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I have made Reindeer Food for a few years now. This year I stumbled upon this wonderful (and FREE) downloadable template from Whimsie Doodles. I got the link to this template from this blog post from FantastInk - I LOVE her version of these!

To start, I printed these labels using my color printer. The best part is that they are sized to fit a 1 3/4" circle punch perfectly (even easier!). I nested with a 2" circle and tied the labels to these mini bags full of oatmeal & colored Christmas sprinkles. I printed the poem on mailing labels & adhered them to the bags.

These are so easy - anyone can make 'em - I promise! Definitely give these a try this season if you can...

FYI: the font used on my poem is called "Kirsten ITC" :)

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I made some of these last year, and they sold SO well. I decided to make a bunch again this year. I have to say, these continue to be one of my very best sellers! I sell my Friendship Tea for $2 each and they seem to sell VERY well at that price.

This year I decided to add a fun sentiment to the front, using a stamp set from Hero Arts. The inside still contains the same poem, along with a bag of tea. (I simply use English Breakfast - I feel like it's a great flavor for most anyone). Also, I use staples to close the pocket for the teabag. It's quick and easy - and most of all it's very sturdy. You can use a mini stapler or the Tim Holtz tiny attacher for this.

I used some Stampin Up designer paper that I had been previously hoarding on these. It was just so pretty, I didn't want to use it. But I decided it was finally time, LOL. I punched out the sentiment on the front using the Large Oval punch from Stampin Up. (click here to see my original post on these from last year, which includes a link to instructions_

One last note about these: I put each of these into clear plastic bags to protect them before putting them out at my fair. I find that because they are tied shut, people want to pick them up & peak inside. It causes them to endure a lot of handling and can easily get damaged. I simply used some clear plastic bags that you can find in the candy section at a Hobby store, along with some scotch tape to seal them shut. When I put them out on display, I placed a photo of the inside next to the price tag .That way buyers could see the poem and teabag on the inside and knew what they were getting!

By the way, if you're looking for more photos from my Holiday Shopping Night, you can find them on my Facebook page.

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A big thanks to one of my Blog Readers for this idea. I saw some adorable Christmas themed kleenex packs at Hobby Lobby, so I grabbed a few & decided to make these. I think they would make a GREAT stocking stuffer - what do you think?

There were 3 different tissue packs: Snowmen, Santa and Reindeer. I coordinated the stamps with the theme of the tissues. I used this stamp set from PaperTrey Ink and some designer paper from Echo Park. I also used a lot of ribbon from PaperTrey Ink & Stampin Up on these.

These circles are cut with 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches. They nest perfectly together. Very easy to make! The only problem you will have with these is blowing your nose into the cute designs on them. They are almost too cute to ruin :)

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These little guys were too fun to make. I used mini-Hershey bars. I sold them for 75 cents each & they sold out!

These were not my idea. I pulled inspiration from multiple places online. For some reason, I only made one penguin (I pulled the idea from HERE). I found they just took too much time, if I am being honest. The reindeer were much easier to put together.

To make the antlers, I drew them in my Silhouette software & cut them out all at once. I've seen people use the Stampin Up Snowflake punch, but I don't own that punch so I improvised. The nose is just a 1" circle adhered with foam adhesive. Add some googly eyes & you're all set! (I used liquid glue to adhere all the pieces - holds up nice & firm) If you did want to make the penguin, I used the Stampin Up heart & small oval punch to make his face, nose arms & belly. The hat was a circle cut in half with another circle for the pom pom. Pretty easy to do, just requires more time & assembly.

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I have to credit my hubby for this idea. Big THANKS to him. I think these are super fun! So, last year I made a lot of these from recycled fruit containers - they were filled with candles. (check out my video tutorial on making these HERE). This year, I decided to make more and switch up what's inside - this time it's Keurig Cups!

Most people I know these days have a Keurig in their home (if not in their office) - so I feel like these make a great gift. I am hoping to give some of these to Brooke's daycare teachers. I filled mine with an assortment of cups of coffee. You could do hot cocoa, tea, iced tea, etc!

On these, I used some Basic Grey designer paper along with some Holiday Ribbon & accents that I found at Hobby Lobby. I stamped a sentiment using a stamp from Stampin Up, and added jingle bells to give it a finishing touch:

This last one I made with some Echo Park paper and stickers. I then used a rub-on to add the sentiment. Ribbon is from Stampin Up.

Last night I had a table at a local Holiday Shopping Night event. It was great! I did very well and even got to see some repeat customers & Blog reader (always love that!) I took pics of the table & hope to have them posted soon. I will be updating my Facebook Page with info once I have them (be sure to follow me on there if you aren't already!). I also plan on listing items that I have left in my Etsy shop relatively soon - so stay tuned! :)

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These are fun, but I will admit they are somewhat time consuming to make. (mostly because I had to create the template, which I still haven't perfected!). In fact, I would love to share the template here with you all - but to be honest it's not exactly perfect, and I need to figure out how to make it digital. So if I get the time, I will try! I first stumbled upon this idea from browsing Inking Idaho's blog. I then I saw a box for photos that I had lying around - it was almost the exact shape of the box I had been picturing in my head. I took the box apart & used it to make my "template". (which again, it still not that great, HA.) Anyway, here is how they turned out!

You can slip most anything inside these boxes: candy bars, M&M's, Skittles, etc. My favorite part is the mini pocket on the front where you can add a gift card. These make perfect gifts for Teachers & Co-workers during the Holidays - you can add a $5 Starbucks gift card & some M&M's and you're all set! They don't cost a lot, but they look fun & most of all they are handmade so that makes it even better! :)

The stamps on these are all from this set from PaperTrey Ink. The paper is mostly from Echo Park's various Christmas papers.

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I am trying to come up with some new stuff this year. I saw this idea & tutorial on this blog and I just had to give it a try! I was able to grab some lip balm on sale from Avon to use with these (Christmas themed lip balm, even better!).

I changed up the way I made these just a bit. I used my Stampin Up slit punch on each end, to make a tab that pulls up just enough to hold the lip balm in place. Also, I added ribbon to each side of the purse to make it look like a real handbag. I used some sticky back velcro to keep these closed. All designer paper on these are from Echo Park.

There is plenty of room on the inside of the purse to write a sentiment. These make a GREAT Holiday gift for friends, teachers, co-workers, etc.

I am hoping these sell well next week at my Holiday Shopping Night event! Whatever doesn't sell, I will be listing in my Etsy Shop :)

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So I decided that this year I would take a break from my usual array of Craft Fairs to spend more time with family (mostly our little peanut, of course!). However, if you're following me on Facebook, you may have read that I've decided to participate in a "Holiday Shopping Night" event in Wakefield, MA on November 10 from 6-9pm. I like this event as it's only 3 hours, it's very festive & fun, and quite frankly a LOT of people show up. This will be my third year doing the event and I've done well each year. I encourage anyone local to come by - there are a LOT of great booths! If you'd like more info on this event, click HERE. So with that said: I need to get my buns into gear and make stuff. I've been working on Christmas stuff the past few days. Here are some Santa Hershey Bars which are sort of a repeat from years past. This year, I decided to just make them wrappers & skip the whole "slider" thing. (to be honest these are quicker & easier to make.) These hold full size Hershey chocolate bars (yum!)

The other good part about these is that you can get 2 wrappers from 1 piece of 8.5"x11" cardstock. I love that. I always try to make my projects make sense measurement wise so that I use the least amount of paper possible. Dimensions for these:
  • Red Cardstock: 5 1/2" x 6"
  • White Cardstock: 2" x 5 1/2" (punch each side with Stampin Up Scallop Border Punch)
  • Black Belt: 5/8" x 6"
  • Buttons: 1/2" circle punch
  • Buckle: cut from the Cricut Paper Doll dressup cartridge. Click here for more info on that.
Super easy to make!! On another note...I just wanted to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of you who have reached out to me regarding Jen's Helping Hands. Whether it was email, a card in the mail, a donation, coupons, etc. - you all are AWESOME and I am blown away at your generosity. It amazes me that people can be so thoughtful & giving to someone whom they have never met before! To update you a bit: I have been collecting your cards & donations and I plan on sending them all to Jen in a care package in a few weeks. There was a huge fundraising event held in Jen's honor this past weekend that we all attended. It was wonderful & a huge success. Since I was seeing them in person, I brought a large box full of items that I had already collected from others, some of which I was able to purchase with donations from you awesome readers :) They were SO appreciative and I really can't wait to send her more - especially some of these amazing cards you guys have created. WOW! You all do such amazing work. Anyway, keep it comin' - there is still time if you would like to send a handmade card (or even store bought! Doesn't matter!) Anything to make Jen & her family smile :)

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As promised, I wanted to share more of these. This time I went with an "everyday" type theme. There really are so many things you can do with these containers. You can fill them up with candy, add a gift card, use them for pens & pencils, crayons, markers, etc.

The paper on these 4 is all from October Afternoon. I have a huge stash of it that I'm trying to use up...the stamps are from the "Take Note" stamp set from PaperTrey Ink.

I thought the ones labeled "This & That" would be perfect for storing miscellaneous pens, pencils, and office items. Or even something to keep in your craft room!

Here is one last one that I made with a "boy" theme. This would be great for a little boy to store his crayons in. I am hoping to make more with some other sports themes. The stamp on this is from this stamp set. (this is one of my favorite stamp sets to use for anything BOY!)

Just wanted to say a huge THANKS to all the readers I have heard from regarding Jen's Helping Hands. You guys are amazing and I just know that Jen will be overwhelmed with all the kindness from my readers. I can't wait to collect all of the stuff and send it out to her! If you haven't yet read my post on Jen, please click here to check it out. Thanks!!

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You may remember my Hot Cocoa sliders that I've made around Christmas time. I wanted to come up with a variation on these for Autumn. I saw some packets of Mott's Apple Cider at the grocery store and figured they would be perfect to use instead of Hot Cocoa!

The stamped image is from "Tiny Treats Christmas" from PaperTrey Ink. I colored in the little steaming cup with my Copic Markers to look like hot cider. The stamped phrase reads "Stir, sip & enjoy", perfect for this project!

When you pull the ribbon, a packet of Hot Cider comes out. This makes a great little gift to give teachers or friends! (I used 5/8" Stampin Up Grosgrain ribbon in Old Olive)

I found this adorable Pilgrim Hat stamp at my local Hobby Lobby this past Spring and had to grab it. I decided to make some of these with a Thanksgiving theme. How cute would these be to put on your table for guests as Thanksgiving Day favors?

(how adorable is that paper!?!) I got it years ago. I need to see if it's still available. The turkey legs crack me up I tell you. I will try & update this post with the name of the paper line if I can find it.

I'm going to be listing these guys in my Etsy Shop.

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