Welcome to week nineteen of the Heart Of Christmas Blog Hop!
My project this week uses a set of dies from the Annual Catalogue that you may well have overlooked – the Cracker and Treat box dies.
This set of dies includes the cracker die, five labels, two tags, and dies for small hearts and stars you can use to embellish your crackers or as confetti or shakers inside a shaker card.
These cracker dies make mini crackers _ they are so adorable! Each cracker when made up and tied at either end with ribbon measures approximately 13 cm long and 3 cm across.
You will get one cracker per 6×6″ sheet of DSP or four crackers per 12×12″ sheet of DSP. I’ve made eight crackers today, using two papers that work well together – the Festive Foils DSP and the Distressed Gold paper.
The labels for my crackers are die cut using Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped with the “Merry Christmas” stamp from the Peaceful Deer stamp set, heat embossed in gold.
Even though cracker is a smaller size than a traditional cracker, it can be used in a multitude of ways!
- As is as a small Christmas cracker, filled with maybe a joke and a small chocolate or a sweet.
- Adhere two cracker dies together to make a double Christmas cracker that you can fill with larger sweets and treats.
- Die cut 24 crackers to make an Advent calendar, using one of the tag dies included in the Cracker & Treat dies to attach a number to each cracker.
- As a name place holder for your Christmas day table. Handwrite in a gold pen each person’s name onto the sentiment label instead of stampin the “Merry Christmas” sentiment.
- Use crackers as a Christmas decoration for your Christmas tree, mantlepiece or in the middle of your Christmas table.
Of course I had to check what type of chocolates fit into these smaller crackers! I’m pleased to report back that the delicious German Merci chocolates (sold at Aldi stores) fit perfectly, as do tiny candy canes or individually wrapped chocolates such as Fantales, Cadbury Favourites or Roses chocolates.
To fit a Lindt Ball or a Ferrero Rocher chocolate, you’ll need to make a wider cracker using two of the dies together.
To show you how to use these crackers as an advent calendar, I’ve used the Alphabest stamp set to stamp the number 21 on to this cracker on the left in the photo below.
Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the lovely Sharon Davern, who is also the host of our hop!
If at any time you find a broken link, you can find the complete list of all participants on Sharon’s blog.
If you live in Australia, you can find and purchase these products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.
I’ll be back on Wednesday with the AWH Colour Creations blog where we will be showcasing Melon Mambo.
Wherever you are in the world, stay safe, stay calm … and keep on crafting xxx