Gift Ideas

{Simply Said Post-It Gift}

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I enjoy making little gifts for people – just something a little bit more than a card but not a huge gift that creates expectations. Just a little "I love you" or "Thank you very very much" type of thing.Stampinuppostitcoaster

We made up this little gift item in class last week using post-it notes and two coasters. The stamp set used here is one that I hadn't gotten out in a while, and seeing it in ink again put a smile on my face.  Luckily, this one is staying around for another year. 

The papers an dthe punch, however, are not!  The Spring Bouquet punch is great value because you get three flowers on the one punch, all perfect for layering up as on this project.

Stampinuppostitcoaster2 Do you have a favourite gift idea?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you do!

Stamps:  Simply Said

Colours:  Basic Grey for stamping and Regal Rose, Summer Sun, and Certainly Celery

Other:  Grosgrain ribbon, Spring Fling papers, Spring Bouquet punch, Soft Subtles brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, coasters

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{An Easy Mini Album or WOW card}

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This is a fantastic little template a lovely lady named Carrie showed to us at last year's Stampinupminialbumafttea Stampin' Up! training convention in Sydney.  I have used this quite a bit, and am pleased to hear that many of you have been as well!

One sweet customer, Lisa, told me that she made some of these up and let her daughter do all the embellishing, which is a great idea!  What young girls (we're all young, aren't we?) wouldn't enjoy that?  I'm thinking about the tween birthday party my eldest wants to have next month . . .

The first sample is one that many of you have made with me, using the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Papers and the Live Your Dreams stamp set (which is on the Bushfire Appeal list). 

The second sample uses the Le Jardin papers and the Carte Postale stamp set (both on the retired list) and the third one – you'll have to watch the movie! 

Stampinupminialbum The basics of how this goes together is in the movie (mum's tv show, as it's called at my house) because it's rather tricky to explain in print, but easy to explain with visuals.  The rest, the embellishing, is up to you!  Enjoy!

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{Oh So Lovely Tall Box}

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Another favourite Hostess Set! Oh, So Lovely has been well used at my house becuase it's the only "tall" flower in the book!  And I enjoy the look of the distressed stamp (the Creamy Caramel texture behind the flower), both with this set and mixed in with other Stampinuptall-box sets, too.  This particular stamp set will be deleted as of March 31st.

This is an invaluable template because this box uses only one measurement and no template!  You only need one sheet of A4 card to make this size, but of course, it can be made smaller and bigger, shorter and taller to suit your needs.

I teach a fun class I call "No Template Bags and Boxes".  Book yours today and receive your FREE Oh, So Lovely Stamp set! 

Stamp sets:  En Francais Background stamp, Oh, So Lovely, Occasional Greetings

Colours: Almost Amethyst, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Basic Black, various markers for colouring image

Other:  Hodge Podge Clip for closure, ribbon, Dazzling Diamons glitter

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{A Happy Heart Gift Bag}

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This is a super quick and easy project shown to me by my dear friend and fellow demonstrator, Anabel Welch.

Stampinuprecipegift I wanted to give a young girl a gift for watching after my children and untangling the huge WAD of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets I had.  She enjoys baking, so I whipped up a wrapper for this cookbook for her using one sheet of the Dashing Designer Series Paper combined with the A Happy Heart Stamp set. 

And this stamp set is fantastic – I'll use this one well past Valentine's Day.  In fact, I am using it on a page for later in the week  . . . 

These are colours I would have never put together on my own, but took the inspiration from the front of the book.  I Stampinuprecipegift2 like the combination!  It's my opinion that you can find inspiration nearly anywhere.  My favourite place to look is at the fabric store or at people's clothing.  Where are your favourite place to find your inspiration?  Leave your ideas in the comments, please; I'll be interested to hear what inspires you!

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{Cute, Quick, & Easy Valentine’s Chocolate!}

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I took this idea from Angie Juda, a demo from the United States.  I can see where she's from, but from her accent, I'd guess Texas?  You can see her project here.  And this is my adaptation on it:

Stampinupchocolatevalentine This is a super easy project, made easy by the slit punch.  This is such a useful punch for creating little closures!

The images are from both Big On Spring and from Love Owl-ways, both sets from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  The scallop is done with the new scallop edge punch.

I love the Love Owl-ways set for Valentines because it includes words suitable for friends.  I suggest we all Stampinupvalentinechocolate make a valentine and remember our girlfriends!  My girls and I are going to make up Valentine treats and take them to some of the  the single ladies at church. 

Of course you can change the dimensions and the treat inside to suit you!  please email me for the dimensions on this to fit the Whittaker's chocolates.

Colours Used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp sets used:  Big on Spring or Love Owl-ways

Other:  Slit punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8 grosgrain ribbon, blender pens, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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{Bali Breeze Altered Tin & Custom Dyed Flowers}

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Do you recognize from where I acquired this tin? Stampinupbalibreezetin This is the tin the Hodge Podge Haredware comes in! So even when you've used up all the goodies, you've still got another project out of the purchase! I've covered the tin using the Bali Breeze papers from the Summer Mini Catalogue and the stamp images are from Rivetbudgetwise the Sale-A-Bration set, Yummy. I am looking forward to making some really cool jars and recipe projects with this set! And I think I have a few photos of babies with avacado or some such smeared all over their bodies that would suit this stamps for a nice layout . . . just a few. The

Stampinupbalibreezetin2 flowers on here were a special effort by me today. All the flowers are from the Pretties Kit – see the video below on how I coloured them up! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Besides that I need to close the dishwasher next time . .

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{Rubber Stamping Gift Idea}

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Rivetbudgetwise Not just for Christmas, this is a fun gift idea for any time of the year!

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with cancer.  She's been in the hospital for surgery this last week, and my dad and I resolved to visit her every day.  Each day I took in a small gift – chapstick for her dry lips, an extra blanket to keep warm, a truffle, a book Fern's-vase to read.  One of the days we took in a vase with some scented flowers to fill her space with lovliness.  I cut some flowers for her and found a little vase at an op shop.  Dad scrubbed it shiny clean, and we were ready to go.  I just added this one last detail – one of Stampin Up's rub-ons from the Cherish collection right onto the glass.  It worked beautifully!  (You get a sheet of black and a sheet of white in each pack.)  I gave it a quick coat with clear nail polish so she could wash it without it coming off, too.  Now my $2 vase is something unique and special.

Try this with little hand mirrors, glass jars, wine glasses, etc.  I'd love to see what you come up with!

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{A Cute! Gift from Melinda}

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Rivetbudgetwise Melsstampinupchapstick I have to confess my dearest and long-timest (hate to say "oldest") friend, Melinda, sent these for my girls . . .  a long time ago!  It took me shoveling out my craft closet to find them again.  And bonus! Perfect stocking stuffers.

Aren't they adorable?!  Pefect for three little girls who love to doll themselves up.  She's a clever lady, that Melinda.  She made up this little project, too.  Now maybe if we all write to her, she might come and visit-teach us.  She's timid of airplanes, so she'll need lot of encouragment.

The stamps used here are Stampin' Up! stamps, but from a retired set.  the colours are from the Bold Brights collection.

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