Friday, April 15, 2011

Frugal Friday - Krispy Kreme inspiration

Not all Easter treats need to be jelly beans and Peeps. How about some grown-ups treats? Like a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate with White Mint Cream? That's more like it! And not all Easter decorations need to be pastels.

A few days ago, Paul and I were helping his dad pick up his car from the local AC shop which just happened to be right across the street from Krispy Kreme doughnuts. And yes, the Hot Now sign was glowing red!

Don't tell anyone, but we went over there and got us a couple hot ones and enjoyed them immediately in the car under a nice shady tree.

This was when I realized that I have never taken a Krispy Kreme doughnut "to-go." What made me realize this was the cute bag that the doughnuts came in.

So I sat there eating my doughnut looking at this simple bag. In my head I said "Ponderosa Pine, Cranberry, and Colonial White." Normally I would reserve these colors for Christmas time, but in this case, it seemed like a great color combination for anything with an old-fashioned feel. A cute little gift bag or something.

Which brings me to this week's Frugal Friday idea. The inspiration was free. I already had the stamp colors and stamps. All I needed was little bags and some treats.

25 mini bags for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby. Perfect! They measure about 2 1/2 by 4 inches.

Using my Argyle Backgrounds stamp set (unfortunately retired) and some Ponderosa Pine ink, I stamped the dots, leaving space above and below for the next step. This worked out perfectly with the 3 x 3 size of this dot background stamp.

To get this solid band across the top and bottom of the bag, I flipped my dotted stamp over on my acrylic block and used the solid surface for my stamping, filling in afterwards with a sponge dauber as needed.

Since I didn't have a stamp set in the font or size I needed, I typeset Happy Easter on the computer several times making the words red. I then used Tasty Treats stamp set to stamp the label border and the flourish brackets above and below the words.

I cut each label out close to the stamped edge, then adhered them to the bags. I slid the chocolate inside for a perfect fit.

I like how the packaging of the chocolates is almost an exact match to the green I stamped with!

Inspiration is all around us. My eyes are always open to things around me on a daily basis. See if you can find something ordinary today to inspire you. Share with me if you do. I'd love to hear about it!


  1. How you just look at something and come up with an idea is far beyond my capabilities. I applaud you. Cute idea. Ellen K.

  2. I appreciate this adaptation, Annette.


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