Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Crafts 2013

'Tis the season, right?  I know, the blog has been pretty quiet, but I promise it isn't because I haven't been crafting.  Quite the opposite really.  I'm struggling to get everything done this year and I'm taking things day by day! Literally, DAY BY DAY.  Today's "to do" list includes getting these pictures posted from my holiday card class. Hopefully if you need some last minute ideas for small gifts for co-workers, friends, or neighbors, this post will give you some ideas.

This glassine bag is an envelope for a little treat or a gift card.  Or both!  You pick.   If you keep up with crafting blogs, you will see that this mimics a lot of the cards and scrapbook pages out their right now.  It is a light whimsy style.  It really doesn't reflect anything I would come up with on my own free will.  I used this PTI Make IT Monday project as inspiration.  Really, I almost copied Danielle's design and I only made minor tweaks.  I think the more and more I work with the whimsy style, the more natural it will become. Here is a link to her Whimsy pinterest board, I found this board really  helpful in get the creative juices flowing:  Dflanders Modern Whimsy Pinterest Board.   

Next up, a hot cocoa gift.  This is always a favorite gift this time of year.  Stampin' Up had this tag as a digital give away a couple years ago and it finally came in handy.  Thanks for the digital grab Stampin' Up!  It reads, "Even naughty people deserve something nice".  So true :)

The top was finished with some Papertrey Ink stamps, "stir, sip, & enjoy".  The hot cocoa mix recipe is pretty good and can be found on Snap.  It makes a TON!  We're currently drinking the mix without the candy canes added, we'll be adding candy canes next time!

Oh, and a fun little buy this past month was Papertrey Ink's new coffee cozy die.  I haven't decided yet if it is worth the effort.  Did anyone else buy one?  What are your thoughts?

I do like that the die had these coordinating little pieces to it but I almost think this was more work then just using my sewing machine and cutting out a pattern and sewing it up.  I'd been interested to know what other's think of this die. 

Inside the mug I hid some hot cocoa and some little Ghirardelli Chocolates.  A Starbucks' gift card would also fit inside if you are looking to make this an even bigger gift for the recipient on your list. 

Not a lot of instruction is needed with this next project.  This wine tag is perfect for the hostess in your life.  I used the wine tag die from PTI.  If you remember, this sucker got a lot of use this summer for my sister's bridal shower.  I love this die, it always makes a quick and easy gift and can be customized for any occasion.  

Here is a close up of a fun little technique to make the tag a little bit more three dimensional, just two folds a quarter of an inch apart on each end with your bone folder will give this tag a little more substance. 

Oh, I'm in love with this fun little poinsettia pin.    I cut out two of each of the pieces from the poinsettia die and hot glued all the pieces together (very carefully, that glue gun gets super hot). 

I found these pretty gems at a local scrapbook store and glued it to the center.  I added two die cut leaves (you really could probably free hand cut these out).

I hot glued a pin to the back but this would also be super cute attached to an elastic band for a little baby girl's hair piece.  No baby girls in this household so this one is "sticking" as a pin. 

This gift box is a super giant pain in the butt (wastes a lot of paper in my opinion) but I like the finished results and I already bought the template so I might as well get some use out of it. 

I hid an ornament filled with alcohol inside this box.  Oh fun idea:  I ran all my scrap paper that was going into the garbage through my paper shredder and used it as filler inside the box.  What can I say, I'm a recycler.  

Here's a close up of the ornament.  Yes, the drink actually has the alcohol already in it and is READY.TO.DRINK.  I found them at Sam's club just recently so if you hurry there, you might still be able to grab some this holiday season. 

Well hopefully you see something in today's post that gives you some inspiration to get a little crafty this holiday season!  See you all soon!  PROMISE! 

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