Saturday, December 11, 2010

Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stocking Stuffer blog hop featuing the Queens from Paper Playtime! If you have arrived here from my talented friend Sharon's blog, then you are in the right spot! If you just stumbled across us, then be sure to start back at Paper Playtime and be inspired by all we have created for you.

I came up with 2 different projects. One of them is geared for adults and the other for kids. I will show you guys the adult one first - and fair warning, there are a TON of pictures in this post...



A few weeks ago, I came up with the above card. The stamp is Sacred Silhouette from Stampendous, and the sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farm stamps Christmas Expression, they are stamped in Versa Mark and embossed in gold. It uses very vanilla, old olive, mellow moss and brushed gold fom Stampin Up. I loved how this card came out, and started thinking that it would make a great gift, it I put it in a set with some other cards. So, that is what I did :)



Isn't this stamp stunning? It is from The Stamp Barn and the Noel stamp is from Stampin Ups Many Merry Messages. The paper used is very vanilla, mellow moss, and always artichoke (I apparently ran out of old olive), along with brushed gold, those are the colors I used for all of the cards.



These stamps are from a Stampin Up set. It is called Madonna and Child. I think the gold embossing highlights the beautiful simplicity of this stamp.



The image on this stamp is from another Stampin Up set called Heavenly Peace. It was the first Christmas stamp I ever bought. I think it is gorgeous. The sentiment is also from Cornish Farm Stamps Christmas Expressions.



Yet another stunning stamp set from Stampin Up. This one is Solemn Stillness. I wanted it for a couple of years, and finally bought it when it was discontinued. I have never regretted that purchase. You will notice that this is the only "non-religious" card in the group, but I think it fits beautifully with this set of cards, especially with the sentiment "the world in solemn stillness lay..."



The final card uses the Stampin Up set City of David. I have never quite figured out the right way to use this stamp set, but I think I like what I came up with here. the sentiment is from Christmas Expressions by Cornish Farm Stamps - what a useful purchase that turned out to be :)



I made a little box to hold my card set. I got the instructions from the ever brilliant Momo. You can find those instructions HERE.



Here is a pic of the box closed with the belly band. It beautifully fits all 6 cards and envelopes to go along with them. I think it makes a great gift, and I bought NOTHING for this project. I used only what I had on hand at home.

My second project, is a gift for my son. I made him a little coupon book, with some "prizes" that are meaningful to him. Here it is:



The green paper is cut at 3.75" x 4.5" using George and Basic Shapes. the white backgroun is 1/4 inch smaller than the green cover. The title is cut out of Cuttin' Up at 1".




The burger and fries are from Every Day Paper Dolls, cut at 1", with the real dial size on. The "coupon" is cut at 3.5" x 4.25" from George and Basic Shapes.



The animals are from Animal Kingdom, using the "head" feature cut at 1". The coupon stamp is from a Stampin Up set called Create a Coupon. Love it!!



The dice is from Indie Art, also at 1". Gotta love the freebie download for Gypsy owners, or I would never have had this cartridge. Thanks Provo Craft :)



The hockey skates are from EDPD, cut at 1" with the real dial size on.



The books are also from EDPD (I think), also at 1" and also with the real dial size on.



The cute ticket is from Mickey and Friends, cut at 1" - shocking, I know...



The bike is cut at 1" from Going Places, a cartirdge I have never used before - terrible, I know...



The final page has more little heads from Animal Kingdom, once agin cut at 1".



I used a perforating blade for my Creative Memories trimmer to cut a little edge on the coupon - that way Andrew can eaily tear off the coupon when he want to use it. I then used my Cropodile to punch holes in it and secured it all with 2 brads. Cute eh? Now I just have to make one for my daughter...

This is another project that cost me nothing to make, I just used the scraps that were in my craft room, cartridges I already had, and a stamp set I have rarely used. I love projects like that `:)

Well, if you're still with me after all those pictures, you deserve a little blog candy, so here it is:



How do you win this wonderful Blog Candy?? It's easy :) Just follow these 2 steps...
a) become a follower if you aren't already
b) leave me a comment on this post

I will pick my winner on Tuesday, so you have until Monday night at midnight EST to leave a comment. There is also some blog candy available at other stops along the hop, and we have some great sponsors who can be found back at Paper Playtime.

So now you are on to the talented Corri's blog. I can't wait to see what she has come up with to inspire us. Just in case you get lost along the way, here is a complete list of all the Queens participating today:

1. Paper Playtime - http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com
2. Janis - http://pausedreamenjoy.blogspot.com/
3. Sheree - http://cravinscrappin.blogspot.com/
4. Carley - http://www.the-real-icarley.blogspot.com/
5. Pam - http://simply-pam.blogspot.com/
6. Mary - http://cardztv.blogspot.com/
7. Maria - http://joyfulstamper.blogspot.com/
8. Sharon - http://meemeescreations.blogspot.com/
9. Michelle - http://mumoftwoblog.blogspot.com/ THAT'S ME!!
10. Corri - http://www.buglvr.blogspot.com/
11. Lisa - http://www.crop-and-create.blogspot.com/
12. Kathi - http://www.blogbykathi.blogspot.com/
13. Alex - http://www.youhadmeatcraft.com/
14. Sandra - http://www.365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/
15. Melissa - http://www.apaperjourney.blogspot.com/
16. Abby - http://www.scrapbookaholicbyabby.com/
17. Theresa - http://www.thescrapbookingqueen.com/
18. Heather - http://www.freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/

Thanks for coming to visit today! Hope you come back again soon, and Merry Christmas to everyone :)

A la prochaine...

96 comments:

Heather said...

Oh my goodness Michelle! what a GORGEOUS Set of cards! I was smiling and loving each and every one of them. I know the person receiving those will treasure them.

That coupon book is DARLING!!!!Oh how fun that is!!! I smiled and giggled the entire time reading those fun ideas.

Thanks for the inspiration!

CricutLvr!! said...

I love your cards! They are just beautiful!!! And how cute is the coupon book!!! Im gonna have to scrap-lift that one! Im your newest follower!!!

Abby said...

I LOVE your cards!!! Those stamps are just GREAT!!!! You did an awesome job!! and that book for your son?!!? I sure hope he doesn't tear them when using them!! You should save them when he gives them to you and then give them back to him when he has his own kids!!!

Alex said...

I love these ideas ! TFS :)

Susan White said...

Fabulous gift ideas, and so beautiful too!!

Brigitte said...

I love all the cards and the coupon book you made!!! I also used the Going Places cartridge just for the bycicle!!!
Brigitte

mcever4 said...

Such cute projects! I love the coupon book! I need to make that for my kids! Thanks for sharing!

Robin
mcever4 at bellsouth dot net

MenanBerretts said...

Loved your ideas. The cards are absolutely beautiful and the coupons are adorable too. I just became your newest follower and am excited to visit your blog and see all your creative ideas. thanks

Lynlee said...

beautiful cards :)
lynlee4@hotmail.com

searchingfortruth said...

I love the coupon book idea, those are a really neat idea. the cards are beautiful and inspiring.
~sarah
sbwoodring@att.net

The Cropping Canuck said...

Beautiful cards and great coupon book!

Simply AJ said...

Coupon book is a great idea and I love the way you put it together. Your cards are beautiful and I must say the Silent Night card is a favorite of mine! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and for the extra goodies! Oh yeah... I have been a follower for a while and enjoy your blog! AJ - aj_822@yahoo.com

Shannon said...

Fabulous gift ideas. Thank you for sharing!
Shannon
slbradle at aol dot com

Lisa said...

This card set is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
And that coupon book...great idea! I love it!

Hestia's Helper said...

With two boys and a tight budget, this coupon book is a perfect idea! And I forgot, I have one of those perforating blades with my trimmer! I don't think I've ever used it... time to dig it out and get to work! Thanks for the idea!

Miria said...

Your cards are simply divine. Love the coupon book.

craftaholic said...

Great projects!! Very Nice cards! TFS!!!
ilovetonkinese2athotmaildotcom
Rexann

GiGi said...

These are great ideas and your cards are BEAUTIFUL! TFS!
booger1 at tds.net

MsJay said...

Beautiful cards and love the coupon idea. TFS

Heather said...

Michelle, I absolutely LOVE the card set. The coupon book for your son is SOOOOOOO cute. Your talent continues to amaze me.

Hugs, Heather from princesspaperprojects at yahoo dot com

Heather said...

Wow, you were busy! Those cards are gorgeous!!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Maria Matter said...

Wowza Michelle, your cards are STUNNING!!! what a beautiful gift idea!!!

love your darling coupon book too, the kids will love that!
hugs & blessings!

Carley said...

Michelle those are super fabulous! I am in love with the kids coupon book I may have to scrap-nap that one for next year!

grammiej said...

Love your beautiful cards! I also love the coupon book, what a great idea. All of the sudden I will have 7 grandchildren in 2011, so I might try and make things next year!
Merry Christmas

girlia said...

Your cards are beautiful. Really love them and the gift box you put them in. Awesome. The coupon book for your son was just as awesome

April said...

Your projects are really great. I think my 6 year old would love a coupon book like this!!!

Sheena said...

Beautiful card!!! I love the coupon book..very cute idea TFS!!

Hugs, Sheena
slynne1 at gmail dot com

The Scrapbooking Queen said...

I just love all your cards and they kids coupon mini book is a great idea
thank you so much for sharing your talent
The Scrapbooking Queen

Toni said...

Such cute ideas. TFS.

Tanya said...

Beautiful cards! Love the coupon book too :)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Gaffney said...

I love all the beautiful cards!! I'd love receiving that pack as a gift!! The coupon book is adorable too. My sons would be thrilled with that in their stocking.... maybe a weekend project!! :) Thank you!


TFS, Cheryl @ CardsbyCG.blogspot.com
cplamond@hotmail.com

Suzy said...

Beautiful cards! And the coupon book is too cute. Love how you shared where all the cuts are from. I need EDPD! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to make some stocking stuffers.
~Suzanne SuzyQ28024@gmail.com
ps- I'm a new follower!

Janis said...

I love your coupon book! So creative! I'll have to make one of these too. :) Janis

bluecrayons said...

awesome projects. maybe your son will not rip the coupons to bad and you can cherish them for when he is older. possibly write in some where the date he turned them in. lovely memories he will have.

stefeni said...

Beautiful cards! They are all so gorgeous. And cute little coupon book. I love coupon books.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

Savahanna said...

I love the coupon book

Peggy said...

The cards are beautiful and would make a treasured gift. The coupon book is clever. Thanks for sharing. {Hugs} Peggy
Stampnmore at aol dot com

buglvr2010 said...

Your cards are stunning and I love the coupon book...it is a wonderful idea and my kids would love it.

Rebecca said...

the cards are so elegant and amazing! Thank you for sharing!
Becky Higinbothom
bechiginbothom@hotmail.com

Sharon said...

WOWZERS Michelle!! Your cards are so beautiful and elegant!! Love love love them!!! And that coupon book is awesome! Our Grands would so love something like that! :)

Angela R said...

Those cards are so beautiful and spirtual! Thank you for sharing!
Contact info: in case I get a chance to be a lucky winner! Happy Holiday's! arebori0204@gmail.com

Kathy Braun and Lucky said...

What beautiful cards and then putting them in a box as a gorgeous gift, so elegant. Love your coupon book, that is wonderful and so much fun a little kid since they are fun things. TFS.

Lesley from WI said...

Wow..your cards are gorgeous and the coupons are adorable!

shanna13 said...

I love your cards! They are elegant and portray the true meaning of Christmas, how wonderful. I also thought your coupon book for your son was stinking cute. Great projects! TFS Susan
shanna13@frontiernet.net

phonetecgirl said...

I have made card sets for gifts this year and wasn't sure how I was going to wrap them. Thanks for the wonderful link to the box tutorial!!

Trisha said...

Great projects. The cards are truly lovely. TFS and the chance to win. I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy@gmail.com

Minta's Creations said...

Great projects!Love your cards!
Minta

mintab@gmail.com

http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

GIJoesWife said...

I love the coupon book idea. What a great gift for the kids. Merry Christmas!!


GIJoesbarbie22@aim.com

Lori said...

I never think to give a box of handmade cards as a gift but I know alot of my friends would love them. Thank you for the great idea! ~lori gallionlori at gmail dot com

primpedinpaper said...

Hi Michelle,
Your projects are wonderful. The card set is gorgeous!!! The coupon book is adorable. Your kids will love them! You did a fantastic job on both. Love the blog candy. Thanks for the chance to win. -Nicole primpedinpaper@gmail.com

Barb said...

The card set is gorgeous! I also like the coupon book idea. So often you hear of kids giving their parents coupons, but not the other way around. Thanks for sharing! (I can be contacted via my blog)

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

Fabulous gift ideas...I'm already a foloower
Rebecca Minor
buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

iluvmybugs said...

Great gift ideas! Your children are going to love having those coupon books!! TFS I'm already a follower.

Terry
cwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

I just became your 600th follower! Congrats!

I love that coupon book! Too cute!

Stacey
staceyscreativecorner.blogspot.com

Charlotte said...

Oh my, The box of cards are lovely!! Each and everyone of them are so pretty.

jenni said...

WOW! I love that you made some religious cards. We hardly ever see that, now I just want to buy them all. Thanks so much for your inspiration!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Marianne said...

Oh my goodness, your cards are so very *beautiful*! I haven't seen any cards like this on the many blogs that I stalk. So meaningful for the holiday and I love them. Your book for your son is so sweet, I sure that he will love it. Thank you for sharing your project on this hop.

Marianne S.
sthquilter at gmail dot com
www.paperorfabric.blogspot.com

Sugar Land Scrapper said...

Cute.Cute. cute.

craftymom205 said...

Your cards are beautiful. Love the nativity scenes.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Donna said...

Your cards are sooo beautiful. Like the gift certificate ideas too.

Melissa said...

WOW! You've been busy!!! What beautiful cards and wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing all your creativity!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Fran said...

Your cards are so beautiful and very elegant.

Celeste B. said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOH!! Those cards are absolutely STUNNING!!!! I LOVE them!!! The coupon book is so cute too! TFS! :)

Celeste B.
ccscards.blogspot.com

Nisson Family said...

Great job Michelle! I love the coupon book, it's adorable! :)

Pam
Simply-pam.blogspot.com

Courtney Bosarge said...

love that coupon book. what a great idea

Glenda said...

The coupon book is very cute! Love the beautiful cards!
Glenda
http://glendascards.blogspot.com/

Saundra said...

I love the coupon book! My little guy would absolutely love it too!

saundra24@yahoo.com

scrappymama said...

love your cards, box and coupon book! I am a currrent follower. TFS!
esigmon@cox.net

Wendy said...

Your cards are Beautiful! AND the little coupon book is so cute!
wendy.roos2boys@gmail.com

Debbi said...

Wow! What nice gifts!! Anyone would be thrilled to receive those cards, and I just love the c/o book you made for your child. Awesome ideas!
*smiles*
debbi
hockman1(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Scrap'n Yamma said...

The cards are so adorable. The coupon books are very clever! Thank you for sharing!

Karelj said...

What absolutely inspiring cards! And your coupon book is darling! I'm a follower. ksjennings at gmail dot com and http://karelj.blogspot.com

duchessdee said...

Michelle, i am following you thatnks to this blog hop. I love your gift card box and these cards are so Elegant. Good job and thanks, Dee

sdalla said...

Cute coupon book and beautiful cards...Thank you for sharing
sdalla@aol.com

A Scrap Above said...

I love your projects.. AMAZING
I am already a follower of your blog
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C
http://ascrapabove.blogspot.com
ascrapabove(at)aol(dot)com

Shawnee said...

I love the coupon book idea. Such stunningly beautiful Christmas cards! Merry Christmas!

BunnyFreak said...

Love the cards.

Seachelle said...

Really love the card gift box. Gorgoues. chelle gmellery@bigpond.com

Jennifer said...

Michelle,

I love, love, love both of your projects!!! I can't imagine receiving the pretty gift box full of the beautiful, meaningful cards! And your son is going to love his coupon book!

Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win,

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

debpaint16 said...

OMG, I am blown away by the beautiful set of cards you made!!! They look as elegant, or more so, then very expensive cards that I have seen!!! Your coupon book was just adorable!! Thanks you for such wonderful Inspiration!!

debpaint16@aol.com

Darlene said...

aww! Those are so sweet! TFS

Darlene
desaucier at bellsouth dot net

ScrappinAnn said...

The cards are just so beautiful! The coupon book is very cute. I may just have to try that one! Thanks for sharing with us!

Debra said...

Beautiful projects and I love the coupon book idea! I am a new follower. Thanks for sharing!

Glora said...

Wow you have been busy. I love your religious Christmas cards and that coupon book is so cute. TFS. me(at)glorajean(dot)com.

Leti said...

i just luv all the cards, and the coupon books is such a wonderful idea for the kids.

Anna said...

Great projects!!! Just awesome!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

Michelle

This is just way to cute !!! Love how all the cut coordinate with the coupon !!!! Brilliant...Alot of work but the results are just AWESOME !!!

Thanks for hopping along with me...It was a blast ..

Hugs & Scraps

Melissa

Debican said...

Way too much talent here. Great stuff. Hugs, Debi

myska said...

Coupon book is cute, but I LOVE those cards!

aremus said...

I love your cards! They look great. Cute coupon book. TFS!!

amandaremus at gmail dot com

BABYBORICUA said...

your projects are beautiful,but my favorite project is your cards is pretty,cut,awesome my favorite card is your first card...

Vince said...

Beautiful cards.

VinDeeLoo
vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

MaryNSC said...

O MY gosh every thing is so beautiful that coupon book is the best and a lot of work O I Love it.. I wish I was doing this stuff when my 37 year old was a little boy..:O)

Dave said...

I love how you emphasized the birth of Christ in your cards, I found it very hard to pick only one card out of those, they were all beautiful, thanks for sharing your gift.

Dave

daverod46962@yahoo.com

Beth said...

Michelle those are lovely cards and such a wonderful gift also like the coupon book very cool idea.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great set of cards, I really love the coupons, too cute!