Gift Ideas

{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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{Always Time for You}

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Rivetgreatgiftidea Coasterboxes I had a lot of fun making these!  This year my eldest daughter and I combined efforts and made coaster boxes and gift bags for the Stampin Up demonstrators on my team and for a few friends.  Madeleine did most of the colouring, employing the waterbrush and markers on the boxes.  Tip:  When you use watercolour paper, you can add colour with the markers and then spread the colour with the watercolour brush to acheive the painted look.  It's quite time-effective and easy enough for even a ten Coasterboxdetail year old to master.

The bags were coloured using the ink pads and a blender pen, again another easy technique to create an image that matches the project perfectly

The stamp set here is a new one from the Summer Mini Catalogue called Time for You for $39.95.  A matching wheel is also available.

The papers are the three new collections Stampinupafternoonteabox from the Summer Mini Catalogue – Bali Breeze, Ginger Blossom, and Afternoon Tea.  I love them!  Which is your favouorite?  Mine, at the moment, is Ginger Blossom.

I filled each box or bag with bits and pieces; chocolates, special project things from the usa, ink pads, ribbons, and the like.  It made for a very colourful display!  My three girls were begging to have one!  So I let them make their own that afternoon, which they then filled with chocolates and gave to their Sunday School Teachers.

This was my small token of appreciation to my team.  Thank you for all your hard work, your patience, your friendship to each other, and thank you for being part of my life.  Merry Christmas to everyone!

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{A Christmas Star Ornament}

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This was a neat project sniffed out and sent to me by the lovely Jane.  The possibilities are endless with this one!  I very much like the idea of attaching this to a card and letting Rivetbudgetwise the recipent remove for an ornament/gift in one.

Change the colours around to make poinsettas, stars & flowers.  Add metallic Stampinuptagflowerembossing and more layers for an even more stunning look.

So this star is made using the two tag punches and vellum.  You can use either paper vellum or cardstock vellum and stamp it or not, as you choose.  I did stamp mine with En Francais in River Rock, but it's not showing very well in the photo.  Again this is such an easy, quick project, it's perfect for children.  For complete directions,email me.

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{A Flock of Angels Christmas Ornaments}

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Rivetgreatgiftidea IMG_5444_edited-1 I really enjoyed this little project and intend to let me three daughters make more of these.  How gorgeous would that be to have a tree covered in pastel-coloured angels?! 

These beautiful creatures are made with the stamp set Fabulous Flowers, and this project was created by Lorraine in New Jersey.  Her complete tutorial can be found here.  If you do a bit of search on her site, you can also find a similar project, but made into a tree rather than an angel.  Both very clever and super cute.  I just love to find ways to use my images and tools in "extra" ways!

The beads are from the Pretties Kit; you need both a large and a small pearl.  The cord is just some extra I had here – Order this set and mention this post, and I'll Stampinupflockofangels throw in a few metres of the cord for FREE. 

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{One of a Kind Gift}

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This is my Incentive Trip swap revisited.  I'm also going to use this as my Christmas cards this year – I love the idea of a little beatiful, fun card that also holds a tiny gift.  And what better than chocolate?  Okay, maybe money . . .

This little project uses the One of a Kind set and the matching punch, both of which will be deleted on November 30th.  This set wasn't really intended to be a Christmas set, but done up in the Purely Pomegranate, I think it could pass for poinsetta-like.  creative gift ideas

With the purchase of this set, I'd be happy to include complete directions for easy cardmaking stampin' Up! this card!

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{Scrapbooking Mini-Book Class}

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I really enjoy making these quick and easy little books!  Fill these with photos, recipes, embelishements, advice, etc.  You can make these as thick or as thin as you wish and any size.  Featured here is the Artfully Asian set, coloured in with the Stampin' Write Markers and then accented with Crystal Effects.  Crystal Effects leaves a scrapbooking classes Auckland dimensional, shiny look, making the flowers stand out and look "wet" or embossed.  The background is stamped with the Weathered background stamp, one that is overlooked but a really useful one!  It's really neat when layered with flowers if you enjoyed the aged, distressed, or heritage look.

The designer paper used here is Apple Cider, also used on a scrapbook page posted earlier in the month (scroll down for it).  These aren't colours that I would naturally think to combine . . which is one reason I love to use the papers: it makes the colour combination decision for you!  These particular papers will be retired in 6 days, so please order now!

The neat feature of this book is the double set eyelets.  This book uses four of the Stampin' Up! jumbo eyelets, so the back is as neat looking as the front. 

If you would like to make this project, contact me to set up a time.

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