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Ring in the New Year Blog Hop!

New Year Blog Hop 2013
Happy New Year and welcome to the Ring in the New Year Blog Hop sponsored and facilitated by the lovely Jill over at Everyday is an Occasion! If you have just stumbled upon this blog hop you can follow along by starting at Ribbon’s and Glue. If you have been following along you should have come from Cut, Craft, Create.
The idea behind this blog hop is to use something “new”.  I decided to make a man’s gift using my Christmas gifts of the amazing Silhouette Cameo, some new vinyl and put to use a gift card from Target to purchase the container.

The Project! 

I don’t know about you all, but I have a heck of a time making stuff that revolves around the male species, but I am finding that they like home crafted gifts more than anyone (I tease the hubs it is because his species are so darn cheap).  🙂  Anyway, I decided to make my brother-in-law something he could put to good use while he is at work.  He has quite a few direct reports and if you have ever had to manage people, keeping calm at all times is key.  He is also a M&M nut, so I decided to embrace the “Keep Calm…” phrase and pair it with his love for M&Ms.
I found the container at Target, traced the lid on some fun chevron paper from My Mind’s Eye and cut out the shape.  Then by applying Glastique Matte to both top and bottom of the paper, I glued down the paper to the top of the metal top. It worked brilliantly. . . better than Mod Podge would! I then  hot glued some fun “Keep Calm and Carry On’ ribbon I found at Michaels around the rim and set aside to dry.
Using my Silhouette and the stock font, I created the text for the jar, “Keep Calm and M&M On”.  I cut it out on red vinyl from Pick Your Plum’s recent sale and using transfer tape I transferred it onto the glass jar.  I finished it by filling it up with the Party Size bag of M&Ms.  I know he is just going to LOVE this and will have fun having a “M&M break” each day!

Blog Candy!


Up for grabs are some fun products from Globecraft and Piccolo – “Girls Night Out” embossing powder,  Embossing Powder Adhesive, and this fun heart bookboard image set ,all just perfect for any pending  Valentine’s Day project!  All you have to do is leave me a comment on what Santa left you, either follow me Here on Facebook or be a follower on my blog AND make sure you visit all the lovely ladies that are hosting this fun Blog Hop… trust me you will not be disappointed on what they have cookin’ up on their end!  Winners will be announced on my blog and Facebook page to a random lucky someone! 🙂
 Thanks for sharing a piece of ringing in the new year playing while playing with  my new crafty toys pie with me.  Now let’s get on with the New Year hoppin’!

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Have a great day!

About apieceoflifespie

I am a stay at home domestic engineer that has a love for my family, food, writing, crafting, photography and most of all a clean and orderly house. I feel I was born in the wrong era in many things and the only thing I would change if I was a "Donna Reed or June Cleaver" kind of mom is that I would still get to wear my sweats and Crocs while washing the windows.

28 responses »

  1. I love this, Arin!! “Keep calm and M&M on” makes me smile!! What a perfect gift for an M&M lover!! I love the MME paper and ribbon along the lid, too!! This is so awesome, and what a great idea!! Santa brought me a bunch of crafty goodies…I haven’t wanted to leave my craft room since 😉 So happy to be hopping with you!! Happy 2013 🙂

    A Mermaid’s Crafts

  2. Happy New Year! Santa brought me new markers, stamps and paper also money to buy more stuff 🙂

  3. Great gift!I am a new follower,

  4. Ha… Great project! The silhouette store has so many fun keep calm sayings! Great gift, may need to scraplift it. Happy New Year to you! Holly 🙂

  5. I LOVE this idea!!!So much fun and I bet he LOVED it!!!
    TFS and Happy New Year

  6. What a fun project…I should not have this in my craft space that is for sure. Enjoy the Cameo.

  7. Such a super project Arin – and a personal gift – love the Craft On ! Happy New Year to you and your family. Karon.

  8. Love this delicious project! I am a new FB fan!

  9. Cute cute project, and what a great idea for a ‘man’ gift- LOVE it!! Glad to be hopping with you today- Happy New Year!
    Heather P 🙂

  10. What a cute idea! My kids love m&m’s! Happy Happy New Year! Thanks for participating in the hop! Smiles, Jill

  11. Your project looks sooooo yummy. I really like the saying. Happy New Year!
    Cindy Lou

  12. Oh how CUTE this is! I LOVE this idea – My hubby’s initials are even MM! I definitely need to try this out:)
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year my friend!

  13. Happy New year what a great project– being a fan of M&M’s I really like this idea the lettering came out so nice.

    Thanks for the fun hop. Great inspiration

  14. Super project my friend! I love the little saying you came up with, I’m sure he will love it!! Happy New Year my friend!!

  15. What a wonderful gift idea! Great tip for man gifts, too. Thanks for that idea.

  16. Such a cute project tfs!!!

  17. I understand the dilemma of creating for the male species, and you’re right, they do tend to be cheap! lol Love this project!! Happy New Year! Oh, and I’m a new follower!


  18. Sounds like the perfect gift… I would never turn down M&M’s (especially when displayed so cleverly!)

    It was fun being in the hop with you & the others. You’ve got a new follower now 🙂

    Kelsie Ann

  19. Super cute idea! I love your treat container and the font is cut so perfect! Great job!
    Sherrie K

  20. yup, this would work for most of the guys I know, come to think of it I think a few gals hands might slip in there too! cute idea.

  21. Margaret Peppers

    Love the date book. I also apreciate the directions for forming the curled ribbon on the book.
    Thanks and love the inspiration.


  22. Great gift idea!!! TFS

  23. Great project- anyone would love a jar of M&M’s on the desk in such a cute container 🙂

    sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

  24. what a cute container for such a yummy treat. Love theCAS look.
    marg0006 at vewrizon dot net

  25. Why have I not thought of this? It’s genius! Fill a jar with someone’s favorite candy and a matching Keep Calm and _________ On. Teacher gifts, part of a bridesmaid’s gift basket,CROP group gifts, sport’s team gifts, the possibilities are endless. Thank you for this!

  26. Adorable Treat container!!Yummy!

  27. This is such a cute gift!!! I love the rainbow colors! I liked you on facebook: Megan McGowan Parsons
    makeighleekyleigh at

  28. Great project. Love all the colors.



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