Pot of Gold

I made this for a friend for St. Patrick’s Day. However, I don’t think it needs to be limited, so I’m posting the directions in June! It’s called Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow, and consists of Skittles and Rolos – Yum!

Pot of Gold Final

The first thing I did was purchase and drink a bottle of fruit-flavored water – this part of the gift was for me! Make sure you wash and dry your bottle and lid before working with them. I removed the manufacturer’s label, but covering it would probably work just as well.

I measured the flat space and cut out a rectangular piece to fit around the bottle. Then, using a double-sided adhesive, I attached the paper to the bottle.

Next, I got out my Big Shot and my Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames Die and die cut two out of dark green paper. I added one to each side of the bottle. One side said, “Pots of Gold at the end of the Rainbow” and the other side said, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.”

I'm Irish

Then I got to fill the bottle – another fun part for me because not all of the candy fit in the bottle! I put a handful of the Rolos at the bottom for the Pots of Gold. Then I divided the Skittles into colors to recreate the rainbow. I put them in one layer, one color, at a time and put on the lid. I used Skittles, but you could also use M&Ms.

Pot of Gold Reverse

A fun, simple gift to send to someone to let them know you care!

* This post is linked to Home SanctuaryDeep Roots At Home and Homemaker’s Challenge.

June Projects

I have three other projects I’ve been working on this month. Now I didn’t take step-by-step pictures of each of them, but I did want to share them.

The first project includes a few notebooks. I always stock up on the composition books at the back-to-school sales during the summer. In fact, if you like this simple project, keep it in mind when they start to go on sale. I picked up a bunch of them on clearance at Target last year after school started – I got them for $0.10 each! This takes a plain notebook and makes it pretty (or masculine);  and it can be used for a variety of reasons.

I even did the insides for a more polished look…

I’ve done these two different ways. If you look at the book on the left of the second picture, you can see that its corners are square; while the other two are the exact shape of the composition book (rounded corners). For the square corner, I just wrapped the cover like a gift box, with the ends folding over to the inside cover. Then I added a second piece of paper on the inside to cover up the ends.

For the rounded corners, I traced the cover on the reverse side of the paper, and adhered one on each cover. The most important thing to remember with this method is to measure each cover, each time. For some reason, these covers are not the same on each book.

I purposely chose not to decorate these covers any further as I really like the patterns on the DCWV papers. The middle one I made for LegoFan and he’s a no-frills kinda guy. The masculine stripes were perfect for him. The one on the right is for Diva. The paper I used on that one is from the Glitter Stack and that’s all she needs! It’s colorful, textural, and glittery – perfect for my Diva. BUT, you could embellish them a little to include a label for a title page, stickers for decorations, or another piece of paper for the owner’s name.

My next project is a card. I took three papers from DCWV’s Pocket full of Posies stack and criss-crossed strips of them in the upper left-hand corner. On each strip, I cut out a notch so that it looked like a banner. I like how the three papers compliment each other.

For the sentiment, I used Papertrey Ink’s Year of the Flowers: Daffodils stamp set, and stamped the ‘celebrate’ in a coordinating blue ink. On the inside, I used a  saying from Papertrey’s Daydreamer set. It seemed perfect for my niece’s graduation. I stamped that in a coordinating red ink.

My last project is a scrapbook layout. I took two pictures from my brother’s wedding, along with DCWV’s Black Currant stack, and made him a page. Well, it’s not really for him; it’s for me. I chose colors that matched those in the wedding, and it’s definitely more on the feminine side. I did start with the grey background because, while it’s a shade of black, I thought it made my brother’s tux stand out a little more than a black background would. I mounted the two photos on a sparkly pink that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Then I used three dies from Papertrey Ink: the two rectangles where I’ve written their names and wedding date come from the Angled Labels Die Collection; and the top & bottom border pieces were cut with Victorian Lace Border Die. Then I added a few embellishments with a Prima Flower near the center, but not the exact center; and some pink jewels on the rectangles. I really like the way it turned out. But more than that, I love the picture on the left. I love the way they are looking at each other. That’s what makes this page really beautiful!

So, that’s it for now. One of my commenters – I think it was Heather from California – encouraged me to show more of my paper crafts the last time I shared a piece; and now I intend to share more. I hope you see something you like. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

DIY Gift Bag

My niece and God-daughter has recently graduated from high school and we are attending her graduation party soon. So I got out my DCWV (Die Cuts With a View) Blossoms & Butterflies stack and made her a gift bag.

First, I took two pieces of 12×12 paper of the same pattern. Then I scored each page. The left sides, right sides, and bottoms were all scored at 2″, then folded.

When all three sides are folded, a square is formed in the bottom left and right corners. I took my scissors and cut from the bottom (on the fold) to the intersecting fold. That makes two 2″ cuts from the bottom. This will create two flaps on the side panels.

Fold the sides in and, using double-sided tape, adhere the two small flaps to the bottom panel (the tape will be in the printed side). The bottom will look like this:

Take the second piece of paper – already scored, folded, and the flaps cut – and fold the sides and bottom in. Add adhesive to the white side of the two long side panels, all the way to the bottom of the paper. Combine this with the other page and adhere the panels to the other piece already completed. The flaps will be adhered to the bottom as well.

Now adhere the remaining bottom flap to the bag, and the basic bag is complete. I decided to add a pair of handles to my bag as well. I raided my daughter’s pencil box and borrowed her protractor. Using this, I traced two handles and cut them out.

Knowing that I wanted to put something in the bag that would be rather heavy, I decided to staple the handles to the bag. However, you could also use your adhesive to do this if your bag will contain something lighter. I had some bee stickers that were the perfect size, so I used them to cover the staples. Since the paper was butterflies and flowers, these were perfect!

Then I added some tissue paper and my niece’s gifts. I can’t wait to give them to her! Oh, I almost forgot… instead of discarding the scraps from the handles, I decided to put them together to make a little gift card holder for part of her gift. I thought it came out cute!

Thanks for taking a look. If you decide to make one of these, please link to yours in the comments!