Gift Ideas

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.


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.

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.

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.  

Easiest gift card

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.

Easiest Gift card inside

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.   

Acorny Thanks,

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.

Acorny Thanks

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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).  

Here's to Cheers stamp set,

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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More Flower Fields and Wildflower Fields DSP

I liked yesterday's quick and easy card so much I decided to make a few more.  Here it is in Calypso Coral.

Flowering Fields Calypso Coral

The Lost Lagoon version.

Flowering Fields Lost Lagoon

After I made the cards I thought it would make a nice little gift,  so I made a box to hold the cards.

Flowering Fields card box


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Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker


Here are all the cards.

Trio ofFlowering Fields cards

Flowering Fields Cards and box

I also want to remind you that the 2014-16 In Colors will be retiring soon.  Be sure to get your ink refills, paper, and embellishments.  In fact that would be a great thing to order during the last few days of Sale-A-Bration.  


Beautiful Bunch Flowerpot

Beautiful Bunch flowerpot

Wouldn't these make cute little table favors?  I love these little pots and usually stock up when I see them.  These pots come with a little peat pellet and a packet of seeds.  I simply cover the wrapper with pretty Stampin' Up! designer paper and top it off with a pretty flower.  I think they make the cutest little gifts. 

Beautiful Bunch flowerpot2

This color combination of Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, and Wisteria Wonder threw me but I am happy with how this turned out.  I embossed the image on Shimmery White card stock and colored with ink refills and an Aqua Painter.  The sentiment is from the Sale-A-Bration set, Botanicals for You.   

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Acorny Thanks and Some Acorns

Do you love making bags and boxes?  I do!  I love packaging and if you are like me I am often shopping for things to fit in the cute bag or box I just made.  Today's project  is a little different.  I knew what I wanted to put inside the bag and also had the perfect stamp set to use to decorate the bag.   It is a beautiful thing when that happens.

Acorny Box

Here's the bag.  It is a simple one using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I am having so much fun using this  punch board.  

A Corny Thanks acorns

Aren't these little acorns the cutest?  When I saw them I let out a little squeal and knew that it was a perfect complement to the Acorny Thanks stamp set.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

Acorny Thanks Bag 2

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If you are looking for more ideas using the Acorny Thanks stamp set and Acorn Builder punch you can go here and here.   

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A Little Cup of Birthday Wishes

Just a quick share of a cute little cup that was made by one of my downline, Kim C. She made this sweet little gift for a Shoebox swap I organized a few weekends ago.

Kim's CoffeeCup

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Pansy Punch

I love the little birthday candle.  She cleverly attached it to a stir stick.  So adorable!

Kim's Coffee Cup side

Wouldn't this make a great little gift?   It is so cute.  Thanks for stopping by and we will see you soon!

Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags

I have been making a lot of note cards that I shared with you here and here.    I ordered these bags on my first order from the 2015-16 Stampin' Up! catalog, I just knew they were going to come in handy and they did!

Sketched Dots gift bags

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The note cards fit perfectly and there is room for 2-3 note cards and envelopes.  The note cards measure 3-1/2" x 5".  The Sketched Dots gift bags are made from glassine sheets.  Glassine sheets remind of what would result if vellum and wax paper had a baby.  

Sketched Dots Gift Bags 3

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If you need a quick way to package some note cards or even a baked treat consider ordering the Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  You can order anytime through my online store.  I would appreciate it.  

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CPC Sweet Sorbet Card and Box Set

This lovely envelope style box complete with a pretty flower on the front contains five different card designs with matching envelopes. This project features the new Sweet Sorbet designer series paper and Banners Framelit Dies. It would make a wonderful gift or a great class project!

Sweet Sorbet Card & Box Set

What a great gift to give!   Amanda did a great job designing this project.  I know you are curious to see what the other 4 cards look like.  To get the directions for this project  go to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January.