Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MFP Stamp Shop Christmas in July - Candy Nugget Layer Cake




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July 28--Christmas Candy Nugget Cake by Lois
July 29-Micro wave popcorn package, perfect for a stocking stuffer by Vickie
July 31--K-Cup holder by Lois

Let's get started !!

I had seen a tutorial for making a Candy Nugget Layer Cake made for Technique Junkies Newsletter some time ago and wanted to give it a try.

I think we've all done projects with Hershey's Nuggets at one time or another.  Most of the time I've done that, I've used decorated mailing labels to cover the nuggets.  On my Christmas Layer Cake project I used pattern paper.

Supplies needed for this project:

30 Hershey's Nugget Candies
6 sheets patterned paper - 5" x 2 3/4"
3 Straws
Hole punch
3" x 12" White Cardboard
4 patterned paper circles -  6", 4 1/2", 3 3/4" and 3"
6 1/2" card stock circle mat
5 Cardboard circles in same dimensions
Adhesives (Xyron & Scor-Tape)
Inks/Stamps as desired

Not shown in photo:
Paper cutter
Scotch ATG tape glider
Circle Nestabilities dies (for toppers)
White glue  (for toppers)

Run the five sheets of patterned paper through the Xyron machine to get the adhesive onto the back.

Cut each sheet of patterned paper into five strips - 1" x 2 3/4".

Wrap each Nugget in a strip of patterned paper and set aside to use later.

I had decided to reinforce each of my panels for more stability.

Adhere the 6 1/2" card stock circle to the 6 1/2" white cardboard circle and then adhere the 6" patterned paper circle on top.  This will form the base of the cake.

Repeat the process by adhering the remaining patterned paper circles to the cardboard circles.

Cut the 3" x 12" cardboard strip into three pieces.

Two of the strips are 1" x 12".  The third one should be trimmed to 1" x 11".

Apply Scor-Tape to the three strips of cardboard.  I used 5/8" tape.

Adhere 12 decorated nuggets to one of the 12" strips, ensuring that the nuggets are snugly placed next to each other.

Form a circle by adhering the ends of the strip together.

Adhere remaining nuggets to the other two strips
-- 10 nuggets on the other 1" x 12" strip and 8 nuggets on the 1" x 11" strip.

As before, form the two remaining strips into circles.  At this point you can bend the cardboard strips to form more symmetrical circles.

Place small pieces of Scor-Tape on the bottom of each nugget.

Attach ring to cake base.

Attach Scor-Tape to bottom of 4 1/2" circle.

Adhere 4 1/2" circle on top of ring of nuggets.

Apply tape to the other two rings of nuggets.

Proceed as before, continuing to build cake.

Punch three holes in 3" circle.   These will support the toppers.

Adhere Scor-Tape to the top layer and attach to the top of the cake.

Make three toppers as desired.  I used the Santa and the sentiment "HO" from MFP Stamp Shop set Holiday Tags.  The "Merry Christmas" is from MFP Stamp Shop set 'Tis the Season.

Place the toppers into the holes in the top layer.  If necessary, adjust the length of the straws.

Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.

Here's the Design Team members celebrating Christmas in July.

Lois  (that's me)
Enjoy the Hop. Come back each day for more Christmas fun. We hope to inspire you to start your Christmas cards and projects.  Get to work on the tutorials, show us what you made and check back on August 15 to see if you are a winner. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CCEE1530 - Watercolor Bokeh

Lynn continues as the hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week and gave us a technique challenge -- Watercolor Bokeh.  I have done some cards using the Bokeh technique, but never with water coloring (not my strong suit!).  So this was definitely a challenge.  I followed the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, which helped somewhat.  I'm not completely happy with this; but, as the saying goes, it is what it is.

Hopefully, the rest of the team had better luck with this technique.  Check out the CCEE Stampers Blog to find out how well they accomplished this task.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CCEE1529 - Underwater

Lynn told the CCEE Stampers that July in Texas is hot!  Well, I want you to know that it's hot in Florida, too!  She asked us to make an "under the sea" scene for this week's challenge.  I combined images from several different stamp sets from MFP Stamp Shop for my undersea card.

Hop over to the CCEE Stampers Blog to get some more underwater delights.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CCEE1528 - Cheer Up

Lynn informed the CCEE Stampers that tomorrow is Cheer Up the Lonely Day and asked us to make a card of friendship to someone we know who lives alone.  I think I will send this to my friend Bonnie.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers Blog to see what cheerfulness the rest of the team is spreading around.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Santa and Sleigh

I attended StampFest this past weekend and had a great time.  One of the booths in which I plunked down quite a bit of cash was the Impression Obsession booth.  I had five die/die sets on my list, three of which I purchased.  However, I also bought about six or seven dies NOT on my list.  Two of them are on this card:

One of the cards on their sample board was actually a tag using this Santa and Sleigh die -- and that sold me.  I learned a little trick for making snow drifts using a crimper from that tag.  I embellished a bit from the tag by making a second drift and tucking in the stand of evergreen trees behind it.  Some white gel added some snow to the branches of the trees.  I used that same white gel pen for the stars.

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Christmas in July challenge.

Cardstock:  Recollections 110 lb. White, The Paper Studio Black; MFP Stamp Shop Snow Storm Smooth and Deep Olive
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire
Accessories:  IO Santa die, IO Fir Tree Border die, Ranger sponge applicators, Sakura white gelly roll pen, Crimper

CCEE1527 - Happy Birthday, America

Lynn is our CCEE Stampers hostess for the month of July.  She says, "Saturday will be the birthday of America.  Make a card showing how you will celebrate the day (cook outs, parades, fireworks, or just at home reading a good book).  I'm really not sure exactly HOW I will be celebrating, but I do know there will be fireworks in the skies.  I made a shaker card with fireworks for the background.

Check out the CCEE Stampers Blog to see how the rest of the team will be celebrating.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge - Summer Fun

There's a challenge over on the Scor-Pal Blog called "More Than One Score."  This month the theme is Summer Fun.  I pulled out an old stamp set by Inkadinkadoo called Coastal/Maritime for my card.  As I live in Florida, a lot of the "summer fun" is related to the beach and the ocean.  For my "more than one score" part of the challenge, I made a wiper card.

Here are the basic directions for the base of my card:

Two strips of cardstock 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
One strip of cardstock 1 1/2" x 3"

Score one of the 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" strips at 1 1/2" and 3".
Score the second strip the same.

Fold both strips as shown.

Place the 1 1/2" x 3" strip as shown, with the right-hand corner at the one-inch mark.  Score diagonally at 1".

Place a small piece of Scor-Tape at the score line.

Place the small strip in the left-hand small section so that the diagonal score line is just below the top of the card.

Place Scor-Tape on the small outside section of both strips, as shown.

Adhere the two panels as shown, with the small "wiper" strip at the top left.

When the card is closed, the "wiper" will fold down in between the two sections.

You can now complete your card as desired.

Here is my finished card.

And here it is when you pull the two ends -- the sun pops up!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  If you've never made a wiper card before, I hope you'll give it a try.