Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas - Treat ideas - Snowman Soup

"Matchbook" Snowman Soup Stocking Stuffer

-Snowman rubberstamp
-Stars image rubberstamp: Club Scrap
-Stickles Glitter glue*
-Mini Ziplock baggie: Joann Fabrics

*note: not all glitter glues are the same. I purchased 3 big bottles for $1 at the dollar store and they were awful, at least the red was, there was hardly any glitter compared to the amount of glue, it looked better after I applied a couple of layers (letting layers dry in between). I highly recommend the "Stickles" brand of glitter glue (it runs about $2 for a tiny bottle) - as there is a ton of very vibrant glitter with a sharp point for an applicator, great for detail work. I did try the Joann Essentials glitter glue as well, and it is not bad, the applicator is not as sharp, but the glitter wasn't too bad in it.

Snowman Soup Ingredients:
1 packet of hot chocolate
10 mini marshmallows
3 Hershey kisses
1 candy cane


1. Fill your small ziploc bags with the snowman soup ingredients. Zip closed, squeezing out excess air.
2. Measure your bag in each direction. Take the long side measurement, double it and add 2 more inches.
3. Now for my piece shown above - I figured out my measurements all on a 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock and pre-printed the poem (for poem see below) and 'snowman soup' title before cutting out my matchbook.
4. Cut a piece of cardstock using the short side measurement and the new long side measurement.
5. Now we need to take that piece of cardstock and measure down 1 inch and score a line. This is the fold at the base of the matchbook - where you will eventually staple it together. Now measure the distance from that score line the long side measurement of your bag, make a score line. Measure 1 more inch, the is the top part of the matchbook, score a line.
6. Now you need to do your stamping. Figure out which side you want your snowman and stamp him. Ink edges if you chose to do so.
7. Get your stickles and add highlights to the snowman, snow, etc. Let this dry, it could take a couple of hours.
8. Once dry, you can fold all your crease lines. Now I did mine, so that the bulky end (the end with the closure) of the ziplock baggie would be the end you tuck down into the bottom flap and then, stapled the whole thing together. Note: When you staple, staple kinda half way or a tad lower, this will allow enough room for your flap to fit into the stapled flap.
9. So now you can fold over the flap and tuck it into the stapled section.

Snowman Soup Poem

Was told you've been real good this year
Always glad to hear it
With freezing weather drawing near
You'll need to warm the spirit.

So here's a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick
Add hot water, sip it slow
It's sure to do the trick!

Good luck and have fun!!
Debbie Weller

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