Friday, December 31, 2010

Candy Cane Christmas Event

On December 5th, I held an event called "Candy Cane Christmas". It was my first time since joining Stampin' Up! holding a Christmas themed event that involved more than just making a few cards. I was so excited for the challenge, but also felt a little overwhelmed with the preparation of it all! I had a wonderful turn out and was so pleased! There were 12 eager and excited guests who came to spend the afternoon with me and make some Christmas goodies for friends, family...or to keep for themselves (and, that's OK, too!)

The class consisted of 4 projects using the Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper (found in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog). I was so glad that I had ordered this paper ahead of time because it ended up going out of stock at the beginning of Decmeber. I am so thankful that I decided to plan ahead or I would have been doing some major scrambling and revamping of the class! Each of the guests received 6 sheets of the Designer Series Paper (whatever we ended up not using). This was an added bonus to the class!

Paper and projects ready to hand out to each guest

I decorated clothespins that held each of the stacks together.
The guests were then able to keep their clothespin.

A few treats to share!
Don't these cookies look so yummy?
A little information station with door prize tickets, door prizes, and...

...a treat for each of the guests to take home as a "thank you" for coming.
{inspired by Jill at Jill's Card Creations}
Project #1:
Window Treat Box
{tutorial found at Angie's Chic 'n Scratch}

Project #2:

Scallop Circle Purse
{instructions to create your own can be found here}

Project #3:
Wish List Pad with Cover
{awesome tutorial found at Splitcoast Stampers}
shows the inside
up close on the front - notice the sparkle?
Project #4:

Snowflake Gift Bag
{inspired by a design I found on Stampin' Connection}

All 4 projects!
It really was a fun event, but I will definitely be making some changes next year in my planning and preparation. It was a lot of work and so much of it I waited until the last minute to do (thank goodness for moms who are willing to help!). I think partly because I had too many things on my plate. (I was a part of two bazaars that I plan to share next!) Next year, I plan to make smarter choices about filling up my calendar for the holidays!


Patti said...

Really cute projects. I know what you mean about planning ahead. I didn't realize all the time it takes to prep for this type of event. I think I'll make it my new year's resolution!

Cindy said...

A lot of work; but it sure looks like it was worth it. Great project!

Kelli said...

These turned out so well...I love the idea of a holiday themed event. I'm thinking of doing an event the first of Feb for SAB...I'm pondering. Love the bazaar follow up too. That's another thing I'm thinking about as well because Jamison's school is having a craft fair. Decisions, decisions. Thanks for sharing and all of the links as well.

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