Chocolate Dispenser Box Blog Hop & Tutorial

Welcome to a brand new monthly Blog Hop!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

To kick off our first hop we are featuring Chocolate Dispenser boxes!  How fun is that?  I chose a dispenser that I had seen on Pinterest but modified it to fit the awesome Whittaker’s Mini Slab chocolates that we have here in New Zealand.

This dispenser holds 6 mini slabs so it really makes it the gift that keeps giving!  I gave my dispenser a Christmas theme but the great thing with this dispenser is that you could make it for ANY occasion at all – who doesn’t like chocolate right?

I used the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper to decorate my dispenser and then used the Champagne foil and Garden Green base as the starting point for the decoration.  I added one of the awesome Boxwood Wreath Embellishments from the Annual Catalogue and then decorated it with a combination of die cuts, Enamel Shapes and Pearls.  I even coloured the Pearls with our new Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to make them match the Champagne Foil Paper!

Chocolate Dispenser Tutorial

Part 1 – Dispenser Box
Cut cardstock measuring 26.4cm x 15.6cm
Score the short side of cardstock at 3.7cm & 11.9cm
Score the long side of cardstock at 3.7cm, 12.7cm, 16.4cm & 25.4cm
Cut tabs and dispenser windows as shown.
Fold along all score lines and add adhesive to tabs

Assemble box

Part 2 – Base Box
Cut cardstock measuring 13cm x 11cm
Score short side of cardstock at 1cm & 10cm
Score long side of cardstock at 1cm, 6cm, 7cm and 12cm
Cut tabs as shown
Fold along all score lines and add adhesive to tabs

Assemble box.
Adhere Dispenser box to centre top of base box.
Load the dispenser box with chocolate bars.

Part 3 – Pull Stick
Cut cardstock measuring 7cm x 9.5cm
Score short side of cardstock at 1.7cm & 5.3cm
Fold along score lines and adhere flaps closed to back.  Leave the end square or round it off for a different look.  Insert the pull stick into the dispenser box pushing it all the way to the back. If necessary add some non slip mat to the top of puller stick to ensure chocolate bar slides out on the stick.

Cardstock: Basic Black, Garden Green, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP
Other: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlit Dies, Celebration Thinlit Dies, Enamel Shapes, Pearls, Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker


Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!


Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Dena Rekow – USA
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada


Colour Your World October Blog Hop!

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It’s my favourite time of the month –  Colour Your World Blog Hop time!  I really enjoy the challenge these colour palettes offer – sometimes they are easy to work with and other times they really are a challenge, but it’s always good to be pushed out of your comfort zone a little! Did you know that you can join in with each months challenge?  Simply create a project using the months colours and then share you project with us all on the Facebook Group. Here is this months inspiration piece

A gorgeous Gothic window and climbing rose – in a little bit of serendipity I just happened to be studying Gothic Architecture at the time this inspiration piece was posted! I used not just the colours but also the elements in the image to inspire my project.  I couldn’t quite create a stained glass window so substituted our great Stitched Shapes oval instead.

I didn’t have quite the right colour ribbon I wanted for the bow, but that is where the metallics come in so handy – they go with anything! Here I have used the 1/4″ Copper Trim which I love as I can manipulate it to sit just how I want.  The flowers were coloured using Stampin’ Write markers and layering the colour to get some shading. Fussy cutting the flower image took a while but I love how pretty it looks!

Did you know YOU can now join in our colour challenge each month?  Head over and check out our Colour Your World Challenge Group here, and then get creating – we would love to see what you create with this months scheme!

Well that’s it for me this month – be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Alisa Tilsner – Australia
Patsy Mullen Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Layering Love
Ink: Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Old Olive & Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write Markers
Cardstock:Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Layering Ovals Framelit Dies, Brick Wall TIEF, 1/4″ Copper Trim, Pearls


Sugarplum Dreams

It’s back to school for the girls today – the last term for the year before Summer and the last term for Miss 10 at her current school before she heads to Intermediate next year (eek where have those 6 years gone?).  We have enjoyed a nice couple of weeks without routine and even had several days of sunshine, but it is straight back in to it all today!

As soon as I saw the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue I knew it would be coming to live at my house – with a very keen ballerina and a lack of dance images up until now it was a bit of a no-brainer!  Plus it gave me the perfect opportunity to create the Christmas cards for all of her dance teachers well in advance:

I played with several different options for colouring the images on this card before settling on the above – the nutcracker is coloured using Stampin’ Write Markers and the ballerina’s tutu is the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper which I then sponged Real Red ink over.  The Designer Series Paper down the centre of the card is Christmas Around the World which coordinates perfectly with the nutcracker images in this set. The Foil Snowflake was cut in half and then adhered to each side of the banner – the perfect way to make it appear larger than it is!

Looking for more Holiday inspiration using this set?  Be sure to sign up for the Creativity Delivered Online Class where I and 3 other demonstrators share 8 great projects!  Get FREE entry to the online class by placing an order over $100 or purchase entry for $40 – it’s great value and you will LOVE the projects!

PURCHASE the class for $40 



Stamps: Sugarplum Dreams
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Christmas Around the World DSP, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Basic Grey, Stampin’ Write Markers
Other: Foil Snowflakes, Linen Thread



October Stamp of the Month Club

 Stamp Set + 3 Project Kits = Inspiration in your Letterbox!
Build your stamp collection with a brand new stamp set every month!  PLUS you will receive a kit with all the cardstock/dsp/embellishments and full colour photographs, along with hints & tips to complete 3 projects using the featured stamp set!
Each month you will receive a package in the mail which includes:
  • The months featured Stamp Set: brand new Photopolymer/Clear-Mount or Wood-Mount set
  • 3 card kits – all pre-cut ready for you to stamp & assemble
  • Full colour photos of the completed cards, plus hints & tips to help you complete them.
Stamp of the Month Club costs $60/month (Wood Mount) or $50/month (Clear Mount) (including all postage costs).  Anyone can join no matter where in New Zealand you live!
Featured Stamp Set for October 2017: Season Like Christmas


*Stamp Set can be substituted if you let me know by the deadline
** Deadline for October club sign up is 7pm 10 October 2017

Guest Artist – Kate Gardiner

Another fabulous guest project to share with you today!  Kate is one of my fab INKspirables Team and she designed this card for a recent swap.

This card is so cute and completely different to what I usually create so it’s always fun to try new things!  The Designer Series Paper featured is Pick A Pattern and the card also features the Pieces & Patterns stamp set.  The little moose has been cut straight from the Designer Series Paper – how cute is that!

Check out the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper HERE

Stamps: Pieces & Patterns
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, Pick a Pattern DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Marker
Other: Starburst Punch, Glitter Enamel Dots, Flirty Flamingo Bakers Twine