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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.



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!

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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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

Peppermint Egg Nog Punch is the perfect holiday party drink! Peppermint Eggnog Punch

I am so excited to be part of this fun “Deck the Halls” series here at The Crafting Chicks. I am Leigh Anne and you can find me over at Your Homebased Mom where I love sharing everything pretty & delicious!

Music has always been an important part of my life. I grew up with a father who was a singer and directed lots of different choirs and choruses through work and church. I am also lucky enough to have some very musical children so there has always been lots of music around our house. And of course at Christmas time, there are always Christmas Carols – lots of them!

Like many of you we especially enjoy singing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve. Now that my kids are grown and gone from home I think Christmas Eve may be the only time of year my piano gets used. I got a little crazy last year and actually painted my piano! You can check it out here. After our traditional Christmas Eve fondue dinner and then acting out of the nativity, we gather around the piano for some Christmas Carols. I am the piano player.

We can get a little silly at times and it never fails but that one of the carols we like to sing is “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

It is fun to sing because Grandma is usually with us on Christmas Eve and the grandkids think it’s fun to sing about Grandma “drinking too much egg nog and getting run over by a reindeer walking home from our house Christmas Eve…” Pretty silly but we love it.

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

So besides singing silly Christmas songs another family tradition is that we have egg nog punch every Christmas Eve! So I guess it’s my fault Grandma got run over by a reindeer – I served her egg nog punch

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

But don’t worry, this eggnog punch is totally safe. No alcohol involved. Just eggnog, peppermint ice cream and lemon lime soda!

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

So if you are worried about Grandma getting home safe and sound on Christmas Eve, maybe you better not serve her Peppermint Eggnog Punch. Save it all for yourself!

We also love to play fun games on Christmas Eve and you can check out all the past Minute to Win It Games we have played over the years – Christmas Minute to Win It, More Christmas Minute to Win it, Even More Christmas Minute to Win It.

Besides my blog, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat at Homebasedmom.

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

Prep time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 10-12 servings

  • 1 half gallon egg nog
  • ¾ qt - 1 qt of peppermint ice cream
  • Lemon Lime Soda
  • Crushed candy cane to garnish
  1. Pour egg nog and lemon lime soda into punch bowl.
  2. Add peppermint ice cream
  3. Garnish with crushed candy cane.

Peppermint Eggnog Punch





I was walking through Michaels the other day and found these adorable red berry containers! It was love at first sight! A Christmas gift idea was brewing and I love the outcome!


I came home and worked out this fun Wishing You A Berry Christmas Gift Tag, which you can download and print below.


Then I dipped some strawberries in chocolate.  If you need tips on melting chocolate in your microwave, use these tips from Kirsten. It’s my go to for chocolate melting info.


I shredded some green paper for the filler, and placed my berries inside.  Use some bakers twine to add the tag and there you have it!


Another fun last minute gift for those you really love!  Let’s be honest, if you get chocolate from me there is love there! 😉

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Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlte.  Today I am sharing a homemade idea for the holidays.  This Raspberry Sauce DIY Gift is perfect for topping cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt and more.  Plus, I have included labels which you can print later in this post.

Raspberry Sauce  DIY Gift

  I love the idea of making raspberry sauce for Christmas.  It says “Happy Holidays” with it’s vibrant red color.  The recipe I used makes approximately 6 oz, which is the exact size of mason jars I bought.

Raspberry Sauce

In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.  Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds. The sauce can be served warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

*Make sure to sterilize your jars before adding the raspberry sauce.

Raspberry Sauce Labels for Jars

 I wanted to make some labels for the tops of the jar lids.

Raspberry Sauce Labels

 I recommend printing the labels on brown kraft paper.  I just like the rustic kraft look.  The labels are 2 inches.  Just cut or punch each label.  I used adhesive tape to secure the labels to the tops of the lids.  Then I tied a cute ribbon around the rim of the lids to finish this diy gift.


DIY Gift  Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce // DIY Gift
  • 2½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 12 oz raspberries, thawed
  1. In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2½ teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and ⅓ cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.
  3. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds.
  4. The sauce can be served warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

Easy Raspberry Sauce


St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!

Hi Crafting Chicks readers!  It’s Keri from Shaken Together and I am so excited to be back with you sharing a fun no-bake sweet treat!  I love to make seasonal treats – you may remember my Red, White & Blue Summer Snack Mix from this Summer.  And this Mayflower Munch Mix is always a huge hit at Thanksgiving!  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought a little red and green was in order!  Take a peek at the easiest chocolate covered pretzels EVER {and they make a super cute holiday gift} … St. Nick’s Nibblers – The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

I have made tons of chocolate covered pretzels before – these pumpkin pie spice pretzels just last month, in fact.  And while dipping pretzels in melted almond bark or white chocolate is not terribly difficult, I always spend a ton of time fishing pretzels out, waiting for the excess chocolate to drip off, getting a smooth pretty surface while wielding two forks or skewers … needless to say, the whole process for me is a little clunky and messy.

BUT, I finally found the perfect pretzel for dipping – sourdough pretzel nuggets!  They are bite size, easy to hold onto and even easier to dip! Here is a look at my set up:

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

I line a baking sheet with parchment paper, get a bowl of sprinkles ready, melt my chocolate and get to dipping!!  This would be a perfect snow day activity or a way to get your kids in the kitchen – who doesn’t LOVE sprinkles?!

St. Nick’s Nibblers {The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!}

St. Nick’s Nibblers – The Easiest Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
  • Sourdough pretzel nuggets
  • White chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark (I love vanilla Candiquik!)
  • Seasonal sprinkles, jimmies, colored sugar, crushed cookies/candy or any other fun thing to sprinkle on
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Fill a small bowl with your sprinkles and have it nearby - I like to put mine right on the baking sheet.
  3. Melt chocolate/almond bark/Candiquik according to package directions.
  4. Dip each sourdough pretzel nugget about ½ to ¾ of the way into the chocolate.
  5. Allow the excess to drip off and place it on the baking sheet.
  6. Add sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.
  7. Allow pretzels to set - pop them in the fridge for faster setting up.
  8. Package for gifts or munch for a fun seasonal no-bake treat!

You can make a big batch of St. Nick’s Nibblers in no time … then package them in mason jars, seasonal paper treat cups or cello bags, add a cute gift tag and start playing Santa to your neighbors, family and friends!  I bet your co-workers would love to find these cute little chocolate covered pretzel bites waiting at their desk, too!

St. Nick's Nibblers - use sourdough pretzel bites for the easiest chocolate covered pretzels ever!  These make easy and delicious co-worker and neighbor gifts!

This year, I hope your holidays are merry and bright, the stockings full and your hearts overflowing!!  You are a gift!

Now, how about a few more of my favorite easy holiday recipes?!

This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’S KISSES but all opinions, designs, and images are all my own.  

MERRY-KISSMAS-1 The holiday season is upon us and now it’s time to find small ways to show people that we care.  I love putting together small simple gifts that I can hand out for fun or as a party favor for holiday guests.  It also helps if I can find a way to get my girls helping so they can see that making things for others is fun and rewarding.

These “MERRY KISSMAS” treat bags are a simple way to spread holiday cheer amongst family and friends during the Christmas season. And the bonus is that my girls love to fill these little bags with their favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates and give them to their friends at school before winter break starts. This is a super easy project kids can help with.


Start by downloading the file and print 1 color copy of the “MERRY KISSMAS” Gift Tag Printable onto white cardstock paper.


merry-kissmas-tags Cut your tags out either with scissors or paper cutter.  Each tag measures 2×3″ but you can size them smaller if you want to.  I left a little extra white space on the top and bottom for that.


Grab your bags and fill each one up with some HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy. I found that I could fit 4-5 HERSHEY’S KISSES in each bag so they could close nicely.

merry-kissmas-treat-tags Now to attach the cute tag.  Grab some double sided tape or you could go with a stapler like I did. I just kind like the look of staples.

And that’s it! Your treats are ready to gift.


Here are the full instructions:



  • 12 clear plastic or cellophane zipped bags (found at jewelry or craft stores)
  • 3 bags (11oz) of HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates in red, silver and green foils (or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy)
  • White cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Stapler or double-sided tape



  • “MERRY KISSMAS” gift tag printable



  1. Print 1 color copy of the “MERRY KISSMAS” gift tag printable onto white cardstock paper. (One page includes 12 gift tags.)
  2. Using scissors, cut out each gift tag and set aside.
  3. Fill each of the plastic bags with HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates or your favorite HERSHEY’S KISSES Candy. Once full, zip the bags closed.
  4. Using a stapler or double-sided tape, attach the cut-out gift tags to the front of the plastic bags.
  5. Gift to family, friends or neighbors during the holidays.


Hey friends!  Here are a couple of Chicks Picks, Gift Under $15!!!! 😛


DIRTY DIET COKE KIT:  2 liters of Diet Coke + a bottle of coconut syrup + a lime and this cute tag from Mique at THIRTY HANDMADE DAYS and you are set!


E.L.F. Lip Gloss Set…these are the kinds of things that are fun to get as a present.

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E.L.F. Party Nail Cube…gotta love some new nail polish


Willow Tree Figurines:  I love giving these as gifts. Each has a meaning and convey a nice message to the receiver.


SLIPPERS:  I love a great fuzzy pair of slippers!!!!!!




DARLING Gloves:  I can’t say enough about these gloves….


WET BRUSH:  I’ve heard they are amazing!!!!  I need one ;)!!!


What are some of YOUR favorites???


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