Tuesday, 18 December 2012

It's A Cracker

Hi, it's all Christmas in the shops, around the village, in blogland.  I must admit to still not being in the mood.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not against the idea or anything but I just feel a bit out of step at the moment and that it has all become too commercialised. For me the best thing about Christmas is spending time with family and friends, enjoying good food and taking the time to catch up.  We all seem so busy the rest of the year.  It seems that Christmas is the time when people take a breath and relax.  

Since it is that time of year most of the challenges at the moment are naturally festively orientated so I am getting a little push in the right direction.   Kortgleder have asked that we make a present out of paper so I decided I would have a go at making a cracker shaped box.  I have been wanting to try this for a while but this was the push to sit down and give it a go.  

I started with a sheet of My Mind's Eye double sided cardstock.  I cut it to 30 x 30 cm then scored every 6cm.  I turned it 90° and scored 5cm* in from each side then drew a faint pencil line 3cm either side of this score.   I marked every 2cm on the *scores and cut from these to where the pencil line met the other scorelines.  That sounds a bit confusing but if you do it it will become clear.  Here's a picture of the sheet at this stage with the diamonds cut out. 

I used a Fiskars border punch with holly leaves on both the cracker ends then folded it up and glued it together to give me the cracker box.  I used Sizzix movers and shapers snowflake die to cut 8 snowflakes out of blue and silver glitter board and then stuck them back to back so I had four double sided snowflakes.  I added extra detail with glitter board cut using Sizzix framelit dies and finished with a glittery sticker.  I embossed some pink pearlised paper using Crafts-Too Elk embossing folder and Dew Drop Brilliance Starlight Silver Stamp pad.  I cut it out using Sizzix scalloped heart framelit and added some  iridescent glitter glue.  I hole punched around the scalloped heart and wove in some silver elastic cord.  I  wrapped some gold tinsel around each end, arranged the snowflakes and elk heart and filled the with chocolates. 

A close up
The finished gift, a chocolate filled cracker

I am entering this for Kortgleder December Challenge - A Present Made Of Paper

Best wishes to you all.  Thanks for dropping by.  Please leave a comment or just say hi if you have time. 


  1. Hi, just trying to catch up on a little blogging, the cracker box is very festive, and full of goodies to share with family over the Christmas period, love the blue and red. My family visits start on Friday with a visit from two of my sons, and Christmas will be spent with my youngest son and his two children (they come every year), a very hectic time of year but so enjoyable.

    Have great Christmas.

    Sylv x

  2. What a genious christmas cracker filled with chocolate. Love the way you've decorated it with heart, deer and poinsettas. Thanks for playing at Kortgleder and good luck. Hope to see you back next year for some new challenges. Have a merry christmas!! Bettina xx


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