Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Can Be a Cracker

A couple of weeks ago I was shopping with a friend and came across a really cute Christmas cracker made by Jessica Walker Chocolates. It came with a chocolate inside. I saw the potential and decided to buy it - much to my daughter's surprise when I got home and she exclaimed "You paid $3.95 for ONE chocolate!!!" I quickly explained she was welcome to the chocolate - I wanted the box as a template - LOL. I can thank the lovely Karen Thomas from Luv to Stamp for teaching me to look at packaging and it's potential. A friend recently thought I was a little odd when I raced to KFC to buy some Popcorn Chicken for the box after seeing Karen's fabulous project - LOL - check it out here. Of course my popcorn chicken box is hiding somewhere in my crafting space waiting to be used as a template - but I know it's there when I want it!!!

I took the empty cracker off to Stamp Camp on the weekend - it was actually made in 2 parts but I wanted to simplify it and make it from a single piece of card. I've worked out the dimensions for you if you want to make one for yourself - yours will work out a tiny bit larger as I wanted to make the measurements a bit easier to follow!

To decorate mine I used DP and lace from Magnolia - available at Kellie's Magnolia Down Under Store. The tag is one of Bizzy Becs new Digital Tickets available at Bec's new Digi Downloads Store. The CS is from Stampin Up - Kraft and Real Red. The flowers were from a local craft store.

Now here are the measurements for you - feel free to contact me if they don't make sense! The great thing about these Crackers is that you can open then up easily without tearing them by simply untying the ribbon bows in the valleys!

Cut your card 7" x 5"
Across the 5" edge score at 3/4", 1 1/2", 2 1/4", 3", 3 3/4", 4", 4 1/2"
Across the 7" edge score at 1", 1 5/8", 2 1/4", 4 3/4", 5 3/8", 6"
Embellishments as desired.

Use the shaded areas on this picture to work out where to remove CS. For the triangles I cut from halfway up the middle score line in the section - this doesn't need to be acurate and I just pencilled mine in - it's where the cracker folds in. This score line is also the only one to be a valley fold - the rest are all mountain folds. The line across the top with the rectangles removed is the tab for the join.
I hope you have some fun with these - I will be looking forward to seeing yours - please let me know if you make one!

Now I better go feed the hungry hordes and have an early night!! Stamp Camp was sooo much fun but I had waaayyyy to little sleep - it was a little hard concentrating at work today - LOL. I do have more fun things I made at camp to show you - but some of them are DT work so will have to wait a little!!!

Hope you all had a FANTASTIC weekend too...

Edit - When Bec saw this she realised she had the sentiment wrong - I certainly hadn't noticed had you??? This one says "the means you" instead of "that means you". She has since corrected it and re-sent it to all those who had already bought this set! So if you had noticed the mistake don't let it put you off buying these fabulous digital tickets.



Kylie said...

You clever girl, Debbie!
Your cracker is simply STUNNING!
Thanks so much for sharing your directions, would love to give it a go, just need to find the time lol!

Have a great week!
Take Care,
Kylie X

Tracey Feeger said...

Very clever indeed.
Love it to bits. Great job Debbie.

Fran said...

Oh wow, would you believe I have been thinking about making something like this, I have just not gotten around to hunting for a template. Thank you sooooo much!!!
I will just have to make some time to have a go now :)

Cheryl said...

WOW very clever and it is just gorgeous!!! You always come up with something amazing to look it!!

Mandy Schiller said...

Very Clever Debbie! I love it! Might be making myself some of these as well, thanks for the measurements....


Dena said...

Debbie, I just love all your clever projects girl!!!! This one is adorable and I know what you mean....I went out and got a KFC box too when that idea first came out. We are just a little obsessed, but it's okay to have a passion right? ha ha!
Love this cracker to pieces!!!
Hugs, Dena

Marina said...

Your Christmas cracker is gorgeous.
You're a clever girl ;O).
Thank you for this tutorial, will try it too.


Sam said...

Beautiful cracker Debbie!

I have been wondering if I have the stamina to make a table's worth of these little beauties for Christmas. They'd look good, but would I burst into tears once everyone started ripping them apart?

Can't wait to see some of your stamp camp goodies.

Best wishes,

Merry said...

Oh this is so brilliant and thanks so much for sharing your 'how to'.

Karen said...

Hey there Deb! I just cracked up laughing when I read this post! lol

I'm so glad your eyes are wide open now for great new packaging ideas! Your cracker looks awesome!


Liam said...

Excellent work Debbie. This cracker looks fantastic.


Emily said...

Great little project Debbie! I'm going to save this into my templates file for future reference:)) Thanks!!

♥ Kristy Woods ♥ said...

Awesome Deb, your so clever, loved watching you create all your gorgeous goodies at camp!

Sue said...

Oh, so pretty. Would look great on the table at each place setting. Will have to have a go at this! We call them poppers and they have string attached that when pulled makes a popping sound and are usually filled with useless junk, so this would be great to put whatever you wanted in them. Thanks for the directions, Deb. Get some sleep!

Alison said...

This looks stunning, and I see you have managed to translate your instructions into something a little bit more legible - he he he, lol. Thanks for an awesome weekend.
luv (your travelling buddy)

Stamp and Smile said...

WOW Debbie... this holiday cracker is ADORABLY CUTE!! LOVE the details and that lace/flowers give a fun vintage feel... YOU INSPIRE ME!!

And I hope you enjoyed your weekend too... :) Hugs... Michelle :)

Sharon said...

What a great Cracker Debbie, I will have to give one a go before Christmas. Have a great week. Take Care Sharon

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Debs,
Note the previous commenter was not me. Your cracker is stunning, but the thought of making 18 makes me feel stunned. LOL.
Can you tell I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed. How can it be December? I'm nowhere near even being ready to start being prepared to be ready.
Did Sarah eat the chocolate, I may need it NOW.......LOl
You are a clever cookie.
Luvya heaps

Leigh said...

Absolutely fantastic Debbie.

Andrea, said...

Fab cracker Debbie, great idea. Thanks for the instructions

Kellie said...

NOW can I just say that not only did I see this gorgeous creation in real life but I taught Debbie everything she knows, hahaha kidding on the last one. But this girl is so very clever and she has the most amazing talent and an eye for crafting. I loved that you shared your creation and instructions with everyone Debbie, your to gorgeous!

Tracey said...

You clever girl! This was a brillant idea. Thanks for the info.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

What a terrific project! I love Christmas crackers... makes me feel so European. Ha!

So, how was your retreat? I've missed you! You must stop by my blog and help promote my birthday blog candy. I'm feeling like a dismal failure at attracting followers. Do I smell bad?


Bec said...

what a cracker of a cracker..he he he.. I love it.. I need to make myself some of these.. Love the ticket too :) bec xx

Butternutsage said...

oh my goodness Debbie this is so cute. I think I'll have to try one! You are sweet to give us the measurements too! THANKS!!!!!

Norma said...

Debbie, you clever girl you! This looks fabulous. Thanks for doing the work for us. I will certainly be doing this. Perfect item to place at each table setting for the Chrismas dinner.


Leonie said...

these are fabulous, if only I discovered them last week before my gift class! Oh well, they are truly beautiful!

Jodie from Oz said...

Debbie, Wow this is amazing, it leaves mine looking pretty plain. You are so clever, thanks for the template. The papers, lace & flowers are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.
Hugs Jodie from Oz

stephanne said...

Ohhhhhhhhh wooooooooowwwwwww!!! Love this and thanks for sharing your dimensions with us, I hope mine turns out at least 25% as gorgeous as your have :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, this Cracker is gorgeous!! Have just jumped across to Bizzy Becs Digi downloads & bought the ticket stubs ;) Thanks for the inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

HI debbie I saw this on your blog and do you know I was gobsmacked as I have been teaching this exact cracker for 5/6 years! Guess jessica walker came up with the same idea!