Remember all those great ideas you all gave me for teacher gifts? I combined a lot of your tips together to create gifts for Colin's teachers. The cost wasn't bad, although it did take time to put together. But I think that is the best gift – one that has thought and love put into it. Colin's teachers are amazing. I just hope they know how much they are appreciated.
And after I share what I created, I will have a great giveaway, as a thank you to you.
Here are the baskets I did:
The baskets were like $1.50 at Hobby Lobby.
The journals are from Target. Maybe $5.
Couldn't find the pens with the post-it things on it – wish I could. Instead, just did a simple pen… maybe $1.
Fuzzy socks – on sale at Dillards for $2.50.
Gift card from bookstore. This was the main gift.
Mug from Target. $3. Just a plain one.
Hot chocolate mix. Colin's sweet sitter made these for us and friends, so I hired her to make some for me to give the teachers. She said they were about $2 each to make them. So cute. (For directions, click HERE. But she also added a layer of red sugar sprinkles. I LOVE that touch!)
I used that same digital kit to create the circle tag on the front.
Also included my family's holiday card.
Oh, and several people suggested giving them a set of handmade cards. I did that a few weeks ago, too. So I needed something different for Christmas.
And, isn't this too cute? Colin in his performance at school. They sang a bunch of songs. Melts my heart…
OK… since you were all so kind to me, I have a great giveaway. This is my FAVORITE punch. So I must love you if I am giving one away, huh? Hee. The Paper Shapers from EK Success are the best and this big 3" scallop is amazing. And I have one to giveaway! (Thanks EK! Oh, and if you want any of the scallop punches, call Stampers Corner – she has great prices and doesn't charge more than actual shipping! Also, Stamp Your Art Out.) Just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEDT on Tuesday telling me what the weather is like in your neck of the woods. I will pick a random winner of this…
Here? It is darn cold. A few degrees. EEK! I prefer snow if it is going to be this cold. But my mother-in-law has the best fireplace – you can't peel me away from it.
Hugs! Oh, and the winner of the Autumn Leaves stamp set is Adriana P! And the Maya Road set? That winner is Sharon (from Florida)! I emailed you both.
I love Saturdays before the holidays. Lots of great things to go and do and see. Love it.
First – the winner of the BasicGrey rub-ons is Tonya A! I will email you.
Just a quick share today since family is together. Wanted to show you a couple of my new favorite stamp sets.
This is a simple card (with a reallllly bad photo) of a card I made for Audrey. It uses my favorite Maya Road set, Hero Arts Japanese Dolls and some awesome glitter pens. Those pens really make the card come to life. The photo does capture it well. Actually, the pens should be called "shimmer pens"… it is a subtle, pretty look. I just colored it right over the stamped images.
For the hair, I stamped it again and cut it out. I stuck rolled up mini glue dots under the bangs to give it dimension.
Now… giveaway time. I *heart* Maya Road stamps. They come in fabulous tins and have some great sets. So I thought I would share one here. Just leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEDT telling me something you asked for for Christmas. I will pick a random winner of this oh-so-cool Maya Road stamp set…
Me? I asked for a goat. Ha – from World Vision. And a vacuum.
Oh… and I need to enable a bit more. Check out THESE velvet flowers from Maya Road. I just love them – I can envision a fabulous simple card set with them!
… with their holiday cards? Oh my. I am still working on mine. Sigh…
Thought I would share some holiday gift bags. I love buying the $.50 kraft bags and decorating them with stamping.
I did this tree bag for 2peas HERE and then created another bag and a card to go with it. I used some Stampin' Up stamps on the extra two and LOVE those stamps! Click HERE for more info.
This card has Stampin' Up stamping. Yummm…
And another bag for another dear friend. I got this bag on clearance with a bunch of other colors at Target. Keep an eye on their gift wrap area – they always have great deals on bags and boxes that can be altered…
And you know me, I love to share links of some goodness out there. Here are some:
Jennifer Gallacher always knocks my socks off with her creations. Love THIS.
Don't you love it when you meet someone who is a total sweetheart? Someone you would love to have coffee with every morning? That is how I feel about Kelly Goree. Go check out her blog – she has a great giveaway a few posts down, too. Go HERE. And, her son has the exact same lovey (a stuffed monkey) as my son does. Funny.
Hero Arts has free 2-day shipping on their website. And they give a free gift with all orders. (Trust me – they are very generous – this won't be a little thing.) They also have certificates. (Feel free to send a link to this post as a hint to your husbands. Go HERE for more info.
And time for a giveaway! Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your favorite holiday tradition. I will pick a winner of this fabulous clear stamp set from Autumn Leaves…
Can you believe Christmas is only 10 days away? Eek. I fell like we got shortchanged only have 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But, I have lots to share. And as a reward for listening, I have a giveaway.
First, many of Hero Arts stamps are now available in stores! Woohoo! Here are two online stores I know that have tons of it: 2Peas and StampinTreasures. You can buy the whole catalog there, too. The stamps available now are only the ones that were part of the Catalog Debut. There will be more new ones coming out at the beginning of January!
And since Hero stamps are made in the USA, we know they will be available on time and rarely on backorder.
The Catalog! It has everything – even things not in stores yet.
Come on… aren't they too cute??
Great stuff, huh? Watch those wallets.
Also! I am the blogger this week on Hero's blog HERE. Please come say hi and tell Kelly Goree how much we love having her on our blog. She is a gem. A true sweetie. We are doing some fun things with sketches… with lots of prizes for this week's challenge. Today we used new hero stamps and BG papers. Here is another card I did with my scraps/reject pieces…
Supplies: Hero Arts Pattern Hearts and Thank You Basic Grey Bittersweet papers and buttons White embossing powder Versamark Black Memories Ink Hero Arts Pearls Fiskars border punch
OK… giveaway talk. I have a bunch of things to pass along. And thanks to a donation to help with shipping, I will be giving a lot away between now and Christmas. I would say that there will be a giveaway every single day, but I fear I may miss a day. So lets just say there will be many – so keep coming back. Today's is a small one but a good one. Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday at 11:59pmEDT telling me if you have sent your holiday cards yet (if you are sending them) and I will pick a random winner of these two BasicGrey rub-ons. (I love them!)
And… no… I haven't even recieved my card order. And I have to add to them. And address them. And mail them. And finish my sister-in-laws cards. And address them. And mail them. Eek.
If you were anything like me, you were doing some gift shopping, got sick and then tried to take your family to every cool holiday thing in town. So, the weekend flew by! I love this time of year (minus the sick part).
This is also a fun weekend because stamp stores around the world debuted Hero Arts new stamps. This is a great time for me, since we have been working on it for several months. "Catalog season" is a busy time here… I have to create a lot of scrapbook pages for it. I will be sharing lots over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, check this out: 2Peas just got their Hero order. 80 boxes of stamps! For more details, check out Mel's blog HERE. (The stamps will be for sale on Monday – tomorrow!) Don't you just want to tear them open?!
(c) Mel at twopeasinabucket.com
Here is another project from long ago, but I thought it was a good idea to share for Christmas gifts. I bought one of those mugs that you can put photos in from Starbucks and decorated the inside. Lots of fun for your creative friends. It says "escape and create."
Sorry for the short posts… I am the blogger on Hero this week, so I have had lots to do. But I will be back tomorrow with some more. And I have a ton of giveaways to do before the holidays…