Monday, September 12, 2011

Chocolate Belly Band for Blokes

Blokes Choc

Technique:  Papercraft

Stamps & Images:
Sitting Santa Flippin Decoupage

Pens and Inks:
Peeled Paint Distress Ink

American Crafts Crimson Weave
We R Memory Keepers White Christmas
sports pages from the newspaper

For the longest time I was a Christmas Grinch.  I hated Christmas, I felt the yearly ritual of buying socks, jocks and chocolate was a farce.  Office parties, end of school get togethers, Secret Santa, I hated it all.

That has all changed now, and I realized that for me, if I gave a meaningless gift (generic junk or gift cards) then the gesture was meaningless because I wasn't giving of myself, I was only giving of my wallet, and I begrudged the financial obligation.

So now, I love gifts that I can make quickly and easily, that don't break the budget, but have meaning for both myself and the recipient.  It's doubly good if I can give something that makes the recipient laugh or smile, because that's the best gift of all :o)

I am going to make a stash of these chocolate belly bands for last minute gifts, stocking stuffers and basket fillers, door and raffle prize donations and secret santa swaps.  The construction itself is very simple, intentionally so, I wanted these to be quick to make, easy to give and fun to receive. 

The image I chose features Santa having "a break" while reading the paper, so I picked up on the paper theme and carried that throughout the project.  Santa is placed on a "naughty or nice" list taken from a We R Memory Keepers paper called White Christmas. The edges have been inked with Peeled Paint distress ink before being placed on a red belly band which is slipped over a block of chocolate that has been wrapped in the sports pages from the weekend paper, giving this a distinctly masculine feel.

On the back is the sentiment which reads:

Blokes Choc

Thanks for looking and I hope your sense of humour is as warped as mine and you got a good giggle out of this :o)

Winter Wonderland:  Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Totally Gorjuss:  It's a Man Thing 
Cards for Men:  Anything but a square 
The Corrosive Challenge Blog:  Funny or Punny


  1. I did giggle morgan when I saw this picture it's looking fabulous and a little bit naughty hahahaha.

    greetings karin

  2. such a funny creation and love the colors, thank you for sharing with us at the Winter Wonderland,
    Hugs Kate xx
    PS I have candy if you are interested:)

    Now I've got that out of my system, I have to tell you, you are a naughty girl, and Santa will be very upset that you "peeped" on him, when he was very busy.....just sayin'....ha!

  4. How funny is this I love it. Thank you for joining us this week at Winter Wonderland love Linda

  5. Haha - this has given me a right good chuckle!! Thanks for joining our Santa challenge at Winter Wonderland!
    Hugs, Danielle

  6. Fabulous card....Great image and colours,love the verse...Thanks for sharing with us at Cards for Men,hope to see you next time...
    Mandy x

  7. What a fab the image and the sentiment! Great...I know a few male relatives that would love this!x

  8. I saw your card when I was posting my card and wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it. I had such a good giggle and loved the sentiment on the inside! Great job!

  9. Great idea, this really made me smile! Thanks for playing along with our 'Anything but Square' challenge at Cards for Men and good luck!
    Hugs, Alison x