I have to thank Uli Gerressen, German demonstrator from the Munich area, with whom I swapped in Brussels in November, for today’s post.  This is her swap that inspired our library project this past Thursday:

Treat pouch from Brussels On Stage Live Event

I had to totally (and gently) dismantle Uli’s pouch to figure out exactly how she made it.

Dismantled treat pouch

She used a 4-1/2″ square piece of designer paper but since that size wasn’t on the Envelope Punch Board chart, I decided to go with the smallest size shown on the chart which was 5″.  I cut a bunch of 5″ squares from two of this year’s Handmade for the Holidays Designer Series PapersHome for Christmas and Season of Cheer (this paper is sold out).

These are the supplies I used:

Big Shot


I used two different starting points for my 5″ square pieces of designer series paper.  For the first one, I punched and scored on the Envelope Punch Board at 2″; for the second I scored at 2-3/8″.  There’s an interesting difference in the shapes of the two pouches.

5" square pieces of designer paper to be made into pouches
Left pouch was scored at 2-3/8″. Right pouch was scored at 2″.  Both are 5″ square pieces of Designer Series Paper.


TIP #1:  Do not score the 4th side of the 5″ square of paper but do punch as you have for the other sides.  This unscored end will be the top of the pouch.

TIP #2:  Layer the left and right sides first, putting Fast Fuse adhesive under the left point and on top of the right point.  Place two fingers between the back of the pouch and the left and front sides as you are adhering them.  Then place a strip of Fast Fuse on the bottom flap and secure it over the already secured left and right flaps.   This will leave some room for the candy (or whatever) you’ll place in the pouch.

TIP #3: Attach the oval (next to the smallest) with Fast Fuse.  Attach the stamped and die cut tree of your choice (from the Peaceful Pines stamp set) with Dimensionals.

Here is my finished collection:


Finally, just how could I possibly succeed in my project without our cat, Fred, overseeing my plans.

Fred, overseeing creation of Christmas treat pouchs from SU!'s Designer Series Paper
Fred, overseeing creation of Christmas treat pouches from SU!’s 2015 Holiday Designer Series Papers.

When I go out shopping this afternoon and next week, finishing up my Christmas preparations, I’ll be taking these with me to hand out to sales clerks and perhaps just someone who flashes a nice holiday smile.  I did this last year and it was so heartwarming to see folk’s reactions to receiving even such a little gift.  I’ll never forget the grocery bagger (guy) who didn’t get one of my hand/foot scrubs two years ago.  I pulled one out of my bag, handed it to him and you might have thought I’d handed him a thousand dollar bill!   Sweet.

Thanks again to Uli and feel free to grab this idea and use up some of your soon-to-be-retiring 2015 Holiday Designer Series Paper.

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