Gift Ideas

Test Tube Tuesday

Is Test Tube Tuesday really a thing?  No, it probably isn't but maybe it will become one now that test tubes are available in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  

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I used the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes in the Annual Catalog as the base for my test tube holder.   The cute Halloween paper is from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper which is secured to the lid of the box with the Black Shimmer Ribbon.  The black cat is also punched out from the Spooky Night DSP using the Cat Punch. The pumpkins are stamped using the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and cut out with the coordinating Patterned Pumpkin Thinlit dies.  Remember when you buy this stamp set and coordinating dies (the Pick a Pumpkin bundle) you save 10%.  

Are you wondering what I put in the test tubes?  The test tubes are food safe and accommodate lots of different treats.  I filled these with sunflower seeds!  I am always on the lookout for different treat ideas and I already had some sunflower seeds  on hand.  

Looking for more ways to use the Pick a Pumpkin bundle?  Check here, here, and here

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Quick and Easy Treat Box

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I love the Acetate Card boxes that are in the Holiday catalog.   They are great for packaging up cards and treats too.  I found these little candy bars that were all dressed up for Halloween.  I wanted them to stay upright and organized in the box so I placed them in the 2" x 8" cello bags and then into the acetate card box.  To make the little gift even more festive I made a belly band using the images from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Did you know that the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlit Dies cut out the pumpkins featured on the Spooky Night DSP?  Isn't that awesome?!  I love how there is so much coordination between the products in the Holiday catalog.  I also used the Cat punch to punch out the cats that are also on the Spooky Night DSP.  The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set.  

 

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This quick and easy project is super fun to make and give.  

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Beverage Bar Cheers

It's another late night posting!   I am always picking up something here and there that I think will make a cute project.  Can you guess what I picked up and packaged?

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I used the Beverage Bar stamp set for the cute glasses and sentiment.  No, there isn't a bottle of champagne in the bag.  

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I never knew there was such a thing as champagne gum!  I tried to mimic the image on the package and used Pink Pirouette and So Saffron ink.   I added some Fine-Tip glue to make the contents look more like liquid.  The Striped Treat Bags are very pretty and shiny.  It doesn't take much to create some pretty packaging when you start with such a beautiful bag.   The bags are also food safe.  

Add some Striped Treat Bags to your next order and you will always be ready to create some pretty packaging!

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Mini Pizza Box and Notes

I am getting this post done with just a few hours to spare.  One of the fun new accessories in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog is the Mini Pizza Box. These little boxes are perfect for holding a cookie or a few note cards.    They are easy to assemble so you can get to the fun part of decorating them quickly.  

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Want to see what I put inside?   I made 3 little note cards that measure 3" x 3" and the best part is that we can now purchase little envelopes for the cards.  The envelopes are on page 44 of the Holiday Catalog.  

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Yes, I used my favorite washi tape! I used every single roll on this project.  It is another quick and easy idea to help you with your holiday crafting.

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Lemon Zest Tea Treat

Lately I have been trying to make little treat bags that are not filled with candy.  It seems like more and more people are trying to reduce their sugar intake.  Here is one idea that uses the Lemon Zest bundle

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Cute right?  The bricks on the topper are actually embossing paste that I colored using a drop of Daffodil Delight re-inker.  I also mixed in some Dazzling Diamond glitter in the paste to give it a subtle glittery look.  The brick pattern is a stencil in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  The lemon is stamped in Crushed Curry with Garden Green leaves and punched out using the Lemon Builder punch.

 

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The Lemon Zest bundle is great for all kinds of treat bags, gifts and cards too!  

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The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration!

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Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for March 2017. This month our theme is “SaleABration”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – As the Ink Dries, Sharon Burkert or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. 

1. 

Lisa Pretto  

 

2. 

Janet Wakeland  

 

3. 

Peggy Noe  

 

4. 

Nicole Watt  

 

5. 

Beth McCullough  

 

6. 

Lisa Ann Bernard  

 

7. 

Jennifer Michalski  

 

8. 

Kadie Labadie  

 

9. 

Tricia Chuba  

 

10. 

Amanda Dickson  

 

11. 

Megan Herst  

 

12. 

Chris Miller  

 

13. 

Diana Eichfeld  

 

14. 

Gloria Plunkett  

 

15. 

Jennifer Spiller  

 

16. 

Anna Masciovecchio  

 

17. 

Debbie Henderson  

 

18. 

Debra Byrd  

 

19. 

Lisa Milligan  

 

20. 

Kim Vogel  

 

21. 

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert  

 

22. 

Katarina Ewa  

 

23. 

Valerie Moody  

I had a difficult time trying to decide what Sale-A-Bration products to use for this blog hop.  So many really fun choices.  I decided to use the Inside the Lines DSP and the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.  

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The Inside the Lines DSP is a little heavier than our regular DSP.  I made a very simple bag that will hold 2-3 standard (A2 size) cards with envelopes.  You can make this card holder using 1 sheet of DSP.  

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I used the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and cut the dragonfly out using Basic Black card stock and the Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper from the SAB 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper pack.  Isn't the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper beautiful?  In the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer pack you get 12  6" x 6" sheets of glimmer paper: 4 each of Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum.  I also added some Silver and Bermuda Bay sequins.

Inside the Lines DSP Bermuda Bay Glimmer paper

The card has the same dragonfly tag and mimics the design of the bag.   If you are not familiar with Sale-A-Bration you can go here  and here to see all the Sale-A-Bration choices  and for more information.

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Thank you  for taking part in the blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog –As the Ink Dries, Sharon Burkert , so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

 

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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #436

It is Thursday and time for a new Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week it is a color challenge and it took me a bit to figure it out.  Let me show you the colors.

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I will be honest, Sweet Sugarplum is not one of my favorite colors.  Part of the problem is that I never have taken the time to figure out all the colors it looks good with.   After playing with this combination I think I am beginning to understand Sweet Sugarplum a little more.   After all visions of them will soon be dancing in my head, or so the story goes.

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I made a little holder for Merci chocolates that were inspired by emery board holders shared by Kerstin.   I was surprised how much I liked this color combination and what a fresh look it was for Christmas.  I guess Stampin' Up knew this since they used this color combination in the Fancy Frost Suite in the Holiday Catalog.  The Sweet Sugarplum ribbon is so glittery and best of all easy to work with.  

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Here are the different products I  used:

sentiment: Merriest Wishes

ink: Archhival Black ink

paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Whisper White, In Color DSP stack, Silver Glimmer paper 

dies: Stitched Shapes, Delicate Ornament Thinlits

other: Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Glittery Ribbon, In Color Enamel Shapes, 1-3/4"circle punch, Envelope Punch Board

Be sure to check out what the design team created and I hope you will also join in with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.

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The Easiest Gift Card Ever

I trust you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  I am grateful to have my son at home for the weekend!  Anyway back to the easiest gift card ever.  

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The front of the easiest gift card holder is pretty simple.  I used the Starlight Thinlights and Silver Glimmer paper to create the beautiful star.  I stamped the sentiment and then embossed the front of the card using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I scattered a few silver sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment.

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I used the Real Red 12" x 12" card stock that is available in the Holiday Catalog and cut a piece 4-1/4" x 12 and scored it at 5-1/2" and 11".  The 1"  flap flips up and becomes a pocket for the gift card, cash, whatever will fit.   I told you it was easy.   A good reason to be sure to keep a stash of 12" x 12" card stock.

 

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Simple Saturday Share

Meeting up with some friends for coffee and I thought it would be fun to bring a quick little project for them to make.  Here's a little back story about this project.  Earlier in the week I found some cute teabags in my things to make bin.  I bought these teabags in October and thinking they would make a cute fall project, well it is definitely fall so I better get to it.  

Since we are making this in a coffee shop I did not want to bring a lot of supplies or do anything that would be too messy.   

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Yes, I am still using my Halloween Night Specialty DSP.  I cut the holder using the Project Life Cards and Labels die.  It is just the right size for one teabag .   You can get 2 in there but it is a tight squeeze.  I stamped the acorn in Chocolate Chip ink and cut it and the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer paper with the Acorn Builder punch.   The "thankful" is stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink and yes, you have to cut it by hand.  Remember when we had to cut everything by hand?  Fortunately, this is an easy shape and will take you just a few seconds to get done.   I punched out the little Old Olive leaf using the Festive Flower Builder punch and tied it all up with some Very Vanilla Thick Baker's twine.   I did find some retired wooden embellishments in my stash that I added but they really are not necessary.  I think they were from a year or 2 ago.

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SUper Simple Saturday

Just a quick stop in to share with you a super simple idea.  I saw these cute little candy bars and thought they would make a fun tuck in (a little something extra to put in my customer's bags).  

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I told you it was a simple idea.   I stamped the cheer sentiment(Here's to Cheers stamp set (using VersaMark ink and the Real Red Stampin' Glitter Embossing powder.  After heat embossing I cut it out using a die from the Baker's Box thinlits.  The little candies fit in a 2" x 8" cello bag.  These little bags are great to have on hand .  You get 50 bags for just $3.   I tied everything up using the silver ribbon from the 3/8" Glitter Ribbon Combo pack.   This little idea is cute, quick and simple and will come in handy this holiday season!  

That is it for me today!

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