Monday, January 18, 2010

My Time Made Easy Butterfly Candy - My first digital/hybrid project

My first time participating in this FUN FUN challenge! But not my last!! What a great website

Isn't the new Craft It Wednesday Banner cute?
Today I made some more college candy goodness!! I decided to try Lauren Meaders wonderful My Time Made Easy templates and I also used some of her digital paper - a first for me!!

Here is a butterfly "box" full of York Peppermint Patties for my DD Julia and her roomie!! The template couldn't be easier to use!!! I printed some of Lauren's digital black and white paper onto cheap white cardstock from WalMart - I've never used digital paper before. I'm not sure the cost of ink makes digital paper "cost effecient" but it sure was easy!!
So basically you print the paper (or use patterned you have) put it back into the printer, print the template, cut and glue - easy peasy.

Lessons learned:
1. - for the actual "box " part - I should have made the paper double sided by running it through my printer again on the opposite side - once the box was glued onto the butterfly I didn't like seeing the white inside - so I cut another box and stuck it inside the glued on "box" so the pretty text paper was on both sides.

2. The whole pkg of York Patties was too heavy and the bottom of the wings were not able to support the weight -so I took the whole box apart carefully - traced the butterfly wings onto black thick c/s (I didn't know how to print it so it would show up on the black) and glued the black new wings to the already decorated red wings - the double thickness of the wings worked super!!

Here is the side view - bad pix again :(

I took some of the coordinating butterfly digital paper of Lauren's and using my Cricut and Basic George covered a box of sour gummies to go along. I cut out a couple of the butterflies and used popdots for a little pizzaz. See the bit of red - its my first attempt at using Copic markers - I think I'm gonna try and take a class with them next month.

Best lesson learned - digital/hybrid projects can be FUN!!

Anyone know if the cricut software SCAL that lets you automatically cut Lauren's templates will mess up my new Gypsy? If not - I may just have to get it - cutting out 4 butterflies for this project was ok - but sometimes I want to make a bunch of the same project and hand cutting could get "old"

Thanks for stopping by - hey can you believe 3 posts this week? LOL Andrea


  1. That is so adorable. I'm glad you included how to make it. thanks.

    Thanks for showing off one of my new banners.

  2. That is a super awesome idea! I really need to get into paper crafts sometime soon!!
    Thanks for sharing a bit of the process as well :D

  3. Oh that is interesting i might try that. I do not have cricut but I will buy as soon as I have money. anyway, i hope you will visit mine.

  4. Great job on your butterfly template! I love peppermint you are making me hungry!!! I know the other gals use SCAL, but I'm not sure if they use a Gypsy or not....I'll send a note out to the gals and find out for you and we can post something on the JUGS site. Thanks for playing along.

  5. Andrea, this is a wonderful project...just in time for our template challenge! Love the butterfly template in the black/white and touch of red. Very classy!

    Here is a forum that you may want to check out about SCAL. I'm sure if you post your question, you will get your answer.

    Thanks for playing our JUGs challenge!

  6. What a cute little container! And when the candy is gone, your daughter can us it for something else. I love it! Keep up the great work and inspiration. Hope to see more of your work.

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  8. Andrea this is fantastic! I LOVE the fact that you tried some digi papers and also that you shared some of what you learned. YES sometimes we have to use heavier cardstock on the butterfly if you're going to fill it with something heavy - but you showed some awesome problem solving skills with that. I love polka dots and your B&W on the red is great. I think your box of gummies with the decorated top is adorable - you will be the hit of the ?dorm? with these cute gifts. I don't know the answer about the SCAL and Gypsy. Sorry. Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls and for showcasing Lauren's great template - hope you had fun making it :-)

  9. I love butterflies and I know a few friends I could make this for. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  10. Andrea this is awesome! Love that you picked the butterfly template and used some of the digi papers. It's alot of fun! I love though how you showed "lessons learned" that's great and your lessons learned may help someone else! Fabulous job and thanks so much for playing along with the JUGS template challenge this week!

  11. Andrea - this is MARVELOUS!!! Love your All A Flutter template -- so pretty with the black, white and red -- as is the cover you made for the label on the candy container -- gorgeous B&W with the pop of red... Way to go on your first hybrid projects!!

  12. Andrea, You did an awesome job with this new MTME © template! I like the fact that you gave the digital paper a chance - I too never used digi paper until I tried MTME © Pretty Printables & was hooked! I like your color choices of red, black & white. Can never go wrong with polka dots! Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls template challenge - hope to see you next Saturday!

  13. LOVE your butterfly and LOVE the text on the part holding the butterflies together for the candy. JUST FAB!

  14. That is an amazing project! The recipient will be one happy gal!

    Thanks for playing this week with us at JUGs!