So Punny takeout containers

Hi everyone!  It’s Karen and today, I have a treat for you! I love this time in the crafting industry because new collections and product abound!  In fact, with In fact, with Creativtion going on right now in Phoneix, they are popping up like amazing flowers in the middle of the winter doldrums, and it is so fun to see what is new and exciting!

I am sure it comes as no surprise that Doodlebug’s new So Punny collection is at the top of my list.  I squealed…yes, squealed…the first time I saw it!  I mean come on!  It doesn’t get cuter or more versatile than this fun collection!  From bacon to gnomes to sewing machines to sushi, this collection has it all!  And I couldn’t help but start my crafty fun with a sushi-themed project!

I have a bunch of ideas of how to use these containers and more details about the products over on the Doodlebug blog, so i invite you to come on over and take a look.  There is a tonne of inspiration right now for this collection, and you will be blown away by how versatile this collection really is.

 

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!   I saved sharing this little post until today (although you may have seen it over at Doodlebug), because, well, it’s a perfect fit for today!

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Almost all of the crafting I do is inspired by (and usually for) those that I love!  And while I know that there are many who are not fans of Valentine’s day, I figure that this world could use a little more love, so why not?!

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A few years ago, I didn’t really understand the whole scrapbooking “thing”…now, it’s one of my favourite things to do because I get to tell the story of my little loves (and others too, but mostly them…oh, and donuts! 🙂

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And I get to play with pretty paper…

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So, I say hug someone you love today.  Or go out and do something you love.  Or just go out and buy something you love.  Because it’s Valentine’s Day – and today you don’t need an excuse to celebrate all that you love!

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Pink and Main and DCWV blog hop

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Good morning crafty friends!  Today, I have a fun new fall themed project to share with you courtesy or two great companies – Pink and Main and DCWV.  Both companies teamed up to bring you tonnes of fall inspiration, and the design teams have been busy!  After all, what do you get when you put great stamps and dies together with cute paper – crafty goodness of course!

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These little milk carton treat containers are my contribution to the inspiration.  I was looking for a way to highlight different types of stamps together with different patterns of papers, and treat containers seemed like a great fit!

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These cute little character stamps are from a set called Wild About You which I coloured up with my trusty Copics.  And there is a perfect set of dies to match each which makes the tags for this project a breeze!  Having said that, I did decide to forgo the use of the die for the little owl so I could actually use another stamp from another set called Thankful for the little branch he is sitting on.This was also the stamp set that I also used for the cute sentiment on the main part of the carton.

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if you are wondering about the pretty paper used for the tags and cartons, these all came from a pretty DCWV stack called Autumn Leaves. This stack does not disappoint.  the patterns are subtle, the colours are clean and crisp and there is plenty of opportunity to create contrast with the dark navy and pretty wheat colours.  And while this stack definitely has a fall feel to it, there is enough variety in the patterns, colours and textures that it is a great general use stack as well!

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So there you have it!  Now, this is a blog hop, so you know that means there are prizes to be won!  So you will want to make sure that you check out the Pink and Main blog as well as the DCWV blog to see what is in store over there.  Lisa is up next, so go check out her darling project!  

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Karen H  <<— You are here!

Lisa 

Jessica 

Karen J 

Karla 

Katka 

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Chick it out!

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I have a little more Easter fun to share with you today!  I love putting together little treat containers for the holidays, and when I found pastel coloured candy corn at Bulk Barn, I knew I had to pull something together.  Last year, I worked on a fun, bunny take out container, so this year, I thought it would be fun to create a chick!

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Now, I cannot tell you how easy these are to make.  In fact, if you take the cover by itself, you could have fun packaging in Easter-themed colours in less than 3 minutes each!  Really!  Chick it out! 😉

Step 1

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Start by cutting a strip of paper that is 12″ x 4″ wide.  I used DCVW’s Bohemian Sunrise stack for this one – it has all sorts of great colours for Easter!
Oh, and you can actually take the 4″ width and change that to match any little plastic bag that you would like to use for your treats! If you would like, cut a curve on one end (I just did this free hand).

Lay your strip on the scoring board with the curved end on the far end of your board.  Score at 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″, 10″.  Use your scoring tool to firm up all your folds.

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Turn over your paper to the wring side, and line up the top of your treat bag with the non- curved edge. Staple in place. Don’t worry about seeing the staples as they will get covered in the next step.

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This is the easiest step! Simply fold your packaging around the treat back, pulling the curved edge up on over top of the staples.

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Use a small strip or piece of adhesive to hold the flap down.  I use the Tombow adhesive because even though it hold really well, the small piece will release when pulled up without ripping the paper part.

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Have fun embellishing your packaging!  I turned them into chicks with some simple shapes cut from some orange patterned paper, and then adding some little wings (they actually look really cute without the wings too). I also decided to add some fun May Arts ribbon to a few!

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All in all, I think these cute little chicks will be a fun Easter treat! Hopefully they inspire you to get crafty!

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Pucker Up Princess

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Welcome to day TWO of our JANUARY Kraftin’ Kimmie Peeks. Today we are excited to share ANOTHER great set by artist Cheryl Alger called ONCE UPON A TIME 4!

With two little princesses at home, I couldn’t help but colour up both of these cuties.  The project itself was inspired by the little princess with the frog – she made me think of the sentiment “Pucker Up” which , in turn, inspired the idea for the treat:

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Both of these gals were coloured with Copics, and then embellished with Stickles and some Glossy Accents.  Oh, and I have to admit that the treat containers are reused from some chocolate goodies I picked up before Christmas to fill our Advent calendars – I thought they would be perfect for a project down the road, and I have to admit that I am happy I hung onto them.  Sometimes it pays to hoard, right?!!!

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All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super CUTE designs to show you, so be sure to hop over to each of them! And while you’re there, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving one set away!

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From Beyond the Grave – treat container tutorial

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It’s time for Kraftin’ Kimmie’s AUGUST 2013 RELEASE!!!!! We’ve been dying to share this month’s new STAMPS with you!! We’ve got SO many exciting things going on….so let’s get to it!

We are kicking off the *New* AUGUST Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps previews today and we’re SO excited to share these new stamps with you from artist, Nicole Aspinall!!! Today we’d like to introduce you to these spooooooky new sets ….FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE! and TIME FOR A COFFIN BREAK!

Today, I used “From Beyond the Grave” to create some fun treat containers!  I thought I would put a little tutorial together for you as well so you can fold up a set of your own treat containers!  Here’s how:

Step 1Step-1Cut a piece of cardstock to 5″ x 9″.  Place the 5″ edge across the top of your scoring board and score are the 1″ and 4″ marks.

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Rotate your cardstock so the 9″ edge is across the top of your scoring board.  Score at the 1″, 4″, 5″ and 8″ marks.

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Fold along all scoring marks

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Moving along the 9″ edges of your cardstock, cut up at the 1″, 4″, 5″ and 8″ score marks to the 1″ score mark that runs across the paper.  Essentially, you are making a one inch cut up at each of these score marks.  Remember to rotate your paper and do the same on the the other 9″ edge.

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Tuck in the 6 – 1″ square tabs you have created and run adhesive across each.

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Starting at one of the 5″ edges of your cardstock, fold the edge up at the score line and tuck in the 2 1″ square tabs.  Press them firmly in place the adhere and to start the bottom of the box.  Repeat with the next pair of tabs, gluing them to the back side of the bottom of your box.  Repeat with the final set of tabs, this time creating the lid of your box.

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Close the box up, making sure that the side pieces of the top of the box are on the outside of the bottom part of the box (this of this as a strangely shaped mini pizza box). Embellish away!Treat-containers-angled

We have lots of inspiration from the Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests, so hop around….and be sure to comment at each and every stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN BOTH of these new SPOOOOOKY sets!!! {All of this week’s winners will be announced at the online party on Saturday night!}

Thanks for stopping by!

Fairy Fun!

Last weekend, we celebrated my oldest daughter’s fourth birthday!  Friends and family gathered for some good, old fashioned fairy fun (a special request from the birthday girl). This year, I promised myself that I would not go overboard with the decorations (as a result of some pretty traumatic dealings with some Dora themed cupcakes last year). A few party favours and a few treats and we were all set to go!

Wands-full2 Wands-full Wands-closeupThese little wands served as the party favours for our guests.  My DCWV Floral Foliage stack was the perfect colour combinations of purples, pinks and blues for our theme, and the patterns were perfect for these one-of-a-kind wands.  And the best part was that hidden inside were a few tasty pink and red Smartie treats (for you non-Canucks, Smarties are a kind of like M&Ms)!  These were incredibly easy to make and did double duty as a cute centerpiece too!

Oh, and just in case out male guests were intimidated by the pink, I had another version to keep everyone happy:

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 And although these are not paper related, I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of the treats too:

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My birthday girl actually helped me make these pretzel chocolate wands.  I think she did an amazing job adding just the right amount of sparkle to each, don’t you think.

And last, but not least, I did try my hand at a fairy-themed cake.

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So there you have it – a bit of fairy fun in our household to help celebrate a very special little four year old.  And believe it or not, there was not one foul word in the mix!  Phew – mission accomplished!

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