Thinking Outside the Box – Blog Hop


I am very excited to announce that I have been selected to work with a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world and participate in a Brand NEW Blog Hop with them as a designer!  All the blog posts will feature a FREE full tutorial on the project that they are featuring!

This Blog Hop we are featuring a Chocolate Dispenser! What great timing because we all have Christmas on our minds and there will be so many great ideas on hand made gifts!


Here is what I am going to create with you:


Alright, let’s make this thing!

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of cardstock at 6 x 12, and then score parallel to the long edge at 1 “. Turn your cardstock and score at 3 ⅛”, 5 ¾”, 8 ⅞”, and 11 ½”, all along the short edge. Score above the 1” score line on the SECOND segment only at ¾”.

Step One

2. Cut out the 1 ¾” x 2 ¾” piece from the bottom of the second segment and cut out the ½” x 1” corner piece. Cut between the remaining 1”flaps. Fold along all of the score lines.

Step Two

3.  To create the lid cut a piece of cardstock at 4 ¼” x 4 ⅝” and then score along all sides at ¾”. Cut and taper all four corners. Fold along all of the scored lines.

Step 3

4.  Decorate the side panels as well as the top of the box lid.

For the lid:

  • Cut one piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 2 ⅞” x 3” for the top
  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP at 2 ⅞” x ⅝” for two of the sides of the box lid.
  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP at 3” x ⅝” for the remaining two sides of the box lid.

Step 4 - Lid

For the upper side panels:

  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP at 3” x 3” for two of the upper side panels.
  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP at 2 ½” x 3” for the remaining two of the upper side panels.

For the lower side panels:

  • Cut 2 pieces of DSP at 3” x 2” for two of the lower side panels.
  • Cut one piece of DSP at 2 ½” x 1 ¼” for the shorter lower side panel.
  • Cut one piece of DSP at 2 ½” x 2” for the longer lower side panel.

Step 4 - Panels

Before adhering your panels, lay out all of your pieces to see where they all fit. Attach panels to unassembled box and lid.

Step 4

I used Tombo glue to adhere all of my DSP pieces to the sides and the lid.

5. To create the base of the dispenser, cut a piece of chip board at 3” x 3 ⅜”. Also cut a piece of cardstock by the same dimensions.


Cut a piece of DSP at 2 ½” x 3” for the bottom of the dispenser where the chocolates will rest on.

Cut a piece of DSP at just under 3” and just under 3 ⅜” to place on top of the cardstock for the base of your dispenser to give it a finished look.

Glue the cardstock piece onto the chipboard, and then glue the DSP piece on top.


6. Assemble the box and lid, I used tombo glue, but you can also use tear tape. You just want to make sure that you use a really strong adhesive to keep your box and lid together.


7. Decorate as desired.

To create a clean edge around the side panels, I used silver metallic edged ribbon to separate the two different paper panels. I used tear tape to adhere it.

To create the lid topper, I punched out seven circles using the ¾” punch and glued them altogether one on top of the other. I then used dimensionals to attach the silver foil snowflake on top of the circles. Then, with our mini ornaments, I removed the hanging function on the top of the ornament and then flipped it upside down to create the bauble at the top. I used a hot glue gun to attach the mini ornament onto the foil snowflake.



To decorate the front of the box I cut a swirl out of Champagne foil from the Swirly Snowflakes thinlits, I used a gold foil snowflake and then I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede using the stamp set Snowflake Sentiments. I punched out the sentiment with the Everyday Label punch, and sponged around it with Soft Suede, and then layered the sentiment with another Everyday Label punch that I punched out of Champagne foil. I then popped the sentiment onto the foil snowflake with dimensionals.


Here is a video I created to help put this project together:

Stampin’ Up! Products used:

  • Black 12 x 12 cardstock
  • Whisper white cardstock for sentiment and circle punches
  • Year of Cheer Designers Series Paper
  • Champagne foil
  • Chip board for base
  • Foil snowflakes
  • Mini ornaments
  • Silver metallic edged ribbon
  • Swirly snowflakes thinlits
  • Snowflake sentiments
  • Simply Score board
  • Everyday label punch
  • ¾” circle punch
  • Soft Suede ink pad
  • Sponges
  • Tombo glue

Now it is time to check out the next Demonstrator’s project on the Blog Hop

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Here are the incredible members of the Thinking Outside of the Box design team:

group pic

Check out their blogs and see their great Chocolate Dispensers they created for our blog hop!

  1. Shannean Moncrief – Australia
  2. Tanja Kolar – Germany
  3. Yoshiko Yamada Endo – Japan
  4. Zoe Tant – United Kingdom
  5. Annette Elias – Netherlands
  6. Dena Plummer Rekow – United States
  7. Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
  8. Beate Wacker – Austria
  9. Aude Barbara – France
  10. Barb Stewart – Canada (You are here)

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21 thoughts on “Thinking Outside the Box – Blog Hop

  1. Pingback: Chocolate Dispenser Box Blog Hop & Tutorial | MagpieCreates

  2. Hey Barb, I love your Dispenser Box and the combination of this DSP with Basic Black Cardstock! I see so many great uses of products too! The idea to use the bauble on top of the lid is simply brilliant! Love to see your video!

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  3. Congradulations, this a project I will make. Thank you for the measurements & the beautiful design. It looks grand in real.



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