Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Merry Chocolate!

I quite like making Christmas cards (as long as there’s a bit of variety) but I have made quite a few this year for classes (not enough classes, according to Helen J!) and demos, so I thought I’d do something a bit different. Also, I confess that I really don’t like writing Christmas cards – after years of typing almost everything, my hand cramps up when I have to use a pen and I lose interest quickly.

This year I had a solution, to alleviate at least some of the problem. People at work all received one of these instead of a card – and the fact that it contained chocolate made it all the more special for them, I believe! You get 16 bars of chocolate so that's what I made, hope I don't run out!

It’s only after I photographed them that I realised the design was a bit of an homage to Monica Gale’s Convention swap, but I didn’t have that in mind when I made them – although it was Monica who originally gave me the idea of turning this tag into a little chocolate container. Remarkably, the actual design of the container is all my own, created by chance when fiddling around with a little bar of chocolate and a tag.

After stamping the tags, I trimmed the bottom 5mm off the tag, then used the natural crease that comes with the tag as my starting point. I scored 1cm above this crease and 1.5cm below it. Then again, 1cm below that one. Fold, fold, fold and you have room for one of these delicious bars of chocolate.

Before attaching the scallop circles, I sprayed them all with my recently re-found (it was at the back of the cupboard) Champagne Mist shimmer spray. I got a bit carried away though so some of the “Joy at Christmas” greetings are a bit blurry now. Ah well, after a couple of sherries nobody will notice.

The scallop circle is stuck at the bottom only (Sticky Strip for security) and then tied at the top through the hole I’d punched with the Crop-A-Dile™ .

The chocolate is by J.D.Gross (not the most promising name but trust me – it’s fabulous chocolate). You’ll find it in Lidl and they look like this. They didn’t have them in the Derby (Meteor) branch last week but they do have them in Ripley.

Make the ribbon longer and you can hang these on the tree!

Tomorrow I'll show you another alternative Christmas "card" - the one I sent to my Virtual Hostess Club members and gave to my downlines who came to our team meeting on Saturday.   

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Real Red
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8” Circle punch, Crop-A-Dile™, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon and ¼” Taffeta Ribbon – Real Red, Two Tags Die, Big Shot

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. What a great idea to make little fafavours instead of cards, I may have to steal this idea for next year!
    Kelly xx

  2. Yummy! Who doesn't love chocolate? Especially when it comes in such a beautiful package! LOL at the 'blurry' sentiment! I'll have to remember to provide wine with my future blurred images!!


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