Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy birthday treats

Seriously beside myself at the thought of Grace turning 12 in a couple of weeks. She's been scrapping with me since she was 3 and has always been my crafty buddy as many of you know. :) Honestly, where does the time go!??? ....but enough whining! This project brings to mind a little story of our birthday girl. One time when she was about 4 she had been at her other grandparents' house. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, she somehow came across her grandpa's stash of Hershey kisses. Now, Miss Grace is a chocolate LOVER like her mom. Well, every now and then her mom would find bits of Hershey foil here and there over a period of several days and couldn't figure out where they were coming from. Evidently Miss Grace had absconded with the aforementioned kisses and was enjoying them by herself without any mention of them to anyone! Hilarious!!

Here's a little goody I made for her using Jaded Blossom Birthday Candies circle stamps--which I won at the birthday blog hop for my friend Kate Cordero, btw :)-- and My Creative Time Chocolate Greetings candy die.

I started with a pineapple can. These pop top alteration ideas are so much fun.

Open the BOTTOM of the can, using a safety edge opener - the kind that removes the lid without cutting it.

Prepare your candies and make some crinkle paper stuffing. I used my Fiskar's paper crimper and ran 12 inch strips of paper through, cut it into 4 inch pieces then crumpled it in my hand. Worked great!

Wrap the can with a strip of paper -- for this can I needed a piece 11 inches x 1 3/4 inches. If you want to add any stamped design or personalization, do that before you wrap it around the can. Next, put the candies in the can - remember, you're loading it from the bottom. You want the candies to be what you see first when the top is pulled off, like they are in a little nest, so they go in first. Stuff the crinkle paper in the can; how much of this you need depends how many candies you've used and how full you want the can to be.

Next step is to adhere the bottom of the can back in place. This is not as difficult as it may seem. I simply used Glossy Accents and wrapped a few rubber bands around the can to hold it securely while it dried. Now make the top label and gift tag, and DONE. :)

For my label I used the Love Stings stamp set by Jaded Blossom. The bee is too cute and goes perfectly with the Happy B-Day sentiment, which I used as a border around the label. I used glossy accents on his wings and stickles on his stripes, added googly eyes and, for his antenna, used black heart gems. Super cute!

Thanks for coming by today. Happy weekend my crafty friends! ♥

Product List:
Jaded Blossom, Birthday Kisses stamp set
Jaded Blossom, Love Stings stamp set
My Creative Time, Build a Banner starburst die
My Creative Time, Chocolate Greetings candy die
My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist - Fly a Kite 6x6 paper pad
Stickles, glossy accents, googly eyes, bling, twine, ink, circle dies


  1. OMG This turned out so cute. 12 already where has the time gone by really. I still remember you posting pictures of her. Love them Shar. TFS

  2. WOW! This is such a cute idea & it looks amazing! Great job:)

  3. Children can't grow up fast enough, while childhood is fleeting for the parents/grandparents! Thanks for sharing this precious tale from her toddlerhood rap-sheet! I know she'll love this 'stinging' cute homage to her chocolate romance!

  4. You have another clever idea! This can of candies will be so much fun to open! I love everything you create. Simple ideas and you make them beautiful! Thanks for sharing and Happy Bday, Grace!

  5. This can came out so cute Shar! I love it. I think I'll make some for my boys. I love your project. Great job!

  6. wow this is very cute and creative!! what a different way to give treats :)

  7. This is the greatest idea!! Love it!! Where does the time go? What a cute story! TFS!
    Tracy :)

  8. What a fantastic idea! Love it! I can see so many uses for this altered project. Headed to the store for a case of canned pineapples.. lol

  9. So super cute and very creative! I would never have thought to recycle a pineapple can:)
    Sherrie K

  10. That's so cute Shar! Love the pineapple can idea.

  11. Shar ~ SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! Where do I even begin with this idea?? I LOVE it and am sooo going to lift this idea!!! OMG!!! I am lost for words!! Okay I will say that the sotry about Grace ~ just totally made me smile and I so enjoye reading it!! You can tell these grandbabies of yours are truly your treasure!!!


Thanks for stopping by the studio. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments or email me directly. :) ♥ ~Shar


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