Friday, December 9, 2011

Thrifty Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to The Stamping Boutique’s
"Thrifty Christmas-Making Handmade Gifts" Blog Hop!!

We are very excited about the holidays and know for many money is tight this year, but that doesn’t mean you cannot give great gifts! Our Elves, oh I mean design team have been busy in their workshops coming up with some fabulous projects to help you with those last minute gift ideas. What better way to show you than to have a
BLOG HOP!!!

You won’t want to miss this hop and because we know you are all busy getting all the preparations done for the holidays, this hop will run all weekend. The hop starts today, Friday
December 9th @ 12:01 am (CST) and runs until Sunday December 11th @ 11:59 pm (CST).
 
I am your 1st stop on the hop so you are in the right place. Make sure and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end. 


For my "Thrifty Christmas Project" I have created and altered canvas, using scrapbook papers.  All my papers are from CTMH Mistletoe collection.  I started with a blank white canvas that I picked up at Michael's with a coupon of course.  I grabbed a layout from my CTMH idea books and then altered the dimensions to fit my canvas.  Next I printed these wonderful "holly berry" images on my cardstock, paper pieced them, and fussy cut them out.  I added a little pop to edges by adding some ink to edges of leaves in New England Ivy and a lil' black spica pen to edges of berries.





  Next I have created a couple easy, fun projects to give to those special teachers, neighbors, or office friends.  In front are some mint patties that I have dolled up. I used the image called "candy land winter candy" which I have printed a little bigger, colored them with Copics, and then fussy cut them out.  I mounted them on scalloped circles before attaching to my candies. 


In the back is a hot cocoa holder, which I found on You Tube. 

Here are directions to create:

1. Start with a 4 x 11 piece of cardstock

2. Score at 4 3/4 and 10

3. Cut a piece of coordinating card stock (or pp) to 3 3/4 x  4 1/2, I then cut a piece of 
pp to 3 5/8 x 4 3/8. For t he flap, I cut a piece of card stock in CTMH juniper to 3/4 x 3 3/4 and then my pp to 5/8 x 3 5/8.


4. Grab you cocoa packet and lay inside, punch two holes using your Crop-a-dile or hole punch. Add you ribbon and any other embellies + your image/sentiment! I used the newest image from the store called "snowman-bring it on."


I invite you to continue hopping and hope you enjoyed my projects and got a couple ideas to help you with your last minute holiday gifts. Remember each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from The Stamping Boutique store. Be sure to visit all the design’s blogs and leave a comment (we will be checking). Each designer will be giving away (1) FREE image from our store to one random commenter.

Once you have finished the hop, make sure to leave a comment on The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate for our store. Remember to be eligible for all prizes, YOU MUST COMMENT ON EACH STOP ALONG THE WAY!


Next stop by Jen's blog, to see what FABULOUS project she has in store for you today.

50 comments:

Cat said...

What a unique holiday gift idea! Love the colors you've chosen! Happy holidays!

CraftyGirl said...

Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing and yes times are a bit tight. Merry Christmas

TTFN,

CraftyGirl

mags said...

Wonderful ideas. Love the colours and especially like the cocoa holder.
Mags
x

Anne-Marie said...

A totally unique gift, I love the colours.

Anne-Marie x x

Julia said...

Love the ideas, specially the mints! TFS! Hugs, Julia

Hestia's Helper said...

That little snowman is my new favorite in the TSB catalog!!
Thanks for posting the directions... what a CUTE (and quick) gift idea!

hugs
Stacie

Ruth Little said...

Very cute! What a neat idea! And I love the candies. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

DQ said...

Great idea using the canvas.
and love the Hot Chocolate card gift

GrannyCharlotte said...

Great projects. Really like the idea for teacher gifts. Thanks so much for sharing.

Bunny said...

What a lovely idea...

Love it all.

Caz xx

Tabitha said...

Cute gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Super cute ideas, but I am sooooo enamoured with the mint candies! They are just adorable and would make such cute decorations to hang on the tree in a garland fashion or for simple stocking stuffers! Cute, cute cute!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Just lovely!!

Mamma Mia said...

Great ideas Christy - especially love the hot cocoa holder! Thanks for sharing. Helen :o)

Kristina said...

Christy,
Super pretty altered canvas, using scrapbook papers! And I just love your Snowman is so cute, great card!
Peace,
Kristy

Melissa said...

What great ideas, Christy! I especially like that hot chocolate holder with the adorable mints!! Those would be great stocking stuffers!!! :)

Cheryl said...

Wonderful ideas!

Rhonda Miller said...

What great ideas Christy. I love the cute little peppermint candies, what a great idea. TFS.

Jennifer Scull said...

you always come up with such amazing ideas, but the little mint candies have won me over! totally brill! :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Christy!

Miranda said...

amazing creations Christy, they look gorgeous
hugs
Miranda

Moments by Marla said...

Love you card - love this snowman image!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Renee said...

Christy; that cocoa holder is perfect...I just bought mugs & cocoa for a neighborhood gift exchange & this will make it that much more special! Thanks.

Leslie Turner said...

Very awesome projects! Love the cocoa holder! Thanks for sharing!

Edwina said...

Love the mint patties decorated as pepermint. Your cars are so cute! Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown edwinabrown@comcast.net

Lori said...

Really cute! I have never seen any of your images, but I came here from Kate Palmer's channel because I loved the card she made. :)

Kathleen said...

Great projects, they turned out great. Thank you for sharing.

melissac said...

Cute project!! Blessings and hugs!!

thinker said...

oh I love the idea of altered canvas!!

Sandy said...

oh Christy - thanks for the great ideas! thanks for sharing!

Sandy :)

Mary Van Skiver said...

Thank You for the great ideas.I love the candy disks...great for office pals.

happyscrapper said...

These are some wonderful ideas.
Hugz,
Christine

Bonnie said...

Great ideas. Will steal - ugh - borrow them!

Lucy Newton said...

Great ideas,thanks!

Dragonlady said...

Fantastic project Christy, your candy has worked perfectly and such a great use of the image.

Hugs Ali x

Auntie Em said...

What great crafty gift ideas. The little hot chocolate card is such a fun idea for me since I am known around here for my hot chocolate. I could give my guest a little treat to take home.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Lana said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Jacq said...

Thanks for the great ideas! Love the little snowman approved hot chocolate holder - would make a perfect little gift for anyone. :)

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

Oh so cute Christy, I so love the little candies, too cute! Thanks for arranging such an awesome hop!!

Babe O'Mara said...

Love your projects, especially the mints. Cute cocoa holder too. TFS

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

kaleidoscopeimpressions said...

Really cute ideas! You make it easy with your wonderful instructions and pics - thanks!
Hugs,
JoyceAnn

Lynn said...

Thanks for the great inspiration.

Lynn x

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