Check out these Gift Packaging Options!

Stampin’ Up! offers many great products perfect for creating custom packaging for small gifts!  Below is a sampling of some of the gift packaging products currently available:

Baker’s Boxes

 

Red Distressed Card Tin

 

Kraft Pillow Boxes

 

Santa’s Bags

 

Mini Pizza Boxes

 

Mini Gable Boxes

 

All of these (and more!) can be found in the Paper Basics & Packaging section of the online store!  You can see them all HERE.  They can also be found throughout the Holiday Catalog!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

End of Year Cafeteria Worker Gifts

Here’s another one of the end of year gifts I made for staff at my son’s school.  This time, they were made for the cafeteria workers!  They are mini lunch bags filled with candy and decorated with a tag that reads “Thank you bunches for the lunches!”  I got the idea from Pinterest, of course, and just modified it a bit to put my own spin on it!

Not all products used on this project are from Stampin’ Up!  More specifically, the bags and the apple paper are not.  The bags were purchased at a local craft store, and the paper was purchased on Amazon.  If you would like specifics, please contact me and I will be happy to share the links with you!

As for the products that ARE Stampin’ Up!, I used a few!  I used the scalloped tag topper to make the tag, as well as the NEW Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners.  I also used the Layering Squares Framelits to frame the sentiment, which was typed and printed on my computer, and of course, I used the Big Shot as well to cut them out!  The tag is tied on with 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  I also used Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the tag.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Fill the bag with the gift/treat of your choice (I used individually wrapped Godiva chocolates from Target.)
  2. Fold the top of the bag over twice and staple on each side.
  3. Trim the apple paper to 2 x 4 inches and punch one end with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, and round the corners of the other end with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  4. Print out the sentiment and cut out using the Layering Square Framelits and the Big Shot.
  5. Adhere the sentiment to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Punch a hole in between the two staples, and attach the tag with the 1/8″ Real Red Solid Ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in a bow.

And that’s it!  This one was quick and easy to make!

I got to hand deliver these to the cafeteria workers myself, and they seemed really pleased with them!  I love how they came out!

If you have any questions about how these were made, please feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

 

End of Year Bus Driver Gifts

As I mentioned at the end of last week, I have spent the last few days working on end of year treats/gifts for school personnel at my son’s school!  I have finished the bus driver gifts, so I thought I would share!

These little Hershey Nugget treats were fun and easy to make!  Each one has five school bus themed nuggets in a red tray.  The tray is slipped into a 2 x 8 inch cello bag, and is topped with a printed thank you message.

I found these cute school bus nugget wrappers on Etsy.  It was $2.99 for a digital download (PDF form) with 16 wrappers on it.  I printed them out, then cut them with my paper cutter.  Each one was wrapped around a nugget and secured with a small piece of scotch tape underneath.  The wrappers were specifically designed for Hershey Nuggets, so they fit them perfectly!  You can find the wrappers HERE.

Here are step by step instructions for this project:

  1. Purchase, print, and cut out wrappers.
  2. Wrap each Hershey Nugget, securing the wrapper underneath with a small piece of scotch tape (or your adhesive of choice).
  3. Cut a 2-1/2 x 5 inch piece of Real Red cardstock.
  4. Score the Real Red piece lengthwise at 1/4 inch and 2-1/4 inches.
  5. Fold the Real Red cardstock up along the score lines to form a tray.
  6. Attach each nugget to the tray using a Mini Glue Dot.
  7. Slip the tray and nuggets into a 2 x 8 inch cellophane bag.
  8. Type and print the thank you message on Whisper White cardstock.
  9. Cut out the thank you message with the Layering Squares Framelits using the Big Shot. (The scalloped square I used measures approximately 2 inches).
  10. Stamp Daffodil Delight stars using the star stamp from the Pick a Pennant stamp set.
  11. Cut a 2-1/4 x 4-1/2 inch piece of Basic Black cardstock.  Score it at 2-1/4 inches.  Fold in half.
  12. Trim 1 to 1-1/2 inches from the top of the cellophane bag.
  13. Place the trimmed end of the cello bag into the folded black piece and staple.
  14. Adhere the thank you message to the front of the black topper with Snail Adhesive.

I’m pretty pleased with how these came out!  I hope the bus drivers like them, and I hope you do too!  🙂

Please check back this week for more school personnel gifts!  I still need to make some for secretaries, custodians, cafeteria works, and the school nurse.  I’ll post what I come up with!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Mini Treat Bag Gift Card Holder

My project today features one of the most useful retiring products that Stampin’ Up! sells:  the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  This is a perfect item to have on hand when you need small bags for gift cards, note cards, treats, and more!  The finished bag measures about 3-3/4 x 5-3/8 inches.  For this project, I used it to make a gift card holder for a Starbucks Gift Card!

I used the thinlits to make the bag from a piece of the NEW Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.  (There is a woodgrain pattern in the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, but as it is so close to the end of the catalog period, I did not have enough of that pattern left, so I substituted the one from Tranquil Textures instead.)  As I was making this for a Starbucks gift card, I wanted to make the whole project coffee themed.  The Coffee Cafe bundle and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper were perfect for what I needed, AND the colors of the paper just so happen to coordinate with Starbucks colors too!

Once the bag was made, I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped the coffee beans from the Coffee Cafe stamp set in Versamark ink all over it.  I then wrapped it around the bag like a band, and wrapped a piece of Linen Thread twice around the band for a little added detail.  The sentiment is stamped in Garden Green ink, and is cut out with the coordinating die from the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I layered it on a Corrugated Elements embellishment and then mounted it to the bag with mini dimensionals.  I also used one of the framelits to cut the cup from another piece of the Coffee Break Paper, and mounted that with mini dimensionals as well.  I then added a small button from the True Gentleman buttons and a tiny linen thread bow to the cup.

For the inside piece, I used a piece of Garden Green cardstock, and again stamped the coffee beans down one side of it in Versamark.  I then used a one inch strip of the polka dots pattern from the Coffee Break Paper, cut both ends with the Triple Banner Punch, cut it in half, then stapled it to the top of the green piece.  This is so that it can be used as a handle to easily pull the insert out of the bag.  I mounted the gift card to the green insert piece with mini dimensionals as well, and slid the whole thing into the bag.  Now it is ready to be given to its recipient!

 

The measurements for this project are as follows:

Tranquil Textures DSP:  6 x 6 inches (you need two pieces to make the bag!)

Crumb Cake Band:  1-1/2 x 9 inches

Garden Green Insert:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Coffee Break DSP banner piece:  1 x 6 inches (cut with Triple Banner punch, cut in half, and stapled to top of green insert piece as shown)

Whisper White sentiment piece:  2 x 2 inches

 

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and Coffee Break Designer Series Paper are both retiring items and are only available while supplies last, or until May 31st!  The Coffee Cafe Bundle is available for 10% off until May 31st, after which time, the stamp set and framelits will still be available, but the 10% discount will not be.  So if you really love this bundle, buying it before May 31st will save you some money!

If you have any questions regarding this project, please feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

So this week in the US is Teacher Appreciation Week!  Since I am a former teacher myself, I have a special place in my heart for the events of this week.  I have two young boys, one in preschool and one in kindergarten.  So for this week, I wanted to make something special for the teachers and staff at each of their schools!

The gifts shown in the pic above were made for my little guy Max’s teachers at his preschool.  He goes to a small, private, rural preschool, and there are four teachers there.  I made them each a Mini Pizza box filled with 10 gold foil wrapped chocolate hearts, and a note that reads “You have a heart of gold, thank you for all you do.”  I decorated each the same, with a 3 x 10 inch strip of the NEW Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper, just in a different design. There is a LOT of green in this paper, and green is my favorite color, so I really, really love this paper!  On these, I used Goil Foil Paper for the heart, and cut them with a die from the retiring Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies set.  I also wrapped a piece of Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon around each box.  Here’s a peek at the DSP designs:

 

And some close ups of the boxes themselves:

For my older son’s school, I had to make 95 gifts!  So it was not practical to make the gifts as shown above!  So for his school, what I did instead was place three of the chocolate hearts into a small cello bag, placed the same scalloped square note in the bag, and tied it closed with a ribbon:

These were much easier to make since I had to make so many!  I then placed them all in a large basket with a sign next to it saying they were for Teacher Appreciation Week and placed them on the table in the main office of the school for everyone to take one as they walked by!  For these, I used Gold Glimmer Paper for the hearts, as well as various colored ribbons to try to use up some of my stash of ribbon!

I got the idea for these from Pinterest (of course).  Why not make a simple gift for the teachers in your life?  It doesn’t take long, and I am sure it would be very much appreciated!

Feel free to contact me with questions!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Copper Tea Tin and Mini Note Card Set

My project today features items from a NEW suite of products called the Tea Room Suite!  All products in this suite will be available starting June 1st when the NEW 2018-2019 Annual Catalog goes live.  For this project, I used four products from the suite: Copper Tea Tins, Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers, Tea Room Ribbon, and Spot of Tea Framelits Dies.  There is also a coordinating stamp set, Designer Series Paper, and a Memories and More Card Pack in the suite!

For this project, I decided to keep it simple and do a coordinating set of three mini notecards with envelopes.  The tins measure 3-3/4 x 3-5/8 x 2-1/4 inches in size, making them the perfect size for holding 3 x 3 inch note cards and envelopes!

I wrapped the tin with a piece of Vellum, and then wrapped a piece of the Tea Room Ribbon around it as well.  I cut a doily from Fresh Fig cardstock using the Spot of Tea Framlits Dies and my Big Shot, then applied one of the stickers from the Tea Room Copper Vinyl Stickers.  I cut a 1-1/2 inch circle from the vellum as well, then applied the butterfly sticker.

Inside the tin are three mini notecards.  I used sentiments from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set for each card!  I used the same ribbon as on the outside of the tin, and used both of the doily dies from the Spot of Tea Framelits, one in Fresh Fig and the other in Whisper White.  I LOVE mini note cards, as they are the perfect size to tuck into gift bags, lunchboxes, or coworkers mail boxes!  You can also punch a small hole in the corner, thread some ribbon or twine through the hole, and use as a gift tag.  I kept all three cards exactly the same except for the sentiment and the sticker on the envelope:

I really love the combination of Fresh Fig and Copper.  I think it’s a really pretty color combination!

All of the items from the Tea Room Suite will be available June 1st.  When you receive your new catalog, you can find the suite on pages 14 and 15.  Need a demonstrator?  I would love to help you with whatever you need!  Please feel free to contact me anytime, or visit my online store to shop!

Although most of the products used on this project are not available just yet, there are still lots of fantastic products available NOW! Click the image below to shop current products, and don’t forget to check out the last chance products section!  All products in there are retiring, and are only available until May 31st or while supplies last.  Some products have started selling out already, so be sure to stock up on your retiring favorites before they are gone for good!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

Mini Pizza Box OnStage Team Swap and Gift

For OnStage this past weekend, I only had time to make swaps for the other members of the team I am on.  I usually make a card for the team swap, but this time, I wanted to make something a little different, so I put together this Mini Pizza Box using NEW products from the upcoming Annual Catalog!  The top of the box is decorated with Early Espresso cardstock for the bottom layer, and the top layer is from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  But the flowers and sentiment come from the ALL NEW Love What You Do stamp set!  This set was one of three stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! sent me for my display board, and it was hands down my favorite of the three.  It contains multiple floral stamps, water color backgrounds, and sentiments, and was designed by Stampin’ Up! with demonstrators in mind.  It really is a gorgeous set!  Take a look for yourself:

The set contains 13 stamps, and is a photopolymer set.  And the best news is that this set will be part of a suite of products that will be available to customers as an early release!  So that means you can get this set and coordinating products a whole month before the new catalog comes out in June!  I will give more details about the early release as we get closer to May, so please stay tuned for more information soon.

Other products used on this box include Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Markers, the NEW Tea Room Ribbon, Layering Ovals Framelits, and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Each box is embellished with Glitter & Clear Epoxy shapes from the Occasions Catalog.  I should also add that the flowers were fussy cut using Paper Snips.  (This set does not have matching framelits.)  Inside each box are three Ghiardelli Chocolate Squares, so this doubled as both a swap and gift!  I made ten of them, placed each one in a cellophane bag, and tied with a 1/4 inch White Organza Ribbon bow to complete the package.  I was very pleased with how they came out!

Tomorrow I will show my full display board so you can see what all of my projects looked like together on the board.  This specific box was not on there, but I did make another one very similar to it, just with different colors!  I will be sharing each project from my board individually over the next couple of weeks.  I hope you will check back in the see them!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

Introducing the Sweet Soiree Suite

This little box was another sample that I made in November at OnStage!  It features products from the NEW Sweet Soiree Suite, now available from Stampin’ Up!  These small silver gable boxes measure 4 x 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches and are food safe, making them the perfect size for favors or small gifts!  The bottom portion of the box is wrapped in Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, and the tag was stamped using stamps from the new Cake Soiree stamp set.  The box is embellished with Berry Burst 3/8 inch Metallic Ribbon, tied in a bow, to give it a finished, elegant look!

Here’s a closer look at the products used on this project:

Silver Mini Gable Boxes

12 silver boxes for gifts and goodies.
4″ x 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ (10.2 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
Food safe

 

Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper

Silver foil adds a textured look to these handpainted designs.

Silver foil accents on one side, colorful printed images on the other.

12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs * 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Acid free
Lignin free

Coordinating Colors: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Silver Foil, Whisper White

 

Cake Soiree Stamp Set
This versatile set will be your go-to set for birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations. But look beyond the cake for all-occasion uses–build flowers, send thinking of you messages, and more.

Contains 18 rubber stamps, available in both clear-mount and wood-mount.

 

Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon

 

3/8 inch wide ribbon with metallic edges.
10 yards per roll.

 

While this project used four of the products from the new suite, there are many other coordinating products also available!  To check out the full Sweet Soiree Suite, please click HERE.

 

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day!

Nicolle

 

Christmas Themed Hershey Nugget Tins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here are, hands down, the most popular item I’ve made for the vendor events and craft fairs I’ve done so far this year!  These little Hershey Nugget Tins are such a simple gift to make, and people LOVE them!  They are simply twelve Hershey Nuggets, each wrapped in a 1 x 3 inch strip of Designer Series Paper.  The tin is wrapped in a 2 x 10 inch strip of coordinating DSP, and embellished with a Foil Snowflake, sentiment, and star from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.  The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set, and I used the new Everyday Label Punch to frame it.  So, SO easy, and makes a great gift!

I used four different Designer Series Papers to make these.  They are Merry Little Christmas DSP, Year of Cheer Specialty DSP,  Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 DSP, and Be Merry DSP!

There are a few different places that you can find the tins.  These come from www.specialtybottle.com, but they can also be found on www.Papermart.com as well!

I will be having a giveaway for one of these on my Facebook page later today!  If you’d like to enter to win one of these, hop on over to my Facebook page to vote for your favorite!  Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner!

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Nicolle

 

Christmas Themed Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

Last month, I made some Halloween treats that were very similar to these.  They were a huge hit at my vendor event, so I made some again this month with Christmas themed paper! I really love these little boxes.  They are the perfect size for small gifts and favors!  This month, I used three different Designer Series Papers, so that I had a nice selection.  I used Be Merry, Year of Cheer, and Quilted Christmas papers.

For the candy, I was able to fit six Ghiardelli chocolate squares or fifteen Hershey kisses in each.  I then cut a 1 x 9 inch strip of DSP and wrapped it around the box.  I secured it on the bottom with Fast Fuse Adhesive.  I find Fast Fuse works best on 3D projects, as it has a super strong hold!  Also, adhering the paper on the bottom of the box has two benefits: you don’t see where the paper is adhered and the weight of the filled box helps to keep the paper flat and together.  Once the boxes were filled and wrapped, I used the Bow Builder punch to make the bows for the tops, using a coordinating pattern from each package.  Here’s a short video that shows how easy it is to use the Bow Builder punch:

Once the bows were completed, I secured the bows to the tops using two Mini Glue Dots each, and then stamped and punched the tags in coordinating colors.  The “For You” sentiment is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set, and the tiny tags were cut using the Wood Crate Framelits Dies and the Big Shot.

Just a note about using 6 x 6 DSP for this project: in order to use the smaller sized DSP, you need to cut two strips and then adhere them together before wrapping them around the boxes.  This causes a visible seam where the two pieces meet.  I folded the strip at the seam, and placed the seam along the back, bottom edge of the box.  I find that this is the best place to put it, as it’s the least noticeable!  I do find it’s easier to use 12 x 12 DSP to make these, as you don’t have to worry about a seam, but when you have really cute 6 x 6 paper, this is a way to still be able to use it, even if it’s a little more work!  Here’s a picture of where I placed the seam (again, this is along the back, bottom edge of the box):

These are so fun and easy to make, and people LOVE them!  Hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting today!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Nicolle