Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Character Boxes & Reindeer Kits

I promise this will be the last of the 'Christmas posts'.

For my friends kids I decided to make character boxes filled with goodies to go on the table for our Christmas get together. I got the idea from Renee (see here).

Inside the boxes I included a little toy (teddy or toy car) and a Reindeer Kit. The Reindeer Kits were made up of Rudolph's Red Nose Repair Kits and Reindeer Poop.

To make them I put two cellophane bags together with one bag topper and added the appropriate label on each side with the Reindeer image from the Holiday Line stamp set from SU.

For the Red Nose Repair Kits I managed to find some perfect chocolates wrapped in red in Big W (a store in Australia) and for the Reindeer Poop I used Maltesers. They loved them, and didn't seem phased at all about eating Reindeer Poop!!!

I have set this to post automatically on New Year's eve, as I wanted to get the Christmas posts done before the New Year. I hope you are having (or had) a great New Year's Eve.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cake Kit

I got this idea for a Christmas present for my friend from Becky Roberts (see here). My friend (who now has 3 kids) is really getting into making cakes (from Birthday Cakes to gorgeous cupcakes for kids), so for Christmas I decided her present would have a Cake Theme, and this packaging for the cake mix and accessories was perfect.

Inside the box was a Betty Crocker Cake Mix and 2 different icing tubes and a 3 pack of small icing tubes. To go with this box was a Cupcake Carrier and kids party cookbook. I think she loved it (apparently a cake carrier had been on her list for a while) - love it when a plan comes together.

I didn't have a lot of time to decorate the package so I used a Magnolia image that I had coloured in some time ago and the Yummy stamp from last years Sale-A-Bration. Ohhh that reminds me, Sale-A-Bration starts again soon (25th January), and is a great opportunity to get a free stamp set with every order of $100.

To go with the pack I did up a quick Christmas Card using a Christmas Magnolia stamp and Stampin' Up! Real Red cardstock and ribbon, teamed with some Ski Slope DSP from the now ended Spring Mini (loved that paper). I added some dazzling diamonds to her hat (but it often doesn't show up well in photos).

I am loving being on holidays from my full time job at the moment, I am reorganising my craft room (I reorganise my craft room every year, and helps to get me inspired to create when I can actually find everything). Better get back to it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Handmade Memory Game

This is a little gift I made for my friends kids. I had collected the Cuttlekids animals some time back and had started to them into a memory game. The other night I decided to finish it off.

There are 9 animals altogether and I made 2 cards of each. I started out with jungle animals (lion, zebra, hippo, elephant, but drifted into others like pigs and penguins!).

I made the cards out of Kraft and Vanilla cardstock from Stampin' Up! and made a little box to put them in. I was really pleased in the way they came up.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Belated Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All

I hope you have all had a very merry christmas and that you have had the chance to enjoy the season (amidst the chaos). I had some friends over today for the last of the 'Christmas' festivities. I did roast chicken instead of turkey - would you believe it is a little hard to find turkey straight after christmas, but I think they enjoyed it and their kids had a ball. It's off to the shops tomorrow - Stocktake Sales (a girls dream). I will be back again soon with a couple more things I made for Christmas.

All the best for the New Year.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Card/Box

Just a quick post today.

Here is another Christmas 'project' I have made. It is a card/box and I got the template from an earlier UStamp (you can see my earlier version here). It is so quick and easy to put together.

I really wanted to do a Christmas version, so this has been made with the Tree Trimmings Stamp Set from the now ended Spring Mini Catalogue (loved that catalogue). It is perfect when you want to give a little gift, you can just pop it in the little drawer (even Chocolate will fit!).

Can you believe that it is only 8 more sleeps to Christmas - where did the days go???

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Bags

I love these Kraft Bags they are so versatile and go brilliantly with our Kraft cardstock. You can pick them up at various craft stores.

I had made cards similar to the fronts of these bags and thought I would do some bags to match. One of them was my Regional Swap (see here), and the other I had done some time (see here).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Pillowboxes

Pillowboxes are cute and versatile (I made one for the shoebox swap for the Stamp Camp - I will show you this one soon). To make these for Christmas I added the Riding Hood Red striped ribbon that was in the Spring Mini Catalogue (love that ribbon), and the Do not open 'til Dec 25 Stamp from the Winter Post Stamp Set (love that stamp set). I stamped it a second time and cut the centre part out to pop it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Sunnyboy Containers

I have made sunnyboy containers before, but these ones were inspired by Margaret on our Stamp Camp, they use DSP measuring 6 x 4 inches, and they end up as these cute little packages, at this size they could be hung on the tree or placed on a table setting.

I left the double sided tape at the top so that people could put in whatever they wanted and seal them up.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

More Christmas Boxes

I love these 2.5 inch boxes, they are so easy to make, and look so cute. They only problem is trying to work out what to put in them (when all else fails - Chocolate).

Hope you are not letting the craziness of this time of year overwhelm you.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Boxes

I love boxes, in fact I remember I was always getting into trouble growing up for keeping all the boxes that things came in, be it gifts, shoes, chocolates, or anything else. I did UStamp Holidays 09 and one of the projects were these Christmas Cake Boxes.

I wasn't sure about the colour combination of Real Red and Baja Breeze, but I was pleased with the way it turned out.

You can find details of the current UStamp here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Fair Goodies

Just thought I would show you what some of what I had created for the Craft Fair looked like (it's late and I'm sure my grammar is a bit amiss).

Silly me forgot to take a photo of all the Christmas Cards (there were about 60 cards).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snowman Soup

There have been lots of versions of Snowman Soup on many blogs, and (being the Chocolate Addict that I am) I loved the idea of it. My version is a little bit similar to Renee's (click here for hers).

I loved the Holiday Lineup Stamp Set and the snowmen were perfect for these packets.

What do you do when the Hot Chocolate packet just doesn't go with the colour scheme you have chosen? Answer - Create a pocket for the Hot Chocolate. I used some Whisper White cardstock and stamped it with snowflakes in Baja Breeze and Close to Cocoa.

The same went for the chocolates, so I wrapped them in Stampin' Up! DSP.

I used the Stampin' Up! cellophane bags to package it all up - the medium size for the packet and the small size for the marshmallows.

They were very popular at the Craft Fair and at my work (in fact, I need to make some more).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Boots

Hi all, it has certainly been a while and a lot has been going on, so let me fill you in on couple of them.

- Stamp Camp - a couple of weekends ago I went on a Stamp Camp with a bunch of very talented ladies. It was so much fun, and a big thank you goes to Yvonne and the rest of the girls for sharing such a fabulous time (although I can't quite say the same about the Huntsmen Spiders, that also joined us). You can check out an awesome video of the camp created by the talented Paula here.

- Craft Fair - I have been busy preparing for a craft fair (which was held last weekend). I was asked to have a stall with handmade cards and papercraft items and provide some make & takes. Having the Stamp Camp just before the Fair gave me the opportunity to get a lot of things made for it (I think I completed approx 55 items on the weekend).

One of the things I made for the Fair were these cute little Christmas Boots. I got the free template from Papertrey Ink.

I got inspiration for the red and white version from Paula.

I'll be back soon with more from the Fair.