Gift-giving during the holiday season can be a real challenge, especially if your gift list is long.  My typical “to shop for” list of just my family members has 30 people on it.  That doesn’t include teachers, friends and of course my UPS man (*lol*). That’s why I’m always on the lookout for unique gift ideas that don’t cost a fortune.  Now finding things in a retail store that fit that bill is NOT easy, that’s why I’m so thankful that rubber stamping and paper crafting is my business. I can make unique gifts that are affordable, yet are really “from the heart”.  Today’s project makes a perfect gift when you are looking to give someone a “little something” to show them that you are thinking of them.

I used my Big Shot Top Note die and the Bird with Leaves & Flowers die to create four tags. The layout of the four tags is identical, I just used different patterns from the Riding Hood Red Prints series paper and two different colors for the base of the tags. 

Now you can’t just give someone tags on their own.  If you want to make it into a gift then you need a cute little box to package them in, right? Since designing templates is my passion, of course I just HAD to create a template for a Top Note Tag Box!

I’ve put together a Step-by-Step tutorial with a downloadable template HERE.


Okay, and now onto today’s winner.  Drumroll please……the winner of the Holiday Blitz Day 16 blog give-away is Judi Carpenter! Congratulations! In order to draw my winners I use the website so that the winner is randomly drawn.  Judi, please email me at [email protected] in order to claim your prize!

Judi will receive the PDF tutorial for this Snowman Window Box.  You can use it as shown with a couple of test tubes holding goodies inside (I bought the Martha Stewart test tubes) OR, you could omit the test tube holder portion, cover the windows with acetate and fill them the box with treats.  The tutorial includes supplies, dimensions and step-by-step photos with directions. Judi is the last winner of this window box tutorial. 

Today I start a new give-away!

Today and for the next week or so, I’ll be drawing for the pdf tutorial for this ornament-shaped gift box. 

As with all the templates I feature, this project is based on a custom-designed template I created to simulate the look of a Christmas Tree Ornament.  The dimensions of the box are 6″ wide, 5″ high and 2″ deep.  It holds a LOT of treats!  The tutorial will include a supply list, dimensions, template and over 30 photos with step-by-step directions. 

I had a lot of people ask me if I would sell this tutotrial because they didn’t want to wait *lol* so I put it into my store.  If you’re interested in purchasing it, it’s $12.95 and you can get it from here: I am not releasing a class planner version of this. If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can use it in a class, all I ask is that you please not re-sell the tutorial or post the directions/dimensions on your blog or website.

Today’s question:  What is your favourite holiday dessert?  My favourite dessert is a Hungarian dessert that my grandmother makes only during the Christmas season. The closest translation I can think of is “Bird’s Milk”.  I think it’s the same thing as a dessert called Floating Islands.  It’s a creamy custard-type sauce that is similar to egg nog (but better) with floating “islands” made out of a soft meringue.