How about a little Christmas in August??! Last weekend when my bff, Denise was here visiting she suggested making treasure chests off of the The Ultimate Crafter's Companion Advanced Construction Techniques DVD together. She brought her Crafter's Companion Ultimate Tool and I whipped out mine, we popped the dvd in the dvd player and got busy. It was a blast! I love to watch Sarah on the DVD's because she does awesome tutorials but man is she fast! LOL We kept the remote handy for pause and rewind. ha
Denise decided to make her box in some really luscious purple papers and added a ton of bling with gorgeous lace and flowers. It turned out really gorgeous. You can see it here.
Neither of us made traditional "pirate" treasure boxes as you can see. I decided to make a Christmas themed treasure box. I am always needing small decorative containers to give away at Christmas. And this really fits the bill.
I have had this fun "stocking" paper that I have really been wanting to use and that was my starting point. I made the box itself out of Core'dinations card stock and following the step by step instructions on the DVD were a snap. I added clear bling which I then colored with my Copics to match perfectly. I used a snowflake punch I have to make the snowflake embellie and then added a small white snowflake from my stash to the top of it. My favorite thing was the snow I "made" under the snowman by putting down Glossy Accents and pressing my new Stampendous Shaved Ice into it. So easy and so gorgeous in person! It was just the most perfect finishing touch. I can't wait to use this stuff on other projects. I can just see all the fun ideas!!
Now don't you think this would be the perfect gift for a teacher or a friend?? You could fill it with candy or homemade cookies. I know I plan to use it for one of my children's teachers. My kids make these yummy candies to give out each year that would be just the right thing to add inside. And guess what? I am going to share the recipe with you! (lucky you!!) ha
Rollo Candies (unwrapped)
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Layer cookie sheet with pretzels. Put a unwrapped Rollo on top of the pretzel. Bake in a 200 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until the candy starts to gently melt. (Don't let it get too melty!)
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and immediately top each Rollo with a pecan half. Lightly pressing it down into the softened chocolate candy. Let your treats cool and then eat or package them to giveaway.
Doesn't that sound super easy?? And they are super yummy too. I always get asked for the "recipe" when we give them out. You could even type up the recipe and add it to the box.
Remember there is still time to join in on this months Crafter's Companion "Thank You" Challenge at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog. (today is the last day) There is an awesome prize and you could be the winner!!
And finally I am going to leave you with a photo my two littlest kids waiting for the bus. I just thought it looked so sweet how my son was holding his sister's hand to keep her safe. Happy Wednesday!