Thursday, December 18, 2014

On your mark . . Get set . . . ELF


Well, tis the season or something like that.... not bad enough we never have enough time between Thanksgiving and the Christmas season but then add a respiratory infection on top of that and of course the fuzziness that comes with that... (do I want some cheese with that whine??)  but I will share what I have been up to --- and I do mean up at 4AM to have extra crafting time before work to catch up. . . .  but it was worth it.

Here are some of my elf projects and to think it all began . . . with this:


and I made up some of my favorite tags while I was "elf-ing":


but I needed a gift card holder for a gift card and wanted something quick and easy but sooooo seasonably cute:


Had seen this gift card holder from Julie Davidson and she used the Envelope Punch Board and a 5" x 5" piece of card stock -- I think I had seen her on YouTube demonstrating this -- quick and easy it is. I only added a small circle in the center of the belt as a buckle. This is what the gift card holder looks like open and with the gift card in it:


Thanks to Julie for sharing a seasonably cute gift card holder.

Onto the Ghirardelli holders --- these I made using the Petal Card Die for the holder and the SU Petal Cone Die for the scalloped piece. Used various card stocks and greeting stamps are by Delta and the tags were cut out using a Spellbinders die set:


Specialty chocolates are abundant at holiday time so I bought two sets of the 12 pack of the Ferrero Rocher chocolates on sale at the big W drugstore. Since there are three flavors per pack I can get four sets of treats per pack and I used pretzel bags from the candy aisle at the craft store to package them:


Did not want to just toss the candies in the bag so I measured and made a "tray" from red card stock to set the candies on. My measurements are 4 1/4" long by 2 1/2" wide. Scored one long side at 1/2" on the scoring board and flipped it over and scored the other long side at 1/2". Once the scored marks were done I used a bone folder to crease the lines. Put the candies on the try--one of each of the flavors--and tied the bag closed with sparkly red ribbon and added little bells using gold twine. Clipped off the extra length of the bag with sharp scissors above the ribbon/bells.


Snowman Poop to die for -- or not. These are holders for white Tic Tac candies -- the regular size not the large ones. I did not use a die for my holder but just cut a piece of solid card stock 3" x 5" and with the long side at the top of the score board I scored it at 1 7/8", 2 1/2", and again at 4 3/8". (I would use scrap paper for your first one to see if this is the size you want to use). Then cut a piece of printed card stock for the belly band. The snowman for the front and the poem on the inside is from Whimsie Doodles website. Easy to put together. Markers were used on the snowmen and I used twine from the stash to tie around the belly band on the holder.

Then off to ---


These are pouches made using 6" x 6" double card stock from Stamping Up -- again remember they put their logo on this card stock so be sure it is not showing on the front of your pouch holder as that would not be good. Fold your card stock in half in a triangle shape, using the bone folder to make a creased fold. Then fold the right corner over to the left side of the holder and then the left over to the right side and again crease with the bone folder. Fold one of the upper flaps down over your folded sides and now you have a pouch. These hold two of the Peppermint Bark Ghirardelli candies.

For the gingerbread man I used the five petal flower punch from SU and a 1" circle punch for his head. Sponged the edges of the flower piece and the circle for the head. Then used a 1/4" circle punch for the buttons and cheeks. Used a smaller circle punch for the eyes and a fine marker for the mouth. He fits perfectly on the front of the pouch using large glue dots. 



Another favorite -- Sour cream containers that hold 5-6 Hershey kisses and one of the kisses is their Cherry Cordial flavor -- remember when you make the sour cream containers not to skimp on the red sticky tape that holds them closed -- that is the best adhesive for these. Used a circle greeting for the Jolly saying with a circle and a scalloped circle punch for that. Added silver twine bows to the greeting pieces and put these onto the container fronts using large glue dots. But do remember if you are using directional patterned card stocks as I have to be mindful of that so your print is on upside down on the front of your container.


More Peppermint People using a small snowman face stamp from MorningstarStamps.com and white/GP card stocks. The candy is the new Lifesaver candy cane peppermint candy roll. For their hats I used bath gloves from the dollar store (where everything is a dollar) and the hats are just part of the glove fingertips. Used the hot glue and added a pom pom to the hats and scrap ribbons from the stash. 

All in the family --- so from the Peppermint People to the Snuggets that hold the Hershey chocolate nugget candies:


to make the white card stock 'tray' for the Snuggets put them in place on the table and measured from the top of them to the bottom and then the width. Added 1" inch for the two 1/2" inch sides and then used the scoring board and scored my two 1/2" sides. Used the bone folder to crease these lines and put the Snuggets on the tray and in the pretzel bag they went. Tied to top with twine and bells and trimmed the top of the bag to the size I wanted. . . and then:


Butterfly angels made with butterfly paper clips from the office supply store, a pearl bead, and a piece of ribbon. Cute tie on's to presents. But also made some of the old stand - by tags first seen by Dawn Olchefske:


Punch was used for the dress, her hair is the frosting piece from the SU cupcake punch, wings are the SU butterfly punch and added glitter to them using a glue pen. The tag is from the SU Two Tags die -- ribbons added from the stash. Easy tags to put together and they can use up scraps as well.


And lastly -- the Candy Cane Seeds -- always popular as a candy treat at Christmas. Again just peppermint candies and used the pretzel bags again and added red ribbon to close them. 

The craft room is a MESS -- had to use the garbage can upside down to use my Sizzix machine with glitter drying, score boards out, and probably every other supply is out and not put away but all in all I hope every one likes their holiday treats. TFL and YOLO

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