Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's a Season of Sweets!

So, in your wanderings through the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog, have you noticed a cute little kit made for packaging cookies?
Yep, me too.
And I completely overlooked it until recently.

I just knew that I wouldn't be using those adorable envelopes for giving cookies - really, I eat them way too fast for that! :) But I loved the idea of using them for an envelope and card to give gift cards in for Christmas. So, for my downline team meeting in mid-October, I designed this:

Cute, huh?
This kit is called Season of Sweets Designer Printed Kit and comes with 12 envelopes, 6 polka dot, 6 stripe and two sheets of sticky die-cuts that were perfect for making the cards.
#126912  Season of Sweets Designer Printed Kit  $8.95

I simply cut the long strips in to smaller lenghts with my Paper Trimmer. The color combination was Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Very Vanilla - love these colors together for Christmas!

The envelope has a sweet cut out front with a glassine window that was perfect for having the front of the card peek through. So, I designed my 4" x 4" card to do just that, making my center element with the 2 1/2" Circle punch out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I ran it through the Big Shot with my Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder for some texture before adding my stamped elements from the Hostess stamp set, Mixed Medley. I stamped with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, then punched out the pieces with my 1 1/4" Scalloped Circle Punch and my 3/4" Circle Punch. They were popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals right in the center.

The card is Very Vanilla and I stamped the pine branch from Watercolor Winter up in the top left corner before I adhered a piece of my border sticker across the bottom. For the glittery line, I simply ran my SNAIL across it in a straight line then added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, tapping off the excess. Cool, right? 

The envelope didn't need much decoration, but you could stamp on it if you wanted to. I chose to keep it simple and just added a couple of the holly leaf stickers to the upper right corner.
On the back flap, I punched a hole with the Punch Pack and ran a 26" piece of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon through it for the tie. I used Seam Binding and Scalloped Polka-Dot to give a different look. It's just wrapped around and tied in a bow on the front after the card was slipped inside.

The best part of the whole thing is that the kit was only $8.95 for the 12 envelopes and sticky die-cuts. It also comes with food-safe plastic bags for the cookies, but I'm saving those back for another project. To make the cards, you only need Very Vanilla cardstock for your base - you can create any design really - putting a special photo on the card front would be a great way to give these, you could even have the bow tie on the top and hang them from the tree as gift ornaments!

So, be sure to take a second look at the kits that are in your Holiday Mini. You will be surprised at what you discover you can do with them!
You can order all the supplies you need to make these adorable cards from my Online Store! Just click the link on the right that says 'Order Online'  to Shop Now!

Have a great day everyone and go stamp something fun!

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