Countryside Corners Treat Holder

Stampin' Up! Countryside Corners

Do you like to make items in addition to greeting cards with your paper crafting products? I know I love to make small treat packets and gift packaging. They’re fun to give out at classes and special events and to celebrate birthdays, say thank you, and more. These are also perfect for bridal or baby shower partyfavors. 

I started playing with Stampin’ Up!’s Countryside Corners Dies. Find them on page 63 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2023-2024 Annual Catalog.

Countryside Corners

These dies make great frames for cards, and they pair with the Countryside stamp set. But they’re also large enough to make a treat holder.

Countryside Corners Treat Holder

And, this design is easy peasy. Here are a few details. Be sure to watch the video below (a Facebook live replay) to see step-by-step instructions for making these fun treat packets.

  • Use the largest die to cut the image from card stock (5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″)
  • Score the die cut 2 1/4″ on each end
  • Choose the second largest die and cut some coordinating Designer Series Paper
  • Trim two inches off each end of the image.
  • Fold the card stock on the score lines
  • Glue the DSP to each side
  • Insert candy
  • Pinch the top of the packet together and punch a hole with a small hole punch
  • Add ribbon
  • Decorate as you wish

Enjoy these two additional samples. Which one is your favorite?

Countryside Corners Dies

The above packets uses the Starry Sky design from the 2022-2023 In Color 6 x 6 Paper Pack with a sentiment from Country Bouquet and flower from Petal Park.

Stampin' Up! Countryside Corners

And this last sample uses the Bright & Beautiful 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper with a sentiment from the Circle Sayings Stamp Set.

How To Video



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Mother’s Day Gift Packaging

Mother's Day Gift Packing

Welcome to Team Stamp It’s April Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us. This month we feature all things Mother’s Day. Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop. Leave a comment with the hashtag #stampitcontest for a chance to win a Birthday Card Organizer Kit. 

Mother's Day Gift Packaging

Today, I share a versatile and fun gift holder using the Countryside Inn Designer Series Paper, a brand-new 12 x 12 patterned paper available in the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog. You can begin ordering from that catalog May 2. Other ingredients include the Tailor Made Tags Dies, sentiment from Waves of Inspiration stamp set, and the Night of Navy Bordered Ribbon. I was inspired by a larger packet created by Diane Evans. I scaled mine to create a smaller version, perfect for little gifts. This pattern offers a great way to use some of the paper you’ve been hoarding!

This packet boasts three pockets — two small in the front that hold a tag and/or gift card and a chocolate. The large pocket works for a bookmark or coffee sticks. For stampers, it holds a blending brush or bone folder.

  • Designer Series Paper measuring 9″ x 6″ 
  • For belly band: one piece of DSP measuring 6″ x 3/4″
  • Score on the 6″–side at 1 3/4″ on each side
  • From the bottom, score 2 1/2″ up

Be sure to watch the video below to view step-by-step instructions for putting this Mother’s Day gift packaging together. 

Mother’s Day Gift Packaging Video

Thanks so much for joining today. Check out all the other blogs for inspiration for your Mother’s Day projects. Remember to leave a comment. 

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2023 Desktop Calendar Samples

Season of Chic Desktop 2023 Calendar

This is one of those projects I make each year: a desktop calendar. It’s fun to change the patterned paper and designs and to add a special quote or image.

The DIY desktop calendars with Post It Note pads are easy to create and to personalize. From co-workers to relatives to hostesses and bridge group buddies, these homemade calendars make great gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone. 

2023 Desktop Calendar Samples

The calendar featured at the top of this post offers a sneak peek of Designer Series Paper you can earn free during the upcoming SaleABration promotion in January and February of 2023. I paired the Dandy Designs 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper with a sentiment from the Season of Chic stamp set (available in Stampiin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog) and the Something Fancy Dies (soon available in the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog).

The above calendar uses patterns from the Butterfly Kisses 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (Stampin’ Up!’s Annual Catalog) and a butterfly die cut from the Brilliant Wings Dies (also Annual Catalog).

Desktop Calendar Measurements

See some starting measurements below. Be sure to watch the video to see how all of the pieces come together.

  • Calendar base: 11 x 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
  • DSP piece for bottom: 5 1/4 x 4
  • Coordinating card stock for base (on which to place note pad): 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
  • Coordinating Card stock for calendar piece: 5 1/4 x 4
  • DSP for top: 5 x 3 3/4

Please note: I purchased the mini calendars from Taylored Expressions.

2023 Desktop Calendar Samples Video



To see a few different designs from past years, click on the links below;

2022 Calendar

2021 Calendar

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Season of Chic Gift Box

Season of Chic Gift Box

Sometimes, you need a quick gift box for a last-minute gift. Keep some of Stampin’ Up!’s Kraft Gift Boxes on hand. (Find them on page 140 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.) You receive ten of them for $10. During SaleABration — now through August 31, 2002, receive a package free with a $50 order. 

They’re very easy to assemble. Watch the video below for a quick visual.

They’re large enough to hold full-size cards and envelopes as well as other small gifts. And, you can decorate them any way you want to match the gift or the holiday for which you’re giving. Or, don’t decorate them at all; they have a peekaboo window to showcase what’s inside. Adorn with a ribbon and a gift tag, and you’re good to go!

Season of Chic Gift Box

Here are the other products I used to create this box:

  • Gingham Cottage 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper–Pumpkin Pie Design (found in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog)
  • Season of Chic Stamp Set
  • Shaded Summer Stamp Set
  • Stylish Shapes Dies
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim
  • Linen Thread
  • Champagne Rhinestone Jewels
  • Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Early Espresso Ink

I created matching note cards to include in this gift box with the Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes. 

Stampin' Up! Season of Chic

Gift Box Video

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Sweet Ice Cream Shaker Card

Sweet Ice Cream Shaker Card

With the start of June, summer officially begins! What treat says summer? Ice cream. (Who I am kidding? Anytime of the year is a good time for ice cream!)

In fact, June 7 marked National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. I created a fun shaker card to share using Stampin’ Up!’s Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

This bundle first appeared in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. The good news: It’s also found a spot in the brand-new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

However, a few products used to create the Sweet Ice Cream shaker card (card design inspired by Kim Allen) retire at the end of June (or while supplies last). These include:

  • Ice Cream Corner Designer Series Paper
  • Blackberry Bliss Stripe Ribbon
  • Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles

As of today’s post, these items are all still available. Click here to view the Last Chance Product List. Some items offered at discounts up to 50 percent off. While supplies last. Another great way to shop the last chance list is to go directly to my online store at and view the discounted items there.

Sweet Ice Cream Shaker Card

Be sure to watch the video below showing how this card goes together. Here are some measurements to help you create this at home:

  • Sentiment piece: 1/2 inch x 2 3/4 inches
  • Designer Series Paper: 3/4 inch x 4 3/4
  • White top piece die cut with Tasteful Labels: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4
  • Window Sheet: 3 3/8 x 4 5/8
  • White “cover” for window: 2 1/2 x 4
  • Layering Piece: 3 3/4 x 5
  • Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

Here’s another version of this shaker card using the Rainbow Glimmer Paper as the ice cream scoops.

Sweet Ice Cream Shaker Card with Glimmer

Sweet Ice Cream Shaker Card Video

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