Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Coffee Kisses in a Pizza Box with lots of Challenges!

Here is the Sketch for our PaperCraft Challenge this week, designed by Tammy Hershberger! I had an idea for a cute card, but then I realized the square shape gave me a great excuse to finally try making one of those cool pizza boxes Jen delMuro created! And, I had an idea of how I could incorporate some coffee and cookies, too hee hee! Can't wait to show what's inside! (I also managed to work in the SCS color challenge and Limited Supply Challenge this week!) I just got the Petite Ovals (Scalloped an Classic Sets) so I was excited to try them out with this sketch(although the Classic shorter ovals would have worked too) I love the look of them and how well they'll work for many longer greetings I have.

To make my sentiment, I used the "Tiny Treasures" stamp from "What's in Your Tin? 1", which I snipped in half, then put "coffee" from "My Cuppa' Joe" in between on the round grid line block. I just bought a whole set of the these and what a great purchase, they are AWESOME, I HIGHLY recommend these for your unmounted rubber! I just used plain rectangle acrylic blocks before and these are SO much easier to hold with the finger grips, the round shape accommodates more images, and best of all those lines are helping me line up my images and stamp straighter than ever, I love it! (I do have a long grid line block, but could only use it for longer images, having these smaller ones is making a huge difference in my stamping and finshes projects already, yippee!!) I stamped one of the coffee cups in Versamark over my greeting.

I stamped the inside and outside of my Kraft box before folding in Memento Tuxedo Black with some of the cups in the coffee set, but also used "SMILE" and "HOLIDAY" from my "Have a Cookie". Notice that foamy latte on the front side? I "sprinkled" it with one of the the "little bits" stamps in my cookie set, too, to dress it up (think shaved chocolate or even crushed candy cane!) This box measures 4 inches square. You need an 11x 6" piece of CS. Using your Scor-Pal, score shortways at 1", 5", 6", 10", and the longways at 1 and 5", then snip the tabs and adhere with permanent DotnRoller. See the tutorial for step by step mini pizza boxes here.

After removing the belly band, you open the box to find an assortment of 16 staggered kisses, ones I had never tried before this season! Mint Truffle (creamy center) and Candy Cane (red and white striped peppermint flavor with crushed candy cane throughout) both very festive and yummy, and I'm sure would be fabulous dunked in hot drinks!
I made up my own poem to explain the gift and printed it out, framing it up with my new Nesties to match my tag:
"When you need a
Christmas HUG,
Just drop a KISS into your MUG!
Your coffee or cocoa now will say,
“I wish you a
HAPPY Christmas DAY!” "
Isn't that fun to have these little chocolates melting away to give your cuppa' some extra zip?! The little chocolate "kiss" you see under the poem and on the box top DP I stamped in red and brown is my chip from "Have a Cookie", too(I covered them all with ym Sakura Glaze Pen for shine). :) You can modify this poem for year round meltaways, too, like this:

When your Cocoa (Coffee) needs a HUG,
Just drop a KISS into your MUG!
Your coffee or cocoa now will say,
“I hope you have a HAPPY DAY!”
or something better than that you think of yourself, LOL!

I hope you enjoyed this project, have a great day!!! (You don't have to make the box, but I hope you'll try the sketch challenge! Upload a project using the sketch to PCP with the keyword SK112208 by Friday and you could win a prize! Good luck!)


Donna said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all! you've been missing out not trying those kisses until now - they've been out for years! yum.

jules p said...

This is the cutest thing I have ever seen. You are amazing. Makes me want these stamps even more!!

Jessica said...

OMG this is TOO cute Mel! Not to mention the goodies inside. Thanks for putting the instructions back on there too. I lost the link to Jen's description and wanted to try this one for Christmas.

Tamara said...

I *LOVE* that gift!! Your poem is darling, and the idea, and implementation are impeccable.

I can't believe you are just now trying the candy cane kisses though. They are one of my favourite treats!

Shannon said...

O...M....G!!!!!!!!!!!! You're such a rockstar!!!! I love coming and visiting your blog and seeing what you're creating.

Stampin' the Good Life said...

AWESOME!! I have so gotta try this!

nicky w. said...

You're so creative! This such a cute idea!

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea. I've been wracking my brain for a cmas gift for Gram'ma Dolly and this is it. She loves Kisses and what better way to make her happy with sweets. Thanks for sharing this idea. MarilynY

Lori said...

What a cute gift idea! Thanks!

Jennie said...

Wowzers! I love this... thanks for sharing, I missed this from Jen's blog. I am going to have to try the pizza box :o)

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I lovvvvvvvvve it!!! OMGosh this is sooooo great!!! I'm totally CASEing that Poem!!! You are a creative genius........you DO know that, don't you?? Oh I wish I could stamp 24/7 sometimes!!!! ROFL!!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Awesome project,and I just love your little poem!! I've never thought to add kisses to my coffee...I'll need to try it!!
hugs, jami

Sankari W. said...

ummmm....hello AMAZING project!!! WOW, Melanie - you knocked this sketch challenge out of the PARK!!! LOVE what you did - and love the details on the inside of this challenge - this is seriously AMAZING!!!

i created an Inspiration Award that I left for you on my blog - you are truly an inspiration and its been wonderful to get to know you through the DT - i still am so impressed that you turned that coffee pot into a bowl of soup at the Gina K release party - wow!!
hope your thanksgiving is restful and stressfree!!
best wishes always,

Amy Johnson said...

What a cute gift idea! I love it!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Mmmmmmm. This is so completely yummy looking and I love your poem. You are mindbogglingly talented! :O)

Pat (mspfd) said...

Very clever and creative. Great poem!