Saturday, July 25, 2009

Christmas Crackers

I'm on vacation and don't have any stamping stuff with me (gasp!!!) but I will be posting a few fun stamped crafts that I've made recently so be sure to check back!

I found a great tutorial for these cute Animal Cracker boxes on Tracy Harp's blog. She shows several different samples to inspire you! I made mine with PTI Berry Sorbet card stock and Christmasey Amuse papers.

I filled them with frosted candy cane sugar cookies that I made from a mix and colored with red food coloring. I used a giant brad from American Crafts that you slip the cover behind to hold it closed.

I used my oval Coluzzle to cut the window and then used the cut out oval for the tag. A piece of acetate is attached behind the cut out. I hung my tag around the ribbon handle using a chain by Tandy Leather that I got at Michaels in the jewelry section. I stamped the tag with an Amuse stamp called "Santa's Cookies" of a fun plate of cookies and a mug with a note that says 'For Santa' on it. I couldn't find it on the AMUSE site so it may be last years stamp (?). I doodled around the edges of the tag with a black Micro marker.

Note: I think you could use an oval punch for the window instead of the Coluzzle if it's strong enough to go through 2 layers of paper - but the box panel is too wide to use a Nestability oval with the Cuttlebug.

My handles are made with PTI Twill in Berry Sorbet and Vintage Cream. You punch a hole in the side panels - add eyelets and knot the ribbon on each end on the inside.

Wouldn't this be a fun way to leave cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve? Actually - it's a fun box to give treats to anyone for the holidays or any time!!

Thanks for coming by today!


LeAnne said...

Adorable! I had a lot of fun making these---hmmm, I feel another one coming on! Those cookies look yummy!

Sharli said...

How adorable! I'm drooling over the cookies (maybe I should have some breakfast?). I appreciate your tips about using the oval for the tag, and that the box is too wide for nesties . . . sometimes I struggle with those details! I can imagine this project done with other themes, too - it's really a fun idea!

Crystal said...

Julia how adorable is this!! What a great project..Those cookies look sooo yummy!!! How fun, TOO CUTE!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Julia, you are the queen of boxes. This is such a wonderful container. Impressive.

Tenia Nelson said...

Love this!!!!

Donna Marie said...

I am going to have to remember this at x-mas time!!
Super Duper Cute!!!
You always come up with such different stuff, great inspiration!!!

Joan Ervin said...

You always make the most awesome projects, Julia...these are no the beautiful colors and the cookies aren't bad either...yummmmm!!!!

dpkennedy said...

Oh how cute is that box?! I have to check out that tutorial! You just make the best projects! Hope you are having fun on your vacation!