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Thank You Gift

Hi there

Today I want to share with you this cute little gift box that we made in class last week.  I love that you can take a $5 packet of chocolates from the supermarket and turn it into a lovely thank you gift and have fun at the same time!  

The box uses the new Gift Card Enclosure from the Annual Catalogue. You get 10 in a packet for $9.95 AUD and it would be fabulous for all manner of seasonal treats. This is my take on the idea that I saw in a display at the South Pacific Convention.


Using the 8th (counting from the centre) Circles Collection framelit, cut the circles of DSP for the outside and coordinating DSP for the inside of the box. I have used the new All Abloom paper stack and coordinating Blushing Bride backgrounds for the inside. Fold them in half and cut on the fold. I trimmed 1/8" off the straight edges to get a nice border all the way around.

I traced one of the semi-circles from the gift card enclosure and created a template to punch the holes on each side to thread the ribbon through. The new 1/8" handheld punch is perfect for the task.  I have finished it with one of the tags from the new 'Tag Talk' stamp set. The Lindt Stawberries & Cream chocolates were the perfect colour to match the DSP!

This is what the box looks like on the inside. I look forward to making some more of these later in the year for Christmas treats.


These are the key products required to make this project.

Project Details
Stamps Tag Talk
Card stock & Papers     All Abloom Paper Stack, Subtles Backgrounds, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Gift Card Enclosure
 Ink Strawberrry Slush
Accessories 1/8" White taffeta ribbon (retired), White Baker's twine, Lindt Stawberries & Cream chocolates (yum!)
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Label Bracket punch, 1/8" Circle handheld punch, Stampin' Trimmer

Thanks for looking!

Christmas in July

Hi there

It has been a busy month with 'Christmas in July' activities. The first opportunity to get out my Christmas supplies was for one of my classes. I purchased the 'Joyful Christmas' stamp set last year and didn't get around to using it, so I enjoyed making this card.


I have embossed the poinsettia flower in silver on vellum card stock and then fussy cut the flower twice, popping up the inner layer. The centre is cut with the Petite Petals punch from silver glimmer paper and finished with pearls. The greeting has been embossed white on the silver foil. I think white and silver is a classic combo for Christmas.

I also took the opportunity to use my favourite Ornament Keepsake stamps and matching framelits again. I will be sorry to see these retire as they are so classic and elegant. I've used Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy for this card, with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.


This is another version of the same design, but reversed in Wild Wasabi and Real Red. 


My husband's Rotary club also had a Christmas in July function, so I made some table decorations to add a festive touch. I made 44 of these cute triangle (tree) shaped favour boxes to have one at each place setting in alternating the colours. I got the idea from my lovely friend Nikki who made this box using items from the Hip Hip Hooray kit. I have stamped the retired Polka Dots background in Whisper White craft ink on retired Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green card stock. The greeting comes from the new 'Hello There' Hostess set we were given at Convention.


I put a paper hat, corny joke and a couple of Cadbury Favourites chocolates into the box and tied it with the new 1/8" gold ribbon. 


Here is a photo of the boxes lined up on my coffee table during the assembly process!


Finally, I made these trees for the table centres. The base tree is from a free printable template which I have altered and then glued to a base of Garden Green card stock for extra support. The 2 pieces slot together via a cut in the top half of one piece and cut in the bottom half of the other. The baubles were punched out with the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch and then attached to the tree with white Baker's twine bows. They looked really cute. It was all a bit of a rush at the end, so I was grateful that a lovely friend was able to help me finish all the baubles. They pack flat, so are easy to store for reuse at another time.



Project Details
Stamps Ornament Keepsakes, Joyful Christmas, Greetings of the Season, Hello There, Polka Dot Background (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Vellum Card, Foil Card, Raspberry Ripple (retired), Gumball Green (retired), Glimmer card, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Regals Backgrounds (retired)
 Ink Night of Navy, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Versamark, Whisper White Craft    
Accessories 1/8" Silver and Gold ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestones, Basic Pearls.
Tools     Holiday Ornaments  and Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stylish Stripes and Polka Dots Embossing folders, Silver and white embossing powder, Heat gun, Dimensionals, 1/4" handheld punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches, 1", 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Cirlce punches, Scallop border punch, Petite Petals punch

Just a reminder that these Christmas stamp sets will be available for purchase until 27 August, 2014 or while stock is available. 

Thanks for looking!