Happy New Year

new year

Happy New Year, everyone!  I can’t believe that 2013 is over – the year seemed to go by very fast.  I’m excited about the promise of a new year – I hope that 2014 is the best ever for all of us!

I have a couple of simple projects to share with you today.  The first is a cupcake wrapper.  This is a Lifestyle Crafts die (formerly Quickutz), and is just too much fun!  The wrapper piece has the “Happy New Year” at the top, and you only need to add the numbers for the year and the stars (all of the dies that you need are included).  It can be cut from almost any kind of paper – patterned or plain.  I chose a heavyweight metallic paper.  I decided on the black/gold color combination based on the napkins that I purchased.  So its just a simple cut of the wrapper and the appropriate numbers and stars.  The set includes numbers 0-9, so you can use the die for many years to come.  The die set also includes the small and large stars.  Adding the numbers and stars is easy with a couple of small pieces of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  The wrapper has a slotted closure in the back that is secure, so no adhesive is needed there.  You can make 2 cupcake wrappers with one 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock (you can make 3 or 4 from a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock).   Pictures of the undecorated and decorated cupcake wrappers are below.

wrapper 3  wrapper

wrapper 2

My second project is a candy/treat holder made using the new Candy Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.   To make the candy box, you need a piece of paper or cardstock that is 7” wide, and it can be anywhere from 4” to 12” long (will make a longer or shorter candy box).  I think that these are so fun and kind of look like the “crackers” you can purchase that are filled with little candies and other surprises.  You just follow the simple step-by-step directions that come with the Candy Box punch board to complete the box.  All that involves is some very easy punching and scoring – I think that this punch board is one of the simpler ones that We R Memory Keepers makes.  I cut the paper 7” x 8” for my boxes.  I used Scor-Tape to assemble the box, and attached a simple gold ribbon to keep the ends closed (after filling it, of course).  This is a close-up picture of the candy box.


For me, cupcakes are a bit much for a New Year’s Eve celebration – I usually serve munchies and other “finger food”.  These wrappers will be perfect for muffins served the next morning for brunch.  And why not extend the fun a little by serving the orange juice in plastic champagne flutes?  Holidays come just once a year – why not make them special.

Supply List

Lifestyle Crafts die – Happy New Year

Cardstock – 2 coordinating colors for the cupcake wrappers; 1 sheet of 7” x 8” cardstock for each candy box.

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

We R Memory Keepers – Candy Box Punch Board

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – I used 1/4″ width

Gold ribbon

The Lifestyle Crafts die is available at Cut at Home.  All supplies, including the Candy Box Punch Board are available at your local paper crafting shop.  My fave is Bayers Pampered Stampers.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



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