I don’t know what it is about Chocolate but I never have enough.  I’m actually talking about Chocolate Chip card stock – but that statement holds true for the real stuff too!

I swear I must eat my card stock in my sleep – I think I order lots of it and then all of a sudden my Chocolate Chip card stock is gone – AGAIN.  What am I doing with it?  I think I can safely say that it is my most used color of card stock.  I just placed another order and put 5 packs on my order so maybe I won’t run out so fast.  I need to make a habit of ordering one pack every time I place an order then I will never run out – right?

So let me see what have I been doing that used up the Chocolate Chip card stock – well you know what – some of it was used for Build-a-Bears, and some of it was used for my last Class to Go Kit – which by the way is now available as a tutorial – it just needs to be added to my tutorial for sale page – here is a photo of it –


And I used some in my new 50-50 JAR!

I wanted to try something else besides the 50/50 board but couldn’t come up with another idea so instead I decided to tweek the 50-50 board idea and I have turned it into a 50-50 jar.  50-50-jarIt is the same basic concept – place a $50 order and get a chance to win $50 of Stampin’ Up! product from me.  I used a big cracker jar.  Tied the new 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Chocolate Chip around the jar.  I made a tag using Bella Bear’s stamp that says ” “LIFE WITHOUT STAMPS……UNBEARABLE….”

The tag was created like this – I stamped on Whisper White in Chocolate Chip ink and punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.bear-stamp I layered that on a 1-3/8″ Circle punch of So Saffron.  Then I punched a Scallop Circle from Chocolate Chip card stock – this one I added White Gel Pen dots.  The stamped layered circle was added on to this one with a Stampin’ Dimensional to pop it up.  Then the next layer was my newest little discovery…..

I just got the Stampin’ Up! Two Tags die (THANKS GLORIA!) and I can tell this one will be one that gets used a lot.  One of the tags has a scalloped circle at one end that layers perfectly with the Scallop circle punch – but it only goes half way around – so this is what I did.  I used the Big Shot to cut one tag out of Old Olive card stock – then I placed that tag back on my die in the opposite direction matching up the scallops and cut it again – Ta-Da – a larger scallop circle to layer with my punch!

It shows a few of the perforated lines but that’s ok – I love how it layers!  I tied the tag with linen thread to my ribbon.

The inside of the jar is the other tag – the one that folds up.  I cut 50 of them in Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie.  On each one I stamped Bella’s stamp – by the way I named my Stampin’ Up! Build-a-Bear “BELLA” – I’m not sure I announced that on my blog yet.   The idea with the tags inside the jar is that when someone has a $50 order they get to pick a tag and write their name and information on it – fold it in half and place it back in the jar.  Once all the tags are filled out I’ll draw a winner.

The top of the jar is the large scallop circle die – decorated with the White Gel Pen to resemble the perforated lines on the tag die.  And then I added the numbers/letters from the GoGo Boots Alphabet die.  I like how it turned out.  So lets fill up the jar!

One other weird thing to mention – I had this jar in a plastic storage box with a bottle of etching cream – the bottle was closed – we did some glass etching a year or so ago for the holidays – I may need to do that again using the Decor Elements!!  Anyway when I took out the cracker jar the back side is now frosted like it has been etched – do you think fumes from that bottle of etching cream got out and etched that jar?  It was all clear like the front to begin with.  That’s the only thing I can think of is that it was sitting next to the jar closed up in a plastic container and over time it just happened somehow…..weird isn’t it….

Enough for today…….it is pouring down rain here and thundering.  Stay dry!