Friday, 1 November 2013

I'm going Crackers (Christmas Crackers that is)

Yippee, another fantastic product from Stampin' Up! is coming to craft rooms near you. Or even to your craft room now that they are available to purchase.

The Envelope Punch Board is available from today. Gone are the boring white envelopes and in are the fabulous coloured ones that you can make in any size (measurements for 66 are provided) with the aid of this great tool.

The Envelope Punch Board comes with two built in punches and it's own scoring tool, plus two sets of measurements for 66 different sized cards.The ones printed on the board are in inches and there is a separate sheet, that you can stick on, that gives you the measurements in cms.

But wait, not only can you make envelopes and their liners with the board but a multitude of other things too. I have been using mine to make Christmas Crackers. So far I have made 10, and here are 4 of them.

These crackers hold boxes (more like rectangular tubes) of Maltesers and Minstrels that I bought from the local supermarket for £1.00 each.  I've decorated the crackers with a number of different things. See details below.

Stampin' Up! supplies used in addition to the Envelope Punch Board and Seasons of Style Designer Series Paper :

Small Spotted cracker - My Digital Studio, Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Glimmer Paper, Basic Rhinestones
Red Tartan cracker - Old Olive card stock, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Champagne Glimmer Paper, and Festive Flurry Bundle (stamp set and dies)
Large Spotted cracker - Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Red Glimmer Paper, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Gift Bow Bigz L Die, Basic Rhinestones
ZigZag cracker - Old Olive card stock, My Digital Studio, and Whisper White Organza Ribbon

You may have noticed that two of the crackers have the same tag but in different colours. I made them using My Digital Studio (MDS) using a template set called To You From Me. It is one the the MDS Seasonal Downloads that are on sale as part of the 30% Off Seasonal MDS Sets Sale.

Here are the tags again (plus a couple of others) before I matted them onto glimmer paper etc.

I love how it is possible to play with the "stamp" known as "stamp brushes" in MDS and change the colour of the images or the background etc. It's also possible to change sizes and all sorts of other things that I've not even figured out yet. Like giving the black tags a chalkboard effect.

The 30% off Selected Seasonal Sets in MDS is on now until 30 November. Click here to be taken to my OnLine Store to see what's available.

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