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Gifts to make and give

Hello Kitty! Paperclip Bookmarks

I remember the sheer joy of recieving a Hello Kitty item as a kid. Everything was so cute.

I made two of these, one for my cousin, and one for myself… I had to show front and back. Besides, I wasn’t going to give away my only one! ūüôā

These are giant paperclips by WalMart. The side has different ribbon scraps tied to it. I punched Hello Kitty out of a piece of scrapbook paper using a 1″ circle punch. The scallops are 1.5″ punches, and the flower on the back is also a punch.

All the paper is textured cardstock except the Hello Kitty printed one. I put a rhinestone on the flower on the back, and the flower Hello Kitty is holding. Her bow has glittered dimensional paint added.

I assembled the front and back pieces first, and then used a low-temp hot glue gun to attach both sides to the paperclips. I read a tutorial that said glue dots also work, but the Glue Gun was closer… and I got lazy.

Size: 4″ high



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5 Minute Christmas Tea Gift

Let me begin by saying that NYC is in the middle of a heat wave…. over 100 degrees all week. So, I wanted to do something Christmas-y… I also watched Titanic and The Day After Tomorrow. Watching the snow on TV has a cooling effect. Sort of ūüôā

These took longer to dry than anything else, but I stamped, colored, assembled and bagged this in about 5 minutes.

The teabags are from Tazo¬†tea… I included an Awake (English breakfast tea), Chai (spiced tea), and Refresh (mint) teabag and wrapped a piece of ribbon around them. I chose those flavors because they reminded me of the holidays, but also because¬†the wrappers are red, gold, and dark green. I wanted it to match.

The stamp is from the $1 bin at AC Moore… I love this snowman! I roughly colored him in with Zig markers, and added some Crystal Effects on a few snowballs.

I matted the image on a scrap of corrugated cardstock and inked the edges. Glue dots were my best friend on this project.

This would be a cute stocking stuffer, or small thank you for the holidays (perhaps tucked in a mug). ultimately, this idea could be used for party favors, or for any occasion. All you need is a stamp, a scrap of ribbon, and three individually wrapped teabags in whatever color suits you. I know Tazo makes an entire rainbow of colors.

Size: Aprox. 2×3 inches

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Simple Card and Matchbook Notepad

I whipped this up in a few short minutes… just to try it. It is entirely composed of scraps and ends of paper.

There is silver star embossed paper, and black paper with flecks of gold and silver on the card. The matchbook notepad has a bit of green, patina style paper behind the image. I embossed both stamps with gold powder.

I had fun making a mini gift.¬†It could be mailed (using extra postage), or just attached to another gift… perhaps a journal or really nice pen set.


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Girly Gift Tin… Pink and Sugary

I found these little white tins at a local store, and couldn’t resist altering one. Or altering many, since I did buy a few…

I used glue dots to attach a piece of paper around the tin, and used a corner rounder on the matching paper for the lid. Then I added ribbon, and glittered up a chipboard monogram. A tiny piece of ribbon¬†is attached¬†to¬† the ‘D’ with a brad, and a rhinestone flower finishes it off.

Inside the tin, there is a cello bag full of Jolly Rancher candies and tied with a piece of curling ribbon. Why Jolly Ranchers? Simple, it’s hot outside, and chocolate melts too quickly for me to get this gift to its recipient safely.

To give you an idea of the size, the ‘D’ is 2 inches tall. This was so quick to make, I may have to buy a few more tins to have on hand for making last-minute gifts.

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Christmas Jar Candles

For Christmas, I bought big jar candles and made tags for them. The tags double as Christmas ornaments when the candle has burned away.

I started by sandwiching chipboard between two pieces of designer paper, so the tag would be nice and sturdy. Then I cut the tags using a big paper trimmer, and used a Crop-O-Dial to insert eyelets.

I gave a little extra slack to the ribbon, so the tag could easily slip off the candle. After that, I added lots of glitter… because I like sparkly things, and Christmastime is the season to shine.

The white candles smelled like vanilla, so I used a dove stamp (by Inkadinkado) and the word PEACE (letter stamps by Image Tree). The tan candles smelled like gingerbread, so I looked online for a free downloadable gingerbread house, which I colored with Zig markers.

A close-up of the Peace tag.

…and the gingerbread tag.

They were a huge hit… now, what to make this year?


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Frappuccino Bottle Gift

Frappuccino Bottle for Grammie's Birthday

Frappuccino Bottle for Grammie's Birthday


I admit, once the temperature in Brooklyn rises, I chug at least two of those Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos a week. The papercrafter in me can’t just toss those beautiful bottles… so what to do with them?¬†

First, I peeled off the label and washed the bottle really well in hot water and a bit of bleach. Then I cut a big strip of paper and wrapped it around the bottle, then wrapped ribbon around it all. Hint: I used the flower on front to cover the ribbon ends/ seam.  I was (and am) grateful for Glue Dots, they stick paper to glass, plastic, and metal. I also used glue dots to put a piece of ribbon around the edge of the lid. 

I used a two-inch circle of paper to cover the lid. I love glitter and rhinestones, so I used bits here and there to dress it up. I found matching Hershey’s Kisses, since I made this around Easter time.¬†

These¬†could be made in any color combination, and would be adorable as party favors. Imagine, blue and silver Kisses for a boy’s baby shower, or red and green at Christmastime. If you shop around, some stores have two different sized Frappuccino bottles.¬†



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