Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Party, A Party!

Yipeee! Wednesday night, I attended an upline's meeting/celebration in Wausau. Fun. Fun. Fun. Connie had three fun parts to the party. 1) a Cookie Exchange. Now, we really don't need cookies around here, but I couldn't resist. I made caramels and Snowballs. But, I didn't just want to put them on a paper plate in a bag. This was a Stampin' event after, all. Here's what I did.

Let It Snow

Ok. I've deleted the picture and added this cute one. When I find it, I'll repost.

I'm quite proud. I had these little buckets since October or early November, from the Target dollar spot. I'm lucky that Bubba does most of the shopping, as that dollar spot gets me every time. I wanted to use them for a craft fair project, but alas, this was better. I added a candy cane, Baja Breeze ribbon, felt flurries with brads, and a tag using the Ski Slope paper. I used two small tag punches out of Whisper White to write the name and ingredients, in case someone was allergic to nuts or coconut. I love the Ski Slope paper! The Holiday Mini products are no longer available after December 31, so stock up if you are interested!

Second, was an ornament exchange. I needed a good idea, so I looked around and was inspired by my recent swaps. I don't know who made it, but I used the idea from this photo. My mom had the Christmas Cardinal. Yippee! I stamped it in Black Stazon on vellum paper. I used my Marvelous Markers to color in the image. I wanted to make the colors pop. I used my coluzzle to cut it out and place it inside. I added some striped real red 5/8 ribbon. I layered Always Artichoke 1/4 grosgrain on top. The colors come from my coloring. The big surprise...what to fill it with. I first tried tissue paper, but that didn't look right. We opened up the inspiration one, to discover ripped plastic bags! I grabbed a white bag, cut off the image on the front, and then bunched it up. I used my scissors to cut and stuffed the ornament. How cool is that! I was green and stampy!

To wrap it, I didn't want to run downstairs to find paper. Who knows where it is. I thought, duh! and made my own box. I hope to make a tutorial, so stay tuned.

Finally, we had a hand-stamped present exchange. I don't have a picture yet, but I am very proud. I'll leave you hanging and post about it later. Here's the packaging I made.

Just a note... the candy making took about 2 hours and the decorating the tins about 30 minutes. Not bad for a half a dozen home-made gifts. The ornament took about 20 minutes, and the other gift about 40 minutes (cuz, I had to plan. the next one, 10 minutes).

Happy Present-Making!


  1. My my! Haven't you been busy! I like your jars. They are all very cute. Can't wait to see your most recent picture. Hope you don't keep us waiting too long :-)
    Merry Christmas!

  2. I lurv the Christmas ornament. It is beautiful. Who knew that plastic bags could be for more than poluting the earth WELL DONE!!!

  3. Wow some great stuff. Can't wait for the instructions on the box. Do you really make your Christmas cards in January?


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