Category Archives: Handmade Gifts

Botanical Gift Bag

Today is my monthly Stamp Club meeting!  My friends and I gather together once a month to make four projects and rotate hostesses.  It’s a great way to learn new stamping techniques and try out new products, while having fun visiting and catching up, as well as reaping the rewards of free hostess dollars!!! My project share for today is the door prize I made to give away tonight.  It’s another… Read More »

Easter Treats

My daughter will be home for Easter, but my son is staying at college.  So, last weekend I boxed up a bunch of treats to mail off to him and his girlfriend.  He LOVES chocolate, so I know he’ll appreciate it. 🙂 It’s hard to mail an Easter basket, so I opted for an Easter bag.  And, even though Sale-A-Bration is over, I couldn’t resist using those cute chick stamps.… Read More »

Glitz Up Your Gifts

This is the last day of Sale-A-Bration!  I wanted to remind you, just in case there was anything you still wanted to earn for free.  (Some items have run out, so check availability.) Today, I have a couple fun gift wrapping ideas to share.  The first features the Avant Garden Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  It’s a gift I made for my Stamp Club yesterday as a door prize.  (And what’s inside is… Read More »

Dragonfly Dreams Gift Bag

My Stamp Club is coming up this Thursday!  So exciting!!!  It’s so fun to get together with my friends and create each month. I always bring a door prize to each meeting.  It’s usually something small, an embellishment of some sort, but I love to use it to demonstrate all the AMAZING things you can do with Stampin’ Up! products to create gifts with a big “WOW” factor that really show you care. For… Read More »

A Sweet Treat

Looking for a quick way to make an elegant Valentine treat?  Well, look no further.  Stampin’ Up!’s Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are perfect!  (You get 16 boxes for only $7.50!!!)  I love them because you can see what’s inside and they’re just the right size for cute little treat. I decided to fill my box with silver chocolates and stick with a white and silver color scheme. The first thing… Read More »

Sent With Love

I’m working on finishing up the Valentine care packages that I’m going to send to my kids at college.  They love getting these packages, especially all the little “Mom” crafty things I put inside that make them realize I’m thinking of them while they’re away.  (I’m sure all the chocolate goes a long way too!) This little gift bag is a variation on one I made for my Stamp Club… Read More »

Hostess Gift With Love

Yesterday, I got together with the gals for Stamp Club.  We gather together once a month to create four projects.  It’s so much fun; I really enjoy all of these ladies. Each time we get together, I have a drawing for a door prize.  The box below was this month’s prize. I created the bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  This is a great tool, because you can use… Read More »

Watercolored Valentine’s

Is love in the air? It’s getting to be that time of year.  Valentine’s Day is only a month away.  When I looked through the new Occasions Catalog, I totally fell in love with the Sending Love Suite of products.  The stamps are so cute, and there are so many sayings that they should just about cover every possible Valentine wish you’d like to send out.  But, what I really fell… Read More »

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!! I haven’t posted a while, because I’ve been so busy preparing for Christmas.  Now that it’s here, I can actually relax a little and share what I’ve been doing.  I have two projects to share today, and then I’ll post another soon (I promise!) During the Online Extravaganza at Thanksgiving, I picked up a Gift Bag Punch Board.  I’ve always wanted one, and when it went on sale, I… Read More »

Bear Happy Birthday

One of my husband’s best friends is about to turn 60!  (Yikes, I can’t believe we’re all approaching another big milestone!)  They’ve been friends since grammar school and have enjoyed lots of skiing and hiking trips in the back country of the Sierra. Meanwhile last weekend, we happened to be wine tasting in Lodi with my mom (which was so fun), and my husband discovered this great bottle of red… Read More »

Surprise!

A week from today, my daughter will be taking college finals for her first semester at LMU (Loyola Marymount University.)  She seems to be taking it all in stride so far, but I thought it would be really fun to surprise her with a box of goodies to raise her spirits.  So, of course I HAD to make a card to send in the box! I looked at my stash… Read More »

Petite Cafe Gift Bags

I love creating pretty gift bags, especially during the holidays. Stampin’ Up!’s Petite Cafe Gift Bags are perfect for the job.  Simply fill them up, add some pretty papers and embellishments, and voila, you have a gorgeous gift with very little effort! On this bag, I used the This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper for the stitched label and banner.  You can find this paper in the Annual Catalog.  It’s lightweight and… Read More »

Festive Boxes

It may be only November, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas! I love Christmas and especially wrapping beautiful presents to go under the tree and give to friends.  Stampin’ Up! makes it so simple!!!  The whole Candy Cane Lane suite of products coordinate together, including stamps, designer papers, and gorgeous ribbon and twine. I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and the Gift Box Punch Board to… Read More »

Trick or Treat!

It’s almost Halloween! My kids may be off at college, but they are still kids at heart.  So, I decided to make them both treat bags and sent them off in the mail last week as a surprise.  Both of them are deep into the first semester/quarter of their respective colleges.  And, this is about the time when the thrill of being away at college wears off, and the hard work really… Read More »

September Paper Pumpkin!

It’s already October!!!!  Oh my gosh, where did September go? I got my September Paper Pumpkin kit a little over a week ago, but unfortunately I received it the night before I left to drive down to Southern California for a long weekend to visit my daughter at Loyola Marymont University.  She just started in August, and we were missing each other!!!  We had an amazing, fun filled weekend that included… Read More »

Tin of Tags!

The Tin of Tags Project Kit on page 33 of the Holiday Catalog is AMAZING!!!  It includes supplies to make 30 Christmas tags.  I don’t know about you, but this kit is right up my alley, because I love to make all my tags ahead of time.  That way, in the frenzy of Christmas gift wrapping, I can just grab one and keep wrapping. This project kit coordinates with the Tin of… Read More »

Cookie Cutter Halloween

I had Stamp Club last week.  It’s always so much fun to get together with the gals and make projects.  For this club, I focused three of the four projects on the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and coordinating stamp sets, including the Cookie Cutter Halloween.  I adore this cute little scarecrow guy!!! This is actually the door prize that I gave out at the workshop.  Each time we meet, I… Read More »

Paper Pumpkin Gift Bag

When I started thinking of alternative ideas for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, the first thing that popped into my mind was a gift bag.  The banner that comes with the kit is so freaking cute that I wanted to integrate it into some sort of larger scale project.  And, what better than a birthday bag? I selected a large bag measuring 13″ x 10″.  To cover the front, I… Read More »

Hello Flamingo

I love the new Pop of Paradise stamp set!  The flamingo is so cute, and I also adore the tropical leaves that come with this stamp set.  It just screams summer fun to me. I wanted to make a fun door prize for my Stamp Club this week, so I chose bright, cheery colors including one of the new In-Colors … Flirty Flamingo.  Well it is pretty apropos, don’t you… Read More »

Senior Dancers’ Gift

About a month ago, my daughter asked if I could create a special gift for her dance teacher for the end of the dance season.  She wanted me to make a framed picture of all the senior dancers that are graduating this year.  All of these girls have been students at the studio for years!!!  My daughter Shannon started dancing there at 5, and I know some of these girls… Read More »