Posts Tagged ‘Gift Ideas’
I’m a big fan of using MDS for school projects. (check out some MDS school projects on my blog) So recently I volunteered to teach a My Digital Studio class at a local school, showcasing a few ideas on how MDS can come in handy. Every teacher can use a little time saving help, right?
Each teacher had the chance to make a classroom set of holiday goodies for his or her classroom — my treat. The projects used the Very Merry Twenty-Five Designer Tags Template (see it online - 127756) with the My Digital Studio software (see MDS2 online – including the free 30 day trial).
Are you a teacher? Ask me how you can get the MDS software free for your entire school! Just drop me an email.
Are you a digital crafter? Be sure to think about how you can use printed items from MDS or MDS2 (quick to personalize) and combine them with “real” elements to create projects.
Here we printed out the triangle pennants on one sheet, then the circles on another sheet. The triangles were cut with the new Paper Trimmer (see it online – 126889) and the circles were punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch (see it online – 119860).
Add the tags to 1″ x 8″ Cello Bags (see them online – 124134) and you’re all set! And you’re not limited to just pencils. The 1×8″ cello bags are great for lots of treats. Here are some other ideas from my blog.
Or want to learn more about MDS2? Here’s a link to your software options, including upgrades from MDS and the free 30-day trial (which I highly recommend!!).
Supplies: Very Merry Twenty-Five Digital Download, My Digital Studio, 1 x 8″ Cello Bags, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Paper Trimmer
Did you see my Something for Christmas card the other day? Definitely one of my favorite stamps right now! Here’s a quick and sweet project that would be a fun gift for a friend or a coworker this holiday season. Who wouldn’t want these sweet photo clips decorating their refrigerator this season? I used the In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (check them out) to color only the ornaments from the Something for Christmas stamp (see it online).
- Silver Glimmer paper
- 1 1/4″ Circle Punch
- 1 3/8″ Circle Punch
- Scallop Circle Punch
- Whisper White, Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder Card Stock
- Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon
Next time you’re browsing the clearance rack at a store, think about what you can use as a base for your Stampin’ Up! supplies.
Here’s a quick post, since I already mentioned that I’m behind for getting ready!
Each year I’ve made Bag Tags for the demonstrators in our group, since Stampin’ Up! gives us a fabulous bag each year, but then we all have exactly the same bag.
Solution? Bag tags! Here’s a sneak peek, since I’m handing them out tomorrow as we arrive for Convention.
Yes, that’s the new Fabric on those butterflies, cut from the butterfly big shot die!
A couple weeks ago I received an email from a demonstrator in my group who was having trouble with a project she’d seen in the Stampin’ Success demonstrator magazine. I admitted that I hadn’t really looked at the article about the Cork Coasters, but agreed that I could check it out to try and help solve her problem.
Long story short: we figured out her problem and I got to try a really fabulous project that has been a huge hit at my Workshops this month! Here they are, all wrapped up with a bow:
The fun part is seeing how they all go together. They’re so simple!
Pick out a Designer Series Paper (I used Sunny Garden here — I’m going to miss it when it retires TOMORROW!). I cut a stack of supplies to 5 x 5″ and pulled out my Scallop Circle Die (the big one).
Set up each coaster stack before you cut with the Big Shot. Here’s the stack:
- Stampin’ Up! cork sheet (see it online)
- Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (see it online)
- Designer Series Paper of your choice
- Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet
- Window Sheet (see it online)
These make an easy custom hostess gift if you’re headed to a friend’s for dinner, or a quick accent for a wedding shower gift in the bride’s colors.
Plus I just love that helping another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator introduced me to this project–I might have missed it otherwise! If you’d like to be part of my Stampin’ Up! family too, be sure to check the details on my website!
It’s a Sneak Peek! Yesterday I mentioned another thank you gift for our Spring Into Stamping demonstrator training event helpers (see yesterday’s gift idea). I used a new stamp set here–Touch of Kindness–that will debut in the upcoming Summer Mini Catalog on May 1st.
I used the Two Tags die again for the Big Shot, and the little rick-rack trim at the bottom is from another die — the Tasteful Trims die.
The butterfly is from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit (love it!) and the flower is the Sneak Peek from Touch of Kindness. Love how it coordinates with the Scallop Circle Punch! Finally, the greeting is from the fabulous Word Play stamp set.
Colors are Bashful Blue, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz, plus Naturals Ivory card stock.
I know there’s that song… but not to worry, these candy cane reindeer are completely grandma-friendly. Plus they’re a quick project for last-minute stocking stuffers!
The reindeer are created from the Two Tags die (see it here) for the Big Shot Die Cut Machine.
Thanks to my friend Cathy Roy for the idea on this project!
The steps are simple:
- Punch two Two Tags Die pieces with the Big Shot
- Tape two candy canes together
- Place the candy canes between the two tags, then staple both sides & the bottom
- Glue on two googly eyes plus the pompom nose
- Add a piece of Satin Real Red Ribbon towards the top
- Enjoy for the holidays!
**Order TODAY for delivery before Christmas! available for Snowflake Tins with or without Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificates**
It’s an age-old question… is it taking the ‘easy’ way out to get a gift card for someone? Or does it just make sense, because then they can get whatever they want?
Personally, I’m happy with either one (just so you know, just in case you wanted to get me something for Christmas still this year).
But who could possibly complain when their gift card comes in one of these REALLY cute holiday Snowflake Tins? They were created with the Big Shot Die Cut Machine and the Snowflakes #2 Die (see it here).
If you’re still looking for a gift (for yourself or another stamper, or even a stamper wanna-be), you can get a gift certificate!
- Good for Stampin’ Up! products or any of my classes or kits, in any denomination
- Order today (send me an email and I’ll respond promptly), you can still have it on your doorstep for Christmas!
- Shipping is free (my gift to you)
- AND, for a limited time, your Gift Certificate comes in one of these fabulous tins. (Just think, get that last person checked off your shopping list, and avoid the crush of mall traffic, too!!)
You may have also noticed the sweet ornament gift tag attached to the tins. That tag was created with the So Green stamp set (see it here). I’ve been finding so many uses for this new set, including stamping a “hand stamped by me, recycled by you” greeting on a post-it note inside of the cards I send!
And back to the gift for the Guy Who Has Everything…
While he might like a Stampin’ Up! gift certificate, he might also like a certificate from somewhere else. And no matter where it’s from, he’ll appreciate a snowflake cut from a tin can! (I’d be happy to sell you a Snowflake Tin for $5, shipping included–send me an email)
**BONUS FOR YOU: You never know, he might decide you need a Big Shot at your house, just so you (he) can cut all kinds of craft materials (and non-craft materials).
Listen… did you just hear a grunt from Tool Time man, Tim Allen?
There is no end to the number of creative uses you can find for this punch shape. Fortunately though, here’s a Christmas idea that you can copy easily.
Here are the other pieces that you’ll need, all from Stampin’ Up!:
- 2-Step Bird Punch (for the antlers–check it out)
- Big Shot Circles #2 Die (for the chipboard circle you can’t see and the Designer Series Paper circle that you can see)
- 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch
- Jewelry Tag Punch
- Small Heart Punch
- Chipboard Long Board (to make the magnet base stronger)
- White Gel Pen (for eye highlights)
Finally, I used my favorite Tombow Multiadhesive (see it in the catalog) to glue the ceramic magnet to the back of the chipboard circle and to add the layers on the Owl Punch.
Looking for other holiday gift ideas? Check out some of the recent Gift Idea projects on my blog!
Close your eyes (or at least squint, so you can still read my blog) and picture yourself all dressed up to go out to a Christmas party. (Go ahead, it’s your imagination–add the sweater you want to buy and subtract the 15 pounds you think you need to lose.)
Wait…where’s your hostess gift? Ack! Did you forget it? Okay, take a deep breath and spend the next 5 minutes stamping a quick treat to take along:
These little treats use the Bigz Candy Wrapper Die for the Big Shot Die Cut Machine (check it out in my online catalog).
Have you seen my Video Tutorial on using the Candy Wrapper Die? Definitely check it out–since you’re trying to run out the door to your party, watching the Video will save you a few minutes on getting the boxes assembled
The rest of the stamping is simple — just stamp the scallop snowflake image from the Sweet Season stamp set and punch with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, then stamp again and punch with the Scallop Circle Punch.
The Old Olive circle in between the two was punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch.
Add a Basic Jewel Rhinestone (sticky–yay!) and you’re ready to head to your holiday party!
Although it IS a great dessert, it’s ALSO the name of this gorgeous Designer Series Paper.
For Stamp Club this month I wanted to make something that wasn’t red & green. This would make a terrific gift item for a family member or a friend. Just make, fill with photos and give!
- Folder: 6 x 12”, scored in center to make binding
- Fold-Out Album: 5 x 5” (or any square)
To create the Fold-Out:
1. Begin by scoring in half to make a “+”.
2. Cut one of the score lines from the edge to the center point.
3. Fold all pieces together to make a 5 x 5” square and attach in folder.
The colors here are Pacific Point, Not Quite Navy and Sahara Sand with Very Vanilla. The stamp set is one of my favorites: Friends 24-7. It’s also available as a Digital Download for My Digital Studio!