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I had some extra Tootsie Roll Lollipops to use up, so I decided to make these. These would look great as a favor on the kids table at Christmas time, don't you think? I followed Angie's instructions to make these.

I used some pretty old stamps on these, both from Stampin Up - and both are retired :( I can tell you the names are "Deer Friends" and "Riveting". The papers are from the Carta Bella Merry & Bright Collection and Echo Park Happy Holidays Mini Theme collections. Ribbon and cardstock are all from either Stampin Up or PaperTrey Ink.

So easy, and fun! I still have more Craft Fair goodies to share...I will try to get the rest posted very soon! :)

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Today I am sharing a fun new product with you (well, it's new to me...not sure how long it's been out!). These Washi Sheets from We R Memory Keepers:

(image captured from www.weareonthenet.com)

If you're familiar with washi tape, these are basically the same thing, just in 12"x12" sheet format. You can cover a much larger surface area with these - and I've already found some great uses!

Here's an example of something GREAT to use these for. I always find covering a glass surface with paper to be challenging. I can never get my paper to adhere just right to the glass (no matter how strong the adhesive, it ALWAYS seems to pull off eventually). So I tried these Washi sheets - and they work PERFECTLY up against these glass jars! Woohoo!

I decorated the outside with several layers of Washi Sheet, and then filled the inside with yummy candy (of course). To complete the look, I added some ribbon and embellishments. These jars are recycled coffee drinks that I've washed and put aside for crafty ideas like this. I love when I can recycle something instead of throwing it away!

In my video below, I will show you step-by-step how to make these. Check out my article over on A Cherry on Top for a full list of supplies. If you would like to purchase some of your own Washi Sheets, check out www.acherryontop.com. Thanks!

You can watch the video below, or over here on YouTube.

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OK...I couldn't resist this one. It's been a while since I've thrown together any poop for a craft fair, so I figured I would try a new one this time :)

To create these, I used the Stampin Up! Top Note die, folded in half. I then added some eyes and a nose using circle punches. (1 1/4" and 3/4" circle punches). To cut the antlers, I used this cut file on my Silhouette. I adhered them to the back using liquid glue. The poem on the back also covers the antlers a bit to help them stay on. The baggies are filled with Whoppers :)

Here is the back side, where I have a little poem - I grabbed most of it from a simple Google search - I tweaked it just a little bit:

The hardest part about this poem was fitting it into a small enough space to fit on the back of this darn thing. Ha. I had to fiddle with it quite a bit, but I finally got the font small enough. I even rounded the corners using my corner chomper to squeeze it in there!

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I've made Snowman Kisses in the past for my fairs and they were always a great seller. This year I did not make these for a fair, but I had a large custom order. I decided to try something a little different and use this fun snowman from the "Tis the Season" set of Whimsie Doodles images: For $6, you get these 9 images above. Not bad!! I colored these snowmen in on my computer using Adobe Photoshop. I then printed them on my printer and just added a bit of shading with some grey Copic markers.

 I punched his belly with a 3/4" circle punch so you can see the container of Tic Tacs on the inside. For full information on how I created these, dimensions, etc. click HERE for my old post.

This snowman guy is part of a really cute set - there are lots of other fun Holiday images to choose from, too. Be sure to check them out! :)

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By far one of my most popular posts has been the Snowman Hershey Bar wrappers. Seriously, they are one of the most fun gifts to make and give at Christmas time! They always seem to sell very well at my craft fairs, too. Unfortunately, there seems to be some issues with downloading the digital file these days - I get SO many emails asking for help because the download doesn't work. I wish I had more info about why the file won't download for some of you. It's a total bummer :(

I figured since so many people were having issues with the Hershey wrapper, I would try something else this year. When I saw these FREE popcorn wrappers from Whimsie Doodles - I knew I had to make 'em! You can download these and print them right from your computer. If you'd like, you can color them, or if you're lazy like me, you can color them in your computer software (I used Photoshop to add/fill color in where I wanted) and then printed them on my color printer.

Here's what the finished result looks like:

The hats are made the same way (just a little larger) - inside these guys is one packet of microwavable popcorn. I just measured my packet of popcorn and sized the hats accordingly. I added a jingle bell on top - mostly because I just think it's fun :) There's even a greeting that prints on these wrappers - it says "There's SNOW Buddy like you!" - and has a section for to/from for you to fill out:

When you slide the wrapper up, you can see the bag of popcorn. I grabbed some Newman's brand popcorn, but you could use any that you like - I believe they are mostly all the same size, so the wrapper will fit any brand.

Here's a tip if you plan on making this version to sell at craft fairs: my secret to keeping cost low is grabbing fleece from the remnants bin at Joann fabric. It's usually 50%-75% off full retail price - and you don't need a ton of fleece to make these hats. I just grab what I can whenever I'm there and stash it aside for the Holiday season.

I've also seen these made with fitted winter gloves, instead of a fleece hat. You would take the gloves and slide them over the top, making this a double gift: popcorn AND winter gloves, woohoo! I haven't tried those this year, but I might someday...here is a photo of the sample on the Whimsie Doodles site - you can see how they used some gloves to create their version...so cute!

photo credit: www.whimsiedoodles.com

OK...now for the BEST news!  Whimsie Doodles is planning on releasing their OWN version of a Snowman wrapper that will fit onto a Hershey bar, too! Woohoo! As SOON as they become available I will of course share here with you all. It would be great to have another variation on these, and one that you can reliably download.

I hope you guys like this new spin on the Snowman wrappers - I'd love to see your creations, so let me know if you try these! Thanks!

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here's a last minute addition to my table at this year's Holiday Shopping Night: some Christmas-themed M&M Stix. I think these are the ultimate stocking stuffer...yum!!

This idea is definitely not my own - I've seen these done many times on so many wonderful blogs. Beth is a very talented crafter who has done these before and shared on her blog.

I created the tops using a retired Stampin Up! set called "Deer Friends", and layered the stamps using a 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, and the Stampin Up! Scallop Circle punch. (see my post punch HERE for more info on nesting & layering my favorite punches).

Here is a view of the entire length of the stix - the bags are clear 1"x8" bags from GT Bag Company.

As for pricing on these: I plan on offering them for $1.50 each, or 4 for $5. Let's hope they sell! :)

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It's the 3rd of the month so that means another Whimsie Doodle post for me! This time I am showing you a fun set of images from the freebie section, these adorable "Good Dog" Christmas Tags. I used them to create some fun treats to give to the little pooch in your life!

The best part about this printout is that they perfectly coordinate with a 1 3/4" circle punch. All you have to do is print & punch. So easy! I decided to layer on top of a 2" circle, and add a bone die cut, to the top. I put some doggie snacks into small plastic treat bags to complete these dog treats.

I plan on selling these at my fair on Thursday - I am hoping people will want them as fun little "stocking stuffers" for their pups this year...

I even filmed a quick video showing you how I put these together. You can watch below or over on YouTube. Enjoy! :)

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I grabbed this idea from my Stampin Up! Demo Michelle. She has amazing craft fair creations...be sure to check her out!

These are some magnetic bookmarks. I've done my fair share of bookmark projects in the past - but I was excited to give these a try. They measure 4" x 2" (8" of cardstock folded in half - so 8" total length). You just slide over the top of a page and use a magnet inside to keep closed. I followed Michelle's instructions exactly. SO quick and easy to make. These ones below I made with a teacher theme, and some apples that I had printed from digital art.

Here are some fun boy-themed ones. I am thinking they would make great stocking stuffers...or if you're giving a book to someone, why not add a bookmark, too?

as you can see...I made a BUNCH! Had to make some fun girly ones...

For the magnets inside, I used these business card magnets. I simply cut them up and adhered them to the inside of the bookmarks. Simple!

If you're attending the Holiday Shopping Night next week, I will have all of these out for sale. If I have any leftover after the event, I will most likely offer them for sale here, too! :)

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I'm back with ANOTHER video today! I'm on a roll lately ;)

I'm still having fun playing with Halloween stuff and came up with a modified version of my Valentines Pencil Holders. I decided to make these wider so they could hold stickers, and a few more goodies...

I'm always looking for ways to give something more than candy - this is a great way to do it. There's still room for something small like a tootsie pop...but you can even slide a gift card into the top of these if you'd like. Lots of possibilities!

I will probably do a Christmas version of these this year, too. I think they would make great stocking stuffers. I used the Tiny Treats Halloween stamp set from PaperTrey Ink, along with the coordinating die. It's such a cute set and really makes these personal & fun.

You can watch my video on how to make these below, or over on YouTube. Enjoy! :)

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I have MORE Halloween goodness from the Imaginisce Monster Mash collection for you today! This time I decided to use some old envelopes that I had lying around for another purpose: Apple Cider Holders! These are a great alternative to giving out candy on Halloween. They could easily be modified to a theme for Autumn, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas.  They would make a great favor for your table during the Holidays, don't you think?

Here's another example of a pair that I made with more of an Autumn theme (using those same stickers from Imaginisce)

I have a full list of supplies for this project over on A Cherry on Top. You can also view my video below to see how I assembled these. Click here to watch on YouTube. Thanks for watching, please let me know if you have any questions. I love that this project makes use of OLD stuff that I have lying around (I'm not sure about you but I have lots of envelopes that need to be put to use!) I have seen other things with envelopes too, like gift card holders. Perhaps I will tackle that one in another tutorial for you, if you guys are interested? Have a great day!

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