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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas with GIU

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

Welcome back for my second Growing in Unity (GIU) gal post. How's your holiday shopping going? have you finished? started? ;) my husband used to have a tradition of waiting until Christmas Eve to actually BEGIN his shopping! thankfully after 30 years of marriage, I can happily say that is no longer a tradition of his! grins! he likes to start in October or so like the most of us....


today I want to share with you a few somewhat 'quick' little ideas for gifts using Unity stamps. now bear in mind that quick for me might not be quick for you, I am a VERY slow crafter. I kinda like it that way, as it gives me plenty of time to think about the people I am making things for. once upon a time I could whip up a card in less than 10 minutes, but these days it takes me several hours just to paint my images. but it is sooooooooo relaxing! my cat, Moon Pie loves to come into my craft room with me, so it's really a special time. :)

now on to my gift ideas ~

first up is a tag I made to go on a candle that was sent to my Mother-in-law. if you have a Michael's craft store nearby, these jar candles are fabulous! every once in a while they go on sale 4/$10. otherwise I'll use my 40% off coupons on them. the fragrances are quite nice and even when I burn the candles all day long, they'll still last almost a week.

when my MIL came for a visit this spring, I hooked her on them, too. so I found one in a scent I knew she would like and added it along with some other goodies for her for Christmas.


the tag is made using the pretty "Peace Dove" image, stamped in versamark on one of the freebie tags that came along in the 'thank you' gift Unity sent in my last order. I then embossed it in copper ep, once that dried, I added some frantage powders and spritzes of a few shades of glimmer mist. touches of distressing to the tag's edges, a vintage holly sprig, and pretty ribbons turn this into a fabulous gift!

Next up are some cutey little gift bags that I also found at Michael's. These use a combination of stamp sets that might cause you to scratch your head at first, but they really look great together!


I stamped various snowflakes from the Layers of Life Magical Bliss and Wonder set in Prima chalk inks on the muslin bags as well as the little wooden tags my husband made. I then stamped the snowman from Susan Weckesser's "One of a Kind Winter" set using Staz-on. Tim Holtz distress markers were used to color it in, and the snow drops were made with a Viva Decor pearl pen.

several shades of glimmer mist was sprayed to add a bit of sparkly shine.  poinsettias are from Hobby Lobby. finally, the 'joy' is from a sentiment from the "Joy to Go" set.

Thank you so much for stopping by for a cuppa with me! be sure to leave a comment on any one of my GIU posts this week for a chance to win a Unity grab bag of stamps! :)

Jennifer

Challenges:
Crafty Boots - Winter Wonderland (gift bags)
Love to Scrap - anything goes
Melonheadz - time for Christmas
Marker Pop - winter (gift bags, colored with Tim Holtz distress markers)
Use Your Stuff - Merry Christmas ( buttons, ribbons, twine, and Viva Decor pearl pen are all from my older stash)
Simon Says Stamp Wed Ch - gift it

25 comments:

Fiki said...

oh love it all!
so pretty!
Happy Holidays!
hugs

Sandra van Blaricum said...

this looks all so gorgeous!! I love the gift bags!!
Hugs,Sandra

Donna Spina Lebeduik said...

Awesome stuff! Totally loving the tag!

Debra Davison said...

What great ideas for gifts !! Love the stamps that you used and especially the poinsettias on the snowman bags!! And you know I love those snowmen !!! Looking forward to Day 3 ...

Beebeebabs said...

Wow absolutely beautiful thanks for sharing!!!

Lisa said...

I love the two projects. Tags are so popular now. Thanks for sharing!

sharon g said...

Great ideas. I make goodies for people every year and try to make the containers different each year. THANKS.

Two Sisters Scrapbooking said...

You had me at coffee but, then you said Egg nog and I almost died. yummm I need to try that. its like 68 hot winds herein sunny california sorry. Enjoy the snow. Beautiful blog post too. yummmm eggnog on the list today

Cynthia said...

Fun projects, Jennifer!

Lin said...

Beautiful presentations, Jennifer - you can tell that you enjoyed the process! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Two fabulous projects, beautiful designs and great present ideas. Thank you for playing along with the Crafty Boots Winter Wonerland Challenge.

Dionne

Rhonda Miller said...

These are great. I love how you dressed up that candle and those bags are soo cute.

Edwina said...

Your gifts are so pretty. I especially love the gift bags. You do such beautiful work. I love seeing what you make. Your MIL will love her gift. I know what you mean about you used to could whip out a card in no time. It used to be that way for me too. Now it takes me all day to do a card. Sometimes 2 days. I guess when you become ill it slows you down in all ways. Sending hugs and lots of holiday cheer to you. Edwina Brown

Linda Pekrul said...

Your projects are wonderful!! I especially love the little candy bags... eyes will light up when the recipients receive them!!

Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful tag for the candle, and the treat bags are adorable! Love the cute snowman stamp you used on them!

Sue LD said...

What lovely ways to use stamps to decorate gifts. I like the copper embossing on the dove and the stamping on wood.

Moongirl said...

What fabulous ideas! Love the glitter.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

What fun projects!!! Love the little bags!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Well, I have always been a slow crafter! haha And what you produce in just a few hours takes me days & days! lol
These are just wonderful gifts and keepsakes.

Denise S. said...

Cute ideas. Making a special tag is very nice way to bring a gift to life.

Lisa :) said...

Those gift bags are just PRECIOUS!

Ruby said...

Love all of the projects. The bags are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kenneth Simmons said...

The candle is very pretty and love the little bags.

Helen Gullett said...

Gorgeous gift ideas!

Leslie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog's "Anything Goes!" challenge!
Hugs,
Leslie, LTSCB DT
Love To Scrap!