Posts Tagged ‘Merry & Type’
Early in December my daughter decided that she wanted to make Cake Pops to kick off our holiday season. What says Christmas more than a red & white Santa hat? Plus we had red and white candy melts on hand, which is really why we chose these instead of the Christmas trees. Use what you’ve got, right?
Speaking of using what we’ve got, Stampin’ Up! supplies came in handy for bagging and the tags!
- Gusseted Cello Bags (see them online – 127850) were perfect for packing up 4 of these babies
- Merry & Type stamp set (see it online – 122552) made for sweet Christmas tags
- Decorative Label Punch to shape them (see it online – 120907)
- and Rhinestone Jewels (see them online – 119246) because everything needs bling, right?
- Bake a cake and let it cool (from a box — they crumble nicely)
- Crumble the whole cake into a big bowl (little crumbs are best — try rubbing pieces of cake against each other for even crumbs)
- Mix 3/4 of a regular sized frosting can into the cake crumbs. It should be about like playdough
- Roll the cake pop mix into cones and set them in the fridge for a couple hours or the freezer for 15 minutes to firm them up
- Melt white candy melts or almond bark according to directions (these are designed to harden and will hold your cake pop together better than regular chocolate)
- Grab each hat by the top and dip about 1/3 of it into the white candy melts
- Dip your cake pop stick into the melted candy and stick it into the bottom of the cone
- Set up to dry — we drilled a long board and covered it with foil to make a stand, but you can also use cups with weights in the bottom
- Now melt red candy melts and dip the top 2/3 of the hat. Before the candy dries, add a mini marshmallow at the top. Let them dry again.
- To make the bottom edge of the hat thicker, gently work the stick out of the hat, re-dip in the white candy melt, pour on a little food glitter and reinsert the stick
Looking for more Cake Pop ideas? Bakerella is where we got our recipe and the idea for the Santa Pops!
Looking for more Christmas project ideas? Here are a variety on my blog.
Or want to focus on little treats for coworkers, neighbors or friends? Don’t miss these projects with candy from my blog!
Stamps: Merry & Type; Ink: Real Red; Paper: Whisper White, Real Red; Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Rhinestone Jewels, Cherry Cobbler Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon;
For my Christmas Card Stamp A Stack last evening, I wanted to pull out the Merry & Type stamp set (see it online). I love the vintage feel of the ornaments — and what says 1930′s more than houndstooth? The Houndstooth Textured Impressions Folder came in handy as a design element (see it online).
Did you see the layered border effect on the left side of the card? The vertical elements on this card are basically a series of borders, including the Champagne Glimmer Paper (see it online – a little goes a long way!) and the Scallop Edge Border Punch (see it online).
Stamps: Merry & Type; Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Champagne Glimmer Paper; Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Border Punch;
HOW many days til Christmas? Eek! Only 19? Okay, I’m breathing… I’m breathing… It will all come together, right? Ha. Just kidding, I’m actually feeling pretty good about holiday preparations this year. But if you are looking for a quick Christmas card to make, here’s one with the Merry & Type stamp set (see it online) that is a breeze.
What’s fun about this card? I love the ‘retro’ feel of it, plus the greetings included in the stamp set are wonderful. There is actually a Collection called “Letters to Santa” that includes this stamp set and some other fun supplies (see it online). The Decorative Label Punch is a great match, and the Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is a style that goes with a variety of themes.
Colors here? Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red and Chocolate Chip, with Naturals Ivory as the neutral card stock for stamping (see it online).
Are you making more than one of the same card? Here’s a tip for you: Once you have your prototype ready, make the pieces in assembly-line style, rather than one at a time. So for this card, you’d stamp all the greetings for 10 cards, then punch all 10 of the pieces. You’d stamp 10 ornaments, put mats on 10 ornaments, assemble all 10… etc. You get the idea. This way you’ll accomplish more in the time you have…which means more time to go back to the drawing board and do more creating!
I’ve been a demonstrator for nearly 10 years. Boy, the time sure flies when you’re having fun! I pulled this Cocoa Slider Packet design from the recesses of my stamping brain…I remember demonstrating this project when I first started! Here’s an updated version though: with the Merry & Type stamp set (see it online) and the Peekaboo Frames Die for the Big Shot (see it online).
Know what’s cool about this little holiday treat? It moves! When you pull the ribbon end, an inner panel with the treat (cocoa) slides out to the side. And the Peekaboo frame opens, too, revealing a message from the Merry & Type stamp set inside.
I know! Isn’t it fun? Sometimes I can’t believe that I haven’t made one of these for 7-8 years. Definitely an ‘oldie but goodie’ kind of project. Want to learn how to make these? Here are the directions:
- Start with a ½ sheet of Very Vanilla card stock and a ‘slider’ piece cut to fit your cocoa packet—about 3 ¾ x 5 ½”.
- Place the slider and cocoa in the packet and use Sticky Strip to make a flat tube.
- Remove the cocoa. With the slider still inside, punch through all layers at one end, about ½” from the edge. Pull the slider out and flip it left/right and insert back into the packet so the holes line up.
- String a ribbon through all the holes at once, then add cocoa packet back and push slider & cocoa into packet. Tie at end to hold cocoa in place.
Add a cocoa packet, a tea bag or a hot apple cider and you have a perfect holiday neighbor gift! Or keep the packet flat by using it to hold a Gift Card for birthdays!