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Friday, 7 October 2011

Life is Grand!

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a quick fall treat with you. I saw these super cute M&M candy sticks several months ago and I've been wanting to do it... so here it is! Perfect time to play along at Gettin' Cricky for their Simply Sunday Challenge. I'm also linking this up for My Craft Spot DT Call. Please hop on over there to visit the talent that is trying out, You may find some awesome blogs to follow. I did. : )

Paper - Orange Cardstock from stash
Ink - Stampin' up Baroque Burgundy, Inkadinkadoo Black
Stamps - K. Andrew Design Stamps Positive Thoughts
Cricut Cartridge - Doodlecharms
MISC - Divine Twine brown sugar, double-sided tape, 1" x 8" cello bags, Fall M&Ms, make-up sponge

While standing in line at the grocery store, these awesome bags of Fall M&Ms caught my eye! I was so excited because then I wouldn't have to sort through regular M&Ms and pick out the browns, oranges and yellows...
To start, I used to figure out which cartridges had any Fall-themed cuts. I knew I wanted to use a leaf so I keyed that in the search bar. After going through which cartridges had leaves and which cartridges I had in my own library, I decided on the Doodlecharms leaf.

Off to filling up the cello bags I went... It took me a while, only because my two-year old was desperate to help and was sneaking some of the candy. To fill the bag, I used a chopstick to get it open and press down on the M&Ms as they were dropped in to make sure they were in order. After the first couple of M&Ms, they pretty much "fall" in line perfectly.

I cut out both the shadow and black out leaves just to have a mix. They were cut out at 3."

After I had cut them all out, I inked them using a make-up wedge sponge with the Burgundy to give it a blended fall look. I have tried using the kitchen sponges, paper towels, toilet tissue, but I found that the make-up wedges blend the best. Plus, they're super cheap -- it's like $3 for a pack of 20+. (Also, I don't own a dauber.)

Next, I stamped on my Sentiment from K. Andrew Designs Positive Thoughts in black Inkadinkadoo in the center. Then, I tied the bottom off with some Brown Sugar Divine Twine, stuck the leaves on my M&M sticks with double-sided tape (because I couldn't find my pop-dots).

Have a fabulous day!


  1. These are soooo cute! What a grwat idea!

  2. What an absolutely wonderful project! Just love it and the fall theme. It is yummy and beautiful all at the same time. Super Idea and job!
    Cindy Porter

  3. Such a cool idea, these are so darn cute. Good luck!
    Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

  4. Fabulous project! Great job.
    Come on over and enter my new giveaway!!

  5. These look super! The sponged ink looks fabulous on your leaves - and Doodlecharms was the perfect choice! I laughed reading your "helper" comment!!
    Good luck with the My Craft Spot Design Team call!
    Small Bits of Paper

  6. Great project. Best of Luck. I'm a hopeful too ;) New follower.

    Be Blessed, Beckie

  7. Beautiful! The leaves are so pretty!

    My Craft Spot

  8. Adorable. Love the treat holders.

  9. So cute;0) Gotta love out "Little helpers";0)... I've yet to attempt these, not had the occasion for it, yet;0) But this is a great fall gift idea for my SS class...TFS...TY for the sweet comments on my follower and wishing you luck;0)
    Sheri G

  10. Hi Jamie,thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.Love these treat holders.Wish M+M's did fall colours in the UK!!I am busy sorting jelly bean colours for Halloween and Christmas but only when my 2 helpers aren't around!!!Lol.
    The inking on your leaf is really great.
    Jayne x

  11. These are so awesome!! What a creative, fabulous project!! Thanks so much for linking up with our Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge :)

    Getting Cricky DTM

  12. oh Jamie, these are fabulous!!! what a fun & clever idea!
    hugs & blessings!

    Thanks for following me, I'm following you now too!
    Have a great day!

  13. I hope you do not mind I am totally scraplifting this idea! (If I can find fall M&M's) Adorable!