Sunday, September 28, 2014

A treat--AND a few tricks!

Long time, no time, no post!
Let's fix that now!

I wanted to get a head start
on the Halloween treats for the preschoolers
before life got crazier
and I got further behind.
I had perused Pinterest and other sites for hours...
and decided to fall back on this pattern
that I used last year for their back to school treats
only with a Halloween theme...
It is super easy, super cheap ( both important when doing 25+ teachers
and if I smoosh the bag a little, holds an M&M Fun Size bag of M&M's.
My go-to treat for them.
I did not create this--I cased it--and saw it on Pinterest the other night
and pinned it (I thought) as I wasn't sure I still had my pattern-
and then it wasn't there when I went looking for it.
I am sure I gave credit to the creator when I used it last fall---
so please check August or September 2013 for that.
I did-find my pattern (I had actually put it where it belonged...!)
and went to work.
One 8 1/2"x11" sheet makes two treat holders.
So cut your paper in half  so you have 8 1/2"x5 1/2" pieces.
Now take your Simply Scored board and place the 8 1/2" side along the top edge like so
and when you realize that you have lost all the little markers for the Score Board...
pull out some mini brads.
Open up on prong so that it will lay on the board and mark the score spot
while you slip the other prong into the hole and fold it back to secure it!
Instant replacement markers.
Score the 8 1/2" side at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 5" and 6 3/4".
Now turn your paper so the 5 1/2" side is along the top and score at 1 1/2" and 4".
Once I have all my lines scored,
I like to line up the short ends
and punch the middle section close to the edge
and centered in the section
with SU's small oval punch.
This creates the hole for the handles.
Now you need to do some cutting...
the red lines on my diagram indicate which score lines you need to cut and how far...
A tip from the person who created this (and she had a video tutorial!)
was to have the scored lines in mountain position when you cut-
that way your scissors sit right in that groove nicely...
If you want to stamp on your project-
now is the time to do it!
I stamped on the backside of my box.
Remember that the FRONT and BACK of the box
will  be the two panels directly below the handles.
Ok. Time to assemble.
Fold along all the score lines.
Put a glue dot or some tape along the two full-sized flaps on either side of the handle.
You only need a single glue dot or a small strip of tape.
In my picture, that would be the flaps on the right-hand side.
That's all you need-the folds help hold it together-that one spot/strip of tape secures it!
hold the bottom of the treat holder in your dominant hand
and fold the two side panels up.
Fold the sides with the shorter flaps to the center
over the side flaps
and then fold the flaps with the tape to the center over all the flaps.
A tip/trick is---
You want to hold your treat holder snugly with your dominant hand
and use your other hand to fold and tuck if that makes sense.
When done it should look like this:
I want to get some orange tissue paper to add to the inside of this so it
and my treat will stick up a little bit.
I can't do too scary for preschoolers
but I wanted to play with my Papertrey Ink spider webs.
The to/from tag I created in Publisher and punched out
popped up on a pop dot onto the black cardstock and
hot glued it to my treat holder.
Yes, a little delicate for little hands but that's ok.
They are more concerned about the candy then anything!
Don't let the steps intimidate you.
This is BY FAR one of the easiest things to put together-
size-wise, cost-wise, time wise.
This has been a fun little project that I've been able to cut all the pieces for
and then take my time assembling.
In between trips to the vet.
The elderly senior cat
aka BAD CAT (who is an extremely good patient for the vet and us!)
was uncomfortable.
Moreso than normal.
Turns out he was a constipated kitty.
A VERY constipated kitty.
Which led to the opposite problem.
So Momma has been doing vet runs,
cleaning up runs, and lots of laundry.
Including washing the cat--or at least the back-half of the cat.
Several times now.
Hopefully we are on the up side of things.
Two things to add here-
1) I love the Papertrey Ink spider web dies-their shipping charges ($ 7)  not so much.
Outrageous for three small dies that would fit in a small padded enve.
They a huge box.
Overkill and a rip off on shipping, IMHO.
2) I LOVE the cat stroller!!!
I cannot say enough good things about that!
It has been a lifesaver for me---as it has rained all week---
and my fibro has flared....and running kitty back and forth
well, without the stroller I wouldn't have made it.
I got it from Amazon from a company called Discount Ramps.
It is reasonably priced (CHEAP); excellent quality; easy to assemble/use...
that carrier comes off the base to use alone-and you can take the plastic panels
out and even store it flat!
It provides plenty of protection from the weather-and has plenty of ventilation
(that top blue panel rolls back to reveal mesh opening-and the top zips down
the sides and the back of the carrier as well!
The base it light weight but STURDY with plenty of storage.
Shipping was free (I think).
Bad Cat LOVES it!
More importantly, I LOVE IT.
Great company to deal with!
Oh-and before I go--
here's the latest "toy" the kittens discovered:
Do you know what it is?
I am sure any lady whose ever cleaned a toilet
and cussed at the man who created them/designed them they way they did
It's that little button thingy that covers the bolt
that NEVER stays on!
So the kittens discovered!

Off to check on my patient
and to change laundry around.
Hope you'll try this project.
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!


1 comment:

Stressed Stamper said...

Ha - know those buttons - also have them on kitchen cupboards too....not sure about the cat stroller...think my hubby would draw the line to that if I had a dog one...don't think he would sit still for long enough...
Great post
Sarah x