Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Friday and a treat!

Happy Friday everyone!

It certainly has felt like along week, work, homework, middle school tours (aack!) and tween attacks- I am definitely ready to be done! I also deserve a treat after this week and the Halloween candy is a little too accessible in this house!

Speaking of Halloween treats, I have been designing a few different treat containers for my kids' classes for Halloween and they have to be especially good this year because it is probably the last year my 10 year old DD will want to bring in treats and because both my husband and I will be away over the Halloween weekend for a work trip (this gets us serious negative parenting points from our kids since Halloween in on a Saturday this year!)

I have two treat containers to share with you today, both easy and quick. The first is a adorbale little treat box made with the Stampin' Up Fancy Favor die made for the Sizzix machine. I can't tell you how much easier making these boxes is when you don't have to cut, clip and crease each one! The die cuts out the boxes with crease line and flaps all ready to glue. The die is just a bit smaller than 6x12, so a half sheet of 12x12 cardstock fits perfectly- it's a great way to use up leftover pieces of patterned paper!

The box here was cut form Basic Black and glued together with Sticky Strip tape- it needs to be a strong adhesive to keep the box from coming apart when you pinch the box and tie the top edges together. I layered some of the Cast-a-Spell paper onto a Pumpkin Pie rectangle and adhered to the box front.

The skeleton from the Twick or Tweet set (in the new Holiday Mini) was stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock, then cut out using the Label One die and the Sizzix Machine. This stamp cracks my kids up every time they see it, so I figured it was perfect for their boxes. Slots were punched in the top of the box for the wide, orange striped grosgrain ribbon (love this!) and tied loosely shut with hemp twine and a button.

As an aside, I get lots of questions about which die cut machine(s) I have and why I chose them. My favorite cutter of all has to be my Sizzix machine because it can be used with any die from any company, from the wafer thin Nestabilities to the thick, extra-long Sizzix dies. Mine sees a lot of mileage in my craft room because it's so easy to use, ergonomically good for me and cuts great!

The other treat container is super quick and ends almost as a little card to exchange with friends. I stamped the Halloween image from the "Sweet Centers" stamp set, also from the Holiday Mini. These stamps are perfectly sized to punch out the centers and insert a treat cup in the hole- whoever thought of this little gem was so clever!

After the center was punched out, I inserted a treat cup, filled it with candy corn (my favorite Halloween treat!) and sealed it in by glueing a black rectangle over the back. I adhered it to a slightly larger Razzleberry piece to give it a bit more contrast. On the back, I used the center I had punched out, layered it onto a slightly larger black circle and added a bit of gingham ribbon to finish it off. There's plenty of room for my kids to sign their names and they're easy to pass out in class.

Hope you're having a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! It's my birthday Sunday (the 15th anniversary of my 29th birthday) so I am taking the birthday girl privilege and hope to get some good stamping in!


Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Cast-a-Spell DP
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Black gingham ribbon, Wide Orange striped grosgrain ribbon, slot punch, Sizzix machine, Fancy Treat box die, 1 3/8" and 1 3/4" circle punches, sticky strip tape, treat cups, dimensionals

1 comment:

  1. Really cute, sorry I missed the class. Can't wait to put together my kit! THANKS!