Christmas Cookie Boxes!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Every year I bake cookies and package them up to give to my staff as holiday gifts. Each year the packaging changes and is something handmade by me! This year, I made a bunch of gift boxes to deliver the cookies in. The gift box is assembled using the Mama Elephant Gable Box die and some double sided tape. Before I could assemble them, though, I had to stamp some patterns on them and color them up!

Poinsettia goodie boxes
Some boxes were cut from white card stock and others from craft card stock. Some had poinsettias and others had pine cones. I stamped most of them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but others I stamped with VersaMark ink and white heat-embossed the images. I then used either copics or colored pencils to do my coloring.

Pinecone goodie boxes

While I was finishing up coloring all of the boxes, I had to bake some cookies to go inside! This year I made four different kinds:

Christmas cookies

After I’d finished coloring all of the boxes, I cut widows in one side of them, using the same die set. Some had simple scalloped circle windows while others had a more ornate window that I gave a little dimension to by layering it on top of some fun foam. I then added some vellum behind the window. I thought about using clear acetate, but I used some Press’n Seal to line the insides of the boxes so they wouldn’t get dirty or greasy on the outside, so a clear window would have been obscured anyway.
Christmas gift goodie boxes

Then it was time to start adding my mini gift tags – more about those here.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

In addition to the stamped and colored boxes, I also made some solid color boxes, just to change it up a bit. I wanted these solid boxes to be just as fancy as the others, so I added my jazzed-up mini tags onto those boxes.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I managed to fit about 6-ish cookies into each of the boxes. It generally went like this: One snowball, one chocolate chip, 4 holiday bites and several pieces of toffee, broken up. Sometimes I’d add an extra snowball, if there was room.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I really love how they turned out, and I had a lot of fun making them!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Happy Holidays!

kimberly

Mini Christmas Gift Tags

Sharing a short and sweet post about these itty-bitty gift tags I created to go along with some gift boxes I’ve been making!
Mini messages Christmas gift tags

To create the tags I first used some tiny tag dies that I got from Simon Says Stamp, which I don’t think are available anymore. These are similar. I cut the tags from white and craft card stock and stamped various sentiments from my Mama Elephant Mini Messages stamp set in Versafine Onyx Black ink. I decided the tags looked a bit too plain on their own, so I cut some more tags from red and green paper, and then offset the colored paper behind the stamped pieces and stuck them together with some double sided tape. I then ran some twine through the tags to finish them up.

Wplus9 woodland basics die cuts

I decided I wanted to jazz up a few of the tags even more, so I took out my Woodland Basics dies and cut several shapes from some different colors of cardstock. Some of the die cuts were way to big for me to use on my tags, but the smaller dies turned out to be the right size. The above photo isn’t great, but I wanted you to be able to see some of the die cuts! This is a really great stand-alone die set. I especially love the pine needles!

Mini messages Christmas tag

So, I added some sprigs and berries here and there until I ended up with something I was happy with, gluing each piece onto the front or back of the tag as I went along. I only did this on a few tags but I really love how they turned out.

Mama Elephant mini messages on Christmas gift tags

Don’t forget to check back for tomorrow’s post to see how the tags look when I put them on the goodie boxes!

kimberly

DIY Holiday Decor // Rose Gold Reindeer

Rose gold reindeer on mantle

Hi! I come to you today with a different sort of paper crafting experiment that I did over the weekend. Some of you may remember my bright, sparkly, reindeer DIY from several years back. For that project, I sketched a reindeer image onto a large canvas, covered it in Mod Podge,added lots of sequins, and stuck it on my fireplace mantle. Something about antlers and sparkles screams Christmas to me. That’s normal, right?

This year, I thought I’d do something a little different, but mostly the same. I used the same subject matter, but made a smaller version and used a different technique, and I love how it turned out!

Foiled deer holiday decor

To start, I google image-searched “reindeer silhouette” until I found a simple image that I liked. I then printed it out with a toner ink printer (NOT an ink-jet or other kind of printer) onto some cardstock. I needed this to print with toner ink because I planned to foil it with my Minc foil applicator (though you could try using reactive foil and a general laminating machine for this as well). I had some 5″x7″ picture frames hanging around and wanted to use those, so I made sure to cut the printed sheet down to a size that would fit inside my frame. I got the frames at the dollar store, so this project was really inexpensive, too!

Foiled deer holiday decor

I ended up making two framed reindeer. For this first one I chose some rose gold foil. I cut a piece of the foil, layered it over my appropriately-sized panel, put it in a carrier sheet and ran it through my Minc to fuse the foil onto the printed image. I have the larger-size Minc, but the Mini Minc would be perfectly for this, too.

Foiled deer holiday decor

I chose a different reindeer silhouette and some gold foil for a second image, and then put both in frames. One lives on the fireplace mantle and the other in the dining room.

Gold and rose gold foiled reindeer

I love the chic look of these decorations, and they were so simple and quick to make! The beauty of this project is that you can use this technique with any subject matter and with any size frame – as long as the panel will fit though whatever size Minc machine you have!

I have a few other holiday decor DIY ideas in mind – we’ll see if they make it off the ground. Never enough time!

kimberly

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Poinsettia Christmas Card

My first Christmas card of the season!
Mama Elephant poinsettiaI made this card using the Mama Elephant Poinsettia stamp set & coordinating dies, and got my design inspiration from the Case(e) This Sketch blog! This is this week’s sketch:

As you can tell, I flipped the sketch horizontally for my card. I used watercolor for the background, and painted the poinsettia with Copic markers before die-cutting it and mounting it to the front of my card with foam adhesive.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I added the Happy Holidays sentiment from a the Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink, which is my favorite black ink for stamping sentiments.

Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

I pulled out some Christmas decorations today, too, so I’m slowly getting into the holiday spirit! Mama Elephant Poinsettia Holiday Card

kimberly

Midweek Manicure // Christmas Nails – Ornamental Touch

Merry Christmas Eve! Just stopping in to share a quick shot of the fun wraps I’ll be wearing on my nails for Christmas. They were part of the December Monthly Mani Box from Scratch, and are called Ornamental Touch. They remind me of ugly Christmas sweaters (in a good way).

Ornamental Touch Christmas Nail WrapsAlso, if you’re still looking for last minute mani ideas, here are a few from the Mixed Method archives:

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Has everyone finished all of their Christmas preparations? I think I’m done, finally. Can’t wait to see lots of family over the next few days!

kimberly

Christmas Tags + Goodie Bags

This year, I made lots and lots of gift tags. I used the gift tags for little goodie bags that I gave out to everyone in my department at work. It was a lot of work, but I had a lot of fun making the tags and assembling the bags. And, I imagine that the gift tag recipients might even re-purpose the tags as Christmas tree ornaments – two gifts in one.

Christmas Gift Tags

Joy To The World Gift Tag

I started off making some [what I like to call] graphic cards, with various stamps and die cuts, and then switched over to using watercolors for a totally different look. I didn’t want any two tags to look exactly the same, which can be kind of tedious when you’re making 12+ tags…I love to make my life difficult.

Watercolor Christmas Gift Tags

Water Colored Gift Tags

Then, I decided to use distress inks on the tags, for lots of color, and a different effect (and here begin the iphone photos). After stamping various backgrounds and sentiments with several stamp sets (here, here, here and here), I heat embossed them using versamark ink and clear embossing powder, and used a mini ink blending tool to apply distress ink all over the card. The embossing resisted the ink to create a colorful background while retaining the crisp white image made with the stamps.

Stamped and Distress Ink Christmas Tags

I had fun experimenting with all of the different techniques, but tried to keep them all pretty similar by using the deer silhouettes as the focal point throughout. After die cutting the bucks, I embossed most of them with Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing powder. Β  I also put together a few other tags using snowflake dies, and wrote the names of the recipient on the backs of the cards. Then it was time to assemble the goodie bags.

Goodie Bag Assembly

I slipped some cookies (Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip and Jingle Bell Bites), a candy cane and a gift card into each bag, and added some tissue paper for decoration. I tied the cookie bags with baker’s twine, and used jute twine to tie on the tags. These goodie bags are similar to the cookie boxes I assembled two years ago.

Christmas Goodie Bags

I used leftover tags (because I may have gotten carried away) to adorn some of the wrapped gifts I’ll be giving to friends and family.

wrapped gifts

Is anyone else adding a handmade touch to their gifts this year? Christmas just keeps getting more and more commercialized and I hate feeling like I’ve spent the holiday season at the mall. To me, making these homemade tags and little goodie bags is so much more satisfying. Although, next year I think I’ll start making the tags in July… :)

Happy gift-giving!

kimberly

 

Midweek Manicure // Candy Cane Accents

It’s time for the Christmas-themed nail art!

Christmas Candy Cane NailsInspired by an image I saw on pinterest. These nails were easy (of course) to create.

I used:

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength (as base coat)
  • Essie – Leading Lady (for the glittered polish on my ring finger)
  • Ulta – Snow White (on index finger, thumb and middle finger as a base for the red)
  • Essie – Born to Kilt (on my index finger and over the white on my thumb and middle fingers)
  • Metal nail art studs (on my index and pinky fingers)
  • Striping tape (to mask off space on my middle and thumb nails – after I placed the tape, I pained over it with Born to Kilt, then removed the tape ASAP to reveal the white polish underneath)

Happy Almost Friday!

kimberly

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