Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Candy Wrapper Countdown

As promised, today I'm offering you a closer look at the Candy Wrapper Countdown project I featured on the Stampin' Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop last weekend. And here it is:

The first thing you should know is that if you click in the above picture, you can get a closer look at all 25 of these beauties.

Last year, when the Candy Wrapper Big Shot die was first introduced, it was more than a little frustrating for more than a few people.  I will admit to being one of them.  But them my good friend Missi told me about a video on Barb Millikin's blog that took all the frustration out of it.  I've made hundreds of these since then and even have shared them at workshops and events.  I love this little box now!  So if you have a fear of them, check out her video on YouTube.

But even so, 25 was a lot to make at once.  Fellow stamp enthusiast, Peggy, left a comment the other day about maybe making just 2 or 3 and then velcroing the tags on to them every few days to reuse the boxes over and over again.  That would be one way of doing it for sure.  But I envisioned this when I came up with the project:

A bowl full of these cute boxes sitting on my coffee table!  So I really needed 25.   I'm just hoping that my boys, 6 and 8, don't destroy the boxes so we can reuse them over and over each year.  Honestly, I haven't filled these yet but I plan to put small treats in some of them and maybe some slips of paper with holiday activities written on them in others.  But I'd love to hear your ideas too so leave a comment with them please (or even just to tell me what you think about the project in general). 

Here are a couple of close up pictures:
I wrapped each of the candy wrapper boxes in a piece of Frostwood Lodge Paper.  Then to some I added ribbon, including the beautiful new Quilted Satin Ribbon from the Holiday Mini,  if it didn't look too busy with the printed papersIt seems like I used ever punch I owned to make the different tags but I listed them all below.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget the Holiday Mini Catalog goes live tomorrow, September 1.  (Woo Hoo!!!!)  Come back on Friday for a look at a couple of cards I made for a Holiday Mini Swap.

Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White and Marina Mist
Stamps: 25 and Counting from the 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog
Big Shot: Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die
Punches:  1, 1-1/4", 1-3/8" & Scallop Squares; Postage Stamp, 1", 1-1/4", 1-3/8", Scallop Circles; Medium and Large Ovals
Accessories: Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist Scallop Dot Ribbon.


Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

Wicked cool, Paula! You're pushing me to get that dang die...stop it! LOL!

xo B.

Anonymous said...

Patience, thy name is Paula! They look wonderful in the glass bowl - so much fun to pick one with a stamp that 'speaks' to you!

Yapha said...

These boxes are just incredible!! You did such an amazing job with them! They will be so fun for your boys to open!

Stampngrl said...

Your boxes are really cute and colorful! Great alternative use of the stamp set, too!

Shelley Z said...

Love this idea!! Now to dust off my die and see what I can come up with!