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Cup Cake Take Along December 31, 2009

Filed under: Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 4:10 am


How GORGEOUS is this idea?! Once again I have to thank Nichole Heady. She has some beautiful creations. This one I thought suited little girls birthday gifts just perfectly. What little girl doesn’t enjoy making cup cakes? And decorating is the best part. This take along covers both of these. A package of ready-to-make cup cakes in the back, and sprinkles for decorating in the front. It satsifies my practical side but is still fun! In the last month we have had 3 younger girls birthdays  – and these were fun to make and give.

The first one I made was a bit experimental. I used 4 sheets pink pirouette cardstock – 2 wrap around the box (with a strip left over), the 3rd is for the front pocket and the 4th is used for the front layering and the inside sprinkle pockets. These are made from one strip folded to make the pockets – individual pockets are much too fiddly, I know because I tried. I used kiwi kiss DS paper and ribbon for the front and handles.

For number 2 and 3 I used chocolate chip cardstock, berry bliss DSP (retired) and riding hood red ribbon.

I used the “party hearty” stamp set – what better than cup cakes on a cup cake take along?

Inside I didn’t have the cute little tubes that Nichole had used, so I made do by buying the long packets of sprinkles and decorating them with a scallop circle punched from DS paper, layered with a 1 1/4 ” circle punch and wrote the obvious in the middle.


Criss Cross Boxes

Filed under: 3D projects,Cards,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 3:31 am

As I’m still relatively new to this blogging thing, I am finding so many beautiful things to make on other people’s blogs. My Nana loves to give cards, so I thought a gift of handmade cards for Christmas would be perfect. And once again, packaging can make it look so much nicer! This criss cross box was adapted from a pattern by Nichole Heady.

I only realised after making the box that it was intended for love note size cards! So I adapted the pattern to make it fit six 6 x 4 cards and matching envelopes.

I have used chocolate chip and very vanilla cardstock for the box and cards. I stamped with Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and chocolate chip inks (I can’t seem to get enough of this colour combination), using the “Great Friend” stamp set (spring mini). And finished it off with a “lacy” look (so Nana-ish) using the eyelet border punch.

This Christmas on my side of the family we all made gifts to give, rather than purchasing them. It made us think really hard about what we could give and also saved some money (but not time!). So that is why I made the cards for Nana. After making a few boxes before getting the right size I realised just how quick and simple they are to make.

My Dad is a hanky man. He always has one in his pocket. Many times I remember crying and Dad would have his hanky ready for me. So, for him I made 4 jumbo sized hankies and packaged them in a criss cross box. I wanted it to look manly, so no scallop edges or eyelet borders here. I just used a length of Kiwi Kiss ribbon with a stamped tag, attached with foamies.


Box in a Bag

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 2:53 am

I’ve seen these gorgeous little bags around the blogs and thought they would make great “packaging” for Christmas goodies for neighbours and teachers. Thanks to Paula Goff for her excellent tutorial.  I think all up I made about 25, and with her tutorial they were so quick and simple!

I used up as many of my retired papers as I could for these, mixed with chocolate chip, tangerine tango, kiwi kiss and pacific blue card stock for the scallop base and tabs.

For the tags I started off using the scallop oval punch, layered with a hand cut oval (because I am yet to aquire the large oval punch) stamped with “a very merry christmas to you” from the “best yet” hostess stamp set.

Eventually I realised there was a much quicker way to make them look finished. I used the “a very merry christmas” stamp from the “punches three” set (also a hostess set), punched out with the scallop square (which I do own) – much simpler! And we filled them up with rocky road, chocolate balls, chocolate slice and other yummy things!


Ginger bread GALORE!

Filed under: Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 1:35 am

I hope everyone has  had a wonderful Christmas long weekend! I have really enjoyed the four days with family and friends! I must say I was not prepared this year, and as a result had a lot to do in the week leading up to Christmas and especially Christmas Eve, but I have made it through.

Two of my talented friends made our family gorgeous ginger bread houses! They were so impressive I wanted to share them with everyone.

This one was made by Carrie and her girls. It was devoured by my husband and four kids (with a little help from some cousins) within days.




How clever are they!?!









 And then this one was made by Lisa. Look at the cute cookies outside. It too is almost all gone – of course the lollies disappeared first!


It’s all in the Packaging December 8, 2009

Filed under: 3D projects,Gift Ideas — aliessa @ 4:29 am

December is a super busy month for our family. Not only is it Christmas, but there are quite a few birthdays leading up to it! My husband, my mum, my oldest son, my husband’s brother, our niece, a number of friends. And then with school ending and all the other things going on, it really gets away from you – as I’m sure everyone knows!

I’ve been working on a few projects in the last few weeks, but knowing me I probably will only have them finished right in time for Christmas. I did start and finish one really simple gift idea today. A friend (thank you Lisa!!) showed me how to make chocolate boxes she had made, designed to hold 2 blocks of Cadbury chocolate (YUM!). So with a couple of friend’s birthdays already passed I sat down today to quickly put together a box for each of them.

So simple, but so yummy! (And so very cost effective) And there is enough room to slip in a 6 x 4 ” hand made card! For these I have used the “party hearty” stamp set with Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point ink, card stock and DS paper and whisper white card stock. I have used the scallop circle punch and the slit punch. Really they could be embellished in so many different ways – Scallop top edge, ribbons, brads, flowers, the possiblities are endless. Just make it suit the occasion.

Hopefully I will get my body moving to finish all these other projects and post them before Christmas is here!


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