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Easter Candy Bags – Silhouette Giveaway & Promotion!

I absolutely love designer Lori Whitlock’s cut file designs for the Silhouette machine. The series of candy boxes that I am showing you today on  here and on Scrapbook Update are beautiful examples of why I have a Silhouette library that is bursting full of her designs. (And be sure to read to the end to hear about the latest Silhouette giveaway!)

Easter Bags and Boxes CC

All of these are surprisingly simple and can be assembled with just this limited supply of tools (and some of these are really optional). The bone folder is great for creasing the folds of the containers and also for reaching inside to press down the glued seams, especially in areas where fingers won’t reach!

Easter Project Tools

A strong adhesive – and plenty of it – is a must, especially if you plan to put heavy items in your container!

Banner Flap Candy Bags

These two bags are identical except for the paper used for them. On the left is a paper by Lori Whitlock from the Sweet Girl collection, and on the right is a paper from the Pretty Pinwheels collection (both collections are from Echo Park).

Easter Bags CC

Supplies: Silhouette Cutting File (3d box ribbon tie pennant flapbox by Lori Whitlock), Echo Park Splendid Sunshine paper (Pretty Pinwheels), Echo Park Sweet Girl paper by Lori Whitlock (Quilt Blocks), Silhouette Print & Cut File (watercolor happy easter title by Jennifer Wambach), Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper, Ribbon.

The cut file had to be rotated and resized just a teeny bit to cut on the Portrait but it is still plenty big to hold lots of candy! It’s so simple to assemble – no instructions needed – with a bit of adhesive and a few folds.

The Happy Easter logo is a Silhouette Print & Cut file by Jennifer Wambach that has been printed on Silhouette’s Printable Clear Sticker media, and then cut with my Silhouette Portrait. The process is way easier than I imagined before trying it. If you’ve never done it before, check out the video:

The logo is translucent when printed on the clear media, so you have to be careful what you put it on. The watercolor look is beautiful – and there are matching flowers available too!

Candy Slider Boxes

This cut file was designed to hold Hershey’s Nuggets but as you can see it also perfectly holds five mini Reese’s Cups! Two letter sized sheets, one for the drawer and one for the wrapper, will cut TWO of these boxes if you duplicate the cuts and move the layout around in the cutting window.

Easter Boxes CC

Supplies: Silhouette Cutting File (Hershey’s Nuggets Candy Box by Lori Whitlock), Bazzill Smooth Cardstock (White), Carta Bella So Noted paper (Silhouettes), Silhouette Print & Cut File (Chicken Dumpling Soup Labels by Jillibean Soup), Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings (Pink Lemonade), Doodlebug Doodle Twine (Bright Assortment), Close To My Heart Ink (Crystal Blue), Lawn Fawn stamps (Love n’ Breakfast).

The drawer on this is designed as a tight fit – necessary to keep it from falling open – so the paper weight makes a big difference in its assembly and function. A lighter weight paper is best for the drawer, and going too heavy on the wrapper paper will also make it too tight.

The labels on these boxes illustrate one of my favorite things about using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette. These labels are from a Jillibean Soup collection released in early 2012. These “soup labels” as they call them are sold as sticker sheets. As a print & cut file, I have the option of printing them as stickers, but also on regular cardstock like I did on this project, to make them into tags. I also have the option (like I did on this project) of changing the size when I print & cut them myself. I enlarged these tags quite a bit from their original size so that they would be a good size for this project. And, of course, if I wanted to, I can print as many as I need if I want to make multiples for a party or school exchange, or whatever.

The label with the chick on it was blank, so I grabbed my Lawn Fawn “Love n’ Breakfast” stamp set and stamped “you’re egg-cellent” on it. This is why it’s important to know your supplies. This wasn’t an Easter-themed stamp set, yet it had the perfect stamp in it for my theme!

Since the boxes are small, twine was the perfect “weight” to wrap around them, and the colors of it are so spring-y!

Want more ideas on how to use files like this? Follow Silhouette America on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook! Or visit our sister site, Scrapbook Update, to see four more Easter candy bag examples!

Giveaway!

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Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch

Reported by Taylor Usry

I received a Martha Stewart Double Edge Punch (along with some wonderful paper) from Martha Stewart Crafts recently, and jumped at the chance to test this new product out. The punch I’m sharing with you today is called the Bangle Chain Deep Double Edge punch; there are several other styles available in stores and online.

I started by comparing the overall size of the double edge punch to several of the other Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page edge punches I currently own. Wow – this new double edge punch is much bigger! You can see above how much taller it is.

Here are the punches viewed from the front. The beefier one on the left is the Double Edge Punch.

Looking down at the punches it is easy to see the difference in length as well. For this shot I unfolded the sides of both punches. The Double Edge Punch also has a heavier weight than a regular edge punch, and a larger handle.

The Double Edge Punch is very simple to use. When viewed from underneath, you should see the wrong side of your paper – so you put the paper in the punch right side up (the side you want to see on your project).

It take a bit more force to squeeze this punch, but that is attributable to its considerable heft. I often hold my regular punches upside down to punch them, and that made this one a bit harder for me to squeeze (Note: I have nerve damage in one arm, which is why I do it this way. They are designed to just press down on). It still punches through card stocks and patterned papers just as well as the regular Martha Stewart edge punches. To line up the design and punch correctly, you want to make sure to place the punched-out image directly above the guidelines. In the picture above, you can see some of the cream-colored punch base. That is the incorrect placement for your paper.

Always line up your punched paper as shown above, precisely over top of the cream-colored outline. This will ensure a perfect punch!

The finished piece is about an inch and a half thick, as you can see when it’s placed on my Martha Stewart Scoring Board. Isn’t that wood grain paper gorgeous? It’s from the In Nature collection, and I was lucky enough to receive it in my goodie box from the kind folks at Martha Stewart Crafts!

Here’s another close up shot of the intricate design of this punch. You can see how cleanly the punch operates. There are no jagged or frayed edges, and every segment lines up really well, thanks to those guides on either side of the punch.

I made a few quick projects using this punch. The first were little paper cone treat holders for party favor treats (my son’s first birthday party was this weekend, and this seemed like a great idea for kids of different ages!). Doesn’t this Double Edge Punch make a gorgeous handle? And I love the yellow paper (also from the In Nature collection).

I also made a simple, botanical-themed card. I used the punched piece in lieu of ribbon, and set it with jumbo eyelets to create a raised ripple effect.

On the edge I placed a little butterfly, created using a Martha Stewart Stamp and Punch set. I love that Martha’s products work well together.

I am absolutely enamored with this Deep Double Edge Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts! It punches a variety of card stocks and patterned papers quickly and cleanly, and the possibilities are endless with it. I’ll be able to easily make borders for scrapbook pages, cards, altered and 3D items….my head is positively swimming with ideas!

Pros:

  • able to create quick borders and accents
  • easy to use guides make proper punching a breeze
  • available in a variety of designs
Cons:
  • larger size doesn’t fit in the same drawer as my other punches (I’m being nitpicky, I know!)
  • due to the heavier weight of this, it may be a bit harder to squeeze the handle together
  • I’d like to see this offered in matching patterns to existing edge punches, so people (ok, ME!) can create sets of coordinating items
The Deep Double Edge Punch is available online and in retail stores, and will jump right into your shopping cart with a budget-friendly MSRP of $17.99. 
Do you have one of these punches, or have you tried one before? Tell me all about it! What amazing projects have you made with it?
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