Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY

These Designer Envelopes are an Easy DIY!  I seriously cannot believe how quick and easy it is to make envelopes with this little gizmo!  Have you seen this little envelope punch board in the craft stores?  Well, I had not and when I saw it, I had to buy it!   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Don’t you just love tiny envelopes?  They can hold so many things, little notes for the kid’s lunch boxes, coins, a lock of hair for a memory book, a homemade Valentine, or some seeds for someone special.  

My idea is to make tiny envelopes for our ‘Christmas Game’.   ◄(Scroll down on this page to see some of the cards I’ve made in past years.)  Each year, I buy a bunch of items and make cheesy little gift cards to go with the gifts.  This year, I think the cards will be attached to the top of the gift and the family can read the cards out loud before opening the gifts.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Have you ever messed up the envelope for a birthday card, anniversary card, or whatever and had no backup replacement?  This is the solution!  The chart on the front gives the measurements for an envelope for up to a 6″ x 8-1/2″ card!  The smallest is for a 2″ x 3-1/2″ card!

Not only does the punch board make one size of envelope, it makes lots of sizes!  Emily and I had so much fun making her ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gifts and Boxes‘ using a similar punch board for the boxes.  They turned out so cute!Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift on

The envelope punch creates fold tabs on one side and on the other side of the punch, it rounds the corners.  On the front of the punch board is a chart where you can match the card size you have, the size of paper you need, and the 1st scoring line measurement , where you need to align your paper.  Having it right there on the face of the board is brilliant!  No need to search for paper instructions!  Not that I have ever had to do that!

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After choosing what size envelope you need, you simply cut paper the size indicated on the chart.  You will want to do this neatly and an X-Acto Mat, an X-Acto knife, and a metal straight edge will help keep everything straight and precise.   (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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Next, you need to line the paper up with the corresponding score line and press the punch down.






The next step is scoring the line using the scoring tool.  

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Rotate the paper 90° clockwise.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Line up the score guide with the line you just scored.  Press down on the punch to make the fold tab and using the scoring tool, score along the score line. 

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  Continue turning the paper 90° clockwise and repeating these steps until all four sides have been punched and scored.  Your paper should look like this.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Place one of the corners in the “Reverse Punch” located on the top side of the punch board.  Press punch to create a rounded corner.  Repeat for remaining three corners.

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Fold on the scored lines and using the scoring tool, slide the blade along the folded edge to make nice sharp folds.Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

Dab a small amount of Tacky Glue along the underside of the bottom flap edges and fold over the two side flaps.  Tacky Glue is thicker than regular school glue and holds more quickly.  You only need a thin line along the edge, allowing a little room for spreading when folded and pressed together. Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on Isn’t this great?  It looks perfect and this is the first envelope I made with this little jewel!

No more boring envelopes!  Now we can make Designer Envelopes for every occasion and every season!  Designer Envelopes – Easy DIY!Designer Envelopes - Easy DIY on

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Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon

Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon


Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon!   The ever-popular cheesecake, and a favorite dessert of mine, is reinvented in this easy, moist, tangy, lemon bar cookie!  Creamy and delicious, these are incredibly quick and easy!  

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Easy Cheesecake Bars

Preheat Oven – 350°

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese – room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Prepare the Crust:

Place the flour, butter, and brown sugar in food processor bowl.  Process until you have a fine textured, lump-free, mixture.  Add the chopped nuts and pulse just to mix.

Don’t have a food processor?  Combine flour, softened butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer until you have a fine textured, lump free, mixture.  Stir in the nuts.

Reserve 1 cup of the mixture for topping, press the remainder into an 8″ x 8″ square pan, lined with parchment paper or Reynolds Quick Release foil.  (See Tips Below.)Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on

Bake at 350° for 8 – 10 minutes until lightly browned.

Use a glass with a heavier base to press the mixture into the pan bottom.►

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Prepare the filling:  

With an electric mixer, thoroughly blend the softened cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on 

(If you don’t want lumpy cheesecake, this step is key.  Make sure the mixture is creamy and lump-free before adding egg and liquids.)

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Add the egg, milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and mix well until mixture is smooth.

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Pour the prepared filling over the lightly browned crust.  


Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the cheesecake filling.

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Return to the 350° oven for an additional 20 – 25 minutes until light, golden brown.

Cool.  Cut into bars.  Store in the refrigerator.  This makes 16 (1-3/4″ square) bars.


 Easy Cheesecake Bars - Tangy Lemon on  After the pan of cheesecake had cooled for several minutes, I placed it in the refrigerator to cool faster.  Then, I took the pan out a bit later to slice the bar cookies.  Dave came over and tried one, and another, and another.  I think he really likes these little “Easy Cheesecake Bars – Tangy Lemon”.  

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Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make

‘Velvet Pumpkins – How To Make”  If you sew at all, these little velvet pumpkins will be easy to make and they look so pretty!  There are at least two ways to stuff them using poly fiber fill or, my favorite, using the little plastic pellets and the patterns below.  (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sale from these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

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pumpkin pattern download  ►pumpkin stem pattern download

Sewing The Pumpkin

Cut 6 pumpkin pieces of one size from velvet or velour fabric.  Place two of the cut pieces, right sides together, matching the edges on one side and pinning.  Sew a 1/4″ seam leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  Trim threads.

Place another pumpkin piece, right sides together, matching an edge to one of the pieces you have just sewn together.   Pin together and sew, leaving 3/4″ open at the top.  back-stitch one or two stitches.  (This helps hold the seam together when the piece is being filled or stuffed.)

Continue sewing the remaining sections together in the same way, until all 6 sections have been sewn together.  Then, match the 2 loose edges together, pin, and sew a 1/4″ seam, being sure the bottom end is completely closed.  (You don’t want the pellets slipping out of the pumpkin!)

When all the pieces have been sewn together, you should have a shape that looks like this.

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Filling With Plastic Pellets

Turn the velvet pumpkin right side out and fill with poly fiber fill or plastic pellets.  I tried a few different ways to fill the pumpkin with these pellets, straight from the bag, using a funnel, but found the easiest and less messy way was to fill a small glass and pour into the pumpkin shape.





When your pumpkin has been filled to the top,  hand stitch the 3/4″ opening at the top of the seam and knot the thread.  Repeat for each section.  Before finishing the last section, be sure you have extra thread to sew a gathering stitch around the top, which will be used to pull the pumpkin closed.  (The easier way to do that follows.)

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Then, tie the knot, run a gathering stitch through each section, about 1/4″ from the top.  Pull that section up tight and hold with your thumb and forefinger.  Run the needle through the fabric where your gathering stitch is and pull tight.  Take a couple of stitches to securely hold this section.  Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

Repeat this process until the top is completely closed.  (I figured this one out after wrestling with it for awhile!  It is much easier this way!)Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

At this point, you can glue a dried stem, or attach any stem you can dream up, but I decided to make a stem from felt for this little pellet filled pumpkin. 




The Stem

 I knew what I wanted the end product to look like and after a while, I came up with this hand stitched felt stem.  Embroidery floss was used to stitch the three sections together.  The seams are supposed to mimic the lines and indentations in real pumpkin stems.  Using the pattern at the top of this post, you can make your own, too.   Making the pumpkin with the plastic pellets and the felt stem, it is virtually childproof!Velvet Pumpkins - How To Make on

The downloadable pattern explains how to sew the felt stem together.  It is then, just stitched to the top of the velvet pumpkins.  

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies

How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies? Candy Corn JELL-O Mini Desserts on The ‘Candy Corn Jell-O Mini Desserts’, which I made a couple of weeks ago, gave me an idea for a Halloween Monster Cookie.  I remembered pinning a cookie resembling a pumpkin with candy corn teeth, which Pillsbury had created.

I was pretty sure that there were some pumpkin cookie cutters in the pantry and after a search, I found some.  Yes,  Wilton has a set of  Halloween pumpkin cookie cutters and we just happen to have a set!  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sale from this link at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.)

Many years ago, I tried a recipe for Old Fashioned Butter Cookies from Land O’ Lakes.  The recipe creates a rich buttery dough that needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours, then, rolled out, cut, and decorated.  This has been one of my ‘go to‘ recipes for cookies.  A neighbor tried one of those first cookies and in surprise commented that it tasted like one from the bakery.

Anyway, here is that simple recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tblsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


In a 3-quart mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, and egg.  Beat on medium sped until light and fluffy.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on

 Reduce speed to low.  Stir in flour,baking powder, orange juice, and vanilla until smooth and well combined.  (1 to 2 minutes)

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Chill 2 – 3 hours or until firm enough to be rolled.

Tip – Divide the dough in half.  Place 1/2 of dough on a piece of wax paper.  Fold one end of the wax paper over the dough and flatten into a disk.  Fold the two side edges in and remaining end over the two folded side edges, encasing the dough in wax paper.  Refrigerate the disk for 2 – 3 hours.  The dough is much easier to roll out this way.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on


Preheat oven: 400°.

*Roll out dough, 1/2 at a time, on well-floured surface to 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness.  Cut out with cookie cutters.  (I used the 3″ cookie cutter.  The cookies spread out to make a 3-1/2″ cookie after baking.)

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Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake near center of 400° oven for 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges.  Cool on wire rack.  Decorate with icing below.


* Tip – When you retrieve the disk of cookie dough from the fridge, open the wax paper, sprinkle a little flour on the top of the dough, and sandwich with another sheet of wax paper.  Roll out a little and flip the whole thing over, remove the wax paper on top, and sprinkle some flour over that side.  Use your hand to distribute it over the disk.  Continue rolling out and adding flour to keep it from sticking to the paper.  It keeps clean up to a minimum and you can easily slip it back into the fridge to firm up before cutting.

Icing Recipe

To Decorate Monster Cookies

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tblsp. milk
  • 2 Tblsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • food coloring
Stir the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth.  This will be thick. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on
Beat the corn syrup and orange extract into the icing until it is smooth and shiny. How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on
Divide the icing into small bowls and add the desired food colors to each.How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on

 At this point,  it should be the right consistency for spreading and drizzling perfectly smooth icing. I used both gel food coloring and regular food coloring.  They both worked equally well for color.

I started out with the black icing to make mouths on each of the cookies.  How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comAs you can see in the picture, paint brushes, which you can find in the bakery section, can be used to smooth out and fill in the icing.

Then, the green stem was added.

By the time I finished those the first cookies were relatively dry.  The orange color was added all round the mouth and under the stem.  By the time I finished the orange icing on all of the cookies, the white around the eyes was added without any issue of the white sinking or bleeding into the orange.

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These little Candy Eyeballs by Wilton were placed on top of white icing layered on the orange icing to act as glue and exaggerate the eyes.  How cute are these?  The white icing was also applied on top of the mouth to ‘glue’ the candy corn pieces in place.  (We are an affiliate of Amazon and will receive a small percentage of any sales purchased through this link, at no cost to  you.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

You can see in the pictures, I deliberately chose one with a larger black dot in the center and one with a smaller dot in the center to make each cookie look a little goofier.

Orange flavoring was added to the icing to echo the orange flavor in the cookies, however, you could easily change the flavoring to suit your taste.

Depending on how big your cookies are and how much area you are covering, you might need more or less icing.  You can half the recipe easily if you think you will need less.

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How To Make Halloween Monster Cookies?  It’s really pretty simple with this easy to make recipe for cookies and icing!



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Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint

Part 3 – Papier-mâché Pumpkins  and How To Paint

It took longer than I thought to get to the actual point of painting these pumpkins.  That could be because this is my first experience with this process.   Since the papier-mâché kept shrinking when it dried, I kept feeling like more was needed to actually see the features.  The beauty of this medium is that wet clay can be applied right on top of the dry clay.  You can see how I continued to build up the details in the picture below.

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The first thing you need to do is paint the entire pumpkin, inside and out, with a flat black outdoor paint.  You can see I bought a can of Valspar Black 60074 – Flat paint.  Use a can of paint and a paintbrush for this, not a spray can.  The latex paint cleans up easily with soap and water and it also dries quickly.  This will help seal the paper base and create a nice background for the color washes.  

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Although, there is a plastic bin full of acrylic paint, there was no orange.  I had to buy two bottles of orange paint.   One is a pumpkin orange and the other is a darker orange.  Another bottle of yellow paint was used to lighten the pumpkin color a bit.  Varying shades of green, tan, and burnt umber were used on the stem.

The Painting Process


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Scott and Jay each had different techniques for painting their pumpkins.  My technique is a combination of these two.  I like the black showing through the oranges of the pumpkin like Scott does and I like the layering of the color washes that Jay used on his.  The dark recedes and the light comes forward.  Use this to call attention to and highlight certain features.


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Next, white latex primer was lightly dry brushed over the black painted surface.  This accents some of the texture and the raised areas.Papier-mâché Pumpkins and How To Paint on



Then, layers of washes of orange paint were applied.  Everyone has their own technique, I guess.  After messing around with it for a while, I tried applying the darker orange wash onto the pumpkin ridges.  Then, with a 2″ dry brush, I feathered that out and down into the valleys.

That was allowed to dry and a coat of the dark orange paint mixed with a little bit of the lighter orange paint was applied in the same way.  The lighter coat  was applied leaving an edge of the darker coat beneath it to show.  Then, the 2″ dry brush was again used to soften and feather out the paint.

Again, the paint wash was allowed to dry.  More of the lighter paint was added to the darker paint and another wash was painted on using the same process.  This was repeated again, and ultimately, the lighter paint was painted on in a wash the same way.

Yellow paint was then added to the light orange in a progression of washes, just like before.


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Personally, I like some of the black showing through.   the texture of the papier-mâché is interesting.   The little fella seems a lot more ominous with all that black.

My intention was to paint the inside a yellow-orange and use a battery-powered candle inside but I like the black showing!   As I looked at him across the room, he looked so perfectly creepy just like that.  His eyes, nose, and mouth are very distinct, and yet, the details of his face are very apparent.


Orange paint continued to be layered on top of layers of orange paint, from dark to light.   Then, it dawned on me that if I planned to leave the inside black,  the black would really make ‘a lighter orange color around the facial features’ pop against the darkness.  At that point, more paint was layered around the eyes, the nose, and especially, the mouth.   This area was painted with more pigment and less water.  You can see the difference in the picture above and the picture below.

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The stem was painted a light tan color, brown, and black in striations along the ridges that were made with the clay.  Then, 3 shades of green and some black were mixed and added.   A few  thin strokes of orange were added along the ridges and then feathered out with the 2″ dry brush, leaving just a hint of the orange color.


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In case you missed it, directions for making the Papier-mâché

 pumpkin ◄ can be found here.  Click here ► for  Part 2 .

The question of whether to paint the inside lighter or leave the black was posed to ‘MyHumbleHomeandGarden’s Facebook page’ followers◄ You can weigh in with your opinion, too,  leave a comment below, or just see what everyone said!

These are whimsical, and maybe a little creepy, so there is no right or wrong way to do these!  Let yourself go and enjoy the process!  I love the end result and there are more of these crazy pumpkins in my future.  (I also have some ideas of how to use this clay for Christmas ideas!)

 Has this inspired you to create your own Papier-mâché Pumpkins?


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