Trick AND Treat for InKing Royalty Blog Hop

InKing Royalty Blog HopWelcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop.  We are helping to prepare you for October with super-fun Tricks OR Treats.  Our projects center around fun techniques (tricks) or creative ways to package up Halloween goodies (treats).  In some cases, you might get BOTH!  What fun!  After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I’m excited to share that Lydia Fiedler is hopping along with us this month.  While Lydia is not a part of my Stampin’ Up! team, she is a constant source of inspiration and amusement for my team members and me.  Lydia’s blog, Understand Blue, is filled with witty conversation (which I love) and an artist’s mind (which I admire).  She’s, quite simply, amazing.  We are so happy to have Lydia in this month’s hop.

That’s a Wrap!

As I prepared for this fun Blog Hop, I searched the candy shelves at our local Target.  What can I wrap up?  What would make a spooky, scary presentation?  I looked at eyeball gumballs, gummy worms and all sorts of ghoulish goodies.  What caught my eye, though, were these fun candy bars – with Candy Corn, Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice flavors.  What fun!  Who wants “fun size” candy bars when you can have these?  🙂

InKing Royalty Blog Hop - Tricks or Treats

TREAT:  While still shopping in the store, I decided exactly how I would be wrapping these candy bars.  Here’s how I dressed up these delightful candy bars:

  • I tucked the candy bars in a Tag a Bag Kraft Gift Bag – while the bags are a perfect length for the candy bars, they are almost twice the width of the candy bars.  That was no challenge for me!  I wrapped the empty half of the bag around the back of the candy bar (it folded almost exactly in half) and used Tear & Tape to secure it behind. Quick and easy!
  • I wrapped Designer Series Paper Stack papers around the bars (5″ along the length of the bag).  I created an additional belly band with two strips of cardstock – one at 1-1/2″ long and one at 3/4″ long.  The width will depend on the candy bars you use.
  • I tied each with Linen Thread and added a cute tag stamped with sentiments from the Sweet Hauntings stamp set and cropped with the Extra Large Oval punch.

Candy Bar Wrappers with Tag a Bag Gift Bags and Stampin' Up! papers

TRICK:  If you plan to wrap paper around an object (like a candy bar) and you want to avoid hideous creases in the paper, prep the paper with a bone folder by rubbing the bone folder along the paper over and over until the paper begins to curl.  That breaks down the filaments in the paper so that you don’t end up with the jagged edges.  You’re welcome.  🙂

Bone Folder, Stampin' Up!

Bone Folder, Stampin’ Up!

Who wouldn’t love to received these fun candy bars in their Halloween sack?  I’ll be back tomorrow with more thoughts and tips for making these super-fun treat bags.

Stamp Sets:  Sweet Hauntings  Papers:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Crumb Cake, Soft Suede), Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (Pumpkin Pie), Thick Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Tangleo Twist  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Tag a Bag Kraft Gift Bags, Linen Thread, Bone Folder, Extra Large Oval punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at StampCandy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!


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Thank you for hopping along with us.  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Lydia Fiedler at Understand Blue
  5. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  6. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  7. Sharon Walker at Stamp with Sharon W
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky





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  2. Aww – thank you Brian! And these are adorable! I miss you! and yes, I’m awake! 🙂


  3. Beautiful hop! Very creative. I also enjoyed Lydia’s video and learned what Periscope is. Have a great day.

  4. I love this Brian! The reason? Because it is something that can be easily replicated. It’s fantastic. Danke Brian. LG Kylie

  5. Ps – That header for your blog hop is AWESOME! Whoever made it is AMAZING!

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  7. Yes, what’s with this “Fun Size” ? Loved your tip about flattening the fold on the bags. Another great reason to have a Bone Folder. Thanks.

  8. My grandson would love to get one or more of these. So cute. Thanks for the tip on how to get the paper to curl, not crease. Thanks for the introduction to Lydia. She is very funny and creative. I signed up for her blog and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us, as I do for your blog each day.

  9. Love, love your tip about folding the bags over for a perfect fit. Yummy project!

  10. LOVE THESE! (Yes, I’m yelling!) So quick and easy and adorable! Thanks for your Tricks AND Treats!

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  12. Such a great idea, Brian. I like the variety with all the Designer Series Papers. I think I just may have to do this with my leftover paper.

  13. Not scary at all….just very fun and appropriate!

  14. I LOVED this Blog Hop and hope that you will not stop doing them…for any reason! You have some incredibly creative people in your crew! I was though disappointed that I was unable to leave a comment on the bogs for Lisa and Shawn….please don’t send me to FB or another location – I like to comment directly on their blogs. This was my only disappointment!

  15. Super cute, Brian! I love the tip about curling the paper so it doesn’t crease hideously–it does make my OCD flare up when that happens:)! I need to go to Target and get some of those yummy looking candy bars–especially the caramel apple–

  16. So cute and really great to see Lydia hanging out on She’s a busy lady as the Hope You Can Cling To challenges start tomorrow and she’s the awesome hostess.

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