Posted in Project

Festive K-cup Holder

As you know, I love to make treat holders. This is the 3D swap I made for OnStage, in the hopes of getting some neat projects in return! This particular project was inspired by Pootles, as well as someone asking for a K-cup packaging idea on Splitcoast.

Stamp: Cup of Christmas, Pop of Petals

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Golden Glitz Delicata, Pigment sprinkles

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Fluid 100 watercolor, Wrapped in Plaid specialty 6×6 DSP

Accessories: 4-petal flower punch, Cup of Cheer dies, Layering Circles dies, Metallic pearls, Gold 1/4″ shimmer ribbon (from the Christmastime is Here suite)

I added a little stand to hold the K-cup in place. It also serves to hide some of the tabs at the bottom of the box. 🙂

The decorations were created by first adding color to Fluid 100 watercolor paper with our pigment sprinkles. I stuck to Melon Mambo sprinkles, and tried to use areas that had variations in color. I wanted to add in Daffodil Delight for the variation in color. However, I found it was hard to control how much color is being applied when combining two colors. I ended up with dark orange when combining the two colors, while I wanted something closer to Cherry Cobbler, with spots of yellow. Oh, well.

I wanted just a little bit of detail to the petals, as well as some glitz. Golden Glitz Delicata ink was just the right touch. (Sorry, the ink pad and refill has already sold out.) Color your watercolor paper, then punch out the flowers.

I made boxes in Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce. I added a tag stamped in the opposite color. The poinsettias are finished with a trio of gold pearls.

The box starts with cardstock measuring 6-3/4″ x 10″. With the 6-3/4″ edge at the top of the Simply Scored, score at 2-1/4″ and 4-1/2″. With the 10″ side at the top of the Simply Scored, score at 2-1/4″, 4-1/2″, 6-3/4″, and 9″.

After you cut, your piece will look like this. I also show you where I put my Tear n Tape.

Now is a good time to add your DSP. You will need 2″ x 2″ (4) for the sides, and 3/4″ x 2″ (3) plus 2″ x 2″ for the top. Since I was working with 6″ x 6″ DSP, I cut the front and two sides from a 6″ x 2″ piece and kept them in order. I did similar with the DSP for the top (6″ x 3/4″, cut into 3 pieces).

I like to add the DSP to the front panel first, using the middle piece of the three “contiguous pattern” pieces.

Flip the cardstock over, then add the sides. The left hand DSP piece goes on the panel to the right (in this view).

Then, the DSP on the right goes on the left side.

The final piece goes in the center, and becomes the back of the box.

Next, I decorate the top

and top sides.

To assemble the holder, remove the liner for the tabs on the bottom section. Carefully line up with the

The insert for the K-cup measures 2-3/16″ x 3-3/16″, scored at 1″ from each end along the longer side. I use the third smallest circle to cut a circle in the middle panel.

Putting it all together:

(You will see a switch to the other color of box…)

Remove the Tear n Tape liner from the tabs for the bottom of the box.

Carefully line up with the bottom of the sides. The front will be a flap that folds down.

Remove the Tear n Tape liner for the tops of the boxes. Carefully close up the front of the box, then the top.

Wrap the sides around the box, lining up with the tabs with exposed adhesive.

This ensures that the top is not too snug. Most of the time, you could just line up the sides with the tabs and be fine.

Fold insert, and place into holder.

To finish decorating the top, I added Gold 1/4″ shimmer ribbon (from the Christmastime is Here suite, I hope it’s still available, it’s so pretty!). The ribbon is adhered with a couple of Glue Dots, then added to the box with a dimensional.

Add in your K-cup, and gift it!



Posted in Message

Online Extravaganza!

For three days only, it’s the Online Extravaganza. It’s now live and lasts until November 22.

Take 15% off Select ink pads and cardstock

  • Neutrals collection
  • Regals collection
  • 2018-2020 In Colors
  • 2019-2021 In Colors (except Purple Posy ink pad)

Take an additional 5% off the current 10% discount

  • 8 selected bundles
  • Neutrals ink padd assortment
  • Regals ink pad assortment
  • 2018-2020 In Color ink pad assortment

Been thinking of stocking up on supplies for holiday crafting? Now is the time. Darn, I had just ordered a bunch of these!

For a complete list, here is the flyer.

All of the items can also be found in a special category at the online store. Don’t forget to use this month’s host code!

Posted in Project, Technique

A Winter Tri-fold Accordion

We are back from our one-day OnStage held over the weekend in Portland. I love this tri-fold design so much, I made it into one of my swaps.

Paper: Whisper White thick, Basic Black, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Let it Snow specialty DSP

Accessories: Hand-lettered Prose dies, Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box dies, Snowfall accents puff paint, Cake builder punch, Let it Snow embellishment kit, Rectangles Stitched dies, Snowflake sequins

This card is sized a little bit differently. It measures 2-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ when closed.

Here it is open, standing up.

Here are the measurements for all of the layers:

Base: 8-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″. Partial score 3/4″ from one edge and opposite panel, 1″ from top and bottom.

Front and front inside: DSP 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″

Frame around accordion: DSP 3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (4), DSP 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (2)

Accordion panels: 3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (4)

Did you see the snowman hat? View the construction tip here.

Posted in Project, Technique

Happy Anniversary Birdies

I recently had to make an anniversary card, and thought I’d use the accordion tri-fold design I showed for Halloween. I thought it would be an “easy” way of making a fancy card! Isn’t it funny that a fun fold makes the card fancier?

Stamp: Well Said, Make a Difference

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral combo Blends, Petal Pink dark Blends

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Subtles DSP stack, Bird Ballad DSP

Accessories: Well Written, Layered circles dies, Hand-lettered Prose dies, 2″ circle punch

Here is the inside view.

Here is the card standing up.

Other than adding two birdies sitting together (and they look like they enjoy each other’s company) and a sentiment on the accordion panels, the construction of this card is the same as the Halloween version.

To color the letters of the word “love”, I die cut the letters first. I adhered them temporarily to my scratch paper. I then colored them in an ombre effect.


Posted in Project

Gift Card Box with Lining

The project I am sharing today hits a few different experiments I wanted to try.

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Christmastime is Here specialty DSP

Accessories: Gold 1/4″ Shimmer ribbon, Real Red 1″ ruched ribbon


Here is a side view.

Here is what the inside looks like.

First of all, after seeing page 53 of the Holiday catalog… do you see the coffin box sample? It shows the box lined with the ruched ribbon. I wanted to try that with my own box!

Another thing… one of the patterns of the Christmastime is Here specialty DSP reminds me of a DSP we used to have when Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette were In Colors. We made boxes for mini cards, so I wanted to make a box with this new pattern.

The final detail that I wanted to do with this project… I wanted to add ribbon to the box lid, in a way that the ribbon did not have to be removed to open the box. The ribbon also could not interfere with opening and closing the box (or come undone).

I think it turned out pretty well.

Want to make one of your own?

The Lid

For the lid, I started with a piece of DSP measuring 5-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. Score at 5/8″ and 1-3/8″ from each edge.

Remove the excess in one of the corners and create a tab for the side. Rotate and repeat in each corner. This distributes the bulk around the lid.

Add Tear n Tape to each tab on the right side of the DSP, and along the outer edges on the back side of the DSP.

Measure two pieces of gold ribbon, one at 6-1/2″ and one at 7-1/2″. Add a small piece of Tear n Tape to each end.

Remove Tear n Tape liner from the tabs of the lid and glue into place, forming the shape of the lid.

Remove Tear n Tape from two opposite sides. Lay gold ribbon along sides and top of lid, wrapping ends to the inside.

The ribbon ends with Tear n Tape should be visible on the inside. Remove adhesive liner from ribbon and fold lid edges to the inside.

Repeat with the other ribbon in the opposite to create a crossed-ribbon design on the lid.

You can also add a bow to the lid. Just loop ribbon around the ribbons where they cross, and tie.

The Base

For the base, I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock measuring 4-7/8″ x 5-7/8″, scored at 1-1/8″ from each edge.

Cut tabs for the box in a windmill pattern like the lid.

I assembled the base before adding Tear n Tape to the inside of the box, near the rim and near the bottom. Don’t get too close to either edge, otherwise the tape will peek from behind the ribbon.

I measured the ribbon I needed by wrapping around the outside, then adding about 1/2″. I put Tear n Tape on both sides of one edge.

I started adding the ribbon to the inside of the box at a corner, putting the raw edge past the starting corner. (Use the edge of the ribbon that does NOT have any Tear n Tape.)

Carefully add the ribbon to each side, using a bone folder to the the ribbon well into each corner.

When you get to the final corner, remove the Tear n Tape backing and fold the end to the back side of the ribbon. This gives you a clean edge. I was able to get the fold close to the starting corner, but it’s okay if it goes past a bit.

Create a flap for the bottom of the box by using another piece of Cherry Cobbler that is 3″ x 3-1/2″. Score along one long side at 1/2″ from the edge. Add Tear n Tape to the long tab.

Cut a short length of ribbon (3″ or so). Add Tear n Tape to both sides of one end.

Remove liner from one piece of Tear n Tape and fold ribbon over to create a loop.

Remove liner from other piece of Tear n Tape and add ribbon loop to the back of the flap.

Fold tab of box flap under and adhere to the bottom of the box.

This will help the recipient remove the gift card from the box.