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Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

When you’ve found the absolute best gift for a loved one, you want to package it in fancy Christmas gift boxes to make, don’t you? Today I want to show you an easy, yet oh-so-elegant box idea, that’s actually two bags fit together. Yup, you heard me right, two BAGS. I’ll tell you the secret below. But in the meantime, if you like glitz and glamour and sheen and shine, you’re going to flip over this beautiful gift box.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I thought you’d like it. Doesn’t that copper have an absolutely gorgeous shine? The Year of Cheer designer series specialty paper has practically flown off the shelves this year and this piece is one of the reasons why. Not only is it incredibly shiny, it’s got a mix of copper and champagne foil with a lovely texture. The leaves and berries are just slightly debossed so the edges pick up the light. When it’s matched with the copper foil sheets and the ornate stocking, it’s a winning combination.

From cards, to bags, to tags and more, your holiday paper crafts will take on a totally over-the-top elegance.  But you’ll want to stock up now since the Year of Cheer paper is being retired 🙁 and will be gone as of January.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Now I told you earlier, this box is actually two bags. Hard to believe, but there are two different bag sizes here made with the gift bag punch board. See what I mean?

fancy Christmas gift boxes to make

The thick Whisper White bag/box stands about 7” high and the smaller copper one is close to 3” high. You make them exactly the same way with the gift bag punch board and then the smaller one fits neatly right over the top to close your box. I tied my silver edged ribbon around the “join” to fancy it up even more. Pretty awesome.

If you haven’t seen the gift bag punch board in action, you might want to take a closer look. In fact, can you tell I created this festive gift bag also with it? It looks totally different doesn’t it? It’s amazing what variety you can build with this unassuming little tool.

Let’s take a closer peek at that tag.

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Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I have a confession. My Christmas Stocking Thinlits dies had been sitting in my cupboard since last October – yeah October 2016. I know that never happens to you, right? But when I stumbled upon the nice pristine package this fall, I knew I had to christen it. I loved them last year when they made their way onto my order – and I still think they’re pretty spectacular a year later.

You have to admit that swirly copper stocking is one heck of a reason to rip that package open. It’s a pretty simple tag really. The stocking, a little bit of copper embossing and a strip of the Year of Cheer washi tape.

Here are a couple tips for your fancy Christmas gift boxes to make:

  • Decide how big you need your bottom bag to be first. Then the top should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the size.
  • Pick two coordinating patterned papers or one solid cardstock and a patterned paper for extra pizzazz.
  • Make sure to use a really strong glue to hold your box. I used Fast Fuse for mine.
  • If you pinch the top edges of the bottom bag/box just a little, the smaller top will fit even better.
  • Tie your tag to the bigger metallic ribbon with extra lengths of metallic thread. That way you can make double bows which are ultra pretty like I did.

When you’re getting ready to wrap your holiday presents, you will want to have one of these handy dandy gift bag punch boards close by. Whip up a bag, or a box in mere minutes that have extra special personality.

How about a last look at this bee-you-tiful set of boxes.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

 

As the gift giver, you’ll have fun creating with your special person in mind. As the lucky recipient, they’ll know exactly how loved they are. When you take the time for fancy Christmas gift boxes to make this holiday, be prepared for outstanding reviews – they might not even get to what’s inside!

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Make a Treat Stocking for Dogs

Make a Treat Stocking for Dogs

If you’ve got a cute canine or two that lives in your home, does your To Do list right now include “make a treat stocking for dogs“? Rather than just the same old run-of-the-mill gift bag, why not stuff the cutest little dog-sized stocking you can imagine? One just like this?

make a treat stocking for dogs

Isn’t that the sweetest little gift wrapping idea? And wouldn’t your little Spot or Mollie or Rex have a ball tearing into it on Christmas morning?

My dog chews fit perfectly into the adorable November Paper Pumpkin stockings and there’s even room in the toe for another treat, like a ball or small squeak. The stockings are made of bleached muslin and have a super cute fold-down black gingham top. Here’s a quick peek if you haven’t seen how adorable these are when they’re made per the Paper Pumpkin instructions.

make a treat stocking for dogs

The kit arrived on my doorstep a couple weeks ago and I just got around to opening it last Monday. And as soon as I did, I HAD to make them up right away! I made 10 sweet little stockings in about an hour with all the supplies in the kit. Not only are they a great size for a gift card, (these incidentally were fantastic sellers at my market night last Monday! Not a one left!) it makes the cutest pet stocking for a canine friend. Here’s a closer up pic of mine decorated for my pooch.

make a treat stocking for dogs

Unfortunately this particular kit is no longer available but Paper Pumpkin comes along each month with an exclusive photopolymer stamp set and all the materials to make the projects. It also ships directly to you so you might want to check them out for quick crafting ideas.

Ask anyone…I’m a sucker for dogs. In fact, our canine child Holmes has become my number one buddy since I’ve been working from home full-time. So much so that I can’t take two steps out of my office without him glued to my heels in case I might be leaving him behind.

So of course there’s no way he can be left off Santa’s list either. This year, he’s going to get some dental chews disguised as yummy treats like these ones from the Red Deer Bone and Biscuit. Inside his hand-decorated stocking is a Bark dental chew and a Churpi Durka yak milk dental chew. A little more exotic – and much better for him – than rawhides! Bone & Biscuit is chock full of ideas for stocking stuffers for your pet buds. And they’re all way more nutritious and fun!

When you start to make a treat stocking for dogs, you might like to decorate it like I did. Don’t you think the Santa Paws stamp set is just begging to be used here? It’s on the holiday retired list so it won’t be around much longer so I pulled it out again before it’s gone for good. Rather than focus on cats and dogs like I did in my DIY special Christmas cat treats, I choose the single Santa poodle image here.  He’s got tons of personality and is just the right size to dress up this mini stocking.

He’s stamped on an extra white tag from the Paper Pumpkin kit in Basic Black ink and coloured with my AquaPainter and Real Red and Basic Gray inks. I used my FineTip glue sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a black rhinestone nose to add some glitz. And mounted on a black tag with an extra green leaf peeking out from behind, he was almost perfect. But I thought some words were needed. So I stamped the “Paw La La La La La La La” on a strip of white , attached it to some mini black sequins trim and used a glue dot to adhere it to the tag. The final touch was a small Real Red bow.

(TIP: to replace the Paper Pumpkin items, I would use Whisper White cardstock, my Leaf Punch and the Banner Triple Punch to create the tag.  Small stockings can be found in novelty and pet stores at this time of year which will easily fit goodies like these.)

make a treat stocking for dogs

Now I realize Holmes may not even notice the cute tag when he’s busy rooting out the goodies, but I know it will add some spark to Christmas morning. Here are the supplies I used to make the tag.

make a treat stocking for dogs

I’m sure you won’t be leaving your pet friends off Santa’s list either. And I’m also sure you’ll agree their presents deserve just as much – or even more – attention as the human ones you’ll be decorating. So while you’re busy decorating, why not add a touch of cute and make a treat stocking for dogs that’s just their size!

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Make Your Own Christmas Gift Bags

Make Your Own Christmas Gift Bags

It’s time to make your own Christmas gift bags. Why get store-bought when you can create your own personalized bags for that special someone in just a few minutes? Mine today is made with the gift bag punch board, some lightweight designer series paper, a tag punch and bits of ribbon. In classy red, white and black, it’ll fit a gift card, a jewelry box or sweet treats. Let’s take a peek, shall we?

make your own Christmas gift bags

Isn’t it adorable? It’s stands just over 4 inches high and is 2 3/4” x 2” so your little trinkets and stocking stuffers are the perfect size to be hidden inside! I’ve had all kinds of fun with the Merry Music Specialty paper you can find on page 13 of the Holiday catalogue.

All white and black, it dresses up beautifully for the holidays when you add some red and a couple sparkly rhinestones or shiny embossing. You may remember this quick, simple and CHEAP card I made a couple months ago featuring the tiny music note paper – as snowflakes! It’s still one of my favourites so far this Christmas season.

You know, I held off on getting the Gift Bag punch board…after all, I thought how hard is it to make paper bags? A couple score lines, a few quick snips, a bit of adhesive and you’re done, right? Pretty simple. But how many times did I actually MAKE a bag? A big whopping ZERO! So this year I took the plunge and picked up the Gift Bag Punch Board. And at only $27, I’m happy to say I’ve more than gotten my value out of it so far.

Not only is it great for three sizes of bags like this one (mine’s the small size), but it’s also super for fabulous boxes with lids. Your bags can be folded over like mine, closed with a tag or framelit or open with decorated tissue peeking out the top. Then your boxes can be all one colour, two toned or fancied up with patterned paper. Our specialty designer paper makes awesome – and unique – boxes that are almost a gift in themselves. I’ve got a gorgeous box made from the Year Of Cheer paper coming up in a week or so so check back for that.

Have you seen the Gift Bag Punch Board yet? It’s pretty unassuming…

make your own Christmas gift bagsDoesn’t look like much does it? But take another look at how you can get fancy and make your own Christmas gift bags  – or how about ANY kind of gift bags – like Stampin’ Up! did.  Isn’t this absolutely gorgeous?  You can find a close up photo of it on page 143 of the Annual Catalogue.

make your own Christmas gift bags

Let’s take a closer look at that embellishment on my gift bag. I used a strip of the 7/8” striped ribbon for the first layer. Don’t you love how BOLD it is – and the lines are an excellent match for the music paper, don’t you think? I used my Paper Snips to make banner ends on the ribbon. This is pretty easy to make and adds a little different touch to your decorated bag. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure to cut your ribbon straight on each end (easy to do when there are nice bold stripes to follow)
  2. At the middle, cut in about 3/8” with your Paper Snips (when your scissors are super sharp like these ones, this is A LOT less frustrating!)
  3. Cut in from each end on a diagonal to meet the middle cut (there is wire in this ribbon so you will need to use just a teensy more oomph to cut through it, nothing major, just wanted to let you know!)

make your own Christmas gift bags

Did you notice the “furry” ends? At first I didn’t care for that “fuzziness” (yes that’s my type A personality showing through).  But now I quite like it. It adds some interest and texture. Then I adhered two additional trims, the double stitched Cherry Cobbler just folded in half and poking out the bottom of the tag and the mini black sequins looped in behind. I attached these with glue dots which are strong enough to stay “stuck” until this little bag gets ripped open!

make your own Christmas gift bags

The other day I mentioned how I loved the sentiments in the Watercolor Christmas for my greetings. These greetings in the Snowflake Sentiments are another fun option I’ve used a TON. Rather than go with black words, I thought my bag needed a little more Cherry Cobbler.  So I colour embossed this one with clear powder. (Do you know how to do that? If not, my YouTube video here shows you how easy it is.)

This greeting fits exactly in the centre of the Everyday Label punch which is probably no coincidence! The two little black rhinestones perk it up nicely and pull it all together.

There’s still TONS of time to get your gift bag punch board to be creating up a storm for the holidays. Just click on the image to place your order today.

I think my little bag is going to go on my tree this year. I’m sure it will snug right into the branches. Don’t you agree it will add a cute touch in amongst the baubles? The choices are practically endless when you start creating the cute, and practical, bags. Not only are they cost effective, you can make EXACTLY the colour and design you want when you make your own Christmas gift bags!

How to Wrap Mini Halloween Treat Boxes

How to Wrap Mini Halloween Treat Boxes

For ultra cute goodie gifts, today’s post is all about how to wrap mini Halloween treat boxes. With those ghosts and goblins soon to be knocking at your door, there may be a couple extra special trick or treaters you want to spoil! Like grandkids or nieces and nephews…tiny tykes you want to give a little sumthin’ extra.

Look no further – this is definitely IT! Quick to put together, with lots of fun details and sweet candy corn they’ll love it. Take a peek.

How to Wrap Mini Hallowe'en Treat Boxes

Isn’t it fun? What’s the first thing you notice? The two tone tag, the funky curled topping or the shimmery ribbon? That quirky curly paper does it for me. Two sided designer series paper with big bold polka dots and pumpkins on the reverse? How cool is that?

But that tag rocks too doesn’t it? From the Labels to Love set, it’s a wickedly wonderful tag for All Hallow’s Eve. I just stamped it two times, once in black then again with Pumpkin Pie. The black one was a cinch to punch with the Everyday Label punch and I cut out the middle words from the second one. Can you see the teeny tiny banner shape on the ends I was able to cut with my Paper Snips?

And rather than put a predictable piece of cardstock behind it, I made a banner from my Shimmery Black ribbon. Did you notice the ribbon? It’s pretty neat. Still soft and flexible, with just a touch of firmness, but those sparkly bits. Ooooh, so pretty! It’s especially eye catching in the black, but comes in three other colours on page 199 of the annual catalogue.

I do LOVE these clear tiny treat boxes.  Just like Goldilocks, they’re not to small, not too big, but JUUUUST right.  They’re a step up from a teeny tiny treat so they can become a small gift…just like this one I made for a last minute birthday.

You probably noticed these deets already but here are the best bits (I think anyway) to this treat box:

How to Wrap Mini Hallowe'en Treat Boxes

  • it’s see through! – think of all the colourful treats you can stuff in there!
  • the box starts out flat but takes less than a minute to pop into shape
  • my tag’s a smidge wider than the box so it stands out
  • it’s wrapped…but not wrapped…so you can play with your paper edges (more on this below)
  • the ribbon is repeated on the top to tie the curled paper

 

How to Wrap Mini Hallowe'en Treat Boxes

Here’s how to wrap mini halloween treat boxes just like this:

  1. Cut a piece of designer series paper just a little wider for this look – mine is 1 1/2” x 9”
  2. Place the box on top of the paper so it extends slightly longer on one side than the other
  3. Attach two strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive (about 1” inch each) on the top of the box in the middle, running the same direction as the width of the paper
  4. Shape the patterned paper around the box and adhere to the strip of tape
  5. Wrap a pencil around the paper ends and twist so it goes as tight as it can
  6. Hold for a few seconds then pull out the pencil from the front
  7. Tie a ribbon around both and knot

Although this little guy’s perfect for Hallowe’en, any season or birthday would be equally sweet. To pick up the supplies, simply click the image to take you to my online store.

 

One of the best parts of being a paper crafter is being able to create unique and cute gift items for the special folks in our life. Small goodies like this are always appreciated. So now you know how to wrap mini Halloween treat boxes, see what other special occasions you can make these for!

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Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

Make Trick or Treat Bags for Hallowe’en

If you like to make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en, this project is right up your alley. Quick and easy if you’re pressed for time and cute for the trick or treaters in your life. They dress up a table, are fantastic tucked into a Hallowe’en lunchbag or super special to hand out at your door. Designer series paper in Hallowe’en colours spruce up individually wrapped chocolates quick as a wink and a bit of a decorative top adds some fun!

KEY-ute right?  There are many ways to put together these treat bags. Today I’ve wrapped miniature chocolates (Swiss Delice from Costco) with Spooky Night designer series paper and popped them into the 2” x 8” cellophane bags. If you haven’t tried these bags, they’re great! 50 in a package for only $4 CDN, you can’t beat 8 CENTS EACH! They’re even food safe, so if you didn’t have wrapped chocolates, your treats would be safe to eat!

I can’t get enough of this paper. I went through a whole package with friends making a Spooky Cat sampler I’m going to share with you later this week! Witches hats, spooky cats, creepy patterns and boo-tiful sayings…so many things to choose from. You can see how easily they coordinate with the five of them in my treat bag.

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

Did you notice the topper? The beakers (sort of Harry Potterish, aren’t they?) are small enough to fit right inside the Everyday Label punch border. I created three different coloured potions easily with two-step stamping. Simply stamp the three beakers in Tuxedo Black ink then fill in each one with whatever colour you like with the matching stamp. (I used Basic Grey, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie to match the papers.)

Then I folded the tag, stapled it to my folded bag and affixed a banner. (TIP: fold tag about 1/3 of the way so you can see the stamping under the banner.) Both the Happy Hallowe’en and Trick or Treat sentiments fit perfectly on a small banner like this – about 5/8“ x 3”. The little details really add up when you make a trick or treat bag for Hallowe’en. Here’s where I’ve taken just a bit more time to add a special touch.

  • five different paper designs decorate my chocolates (there’s 12 to choose from so this isn’t hard!)
  • the banner hides just a bit of the stamped beakers (so you want to look a little closer to see what else might be under it!)
  • my Paper Snips created cute pointed ends for my banner (rather than a straight edge)
  • a cute crocheted ribbon bow perks up the banner

These go together so quickly, you still have time to get your paper and cellophane bags – and make up a bunch of these for the 31st!

make a trick or treat bag for hallowe'en

While these treats are perfect for All Hallow’s Eve, here’s another cute and colourful Christmas version. Who doesn’t LOVE receiving a fun treat like this? Everyone right? So get down to your craft room and make trick or treat bags for Hallowe’en so you can share some unique goodies.

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