Christmas lolly bag toppers and more teacher gifts!

Every year my kids like to give their classmate a little something before the end of the school year.  We’ve done Christmas cards in previous years but the sweet treats always seem to be more popular with young folk.    This year we ran out of time to hand stamp their little gifts so instead I used “My Digital Studio”  to save a little time.

I created the following “bag topper” using the simple-to-use program

My Project 34-001- reduced size for blog

 

I then had them printed off and stapled them to the top of the fabulous Stampin’ Up Cellophane bags.  These bags used to have a ‘seam’ on the back and I used to have to remind the kids to fill the bags so that the seam was on the back! Not anymore! No seams! Gosh even more reasons to love these versatile little bags (Check them out in my store)

This was the end product filled with some Christmas lollies

christmas lolly bags 2

 

……and of course we made sure there was enough for everyone in their classes

christmas lolly bags

 

I also wanted to decorate some of the “Decorative Window Gift Boxes”  and was thrilled to find that the lolly bag toppers I had created were the perfect fit for the clear window on the top of the kraft boxes.

kraft boxes 2

 

I filled them with chocolates and little candles and tied with a simple bow and they made cute little gifts for the Teachers and Education assistants.

kraft boxes

Some Christmas projects to share with you!

Sincere apologies for my lack of blog posts lately- I’ve been doing what one does during the school holiday break-Enjoying Christmas and the new year and spending quality time with my family and friends.  We’ve just returned from a lovely relaxing getaway.  It was so nice to get away but I despise how a little holiday always results in lots to unpack and mountains of washing when you get home…..  Don’t you agree!?  I thought I’d take a break from unpacking to share some projects with you.  I’ve been itching to share some of my Christmas projects with you….I simply haven’t had the time to sit at my computer before now- I’m sorry if you are a bit ‘over’ Christmas but I’ve had these photos waiting for my computer for ages!  As the saying goes, better late than never….or perhaps I’m getting in early with some ideas for you for Christmas 2013

Here are some delightful little characters that I made with the kids in the lead-up to Christmas….even my husband joined in on the fun and helped with the punching and adding M&sMs to the lolly tubes.  He was the strict one- not allowing any M&Ms to go anywhere near anyone’s mouths.  Thank goodness there were a few leftovers after all of our hard work.

Yes- it took us quite a while- but we really enjoyed ourselves and the kids really enjoyed sharing these with friends at school, kindy and playgroup.  We even had enough to adorn the table on Christmas day!

The little characters have been made using punches from the catalogue.  You’ll find the selection of punches on page 182-185 of the main catalogue

Here are a few close-ups…..

SANTA-

HAPPY CHRISTMAS ELF

…and THE GRINCH

The lolly tubes we used are FABULOUS!  You can find these little beauties on page 161  of the main catalogue (with our other cellophane bags)  They are 2.5cm wide and 20cm long and a pack of 50 is only $4.50.  If you’d like to order some of these to decorate with your own little toppers, please be sure to get in touch with me!

As well as making the little gifts for the kids, I enjoyed making some gifts for my Kids’ Teachers and Education assistants.

I just love making these Chocolate block holders

Pulling on the ribbon box reveals this chocolately surprise

….and for those who know me well, I couldn’t stop at one!

I made use of a few goodies from the Holiday Catalogue which retires at the end of January.   Please don’t forget to contact me to order items from this catalogue just in case they retire with the catalogue.  I used the”Ornament Keepsakes stamp set” and matching dies (pg 3() for the ornament on the front of the chocolate boxes.   I also used the “Snowflake Soiree” stamp set (page 5) on the background piece of garden green cardstock.  Of course- out came the bigshot- I used the “Window Frames Framelits” (page 30) and “Apothecary accents Framelits” (page 191 Annual catalogue) to create the bases for the ornaments.

Some people were lucky enough to receive the gift of Stampin’ Up! products- finished off with “Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags”. These tags on page 12 of the Holiday catalogue could be used as they are or even converted into cards.  With 25 tags in a pack that’s really good value.  (Why not buy some now and put them aside ready for Christmas 2012!?)

I still have more Christmas projects…..and other non-Christmas projects to share- but the next load of washing is ready to be hung on the line.  Back soon!

Crazy Christmas time!

I can’t get over how quickly this month has flown! I’ve had plans to update my blog- but we’ve had so much happening at this crazy time of the year! I’m sure you can all relate to that!   If only I could have an extra hour each day for every good intention I have!

Today I thought I would finally get around to sharing some simple Christmas cards completed in a class.  The first one makes use of the Holiday stocking die from page 193 of the catalogue.  In this case we used the bigshot to cut out the shape from cardstock, but of course these Bigshot dies can also cut out fabric.   I’m sure you would agree that they would make super cute FABRIC Christmas stockings!

Another simple card is one made from patterned paper scraps

I like to include a photo of my kids on my Christmas cards- I’ve selected a photos and even printed it out but haven’t manged to find the time to make them yet.  I’m hoping to have some time to make a start this evening…but for now I have a number of other jobs on my ‘to-do list’.  I’m determined to share more projects on my blog so be sure to check back tomorrow!

Before I sign off- Today is 12/12/12 and I have decided to include a $12 gift for all $100 orders received between 12pm and 12am.  Please contact me to place your orders!

Also- if you’re still like me and haven’t finished the Christmas shopping- please don’t forget to contact me to place an order for Christmas gifts.  I can have your orders shipped straight to the recipients doorstep if you wish- or for local customers I am even happy to include gift wrapping.  You would really need to contact me sometime in the next 36 hours to allow time for delivery.  Otherwise I am more than happy to offer GIFT VOUCHERS right up until Christmas Eve!

A Christmas gift for you

As soon as we hit November, I start to think about Christmas.  The time just seems to whiz by and I find it is the time to start getting organised and start getting excited.   How about you?  Do you find that you’re the one organising the presents for everyone else?  Why not get something nice for yourself?…..and the bonus is that it comes with a free gift. Read on for more details…..

When I first saw the Holiday Catalogue I fell in love with the gorgeous ornament on the front.  I’m determined to give this one a go and I imagine it would come together nicely with the right tools.   If you were to purchase the ornaments keepsake stamp set and the matching framelits you could make a great start on this project.   For the month of the November you can receive the FREE Festive Paper Piercing pack

Dates: 1-30 November 2012

Promotion Details: Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle.  Are you wondering what the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle is?  Check out the front cover of the Holiday Catalogue- Yes! Yes! That beautiful ornament on the cover has been created using the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp set and the matching framelits dies.

Choose from the following options:

Item

Description

Retail Value

Special Price

132260

Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

$96.85

$82.90

132261

Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

$84.85

$70.90

132262

Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

$123.85

$109.90

132263

Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

$113.85

$99.90

Ornament Keepsakes Stamp set

Holiday Ornaments Framelits

Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper (This pack has some gorgeous designs including 2 sheets of flocked window sheets

Festive Paper Piercing Pack- FREE when you purchase the bundle.

Of course the Ornament Keepsakes bundle isn’t only about making ornaments- You can obviously use them on cards, scrapbook pages or to decorate other items for Christmas.  Here’s a card I made recently in non traditional Christmas colours and the ornament keepsakes

STAMP SETS: Ornament Keepsakes (page3 Holiday) , En Francais Background stamp (pg 129 Annual) ,  Delightful Dozen (pg 141 Annual)

FRAMELITS: Holiday Ornaments (pg 3 Holiday), Window Frames Collection (page 30 Holiday)

EMBOSSING FOLDER: Lacy Brocade (page 6 Holiday)

Here’s a close up of the ornament featuring the ‘faux metal technique’ that was taught at a recent class.

Reindeer Noses and Reindeer poop

Before school finished for the year my kids wanted to make bags with reindeer noses and reindeer poop to hand out to the kids at school.  I’ve made many of the bags over the years but never tire- it was lots of fun getting the kids involved.

If you search through my blog you may find other versions of these reindeer noses and reindeer poop

NB: Please excuse the quality of the pics.  I had to use my phone for taking pictures as I’ve been having issues with my camera.  These pics were snapped in a hurry as we rushed out the door on the way to school.  The kids were so proud of what they’d done that I just had to share them on my blog- dodgy photos and all!

2011 Christmas card

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I always love the weeks and days before Christmas as the excitement builds.  It tends to get a bit chaotic- but I still love it!   Despite encouraging my lovely customers and friends to make an early start on Christmas cards I never seem to take my own advice.  So with only about a week before Christmas I commenced my cards and managed to get them posted or hand delivered before Christmas! Phew!   I didn’t make as many as I had hoped but I gave it my best shot and here it is…….

When I sat down to design my card I realised I didn’t have enough of the traditional Christmas colours I would normally use.   I had planned to convert the photo to black and white and use some of the lovely Cherry Cobbler I love so much.   As I didn’t have enough time to order some more cardstock I decided to print the photo in colour and use the colours in the photos as the inspiration for my Christmas card.   Therefore the main colours were Old olive, Rose red and Baja breeze.

Given that my daughter was wearing pink it was a great opportunity to whip out my Melon Mambo Stampin’ emboss powder and emboss directly onto the old olive cardstock.  I even mixed in a bit of iridescent ice for a bit of sparkle.  You can find the iridescent ice and melon mambo Stampin emboss powder on page 15 of the the summer mini catalogue.

Also I added a bit of sparkle with some rhinestone jewels and the gorgeous Glimmer paper which is the no-mess way to add glitter to your scrapbook pages and cards! (Glimmer paper is on page 13 of the summer mini catalogue)

I am determined to make a start on my Christmas cards a little earlier this year :-)  Hmm I think I said that after Christmas 2010 too!

STAMP SETS: Creative elements, Jolly Bingo Bits, Snow swirled, Four the Holidays

PUNCHES: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, lace ribbon border punch

Using the ornament punch

It goes without saying that the gorgeous ORNAMENT punch is just divine for Christmas cards and gift packaging but what about the rest of the year? 

I stumbled across a couple of ideas where people have used the punches to create “punch art”.  I don’t normally do a lot of “punch art” but I was inspired to try out a few of the ideas.

Can you spot the ornament punch in the following card?

 

The fins and tails were created using the five petal flower punch and the kissing lips using the heart to heart punch.   A cute card like this need a fun greeting so the stamp from “Word Play” seemed the perfect choice.  The stamped bubbles were created using the “Circle Circus” Stamp set.

Can you spot the ornament punch in the following card?  Isn’t it cute?

Dress up Christmas promotion- FREE RIBBON!

Between now and the end of November Stampin’ Up have a great Christmas promotion where you can receive FREE ribbon.  I love the look of ribbons on cards but it is also great to use the ribbon to create beautiful packaging to fit any Christmas gift!

So how can you receive your FREE ribbon!?

  • Get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!
  • Get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you host a $550 workshop!

Choose from these bundles:

Description Wood-Mount Item/Price Clear-Mount Item/Price
Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
124041; $66.90 124042; $56.90
Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
124045; $69.90 124046; $59.90
Season of Joy Bundle
Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel
124043; $67.90
Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch
124044; $72.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose from the following limited-time ribbons when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle or host a qualifying workshop:

Item Description Retail Value Cost with qualifying purchase/workshop
116792 Mistletoe Ribbon Originals $21.95 FREE
116795 Sleigh Bells Ribbon $15.95 FREE
113099 Riding Hood Red 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE
115608 Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE

The Bundles and ribbons are available only while supplies last.  Please be sure to get in touch with  me to book your workshop or to place your order for a “christmas bundle” and receive your free ribbon!

Upcoming Class

I am supposed to be getting myself packed and organised for a trip away
to Hamilton Island courtesy of Stampin' Up!
I have been invited as a guest of Claire Daly and I am soooo EXCITED!!!!!
I just thought I would take a break from
packing to let you know about one of my upcoming classes

 

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS AND TAGS- Thursday 28th October


Make a start on your Christmas cards and tags or make a few special cards for a few special people at Christmas time

Where? My place (Address provided when you book your spot)

Time?  7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

Cost?  $15 (or order at least $90 worth of product on the night and I will waive the class free. 

Bookings are essential as this allows me to ensure that I have enough seating space and materials for all participants.  Please contact me to secure your spot as soon as possible. PH (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047 E-mail miriamthomas@westnet.com.au

New participants are always welcome.  Please feel free to bring a friend!

Tea/coffee/ water and a light snack will be supplied.   If you would prefer to bring along something else to snack on or drink- please feel free to do so!

Just to get you in the spirit- I have a Christmas card to share with you.  I have used my Big Shot and Top note die…..  Don’t you just love the gorgeous Christmas papers from the new catalogue?  I have used the “Contempo Christmas” Stamp set!   It is hard to make it out in this photo but I have also added some clear embossing to the black cardstock-on the left hand side using the matching contempo wheel!

 

Anyway- I must get back to this packing!!!!!

Check out Stampamemory (SAM) Creative Challenge #1

As many of my blog readers know- I am a member of the Stampamemory Design Team- a website dedicated to scrapbooking using Stampin’ Up! products.  Today marks the launch of our bi-monthly challenge-  This month I am very excited to be sponsoring the challenges and will have the honour of selecting the winner and awarding the prizes!

So what do you need to do to take part?  For full details please go to http://www.stampamemory.com Basically you need to complete a layout that meets the challenge requirements.  The layout needs to be uploaded to your blog OR an online gallery (if you don’t have a blog) and then linked to the STAMPAMEMORY WEBSITE.

You will have until Friday 15th January, midnight to get your entries in and I will be thrilled to announce the winner on Sunday 17th January

 

SAM embellishment 

 

SAM CREATIVE CHALLENGE # 1

“Scrapbook a Christmas Photo. I have such a stockpile of photos from Christmases past and know that there are many other scrapbookers who can relate to this. Complete a scrapbook page from Christmas 2009 while the memories are still fresh in your mind OR pull out one of those Christmas photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped.”

For my layout- I am actually using photos from 2006- Photos that have been sitting waiting to be scrapped for 3 years…..better late than never!!!! (……..and one day I will find the time to go back and do their FIRST Christmas LOL!)   On a more serious note that is one of the things I try to keep in mind when scrapbooking.  I try not to be too concerned about “catching up” but rather enjoying the process and scrapbooking what inspires me at the time. 

Anyway- enough of my rambling… Here is the layout…. My oldest son, Jared with Santa (He was 4 years old at the time)

…………and my reluctant 2.5 year old (at the time)  Don’t get me wrong…He was thrilled to see Santa…..just not quite as thrilled about staying still for a photo

You might think you’re seeing double….and in some ways you are.  Yes- I used the same general layout, colours and elements I simply used different photos and each layout will go into their separate albums.  (Why re-invent the wheel?)

Here is a close up of the title.  The cardstock, patterned paper and cardstock stickers all come from the “I Wish” Simply Scrappin’ Kit.  I have simply added some styled silver Hodgepodge Hardware (on special this month), some polka dot ribbon (from the Summer Mini) and a rhinestone brad.  On the background I also used the “Snow Swirled” Stamp set which is designed to work beautifully with the “I wish” Simply Scrappin Kit and also the flourish from “Baroque Motifs” (a personal favourite)  The year has been stamped using “Calendar Alphabet & Numbers”

Here is a close up of the baubles. I was hoping it would look as though the baubles have been suspended by the thread.   I have simply poked two holes in the cardstock base- one at the top of the ribbon and the other right  on top of the baubles.  This gives me two points so that I can feed the thread through from the front of the cardstock to the back of the cardstock and then back through the second hole to the front again .  I have tied the thread at the front and made a little bow.   


Please be sure to head on over to http://www.stampamemory.com to see more inspirational layouts from the design team! I can’t wait to see what YOU create!