Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Treats ahead...

Ahoy, mateys! Today we are going on a little pirate adventure. Keep your eye out and you just might spot some pirate gold, arrr!

So my mother decided to throw a pirate party for some of her friends. She needed some treats to hand out to the fellow pirates, so I gathered up all of my best "rope" and "wood" and scraped together some paper and ink and went to work!

My mom is going with an old world ship kind of theme for the party, so I decided to use natural, rustic-looking materials and textures--things that look like they could have been on a real pirate ship.

I inked up the Kraft paper to create a background with Fresh Snow and Tea Dye Inks. There's also a spot of yellow in the background to hint at a sunset. Next I stamped the pirate ship and sentiment with CHF's Shiver Me Timbers stamp set. And then I added the cheesecloth background and smushed it around to blend with the water and the sky. 

And here's a closeup of the "wood", which is paper impressed with PTI's woodgrain impression plate and swiped with Versamark to make it look weathered.

Inking up the impression is one of my favorite techniques to do with dry embossing. It just makes it  pop a little more. Almost the whole favor box fits across the IP, so you can do the whole box in one pass.

And here is what's waiting inside for all the pirate-y guests! 

Shiver me's gold!! (But even better than's chocolate, yum!)

I also dug into my pirate treasure chest and pulled out some worn coins to use as wine charms. 


Ok, well actually I made some wine charms by melting white wax onto non-stick parchment paper and impressing an image into them. Then I melted metallic powders into the charms, creating 15 charms of different colors and tied them to the wine glasses with twine.

And here are all the 15 boxes together ready to be sent.


I am entering these boxes and wine charms into A Passion for Papertrey's challenge to make anything but a card. They have great PTI challenges over there so be sure to check them out! :)

Thanks so much for coming along on this adventure. Until next time...ay, ay, matey!!!

Supplies (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise listed.)
Stamps: Shiver Me Timbers (CHF), Cheesecloth Backgrounder (CHF)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Kraft
Ink: Sunflower Yellow / Pearlescent Rust / Pearlescent Chocoloate (Brilliance), Versamark, Tea Dye Duo,  Fresh Snow
Other: Favor It Box 1, Woodgrain Impression Plate, Rustic Jute Twine, Gold Chocolate Coins (Palmer), Metallic Powders


Becky said...

These are gorgeous Monica! What a fun theme to create favors for (and you were so creative too - love the wine charms)!

Stephanie said...

OMG...........These are so cute!!! You did an absolutely beautiful job!!!

BethieJ said...

Monica these are FABULOUS!! What a FUN party!!!
Hope your day is GREAT!

Diane Jaquay said...

WOW Monica, these are really AWESOME!!!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

What fabulous little favor boxes! And your wine glass charms are perfect for this party! Do tell us what the guests' comments were once your mother shares the details of the party with you.

Keva said...

Those are very cool! I think they will really like those.

Jen Carter said...

These turned out so cute!! Way to go!

Kara said...

great project, really cute!

Lee Anne said...

Wow! This is so clever!

B said...

Oh Monica! This is fabulous! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Caryn said...

Oh they are just so cute - I LOVE the distressed driftwood look - very clever. Thanks for joining in the fun over at A Passion for Papertrey.

Big hugs,
Caryn xxx

Aimes said...

A perfect way to store your pirate booty, Monica! Love the woodgrain impression - fabulous!
Thanks so much for joining us on A Passion for Papertrey!

Rose said...

AAACCCKKKK !! Too cute wish I had seen this a month ago !! This will definitely be next years party favours for my little guy !!

Sue Ann said...

ARRRRRRRR so CUTE CUTE CUTE and love the woodgrain you smart girl you!!!

Inkyfingers said...

Wow, I love the detail in your work. The aging technique for your stamping is perfect.
Carol x

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