Saturday, 11 July 2009

And all because the lady loves Milk Tray... Stampin' for the Weekend #6 & Papertake Challenge

I've gone ever so slightly over the top with my card for Stampin' for the Weekend's challenge :). The challenge for this week is Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate... yum. There have been quite a few pink/brown challenges, and very nice they are too, but this is a red and brown theme, slightly different. I'm putting it as a second entry to Papertake Weekly's Challenge, which I hope is allowed, it just fits their theme of My Favourite Things so well ;).

When I was looking at Dimension Fourth's stand at Newbury last week, I remembered that I'd bought a stamp set for a box of chocolates from them, having seen some wonderful artwork on their stand, but hadn't used the stamps. Now I can justify a mega stamp collection, but not one that sits unused :), so I decided to get to work with the set for this theme. There wasn't any artwork on the stand last week but I talked to the very helpful woman who was demoing on the stand who told me about a mocked up box of chocolates and how it had been put together. So this is my take on the theme:

I found two different sheets of brown pearlescent card and some pink pearlescent card to stamp my chocolates onto. I embossed all of the chocolates to give them a realistic look. I don't have any brown embossing ink or powder, but I found that, if I worked fast, I could emboss my Memento dye ink with clear powder and get the effect I was looking for. I've never tried this before, I'm so happy it works, gives me a lot more colours I can heat emboss now!

The chocolate box itself is gold embossed onto Bazzil card; it's hard to see all the lovely detail in the stamp as I've given it a lid with an acetate centre. This is the first time I've stamped onto acetate, in fact it's the first time I've ever used it on a card. I started with a box lid with "Thanks" stamped on it, but when my elder son came home from work late last night he claimed the card for a birthday party this evening. I tried to remove the acetate from the first lid to change it over and noticed that it had smudged even after a long drying time. So this lid was stamped around midnight, with "Happy Birthday" and left overnight to dry thoroughly. I don't think the midnight bit's too important, but the long drying time certainly is :).

The chocolates are all mounted onto foam pads, I've used a double layer of foam pads around the box lid to make it stand out. The card is made from the same Bazzil card as the box and I've trimmed an inch from the RH side to use my new punch that I got at Newbury last week. It's a Woodware punch, about 1/5th the cost of the Martha Stewart punch I intended to buy; I have no problem buying expensive stamps but I can be such a miser when it comes to other craft stuff :). The papers come from Craftwork Cards, as does the brown greeting button. For the first time in ages I've used peel-offs, on the box lid. They just looked right...

Inside the card I've added more chocolate (you can never have too much chocolate, right?) and the greeting. Oh, both sentiments are Elusive Images. It's going to be difficult to let this card go, it's different from anything I've done before. It was a lot of work, but I think it's worth it :).


  1. Wow Anne, you certainly did put a lot of work into these cards, and gorgeous and yummy best describes them. The chocolates look so yummy and your cardstock is lovely. I love the stamped Happy Birthday on the acetate and your sentiment circle as well. The side border looks great too with all the punched out circles.
    Thank you for participating in the "Stampin' for the Weekend" challenge again this week.. Good luck and we hope you'll continue to join in on the challenges on a weekly basis. Have a great day.
    Donna xx

  2. Love the box of Chocolates Anne, looks scrumptious! Did you use Stazon? That's what I use on acetate, and it always dries okay. I have some chocolate stamps and would love to know how to put a box together, could you do some kind of mini tutorial, maybe? Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, as always, Judith x

  3. This is totally amazing and yes, over the top as you say! I think you WIN! Yummily-delicious!

  4. What an amazing card, Anne! You have done a lot of work making this one:O) Love the "box of chocolate", it looks yummy. The papers are gorgeous, love the punched edges.
    Thank you for joining SFTW this week, good luck!

  5. Anne - one word - AMAZING! I love this take on the theme this week. Your box of Choccies are fantastic! Ooo I wish I had some choccie just now. I could do with a Pick Me Up!
    Beautiful coloured and great tips on the memento ink/embossing. Fabulous layout and I love the embossing on the acetate!

    Thank you for playing along this week at "Stampin' for the Weekend". We hope you had lots of fun (even tho you were up past midnight) and that you come back to join us on a weekly basis! Good Luck.

    Kimmi x

  6. Stunning card, Anne! Wow, these chocolates look so real, I could just eat them! You did a fabulous job with them, embossing gives such a nice effect, I love how you decorated the inside, too. Beautiful work! :)

    Thank you for joining us ast SFTW and good luck! We hope you'll join us again next week. :)
    Hugs, Vanja

  7. Wowzers Anne you sure have rocked this challenge with this amazing creation which is beautiful both inside and out. Those choccies look so real and the embossing is fab. Your card stock is gorgeous as is your super punching.
    Thank you for joining us again at "Stampin´for the Weekend" and we hope you will continue to play along in our weekly challenges.
    Nicola xx

  8. oh my goodness, Anne what an amazing work of art you have created for this weeks challenge over at SFTW. Your box of choccies look so delicious and so cleverly created, well done and thank you so much for taking part, good luck xx vicki xx

  9. How gorgeous :) I love those choccies the colours are lovely chick xx. Thank you for joining us at PTW. Hugs, Dawny xx

  10. Hiya Anne,
    This card is kinda mean as now I have a craving for chockies :D Brilliant card I love the way you have it look like I could just pick them up. Also I love the dotty border at the side such an inspiring touch.
    Thank you for joining us at stampin' for the week end and good luck.

    X Amy X

  11. Wow Anne, what an amazing card, almost good enough to eat. Your chocolates are amazing and the insert is just as stunning. Thanks for taking part in this weeks SFTW


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