Christmas 2017 Christmas Manger Candy Cane Treat

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is quickly approaching, and I hope your hearts are prepared for the coming of our Savior.  Here is a quick project that can be used as a favor, gift or stocking stuffer, and reminds us of WHY we celebrate Christmas.

A sweet candy cane treat, with the candy cane as a “J” for Jesus, and an adorable manger with the head of our Lord.  Behind Him is a shape showing the radiance of His divinity, and can be any circular image.  I used the daisy punch and the starburst punch from Stampin’ Up!  But even a circle with some random wedges cut out would give the same effect.

Start with a piece of card stock 2″ by 8″, and score one end at 3/4″ and 1 1/8″.  (Or, if your candy cane is thicker, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/4″).  Use a piece of patterned paper 1 7/8″ by 6″ with the top two corners rounded for the background.  Fold score lines and secure into a pocket with washi tape or a 1/2″ by 6″ piece of patterened paper.  Add your “radiance”, here I have used daffodil delight.

Place the candy cane into the pocket, and line the straight part parallel to the side of the holder.  Mark on both sides of the candy cane with a pencil, and use a 1/8″ or 1/16″ punch to make holes.  Thread linen thread or twine through the holes and tie a knot or bow to secure.  I placed a glue dot under the bottom of the candy cane to keep it from sliding around.  Alternatively, you could just use your piercing tool to make a hole on either side of your candy cane.  It saves a step if you are making several, as for a church school class.

Place a star up top, here I have used one from the Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up!, but you could use what you have.  Even gold stars from the stationary aisle would work.  For the manger, I used a piece of Early Espresso 1 1/2″ by 1 1/4″, and folded it lengthwise.  Like my other manger for the treat box, hold the folded side toward you and cut from 1/4″ on the fold to the corresponding corner.  Repeat on the other side.  Unfold, and on one edge, cut to the fold line parallel to each side making the legs.  Then cut out the middle section between the legs.  Glue a 3/4″ very vanilla circle offset on a 1″ gold foil circle, then glue to the backside of one end of the manger.  Place a glue dot on each side where the manger meets the candy cane, and also on the two legs, and glue in place.

A quick, but very sweet, treat holder that helps us focus on what is important in this Christmas Season.  I hope you liked the project and give it a try, and until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby

Christmas 2017 Candy Cane Poinsettias

Hi Everyone!

Here is a sweet treat for classmates or coworkers, Candy Cane Poinsettias!

Festive and fun for the Christmas season, they are a thoughtful and tasty way to say Merry Christmas!

Start with a 6″ by 6″ piece of patterned paper, here I have used Quilted Christmas and Be Merry by Stampin’ Up!  Score by lining the diagonal points up on the 3/4″ line on the trimmer, and score.  Turn and repeat, until you have scored four times.  Trim the tabs as shown in the video, curl the “points” of the paper out, and glue the tabs in place.

Tie a ribbon around the box, then stamp and punch/cut the sentiment out.  For this one, I used Quilted Christmas paper, Merry Labels stamp set, real red ink, tranquil tide card stock and ribbon, and the layering ovals framelits.  The “to-from” was stamped and cut out with one of the Bunch of Banners framelits.  The poinsettia was made with real red, daffodil delight and tranquil tide card stock.

This one was created with the Be Merry paper from Stampin’ Up!, cherry cobbler, garden green, daffodil delight and whisper white card stock, cherry cobbler ink, garden green ribbon and I used an enamel shape in cherry cobbler.  The sentiment was stamped from the Seasonal Chums stamp set, and punched using the 1″ circle punch and the corresponding layering scalloped circle.

Start with a 2″ by 8″ cellophane bag and cut it down to 6″ long.  Fill it with your choice of treats, here I used candy cane kisses, and a candy cane.  Tie a ribbon around the bag to close it just above the candy level, which I filled to about 1″ above the top of the box.  Make sure the ribbon is snugged down, and the cellophane bag top is fluffed out above the ribbon, because that is where we will attach the poinsettia.

For the poinsettia, you can use whatever means you have to create one, whether you still have the framelits or the punch from previous years.  For this one, I used the leaves from the lemon punch.  I punched six sets of the two leaves, and glued them onto a 3/4″ circle base.  First, the six with stems were glued to the circle placing them evenly around, then after curling one end, the remaining six were glued down in between the first six.  Then, I punched a “center of the poinsettia” thingie from the blossom builder punch, but look around and see what you have that would work.

Then the poinsettia was stuck to the cellophane bag right above the ribbon using glue dots, and the flower was tucked into the box.  A very cute favor or gift.

I hope you enjoy this project and find it useful.  And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed.  ~Darby