Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ho Hum!

Well, I guess you are pretty much bored with me. I would be too! But I really haven't been sitting on my hands, you know. I had to put the new line on hold while I prepared for a rep show. So I thought I'd share what I am doing for what they call a "Sample Frenzy".

After a day full of classes and dinner the invited guests (store owners) retire to a huge room filled with tables. At each table is a manufacturer. The guests make their rounds at the tables making whatever the sample is offered. The catch? The sample should take no longer than 15 minutes! Eeek! So I decided to take Karrie's wonderful nugget tin and Julee's nugget box and meld them together.I used Versafine Onyx Black to stamp the cowboy on white cardstock. Then, I used the Marvy Super Jumbo Circle punch.

Then I took a Sizzlets die and cut a tag from white cardstock and stamped "Happy Trails" on the tag near the hole on the right With Vintage Sepia. Next, I trimmed the excess from the end.
I used the same ink to stamp the "Western Star" in the center of 6 Avery labels and wrapped them round some yummy chocolate nuggets. And set them aside. (Yes! I set them aside.)

I printed the box template on some brown cardstock using my inkjet printer. Since I used textured paper it worked like a charm. The inkjets got the ink in all those nooks and crannies. I used a laser printer first and the heat didn't seem to get into the crevices of the paper so the ink rubbed off!
I placed some really heavy-duty double stick tape on the outside flaps and trimmed all the solid lines and scored and folded. I folded the short sides first and then the long sides, tucking in the side flaps under. Then I put the nuggets in the box.Next I transfered all the fold lines on the sleeve template to a clear piece of acetate. Scored, and folded the acetate around the bottom of the box and adhered the edges with more heavy-duty tape. I'll cover the seam in the end, so you won't see the tape.Next I colored the cowboy with color pencils and attached it to a black scalloped circle I cut out using the Marvy Mega Punch. I used a hole punch in the empty part under the lasso on the right side.Next thread ribbon through the clear sleeve and under the cowboy, through the hole. Tie off. Add tape under the scalloped circle to secure. Take a small safety pin and attached the "Happy Trails" tag. Here is the finished project. Cute, no?Because the project should only take 15 minutes, I had to make a kit where everything was predone. Everything had been pretaped, prepunched, precut. prescored. And I made a lot of kits. Did you want one? Just enter a comment and when I come back from the show on Monday night I'll pick a name! The winner will get a complete kit, including stamps.

And for those who don't want to wait here is the template.

13 comments:

Trese said...

CUTE, YES!! I WANT A KIT!

tyreiko said...

That is crazy madness Alma! I won't ask how many kits you made. ;)

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Oh, Alma! This is absolutely adorable! I NEED to make one!!! :) Definitely feel for you on the mass production, though - never a fun undertaking!

imteresa said...

Omigosh! I desperately want one! How completely cute! Thanks for the chance to win, and good luck with your show!

Kim said...

I want one!!! Pick me!!!!!

Sabena said...

How cute is that! I don't want to know how many of these you pre-made.... wowzers! I would love one!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

I could never be bored with you, Alma! And that has to be the best sample at the whole show!!! I need to make one of these, too... Promise me you and Kim are having absolutely no fun whatsoever with out me.

Sharon in NE said...

Aren't you clever!!! I love it! No, I can't wait. I have to have the template now!

island stamper said...

A project involving stamping and candy... count me in!!!

Cute candy box, Alma! Thanks for the opportunity to win a kit!

toners said...

Love it!! I hope you and Kim are having a blast in MA :)

Stamp4hobby said...

LOVE this! This set is a must have for me. :)

dpkennedy said...

So cute! Your sample is adorable!

JaneAnn said...

CUTE! I would enjoy winning this kit. My grandson would like this. Thanks for posting!

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