Decorated Gift Bag and Tissue

This time of year we are wrapping gifts in preparation for the Big Day.  I gave up wrapping in paper several years ago…. the shapes were too weird to wrap neatly or the parcels looked too lumpy and unappetising!.  I started to use gift bags and tissue paper, a much quicker and easier (and neater!) solution.

Gift bags and tissue can be expensive so I buy plain bags from the craft stores and plain tissue from the dollar store ( 40 sheets for $1) Then I get out my inks and stamp sets and decorate to my hearts’ content.

I have a number of hostess gifts this year so this is the bag/tissue combination I  have been working on today…..

gift bag

The stamp set is Joyful Christmas and I used Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Crushed Curry inks. Now I have some lovely, elegant gifts to take with me.

joyful christmas

I hope this gives you an idea for your future gift wrapping……..

Happy Stamping ~ Cindy 🙂

PS I just realised this is my 50th post…….. lets celebrate with your ‘liking’ it and while you are doing that……. just go ahead and ‘follow’ my blog…. then you know when I get to my 100th post!!!  🙂

My Project 4-001

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a catalog, please feel free to contact me, and if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team I’d most definitely like to hear from you!

Stampin’ Up ~ Joyful Christmas

inspiration card

I went to an inspiration night last week and I have to say I was well and truly  inspired by the projects we made.

This one used the Joyful Christmas Stamp Set.  Heat embossed in silver on Shimmery White cardstock.  We then spritzed it with water before using an Aqua Painter with Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo ink to flood in the color.  After it was dry (which only took a few minutes) it was out with the scissors to ‘fussy-cut” the flower before adhering to Coastal Cabana cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The center was finished off with a bunch of rhinestones to add some extra bling!

joyful christmas

A good afternoon’s work (playtime)


Had some of these little calendars kicking around my workbench, so decided to pull together some ink, paper and ribbon to create a little fridge magnet calendar.  The base is made of chipboard cut 4×4,  a little DSP added with some ribbon in a complementary colour.  Flowers were stamped on Whisper White card stock using the Flower Shop Stamp set and punch (available as a bundle)  few pieces of magnetic strip hot glued to the back and we have a cute stocking stuffer, hostess / teacher appreciation gift ready for the holiday season.

Flower shop bundle

You can order this bundle directly from my website – just click the picture above.  This week’s  Hostess Code for week ending Sunday is  KWH4TKW3 and you could win all the hostess $$$$$’s that accumulate during the week! One winner will be named at random

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a catalog, please feel free to contact me, and if you’re thinking of joining Stampin’ Up! and my team I’d most definitely like to hear from you!

October Christmas/Holiday Card Stamp Camp

Last weekend was the 3rd Christmas/ Holiday Card Stamp Camp for this year.  We made 3 of each of these cards:


Contemporary ‘flip/flop’ card in Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay with silver ribbon and glimmer paper.  The middle card in classic red and green, showcased the new ‘ Expressions Framelits’ and ‘Silver Foil’ card stock.  The final card in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ~ traditional colors with a contemporary design.

And here is the some of the band of happy stampers:

Oct stamp camp 1

Here is a video on how to use the fantastic Expression thinlits:

Road 424 – Flea in the Field ~ Vintage and Handmade Market Place

Do you  a bargain?  ……………… I do too…. and on Saturday October 12th, 9am thru 5pm, I will have a selection of my handmade cards, home decor and gift items including holiday banners for Halloween and Thanksgiving, advent calendars, decorated notebooks, post-it notes, tissue holders, tons of ideas perfect for teacher and hostess gifts. 

I also have a bunch of card-crafting and scrapbook tools, ribbons and other embellishments all looking for good homes at real bargain prices.

In addition I will  be showing my new Origami Owl Living Locket products.

A chance not to be missed….. come along and visit  my booth as well as tons of other vendors…. a chance for some early holiday shopping.

Click on the Vendor icon above and it will take you to the website where you will find maps and info on other vendors.  Will look forward to seeing Ya’all there

September’s Stamp Camp Trio

September’s Stamp Camp had three new designs.  The first in traditional colours with a contemporary design (thank you Connie Stewart for the inspiration!)  The second card featured a glitter encrusted tree in delicious Midnight Muse and Soft Sky card and finally the mellow greens of Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz with a silver embossed ornament just popping off the card.

October’s Camp brings three more designs, two are complete – the third is still on the drawing board.  October’s camp is on the 18th and 19th ~ you choose the  date that works for you – call me for more details and to reserve your place.

Not able to come to my classes?   ~  contact me about a kit.  Not into card-crafting but love my designs? ~ contact me about buying some completed cards 🙂

August Christmas/Holiday Card Stamp Camp

These were the cards we made in the August Camp.  Each person  made 3 of each card, including decorating the envelopes.  The left hand card features both heat and dry embossing in classic vanilla and gold.  The centre card has the traditional Christmas colours of Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and silver.  I just loved the contemporary colors of Crisp Cantalope and Cake Crumb cardstock in the right hand card.

There is one more Holiday card camp for 2013 on October 18th and 19th.