Christmas Hop with DCWV

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Good morning crafters!  I am really excited about today’s post!  This week, two of my favourite companies are teaming up for some Christmas crafting fun, and today is one of my days to share a little project with you!

Every  Christmas for the last three years or so, I have gone on a bit of a chocolate bar wrapper kick!  I love making these little wrappers – not only do they serve as greeting card, but they have a yummy treat inside for the recipient that pulls out in such a fun way!


The ribbon holds everything in place until the recipient is wants to break in!  Not only can you make them in any size you want, but they also won’t break the bank even if you are making a whole bunch!

For this version, I teamed up the Merry Memories DCWV stack with three different ribbons from the Ribbon Resource:


The canvas ribbons are perfect for this project because they are really smooth and slide nicely against the paper.  At 3/4″, they are also just the right size to create a substantial bow that is a good proportion to the treat you have tucked inside!


Oh, and the mini pompom ribbon – I mean come on…how cute is this stuff!  It adds a perfect bit of texture to make the sentiment really stick out.  I think I might be a bit obsessed with this ribbon for the Christmas season!

There are three of us up today for May Arts/Ribbon Resource that have projects to share with you today!

And don’t forget to pop on over to the Ribbon Resource blog as well as over to DCWV’s blog to find out more about this week’s fun and to be entered into the giveaway!  Both companies have multiple chances to win, so make sure you get your name in!  Thanks for stopping by!


Sentiment Slider tutorial


When I first started ScrappyCanuck Studios, I found out how much I loved creating tutorials – which makes sense because I am actually a teacher by trade.  But I have to admit that the tutorials have been few and far between lately. However, when I joined the ChiChi Memories design team, they asked if I would be willing to take on one tutorial a month.  This was a perfect opportunity to dust off the the old tut hat and get back at it!

So I am really excited to have one for you today!

Tutorial-slider-openFor this little card, I used one of my favourite ChiChi memories stamps called “Elephant Love”. In the digi, the heart is actually empty, and I thought that since it was such a great space, it might be fun to create a sentiment slider to enhance this adorable part of the image.  So, when closed, the heart is filled with a fun paper pattern, and when open, the sentiment is revealed. It looks far more complicated than it really is – really!  Let me show you how:

Materials for slider component:


Step 1


Using a craft knife, carefully cut around the inside of your printed digi.  If you are planning on doodling in the cut out, you can do this now or after the slider is assembled.

Step 2


Using a piece of patterened paper, cut out a piece that is at least 1″ longer than your stamped image.  When placed in the middle, the patterned paper should extend out at least 1/2″ from both the right and left sides.

Step 3


Cut a piece of coordinated pattern paper (star paper in this photo) that is as 1/2″ longer than your stamped image, and just wide enough to cover the cutout in the stamped image.

Step 4


Test fit your papers by placing piece 2 under your stamped image, but on top of piece 1.  You want to make sure that part of piece two sticks out on one side as this will become your pull tab.

Step 5


Using any piece of scrap paper, cut 2 1″ squares and fold in half (these are the runners for your slider and will not be seen, so do not worry about the appearance of the paper.

Step 6


Turn over your stamped image, and place piece two on top in the appropriate place, covering the stamp cut out.  Place some adhesive on each of your 1″ square tabs and slide them underneath piece 2, pressing down on the adhesive to hold the slider in place.  Add three small foam adhesive square to the far end to compensate for the thickness created by the slider and the tracks for the slider.  This will also act as a stopper on the far end.

Step 7


Take the backing off of all of your adhesive, turn over the stamped image and slider and adhere to piece 1 of your patterned paper.  pull out on piece 2 to make sure it easily slides in and out.

Step 8


Pull the slider out as far as it will go without moving past the cutout.  Take your cutout shape and glue it in place onto piece.  You want to make sure to glue down the edges well so it does not get caught on the slider as it is moving past the cutout section.

Step 9

CCMT19Optional – Pull out piece 2 completely and cut a decorative edge on the left side (I cut one side and then used the scrap piece as a template for cutting the other side).  

Step 10

Tutorial-slider-dimensionAdhere the stamp and slider on to your card base and embellish.  I finished colouring my images at this point to get good colour matching, and added a bit of May Arts ribbon to my pull tab – functional and fabulous!

Variations – If the cutout section seems like a bit too much for you, and great variation would be simply to use the same technique to create a pocket for hidden message.

Phew – I think that’s it for me today!  Thanks for popping by, and I hope you will give this technique for a sentiment slider a try!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I took a bit of a break from the blog over the holidays, but I am back with a fun post to start my second term on the Trendy Twine Design team. That’s right, Lesley kept me on for a second term and I am tickled pink…and green and white actually!  Today I get to share my new favourite twine colour – Watermelon Taffy!  It’s a combination of pink, green and white – and with my two little gals, I know that this is going to end up on so many projects.  But for now, let me show you the first one:


This little project is a gift card holder!  Created with some Echo Park Springtime paper (I know, a bit ironic), the top white part of the mitten actually pulls out to reveal a coffee card from my Canadian favourite – Tim Hortons!



I love this picture because it really shows off the cute colours in this twine!

The design is really simple – just make sure you make your mitten wide and long enough to store the card, cut two, and adhere only around the edges!  I swear, it is almost that easy! ;)

I added a little tag with a message, but you could easily include a stamped image, or even a spot for a personal message!

So come on over to Trendy Twine this month and join us for the challenge!  You don’t even need TT to enter!

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Owl Always Love You – A Candy Bar Slider tutorial

Project Title: Owl Always Love You – Candy Bar Slider
Before I started scrapbooking and chatting with crafters all over the world, I had no idea there were so many owl fans!  I agree that there is something endearing about these little creatures, and their cute sound is full of sentiment potential!  So this month, in honour of all of my CropChocolate friends who are fans of owls, I decided to team up owls and chocolate! Oh, and few hearts too!

  1. 1 candy bar (Ritter Sport used in this project)
  2. 1 piece of plain colored cardstock for body
  3. Scraps of black and white cardstock for eyes
  4. Adhesive
  5. At least 1 piece of patterned cardstock for feathers / beak / feet
  • Blue Owl – MME Good Day Sunshine collection
  • Pink Owl – MME Quite Contrary
1. Cut a piece of cardstock that is 4″ high by 9 1/8″ long.  If you are using a different candy bar, measure the wrapper to determine the height and length you will need to cover your bar (see video for description of included measurements)
2. On the front, top edge of your wrapper (the widest section), cut out a half moon shape that runs from one side to the other.  This will give your wrapper an “owl shaped” head.
3. On the same top edge, find the middle and measure down about 1/4″.
4. Press the front section down so that it lines up with the back section and punch a hole at the marked location, making sure the hole goes through both sections.
5. Measure out a piece of ribbon that is 4X the height of your wrapper. If you are using a Ritter Sport bar, your ribbon would need to be 12″ in length.
6. Thread the ribbon from the front section through to the back section.  Center the ribbon so there are equal amounts sticking out the front and the back.
7. Place your candy bar in the wrapper, pushing the ribbon down as you insert it into the wrapper.  Tie a bow at the top. Your candy bar should now slide up and down into the wrapper when you pull up on the ribbon.
To embellish:
1. Cut out at least 15 1/2″ hearts.  Apply the hearts upside down with adhesive starting at the bottom edge of the wrapper and working your way up  – 3 rows of 5 hearts.  Adjust according to your candy bar dimensions.
2. Cut out 2 hearts that are at least 2″ in height.  Apply upside down on the side edges of your wrapper for wings.
3. Cut out 2 – 1″ hearts and attach to the bottom edge for feet.
4. Cut out 1 – 1/2″ heart and attach as a beak.
5. Using overlapping circles, cut out eyes and adhere to wrapper.
6. If desired, add a message to the back of the wrapper.