Hold on to your seats…. 23 ghostly pics and some tasty treats!
I gave my presentation yesterday to fellow Stampin’ Up! Demos (not sure of the count, but there were “many” at Janet Wakelands Meeting. I would guess over 100 + guests). I was only nervous for the first few minutes. Once I started chatting about what it is I love, it all pretty much was smooth sailing and I was very comfortable sharing my thoughts, ideas, and tips. I had a wonderful time. Everyone was so nice.
My presentation was for the upcoming Halloween holiday. I showcased a table setting and how you can easily use the ideas for upcoming holidays that are right around the corner. Other tips: keep a place setting displayed at one seat in your dining room that way family, guests, and customers can see it; great decoration/display; make the smaller 3-D gifts as Hostess gifts.
The main place setting is rather simple, but displays on a Pillow Box the name of the guest (created with SU! Write Me a Memory Journaling Fonts CD, Vol. II). Look how much the Chills & Thrills Rub-ons add to the presentation….and so quick and easy. Plates & Linen Napkin purchased from Pier 1.
(Substitute with Star Bright DSP Ornaments Kit and either Old Saint Nick or Season of Cheer Rub-ons)
First, I think this pic is funny..you can see me taking the pic in the glass lol. I always look for this in pics and think it is fun to see things that we aren’t supposed to see. Again, all I did was added a Rub-on. I took a hat pin from the Pretties Kit and bent it with pliars (I still can’t find my Crafters’ Tool Kit lol and Ethan won’t give up any clues to where it is hidden).
(substitute with Autumn Vine DSP for Thanksgiving & Ski Slope DSP for Christmas/Winter; Fill centerpiece with paper ornaments)
Ignore the icing drooping off of the cupcakes. These cupcakes have been through a lot the past couple days. They’ve survived traveling, displayed, and pics under lights. To create the cupcake cups, I used my Bigz XL Baskets & Blooms Die and 3 pieces of Ghostly Greetings DSP measuring 2″ x 4-1/4″. The height to the cupcake holders will vary depending on the size you need. Mine are 1-1/4″ high. I ran all three through my Crimper Tool and adhered them together using Sticky Strip. There is no base to these…the cupcakes just plop right on into them. And, they are more than likely going to get tossed after use, so don’t spend too much time worrying about a bottom or other details to them:)
The decorated lollypop sticks in the cupcakes were created with the SCRAPS I had from using the Pennant Die. I used Batty for You stamp set. I added dimension to all of the stamped images by cutting and using a Stampin’ Dimensional or Mini Glue Dot. Used either Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, or Basic Black 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon.
The centerpiece is from The White Barn Candle Co. that I filled with an assortment of candies, added more Rub-ons to the upper rim that states “sweets-treats”, and wrapped some Kiwi Kiss 5/8″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around it to hold my tag. The tag also features a rub-on and stamped candy corn from the Tasty Sweet Stamp set. I used my Ticket Corner Punch and Horizontal Slot punch.
This was created with the Scallop Envelope Bigz Die box that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately. I needed to find a way to personalize it with my own style. I made the outer envelope box and created another box out of Lovely Lilac 12×12 cardstock that was 1/8″ smaller to fit inside. You have to punch or cut out the top holes before adhering the box together. I inserted the box upside down into the outer box so it could hold the specimen tubes (martha stewart) filled with yummy M&M’s. Again, Rub-ons for the sentiment and used Haunting Halloween Stamp set.
(Substitute candy filled specimen tubes with assorted nuts for the holidays)
This project was created with Acetate and Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die. Cut out various strips of Basic Black cardstock and attach to your assembled basket. Horizontal strips were created from the Die and I just cut them. The fence idea was from the Holiday Mini Catalog and the new Frightful Fence Jumbo Wheel (I don’t have it so I compromised and made my own out of cardstock). Cello Bag filled with candies and closed with Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain and Black Gingham Ribbons. Linen Thread that holds a little stamped tag. Stamp set used is Holiday Blitz. Strips of Old Olive and Kiwi Kiss CS to base to create the grass and hide the basket base:)
This is a Top Note Treat Box that you may have seen recently in the Artisan Gallery. This one is a really quick verson (no hand stitching to all the perferations lol). The Yum stamped horizontal line is from Tasty Sweet Stamp set. You basically create a box of whatever size you need (paying attention that it must be smaller than the top note die but can be whatever height). You have to use your Horizontal Slot punch to the top Top Note Die before adhering to box lid and make sure your punched slot is not far in or you will be able to see box lid and ribbon won’t thread through nicely. Before you can attach box to bottom Top Note Die, you have to run your ribbon between the two. Use your Sticky Strip all over this on. Optional step is to add the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch windows to the sides of your box.
This is probably the most ghostly creation of them all.But, it does hold some cupcakes to make it not so haunted after all. Base made from Basic Gray Cardstock. Lid made from Ghostly Greetings DSP. Created a window so you can see what is inside. Wrapped some 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and a tag that is the same as the cupcake toppers so it would coordinate.
(How about making a ski sled instead that holds a cupcake or muffin that you can display on your table or give to neighbors)
Almost done:) Just a few more to share. The next series of pics are of my friendly pennant that simply states “treats”. I used Sticky Cuts Letters and Fine Cosmo Celery Glitter for the letters.
Last but not least… What are you doing with your Punch Box/Bundle tins? I have quite a few of these and wanted to find a use for them. Hershey Bars came to mind (any reason to take a trip to Hershey and visit Chocolate World to purchase some “Fresh” candy bars). This box holds MANY candy bars…More than 40.
So you have a blue tin. All I did was used a Sharpy marker to all parts that may be visible. Also, if you sand the patterned paper into the metal material of the tin, the blue comes off and the paper holds better.
How to cut your patterned paper to match up perfectly with the tin details……vellum my friend (or tracing paper).
I’m taking a week off from stamping to spend time with my family. I gave up going places with them lately so I could make projects and meet deadlines and I’m feeling really bad about that. All I ask is if you have questions regarding templates, please give me a week before your requests:) I hope you find inspiration with this long post of pics. Remember the bold areas and how you can transition these ideas right into the next holiday.
I have to work night shift tonight, so I think I should say goodbye for now and will be back in one week.
Thanks for stopping by.