Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Once Upon a Time... There Was Candy

Have you seen that new show Once Upon a Time? I LOVE it! It's the next best thing to LOST.

It's premise is fairy tales, which are just the most timeless and timely stories. Of course, they are also terrifying in part, and that spooky element is beautifully done in the show.

One of my favorites - Snow White - is prominently featured - and with her, one of my FAVORITE themes - the poisoned apple. I loved this in the Bible, in Snow White, I loved it in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and everywhere else I've ever seen it.

It's such a classic struggle of temptation - anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that - against carpe diem. It's always a page turner, and no human can fail to empathize.

I remember my mother's parents - whose home was so completely elegant and filled with exotic and beautiful things - had a dish of ribbon candy on their coffee table at Christmas. I LOVE ribbon candy. The urge to eat about 85 squillion pieces of it every time I was there was pretty powerful. But my grandparents were not the kind of people who would let that kind of thing go by. I think they would have gone all fairytale on me!

So this week, when I saw these amazing Peppermint Christmas Tree Ornaments - I almost fainted! I was transported back to my seat on my grandmother's green velvet couch in front of that dish of gorgeous mint candy and I HAD to buy them and craft with them. Seriously - look how cute they are. They have GINGERBREAD MEN ON THEM!

And since I had this week's Color Throwdown combo to inspire me, the rest was easy! This combo really said winter/holiday to me.
And because today is the Stamps of Life/Twinery blog hop, I thought I'd hop right in! I'm feeling hoppy this week!

Now, when I saw this candy, this color combo and the hop, a flash of inspiration struck me, which doesn't happen very often, so I really felt like I should take advantage of it. 

Remember the tried and true 2-4-6-8 box from the early days of stamping??

Well I measured my peppermint candy tree and the diameter of the base is 2" and it's 3" tall. So here are the instructions for this impromptu box.

Start with an 8.5 x 7" piece of cardstock. Score at 2, 4, 6 and 8 on the 8.5" side. On the 7" side, score at 2, flip it and score the other end at 2.

Cut on your score lines up to the main body of the box. Cut out the tabs for the 1/2" pieces - it folds nicer this way. Before adhering your box, use the SU Scalloped oval punch to punch a window in the end panel. Then, put it together, pop in your cute tree, adhere two of the top flaps closed and tent two of them and secure with twine and VOILA!!!





Stamps: Joy2Christmas (TSOL) Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White Accessories: Aqua Painter, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Martha Stewart Tree Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Twinery Caribbean & Maraschino Twine, 1/8" hole punch, Two Way Glue Pen, Simply Scored 1.25" Circle punch

Seriously - it's like a chalet of sugary goodness!!!
 
Now if you are on the TSOL/Twinery hop and came here from Stacey Winter's blog, then your next stop on the hop is Caroline Stender. You DEFINITELY want to visit everyone on the hop, because if you leave comments for everyone, two lucky peeps will win prizes!

Oh - I'm sorry - did you say something? I was nomming on my peppermint Christmas tree! Stop looking at me! :)

Loveyameanitbye.



102 comments:

  1. Adorable!!! Great job -- and does this count as 3D? If so, are you turning into a 3D maker?

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  2. Oh my gosh, this is SO cute! I haven't seen OUAT, but I thought it looked pretty good. I might have to DVR it this week. As for the ribbon candy, I definitely remember that at my grandparent's home! What great memories. Your box is adorable. I think you did a wonderful job.

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  3. I feel we live a parallel life. LOL Once Upon a Time is our new favorite family show with the 2 kids who still live at home and yes, the are 15 1/2 and almost 21. We will never grow up. LOL And the ribbon candy (same here) :) This is an adorable project. Love everything about it!

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  4. Hi GF! I am seeing you alot out here in blogland! You go girl~

    Meanwhile -- how cute is this milk box and that candy is too adorable!!

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  5. What a fun project! The twine is perfect for stringing those little lights! Thanks!

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  6. I loved this project!!loved the colour combination and sweet candy and the twine ofcourse!!

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  7. These peppermint trees just take me back to my youth. Great project! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. AMAZING!! I love the use of stamps, twine and color!

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  9. Adorable! Such a great use of the stamps and twine!

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  10. Gorgeous box - would work for so many things!

    I love ribbon candy. Not so much the eating of it, but enjoying the beauty of it. Those candy trees are gorgeous!

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  11. OH WOWSERS that is just simply amazing you just blew my socks off now need to find them again...This is just incredible havn't seen anything like this before!
    THankyou for making something so beautiful!

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  12. This is really cute and so creative.

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  13. What an adorable project and I'd be gnawing on the peppermint candy too! TFS :)

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  14. "Chalet of sugary goodness..." LOVE it!!! This is fabulous, Lydia and that candy is amazing... just too cute to eat (but I'll bet that's not stopping you?)

    Here's my sentence for efultyel...

    "Efultyel (if you light yell) it won't hurt my ears!"

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  15. Love your Sweet Little Project. Those Candies take me back to when I was little to. I watch the Once upon Show to. Love It! Thanks for Sharing! :0)

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  16. I can see why you fell in love with the trees! And the way you boxed it is perfect! Where did you find the trees?

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  17. cutest box ever!!! thanks for your time on this hop.

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  18. Oh my, I was captivated by the peppermint (oh yeah, I'm gettin' some of those) and the carton you created to give them in is absolutely perfect!

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  19. love the box and the punched edge at the bottom. the tags are so clean and cute!

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  20. Great little project. I can stuff all different kinds of goodies in this box! THANKS!

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  21. beautiful box and now you have me wanting ribbon candy!

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  22. This is such a cute project! Love it!

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  23. How cute are that box and peppermint stick! Thanks for the great idea.

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  24. great ideas.. thanks for sharing them

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  25. Well isn't that the cutest box I've seen. I love the little hanging lights and see through window. Nice job. That candy always used to be stuck together and we had to break it apart in order to get a piece to eat. It was so good though.

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  26. Wow, you really outdid yourself! This box is darling! Love the snowy border and the beautiful painted bulbs! That candy looks amazing! (ps I'm in LOVE with Once Upon A Time. It keeps getting better and better!)

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  27. Love those trees and the cute box you made for them, thank you for sharing them.

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  28. OMG - this is so much fun! Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. Hahaha! LOVE this, Lydia! The sweetest, most perfect presentation! Loveyabackbye! ;)

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  30. A very cute box....so talented!

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  31. Adorable gift box for your peppermint tree! Very cute.

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  32. Oh my gosh, that is too cute in the adorable box. I love to give cute things to others, but I also like to get them. I wish that more people were crafty..

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  33. These are the most adorable trees and the packaging is fabulous!!

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  34. Fabulous treat box! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  35. Oh! And I forgot to agree with you about Once Upon A Time.... It's my new hold-the-phone-don't-talk-to-me-unless-it's-an-emergency show... *smile*

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  36. I LOVE this milk carton project... can't wait to get the die.

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  37. your gift box is awesome! also yes the candies are super cute!!
    TFS

    Lisa G
    lkgra@hotmail.com
    http://lisa-scrappingspot.blogspot.com/

    stop by & check out my giveaway!

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  38. Such a cute idea! Looks so inviting!

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  39. This project is adorable. Love the tree line base, the light bulbs strung with twine, the colors, and that cute gingerbread man peeking out the window. Thank you very much for sharing.

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  40. OMG! The box is dee-lightful! Love 3-d stuff! Now, if last week on Halloween you would have come to my door wearing a particularly dark and evil costume, I would have stood back and exclaimed "O, U, R scary!!"

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  41. Oh, this is so adorable! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! lindagk23ataoldotcom

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  42. Such a cute project! Love it :)

    Jenny
    jennykingham at att dot net

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  43. Love the box and it's decorating. So pretty and a perfect compliment to the delightful nommy you were gnawing on lol. Great job, TFS!

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  44. I love Stephanie's stamps...get them every month as a member. And of course I love twine too! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :)

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  45. Very cute box! And the tree is darling, too. I remember ribbon candy, it was so fun!

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  46. AWK!! So adorable! Love these cute little boxes!

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  47. I love your string of lights idea with the twine and TSOL light stamps and the whole box idea - but I'm "predge!" Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Sweet - Sweet - Sweet! What a delightful sugary treat. Love the candy box idea!

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  49. Adorable! I love the 2-4-6-8 and the 2-5-7-10 boxes, and this variation doesn't disappoint! What CA-UUUTE candies!!!!

    WV: coadment
    I'm not sure what that 787878 coadment, but I'm sure those cats will know!

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  50. LOVE the darling box! And yes, I've seen Once Upon a Time...definitely hooked!

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  51. I also love those peppermint trees, but your decorated box is amazing.

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  52. Oh my goodness! I just have to get some of that candy! It would be bedica if I didn't! (Bonus points are very motivating. LOL!)

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  53. great card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. LOVE this milk carton box!! And those lights are...well, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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  55. FYI, your link to Carol (next hop) is broken. I had to go back to the list on another blog to get there. Thought I'd pass it on. Thanks!

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  56. OMG how cute is this the candy is awesome then you made such cool pxs for them. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  57. This little box is the cutest! Love the twine for your string of lights - and the glitter on the stamped lights is a wonderful finishing touch!

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  58. YES SE MIt the boxesY are cuter than the candy trees and they are pretty cute. Fun idea~

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  59. I love your cute box and that candy is so adorable!

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  60. Swirly candy cane trees?! All wrapped up in such a fabby nifty box with Christmas lights on it?! Waaaaay cute .. darling in fact!

    ~Bev

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  61. Loved the story you told. Who doesn't have memories of ribbon candy at Grandma's? lol And you are not alone, I am glued to the TV during Once Upon a Time! LOVE the box and the colors you chose. TFS

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  62. Ooooh, yummmm!!!! You have made such an adorable little box for your delish candy...the tree punched border is so cute around the bottom and how fun are those lights!!!!

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  63. Such a deliciousy cute creation; the adorable meter hit the top! I was just telling someone how "Once Upon a Time" reminds me of "Lost" in that the backstories of the characters are fascinating and make the show addictive. Love it! Oh, and "urretopt" as in, Lydia, with your darling project today "you re-topped" yourself!

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  64. love, love, love that little box! your candy trees, i can imagine on the gingerbread house or on the witches house in the woods for hansel and gretel to find! once upon a time is a new favorite for us! so cute how you cut out the lights and strung them the twine! great project and thanks for the inspiration!

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  65. Love the lights idea! I'm gonna use them on a scrapbook page! Thanks!

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  66. What a fantastic idea! I LOVE IT!!!!!

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  67. Beautiful work!!! I love "Once Upon a Time" too...and Grimm...although Grimm is scary!

    Thanks for sharing your work!

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  68. Just adorable, Lydia! The little box is the perfect packaging for the ornament. Love the light embellishments!

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  69. Adorable box for those adorable peppermint trees! Great idea!

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  70. You have really rocked the creativity with this over-the-top gorgeous treat box! What a sweet gift! The border of glittered lights using twine is genius!

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  71. such a cute box,,, love thee trees :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

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  72. Love your creativity. Thanks for sharing your adorable projects.

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  73. lovin' the aqua chalet, and yes, I agree on the new show! I'm a Tenth Kingdom fan too; if you haven't seen it, it's worth searching for the DVDs! thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp! - sue dot blondin at gmail dot com

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  74. This is an A+ project - everything about it just fabulous (including that peppermint tree). Delightful color combinations.

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  75. Perfect container for this cute candy.

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  76. Sorry, I just read your request above and it distracted me - Cool milk cartons! Love the tree border at the bottom.
    Urayke, Imayke, werayke. Did I succeed in getting the bonus?

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  77. Gorgeous and clever treat bag, cute Xmas bulbS AN IS that Maraschino twine ever striking against the blue CS?! (tried for the bonus points--not sure if it has to be good English?)

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  78. Huuummmm candy !
    Great box to put them in !

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  79. always had ribbon candy at gramma's.my sis has the special jar she had it in and on the sideboard every c'mas.. memories..love this..tfs..loves ya

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  80. Crazy cute rhingsp! I just love it.

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  81. Mmmm....those peppermint trees look DELISH! Love the little gingerbread men adorning them ♥ Your little chalet is the perfect package to house these little delights! Love your tag and lights and that cute tree-trimmed border! Adorable :0]

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  82. these are adorable. great gift idea. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  83. Very cute. This is my first blog hop. Lauralooloo sent me.

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  84. Your entry is so cute!!! Beautiful work!

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  85. Adorable box, love the string of lights.

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