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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A sweet thank you

Stamped chocolate bar wrappers come together quickly with punches

Today's post isn't really about what I made -- though of course I've included the cutting info below -- and my project uses tons of retired items. Today is all about HOW I design. It's less organized and more organic than you might think.

Today I'm finishing up the third of three pillow gifts for band camp volunteers. It's a chocolate bar wrapper. Because band camp is a five-hour drive away from home, I don't actually put the chocolate IN the wrapper, which means it's fun for both me and the camp coordinator.

Last year, I sent these very carefully-crafted box-envelope things, and she got there, bought what I had told her to buy, and then discovered that the size she had and the size I had designed for were not the same. She's resourceful, and she found something that DID fit, but I gave her a little adventure that she didn't need in the midst of hosting 100 teenagers for a week. This year I wanted to give her a little more flexibility and a little less stress -- so I'm sending flat wrappers.

These are designed for either a Hershey bar or a Nestle Crunch bar in the 1.55oz size. I started by cutting rectangles of DSP to 5 1/4" by 6 1/4" ... so I rummaged through my stash for retired paper that I liked and that I had enough of. I knew I wanted some kind of tag on the label, so I looked for the coordinating colors. This is Blueberry Crisp DSP, and it uses Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla, and Sahara Sand. I decided to use Sahara for the tag, and Navy for the sentiment.

Because I am feeling COMPLETELY LAZY this morning, I decided to use the Note Tag punch. I used scrap Sand and punched out and stamped 12 tags. So far, easey peasey. I added the cutest little Navy punched hearts. Happiness!

Then I set the tag onto the label and realized that it looked lost. Argh.

I knew I didn't want to put ribbon onto these, so I started with a strip of Sand. Which was good, but kind of swallowed up the tag. FINE. I tried a strip of Navy -- which swallowed up the heart. Grrr.

Right, strip of Sand ON a strip of Navy. I cut 12 of each, laid them out, and ... lost the tag and the heart in the background. Sound of gnashing teeth.

Finally, I pulled out a circle punch and added some Vanilla. Voila! You can see both the tag and the heart, the labels look like I meant to do it, and they'll still pack flat. Miracles abound!!

I added a strip of tear tape to the back, and called it done. Done!! Hurray!

Now to grab a bar of chocolate so that I can mock one up for a picture! ... Except that we don't have one in the right size. ARGLEFRASTER!!

I wish you a happy and creative weekend -- and may all your adventures end in chocolate :-).

Stamp sets

  • Another Thank You (retired)


  • Blueberry Crisp DSP (retired) at 6 1/4" by 5 1/4"
  • Scraps of Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, punched
  • Not Quite Navy (retired) at 5 1/4" by 1"
  • Sahara Sand at 5 1/4" by 1/4"


  • Not Quite Navy (retired)

Tools and accessories

  • Note Tag punch (retired)
  • Tiny star punch (retired)
  • Tear tape from my stash
  • Dimensionals

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