12 Days of Gifts: Ornaments

  Hi there! Welcome back to 12 Days of Christmas Gifts. How are you making out with you holiday preparations? I’m making progress, but not quite ready. Can you believe we’re only a little over a week out?? Crazy. Today’s gift idea is fast and festive! I try to stock up on these little plastic, see-through ornaments from the craft store each year after the holiday. They make the cutest and simplest hostess gift or co-worker gift. I just cut strips of the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (2.5 x. 5 inches each), curled them with my bone folder and then dropped them into the ornament. Seriously, does it get any simpler? If you’re at a loss for a last minute gift, this is the best idea! It’s a great way to use up the leftover holiday paper you have from your Christmas cards or projects, too. You could even use non-holiday paper and make a set of ornaments for someone to use as decorations all year long. Think of how cute these would be in fun bright colors for Easter hanging from the mantle or something. Ooh… the wheels are turning now. Well, this one was so simple I

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12 Days of Christmas: Birthday Book

Hi There! Happy Tuesday. Monday this week was tough for me — as I mentioned yesterday I was in Christmas Card mode this weekend and I stayed up until 12:30 in the morning on Sunday night making them with my niece. It was SO much fun, but I was really paying for it yesterday. Today I’m a bit more rested, but still working diligently to get my holiday messages out to all my friends and family. Today’s gift idea can help you stay organized in 2015. It’s a perpetual birthday calendar using the small grid journals from the Annual Catalog. Can I tell you how much I love these (I probably don’t have to since I think I’ve used them for three of my 12 Days of Gifts Series)! I love that you can stamp directly on these books and they accept the in so beautifully. I added some birthday stamping using the Amazing Birthday stamp set, a little washi tape, linen thread and bling for the cover. Then I used the Project Life “stickies” from the Happiness Is Accessory pack on the pages to mark the start of each new month. It’s funny I designed this a while back

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12 Days of Gifts (continued…): Picture Frame

Hello… so I took a little unexpected hiatus in my 12 Days of Gifts. Let’s just say making about 200 Christmas cards sort of slowed me down a bit! But I’m just about ready to start the process of writing out the cards and getting them in the mail. With any luck I’ll have them out by Christmas (wink, wink)! Since it’s too late to get purchased gifts in time for Christmas now for the most part (without expediting shipping), I’ll just be sharing hand made gifts for the remainder of the 12 Days of Gifts. Hopefully I’ll still have a couple of ideas you can use this season. With that… on to today’s gift idea. I purchased this little white frame at Michael’s over the summer (but they still have some now — just in different colors). They were in those little $1 and $2 bins near the front of the store. That area is a gold mine for little “gifty” ideas. So my Harwich Port stamp club members decided to have a handmade gift exchange at our meeting last week so I made this little gift for my contribution to the exchange. I used washi tape for the

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12 Days of Gifts: Christmas Tags

  So I unintentionally took a little hiatus over the weekend… sorry about that. It was a busy weekend for me for my “day job” and unfortunately my stampin’ job took a back seat! But I’m back and have another hand-stamped gift idea for you today… do you have any holiday parties to go to in the next couple of weeks? Probably, right? One of the things I love to bring my hostesses is a cute little package of Christmas tags. I took a picture of an assortment of tags I made recently with the Shore Stampers team members. You could easily make two or three of each of these designs in one sitting and put them together in a little cello bag tied with a ribbon and it would make a great hostess gift (add a bottle of wine to that and you’ll probably be the favorite guest!). These would also make great gifts for teachers, friends and/or co-workers. Do you already have someone on your list that is a “Martha Stewart” all on her own? One of my new favorite products from Stampin’ Up is the tag topper punches… they make creating tags so, so easy and would

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12 Days of Gifts: Project Life Album

Howdy! Welcome back for another edition of 12 Days of Christmas Gifts! Have you ever taken on a scrapbooking endeavor where you decided to create an album for someone to use — say, for a baby shower gift or a wedding gift? It’s quite the undertaking, yes? Well today’s homemade gift idea is the perfect way to give people the gift of memories, but without the 6 months of prep work that it can take with a traditional scrapbook album. If you have a new Mom (or soon-to-be), a new bride, or even just someone who love to take photos to remember all of the little things in life, creating a 6×8 Project Life album for them is a great gift. The idea is this… you decorate and set up the cover of the album and then “prep” the inside, too, so that all your “gift-ee” needs to do is slip in some photos and his or her memories are preserved. Easy Peasy. Let’s take a look inside a sample one… the one I’m showing you today is actually my December Daily album for this month, but you can use the same concept for any theme – whether it’s documenting

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12 Days of Gifts: Gift Card Holder

Whew! I almost forgot about this today!! Sorry I’m so late, but it’s 11:21 so I still made it. 🙂 Today’s gift idea is more of a packaging idea. Because I don’t know about you, but now that my niece and nephews are older I have a whole lot of gift cards to hand out! So to make your gift a little more “thoughtful” why not package it up pretty, right? This gift card holder was one we made at Creative Escape in November using the pre-scored gift card enclosures included in the 2014-2015 Idea Book and Catalog. You get 10 in a package so that’s a lot of gifting! I used my stars mask and whisper white craft ink to stencil the white stars onto the gift enclosure. then stamp a cherry cobbler star on cherry cobbler cardstock and topped it with a silver star… tied a ribbon around the gift card enclosure to hold it shut and popped up the stars with dimensionals. Voila! So to go along with my hand-stamped gift suggestion for today, my “purchased” Stampin’ Up gift suggestion for today is a Stampin’ Up gift certificate! Did you know I offer gift cards in any

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12 Days of Christmas Gifts: Technique Book

  Ok. I must admit at the outset… I’m exhausted! I had so much fun at the new Occasions catalog launch in Marlboro, MA yesterday with four other Shore Stampers (hi girls!!), but boy am I beat today… worst part? I have an extra long day at work tonight… oh well… you play, you pay, right! 🙂 Before I move on to today’s gift — let me just say that you may want to ask from some cash-ola this holiday season… the new catalog is so, so fun! My wish list is already a mile long… but I digress… we’re talking about presents for others today!Today’s hand stamped gift is for a “seasoned” crafter or even for someone who is just starting out. I made this little technique book at convention earlier this year and have referenced it so many times already! Basically, the idea is to create a pretty little book (I used those adorable little kraft grid albums again) and fill the pages with different stamping techniques – my book has some more advanced techniques (but, honestly, not anything you couldn’t do as well!), but if you were making this for a new stamper you could do the

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12 Days of Gifts: Tea Bag Holder

Hello! Welcome back to Day three of 12 Days of Gifts. Today’s idea is perfect for a co-worker, the kids’ teacher or bus driver or even the mailman — although he or she might be bummed she wouldn’t be able to drink it on the road! It’s a cute little tea bag pocket. It’s super simple to make — you just size your pouch according to the size of your tea bag. My version is 3.25 x 3.25 (so a 6.5 inch bu 3.25 inch piece of patterned paper folded in half) and it’s a little snug so you could add a little bit of space if you wanted. I used sticky strip to adhere the left hand edge so it doesn’t pop open. I also used a generic, girly style for mine, but you could easily make this a holiday theme, which would be fun, too. I attached one of our super fun clothespins to the tea bag so your “gift-ee” can just pull it out using that. Fun, right? And as I said these are so simple you could easily make 10 to 20 of them in a night and leave them as little gifts on your co-workers

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12 Days of Gifts: Monogram Note Cards

Hello again and welcome back for day two of 12 Days of Gifts! Today’s gift idea was actually a make and take at the Cape Cod Creative Escape last month. Each of the attendees got to make four monogram cards to use for themselves or as a gift! They were super simple to make. I used the Whisper White note cards and envelopes, a scrap piece of the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, basic gray cardstock and whisper white cardstock, a small piece of washi tape and the gorgeous glitter paper for a little bling. You can see in the picture on the right I also used my Smoky Slate ink pad and a sponge with the heart mask to stencil a little “love” on the cards, too. You could omit those if you were giving these to a guy. I would probably pick a more masculine paper as well — although the gray color would be great — maybe just switch out the washi tape to something a little more “manly” like the Epic Day washi tape. Anyway, if you’re like me and get “confused” on how to use monogrammed note cards (do you send monogram cards with your

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12 Days of Gifts: Gratitude Journal

Hello! Happy December and welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts! I figured I’ve been MIA here for so long that having a reason to show up here every day for a couple of weeks might help me establish some good habits! 🙂 So, for the next 12 days I will be sharing with you a hand-stamped gift you can make for those special people in your life and one Stampin’ Up product that would make a great gift each day. That way you’ll have options for things to make and ideas for purchased gifts, too! First up is a gratitude journal. There are many ways to make a gratitude journal and I’ve got a couple to share with you today. I think this is a great gift because research shows that expressing your gratitude actually makes people happier — and who couldn’t use more happy in their life, right? I’m also picking this idea first because depending on the style of gratitude journal you decide to make, this can take a bit of time.For the first one I used the Documented This & That journal. It’s a great pre-printed journal and I love this one most because of

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