DIY Rub-On Labels

Hello crafty friends, Alice here today sharing a few more details about a project I created for the Winter 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things. I love to make homemade treats to give as gifts and am always looking for new ways to package them. When the folks at Grafix sent me some of their products to try, I was immediately drawn to the idea of creating a custom rub-on to use on holiday packaging. I loved the way these turned out and wanted to share a bit more about the process with you here.

The first thing you want to do is to design the image you want to turn into the rub-on. I used a computer to make mine, but the products also work with stamps and markers. However, keep in mind that they need to be printed in reverse, so stamped images with text won’t work. I think using a computer and inkjet printer is probably the easiest way to make these. I found some fun chalkboard labels and fonts online and used those to create my design. You can find all the details on that in the attached document at the end of this post.

Once I was happy with the way the label looked, I reversed the image and copied it to fill the page. Here is what they looked like on my computer:

After they were printed, I cut them apart and followed the manufacturer’s instructions to apply the film to the image in order to create the rub-on.

A wooden craft stick is the perfect tool to help work out any air bubbles after applying the film.

Then you need to cut out the rub-on following the outline as closely as possible so that the excess material won’t show around the edges.

From here on out, this works just like any craft rub-on. Peel off the backing and apply the rub-on to the container. I like Weck canning jars because the front of the glass is smooth and that makes it easy to apply the rub-on.

Once the rub-on looks smooth, carefully peel off the protective liner from the front.

And voilà! Custom packaging ready to be filled with holiday goodies.

Looks better all filled up, don’t you think?

Here is a peek at the other label I created for containers of my grandmother’s peanut butter fudge.

You know how magazines work several months in advance? Well, this project was created in early July… right around July 4th, and these cookies were something I made for our holiday bbq. Before the party, I pulled out all the ones with red sprinkles and used them for my photo shoot. Wonder if the cookies with blue sprinkles felt neglected?

This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies and I love this icing: Sugar Cookie Icing. You can download a pdf of the full project with instructions and a supply list, as well as a copy of my grandmother’s famous peanut butter fudge recipe HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Recipe Book

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create a recipe book to hold all of your fall favorites in one place for holiday baking. This recipe book can be passed down to the next generation.


  • Core’dinations Cardstock: Black, Cream
  • Canvas Corp. Black & Ivory: Recipe Cards (CCP2632), Swirls (CCP2607), Wine & Cheese Sampler (CCP2643)
  • Zutter: Chipboard Cover, 8”x8”; Pages, 8”x8”; Wire; Perfect Closures
  • Black chipboard swirl
  • Ribbon: black, cream, pale green sheer, pale green lace
  • Pale green flowers, two
  • Black self-adhesive rhinestones
  • Black eyelets


  • Xyron 9” Creative Station Home
  • Xyron Glue Stick
  • Xyron 12mm Double-Sided High Tack Tape
  • Foam Pads made using Xyron 1.5” Create-a-Sticker
  • Zutter Bind-it-all Machine
  • Fiskars Victorian Paper Edger Scissors
  • Eyelet setting tool
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko StaZon Black Ink

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, sponge dauber




Recipe Book

1. Cut 8”x8” panel from Black & Ivory Swirls paper; run through Xyron Creative Station Home. Ink edges black; adhere to front of chipboard cover.

2. Punch chipboard cover and page blanks; bind together using Zutter Bind-it-All.

3. Cut cutlery print strip from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper and cut slightly larger Black cardstock; mat together. Run through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere across front center of cover as shown.

4. Ink leather Zutter Perfect Closure strap using Black StaZon ink; let dry. Attach closure hardware of front cover strap to rear cover.

5. Run 8″ length of Websters Pages Designer trim through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere to cover vertically beside wire binding as shown.

6. Select three tags from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper; mat to Cream cardstock. Trim bottom edge of tags with Victorian Paper Edger Scissors. Set eyelet into tag end as shown using eyelet tool. Run tags through Xyron Create-a-Sticker. Insert short length of black satin ribbon into eyelet; adhere to right side of cover as shown.

7. Run cutlery circle and black cutlery strip from Wine & Cheese Sampler paper through Xyron Create-a-Sticker. Fishtail cut black cutlery strip on top edge; tuck and adhere behind bottom tag as shown. Adhere cutlery circle to left bottom cover over lace trim. Run black chipboard swirl embellishment through Xyron Create-a-Sticker; adhere to top left edge of cover.

8. Cut menu from Black & Ivory Wine and Cheese Sampler and slightly larger Ivory cardstock panel; mat together. Mat panel to Black cardstock trimmed on left edge using Victorian Paper Edger Scissors.

9. Use Xyron Double-Sided High Tack Tape to create pleats in cream satin ribbon. Attach pleated ribbon to right side of menu using Double-Sided High Tack Tape; adhere menu to cover at angle using DIY-made foam tape pads.

10. Tuck and adhere two flowers under bottom edge of cream pleated ribbon using Xyron Glue Stick. Cut one 12”-length each of black satin ribbon and pale green sheer ribbon; tie together into knot to top binding ring. Adhere black rhinestones to embellishments as desired.


Check out these simple to follow video instructions for making your own foam tape pads using Xyron Create-a-Sticker by clicking here.

by Sharon Callis for Xyron, Inc. (

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Tin

It seems almost impossible to believe that we are already into March, doesn’t it? Today I’m here with a quick-and-easy idea for dressing up St. Patrick’s Day treats. My family is a big fan of Irish oatmeal, and I love that our favorite brand comes in a really cool tin. I thought it would be fun to upcycle these into packaging for homemade oatmeal cookies.

I started by adding some scrapbook paper circles to cover up the lid. Use the lid as a template and then trim by hand or die-cut (the largest size ring of the Spellbinders Nested Circle dies worked perfectly).

It took less than a minute to cover up the lid, but I think it makes it look so much better.

Also, the lid will come in handy if you plan on mailing the tin. Adding an adhesive dot to the bottom helps keep the ribbon in place.

A sticker makes a quick tag – just adhere it to a scrap of cardstock and trim.

If you want to spend a few more minutes, you can create a custom tag using an image stamped onto die-cut cardstock. Use foam adhesive under the shamrock sticker to add dimension and add a touch of bling with a self-adhesive rhinestone.

You can also add a border to the tin if you like. I didn’t want to cover up too much of the lettering on the front.

These tins are also fun to alter and are the perfect size to hold office or craft supplies… you can find an example of a travel themed tin I created HERE.

By the way, if you are looking for a delicious oatmeal cookie recipe, this has been my go-to recipe for the last few years – the only change I make is to use real butter instead of shortening: Grandmother’s Oatmeal Cookies.


  • Karen Foster Design – Shamrocks patterned paper
  • Karen Foster Design – Happy St. Paddy’s Day stickers
  • Papertrey Ink – Luck of the Irish stamp set
  • Close to my Heart – Clover Meadow ink
  • Me & My BIG Ideas – Icons Rhinestones Singles
  • Therm O Web – Permanent Tape Runner, 1/4″ Foam Squares, Zots

Until next time, may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (

Homemade Christmas Gifts In A Snap

December has blown in with the wind from the north and it’s a great time of year to show those we love just how much we love them by creating homemade gifts. Baking delicious homemade quick breads is a great start. Learning that presentation is everything is the clincher to the deal! Today I have a quick and easy Gourmet Bread Wrap to share with you. With just a few fun paper crafting projects and a few extra minutes, your gift goes from nice to AMAZING! :) And as an added bonus, I will even share with you my very own Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe – a crowd pleaser each and every time I bake it!


Approximately 4¾” wide


  • Cardstock: kraft, cream, black
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Prima Marketing Crystals & Glittery Leaf

Tools & Supplies

  • Gina K Designs Rubber Stamps: Holiday Greetings, Vintage Backgrounds, Vintage Borders
  • Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink Pads: Lipstick Red, Blackbird
  • Sizzix Bigz Dies by Tim Holtz Styled Labels
  • Krylon Copper Leafing Pen
  • Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3-D Foam Squares; Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry Paper Glue


Step 1

Cut kraft cardstock to 4¾”x12”. Stamp Blackbird ink using hound’s-tooth background image. Wrap around center of wax paper wrapped bread loaf; adhere using Zip Dry Paper Glue. Tie a length of red satin ribbon around top third of wrap. Tie leaf stem in center of knot; bend wire to hold in place off to right side.

Step 2

Die cut cream cardstock using Styled Labels die. Stamp using Blackbird and Lipstick Red ink flourish image and sentiment respectively. Embellish image using crystals. Guild edge of die cut using Krylon Copper Leafing Pen. Adhere die cut to bottom third of wrap using 3-D Foam Squares.

Gourmet Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


  • Yellow cake mix
  • Cinnamon, one tsp.
  • Nutmeg, ½ tsp.
  • Eggs, three
  • Oil, 1/3 cup
  • Bananas, four medium (approx two cups, mashed)
  • Chocolate chips, one cup

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour two loaf pans. Mix cake mix and spices in bowl. Blend eggs, oil, vanilla, and bananas in blender. Add to cake mix; stir until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake until deep golden on top and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (approximately 30-35 minutes). Remove from pans and allow to fully cool prior to wrapping in waxed paper.

by Keri Lee Sereika (