Snowflakes for the Perfect 10

Only one more day until we have heat again!! YEAH!!

Earlier in the year, I joined a Secret Sister swap on SCS. I had never done one and really looked forward to it. There were many of us who became great friends and have continued our swap. We are currently the “Perfect 10” and did a gift card holder swap for the holidays.

**Please excuse the goofy set up for these pictures. I needed to prop the holder up and an upside down toy bin was my best option.**

I’m a big fan of the My Timeless Templates from PaperTrey Ink. The Cash or Charge Collection of templates offers 3 different gift card holders. I wanted to go with a holiday neutral theme and used the red snowflake ribbon as a guide. I printed the main template on Pure Poppy and the additional pieces on white. I embossed the white with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug folder. On the inside card holder, I cut an additional piece of Pure Poppy and embossed it as well before punching slits for the gift card.

To provide a pull for the inner card holder, I cut out two snowflakes using my Nestie Create a Flake dies. One flake is cut from Pure Poppy and the other is from white fun foam. I held them together with a snowflake brad. This came together quite simply and quickly and I love the pop of the Pure Poppy & white.

Perfect 10 Snowflakes
Template: My Timeless Templates Cash or Charge Collection
Paper: Pure Poppy, Select White
Other Stuff: Michaels ribbon, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, fun foam, Nestie Create a Flake, snowflake brads, slit punch

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Lauren’s 17th Birthday

Another unplanned blogging absence for me. Initially we were just busy and now we are dealing with illnesses. Hopefully things will even out a bit around here.

Last Sunday one of our babysitters celebrated her 17th birthday. I used one of the fabulous templates from Lauren Meader’s My Timeless Templates.

The Cash or Charge Collection is an awesome set of gift card holder templates. I used the template that resembles a purse since I wanted this to be fun & girly. If you have never worked with one of Lauren’s templates, I encourage you to do so. There are even two free versions on PTI’s site that you can try out.

I paired Chocolate Chip with Hibiscus Burst and accented that with Raspberry Fizz. I embossed the Hibiscus Burst with probably my favorite Cuttlebug folder – Swiss Dots. I stamped 3 small cupcakes from PTI’s 2009 anniversary set, Everday Classics. Raspberry Fizz satin ribbon is used to make a package bow.

Inside I mounted another piece of Hibiscus Burst and punched two slots to hold the gift card. To add a bit of dazzle, I added some pink rhinestones from Michaels’ dollar bins. (We didn’t actually give her a LL Bean card — it was the only one I had on hand.)

This was such a quick and easy project. The templates are fantastic products and really easy to work with. I know I’ll be using this one again and again.

Lauren’s 17th Birthday
Stamps: PTI Everyday Classics
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Hibiscus Burst, Select White
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Dark Chocolate
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Raspberry Fizz satin ribbon

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Secret Sister Swap

I just finished a 3 month Secret Sister swap on SCS. It was my first and tons of fun. I had a great time spoiling by SS, Colleen (clln). Since I altered or made something each month, I wanted to share them here.

In March, I sent Colleen a Target mailbox, which you would be amazed at what it can hold. I filled it with all sorts of embellishments in her favorite colors of purple and green. The DP is from K&Company Sparkly Sweet and is so pretty.

I had been eying so many of Lauren Meader’s My Timeless Templates and finally bought some before sending out Colleen’s April package. One of the things that Colleen was interested in, but didn’t have was a Cuttlebug. I used the Filed With Flair template and made up three holders. One held stamped images, another Nestabilities – the cuts, not the dies, and another was Cuttlebugged sheets.


I also included two of the Perfect Matchbox for Colleen. All of these continued with the purple & green theme.

Included with the package were Koh-i-Noor pencils and blending stumps; Prima flowers and a Quickie glue pen. Also included were some MRI (“Mojo Recovery Impulses” — I came up with that myself. Pretty good, huh?!) I should mention that Colleen is expecting and has been craving Sour Patch Kids and what pregnant woman doesn’t like chocolate.

When I received Colleen’s name and saw that she was expecting, I knew I wanted her third and final package to be a baby themed package. I had made some “baby’s first” onesies for a baby shower last summer and loved the way they came out. Instead of stamping directly on the fabric, I stamped on iron-on transfer paper and colored the images. I didn’t want to risk screwing up the images on the onesies.


The box was just a regular gift box that I covered. The onesie is from Papertrey Ink’s Bitty Baby Blessings set. To complete this gift set, I put together a scrapbook for the first year. Nichole Heady had this idea on her blog a while ago and I adapted it for an 8×8 album. I left the month off of the calendar pages, in case the little one decided to come earlier or later than expected.


Colleen has a little boy, who is 2. I wanted to send something for him, so I used Lauren’s All Wrapped Up template and created a coloring kit. I could have been more pleased with how this turned out and it was so incredibly simple.



One side was filled with a box of crayons and the other was filled with fun animal images. I googled animal coloring pages — found a great site, saved, resized and printed. Colleen said her son was thrilled with it and wouldn’t even let his dad see it. 🙂 That super fun paper is from DCWV Animal Crackers.

Of course, I completely bypassed the $10 minimum, but it is so much fun to spoil someone — especially when they appreciate it. Colleen’s responses each month made it so worth it. I received my last package today from my SS Cara and it was fantastic. I’ll have to take a picture of the adorable desk organizer she included — as well as some gorgeous hat pins! Now I’m moving on to my Not So Secret Sweet 16 swap. I just matched up the names over the weekend and can’t wait to get started again.

I actually have a card to share tomorrow. Check out my new siggy! That awesome siggy is courtesy of Lauren. Thank you Lauren!

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