Thursday, February 14, 2013

It's a PEEPS kind of Valentine's Day!

Remember the Peep Pops from this post HERE?  I made these for my grandchildren. Those who follow Explore.Dream.Discover. know I LOVE to utilize candy and food with paper crafting ideas! These yummy PEEPS are strawberry  flavor! Have you tried them?  

Well, soon after I posted those yummy Peep Pops, I was contacted by the Just Born Company indicating they had seen my blog post and wanted to know if they could send me more of their products!  Well, of course!  Pictured are the goods they mailed me!  What a blessing, just look at all the PEEPS goodness!  In my response to Just Born, I also shared info about the after school program my hubby and I volunteer for at our church and we would be grateful and would love to share any PEEPS products with these kids!  

I took the products to church with us this week, and the kids were thrilled!  We placed bags, ribbon, tape, heart cut outs along with the PEEPS product on a table in fellowship hall and let them get to work.  This post includes some photos of the kids and what they created! 

Had to share a picture of these Cherry Peeps with a chocolate base.  Oh my, if you are a fan of chocolate covered cherries, these are for you!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!

It was heartwarming indeed to see kids of all ages creating and making Valentines!  Lots of concentration going on here!  

PEEPS wrapped in a bag!  Add a special heart message and voila' we have the perfect Valentine!

How creative is this!  Did you know Just Born also is the maker of these Goldenberg Peanut Chews?  YES, it's true!  Look how they are used to create this special I love u Valentine!  Truth be told, I never had tasted these yummy treats, and may I share, they are Wonderful, yes, wonderful with a capital W!

A special Valentine to give along with PEEPS!  Look at this smile!  

A PEEPS helper! Red Strawberry chick peeps with a chocolate base are in many of these packages.  This young lady also wrapped one of the packages for her special Valentine!

Allow me to share a special story about this tub of Peanut Chews.  Just Born sent two of these tubs, with 100 pieces in each!  We had a young man come in and shared he had no Valentine treat to take to his classroom the following day.  And his parents would not be able to get to the store to get a treat.  As he was so concerned that he would not be able to bring his required treat to class, he asked if he could count out 27, and take them to school as his Valentine treat for classmates.  So often many of the students that come to our after school program do not the same opportunities that we take for granted.  

So, A HUGE Thank YOU to Just Born for easing this young boys mind, giving him a special treat to share, and allowing us to spread your generosity! Your PEEPS are awesome, taste great, and we are very grateful that you shared all this PEEP goodness with us!  

Friday, February 1, 2013

A gift to wrap? What to do? Embellish, Stamp Simply Style!

Happy Friday morning!  Last week my daughter asked if I had a wedding shower card and could I wrap a gift for a coworker who is getting married.  Why sure, I'm sure we can find a card and I certainly can wrap a gift!  

When she brought the bag of goods into the studio, I knew I was in trouble!  A waste basket, a shower curtain, soap dispenser and a shower caddy, etc. I did not have a box or gift bag that would accommodate these items! We placed all the items inside the wastebasket, but obviously the shower caddy was not going to fit.  So, I tied them together using 1.5" Silky Crushed Gold Ribbon

The three large flowers are Prima Classic Roses.  They each come on a wire stem!  Bonus!  They easily and instantly created a bouquet effect and a base to build the entire embellishment!  After twisting the three wires together, they were secured by wrapping the wires onto the side of the caddy.  There were tails from the 1.5" Silky Ribbon that I pulled up into the flowers before trimming.  Also 1.25 Taupe Silk Ribbon is looped and tied onto the wire side of the caddy.  The 2" wide Silk Melissa Frances Tulle Ruffle Layered Trim is glued to the underside of the rose base. Since there were metal birds on the shower caddy, I knew these Prima Birdsong Script Birds would be perfect.  I glued one atop of another to create dimension.  There are twelve of these pretties in a package! A Gallery Rose - Quillen to finish off the entire embellishment is also glued on the flower base! 

And there we have it!  A gift not wrapped so to speak, but embellished and presentable to the bride to be!  Searching for a card was not as easy!  We decided to go with THIS card I had previously made using Becca Feeken Stamp  Background, Vintage Alphabet Soup HERE.  We removed the "you" so the card simply read "Love" and now appropriate for the gift. This card sports silk, satin, and seam binding ribbons from The Stamp Simply Store and is tied onto the top of the caddy by slipping the card into a Clear Envelope.  I punched two holes into the top of the clear envelope and tied it onto the top of the shower caddy! Voila', mission accomplished!