Who ‘eight’ all the mints?


At Craft Your Passion this week the challenge is  Christmas ABC (Anything But a Card).We have the fabulous Whimsy Stamps as our sponsors too.Head on over to check how to play and win.Don’t forget to take a look at the DT inspiration,they’ve done a wonderful job.

I decided to make an After Eight dispenser as a gift for  my DS2’s teacher.For those who’ve not heard of them before they are wafer thin dark chocolates that have a gooey mint fondant centre.They were intended as after dinner mints but they’re so yummy I doubt anybody could wait that long!So back to the dispenser…I followed  a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers for a Tea Bag Dispenser Box as this worked out to be perfect for these too 🙂 All the base card is kraft and the papers are a magazine freebie from last year that I never got round to using.The cute stamp is Santa Emma by C C Designs.I bought her in a sale at least a couple of years ago and used her only once I think.She’s been coloured with Graph’It Markers.I was very lucky in a recent challenge on their blog and won some fabulous goodies – i.e. some pens including a Glitter Shake in Gold 😀  As I only have a fairly small collection of pens these were a very welcome addition:) It was quite an adventure creating the depth and blend I wanted to achieve but I’m quite please how she turned out.I used the Plum as the darker shade but found the Ruby (and only red I own) didn’t,as I suspected,blend too well so I hit upon the idea of using the Magenta.This gave a perfect blend but as this was too pink I went back over with the Ruby to bring the red back.I was impressed that,as unlike some other brands of pens,there was no spattering or seepage with the dark red/pink tones 🙂 The Powder worked beautifully as a highlighting colour.For the bluey/green parts a mix of Dark Cyan,Jasmine and  Fresh mint were used.After colouring the buckle on her belt with regular Graph’It Markers I went over with the Glitter Shake Pen (shame I forgot to take a close up).With some experimentation it was quite rewarding that I could get the kind of results I was looking for with a limited amount of pens 🙂

For the trims on her clothing I opted for a White Sakura Souffle Pen.Normally on cards I would apply FLuffy Stuff or Flower Soft but I wasn’t sure how well it would stand up to the handling this may get.

Here’s a view of how I decorated the top :

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And a close up of the tag I made to match.This will be attached once it’s been wrapped in cellophane :


Supplies :

Image :  Santa Emma Stamp by C C Designs
Sentiment : Past magazine Hot Off The Press freebie stamp
Mediums : Graph’It Markers,Graph’It Gold Glitter Shake Pen,Sakura Souffle Pen,Jet Black Archival Ink
Paper & Card : Papermania 12 x 12 Kraft Basics,DP past freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine
Tools : Fiskars 30cm Euro Personal Paper Trimmer,Woodware 1″ & 1 1/2″ Circle Punches,Marianne Design Fantasy Flowers,Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Scalloped Tags Decorative Dies,Big Shot
To Embellish : Ribbon,Wooden Button and Jute Twine from stash

Some challenges this is for :

4 Krafty Girlz : Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday : Celebrations
Delightful Challenges : Celebrate
MilkCoffee Challenge : Any Christmas Creation
A & T Emerald Faeries : Christmas
Always Something Creative : Merry Christmas
Bastel-Traum : Anything but a Card
Crafts and Me Challenge & Inspiration Blog : Christmas Gift Box
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra  : Anything Goes…Christmas
Desert Island Crafters : 2.  Die Cuts, 3.  2 or More Papers, 4.  Ribbon/Twine, 7.  Flowers, 9.  Make a gift, 10. Red/Green
Die Cut Divas :  Let’s Celebrate
Fairies Challenge Blog : Christmas
Feeling Crafty Challenge : Christmas
Heck of a Challenge : Colorful Christmas
Crafting for all Seasons : Anything Christmas but a Card
Crafty Creations : Anything Goes
Creative Belli : Christmas
Digistamps 4 Joy : Anything Goes
Divas by Design : Anything Goes
Inky Impressions : Merry Christmas 
 Paper Shelter Challenge : Anything Goes
Bearly Mine Challenges : Anything Goes
Die Cuttin’ Divas : Happy Holidays
Inky Chicks : Christmas
Papertake Weekly : Christmas cards/projects
Through The Craft Room Door : Always Anything Goes
Graph’It Colour Challenge : Anything Goes

Thanks for looking

Lisa x

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 15:04:38

    Super Cute! Thank you for joining our challenge this week at Inky Impressions! Happy Holidays. – Sandy, DT Member


  2. karin
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 17:47:58

    what a beautiful box and tag Lisa.
    Thanks for join us at
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}



  3. Arlene
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 20:32:46

    Beautiful set and I love the coloring.
    So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.


  4. Laurie
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 22:15:50

    Thank you for playing along at Heck Of A Challenge this month, I’m sorry this is a copied and pasted comment (busy time of year for us all)
    Merry Christmas, Hugs Laurie x


  5. Samantha K
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 22:46:13

    What a great set. I know I can’t wait until after dinner…lol…Haven’t had any in ages but they are yummy scrummy..hehe….Congrats on your win too, the gold looks fab. Hugs xx


  6. carol gill
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 23:25:43

    great mint dispenser and love the papers -not worth me making one the mints wouldn’t last long enough lol-thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas
    Carol DT x


  7. Lee-Ann
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 02:38:03

    Super cute, great colouring. Thanks for playing along with us at DCD, Merry Christmas!


  8. Jamie
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 05:14:22

    What a great dispenser. All teacher need sugar to keep up with the kiddos so great gift. Thanks for playing along with Inky Impressions Challenge! Looking forward to seeing your creations at our next challenge. ♥ Jamie at CraftyGirl21


  9. Jane savage
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 09:15:54

    What a fabulous gift, Lisa, and such a super cute image too. Love, love, love After Eights so this seems the perfect present to me!
    Thank you for joining us at the MilkCoffee Challenge. Jane xx


  10. Desire Fourie
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:55:52

    This is a wonderful creation with great details and perfect for our ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Digistamps4Joy DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}


  11. Alison Jeatt
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 22:29:13

    Beautiful project. Thank you for joining us at Crafting For All Seasons. Alison x


  12. Hazel
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 23:10:48

    Thanks for entering this lovely creation for my CHNC challenge extra for December – hope to see you again soon. x


  13. Dawn Lancaster
    Dec 27, 2013 @ 08:18:30

    Fantastic little box & tag! “Thanks for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time!”
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx


  14. joey
    Dec 28, 2013 @ 18:22:25

    This is a fabulous project! such fun. Thanks for joining us at TPS. Joey xx


  15. semsee
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 22:45:05

    Gorgeous projects! Thanks so much for joining us at Graph’it Markers Coloring Challenge. Simonne x


  16. Sabine
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 20:20:36

    What a lovely idea to wrap up the mints.. A very cute image and so beautiful colored, Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations,


  17. Uschi
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 19:14:40

    What a great after eight dispenser! I love the design and the sort of Papers you used. The image is so cute and you really coloured it very beutifully. And I love the tag as well. It really matches very well with the dispenser. A very gorgeous set! Thank you for joining us at the Bastel-Traum challenge
    Hugs Uschi


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