Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Envelope Holiday Gift Bag

You know, we are all on a budget and sometimes it's hard to think of gifts and save money at the same time. Well at Humble Pie Stamps, not only do they have a fantastic idea for a gift, but an even cuter idea to put the gift in --- an envelope!

Isn't that too cute? Tricia wrote that you can fill these with those miniature lotions, shampoos, etc. It is a cute gift for someone who could certainly use this to fill up the travel bag or a student (they can keep these in their lockers at school). You can fill it with candy and give to a co-worker or friend. Those miniature chocolates are usually on sale right about now. So many opportunities.

Click here to find out how to make this yourself.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Bag

A lovely lady (Michele Roos) made a comment on one of my blogs and I wanted to return the same. As I was browsing through her blog, I came across a bag - yes, just call me The Bag Lady! Look at this gift bag she created with just a brown paper bag!

You can find her instructions here. Michele also makes the most beautiful flowers that can be purchased on her other website. Last but not least, her cards are just incredible! You've got to check it out! ;D

This little gift bag was so cute, I had to give it a try. You know, it's a great way to use up your Christmas paper scraps (after all, new designs will come out next year, so you have to make room, right?) . :P

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Snowman Ornament

Since it's that time of year and everyone is getting started with Christmas shopping, holiday cards, etc., what about ornaments? Well, Kerri (aka "scrappin_mom3) has a tutorial on making this beautiful ornament, as featured on Practical Scrappers. Check out her blog for the instructions.

The coolest part is it is all done in circles. Emboss your paper first and the rest is easy as pie. Check it out for yourself.

Happy Crafting! ;D

Friday, November 27, 2009

Vellum Window Pocket with Insert

I am such a fan of Maria's blog: Stampin Inspirations by Maria. This is such a talented woman, that it is unbelievable the crafts that puts out! You can always count on seeing and being inspired by the beautiful crafts she has made.

This envelope pocket has a little window of which could be acetate or vellum. I chose vellum as it is something I don't often use. I stamped one and embossed it, which came out kind of cute. The rest I left plain.

I did two more and am pleased with how they came out. The insert can be decorated with a lot of fluff or just simple die-cuts like I did. It's so easy - you'll have fun doing this little goody.

I'm happy to see we've gained another follower. :p Welcome! Please feel free to take our blinkie and put on your blog to share with others. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Another Bag

Greetings everyone,

I know you miss Jacqui - so do I! :p But she's in the UK - unpacking and all that fun stuff!

I have another bag for you that I found through a blog. This bag is so cute and only needs one sheet of paper - 81/2 x 11 (how cool is that?). I would recommend using a light card stock, not that heavy kind from specialty papers, as it will be difficult for that little pinch on the side. Click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

These make great gifts for that little bag of candy you want to give some one. I'm going to make a bunch of these to give as little gifts to my DT for the holidays (and some other goodies) because they've been so good to me, helping me promote Tellen's Place. It's just a nice thank you to them for spending their time and blog space, making beautiful crafts and all that; you really know it is a blessing. I think this little goodie is an inexpensive but crafty way to let them know I care about them! :)

Hope you are having a wonderful day and for those in the US - Happy Thanksgiving!! Gobble, gobble!! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bag Ladies...

I'm a lover of bags, no matter what kind and when I saw Patti's (Cherish Each Precious Day blog) cute little pink gingham bag, I knew I had to make one. Her link takes you to another link which takes you to the link with instructions - click here (Jenn Diercks gives the step by step guidelines).

I actually took a class and made this bag - a little differently. A club I belong to that raises money for scholarships to help the under privileged saw the bags and wanted them as a gift for each member at the holiday party last year. I made 75 of these babies - complete with clip cart they picked that became a die-cut from card stock. All of the recipients loved it. That one had a better bottom fold to help it remain standing. I even made cute little thank you cards that fit well inside and they added a small ornament (yes, our bag was a little shorter and wider). It was fun.

Another gift idea for the holidays. Are you a follower yet? Good - now you can tell a friend so grab our blinkie and let people know of these fantastic short-cuts and freebies.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Frosty Mug...

Happy Monday!

The weekend is over and if you are still pondering what to do about Christmas, here's an idea for you that Jacqui has over at Crafty Cardz. Yes, it's a free mug!

As you can see, you, this mug can be printed on patterned cardstock, which means you'd only need adhere die-cuts; no coloring, just a bit of a bow and a die-cut and you're done. How easy is that?

I cut the pattern on the fold so that it would open like a card. This was double sided designer paper, which works perfectly. I added plain paper for writing as such and added another die-cut ornament.

This freebie can add to the typical square card, so why not head over to the Crafty Cardz and get the pattern. You'll be happy you did. While you're at it, take our blinkie and add it to your blog so people can learn more about us. Better yet, become a follower yourself and let others know - it's a fab place especially for short cuts and tips on so many things, especially free stuff! :)