Friday, November 27, 2009

It's Friday!

Where did the week go? I can't believe that today is already Friday! Has anyone out there braved the crowds and gone shopping yet today? If you did, I hope that you found everything you were shopping for! Luckily, my Christmas shopping is just about finished. I try to be done by December 1st each year, and then I just have the handmade items to worry about. My list always includes a lot of adults, and they receive something to open and them some good ole cash or a gift card from us. I usually need something to put the cash or gift cards in. Last year, I bought little tins and filled them with wrapped candies and then added the gift card. This year, when I went tin shopping with my Mom, the tins seemed so expensive. The ones that were $1.29 last year were $3.59 this year! That just seemed like a lot to spend for packaging. My Mom talked me into the idea that I could come up with something "crafty" instead of spending over $40.00 on tins that would probably get thrown away. I have always wanted to try a Box in a Bag (if you'd like to as well, the link is here) so I thought that I'd give it a try. I was surprised how quick and easy these came together. I think I have found what is going to be this year's packaging for all of the adults in the family. It holds just the right amount of candy and then I can stick a gift card in there as well.

This little project is for today's Blogger's Challenge - Alter It! Now that I think about it. I didn't actually alter an item, but I guess I altered a piece of patterned paper. I hope that counts! If you'd like more ideas for altered items, just click on the Blogger's Challenge logo in my right side bar.

I went with this eggplant plaid paper (Chatterbox) because my sister in law loves purple. I think that she'll be pleased with this. I added the Santa to make it look a little more Christmas-y and because this week's High Hopes Rubber Stamps challenge is to use one of their many Santa images. With all of the HH stamps that I have, I can't believe that I only have this teeny, tiny, Santa!!! I guess I'll just need to buy a few more stamps...lol!

I'm really hoping for a low stress holiday this year. I'm thrilled that I have one Box in a Bag complete and only 13 more to go!! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that you have a wonderful day...Toodles! :D

18 comments:

Leigh OBrien said...

Adorable, Kimberly!

Sheryl Dickinson said...

This is adorable! I love purple for Christmas.

Nikki Bond said...

Tooo cute! Love that DSP! {SMILES}

Tami Black said...

Love those Chatterbox papers! These are way cute and I know the adults in your family will be super impressed!

Lisa Somerville said...

How cute, love the image and your choice of colors

Connie said...

Very cute...I always try to come up with new packaging for gift cards, too!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love the plaid- very cool gift card bag- love your idea! TFS

Robin Merriman said...

Super cute! Hope you had a nice holiday!

6 wacky women said...

Fabulous gift bag, Kimberly
I love the paper and the purple is just wonderful. Thanks for joining us for the High Hopes Challenge.

Karen x

Lisa Bohler said...

That is a great packaging idea! Super cute use of the DSP and I LOVE that little snowman!

njburk said...

I love these--you really can't go wrong with them.

Lori said...

Fun presentation for holiday gifts!

Bunny Zoe's Crafts said...

Wow, your box is awesome Kimberly and the colours are gorgeous, This is a gift itself, Hugs, Nikki x

Rachel Hope said...

What a super fun bag! I LOVE that paper....never thought to use it for Christmas...I Love it!!!

Tiffany Bauer said...

I love making those bags or are they boxes!?! Yours turned out too cute!!

Ida P. Krause said...

How cute! What a fun idea.

Selene Kempton said...

Very Pretty!

Amy said...

So cute! I love the non-traditional colours!