4th of July

Can you believe that the year is half over? Where did the days go? Well, if I could answer that question I would be a millionaire. Anyways, Mom and I have been working on goodies for the 4th of July to share with family and friends. It has been a bit of a challenge with an 8 year-old helper (why is school out?), but I thought you might enjoy seeing all the items that have been created.

The outermost favors are little purses filled with mints. These are 4x8" strips of paper scored and folded at 3.5" and 4.5", to form a base. Then using my SU! large oval punch, I punched the handle. The purses were then filled, tied shut and decorated.

Next to the purses are matchbox favors filled with Hammonds art candy (see my post on June 23 for more information). The matchboxes are created with the SU! matchbox die and big shot. This may be my favorite big shot die as these boxes are sooooo cute and super simple to create. In addition they hold 4 small pieces of candy or two fun size candy bars, just enough for a candy fix on any occasion.

Moving inward from the matchboxes are lifesaver firecrackers, filled sour cream containers and candy rockets. The lifesaver firecrackers are rolled lifesaver rolls (hard to find). I attached a piece of string to the end of the roll to create the fuse, rolled the lifesavers in decorative paper and then attached a piece of star wire to the middle as a decorative element.

Sour cream containers are 4.25x5.5" rolled into a toilet paper tube, and then squishes at one end, filled and then squished at the other. The ends were then run through my crimper to ensure that they wouldn't split open. My sour cream containers were filled with cherry mints - the 8 year-old loves 'em.

The last item is the candy rockets. Here's an up-close picture.

The rocket is a miniature roll of mentos, I found these at my local Party America store, attached to a glittery pencil. I attached a piece of #5 perle cotton to the candy (this is the fuse) and then wrapped my decorative paper (measuring 2x3") around both the candy and the pencil ensuring that the fuse was close to the pencil. This provides the base for the rocket, then as a decorative element I added an 8" piece of star wire to the base of the rocket. Voila!

In total there are 120 goodies. I think our 4th of July celebration will be great and I certainly hope yours will be as well!


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Hello! My name is Erin and I admit it I am a scrap and stamp o-holic. I won't try and hide it, maybe one day I will find my way to classes for help, but today I am taking the first step - admittance. I am a very proud mom of a beautiful eight-year-old daughter. My daughter is the reason I scrap and stamp - without her the memories I preserve simply wouldn't mean as much. As if I haven't shared enough about me, I have the most phenomenal mother on the planet. My mom is my rock, my best friend and my hero. I am proud to be her daughter! ~E~