Sunday, October 28, 2007


My daughter is the Co-Section Leader of the Clarinet Section of her AWESOME Marching Band, and I always like to send treats with her on the holidays for the 20 girls and 1 boy in their section. I "thought" I would just whip these up yesterday .... "whip" is a relative term! Took me way longer than I thought they would even though they are very very simple! (I know what you're thinking ... "her daughter's in high school, and she's still sending treats to school with her?" ..... hey!, the kids love it!)

Speaking of Marching Band .... the kids had a FANTASTIC day competing in Tucson yesterday! They received a SUPERIOR rating and four captions! WOOHOO!!! One of the judges they had last week was also there yesterday, and said he couldn't believe how one band could improve that much in one week! I am so happy for that incredible group of kids! They work so hard, and put in so many hours .... yesterday's rating defenitely fired them up for the State Competition in two weeks!

These treat holders are 5 oz. Dixie Cups, covered in Creepy Crawly DP. To create a pattern, use an exacto knife to cut the bottom out of one cup, the cut down the seam. I also cut off the top lip for a more accurate pattern. Use this "torn apart" Dixie Cup as your pattern to trace onto the DP and cut out with scissors. When I cut the DP, I cut about 1/4" wider than the pattern so the DP will overlap when adhered to the cup.

Don't forget the KEY ingredient: STICKY STRIP. Because the DP is curving around the cup, regular tape won't hold!

The handle is Basic Black CS measuring 5/8" x 7", attached on the outside of the cup with a More Mustard Brad, surrounded by a 1/2" Basic Black CS Circle and a 3/4" Pumpkin Pie Circle.

The front of the cup is a simple medallion using the stamp set, Batty For You. Had to make these simple since there were 21 of them (would have liked to have embossed them) ... so the Batty For You images are stamped in Jet Black Staz-On on Whisper White twice. Punch the center image (without the surrounding words) out with the 1" Circle Punch, then the entire image with words is punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch. Really Rust or More Mustard CS punched with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and Pumpkin Pie CS punched with the Scallop Circle Punch are used behind the stamped image. Adhere the entire medallion to the front of the Dixie Cup with Sticky Strip.

Now, we just need to fill with treats!

Stamps: Batty For You
Paper: Creepy Crawly DP, Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, and Really Rust CS
Ink: Jet Black Staz-On
Embellishments: More Mustard Brads
Tools: 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" and Scallop Circle Punches
Supplies: Sticky Strip, 5 oz. Dixie Cups


Jenn in GA said...

awesome awesome awesome!! i have some margarine tubs that i've been trying to think what to do with, but haven't been able to think about how i'd figure out the template. i'll be sacrificing one soon on the altar of creativity! thanks for the inspiration! congrats to the band too! just shows what persistence and constant practicing can accomplish.

Dawn Easton said...

Well congrats to your daughter and the band! WTG kids!

Nancy, those dixie cups are so cute! I think all kids like little things like this no matter how old they are ;)

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Dottie K. said...

Wow great news for the band!!! Congrats!!! Love the cups - so cute. What a sweet thing to do! :)

kathleenh said...

Nancy, the Halloween cups are adorable! I bet the kids LOVE them.

Diane Gilbert said...

Nancy, I've never seen a Dixie cup look so good! I think it's great that the kids LOVE them!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Allie - that's awesome! These cups are darling and I know the kids will love them!

Scrappychick said...

Adorable! And way easier than the pringles cans I was doing! (Love the handles BTW)

Nicole said...

Congrats to the band, that is awesome! THESE CUPS ARE CUUUUUUUUTE! Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Very cute...thanks for sharing!


corinnesomerville said...

Wow !!! That's a lotta work !! You did a great job and I know they'll love 'em !!! Do something nice for yourself now !!

Love ya :)

Anonymous said...

Great news Nancy! Those cups are just too cute! I can't imagine wrapping all those with DP...lots of work! ;)

Anonymous said...

OMGosh, these are SO cute! You are very creative...AWESOME!!! :)

Me, My Stamps and I said...

so stinkin' cute, nancy !!!!!
I am just loving this batty for you set. hope they keep it.
got the house clean for tomorrow?

nancy said...

You can even make a dixie cup look like a million bucks...and that's not easy! Absolutely darling! You're my stamping hero = )

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These are absolutely darling, Nancy! How cute!

Libby Hickson said...

I love these!! I may have to borrow this idea for my son's bday party favors in December (without the Halloween theme, of course) - what a great idea!!

Rose Ann said...

These are so cute, and turned out great!! A huge congratulations to your daughter!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't see these before - oh my gosh, are they adorable!!! Since I missed Halloween, maybe I could do some for Christmas -- oh, they would have been so cute for school treats when my boys were little -- what fun little things!!! TFS!!!

Heather P. said...

Oh, these are just FABULOUS!!