Category Archives: Gifts

Jess’ birthday flip book

Every now and then, I like to go to a local scrapbooking store and browse through the aisles for new materials and some design inspiration. It’s one of my favorite past times. There are always a lot of projects on display to get ideas from and most of these projects are made of chipboard.  You can make pretty much anything with chipboard: books, frames, boxes, etc.  Your local scrapbook store should be able to cut the chipboard to your desired shape and size.  I’ll post more tutorials on chipboards later.

Here’s the gift I made Jess.

back to back birthdays

It was back to back birthdays this weekend.  Yesterday was Jess’ birthday, but since she’s all the way in NY, I didn’t get to spend it with her.  I did ship her something though… (shhh.. it should be arriving on Tuesday). I don’t want to ruin the surprise so I’ll post up her gift as soon as she opens it.

Today’s my cousin’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Yvonne!  I made her a little something something to hang on her wall…

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day of hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I found this red velvet crinkle cookies recipe on foodgawker and I thought it would be the perfect baked goods to make for everyone. It’s pretty easy too.  The hardest part for me was finding the red velvet cake mix, I went to at least 5 different markets before finding it.  

I have the Martha Stewart scoring board that can create envelopes and boxes which allowed me to create a 4 x 4 x 2 box, the heart cookies fits perfectly. I ran out of double sided tape, so to make sure the boxes don’t fall apart, I tied ribbons around each of them.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day, either spending it with a lover or a loved one. xoxo.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone! I hope everyone is having a nice Merry Christmas. I learned a new technique using very fine glitter and foam or any double sided adhesive.  Stay tuned, I will show you how to get this polka dotted effect.

For my secret santa exchange, I wanted to give everyone a little something but time and my wallet limited me from being extravagant. Luckily, most of the holiday materials at Michael’s were discounted. The Christmas cookie cutters were 40% off, being 99 cents each.  (Although, Sur La Table was selling it for the same price a month ago). I remember seeing these cookie cutter ornaments from Martha, and it seemed easy enough.

This is also a great way to use all the scraps you have left over from making your cards. Trace the wider side of the cookie cutter, then cut.  Tie a ribbon to the ornament.  Then apply a thin line of glue to the non-cut side of the cutter and press paper in place, let dry.  Pink Paislee really decked hers out.

This is the first gift tag I made this season.   If you have the Making Memory Slice machine and the Mistletoe design card you can get this exact tag shape, but any shape will do. You might not be able to tell in this photo, but I used foam tape on the tree and snowflake to give texture to the tag.

How to present baked goods:

Tin cans were available at Michael’s and they’re pretty cheap.  A 7-inch tin was about $5 bucks. Measure the length from the bottom until you hit the side handle.  It should be about 6-inch in length.  Since I only have 12×12 scrapbook paper, I cut two 12×6 rectangles and wrapped it continuously around the can. The side handles can be a bit of a hassel so I used ribbon to cover the rest of the can since it’s easier.  Then I traced the tin top and cut out the circle to finish the cap. This tree is also from the Mistletoe design card. I added rhinestones to ornament the tree.  Anything can be embellished with rhinestones,  I think the term is called ‘bedazzling’. After the tissue paper and the cookies, Voila! Fin.

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