Saturday, 30 July 2011

Candy Wrapper Die - First Ones

YAYAYAY!  Pamela dropped off my Stampin' Up order ... first one out of the new catty. Among other things, I ordered the Candy Wrapper die as I thought I could use it to make items for our Christmas Craft Sale.  Of COURSE I had to try it out immediately.

At first I was a little disappointed in how small it was. I am just no good at getting the scale of things from online galleries and I thought it would be bigger. But I can fit a couple of mini chocolate bars inside and I guess that is really all I need it to. I'm sure you could also fit in some rolled up cash or a cheque and I still have to try a gift card. But since we will be celebrating both my parents birthday's this weekend I thought these first ones would make cute addition to their birthday gifts, with some chocolate inside. This is the one I made for my mom.

Can you tell the other items that were in my order? Red/White bakers twine, and the Petite Wishes which I used to stamp the words on the label.  (Stampin' Up punch and matching stamp coloured with Copics).  I made this first one according to the directions.

The next one is for my Dad ... using the same cute polka dot paper (MME?). And yes, I also ordered the pennant punch so wanted to try it out as well.  The word stamp is by Hero Arts. I was just playing, to see how it would work with the pennants on it. Kinda fun - and I think an in-between size ribbon on the ends would work better than the twine and the 1/4" ribbon. Next one I do I will try 1/8" ribbon.

I tried just folding the ends closed then tying them off, instead of twisting them as directed. I like this look too!

I KNEW this would be a fun die ... so of course I looked at the Splitcoast gallery to see what others did. One lady (Julie Davison) had a picture on her blog of a candy wrapper made into a ghost by keeping one end flat and standing it on it's end.

Since I was in Christmas Craft Sale mode I looked at the ghost and thought SNOWMAN. So had to whip one of those up too ... and I think it is just adorable! Now this was my first attempt ... I didn't worry too much about keeping it neat and perfect -- it is my prototype only. But it did work and I can't wait to tweak it.

I used a face stamp from Peachy Keen, coloured with Copics and the cheeks are chalked. Since the red & white bakers twine was out anyhow I tied that on as a scarf. Something else to play with. Maybe a ribbon (narrow) around the red cap to keep it closed ... and a tiny jingle bell dangling? A ric-rack scarf? Felt? A sparkly pom pom inside the twisted hat? Sooooo many ideas ... and this one holds mini chocolate bars too.

To make the red hat, I simply laid a strip of scrap paper over the white die cut Candy Wrapper about 1/4" down from one of the long (now horizontal) score lines, and used a sponge to swipe red dye ink from the scrap paper to the edge of the cut. Then I stamped polka dots, simply because that stamp was sitting out.  Remember, this was just a prototype and I was playing and trying things out.   When I have it tweaked, I will take pictures of the process and post them too.

Thanks to all the stampers who posted videos on YouTube for easier assembling of this little box, as I managed to 'fix' the twist at the top of his hat. I won't take another photo, but it will make a perfect spot to plop a fuzzy pom pom.  ;-)

Anyhow - I am SO happy to finally have this die. I've wanted it since it first came out so I am going to get lots of use out of it.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. What cute candy wrappers..... I was touched by your remembrance of your Sasha. Congratulations, Karen, you have won the draw on my blog candy for the BBTB2 ice cream cone challenge. Please email me with your deets so I can make arrangements to mail you the little purse pouch.

  2. that's wonderful

  3. Wow - this all looks so exciting! I love the cute face on your snowman.

  4. What a wonderful die...don't think it's reached these shores yet! Love how you turned it on its side to make a cute character:)
    Jenny x

  5. Karen, i LOVE LOVE LOVE your snow man! Now, I NEED that die too! Another idea for the contents is earrings, cufflinks etc! You are so very creative!
    Thanks for sharing !


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