Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Gifted Challenge....

This month, the IO gals decided to make a challenge around a gift set! So... we have the gifted challenge! HA!

I have always loved to give cards as gift sets. I bundle them together with a pretty bow or put them in a handmade box. Well, this time, I did it a bit differently.

Let's start with the cards first. I used this set from Impresion Obession to make all of my cards! It's called Jolly Holiday and is really versatile in my humble opinion for those cute fun holiday cards!


So.... here's a look at the three cards I came up with! This first one is super duper easy. Cut a piece of decorative paper to measure 3 by 4. Mat it on a coordinating piece of cardstock, add some rhinestones, and tie on a sheer piece of polka dot red ribbon. Stamp the message with green ink Vivid and then ink up the tree using the same ink and a yellow Tombow marker for the star. Stamp this on a 1-1/4" circle cut from a punch. Mat this on a scalloped circle and mat this on your main card with some foam tape... done!
I have to say, this next card is a CASE from Debbie Olson. Click HERE to see her version! I loved the card she created and wanted to try to imitate it with these stamps. Who knew red snowflakes could be so fun! This card is pretty self explanatory. The snowflakes on the tan piece were created from Staz-on White ink and Versamark. I used the scalloped edge punch from SU for the border and a Marvy scalloped rectangle punch for my tag. Add some bling-- and you're done! The last card is also pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy! Stamp the snowflakes on your red base card with White Staz-On ink. The Santa was inked up with grey Momento ink on the bottom and red Vivid ink on the top. Add some Stickles and draw in Mr. Santa's eyes with a permaletter pen. The buckle was created from a Quick Kutz die and the tag was a part of a Cuttlebug small tag set. For the tag, I just inked up the word "jolly" from the sentiment. I added some silver adhesive backed nailheads that I got at Hobby Lobby. I also edged the black mat with a silver leafing pen.
Once I was all done, I wanted to create a "container" for them that was a bit different but yet easy too. So... I started with a 6 by 9 clear envelope.
I took some decorative paper (Hobby Lobby) ande cut it 6 by 6. Add a gold edged strip and then stamp some fun elements for the front. THIS set is perfect for the holidays because it allows you to make gift tags and the saying is awesome for gift baskets!
Stick your cards and some fun green and red evelopes inside and you have a fun little set to help deliver some holiday fun!

Want to see what a few of the other IO ladies did for their challenge to make a gift set? Here you go! Dina, Kelli, Deborah, Daniela, Laura

I'll be back tomorrow with another Stamp Simply challenge that is sure to put a song in your heart!! ;-) Until then....

p.s. While we are on the topic of challenges-- have you checked out this month's You Know You Rock challenge? We only have a few days left!!!

26 comments:

Joan Fricker said...

Julie,
What a great gift set you have created. I love each one of them and the little details you have done make them so special. Great job!

Joan

LeAnne said...

Adorable stamp set and I love the cards you've come up with. I LOVE IO stamps!!!
LeAnne

Janine said...

What a lovely gift set Julie!! I really like that set from I.O. that you used for the tag (For You)..That is on my wish list for sure.
Hope all is well.
Talk soon.
LOL
Janine

Deborah March said...

Such a modern, lovely set with nice clean lines...gorgeous!

Giovana said...

Super creations Julie!!!
Love them all.
God bless
Giovana

Nancy said...

Those cards are great! Love the simple but dressed up packaging idea!

Laura said...

Wonderful gift set, Julie! Thanks also for the instructions. I always learn so much from you.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

These are so cute and simple, great idea for a gift set or for none expensive mailing come Christmas time. :0)

Jamie Martin said...

Love all of these cards! I also give cards as gifts, mostly to the kids teachers :)

Terrie B x said...

Hi Julie...
These are all beautiful creations..and Wow what a great idea for the gift bag!!TFS..
Have a lovely Evening:)~X~

mudmaven said...

What beautiful cards! I love the idea of gifts sets too - fun to make and fun to give.

Charlene said...

Great gift set and so doable! Thanks!

Diane said...

Such a versatile set indeed! Love the cards you created for the gift set!!! Cool Yule!!!!

Susan (rainy) said...

LOVE this idea to use the clear envelopes as a gift package! Wonderful set, too.

Penny said...

It's the perfect gift set and very cute cards, what a good idea for the bag too!

The Rubber Maid said...

How cute all those cards are and what a great set of stamps. Very adorable for a gift set. Mom

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Julie, that's a great set!! Your attention to detail is marvelous - the final polish in the set makes it a winner!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Julie, these are really cute cards, and I love our idea for packaging them. Neat stamp set from IO.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Really love all of these cards -- Red Hot Julie cards if you ask me -- LOL!!! Great gift set cards!!!

Daniela said...

I love it! You are so creative. I need to get this little set.
Alex loves to hang out the window. He loved looking at all the cars and trucks at the rest stops. He is so strong that he can stand alone, but he tries to climb out so I have to hold him.

Cindy Haffner said...

These ar so pretty, wonderful work.

Joan B said...

What a great idea and each card is beautiful.

Elena said...

Adorable gift set! Thank you for detailing instructions! Cards looks so much fun and I can feel the Christmas in the air! Love the stamps!

Elena said...

Adorable gift set! Thank you for detailing instructions! Cards looks so much fun and I can feel the Christmas in the air! Love the stamps!

Shirley said...

All 3 cards are just simply wonderful. There is something unique about each card, from the buckle to the bling!

"Jany" said...

Great cards and packaging. It is a great project to give out as you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!