Merry Christmas!! I am busy finishing up some preparations here. Yesterday and today were spent working on some little miscellaneous gifts for teachers, Sunday School teachers and students, and a few other people that I like to give just a little something over the holidays.
I thought I'd pop in and share a few of my projects with you. I had a fun discovery with the new Papertrey Loopsy-Daisy die that I couldn't wait to show you. I had this envisioned since the very first time I worked with the die and was so excited to try it out yesterday AND find out that it works perfectly for my vision -- creating the cutest dimensional peppermints! Of course I had to pair it with Crate's new Peppermint Collection (which I'm completely addicted to -- available HERE, HERE or HERE) and Papertrey's Candy Cane Christmas stamp set!
All I did was use two sets of the smaller Loopsy-Daisy die for a total of 4 diecuts per peppermint, two red and two white. Before folding them, I stacked them so the white "fingers" of the diecuts fit perfectly between the red. Then I just started at one point around the circle folding the "fingers" in to the center until I made it all the way around. I then topped it with a 3/4" punched circle stamped with the larger candy image from Candy Cane Christmas and secured everything with a brad (make sure you choose a brad with long prongs -- there's a lot of layers there!!). I sprayed them with a bit of Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive and coated them with some Doodlebug Lily glitter.
The "wishing you the Sweetest Christmas" sentiment is from Candy Cane Christmas, along with the tiny candy image. The "teacher" is from Teacher's Apple. The base of my treat bags are a brown paper bag, which I embellished with the Front & Center die. I did these a little differently in that I trimmed the bottom off of the paper bag, then diecut it with the Edgers # 4 die and stitched it closed. It makes for more of a flat "pillow" type bag. I filled them with yummy Ghirardelli chocolates -- 8 squares fit nicely in each bag.
My next little project is for our Sunday School kids. My husband and I teach our kindergartners at church. I just love them to pieces...they are so fun and full of imagination and stories at that age. We just have four kids this year, so we are able to really get to know them and let them chatter til their heart's content!
For their treats I used the same peppermint idea, this time tied to peppermint printed fabric bags that I just happened to have in my stash -- it was meant to be!
There's no candy in the bags -- I hope they're not disappointed! They are getting giant light up glitter bouncy balls. As a parent I know that my kids eat SO many sweets this time a year that sometimes I appreaciate something a little different, so hopefully they (and their parents) will too. :-)
I attached a tag (cut with Fillable Frames #9 die) to each one using the "Sweetest Christmas" sentiment from Candy Cane Christmas along with the "to, from" from 2011 Holiday Tags. Another fun find? The tiny candy image fits perfectly in the "to" circle on that tag image! How fun!
Well, with that, I will wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas! I doubt I'll be back to post here before the new year. I'm looking forward to a little break. As of 4 o'clock this afternoon my husband will be off until after the new year, and as of noon tomorrow, my kids will be as well. We are looking forward to carrying on our tradition of doing as little as possible over the next week and a half. We sleep late, eat way too much, play games, and watch as many movies as we can cram into a week. Can't wait.