Category Archives: Handmade Gifts

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!!  Hope you have a fun, spooky day! My little kiddies are all grown up and off on their own.  But, I still have wonderful memories of many, many costumes and fun Halloweens.  Plus, I like to let them know I’m thinking of them.  So, I made care packages to mail off and surprise them.  Bahahaaaa! OK, so I need to start off by qualifying that I did not… Read More »

Bigfoot???

Last weekend, my daughter’s boyfriend had knee surgery for the second time in less than a year!  Poor kid.  He had only been at Redlands University for football training for a little over a week, when he tore his meniscus again!  I felt so BAD for him, because he was SO EXCITED to play football. The good news is that all went well, and according to him, he should be… Read More »

Fall Gift Box & More!

I have so many things to share today! First, I have exciting Paper Pumpkin news.  For the first time ever, the kits coming out in October and November will be coordinated.  While each kit will stand on its own, if you get both kits, they will coordinate to help you get a BIG jump on your holiday crafting.  We’re all so busy this time of year that who wouldn’t want… Read More »

Salt Technique — Global Design Project 99

This week’s challenge for the Global Design Project is to create a wedding or anniversary card.  Click the photo below to go to that site and see the inspiring projects created by the designers, as well as the numerous entries so far.  You are sure to find lots of great ideas! I just made a couple wedding and anniversary cards, so I decided to go a little non-traditional and make… Read More »

Need A Tag?

Do you ever need a quick tag for a gift?  Use your stamping supplies!  Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to whip up a cute tag.  Here’s a couple I made recently. This first one is for my son’s girlfriend.  I wanted to make it cute and girly, so I grabbed my Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and Scallop Tag Topper Punch. I made the tag itself out of a Silver… Read More »

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 »