Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Treats & Sweets: October Studio Challenge!

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge. Each month we have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more. 
The theme for October is:
Good things come in small packages!  The holiday season is upon us and between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas there are a ton of opportunities to create and give little treats, gifts, and party favors.  Please show us something you'll be giving this year.
And here is how I'll be treating some friends during this holiday season...

I am a fan of gift cards. Who doesn't like to get one? But, they can be a little impersonal, so why not dress them up right! I decided to create a little coordinating gift tin and card for a good friend of ours using these fun alterable hinged tins from Taylored Expressions!

By using the coordinating Gift Card Frame Die, I could very easily add some festive patterned paper to the tin, along with some cute twine. 

Isn't that die-cut candy cane sweet? And, it's shiny, too -- scroll down for some tips on how to use a die and glitter tape to get some perfectly perfect stripes!

I filled this tin with a gift card to a favorite local eatery. Yum!

I like to make matching cards when I give a treat and so I used the same patterned paper on this one as I did on the tin. I also added the same twine, but this time, I die-cut some holly leaves and punched out some berries. 

To create the perfectly striped candy cane, I used some fabulous glitter tape from American Crafts. I simply measured out some pieces and adhered them to a piece of printer paper (Bean Tip: if using wafer-thin dies like TE's, you will get a clean cut the first pass through if you use a thin backing paper like printer paper.) Then, I just zipped it through and voila! A happy cane!

Stamps: Winter Wonderland (Taylored Expressions); Patterned Paper: North Pole (Doodlebug); Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Fibers: Ladybug Twine (Doodlebug); Tools: Hole Punch (EK Success); Dies: Very Merry Outlines, Gift Card Frame (Taylored Expressions); Alterable: Hinged Tin (Taylored Expressions); Accents: White and Red Glitter Tape (American Crafts)

I hope you enjoyed my project today. What treats will you be making for the holidays? If you need more inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of the Baker's Dozen and see how they answered this month's Studio Challenge!

  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Shannon White
  • Shelly Mercado
  • Stephanie Kraft
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Wanda Guess
  • Cammie King (Guest Designer)


    Karen Giron said...

    So cute, Regina! I love the holly in patterned paper - so sweet!!

    Jen Shults said...

    Oh my! Your idea for the candy cane is brilliant! I am so going to be stealing that, lol!

    Unknown said...

    Darling, Regina! LOVE your tip about making the candy canes!

    Carolyn King said...

    love your coordinating set---the candy cane tutorial is wonderful!

    Shelly said...

    So sweet, Regina! I love how you made the candy cane too, I'll definitely have to remember that tip!

    Melody said...

    Great idea to used the glitter tape on the candy cane.

    Anonymous said...

    YOWZA! These projects jumped right out at me! All that beautiful color and pop! LOVE your treats for today!! (well, always)...XOXO

    Billie A said...

    darling gift box and card. I love the candy cane and how you did the stripes. Great idea. I should of ordered this stamp/die set.. next month it will be on my list.. Beautiful work.

    Shannon White said...

    Such and Adorable gift tin and card set Regina!! Love the sentiments and what a Super tip for the glittery candy cane! I am definitely going to have to give that a try! So Clever Lady! 8-)


    Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

    Just ADORABLE, Regina!! I am going to have to use your tip of the glitter tape! What a simple and FABULOUS idea!!

    Natalie said...

    Adorable idea! Thanks for the Bean tip!!