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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Little Gifts For Christmas (by Asha)

Good morning, everyone. We are now a fortnight away from Christmas. Ideally all your cards should be in the mail and it's time to look at finalising the gifts. I've got 3 projects to help you make those pressies extra special.

1. Gift Card Holder

Gift cards make perfect presents ... when you run out of ideas! It can be a special gift when housed in a beautiful box. And you can't beat the wow factor of heat embossing.
Red and Gold - always a striking combo. That magnificent tree is from the Turtle Doves A5 sheet, heat embossed in gold and matted on gold card stock. I also did some tone-on-tone stamping in the background with the little snowflake from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet with Versamark.

This is a top opening box, revealing a pocket for the gift card in a slide-up mechanism. The sentiment is from the Christmas Magic clear stamp set, heat embossed in gold. I have link to a video tutorial for this project on my blog.

2. Gift bag

If you're super organised and have all your gifts ready for giving, how about making gift bags to house them. The WRMK Gift Bag Punch Board, available from the Chocolate Baroque store, makes light work of it. Here's one I prepared earlier:
I made the medium sized box and the main star is the jolly man from the Santa Baby A5 sheet. He is coloured with water-colour pencils, fussy cut and popped up with foam tape in front of heat embossed snowflakes from the Snowy Scenes A5 sheet.

Water colouring is easy and very forgiving - just what you need when in a hurry. Trust me, it really is that simple. Just lay down the colour as shown below and, using a fine brush, let the water do all the work. No fancy blending or shading. I have details of the colours used on my blog.

3. Gift Card and Treat Box

And when you want to spoil someone - go for the double whammy: Gift Card and a treat  - all in one box.
 I decorated the top of the box with the wreath from Hearth and Home A4 sheet, coloured with alcohol markers. Keeping it simple with just some ribbon.

The box opens revealing the gift card in a pop-up mechanism with room for a few golden nuggets! I've got details on how to make this box on my blog.

Three project ideas to help you with your festive preps: elegant, playful and extravagant - there's something for everyone. I hope these projects inspire you to play with your Chocolate Baroque Christmas stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. The rest of the Design Team are having fun with the gorgeous December release stamps, so please stop by regularly for more crafty ideas.



  1. Wow these are amazing projects I love them all
    Jackie x

  2. These are beautiful and I'm so happy to see some Christmas

  3. The gift card holder is very classy - as you say it's not really possible to go wrong with red & gold & the tone-on-tone stamping with the sumptuous bow adds lovely interest. Thank you for the watercolouring info - I've heard the Caran D'Ache Suprasoft give lovely vibrant colour. My favourite of your projects is the final one - the combination of the traditional colours & your choice of the seasonal wreath from Hearth & Home are really evocative of the seasonal tradition. The internal decoration is quite sumptuous.
    Paula (PEP)

  4. Lovely gift ideas Asha and so beautifully made. I love that gold embossed tree against the red and gold card, then the cute santa looks great with that pretty blue and the snowflakes, and finally that poinsettia wreath on top of that gorgeous green box and how clever thst pop up mechanism is. x

  5. These are great - what a fab way to liven-up a gift card/voucher etc... thanks very much for the ideas.

  6. Wow Asha, your samples are gorfious , great gift items , I love them very much, thanks for the inspiration!!!


  7. Great to see so many thibgs to give something in! They are classic/beauties! Thanks for the inspiration!


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