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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Who's 4 Chocolate?

I am in LOVE with this new alterable by Glue Art and Paper Studio! There are so many possibilities with it! I found these cute little apothecary jars at Hobby Lobby for .99 cents each and thought they would look so cute with a few different types of chocolate candies in them sitting so nicely on this tray! I had a few other ideas, about little jars holding all different kinds of baby things, or (since I made this one red) some different Christmas candies in each jar, embellishments, a frame on the wall, and the list is endless! What can you think of? I definitely want to make a few more--what fun gift ideas they are!
Be sure and check out all the designer's pieces to find more inspiration--they are all ROCKIN'!!! Dawn, Kris, Becky, Jen, and Suzy

It started out as a "naked" wooden tray. I painted the edges and insides (with a color called Chocolate Cherry, how fitting?), not worrying too much about the top. I made sure to make a swipe along the top edge, just in case my paper didn't match up perfectly, I wouldn't have any wood showing (there's a little trick for ya!). After that dried, I took my patterned paper and laid it on the top of the tray and "embossed" it by running my hands over every edge, including the centers, so I'd have some lines to see where to cut the paper, rather than tracing it (what a pain that would be!). Once that was done, I carefully cut the paper with my Fiskars 12x12 trimmer, including the inside squares as closely as I could. Some of the squares did not get cut all the way to the corners, so I just finished them off with my Cutter Bee scissors for precision. It fit perfectly without having to make any adjustments (can I get an amen?).

I then adhered the patterned paper to the tray using Mod Podge and a foam brush(which are your friends when you do a lot of alterables). Once dry, a few sprays with some shiny sealer to match the shiny look of the glass and lids. A few embellishments for the jars, and a ribbon here and there and it was complete! It sounds like it took a while to make, but it really didn't take much time at all! I think it turned out pretty fun! Watch out Texas girls, you may be seeing this real soon at a stamping get-together near you! (eek! I hope you like chocolate!)

TIP: Once you've cut a symmetrical shape like the paper for this project, it's a good idea to draw a little arrow on the back of it and your alterable in pencil going the same direction, so that when you go to glue it down, you can line up the arrows. This will ensure proper fit to your cuts, just in case it gets turned differently and the paper and alterable don't exactly match up any other way. (That was hard to me if you need further direction!)

Stamps: Canvas BG (SU!), Karen Foster Snap Stamps (1/8")
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Palette Noir
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White, Red/White Polka Dot (American Crafts)
Other: Wooden Tray (Glue Art and Paper Studio), Chocolate Cherry Acrylic Paint (Delta), Glass Jars (Hobby Lobby), Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch (SU!), 1 1/2 Circle Punch (CM), Red Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Felt Flowers, Buttons, Crystal Effects, Adhesive Rhinestones, Mod Podge, Glossy Spray Sealer


  1. YUM-O!!! Susie, I LOOOVE this! Thats a very clever idea...I don't think I'd be able to hold off on not eating the chocolate:)

  2. What a totally cute project!! That little tray could have so many cute uses!! Great job Susie! :)

  3. LOVE THIS! Would make a great teacher gift for the end of the year too. Might have to steal that idea.

  4. This came out so cute!

  5. I love this :) I also wanted to find out if you knew where I could get these (trays)? I have searching online forever and unable to find them for sell :( Thanks so much!!!



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