Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Studio 5: Christmas Cheer with Bite sized fun!

Here are some really tasty ideas for your upcoming Christmas get-together. You're all having one, right? Come on! It's easy; your home is already decorated and never looked so good, the Christmas carols are already queued up on your player, all you need are a few extra hours earlier in the day to cook and you're ready to spread some Christmas Cheer! Please visit the Studio 5 website for the recipes!

There is nothing like paper crafting to brighten up the holidays, and it doesn't have to be time consuming or big...in fact sweet small projects are the focus of today's studio 5 segment. Don't forget to visit the Studio 5 website to see pictures of all the projects and the article I wrote.

Don't forget my link to my friend Heather's very yummy Spicy Pear Jam that I had on air today.

Thanks to both Heather & Karen (you are SUCH an inspiration to me!) for their bitty nugget project ideas. They are SO darling and a bit hit at the studio.

Lastly, here are instructions to make the last 3 smallest projects, because I know you're all going to want to make them!

To create the nugget purse, cut a 1 ½” x 5” piece of red cardstock. Score at 1 ½”, 1” and again at 1 ½”. Corner round both corners of the last section. Distress edges of piece with ink if desired. Cut a 3/8” x 5” strip of patterned paper and adhere to middle of red piece. Punch two small holes in crease of first scored section on both sides. Thread 1/8” ribbon through, knot and trim for handle.
Adhere entire purse closed and embellish with a little flower, gem, brad, button etc…and a little gift tag printed on the computer.

To create the nugget wrap, punch a Scalloped Oval shape from cardstock. I used a
Clever Lever Giga Craft punch by Marvy uchida, but you can use any similar shaped punch or even die-cuts. Score on either side of shape, approx. 1” for short ends. Punch a 1/8” hole in each end and thread a 5” piece of ¼” ribbon through holes. Adhere nugget to center of oval with a bit of adhesive and then wrap shape around the nugget and tie ribbon in a bow.

Students...does this look familiar? a smaller version of the large Hershey chocolate slide card we made in August. Thanks to one my students (don't hate me, I can't remember which one!!) for showing me the mini version they created, you totally inspired me to create this tiny Chocolate Slide: cut a 4” x 4 ¾” piece of cardstock. Score ¼” from one long end and 2 ¼” from the other end. Fold and then lay flat again. Stamp a sentiment on the bottom of one side, fold again and adhere along the bottom and side to create pocket. Punch 1 5/8” hole in top of pocket. Thread ribbon through both holes. Push chocolate into the pocket with the ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow in the front of pocket. Embellish front of slider with a tag, glitter glue, gems or punch out shapes. To open, just pull bow and it will reveal the chocolate without them having to untie the ribbon.

You can custom create your own little wraps and sliders depending on the size of chocolate you use, just alter the dimensions. Enjoy!

Winners: Sadie & Erin! You two were the closest with your 'small' guesses and won! I'll email you with your prize details! For everyone else, thank you so much for all your guesses, they were so good I might just have to steal them for next year!


kwgirl said...

Absolutely LOVED the segments today.
The food looked absolutely amazing and the presentation made even stuff I don't normally eat...I wanted to try it:)
Loved how you kicked up the little purses a notch and especially the tiny chocolate bar idea that one of your students gave you from one of our classes...beyond brilliant. Thanks for sharing!!!
PS:FYI about the Spicy Pear Jam, we also use it on pork chops etc as it's spices like in apple sauce.

Kim said...

Sooo much fun watching your segments today. Love the food - gonna make some. Love the tiny purses and the sweet chocolate bar wraps!!
See you at class!

Elaine said...

Gosh those are super sweet (pun not intended) - love the colors and the ribbon twill too!

Michellie-mom said...

I want the pear template too!...it looked so cute on the jam

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