Sunday, April 30, 2023

Heath Bar Treat Holder

For BOO Day last year I made boxes for the full size chocolate Hershey candy bar.  For Fall treat holders for this year I decided to make a treat holder box to hold the 1.4 oz (full size) Heath candy bar. Using printed card stock scraps from my stash I made rosettes for the treat holders as well as the belly bands around the boxes. I also used the fall shaped wooden pieces from Hobby Lobby that I picked up last Fall on clearance. Using solid card stocks from PaperTrey Ink and SU here is a photo of my Heath Bar Treat Holders:

The first holder I made using my pattern is light blue and here is a photo to show that piece scored and bottom clipped and ready to form the box:

Here are the directions for the box I made:

Solid card stock: 

Cut card stock 5 3/4" x 4 3/4"

With 5 3/4" edge at top of the score board score this at: 3/8"
Turn with 4 3/4" edge at top of the score board
Score this at: 1/2", 7/8", 2 5/8", and 3"

Used bone folder and crease all score lines. On bottom of box with score line use scissors and trim piece as shown in above photo. 

Using a 1" circle punch I punched a third of a circle off the top edge of the front of the box to give the box front a curved top

Using tear and tape I formed the box and set that aside

For the printed belly band around the box - I used a piece of 1" x 5" piece of scrap printed card stock. I did not score this piece but I did wrap it around the finished box and creased this piece with my fingers. I added tear and tape to add this to the box. 

Used printed card stocks and a Sizzix Rosette die and made the rosettes. For the glittered tulle piece on top of the rosette I cut out a 1 3/4" circle of the tulle. Used glitter thread from my stash to add some more sparkle and shine to the rosette piece. Using hot glue I put glue on the front of the rosette in the center and put the glittered tulle piece on that. Added a little hot glue and put the metallic thread on top of the that. Added hot glue to the back of the wooden leaf pieces and put them in the center of the rosettes. Used hot glue to add rosette to center of belly band around the box. Here is a photo to show a closer view of the layered rosette piece:

On one of the treat boxes I centered the belly band/rosette piece and on the other two boxes I have the belly band/rosette pieces closer to the top of the holder. 

These would be nice as table markers or just as the treat holders I made. DH will be happy I finished the treat box pattern as he wants the candy bar now.... Here is a photo of the Hershey candy bar treat boxes I had made last year for BOO Day:

Both treat holders were fun to make and will hold a full size candy bar for treats. Also happy to be able to use more of the scrap printed card stocks!

More photos of the rest of the holders:

Sunday, April 23, 2023

New Treat Holders

Last week the Little Crate Die Set I ordered from Concord & 9th came in the mail. Here is a photo of that die set with all the extras it has:

This is an easy crate die set to cut out and assemble and it has a lot of details - the oval pieces for the handles, and the stitched pieces at the top and bottom of the crate, plus all the extra dies to decorate your finished crate with. Here is a photo of the assembled crate sample:

You can make it monochromatic as my sample is or use coloured card stocks for the stitched top and bottom piece as well as the oval piece over the handle opening. Very easy to assemble and even using recycled card board as I did for my sample, the die cut all the pieces easily with one pass through the machine. 

This next treat holder is the larger Berry Basket die I picked up Friday at the Impression Obsession (IO Stamps) Warehouse Sale for 50% off - here is a photo to show their two Berry Basket dies - the large and the small:

Here is a photo of the samples I made using these dies:

The small die Berry Basket I used Paper Trey Ink Kraft card stock for. The larger Berry Basket die I used the Paper Trey Ink Canyon Clay card stock. The quality of their card stock makes it a favorite in this craft room so I was happy they recently had a sale and I could order their card stock on sale. If you look at the tops of the two berry baskets you will see the larger die set makes a scallop top edge around the basket and the smaller die set makes a decorated top edge around that one. Both of the die sets have stitching at the top edge of the baskets:

Here is a photo to show the two sizes of this die - the smaller basket is inside the larger basket for this photo:

Also here is a photo to show the size of the small Berry Basket vs the Little Crate from Concord & 9th:

Using a 1" scrap I put that in the small berry basket to show it could be used as a basket with a handle:

These dies will make fun treat holders - berry baskets for summer or Easter and the crate die set will make cute treat holders for fall. Happy that the crate die, with all the details, was easy to cut out and to assemble. Plus Concord & 9th have the crate die with top and bottom stitched die pieces all on the same die piece so you can easily cut out the four pieces you need to assemble your crate. Fun treat holders to cut out, assemble, and decorate for holiday projects ahead!

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Heigh Ho I.O.!

Yesterday was the first day of the Impression Obsession (IO Stamps) Warehouse Sale. This is the first warehouse sale they have held since before the pandemic. My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I decided this would be a sale we wanted to shop this year so plans were made with DH, our "Cuber" driver (crafter Uber driver), driving us there and back.... I baked brownies with nuts for this trip as well as I made the fruit salad for us so we would have something cold to eat since the temperature yesterday was in the upper 80s there --- here is a photo of the cold fruit salad:

It is made with a can of Mandarin oranges w juice, a can of Dole Pineapple chunks w juice, and a pint of cleaned strawberries sliced into bite size pieces. I keep the canned fruit in the fridge overnight before I make the salad so they are cold. Prep the strawberries and put in a large bowl, add the can of oranges w juice, and the can of pineapple chunks w juice and stir. Keep in fridge and serve cold. 

We left the house at 4AM for our drive to Richmond, Va for this sale. The IO Stamps warehouse is located in Oilville which is a suburb of Richmond. The sale began at 9AM and we arrived in Richmond around 8AM in plenty of time for the sale:

When we arrived at the warehouse there were a couple of other cars there with shoppers waiting to shop:

Before the sale I had looked at their website to see all their dies, stamps, and products I wanted to look at. I made a list of items I wanted to look at or buy as well as a list of background stamps I already have  because I knew I wanted a couple more of their background stamps as they are excellent quality. I wanted a couple of those I had seen used on YouTube by other crafters.  In the past when IO had their warehouse sale all their dies were 50% off but with all dies and stamps all over going up in price I was not sure if IO would still have the dies for the 50% off or not. Along with my list of items I wanted to check out I also had a generous gift card my PIC had gifted me for when I shopped this sale. 

Happy to report the dies were 50% off - altho some dies had increased in price since before the pandemic. They had deals on stamp sets, ink pads and refills, background stamps, and unmounted rubber stamps. Here are photos:

I picked up two background stamps, already mounted, for $5.00 each -- no packaging but I am fine with that:

These 2 background stamps were also $5 each but not mounted - but they mounted them for free for me:

I also picked up their orange ink pad with refill, both on sale for 50% off the prices:

This is the only stamp set I picked up which will get plenty of use for Christmas projects ahead:

DH was in the parking lot waiting for us when we finished our shopping. Since it was already getting warm out we sat in the car and ate the fruit salad. Then off to a store I had found online in Richmond and I wanted to shop at. It is the SCRAP Richmond Creative Reuse Center. In our area we have the Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC and they have all kinds of items that have been donated from building items, craft items, office items/supplies, tools, etc.. But this SCRAP store in Richmond is CRAFT items ONLY!!

We drove over there and we arrived shortly after they opened -- What a GREAT store!! They have fabric, quilt supplies, patterns/books, threads, needles, sewing supplies, ribbons, wood pieces, chip board, card stock, scrapbook kits, storage items, stamps/stamp sets, embossing folders, dies, a Cuttlebug machine was there, stencils, beads, jewelry making items, yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, books and patterns for such, buttons, trims, floral making supplies, picture frames, mats, etc.. All crafting items  -- for $2 each I picked up these bins with lids:

I also picked up a Cottage Cutz die set and a tulip stencil:

Fabric bundles for $2 each:

I also picked up a pack of collage card stock prints:

My PIC also found many items she wanted - plastic pages for her binders, another binder, a storage bin and such. Stopping at that store was a great find for us!  Wish we had such a place in the Raleigh area!! Fun thing was while I was shopping there two ladies that we also saw at the IO Warehouse Sale saw us at this store as well! Off to a great lunch at Olive Garden (we saw those ladies there too!!) and then onto our trip home -- with brownies for dessert on our ride home.... We were home by dinner time:

Once home I washed the bins and lids and those are all ready to hold craft supplies in my craft room so I am sure they will be in use in no time..... A fun day for this crafter - altho I will say there were far less shoppers at the IO Sale than in the past so hoping today is a busier day for the IO sale than yesterday.. It was nice to be able to get out again and shop for craft supplies -- esp on a week when Heartfelt Creations, a staple at all the craft shows, and a great online store, has announced it will be closing doors this year...

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Eyelet Cover Plate Die

 My-Creative-Time has a new cover plate die on their website called the Eyelet Cover Die.  As soon as I saw this cover plate and samples made with it I placed my order. Happy me the die arrived this week and today I made a sample with this new cover plate:

With such small details on this cover plate I knew when I cut it out I would have to use my metal shim for my die cutting machine. I used that shim and the two plates for my machine and ran this cover plate through my machine forward and then back and this cover plate cut out the design well. I used my die cutting brush to go over my die cut piece to release any little pieces that were left behind after it was cut out. Not much left to remove in my die cut piece having used the metal shim. This is a very fine and detailed die design and to show the size of the design I took a photo of this die cut piece next to an extra Lattice piece (from that I had left over from the front of my Easter bags I made:

Here is a photo of the Eyelet cover plate and packaging:

Pretty eyelet design and the proportion is good for a background piece on a card front. Plus the cover plate dies at My-Creative-Time are very affordable compared to other online shops. 

More Easter Dies

 Photos of more Easter dies that came in my KSCrafts order:

The above die set are bunny circle shaker tags. The dies included in this set is the scalloped frame, the layer for the shaker layer, as well as the bunny ears. Cute die set .... Here is a second Easter shaker set I had ordered:

Another cute shaker die set -- used scraps and made up samples of each:

I keep these scrap samples with the dies since the KSCraft dies do not come with photo packaging:

Fun projects I can make for next Easter. Both die sets will make good use of card stock scraps as well...

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

More Easter Bags

 Here is a photo of other Easter bags I decorated to hold my Easter treat holders:

I used the same printed card stock I used for the other bags and that is from Hobby Lobby. I used the trim from Dollar Tree to go around the printed piece. The lattice die is from I put the lattice piece on the bag front using these adhesive dot sheets:

The Bunny Ears die set is from Waffle Flower. Used recycled card board for the bunny ears and the pinks for headband and bow pieces are scraps as is the headband piece. 

The greeting:

"Happy Easter" is a die set from IOStamps (Impression Obsession). I used solid white card stock for the shadow piece and glittered card stock for the words. Put these together using liquid glue. 

Packing away all the Easter products for next year and I had used this bunny die set from KSCrafts from last year:

This year I ordered this die set in the smaller size and that arrived a couple of weeks ago so I made up a sample for size to put with the die set in my Easter die bin - KSCrafts dies do not come with photo packaging so I always make up a sample so at a glance I know what the die set will look like made up - this photo shows the larger size bunny (used for above photo) next to the sample of the new size die set I just ordered:

The smaller sized bunny will be good for tags or maybe on a smaller treat holder/bag. Easy and fun bunny to make for Easter projects. The little sample I will keep with the die set.  Was able to organize all the Easter dies this year so next year bunny crafting should be easy!! ;0)

Here is the bin I just organized with the labeled tabbed dividers I made using the Tab Punch board from We R Memory Keepers:

Happy to have all Easter items sorted and put away for next year - also happy to see the top of the work table again!! Until the next project begins. . .

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Sweetie Bag Treat Holders


This is a photo of some of the Sweetie Bag Treat Holders I made for Easter using the Sweetie Bag die set from Mama Elephant. This die set has many pieces in it to decorate your bag. With this making a square bag rather than a rectangle bag it can hold cookies, a cupcake/muffin, etc. It is a nice size bag to hold the treats.

For the front of the bag I used an egg shaped die set from A-Muse Studios that I picked up at the stamp show in Columbia, SC. My Peep Bunny is a die from GinaMarie Designs. I used a Sizzix rosette die for the rosette and the metallic threads behind the bunnies are from my stash. Some of my rosettes I added a glittered tulle circle to and others I did not add that. The mini bow on the Peep Bunny is a punch from Hobby Lobby from long ago. 

Easy treat holder to assemble and it is a good size for many different treats. 

Mini Easter Basket

 The above mini basket is made with no dies. Just a 6x6 piece of card stock scored on both sides at 2 and again at 4. Clip the top and bottom corners and you bring those clipped corners to the outside and use a brad to keep the basket closed and that also holds the handle. My handle piece is 1/2 x 8 1/2. (There are many videos on YouTube showing how to make this mini basket). For mine I used single sided card stocks but it would be cute with the double sided card stock as well. Here is a photo to show the size of this mini basket next to the Tootsie Pop Holders I just made:

The above photo also shows my little holiday Bunny Brad I used on these mini baskets.  Easy project to put together and no need to buy a die set to make it! I used tear and tape to form my mini basket and to attach the handle as well.