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candy cane wrappers

This project is a quick and simple way to make some wrappers for pencils, candy canes, lollipops, or whatever else you can think to slide through the slits.

Gather your supplies.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

I took this picture before I started making these so there are a few items pictured that I didn’t use and a few items that I had to add later.

Here is the list:
paper trimmer
corner rounder
slit punch
scallop punch
paper
adhesive
stamp
ink
pencil or candy cane

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

Using your paper trimmer, cut the paper for the wrapper to 2 inches X 3 1/2 inches. You can get 12 wrappers from one sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 paper. Place the paper horizontally into your trimmer and cut 3 1/2 inch strips. Turn those to trim your 2 inch strips. You will have very little waste if you trim the paper this way.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

Using your corner rounder, trim off each edge. I thought I wouldn’t do this because it takes a lot of extra time–especially if you are making a large amount of wrappers. In the end, they look so much better with the edges rounded. So, I took the time to do it.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

I stamp multiple images on a sheet and then punch them out all at once. This will save you some time if you are making a large number of these.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

I chose a round stamp that would fit perfectly in a scallop punch. I had intended to have this be an extra layer on a different color scallop but since I spent the time to trim the corners, I eliminated this step. There are a number of ways you can embellish your wrapper!

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

This is a slit punch. There are a lot of great uses for this kind of punch but this has to be one of my favorites. I turn my punch upside down so I can see exactly where it will be punching the paper.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

You’ll want to punch a slit on both narrow sides of your wrapper. You can eyeball it but I had it a little less than 1/2 inch from the bottom and top.

Learn how to make pencil or candy cane wrappers

Remember that you won’t actually be removing any paper with this punch. Don’t try to pull it off. All you will be doing is making a slit.

Now all you have left to do is attach your stamped scallop and put a pencil or candy cane through the holes made by the slit punch.

pencil wrapper

This project doesn’t need to be limited to just the holidays. Can you image birthday party favors? Halloween candy wrappers? The simple techniques used to make this can be applied to a variety of projects.

Try out this easy project and then share your wrappers with me in my Flickr group.

All products and images used for this project are available from and copyrighted by Stampin’ UP.
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Looks like you all are as crazy as I am and can’t pass up a good craft challenge. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this new venture and I’m really looking forward to seeing what kinds of things we can create in the new year.

If you didn’t get in on the fun this month, don’t worry! I’ll have signups for February and even options to join several months at a time. I seriously didn’t expect all of the slots this month to go so quickly. Your crafty enthusiasm amazes me!

I’ve opened my christynelson.net shop on etsy and have 10 spots listed for the challenge. I had to list them for $.20 but for this inaugural (thanks, spell check) month you don’t need to pay anything to participate.

If you are on the list for January, please “purchase” this item from etsy. This is how I will keep track of all the participants and have your addresses in a single location. I will also have all future craft challenge month spaces for sale in this space in the future. When you purchase this item, you can choose “other” as the payment method and just ignore all requests to pay. I will indeed mail the package to you so it will arrive sometime the first week of January.

The list:

1. Momma to 1 Looking for #2
2. Perkins Clan
3. Maren
4. Chimera Crochet
5. Arbee
6. Pigbook1
7. Brenda
8. Deb
9. The Holdaways
10. Anne
11. Jill

Alternates: Gigi, Mary, Kelly, my mom

If I can get enough supplies for the alternates, I’ll go ahead and send those as well. If not all the packages are purchased before Dec 26th, I’ll open it up to the alternates to get the remaining slots.

I’m also looking for sponsors to donate craft supplies or prizes for the winners. Any interested may contact me via email at christy AT christynelson DOT net.

Calling all participants to Christy’s Craft Challenge! I’m taking sign ups now for the January edition of the craft challenge. If you’d like to participate, please leave a comment on this post and a way for me to contact you. You may also contact me at:

christy AT christynelson DOT net

The first ten people to respond will receive a manila envelope in the mail full of craft supplies. Each person will then craft something of their own design using the supplies received. Post a picture to my flickr group and at the end of the month we will vote for a winner. The winner will receive all the glory they deserve and will get the next month’s challenge kit for free (all participants in the first month will receive their kit for free but each subsequent month there will be a small fee to cover shipping) and a prize.

Are you in?

Don’t forget to join my Flickr Group and subscribe to this site for the latest updates.

dry embossing tutorial

Dry embossing is a technique that can really add a lot to a project. The result of dry embossing is a raised pattern on your paper.

Gather the following supplies:

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial
Light box
stylus
brass stencil
paper
coordinating rubber stamp (optional)
stamp pad (optional)
Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial

This particular project I’m featuring is a stamped and embossed bookmark. I have some pre-cut bookmarks and stamped my flower image on the paper.

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial

The next step will be to get your light box ready. A light box is relatively inexpensive. It is even better if you can use your craft store coupons to get it at a discount. This small one is available from Amazon.

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial

At this point you’ll want to turn your stamped image over. Whether you are embossing over a stamped image or not, you’ll want to be sure that you have the wrong side up. The template should be placed between the paper and your light source. You can purchase brass templates at a craft store. I use the templates from Stampin’ UP! because they offer a lot of different options and they match the stamp sets perfectly. The template in this tutorial is no longer available but Floral Frenzy is a good substitute.

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial

You will need a stylus to trace around your image. These can be found at any craft store and are inexpensive. This one is available from Stampin’ Up for $2.50. Press lightly on the paper and trace around the inner edge of the template. You’ll be able to see and feel how the paper is being raised to the other side.

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial

It is a little difficult to see embossing in a picture, but I’ve tried to capture here how the image is raised off the page. I also embossed the little dots in the center of the flower.

There are so many different ways to incorporate embossing into your paper crafts. My quick example is this simple bookmark, embellished with a little yarn at the top.

Learn Dry Embossing Tutorial finished product

Tuck this into a book or include it with a gift card and you have a fabulous gift for someone special.

Try out this easy technique and then share your dry embossing projects with me in my Flickr group.

camera strap

An hour before I was supposed to be at a holiday party, I decided that I had to have a slipcover for my camera strap. It was one of those compulsions that I could not deny. Luckily, I had bookmarked a tutorial for a clever strap slipcover so I didn’t have to worry about figuring out how to do it on my own. You can find the camera strap slipcover tutorial that I used at Made by Petchy.

This slip cover took about 10 minutes to make, tops. It took me almost that long to put the camera strap back on the camera. That was really the most difficult part of this whole project.

This is one of those great projects that, with the right fabric choice, could work for anyone with a camera. I used an Amy Butler fabric for mine. It is a great print and uses my favorite color–green!

If you decide to take the 10 minutes out of your day to make this project, please share it with me!