Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas Treats

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you are enjoying the Holidays here at The Beary Scrap and that you are finding lots of holiday inspiration.

Oh wait, it might be a little early to be wishing you all a Happy Holiday season but it is never too early to start planning your gift list. The earlier I get done planning, buying and wrapping all my gifts the more I can actually enjoy the Christmas season. My sister and I always go shopping for 3 days the first week of November, get it all done and then try to relax! (The key word there is TRY, we don't always get it all accomplished, but we do try.) And I am always looking for a cute little gift to give to friends, neighbors and coworkers-- so here is trio of quick and easy treats you can make for the holidays.

Treat #1: A Mug Card with Hot Chocolate and a candy cane.

Get a free downloadable pattern for this card here. Make a copy of the pattern and cut it out, then trace it on double sided cardstock. Fold in half and use glue dots to stick the card together. I like to cut the handle of the mug off of my pattern and then use a candy cane for the handle instead, I just tape it to the back of the card and then tie some ribbons around it. Decorate the front of the card and add your desired sentiment. Slip a packet of hot cocoa inside and you have an instead gift.

Treat #2: Folded Candy Box

Cut a strip of patterend cardstock that measures 9 inches x 3 inches. Score the paper at 4, 5, and 6 inches. Then use a punch or die cut machine (I used my Sizzix) to cut out a Christmas shape from the front of the box. Fill a small craft bag with Christmas candy and fold up the box around it, stapling it all together at the top with some cute ribbon. Decorate the front as desired and add a holiday sentiment.

Treat #3: Twist Container

Visit this blog to view the original instructions and pictures. I made my twist container by cutting a piece of patterned cardstock that was 6 x 8 inches. I used Glue Lines along one of the 6 inch sides and partway down the 8 inch side to stick the container together.

Fold one of the 6 inch sides up to make a tube, overlapping about 1/2 inch and stick it together, gently creasing the sides.

Then pinch one of the ends together (where there are already glue lines).

Use a paper crimper to seal the ends together, it also looks cute!

Fill the container with a treat-- candy or a small gift or even a gift certificate to somewhere fun-- and then pinch the other ends together the opposite direction and seal it with more glue lines.

Decorate the outside as desired, add a tag and sentiment and you have a super cute gift for someone special!

I used Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses line for all of my Christmas treats, which are all currently on sale at The Beary Scrap! This is a really fun, non-traditional Christmas color line that has cool patterns and includes pink, purple and turquoise in the color scheme. I love that all the Basic Grey papers are double sided, giving me more to choose from for the same price! I used coordinating cardstock stickers from the same line, Basic Grey buttons, and some Kaiser Craft Rhinestones to decorate my treats.

I wish you all the best of luck in your holiday planning this year (yes, I know it's July but remember I said it's never to early to start!) And remember, you still have a few more days to enter our Beary Sweet Challenge and win an awesome prize pack from The Beary Scrap.


kelly said...

I love these gift ideas.I will definately be having ago at these.Well done you for being so organized at xmas.I think i`m gonna do what you do this year.Get it done early.I always think if it`s done then it doesn`t feel christmasy,but every year i`m always rushing around getting stressed thinking i`ve got all the wrapping to do,have i got everything etc.LOL!!Love the papers you`ve used.Thanks for the inspiration.

stephanne said...

What beautiful ways to dress up holiday gifts, very nice, my mind is going into overdrive, but that is more than fine, there's still a few months for me to sort through all the thoughts and ideas, lol!! Thanks for sharing!!

Elise said...

Jamie!!! You give such wonderful ideas and tutorials!!! :) Gosh you're so creative! I love everything you've made, and hmmmm... since my little one will be starting preschool .. this is something for me to remember for his classmates and teachers! Thank you so much!!! :)

Big Hugs,

angelique (anlou) said...

wow what a awesome creation hun
just love the ideas
hugs angelique

Sylvia said...

totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! great projects and sooo adorable *sigh*
Sylvia xx

Patricia said...

Awesome as usually Jamie I love it and as alway you have great tutorials. So pretty thanks for sharing all this, this week.

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

How very cool, Jamie! I especially love those twist containers - perfect!


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