I've made a little pile of Elizabeth Shaw Mint favours for Marc and Iain to help set the festive table at the cottage this Christmas.
My very first Christmas present to Marc was a box of blue, snowman themed favours about seven years ago, before we had even met "in real life"! We finally got together seven months later in July 2012, when I was in London for the Olympic Games. Andy had died, very suddenly at work, about six weeks earlier, he was only 56 and far too young, and I had decided that life had to go on BUT was too short and precious to put anything off for another day. So I messaged Marc, we arranged a rendez-vous, he bought his friend Stephane (who I also adore) for support and although we'd never exchanged pictures, we recognised each other instantly .....the rest is history and we've been very dear friends ever since.
But I digress ......Marc still has the front and backs for those original mints, which he puts together each year, with everyone under pain of death not to tear them when they are opened, so this year I decided that he really could do with some more. As per usual I used my trusty, old plain and scalloped edge Stampin'Up punches which are now showing their age. They are temperamental about the papers they punch, nothing to thick and the edges are not as crisp as they used to be, but hey ho, they still work, and I would be lost without them.
I used foiled Christmas stickers left over from last year (I believe they were from Flying Tiger, but I could be wrong), and simply added a little faux stitching, doodles and clusters of three dots using a black fine liner pen. The white dots were made using a white, 1.3mm bullet shaped Posca pen.
I then sandwiched the mints between two of the embellished scalloped circles with just a little double sided tape to hold everything together.
Such a simple idea (first seen at a Stampin'Up demonstration at The NEC Hobbycraft Show years and years ago), but such a staple for any time of the year. I have a few mints left over that I am going to use on my New Years table ..... I just need to see what new yearsy type stickers I have to put on them. Happy Days!