Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Christmas Elf Strikes Again


My fellow administrative assistants in the district each received one of these tealight snowmen from the "Christmas Elf".  The Elf says "Easy Peasy if you have the right tools!"  That would be a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, some circle dies, a 1 1/2" circle punch, 1" square punch, snowflake punch, word window punch, oh, and a heart punch - sounds like the Elf got a little punchy - heh, heh!

You also need....... a battery operated tealight (1 1/2" in diameter which is probably standard size, but the Elf wasn't sure about that.), some ribbon for a scarf, a little floss for the hat band and a couple of Sharpie markers.

The Elf used an orange Sharpie on the flame of the tealight first so that the tealight would appear orange when unlit as well as lit.  A 1/8" strip of cs was added to the bottom edge of the tealight with sticky tape to make a little lip.  Then the circles were die cut and the edges sponged with Marina Mist ink. 

The twig arms were made from pieces of the snowflake punch and were adhered to the underside of the smaller circle with dimensionals so the layers of the snowman would have some dimension.  Holding the two circles together, the Elf used the circle punch to make room for the tealight and then slipped them on resting right on the lip.  The ribbon scarf was tied around the tealight and trimmed. 

The hat was simply made with the 1" square and word window punches with a little bit of red floss wrapped around for the band, then adhered to the top of the tealight.  The eyes, mouth, and buttons were added with the black Sharpie.  The finishing touch is the punched heart.

This is half the crew below.


The Christmas Elf also brought some sweetness to the 75 staff members at school.  Left them in the mailboxes.



A Twizzler wrapped around a Lindor Truffle with a tag that read.....

18 comments:

  1. How cute are these!!!!!!! I love how you incorporated the tealight into the snowman! Brilliant!!! (literally and figuratively!) I also love the idea of using the Sharpie to make the light the color of your choice!!!! I'm sure they are LOVING them and the yummy treat!

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  2. What sweet and generous gifts! I love the snowmen!

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  3. Oh Oh! I got my card today and the CUTEST necklace that just about says it all: NO ESCAPE.

    You've got me figured out kiddo.

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  4. Those are just so cute - DH and I are very impressed with them. The Christmas Elf certainly was busy with the snowmen never mind all the little Christmas treats for the staff! Had to Google Twizzler - over here I'm more familiar with turkey twizzlers as they hit the news a few years back when Jamie Oliver was campaigning for healthier school lunches.

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  5. what is the 1/8th inch cs for the tea light snowman?

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  6. The 1/8 strip goes around the tea light along the lower edge. This helps to keep the pieces from sliding right off the tea light. If it wasn't there I'd have had to attach the base of the snowman to the tea light some way. Hope that helps explain it.

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  7. Might seem a silly question but how do you switch it on and off. Is there a hole at the back to get to the switch. Brilliant Idea. I might borrow this for the womens refuge childrens christmas craft making party. I supply all the materials free of charge. Hope you don't mind

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    1. The tealight doesn't sit on top of the circles. The circles have a 1 1/2" hole punched in them to slide over the tealight. In order for them not to slide completely off, I used a 1/8" strip of paper around the very bottom of the tealight to make a "lip" to keep the circles on. This leaves the bottom of the tealight completely accessible to use the switch.

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  8. What does cs stand for?

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  9. What are the circles made of?

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    1. The circles are just white cardstock with the edges sponged in a little bit of blue.

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  10. I love the tea lights. I had already done clothes pins for my theme, or I would have done this one.

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  11. This appeared on my timeline in Pinterest today...how cute are the tealight snowmen!!! I'm SO going to include this with my card gift set for my daughter's teacher. Thanks for this great idea!

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  12. that is just too cute, great idea!

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