Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WMS November SOAP - Day 1

ETA: Here is a link to the pattern and instructions for the shortbread box featured below. Here is a link to the Pretzel Shortbread Recipe. Enjoy!

Hi there!

Today is the first day of the Waltzingmouse Stamps November Stamp of Approval Parade (SOAP), our festivities for non-release months. This month will be very exciting! For the next four days, Claire and the Design Team will be sharing projects made with any and all of the WMS Christmas stamps! Can anyone say loads of card and gift-giving inspiration just in time for the holidays? Yay!

Each day I will be sharing a card as well as a home decor or gifty type project with you. Let's get to it!

First up is a cheery little card made using Candy Jar Christmas Fillers. With layout inspiration from this week's CASE Study challenge, I set out to create a festive little number with the gingerbread men. I also love the peppermint background. That pattern will make another appearance, I'm sure!

To go along with those yummy guys, I thought some treats would be in order for today. I whipped up a batch of Martha's Pretzel Shortbread Bars and some quick packaging.

The cookie box is like a matchbox, the inside slides into an outer sleeve. If you're interested, I will upload a pattern for you.

The box was decorated with the branch and berry images from Around Christmastime. The label was created and customized (love it!) with images from Candy Jar Christmas, which fit perfectly onto the Labels 2 Die from Spellbinders.

I also created a little seal for the inside packaging, again using one of the images from Candy Jar Christmas, stamped onto adhesive vellum and punched out with a circle punch.

I couldn't possibly leave you without sharing a picture of the goods. I drizzled chocolate over top of the shortbread once it was cool. The recipe didn't call for it, but that's the kind of girl I am. It is delish. This little box would be perfect for a friend or co-worker. Just enough to share with a hot cup of tea!

So glad to see you here today, here are the links for the other Design Team members that are sharing projects:

Have a great day!


Holiday Hugs Card
STAMPS: Candy Jar Christmas Fillers - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Creamy Caramel, Riding Hood Red - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
INK: Riding Hood Red - Stampin' Up!; Onyx Black VersaFine - Tsukineko; Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Standard Circle Large, Classic Scalloped Circle Large - Spellbinders Paper Arts; Tiny Tags Die - Papertrey Ink; Bakers Twine, Crystal Fine Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Copic Markers (E35, YG67, BG0000) - Imagination International; Adhesive rhinestones - Recollections; Sewing machine

Home Bakery Cookie Box
STAMPS: Around Christmastime, Candy Jar Christmas - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Creamy Caramel - Stampin' Up!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
INK: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler - Stampin' Up!; Coffee Archival Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Labels Two Nestabilities - Spellbinders Paper Arts; Scarlet Jewel Saddle Stitch Ribbon - Papertrey Ink


  1. gorgeous. love the pattern you made on that box. would love it if you provided instructions.

  2. Oh my, I haven't had breakfast yet and this is making my tummy growl, lol. Wonderful projects!

  3. Sweet deliciousness! I love your card and that box is amazing! The pattern with the pine boughs is awesome! I am thinking that you need to post the directions for that box...I totally thought you bought it from the store. Such a gorgeous and professional design!

  4. Wow! These are beautiful projects!! Makes me want to start baking for Christmas ;) Your card is so cute, I love the background and the gingerbread cookies. Love the treatbox too.

  5. Aww, Anja these are just adorable projects - i love those cute little gingerbread men and the box of goodies- not only looks amazing but sooo YUMMY! I feel so hungry!

  6. Love your sweet jar of gingerbread men with the fun peppermint background Anya! the 'frosting' looks great on the little guys - and the stamping on your food box is wonderful!! what a great gift idea - inside too!! Yum!!

  7. So charming! Treats look yummy too!

  8. This is gorgeous! Please do upload instructions, that'd be great!

  9. Cute card! I would love to make the cookie box. It would be perfect for the Cookie Swap I attend. Thanks for sharing.

  10. oh my coffee is getting cold...I'd love the box instructions and maybe even the teasing recipe for the goodies inside,,martha;s shortbread bars.thanks

  11. Would love to see instructions for the gift box and perhaps a recipe too! They look delicous. Love the card and gift box - super projects!

  12. This is a fabulous little gift set, Anya. I always give baked goods to my co-workers for Christmas, and with packaging like this, I would be oh-so-popular! Thanks for the truly amazing inspiration!

  13. Those are beautiful and so well done!

  14. Oh my, what a lovely ensemble! You've done an amazing job. I can almost smell those cookies in the oven!!

  15. Those pretzels look as yummy as your card and gift box Anya. I love that peppermint patterned paper and the gingerbread men are adorable.

  16. Anya, I love the way you stamped that background with the Around Christmastime images - those 2 are sadly neglected in my collection, but you've totally inspired me!

  17. Lovely card, and that box is to die for!! Love how you made it look like background paper with your stamps, and the label is great, and can you share the shortbread recipe and the box pattern? Thanks!!!

  18. wow, this is a stunning set, luv the card....hope you have a fabby day!

    enjoy *~*

  19. Anya, what a clean professional look to this. Looks like the printer made the whole set! This would make the perfect little gift for Christmas! Bet you'll be making more than a few of these!

  20. These would all be perfect for a cookie exchange!

  21. LOVE that gingerbread card...
    And that box...
    I have a feeling that pattern will be repeated by many...
    Such a gorgeous,creative gift idea!

  22. Both of these are fabulous! What an adorable gingerbread card--love the background too! And everything about the box is perfect-great background, fantastic label and yummy goodies!

  23. Lovely card, a perfect image for the season. I love the project box, would love a tutorial. Perfect for gifting. Looks professional.
    Thank you so much for creating and sharing it.
    alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

  24. Hi Anya

    I very much like your card with those gingerbread men and the peppermint background.
    And the packaging for those Bretzel Shortbread Bars is also very pretty - and it's too bad I can only have a look at those bars, I'd rather eat some of them *lol*.

    Kind regards

  25. Adorable card Anya! Your gingerbread men look adorable and love the sweet box of treats!

  26. These projects are just good enough to eat, Anya! Brilliant work with this release!

  27. Gorgeous! I would love a pattern or template for this fab box!


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