A 5 Minute Gift Sure to Please! {Fast & Frugal!}

Hi friends! It’s nice to have some quick and easy gifts to make for the holidays. Today’s Rudolf inspired treat cone can even be made by kids to give to family, friends and teachers. I love that children can feel the pride of saying “I made it myself!” And they totally can make this reindeer hot cocoa cone!


Watch the video to see how easy it is!

I think I should have used a red gumdrop for the “nose” but it all worked out;)

12″ clear cello cone bags
green bakers twine
red/white polka dot washi tape
candy canes
red candy like a gumdrop or Hershey Kiss
cocoa mix
mini marshmallows

Directions: Place red candy, cocoa powder and marshmallows in a cone bag.  Secure with tape and tape on candy cane antlers. Tie on tag.

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4 Million! What? & Fast and Frugal Teacher’s Gifts!

Hi Friends! I just looked at my blog stats and I hit 4 million views today! Wow, thanks so much guys for helping me reach this milestone. In a time where people are saying that blogs are not relevant you have proved the nay-sayers wrong in fact my blog has never been busier, the last million views were gained in 11 months. I am so thankful for that:) Let’s go for another 4 million! Today I have a fast and frugal gift your kids can make for their classmates and teachers (or a gift teachers can make for their students) for the last day of school.


I used 1″x7″ clear cello bags from Papermart. These are the same kind of bags I use to package my earrings, greeting cards and watercolor paintings. They are FDA food safe and crystal clear. Other than that you need cardstock, adhesive (double-sided tape woks great and is easy for kids), stamps & ink, and a brad if you are making a pin wheel favor like mine. Watch the video to see how it is done.


Since I get asked this everyday by someone I will let you know what sizes of clear bags I keep in my studio for various packaging needs. You can package most things with just a few sizes.

1″x7″ – (used in today’s project) also good for chocolate pretzels or test tube looking favors.

3″x5″ – Earring cards, ATCs, Poops & Soups, Candy

6″x9″ –  Greeting cards, favor bags like my S’mores Kit project

11″14″ – Small matted watercolors

16″x20″ – Large Matted watercolors (Actual size is 16 1/4″ x 20 1/16)

You may find other sizes more useful for your particular needs but I love that I can use these for both packaging food and crafts. If you end up ordering a lot of bags (over $200) you will get a 15% discount so it  pays to stock up, maybe go in on packaging supplies with friends. I used to do that when I started out.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and thanks to you for stopping by and helping me hit my 4 million views milestone! Happy crafting!

Simple Stamping {for the teacher!}

First of all today I have an announcement to make…..{please pause for drumroll and fanfare}…….ahem, OK…Get this, I was picked to be on the Pink Persimmon Creative Team! Yahoo! I was asked to be an “Education Specialist” that is fancy for “I’ll make videos and show ya how to do crafty stuff”  🙂 But, pssst, that’s not all {I say in a hushed whisper} I will be designing some exclusive rubber stamps for them too!  In the meantime tho I’ll be bringing you some fun projects with the stamps currently in the Pink Persimmon catalog. Here is a fun teacher’s gift set I made with a few Pink Persimmon stamp sets:

This is a dry erase board {made from a 8.5″x11″ document frame with glass from the dollar store} for one of my daughter’s teachers. To make this I simply stamped 5 banners from the Small Banner Set in the corner of a 7.5″x10″ sheet of lightly patterned cream paper and over stamped the word “notes” using the Carnival small alpha set. I stamped the Wise Old Owl in the corner with the same color inks. I added some filler stars from the Little Red Wagon set too. Since this is all flat stamping I stamped directly on pattern paper to unify the piece. Then I mounted that stamped paper onto a 8.5″x11″ coordinating pattern. I added a brass eye-hook to the side of the frame so I could tie on a dry erase marker with “abc” patterned twill tape.(the ribbon is tied to the cap so it is easy to remove the marker part for writing.) The “Mrs Wood’s” text was stamped with the Small Soda Pop alpha, I love how well the cursive letters line up!

Here is a picture of the stamping before I put it under glass:

What I love most about these stamps is how quickly you can pull a project together. Since I used mostly solid image stamps no coloring was involved making it a quick and fun project. My kids are excited to make some more of these sets for their teachers this year.

I used the scraps from the dry erase board to cover a clean tin can then I stamped more banners and glued them on along with some more patterned twill tape. I used a safety can opener to remove the lid from the can so the edges were not sharp.

Lastly I thought it would be fun to make some cute clips. I think these would be handy for flagging pages in their assignment books or to use as a book mark. I loved the offset scallop pattern from the tummy of the Wise Old Owl so I stamped some on a cream scrap and used a 1″ circle punch to cut them out and over-stamped numbers from the Large Soda Pop alpha set and glued them to large paper clips. I glued circles punched from patterned paper scraps on the back so you wouldn’t see my gobs of hot glue 😀 Wanna know something else cool? The frame, dry erase markers (4 in a pack) and paper clips are all from the dollar store, add in a recycled can and you have a groovy gift for little dinero! Also I used 2 sheets of paper (and a few scraps) from Autumn Leaves.

***Edited to add: I realize that you might not know how this is a dry-erase board {and I didn’t think to snap a photo of the board with a note written on it} well, the glass on the front of the stamped paper in the frame will work just like a dry-erase board. I left the center of the stamped picture plain so the teacher can write notes there like this:

I hope that makes sense 😀

So, do you want to meet the other new Pink Persimmon CT gals? Check out the links to their blog on my left-hand sidebar. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheap embossing & last minute teacher gifts!

The countdown is on! 2 more day of school til summer, I’ll miss my 3 hours of “alone” time in the morning but I WILL NOT miss dragging the kids out of bed 😉

Last night I helped my kids make gifts for their teachers. We made decoupaged clothespins, I’ve wanted to try this for quite an while and they are easy enough for my 4 and 6-year-olds to do. I think they turned out adorable:

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used the cellophane bag theat clear stamps come in to package the clothespins! (See, told ya I never through anything away!)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

OK, I admit I made the bag topper but the clothespins were all their handiwork! To make them is easy but when crafting with kids have EVERYTHING ready and laid out before you begin. You will need: wood clothespins (a pack of 50 was $1 at target), white glue or decoupage medium, a foam brush for each child, pretty paper scraps trimmed to fit the clothespin (about 3 1/4″x 5/16″), waxed paper to protect the work area and for the clothespins to dry on, and a couple of small containers to pour glue in (plastic lids work great for this). Simply brush a thin coat of glue on the clothespin with the foam brush, place the paper on top and brush a layer of glue over it. Let dry then repeat on the other side. you can glue magnets on them if you like or leave them as is, they are handy for closing chip and produce bags, in fact we have some plain ones holding out chip bags closed, I’ll have to get the kids to spruce them up!

So I told you I had a cheap embossing solution for you. This is so easy and looks so cool I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

This technique will work with any shape you can cut out either by hand or punch or die cutter. First cut the shape the size of the embossed area (mine was 2″) then cut a larger circle (2 3/8″ and I stamped on it) then using my Big shot I placed the spacer, cutting plate, 2 sheets of rubber gasket, my larger stamped circle face down, the smaller circle centered on that and the top cutting plate and I cranked it through. Viola an embossed circle! I inked the edges to make it stand out, can you believe it is that easy? If you don’t get a good impression you can add a sheet or two of cardstock between the rubber pad and the bottom cutting plate. Too much pressure and it will cut/crack the paper rather than emboss. It may take a couple of tries to get the right combo but when you figure it out you can emboss any shape! I’ll post a card tomorrow using a fancy bracket shape that I cut with my cricut and embossed and who knows maybe a freebie too. Until then happy crafting!

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