Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad December Blog Hop!




Thank you so much for joining us for the December SSS Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on quick and easy gift ideas for the holidays.  As we enter the month of December, we find that the Christmas holidays are fast approaching.  From decorating our homes to holiday baking, we realize that shopping days are running low.  That's why we want to share quick and easy gift ideas that anyone can create in time for that special someone!
As you hop, you will see that many of our design team members are giving away some great blog candy this month.  Leave a comment for each project and you will be entered in to win automatically!  Winners will be drawn on Monday, December 16th, so don't forget to leave us those comments.  Please notice the blog list at the end of this posting and head on over to see the rest of what the bloggers have to inspire you!

I'm going to admit, that handcrafted gift giving is all about the ease of a project but also a unique way to present gifts other than the average store bought packaging.  So, please keep in mind when viewing my projects that these are really easy, maybe not super quick, but half an hour or less to finish.

My first project is simple.  It is a matter of cutting down two pieces of cardstock and scoring it, and then gluing it together.
 This little box is awesome for giving that little girl or a friend who loves finger nail polish and lipstick/lipgloss.  I made the box using Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake card stock and some paper from the Season of Style DSP pack from the Holiday Mini.  After I assembled the box, I wanted to make a simple tag, so once again( if you look at my blog regularly, I had used this same stamp combo LAST blog hop but different colors) I pulled out the stamp from Halloween Bash(Holiday Mini) that has a houndstooth pattern on it and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and punched it out using the Fancy Label Punch.  I stamped the reindeer from the Warmth and Wonder Hostess Set (also from the Holiday Mini) in Soft Suede and punched it out using the Large Oval Punch.  I punched and hole in one corner and threaded some White Bakers Twine and looped it onto the Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon I used for the handle of the box.
I added a little divider inside the box to seperate the nail polish and lip gloss.  This project literally only took me about 20 minutes start to finish.

 Okay, before you start thinking, "wow, how is THIS quick and easy?" Well, let me say that it REALLY WAS!  And thanks to the Simply Scored Tool, Envelope Punch Board and the Winterfrost Paper Stack, it was SUPER EASY!  The paper is already the size you need to make these mini "cracker" boxes!  And the Simply Scored tool makes it so easy to set the pegs at the top to all the score lines you need on each box without having to remember or go over your notes again and again, and well, the Envelope Punch Board, I just CANNOT say that if you don't have one of these gems yet, you NEED one.  Get yourself one for CHRISTMAS! Aside from the 66 different sizes of envelopes it was "intended" to make, yep, boxes too! CRAZY AWESOME!  So, I saw this idea and decided I had to make one!  I started by scoring the DSP and gluing them shut, and adding some candy inside and then tying the ends shut.
 Here is what one looks like standing alone. Cute huh?
 My pictures are kind of out of sequence, but here is an up close of the front of the box.  I stamped the Believe from the stamp set Snowflake Soriee(it's still available on the carryover list) in Silver Metallic ink and then stamping some of littlest snowflakes in Pool Party randomly behind it.
Here is the lid off.  I made a box for holding all 6 of the crackers and made a lid out of acetate film.  I made a cute little tag using the Snowflake Soriee by stamping it in Bermuda Bay ink onto Whisper White card stock and punching out with the 2 1/2" Circle punch and then threading it onto Pool Party Seam Binding that I had wrapped around the acetate(it was more to hide the glue that was used to make the lid-hehe).  
Here's my last project for the hop.  Again, using the Warmth and Wonder Stamp set( I wish this was a permenant stamp set in the catalog-oh well, going into my hoarding pile when the mini expires) and some of the Season of Style DSP, I made a Christmas card.  I won't go into detail on this card, it's pretty simple, but I wanted to share it with you, because I was going to use it for my Christmas cards this year, but I went with something entirely different.   Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed the projects on my blog and that it inspires you to make something fun to give away for Christmas.  Even if it's one thing, it sometimes just feels good to feel creative!
Hop on over to the next blog on the list...and don't forget to comment on each one! Head over to Kim's blog! ttp://rydenkim.blogspot.com/2013/12/stylin-stampin-squad-december-blog-hop.html


Here's my blog prize!


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  3. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  4. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  5. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  6. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  9. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  10. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia  
  11. Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
  12. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  13. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters

26 comments:

Rhonda said...

Love, love, love your Christmas "crackers". Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda said...

Love, love, love your Christmas "crackers". Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda said...

Love, love, love your Christmas "crackers". Thanks for sharing.

lmel09 said...

Awesome projects James, as aways:)

Peg said...

How creative! TFS!

lisa808 said...

Love your crackers!!!

Meredith said...

Wow, wow, wow what great projects. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy. meredith245 at yahoo dot com

Paula said...

I just love your projects. I wish I was able to come up with ideas out of the blue. I have to cheat and use others ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Sam Donald said...

http://pootles.co.uk/2013/11/01/stampin-up-uk-advent-countdown-10-nail-polish-gift-box/

Hi there! So pleased you've used my nail polish box as part of your blog hop. I'll leave the blog post here so others can see the video tutorial.

Sam x

Jamie Hurley said...

Sam, I am so happy that you spoke up, I couldn't remember where I got the idea, YOU ARE FANTASTIC!

Loretta Carlo said...

Love Stampin' Up projects!!!

Michelle H said...

Adorable holiday packaging! Love the winterfrost paper too! Thanks for sharing!

Kathi said...

Wow, what great project ideas! I just love the cute nail polish/lip gloss gift box! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Barbara Davidson said...

Just love the crackers. I made about 30 of them for our ladies brunch. TFS

Laura C. said...

Great projects, very pretty!
lldcandles@yahoo.com

Ladette Kerr said...

Loved the Christmas Crackers!! Just beautiful!

pwnmomcreations[at]live[dot]com

Linn P said...

I love the cracker boxes as well as the nail pollish box. I am going to have to make both! so many projects, so little time.
linnphil@bellsouth.net

Sharon Watkins said...

Love all your ideas. Cant decide what to try first. Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

As always, you showed us how to make some awesome projects when time is limited. Love them all, Donna

Unknown said...

Still trying to figure out how to do this. My comment showed up but not "Donna said" like the others...don't you just love technology

Linda T said...

I love all your projects and I just adore those crackers. Everything about them is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing you're ideas.

Sharon said...

Great gift ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

DawnKathleen said...

WOW! What can I say?! Awesome projects. Totally lovin' them. Merry Christmas!

Loretta Carlo said...

How can you not love these projects??

Annie Lee said...

LOVE these projects!!!!! That first one is a bit unexpected. Just love it!

Cynthia said...

Jamie, I just love the cute and clever ways of giving the gifts! Such a cute and fun way! I especially love the popper box holder!