Saturday, December 20, 2008

Quick, Easy Gift Packaging

I had a free morning to play around and make some quick food packaging. None of these are exceptionally beautiful or unique--just some real basic easy ways to decorate your holiday goodies. I do want to try making some little boxes for my mini breads like Julia has here, but that will have to wait until tomorrow!

My husband likes to take treats to coworkers for Christmas; these are guys that will rip into anything he brings, regardless of the packaging, but I still wanted it to look a little bit special! He wanted them to be "surprised" by what was in the bag, so he didn't want cello, he wanted BROWN. So I took some DP from a huge Christmas slab I had, added some stamped embellishments from Paper Trey's Holiday Treats and tied the top with some curling ribbon--it's all going to get tossed anyway!:


He gives peppermint bark to the girls in the office:

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I added some glittered snowflakes just to make them a little extra special. I have so much fun using Martha Stewart's glitter! The images are from CHF's Vintage Winter Signage; sentiments are from the same PTI set as above, and the snowflake punch is also MS. By the way, the CUTE DP I used on these bags is part of a free download from sweet Becky Oehlers! You can find it on her blog, Hemidemisemiquaver Design! Thanks, Becky!

This last item was just something I was playing around with, having some fun & experimenting with stamps & diecuts:

This is a chopped date cannister from the grocery store; I will be putting some cookies in it for a sweet Scottish lady from my church. I wanted to play with my new JustRite Christmas Ensemble for the top:DSCF2669

This was stamped in Ballet Blue and Old Olive. I have tons of this double-sided satin ribbon in Brilliant Blue, so I used that around the middle for my tag, and added some snowflakes I die-cut with SU's new dies:

Of course, I had to keep playing around with my glitter, so the snowflake on the left uses MS glitter; the one of the right uses SU's Dazzling Diamonds, both on Ballet Blue cs. I realize the colors are a little odd for Christmas, but I sometimes like to do non-traditional! The tag is from Punch Pals, punched with both tag punches.

Thanks for visiting--the rest of the day I am volunteering at a local food bank for their annual Christmas dinner--I get to cut & serve desserts---right up my alley!

  • Stamps: Holiday Treats, PTI; Christmas Ensemble, JustRite; Punch Pals, SU
  • Paper: Provo Christmas Slab, Ballet Blue, WW, Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Ballet Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze
  • Acc: Punches, Ribbon, Snowflake Dies, Nesties, DD & MS glitter, Elmer's Spray Adhesive Bond, Heat Tool


  1. You had a FREE MORNING!!! This time of year????? How did you manage that!!! The treat containers look great - I know the guys that work with your husband will enjoy receiving them. Have a great week

  2. With bags and cans that look like that, who needs anything inside! Hey! Make THAT the surprise!!

  3. These are great! Don't you just cringe at the thought of someone throwing out your handmade creations! I do! These are wonderful ideas!

  4. great ideas... love them!!! Thanks so much for the Christmas card... so sorry I didn't get to send you one. Have a very merry christmas!

  5. These are all "sweet" LeAnne! Love the bright colors on the bags, and Becky's digi-paper is a perfect compliment to your peppermint bark!

    LOL Word verification... purso! "Honey, hand me my purso!"

    Merry Christmas, my friend! Have a wonderful holiday!

  6. I think these look great. I am off to last minute wrap something and I think I will make my own bow.


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