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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A sweet thank you

Stamped chocolate bar wrappers come together quickly with punches

Today's post isn't really about what I made -- though of course I've included the cutting info below -- and my project uses tons of retired items. Today is all about HOW I design. It's less organized and more organic than you might think.

Today I'm finishing up the third of three pillow gifts for band camp volunteers. It's a chocolate bar wrapper. Because band camp is a five-hour drive away from home, I don't actually put the chocolate IN the wrapper, which means it's fun for both me and the camp coordinator.

Last year, I sent these very carefully-crafted box-envelope things, and she got there, bought what I had told her to buy, and then discovered that the size she had and the size I had designed for were not the same. She's resourceful, and she found something that DID fit, but I gave her a little adventure that she didn't need in the midst of hosting 100 teenagers for a week. This year I wanted to give her a little more flexibility and a little less stress -- so I'm sending flat wrappers.

These are designed for either a Hershey bar or a Nestle Crunch bar in the 1.55oz size. I started by cutting rectangles of DSP to 5 1/4" by 6 1/4" ... so I rummaged through my stash for retired paper that I liked and that I had enough of. I knew I wanted some kind of tag on the label, so I looked for the coordinating colors. This is Blueberry Crisp DSP, and it uses Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand. I decided to use Sahara for the tag, and Navy for the sentiment.

Because I am feeling COMPLETELY LAZY this morning, I decided to use the Note Tag punch. I used scrap Sand and punched out and stamped 12 tags. So far, easey peasey. I added the cutest little Navy punched hearts. Happiness!

Then I set the tag onto the label and realized that it looked lost. Argh.

I knew I didn't want to put ribbon onto these, so I started with a strip of Sand. Which was good, but kind of swallowed up the tag. FINE. I tried a strip of Navy -- which swallowed up the heart. Grrr.

Right, strip of Sand ON a strip of Navy. I cut 12 of each, laid them out, and ... lost the tag and the heart in the background. Sound of gnashing teeth.

Finally, I pulled out a circle punch and added some Vanilla. Voila! You can see both the tag and the heart, the labels look like I meant to do it, and they'll still pack flat. Miracles abound!!

I added a strip of tear tape to the back, and called it done. Done!! Hurray!

Now to grab a bar of chocolate so that I can mock one up for a picture! ... Except that we don't have one in the right size. ARGLEFRASTER!!

I wish you a happy and creative weekend -- and may all your adventures end in chocolate :-).

Stamp sets

  • Another Thank You (retired)


  • Blueberry Crisp DSP (retired) at 6 1/4" by 5 1/4"
  • Scraps of Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, punched
  • Not Quite Navy (retired) at 5 1/4" by 1"
  • Sahara Sand at 5 1/4" by 1/4"


  • Not Quite Navy (retired)

Tools and accessories

  • Note Tag punch (retired)
  • Tiny star punch (retired)
  • Tear tape from my stash
  • Dimensionals

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thanks, with earplugs

Thank you gifts for volunteers, made in a flash with the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set

Today I made the second of the three pillow gifts I'm sending for our Marching Band Camp chaperones. Today's is a little emergency kit that includes tissues, Advil, a Band-Aid, some dental floss pick things, and life savers.

I usually pick up the fillers for these at the dollar store. This year I asked my husband to go with me for moral support (I really didn't feel like going to the store). He was a chaperone for several years, so I asked him what else I should put in the bags. "Ear plugs." Brilliant! He says they are for when you are working with the drum line, but I'd be tempted to put them in at night time so I could get some sleep!

I modeled these after one of the items in our Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit. I used some items from my pantry, though -- 4x9" plastic bags and twist-ties. These have a 4"x6" piece of DSP that is scored at 1" and 3" inside, to give them structure. You can get a better idea of how they're put together in this picture:
Easy gifts using the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set

The one trick in tying these up is to lie them on their backs and just gather the top of the bag together, rather than squishing the top of the DSP by tying as you typically would.

The tags use the stamps set that coordinates with the project kit, Perfectly Wrapped. I've used this one a lot more than I expected to -- it's versatile!

Stamp sets

  • Perfectly Wrapped


  • Daffodil Delight at  2" by 4"
  • International Bazaar DSP at 1 5/8" x 3" for the labels and 4" by 6" for the bag support (this paper is retired, but you can use any DSP)
  • Pear Pizzaz punched 
  • Whisper White scrap for the labels


  • Daffodil Delight
  • Pear Pizzazz
  • Night of Navy

Tools and accessories

  • 4" x 9" treat bags from my stash (SU! carries similar bags in 3" x 6")
  • Daffodil Delight 1/8" ribbon (retired)
  • Scalloped Tag Topper punch
  • 2" and 2 1/4" circle punches (or use the new Layering Circle Framelits)
  • Dimensionals

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A patriotic treat

Patriotic Duet Banner treats

This week, I'm finding myself beset with gratitude -- both for people in my life who are going above and beyond, and for the many ways that I realize that I am blessed every day.

So, I'm focusing on that feeling as I create some treats designed for marching band camp. "WAIT," you say. "Didn't your kid graduate?" Yes, my kid graduated, but I'm obviously a sucker for a gentle plea that involves papercrafting and teenagers. Well, the parents of the teenagers, in this case, but close enough.

Here are a dozen star-spangled treats that whip up in a flash!

Stamp sets

  • Thoughtful Banners


  • Brights DSP stack, at 3" by 3"
  • Dapper Denim for the dies
  • Whisper White scrap for the banners


  • Dapper Denim
  • Real Red

Tools and accessories

  • 3" x 5" zipper bags from my stash
  • Stars framelits
  • Duet Banner punch
  • Dimensionals
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