water - adds movement to the project:

Happy me their holiday items were on sale so I did not have to pay full price .... which left me with my 40% coupon from their weekly flyer..... last time I stopped at this Hobby Lobby the paper crafting aisle was bare of dies and such.... was not a happy crafter.... first they discontinue carrying their brand products - Paper Studios -- no dies or embossing folders -- and then I walk down a bare aisle with products gone, etc... Since I was there anyways for the crystals trim I again stopped at the paper crafting aisle and am HAPPY to say they sell Crafter's Companion dies now .....  I bought the Red Nose Reindeer die to add him to the craft room. They had other dies as well but only bought the reindeer but am happy the aisle was filled up again and that they are carrying this new brand to them. I am hoping that continues..... Always nice to have a store to shop that does not carrying the same old, same old that all other stores carry . . .

A BIG thank you to Ida for sharing her watering can idea on her video and all her how-to's. I am glad I will have something else to add to my Thanksgiving treat bags besides a scarecrow or just more pumpkins!  Ida has great ideas and lots of videos to choose from depending on what you are making. Glad I stumbled across her Fall videos while looking for something else as I had never seen any of her work before. Am sure I will be watching more of her videos for future projects.

Here is another photo to show the watering can die by Sizzix for Tim Holtz: