The Most Magical Time of Year – Magical Reindeer Food

Every year I make a variation of reindeer food.  I love the concept of a cute gift to give to kids that continues the ‘magic’ of Christmas.  It’s also not another lolly or chocolate – which can be refreshing in the season of sugar.

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

These little punch art reindeer cuties are for the littlest Miss Papercraft to give to her friends at day care.  My reindeer food is just rolled oats & pastel coloured sprinkles – which makes it safe for human consumption in case the toddlers decide to share with the reindeer!  Or is that just my crazy 2 year old???  Kelly x

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Make your own:

  • Cut the largest ‘Lots of Labels’ framelit from Crumb Cake cardstock and score across the middle
  • Cut a slit along the middle section of your score line (the antlers will slide in to here)
  • Punch out & assemble your reindeer pieces:
    • Antlers: Tree Builder Chocolate Chip
    • Eyes: 3/4″ circle Whisper White, 1/2″ circle Basic Black, white gel pen
    • Nose: 3/4″ Red Glimmer
  • Attach to your bag of reindeer food (I used the 65 x 90mm cello bags from PlazaDJ) with a mini staple
  • Add a Magical Reindeer Food Label to the back

Magical Reindeer Food - Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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Christmas on Repeat – M&Ms Treat Tubes

Every Christmas I end up making treat tubes because they are just so irresistible!  Who doesn’t love chocolate & cute characters???

They are always popular – just ask Helen from my Tuesday class!

This is my 2015 line-up, starting with a quick punch art reindeer. With the addition of the Tree Builder punch to the range, it’s now even easier to make antlers for your reindeer.

Just cut the middle branch from the tree trunk and you have perfect antlers (or leave the middle branch in for a fuller antler finish!).  Add a legless owl & eyes from the Owl Builder punch, and a sparkly 1/2″ circle nose and your punch art reindeer is done!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Reindeer punch art. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

If you’re not a fan of punch art (or want to make lots of these little cuties), the Snow Place stamp set and coordinating Snow Friends framelits make super easy toppers.  I used the penguins with a Christmas hat & candy cane, but the snowman would also look great!

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

With Christmas being all about sparkle, I couldn’t resist a glittery version using the soon to be retired Black Glimmer paper…

Christmas Treat Tubes with M&Ms: Snow Place & Friends Sparkly Penguin. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The hardest part about making these is keeping the M&M supply a secret from Mr Papercraft.  Yes, he steals my craft chocolate! Maybe because there’s no calories in craft chocolate???  Kelly x

What you’ll need…

Product List – Reindeer Topper

Product List – Christmas Penguin Topper

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My OnStage 2015 Swaps – Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Christmas Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

On Saturday, I spent the day with some wonderful ladies at the very first round of OnStage local events.  Perth was lucky enough to be one of the first host cities and was the only one to sell out completely.  We love our Stampin’ Up! here in WA!!!  I’ll share more of the OnStage fun with you later in the week, but tonight I wanted to show you what I made as my event ‘swap’.

It’s Stampin’ Up! tradition to make a project in mass quantities that you take to the event and swap with other attendees.  I didn’t take any to the Gold Coast because I was so stretched for time organising samples for my demo board.  So this time around, I wasn’t missing out on all the fun!

The back story to these little beauties starts at the Duty Free section of Bali airport in September.  If you’ve been to Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport since they renovated, you’ll remember the long wind through lots of duty free temptations as you try to find your way to the boarding gate.  In addition to the usual perfume and beverage offerings, they have a huge candy/chocolate section that’s fun to look at.

So, whilst being dazzled by all the bright lights & shiny things, I came across mini Tic Tacs …  MINI TIC TACS!!! Crafters love anything that comes in mini format because they are cute to package.  But mini Tic Tacs – get out!!!  The catch was, they were crazy expensive and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t get Mr Papercraft to see the merits of the minis in the same way I did.  So, we boarded with only some Pez candy toys (as per the request for a Unicorn from one of the little misses!).

But the story doesn’t end in Bali… Imagine my delight when I found mini Tic Tacs at my local Kmart.  So the craft dream was revived.  The next challenge was to actually find a way to package them.  They are quite tiny – which adds to the cute factor, but makes them a bit tricky to do anything with.

A bit of a brainstorm later, and meet the Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes using the Note Tag Punch…

OnStage Local Swap 2015 - Mini Tic Tac Character Boxes: Minion Set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

It was so much fun to give them out at OnStage local and I got some fabulous swaps in return.  I’ll share some of my favourites this week.  There’s a lot of stamping talent in WA!!!

If you love punch art as much as I do, and you don’t have the full set of Stampin’ Up! builder punches, I’d recommend you add them to your collection.  As you can see by the breakdown below, each character is made using the pieces from our wonderful builder punches.  You can do so much with only a few key punches.  I couldn’t live without my Owl, Cupcake & Tree Builder punches!!!  Kelly x


Mini Tic Tac Character Box Instructions:

{Find the full tutorial with pictures here)

  1. Punch out the Note Tag Punch twice
  2. Score 1/4″ from each of the 3 flat sides
  3. Fold along the score lines and snip the two squares on each tag made by the intersecting score lines
  4. Cut a piece of cardstock to 1″ x 1/2″.  Use this to attach the two tags together with the bottom flaps
  5. Secure the tags around the mini Tic Tac box with a small elastic band (I used a tiny hair elastic).  Tie a piece of Baker’s Twine and remove the elastic.

Decorate your character box…

Punches Body: Note Tag Eyes: Owl Nose: Tree Builder Buttons: Cupcake
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Eyes: Owl
Nose: Tree Builder
Buttons: Cupcake
Punches Body: Note Tag Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder Ears: Tree Builder Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hat: Festive Flower, Tree Builder
Ears: Tree Builder
Eyes & Nose: Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Shirt: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Antlers: Tree Builder Eyes: Owl Nose: 1/2" circle
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Antlers: Tree Builder
Eyes: Owl
Nose: 1/2″ circle
Punches Body: Note Tag Button: Cupcake Belt: Owl, Tree Builder Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Button: Cupcake
Belt: Owl, Tree Builder
Jacket Bottom: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Bow: Owl, Cupcake Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Bow: Owl, Cupcake
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches Body: Note Tag Hair: Festive Flower Eye/s: 1/2" circle, Owl, Cupcake Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem) Overalls: Bow Builder
Punches
Body: Note Tag
Hair: Festive Flower
Eye/s: 1/2″ circle, Owl, Cupcake
Mouth: Cupcake (cherry stem)
Overalls: Bow Builder

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