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Dec 20, 2008

Quick Christmas Gifts and BLOG CANDY!!!

I mentioned having some Blog Candy on my last post.... so here you go!!! :)

Card Creations - Quick & Easy II

Card Creations #6

Paper Crafts Jan/Feb

I wanted to thank all of my readers for coming to visit over the past year! I can't believe I've had over 100K visits so far! So... as a 'thank you!', I'm offering up a few magazines for one lucky reader! :) I have cards in each of these magazines & am super excited to share them with you! Read through this post to find out how YOU can win! :)

Do you remember me telling you about
these downloadable calendars from A Muse? They are a great, inexpensive way to make those last-minute gifts... and the proceeds go to a wonderful cause! I just used cardboard coasters (covered with patterned paper) along with my Bind-it-All for mine... but I'm sure you can come up with other ways to present them if you don't own a binding machine.

I used Kim Hughes' Number Fun set to stamp the year on the front of my calendar & added a few rub-ons to give it a pop of color.

I found a huge assortment of boxed holiday cocoa at Wal-Mart and wanted to package it in a fun way. I basically wrapped it in cardstock to create a slider box.

And... here is what it looks like open:

To make a super quick, coordinating gift bag, I simply covered a Kraft bag with paper! I couldn't get a great shot of this, but the white area is super shimmery in real life. I added a chipboard snowflake (covered in shimmery ink) as my gift tag.

Here's another quick bag I made. This is a great way to use up that holiday paper that you HAD to have... and then never got around to using. (not that I know anything about that....) ;)
Below is another bag I made, using a downloadable tag from the Black Apple. These tags are SO cute... and the best part? --- they're FREE!!! You really need to go check them out. All of the designs are super fun!
This is the bag I made for some of my friends and my boys' teachers. It has hot cocoa, holiday chocolates, and a matching mug inside. This tag was just what I needed!

So... do you want to win some blog candy? Just leave me a comment on this post. If you already have one of these publications, just let me know. I might have another one that you'd like to add to your craft library. :) I'll pick a random winner on December 26th. Be sure to come back and visit to see if you won!!!


  1. I am first, that is a first! Julie, wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. You blog candy is great I would love to see your work up close in print. Your such an inspiration to myself and many other stampers. I love your style:)


  2. That's just about the cutest cocoa holder I've ever seen! WOW! This close to Christmas I get all frazzled and never get anything done! AcK!

  3. Congratulations on 100K hits AND your publications! That must be such a good feeling to see your work and name in a magazine!! Wishing you even more success in the year to come!! I love your calendar project - I bought them too, but of course haven't gotten around to making any... I love how yours came out!

  4. Congrats on the hits!! You do such great work it really is no surprise.
    Fabulous blog candy too!! This could occupy me for DAYS!!!

  5. WoW your projects are just so amazing and just awesome. This is some fabulous blog celebration candy you are sharing with your readers. I would love to be the lucky stamper to win all the inspiring and creative MOJO in these magazines. Congrats on 100K and thanks for a chance.

  6. Congratulations on the publications! I took a peek at one of those magazines at the store today. I would love to win them! Thanks!

  7. julie, you know what I like best about your blog? EVERYTHING is quick, easy and in the budget! keep up the great work! I don't have any of the magazines, so I would love to win them!

    thanks for the chance!
    qlt7scrap at cox dot net

  8. These are great holiday gift bags Julie! I absolutely love the box for the hot cocoa too. Thanks for the chance to win some of your publications, I love magazines but never seem to pick them up at the store (I tend to use the money toward DP instead!).

  9. I love your gift ideas! For another way to make the calendars if they don't have a binding machine is to punch two holes (near the ends) and join with circle clasps.

    I have a subscription to Paper Crafts, but would love a chance to win the other two magazines.

  10. Great ideas for gifts. The other day I was thinking of how I would do gift bags. This idea is super fabulous.

    Thanks for the chance to win this blog candy. I love magazines and can always use more inspiration.

  11. What a cute way to dress up the cooca. Thanks for the link to the tags. The mitten one is adorable!

    Congrats on all your hits and getting your work published!

  12. Such cute projects! Love them all! I do have the PaperCrafts magazine and love it! Congrats on your pubs! I do have a question - that looks like Kim Hughes' font on your watermark. Can one buy that? Thanks! Jackie

  13. wow, i am so impressed with all your great ideas. love the blog candy too. have a wonderful christmas season. thanks!

  14. Julie - I love the cocoa cover you made - what a great idea!! My 14 year old son and his girlfriend will be making sugar cookies on Monday and Tuesday here at our home, and I'll have to pull out the kraft bags that I have and have them decorate them up. They'll be gifting our neighbors with the treats and teh bags would be a great idea for something that they can pass on!
    Love your blog candy- wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and celebrate the real reason for this season!

  15. Congratulations on reaching 100K hits. It is understanding though as there is always something interesting on your site. Thanks with coming up with so many projects. I would be great to win any of the books.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Joyous 2009.


  16. Merry Christmas Julie!

    Wow your last minute gifts are great - you always come up with something wonderful. Especially love the hot chocolate bag with that tag and a cup etc inside it..and the box!!!

    I don't have any of these magazines and would just LOVE to see you in print.
    I can only get the odd one - they are so expensive.

    Congratulations on the publications and all the hits!!!

    I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and more good things in 2009.

  17. all of these projects are adorable! Congrats on the publications!

  18. Congratulations on your publications. These are adorable and I am sure any recipient would love them. Thanks for a chance to win these books. Wishing you and your family a very Blessed Christmas.
    JoAnn B.

  19. Wow, you've been on a roll. I haven't submitted anything in a couple years. I think the last time I was published was in The RubberStamper and they don't even exist any more. LOL. Tells you how long it's been. You're an inspiration to get my butt in gear again.


  20. I was looking for cool Christmas craft ideas to do with the kids next Christmas and I'm glad I found my way here. I enjoyed my visit :)

  21. Julie, I look forward to updates of your blog, your work inspires and challenges me! Keep it up! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  22. Love the cocoa holder. The bags are fantastic. At this point I am pretty frazzled and I don't even know why. Love your blog.
    Merry Christmas

  23. I just love to keep checking on your blog and see what new things that you have came up with.

    Maranda M.

  24. Looks like Christmas will be great in your house. Gorgeous gifts. I am still frantically trying to get some last minute gifts made. Not much spare time this year. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful gifts with us.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Carolyn s

    ceashark at aol dot com

  25. What a great idea for gift bags! That might be a good way to use some of my paper for all different occasions. Not like I have too much paper or anything. That's impossible!

    I have the Papercrafts issue for January and February. Thanks for the fun blog candy!

  26. Thanks for the link to the gift tags. They are so cute!
    Congrats on the many times you've been published.

    I have the Card Creations #6 and Papercrafts Jan/Feb. Thanks for the chance to win Card Creations Quick & Easy II. I'd love to add it to my collection.

  27. Hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas! I'd love to win the blog candy!!

  28. Oh I love all of these ideas. They are so neat. Thank you for sharing. Gives me some good ideas.

  29. Congratulations on your blog milestone & for getting published! Your cards & creations are an inspiration to us all! Have a very Merry & Peaceful Christmas! Vina

  30. Merry Christmas Julie. And... Congratulations on 100k hits. It's not surprising to me since you always have GREAT ideas. You sure have a gift for creating wonderful things! I would be thrilled to win your blog candy. Have a blessed Christmas!
    Sandy L

  31. Merry Christmas! Congrats on the hits. Thanks for the chance to win.


  32. Merry Christmas Julie! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  33. Wow! you made some fabulous stuff! that little box is so cute and your bags are awesome!

  34. {Okay, this is my THIRD time trying to leave a comment; hopefully it works!}

    I LOVE your style, Julie! Your colour combos are always crisp and refreshing. You're amongst my "daily peeps" for inspiration. I look forward to seeing where your new venture leads!

    Happy holidays!!!

  35. totally love everything that you do .. awesome work


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