Pinch o’ Green Treat Bags

General, Party Favors, St. Patrick's Dayon March 12th, 20142 Comments

With St Patrick’s Day less than a week away, we remixed {this} sweet treat with a pinch o’ green for the upcoming holiday.

The mint chocolate candies were a “lucky” find with the fun trio of green shades. We paired this colorful snack with a few Clear and Simple Stamps goodies to create sweet, holiday-inspired favors.

Taking a cue from the color coordinated candies, we alternated colors to fill the 1″ Clear Candy Treat Bags and added a custom stamped topper with gold foil accents. Here’s a photo tutorial to walk you through “how-to” add gold foil to your toppers:

This is a simple and sweet project that is great for gifting at the office or to classmates on St. Patrick’s Day. Without naming any names, let’s just say these tasty little treat bags “magically disappeared” one by one as the day went on!

SUPPLIES: 1″ Clear Candy Bags | Toppers Combo (includes dies) | Toppers Fillers | Lucky Charm (clover icon) | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Glamazon Green Ink | Simple Adhesive | Gold Foil, Mint Chocolate Candies (M&M’s)

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It’s a Panda Paw-ty

Critter, Critters, Party Favorson February 23rd, 2014No Comments

What’s black and white and cuddly all over? Bao Bao, the absolutely adorable baby panda at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC. As locals to the area, we have been swept up in the excitement of all things panda, including creating this fun Little Critter Pals Panda Paw-ty…

Inspired by little Boa Boa’s mega cute factor, we pulled together a few ideas to create a fun Panda Paw-ty. This theme party is a great way to get little ones excited about an upcoming trip to the zoo, to use as an educational tool to teach about pandas, or just for fun!

Included is this afternoon of “pandamonium”:

  • A panda-filled, black and white striped, cute as can be Invitation and Matching Envie
  • An arts and crafts project to create Origami Friendship Bracelets
  • Snacking on PB + J Sushi bites for a boost of energy
  • A panda inspired Paw-ty Favor to take home
  • And a coordinating Thank You Card to for the paw-ty goers

We have loved creating with the Curly Label Frames 1 since it released late last year. The whimsical design frames out any image in a super fun way. Pair it with a flowy banner and cuddly panda bear critter and we have the makings of perfect panda paw-ty invitation.

To create a full “oval” frame look simply mask the banner, and with the mask in place, stamp the curly frame above and below.

Visit us on Instagram to see how we transformed the Critter Pals Bear into a sweet Panda, all you’ll need is a pencil and dark gray (or black) markers…and of course your Critter Pals stamped image!

Origami friendship bracelets are a great way to keep paw-ty goers busy with a simple activity that is made from selective inking and a few creative paper folds.

Starting with a 6″ square sheet of A Blanc Check (white) gift wrap, masking paper, and CSS Hybrid ink – here’s a few photos to walk you through “how-to” create this fun project:

Any themed Panda Paw-ty deserves an equally cute Paw-ty Favor! You can create these ahead of time or make them during the party as an arts and crafts activity that the kids can take home with them.

We decorated a Party Favor 13 (take out style box) with the Build-a-Critter Pals dies to create a panda box. Inside the box is a chocolate dipped fortune cookie, individually wrapped in a 3″ Clear Candy Bag with a custom stamped wrapper.

 

Our paw-ty goers will need a boost of energy and these PB + J Sushi snack bites are the perfect panda paw-ty treat. We simply flattened a slice of bread, spread on peanut butter and jelly, rolled it like sushi and cut into bite-sized pieces. To top each roll, is a tiny dollop of jelly with orange sprinkles.

Since little hands may have a hard time with regular sized chopsticks, we cut down a pair, sanded, and painted the ends. Shorter chopsticks will give the children more control, and it’s a fun way to eat a snack!

Add a cute food marker, a bottle of milk, and a stripey straw for a full on panda style snack time.

 

Taking a cue from the Panda Paw-ty invitations, we kept the Thank You cards simple and sweet.

You can easily include a photo from the party or from the trip to the zoo to share with the recipient. Everyone loves to reminisce about good times!

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Our love of Pandas made this party fun and easy.
We’d love to see your “Critter-themed” parties.
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CARDSTOCK: Blanc Check | Leek-ed to the Press | INKS: Perfect Little Black Dress | Leek-ed to the Press | STAMPS: Taglines: Little Critter Pals | Rag Doll: Tea Part Extras | Designer Lines | Curly Label Frames 1 | Party Elements: Baby | Little Critter Pals 2 | Party Elements: Winter Woodlands Extras| Wrap-a-Round | Duly Noted | Foodie Fun Sentiments | DIES: A4 Note Cards Dies | A4 Envie + Liner Dies | Party Favor 13 | Wrappers | Shapes: Ovals | Shapes: Hearts | Build-a-Critter Pals: Basics | OTHER: Simple Adhesive | A Blanc Check Gift Wrap | 3″ Clear Candy Bags

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CWL | Box-o-Kisses Party Favor

Create With Love, Love, Party Favors, Valentine's Dayon February 14th, 20142 Comments

Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! We are sharing our final project for today and it’s the perfect gift for chocolate lovers…Project #7 – Box-o-Kisses Party Favor.

It’s perfectly acceptable to create a party for one, right? Cutely coordinated, chocolate candies filled to the brim makes it kind of hard for anyone to want to share this sweet treat! We just love how simple it is to dress up store bought candy and give it a bit of your own personal style.  We can’t help but think how cute these would be for so many different occasions.

Cutely decorated candy…check. Adorable party favor box for packaging…check.  How about the card? Not to worry, we’re making petite conversation hearts with a pocket for a tiny note card, which nestles perfectly into the Party Favor 11 box among all the kisses.

We hope you have enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! Sending you lots of xxxx and oooo…….

SUPPLIES: Simple Felt | Party Favor 11 (die) | Ticket Border (die) | Alpha Modern | Designer Lines | Taglines: Little Critters | Golden Tiara Ink | Shapes: Hearts (Combo) | All Wrapped Up | Paint the Town Pink Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Party Elements: Winter Woodlands | I Steel Got It | Paint the Town Pink Ink | Simple Adhesive | Tissue Paper | Candy Kisses | Needle/Thread

 

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CWL | Be Mine Banner Treat Bag

Create With Love, Love, Packaging, Party Favors, Valentine's Dayon February 14th, 2014No Comments

Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! We are moving right through our crafty agenda and hope that you are enjoying the mix of treats and favors for the holiday. Keep in mind that with a few minor tweaks in color or sentiments, each project can be recreated for any occasion, including Project #6 – the Be Mine Banner Treat Bag.

 We adore this project! Maybe because as a child the family bike was pink with purple tires, or our complete obsession with the Bow Trio dies that are a one-piece cut and come standard with three different bow styles. The candy inside is an obvious giveaway, but the truth is we love to use dies to create unconventional packaging.

Would you believe us if we told you that we used a ziploc bag to create the banner pocket with the zipper top in tact? This post just might have you looking at everyday household items in a slightly different way!

SUPPLIES: Banner 1 (dies) | Bow Trio: Large (dies) | Love Cupid | Shapes: Hearts | All Wrapped Up | Paint the Town Pink Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | I’m a Princess Pink Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Paint the Town Pink Ink | Simple Adhesive | Silver Cord | Ziploc Bag | Color Coordinated Candy

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CWL | Love is Sweet Matchbox Favor

Create With Love, food, Love, Party Favors, Valentine's Dayon February 14th, 2014No Comments

Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! Since we’ve hit the afternoon hours on the East Coast, it’s about time to up the candy factor. Project #5 is the Love is Sweet Matchbox Favor – trust us, you are going to absolutely love how sweet it really is…

The Party Favor 16 first debuted in the pages of Toile, a holiday gift guide created by Damask Love. We so loved the colors used on the candle and matchbox favor that we wanted to take that inspiration and create a single serve candy bar treat using the same colors.

Valentine’s Day is pretty much carte blanche to completely go over the top in all things pink and red, no questions asked…come February 15th however, it will be a different story – new Spring colorways will more than likely take over. So with just a few hours left on our free pass, we are whipping up pink chocolates, die cutting pink hearts, and stamping pink flourish details.

And since it is Valentine’s Day, we added a “to/from” sentiment to make these favors a bit more personal. If you were having a wedding or anniversary you could stamp the event date here as an alternative.

SUPPLIES: Petite Banners (dies) | Party Favor 16 (dies) | Love Cupid | Shapes: Hearts | Cake Domes | Paint the Town Pink Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | I Steel Got It Ink | Simple Adhesive | Clear Acetate | Foam Tape | Candy Melts

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CWL | Milk + Cookies Valentine Shooter

Create With Love, food, Valentine's Dayon February 14th, 2014No Comments

Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! Are you ready for Project #4?  Was your sweet tooth itching for a sugary fix? Well, then we’ve got you covered with this yummy Milk + Cookies Valentine Shooter, which is all fancy-schmancy for mini milk shots!

Last week we shared an assortment of Valentine Cookie Grams. We mentioned then that we have an incredible love for sugar cookies. They are a classic, no fail cookie that just about everyone enjoys. We keep a cookie dough section in our freezer, so when ideas like a Milk + Cookies Valentine Shooter comes to mind we can skip past the dough making part, pull from our stash, wait for the dough to return to room temperature and bake away!

With so much snow in our area we thought this project would be the perfect excuse to stay warm and cozy indoors baking up these crafty snacks. It sort of reminds us of that Rice Krispies commercial where the cook tosses flour all over to look like she slaved away over baking treats – these are that simple, and fun!

SUPPLIES: Favor Flags (dies) | Sweet Sentiments | Foodie Fun Sentiments | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Simple Adhesive | Red/White Striped Straws | Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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