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Add a little extra special touch to your gift wrapping this Christmas by making your own Stamped Tissue Paper.  So cute and easy to make!

Stamped Tissue Paper - great for Christmas gift wrapping

Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Last year I shared some adorable Stamped Christmas Gift Bags and I thought this year I would make my own Stamped Tissue Paper.  Since I already have a ton of  rubber Christmas stamps in my craft supplies, I figured I would try and use them to come up with a super easy craft.  How cute is that stamped tissue paper?!  It adds so much fun and whimsy to gift wrapping.

Easy Stamped Tissue Paper for gift wrapping

If you haven’t noticed already, the hot tread this holiday season is plaid.  Let’s just say I am definitely jumping into the trend head first because I am mad about plaid.  I bought these super cute plaid gift bags and boxes at Target.  Since plaid is a bold and busy pattern, I decided to keep my stamped tissue paper very simple by using only black ink.  You can use any color ink and even add glitter if you like.

Materials

Materials:

Rubber or Acrylic holiday stamps

Tissue Paper

Scissors, if you need to cut the tissue paper

Simple Holiday Gift Wrap

The great thing about making your own stamped tissue paper is that you can create all different kinds of designs and patterns.  I love mixing two stamps to create one easy pattern.

I have two tips when it comes to using an ink pad and stamps:

  1. Do NOT press the stamp into the ink pad.  Instead hold the stamp in your hand and gently press the ink pad onto the stamp.  This will prevent any smudges.
  2. Use a baby wipe or wet wipe to remove the ink from your stamps when you are done.  Clean up is easy.

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

I just love how my stamped tissue paper turned out!  I can’t wait to give these presents to my family and friends this Christmas.

Cute Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Thank you for letting me share my super easy and cute craft with you today.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!

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Stitchn_Kitchen_Christmas_Blog_Tour-01 We are so excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour.

Today I’m going to be sharing a fun Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow.

Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow

I have loved hand-stitiching for many years now. These are so easy to whip up in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to “cook up” your own “Berry Kissmas” pillow.

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Hand-Stitched Berry Kissmas Pillow
“Making” Time: 1 afternoon
Ingredients For the Hand-Stitching:
Stitchable Pattern–Download below
Emboirdery Floss to match your fabric
Background fabric, I used Riley Blake Basics in Skin color.
Ingredients For the Pillow:
4 different fabrics, I used Lost & Found Christmas
Instructions: 

For the embroidery:

Download the pattern.

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  1. Transfer your pattern onto your fabric. I always do this by printing and then tapping the pattern to a window. Tape your fabric on top of the pattern and trace with a pencil.
  2. Use a basic backstitch to make the wording and the mistletoe steams in green.
  3. Use a french knot for each of the red berries.
  4. Once your done with your hand-stich, cut it to a finished size of 9 1/4 x 5. Set aside for now.

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For the pillow:

  1. Cut out 2 strips of fabric 11 5/8 x 2 5/8, for the top and bottom.
  2. Then cut out 2 strips of fabric 7 1/4 x 2 5/8 for the sides.
  3. Attach the top and the bottom first, rights sides together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery, leaving the longer ends on opposite sides. Press.
  4. Attach the sides, placing the right sides of the fabric together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery. Press Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-front
  5. Cut a backing out 14 x 9 3/8. Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-fabric
  6. Place right sides of fabric together and sew pillow together, leaving a space to stuff the pillow and then hand stitch closed.

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That’s it!

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Now you have a really cute pillow to keep or give away!

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Now since this is a Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour, I need to leave you with a yummy recipe.

I can hardly talk about “kissmas” without thinking of Herseys Kisses. We love them at our house and I’m happy to share a yummy recipe with you.

These are our Cherry Cordial Chocolate Crinkle Cookie.

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So yummy and soft inside, with just the right amount of cherry.

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Hop on over to get the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hey Ya’ll! Merry Christmas to all of you. I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company here to share a quick little project and printable with you to make gift giving this year a cinch! Do you give gifts to your kids teachers, your neighbors, friends and even the dog next door? Sometimes it feels like the list is forever long, right?! Making gifts that are memorable, but quick and simple are key. This one today will be perfect to anyone you need to say Merry Christmas + Thank You to!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags

 

 

How cute are they? To make them is super simple.

SUPPLIES

  • Free printables
  • mason jars
  • twine
  • glue
  • something to put in the jars

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. Cute!

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Download, Print and Cut out the free printables
  2. Fill your jar with something yummy. I wanted to go along with the white and red theme, so I chose mints, but you could use anything!
  3. Place printable hearts circle on top of lid before securing closed.
  4. Glue bear to the front and then the ends of the sides in the back.
  5. Glue pouch together and punch a tab out. (This is optional.)
  6. Add card to the pouch and add twine to the back of it.
  7. Tie around jar and you are ready to give.
  8. The pouch is big enough that if you want to add a gift card, you can!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. Love these!

 

How cute is that card?! These are super fun and easy to put together. I hope you find the perfect people to give them to.

Polar Bear Jar and Tags...super cute!

Polar Bear Jar and Tags. So fun!

 

 

To download this freebie, click on the link below:

Polar Bear Tags

Polar Bear tags

 

Hope you have the Merriest Christmas around!

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20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Handmade Christmas gifts… one of our favorite things!  We love the thought and effort that goes into a handmade gift.  But that doesn’t mean the gift has to take days and days to make.  We’ve gathered 20 of our Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts.  (These won’t have you burning the midnight oil.)  They are so fun and personal, you’re going to love them!

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts

DIY Pocket Hand Warmers from I Heart Naptime

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Free Stitchable “Unto Us a Child is Born” from U Create

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!

Rosemary Infuse Olive Oil from Pepper Design

Rosemary infused olive oil

Hand Stitched Tree Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

hand stitched tree ornament

DIY Christmas Plates from Simply Kierste

diy christmas plates

Vintage Truck Christmas Pillow from The Crafted Sparrow

vintage truck christmas pillow

DIY Etched Soap Pump from Design Mom

diy etched soap dispenser

Christmas Stovetop Potpourri and Gift Tag from Yellow Bliss Road

christmas stovetop potpourri

DIY Striped Pillow from Infarrantly Creative

diy striped pillow

Homemade Bath Salts from The Idea Room

Bath Salts

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gift Ideas from The Crafting Chicks

50 of the BEST Neighbor Gifts!

Easy DIY Nativity from A Girl and A Glue Gun

diy nativity

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments from The Crafting Chicks

DIY Ninja Turtle Ornaments

Christmas Peppermint Striped Candlesticks from Simply Kierste

diy peppermint stripped candlesticks

Mason Jar Lid Tree Ornaments from Suburble

mason jar lid ornaments

Stamped Christmas Gift Bags from The Casual Craftlete

stamped christmas gift bag

Crocheted Winter Blanket Tutorial from Dream Crafter

crocheted winter blanket

Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons from The Idea Room

hand stamped wooden spoons

Jersey Knit Scarf from The Crafting Chicks

Jersey Knit Scarf

I am Brave from Barn Owl Primitives

I am Brave home decor

20 Favorite Handmade Christmas Gifts - teacher gift, neighbor gifts, ornaments, pillows, christmas decor, diy nativity, scarf, and so much more!


We all have stressors during the holidays and this month the Michaels Makers were asked to come up with creative and fun holiday hacks and tips to help relieve some of that stress and make holiday entertaining and prepping fun!

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas with Michaels

We were given 5 common holiday hiccups to choose from and I went with Quick gift ideas for teachers, the post man, a friend, a co-worker, etc.  I had a lot of fun coming up with clever, easy, & cute gift ideas that anyone will love.  Plus they are all quick and easy to throw together.  With just one stop shopping at Michaels…making Holiday shopping a breeze!

Gift Idea #1:

A Coloring Kit!  These adult coloring books are all the rage!  We are loving these Coloring books (but big kids can use them too…even my 6 year old likes to help me color mine).  I found the best selection of these coloring books at Micheals.  I loved this Four Seasons one.  They are all so pretty!  I think this would make a great gift to give to a friend or co-worker.

Quick Holiday Gift Ideas with Michaels I made a cute printable tag to go along with this gift!  Wishing you a COLORFUL Christmas.  You can Download it HERE. sm colorful christmas 6 Tie up the coloring book, colored pencils (I love this set I found at Michaels), and add a pretty bow with the tag. sm colorful christmas 1

Gift Idea #2:

A Hot Cocoa kit for two!  I found these burlap bags at Micheals for $1.99…and new they would make the perfect way to wrap up and deliver my Hot Cocoa kits in!

A great thing to add to the Hot Cocoa Kit gift is a yummy Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoon!  So easy and fun to make!  

Just take Wilton candy melts, melt according to package…dip your spoons,  sprinkle peppermint and sprinkles for a yummy added touch to the gift!

This would make a great surprise to leave for the mailman, the milk man, the bus driver, etc.   Its a quick treat to share:)

Add my free Printable “WARMEST HOLIDAY WISHES” tag to tie up the bag. sm hot cocoa gift 3 sm hot cocoa gift 1 sm hot cocoa spoon 5 sm hot cocoa spoon 1 sm hot cocoa gift 4

Gift Idea #3:

Cookie Kit Gift!  Sharing a sweet and quick gift idea today.  You can throw this together in seconds and add my free printable “Sweet Christmas” tag.  This would make a great gift for teachers, or a neighbor.
sm sweet christmas 6 At Michaels Craft Store I found these ceramic mini loaf dishes, cute cookie cutters and pretty Wilton sprinkles. sm sweet christmas 3 sm sweet christmas 7 sm sweet christmas 5 sm sweet christmas 4

·         Michaels has tons of holiday project ideas and instructions on their Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.

·         Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas all of the makers came up with on Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.

AND…you can even share your own Michaels Holiday Hack using the hashtag #morejolly.

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Coloring Book Gift Idea & Free Printable We are loving these Adult Coloring books (but big kids can use them too…even my 6 year old likes to help me color mine).  I found the best selection of these coloring books at Micheals.  I loved this Four Seasons one.  They are all so pretty! sm colorful christmas 5 I can’t wait to share these coloring books with family, friends and co-workers.  I made a sweet COLORFUL tag to go along with these.  Wishing you a…COLORFUL Christmas. (Download Below)
sm colorful christmas 6 Tie up with a pretty bow…they are too pretty and don’t even need wrapping paper! sm colorful christmas 1 I also will use this cute free printable tag I designed with coloring books for my daughter’s friends.  Loving these sweet “Hello Kitty” Christmas coloring books. sm colorful christmas 3 Roll up the coloring books and tie with a cute ribbon and the tag.
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Hot Cocoa Kit Gift & Free Printable Tag Sharing a cute gift idea to day…A Hot Cocoa kit for two!  I found these burlap bags at Micheals for $1.99…and new they would make the perfect way to wrap up and deliver my Hot Cocoa kits in! sm hot cocoa gift 1 sm hot cocoa spoon 5 A great thing to add to the Hot Cocoa Kit gift is a yummy Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoon!  So easy and fun to make! sm hot cocoa spoon 2 sm hot cocoa spoon 4 For your hot cocoa kit gift, you will need:

Mini Hot Cocoa Packets (your favorite brand)

Festive Burlap bags from Michaels

Mini Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Hot Cocoa Spoons

& My Free Printable “Warmest Holiday Wishes” tag (download below)
sm hot cocoa gift 2 sm hot cocoa gift 4 Add all the goodies to the bag, and tie up with the “Warmest Holiday Wishes” tag.  The tag includes directions for a packet of hot cocoa. sm hot cocoa gift 3 sm hot cocoa tag {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}


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Cookie Kit Gift Idea and Free Printable Sharing a sweet and quick gift idea today.  You can throw this together in seconds and add my free printable “Sweet Christmas” tag.
sm sweet christmas 6 At Michaels Craft Store I found these ceramic mini loaf dishes, cute cookie cutters and pretty Wilton sprinkles. sm sweet christmas 7 sm sweet christmas 5 sm sweet christmas 4 Wrap up with cellophane and a bow.  Such a cute little gift.  You can also add in cookie mix or a favorite sugar cookie recipe. sm sweet christmas 2 sm sweet christmas 3 sm sweet christmas Personal Use Only Please.  Copyright The Crafting Chicks, LLP. Download Black

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This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions are my own. DIY Spa Gift Basket

We all know someone who gives and gives. I feel like the best gift for someone like that is a night of relaxation. Having several friends and family members that could be professional “givers” I thought a great way to show them my love and appreciation would be to make them a DIY Spa Gift Basket.

Wanna know the best part? I can make several of these cause all The Bathery® products from Target are on sale now with a Cartwheel offer for 10% off.

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And just so you are ahead of the game here are the upcoming Cartwheel offers on The Bathery® products.

  • Nov. Wk 4 (11/22-11/28) CW 10% off Full Line
  • Dec. Wk 1-2 (11/29-12/12) CW 10% off Full Line & Inline, Get a Free Pouf When You Buy 2
  • Dec. Wk 3-4 (12/13-12/26) CW 10% Off Full Line

I can’t wait to show you what I did.

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I snagged a handful, okay, armful, of The Bathery® products. I love how each item has a number and tells you what order you should use them in. Genius! I also wanted to make some fizzing bath bombs to go with the gift basket. They are so much fun and smell so YUMMY!

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I found a cute bath basket in Target near the bathroom products. There are super cute baskets back there FYI. I filled the basket with my chosen goodies. You could add some yummy lotion, lip gloss, or a face mask. Chocolate would be fun too. :)

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I added some baker’s twine and this fun printable tag. Which has been made for each of you. Just download by clicking on the box below.

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And that’s really how easy it can be. Make sure you pick out the perfect items from The Bathery® at Target for each friend. They will love that you thought of them each time they use the products to relax.

Now do you think I’d just leave you without a fun giveaway?

Heck no!

Enter below to win a $25 Target Gift Card to make your own DIY Spa Basket.
$25 Target Gift Card

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This post is sponsored by Heidi Swapp  I was selected for this opportunity as a community member of Snap. All content and opinions are my own. 

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One of our favorite Christmas ideas is the 12 days of Christmas.   My family finds an older woman in our neighborhood, and we leave them little goodies 12 days in a row.  We love to find someone who could use a little extra love this Christmas season.

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This year, when I saw Heidi Swapp’s Holiday line for Christmas treats, and treat packages, I knew we had to use them for our 12 Days.  I love how they all coordinate.  I’m excited to share the ideas we came up with for all 12 days.

This new line by Heidi is now available exclusively in Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  These pretty products range from cookie baking tools to holiday card kits and packaging.  It’s all so dreamy and pretty!  But move fast because they have a limited amount of product…& you can get these items online or in the store.

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I made numbers 1-12 that you can download too. (at the bottom of post) sm 12 days numbers 2

After cutting out the numbers, you can tape or glue them to your packages. sm 12 days all 3 Day 1:  For the first day, we wrapped up our favorite treat.  Cadburry Mini’s for Christmas wrapped up in this pretty gold polka dot box.
sm 12 days 1 Day 2:  Cuties!  We love these oranges and had to share in this striped box. sm 12 days 2 Day 3:  A gift card to a favorite store in this cute package. sm 12 days 3 Day 4:  A sweet mug with delicious Hot cocoa mix wrapped up in this striped mini stocking. sm 12 days 4 Day 5:  A mini stocking filled with a favorite candy bar. sm 12 days 5 Day 6:  A warm head wrap tied up with a cute tag.
sm 12 days 6 Day 7:  Sweet Holiday snowflake cookie cutters. sm 12 days 7 Day 8:  A yummy bottle of lotion. sm 12 days 8 Day 9:  Nail polished wrapped up in polka-dot cellophane. sm 12 days 9 Day 10:  The cutest mason jar snow globe with sweet little trees and deer. sm 12 days 10 Day 11:  Mini drawstring bag filled with our favorite mint holiday M & M’s. sm 12 days 11 Day 12:  Ending the 12 days with these gorgeous gold foil cards.
sm 12 days 12 sm 12 days all 2 Can you imagine how happy this 12 days idea could make someone you know?  Maybe someone who needs to be uplifted and loved this Christmas season.  We are excited for our round this year!  The kids love getting in on it…and they LOVE being my secret elves. sm 12 days of christmas numbers Download Black

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