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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels!

Did I get your attention?? Smiley from millan.net  I don't know about you, but for me there's just something super scrum-deli-icious about a chocolatey - salty combination.  It dates back to when I was a kid and we would go through the drive through at Wendy's and get a Frosty and fries.  Yum-Oh!  I decided to take these flavors and make a sweet treat for a few church friends.And OH it was so easy! I simply melted down some dark chocolate and dipped in some salted pretzel rods.   Of course, I didn't stop there. I needed to come up with a way to present these goodies to my friends. Smiley from millan.net This is what I came up with:


Of course I have a tutorial for you so you won't be guessing how to make something like this yourself.

First, start with a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. You will need to score it at 3", 4", 7" and 8" along the 11" side. And score it at 1" along the 8 1/2" side


Next, you may* want to flip your card stock over and pre-fold along the scorelines.  You know you're supposed to fold the opposite side of the one that you fold, right??  Smiley from millan.net *This step isn't 100% necessary but some like to fold before they cut. Others like to fold after they cut.

Next,  You need to cut the lower left panel out, and cut along the 1" vertical scorelines at the bottom of the cardstock.  To help with folding this box together you may want to cut skinny triangles out instead of just straight lines as I did below:

To get the angled front, you will need to measure down 2 1/2" along the far left and far right panels, then using your scissors cut an angled line from that 2 1/2" mark to the scoreline that designates the center panel. For a squared off back panel, cut exactly to that scoremark. For a more angled back panel, go just beyond the scoremark into the center panel (like I did.)

It's time to add your double stick tape.  If you intend to decorate your box don't remove the backing off the tape just yet.

 It's definitely easier to decorate the box when it's flat than than after you've folded it into a box.

Remove the backing from the tape on the vertical panel only. Re-fold the box and adhere the front panel to the secondary front panel. You should be able to easily smash the box flat to secure the front panels together.

 Add any additional embellishments, then fold up the bottom and adhere.  Fill'er up!

See?!?!?!!  Easy peasy, right?!  I found the treat bags for the pretzels at Michael's. (Something like $4 for 50 bags with the silvery twist-ties.) I used a bit of jute to tie the bag closed.

This afternoon after my son gets home we'll go drop off these bundles of yumminess to my friends. I hope they like them.

Smiley from millan.net   Thanks for sharing in my desire to be Willy Wonka today. Hope you're enjoying your day.

  • Stamps: Halloween Party, Midnight Feast (WaltzingMouse)
  • Cardstock:  Kraft (PaperTreyInk), White (Georgia Pacific), Black (Walmart
  • Ink: Antique Linen (Ranger), Clear (Versamark)
  • Temple embellishment: SCAL2
  • Other: Chalks (Stampin Up!), Starburst Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), Ribbon (I don't remember... maybe Walmart), Buttons (The Paper Studio), Jute, foam adhesive, Scor-Tape

Friday, October 22, 2010

WMS - Tag You're It! Challenge

WaltzingMouse Stamps is hosting a Tag Challenge. I hate to skip from Halloween straight over Thanksgiving and jump right into Christmas projects already, but the due date is November 6th so I didn't have much of a choice.
Smiley from millan.netNo, your eyes aren't messing with you. Once again hubby took the camera and I was left with my cell phone to take pictures with. Sorry.  Good thing this tag is so big! I could really zoom in on this baby for better detail. I honestly didn't start out to have an enormous tag. I meant it to be small, like a normal tag. But, my idea ran-a-muck and now I have a giganti-tag!

As I thought about cutting this one up and starting over it dawned on me ... sometimes, at Christmas or birthdays or any other gift giving occasion the itty-bitty tags ends up being thrown out with the wrapping tissue 'cuz nobody saw it.  I don't think that will happen with this baby. Nope! The only thing this tag is missing is flashing lights. Smiley from millan.net Smiley from millan.net Smiley from millan.net (hmmm... I think I have some of those...) 

Can you believe Halloween is next weekend already?! Holy caramel corn, Batman! Smiley from millan.net  This year has just been flying for me. My little warrior is going to be a knight this year. We found the parts and pieces at a Dollar store! Can you believe it?!  $5 for a cool little costume... err... most of it anyway.

Come to think of it, I better get moving on the rest of the costume or he won't have anything to wear to his school's fall festival or our church party or for Trick-or-Treating!! Smiley from millan.net  And, I do have at least one Thanksgiving project I need to get working on. So, my visit into Christmas-land was very brief.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!Smiley from millan.net

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  • Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas (WaltzingMouse Stamps)
  • Cardstock: Kraft (PaperTreyInk), white (Georgia Pacific)
  • Ink: Olive, Cream (Colorbox), Melon Berry (PaperTreyInk)
  • Embossing folder: Poinsettia (Stampin Up!)
  • Other: red crepe paper, dimensional adhesive, Liquid Gold paint pen, scissors, gold ribbon, hot glue

Monday, October 18, 2010

This place is haunted!

BittenByTheBug2 is having a little Haunted House challenge. I don't usually make time to do challenges. They can really be a lot of fun. I don't know why I don't participate more often. But this gave a chance to add another detail to my Halloween decor.  Nothing super elaborate... just a little something to give a bit of glow to my holiday decore.

After putting the votive together i wanted to make the plain black cardstock glisten a bit so I painted on some glue and sprinkled on some glitter. The glitter was clear so I had hoped it would shine black. But it didn't. It looks more like frost on a black surface. So i didn't glitter the whole thing. It's plain on one side and frosty on the other. lol
I wasn't sure if i wanted to line the widows with paper.  I quickly discovered that a liner was necessary because when they weren't lined the light didn't diffuse properly. The yellow paper definitely helped with that. Not that it has to be yellow... it could have been green or blue or purple or white....

And now for it's place of honor on my dining room table.  Yes ok, it seemed really big above but it's quite small in comparison to some  of my other creations.  My son was so proud that he was able to turn on all of the little votive candles all by himself.  The ones that look like candles are supposed to sit in the cups for the candelabra but the cups aren't attached so they all fall down when he tries. No worries, the candelabra still looks great without it's candles.

Hope you all have a fantastic night! I hope to have more to share with you soon.

  • Cricut, Design Studio, Heritage cartridge, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge
  • glue, glitter and a battery operated tea light

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rainy Day Projects...

Hi Everyone,
Usually when it's rainy you'll hear people say, Smiley from millan.net"Rain, rain go away! Come again another day!" But not me. I love the rain. Maybe because I live in the desert and we NEED rain. Mostly our "rain storms" consist of a lot of thundering and some lightning, some wind and maybe a bit of moisture. The storms move in and out fairly quickly lasting only 5-10 minutes and then they're gone. The funny things is, I didn't even know we were expecting rain. My son and I were out early this morning running errands. It was 90 degrees F, clear skies and a bit of a breeze. The storm blew in after we got home and were inside putting our groceries away.

Smiley from millan.netSo.... what do you do on rainy days?  Sometimes i curl up with a book and a blanket and read. Today, I worked on a project. I happened to have a couple nieces that have birthdays coming up. I purchased the supplies last week and today was the day to put them together.

These little Card Clutches were inspired by a project that Kathy showcased on her blog last week. Aren't they fun? Mine aren't super decorated on the outside because I put more stuff inside.  I had to run the ribbon around vertically to hold them closed.  Smiley from millan.net Now that I think about it... I guess I could go back and put some horizontal bits on them without causing too much of a problem. 

Anyway, all of these goodies were found at the Dollar Spot at my local Michael's, which makes this fun gift totally affordable. (Total cost runs about $6.)  And I love how all the bits coordinate so nicely.  I had to get red pencils for one of the kits because I couldn't locate the leopard pattern ones, but I still think it works...  To create the clutch you just need a set of cards with envelopes from the Dollar Spot. Two cards were used to create the clutch. The envelopes were used to create the pockets in the clutch. The left over cards are inside the clutch and can be used to put pictures on like a mini-album or used for notes, journaling  or doodles.  What ever these little girls dream up.

Okily dokily y'all. Hope your day is going well.  Take care!

  • Cards and matching accessories: Michael's
  • Ribbon: Red (Michael's), Pink (Target)
  • Glue: ZipDry, hot glue gun

Friday, October 1, 2010

Preparing for Fall Break

Hiya!  Smiley from millan.net
I know... I gave you all several posts (just like the good ol' days) and then disappeared again.  Sorry. Sometimes crafting takes a backseat.  It's a bummer. But since I don't get paid to craft it is not quite the priority that I wish it could be.  I do have a fun project to show you today. I think it's fun. I hope you do too.
My son's elementary school has been requesting assistance for the upcoming Fall Festival.  They will have games and candy and food....  I guess it's supposed to be the bomb-diggity.  I wouldn't know. Haven't been to one before, but we'll find out in a few weeks.   I was asked if I could make a sign for one of the games. I said I would. The name of the game is Duck Pond. Smiley from millan.net  

I originally designed the sign with just the yellow ducks in the pond with the catttails. But...  I just wasn't happy.  Something about is seemed not quite finished. Then I remembered seeing these cute little guys in an OTC catalog that I received recently. It was then that I decided to dress up my duckies for Halloween...  Smiley from millan.net
I was able to use the witch's hat from a cartridge but the capes and clothes and hair was created by hand... err... by scissors in my hand.
Hope you all are having a fab day!Smiley from millan.net

  • Software: Design Studio, SCAL, Inkscape
  • Hardware: Cricut, scissors
  • Font: Grilled Cheese
  • Cartridges: Paper Dolls Dress Up (witch hat), A Child's Year (duck)... everything else was hand cut.
  • Other: White poster board, Colored paper, Scissors, Black marker, Black dimensional paint, Gold dimensional paint, Blue paint, White paint, Paint brushes, Black cardstock, Glue stick, White glue