IG Alumni DT "Place Card" Challenge created by Candace Gillespie

Copy Maymay Challenge: Place Cards


I LOVE creating boxes and cups and... well, just anything that can be functional. So I turned two DIY pumpkins into a basket to hold a little activity for kids, candy, cutlery, game questions... you name it! Here’s a quick rundown of how I created them.



Step 1. Die Cut 6 Ovals Distress all the edges. Glue Ovals to create 2 pumpkins: one in the middle and one on either side under the middle oval. Take these newly made pumpkins and pick an embossing folder and run them both through your machine (not necessary but adds nice texture and interest).

Step 2. To create the box, I measured the length of my pumpkins and decided on a width and height. My boxes measured 5” Length x 2” Tall x 1.5” wide. The dimensions of my starting cardstock were 8 x 5.5. With the short side at the top of my scoreboard, I scored at 2” and 3.5” leaving two more inches of cardstock after that. Rotated counter clockwise I scored at 1.5” and 6.5” leaving 1.5” of cardstock after that. Meet, to create the final box shape I sniped up the two middle score lines along both of the shorter sides stopping at the perpendicular score. Folded the tabs up and glued using the amazing Art Glitter Glue. Once the box was made I distressed all the edges that would be showing.

Step 3. Glue the box to the lowest possible point without exposing any of the box to the backside of the first pumpkin then the other pumpkin to the other side of the box.

Step 4. Stem, leaf, and spiral. I stamped out the wood sign from the Apple of My Eye stamp set on green paper and used a black marker to connect the inside points of the sign diagonally and fussy cut them out, inked the edges. Stamped a leaf from “Fall Stitched Up” and fussy cut it out and inked around the edges. Then cut an eighth-inch strip of green Cardstock and used my quilling tool to create a tight coil. Glued everything in place onto both sides of my pumpkins.

Step 5. Using “Alpha Bold” I stamped out my son’s names and cut them out into a banner shape, distressed the edges and glued them in place.

Step 6. Fill and enjoy

Supplies Used:

- MMI Stamp Sets, “Alpha Bold,”

  “Fall Stitched Up,”

 “Apple of My Eye”

- Darice Embossing Folder, “Leafing Tree”
- Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
- Versafine Black Onyx Ink
- Mini Ink Blending Tools
- Art Glitter Glue
- Quilling Tool
- Nested Oval Circle Dies

I think I’ll have to make a video of these fabulous pumpkins soon! They were a blast to create! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have been inspired to create some festive nameplates for your Thanksgiving tables!

Happy crafting crafty friends!

Candace Gillespie

Alpha bold stampAlumni design teamApple of my eye stamp setArt glitter glueDarice embossing foldersDarice nesting oval die setFall stitched upIg design team challengeIg dt projectsMini blending toolPlace cardVintage photo distress ink

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