Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Gingerbread" Treats

These little gift sets were Christmas treats for a few co-workers this year. I got the idea from Lorri Heiling, Confessions of a Stamping Addict, (scroll down in her post to see her box and chocolate-filled gingerbread man cookie cutter).

I found some gingerbread man cookie cutters at Wal-Mart and filled them with melted chocolate. Once the chocolate was set, I put them in a little cellophane bag tied with twill that was stamped with Sweet from Fancy Flexible Phrases. I also found some gingerbread scented candles and added those to the gift as well. A coordinating 3x3 gift card completed the set.

For the box, I estimated how big it needed to be and then decided my measurements from there. I started with a 12x9 piece of chocolate chip CS and scored at 2 and 7 along the 9 inch side and 4.25 and 7.75 along the 12 inch side. I didn't want the sides of the box to come up all the way, so I scored again at 1.5 and 10.5 along the 12 inch side (just to the inside score lines) so I could cut off the outside squares that it created and have an opening at the top of the box. Hopefully that all makes sense! (See the top picture for a side view of the box.) If you're still with me after all of those measurements, the finished box ended up 5" wide, 4.25" high, and 3.5" across the bottom.

I kept the embellishments fairly simple in case the recipients wanted to use the box again. I rounded the corners and added some Riding Hood Red Patterns DSP. The "handles" of the box were made with the small oval punch, and I added a tag with the gingerbread man from Deer Friends and From Me to You punched out with the Word Window punch.

I had a lot of fun putting these together and was really happy with the way they turned out. Thanks for looking! Merry Christmas!

Supplies (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Deer Friends, Fancy Flexible Phrases, So Many Sayings, Holidays & Wishes
CS: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
DSP: Riding Hood Red Patterns
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Twill, Linen Thread
Tools: 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle Punches, Small Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Scallop Edge Punch


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the two updates... I had been checking. I love the gingerbread boxes! Way Cute!

Nancy Riley said...

Your gingerbread themed gifts are FANTASTIC, Carol! That Lorri is so creative, and I always find inspiration from her creations!

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! Thanks for inspiring me all year long!