Hello Monday! I hope all of you are having a beautiful day! As you know, around here, Monday means it is time for a new challenge! Yay! This week, we are busy making gifts for Christmas using the wonderful Simon Says Stamp products. I am guessing Santa's elves might be just a smidgen busier than the team, but around here, you never know!
This month we have a special guest designer, Cate Dixson, an amazingly talented 14 year old! Please join me in welcoming her to our Monday challenge for December. I know I am really looking forward to her creative work!
I will admit, I struggled a bit with this challenge. It seemed to take me forever to finally come up with an idea I liked. I don't think it's because of a lack of ideas, but there are some many amazing choices out there, I think I was overwhelmed. Does that ever happen to you?
I decided to make something fairly simple - a notepad for the holidays that could be used for shopping or keeping track of everything that needs to get done, and hand stenciled tissue wrap, plus a gift tag.
I up cycled some tissue wrap and used Simon's Candy Swirl stencil and Teeny Bikini and Doll Pink inks to make my own gift wrap.
With the gift wrap finished, it's time to move on to making the notepad. I up cycled one from the Dollar Store that I had in my stash. I added a bit of Spun Sugar Distress paint on my patterned papers. Once again, I took the stencil and inks, but this time I stenciled once, then moved it slightly and used the other color to get this pretty duo.
I traced around the notepad, adhered the papers, and did a bit of stamping.
On the inside as well...
I also stamped a few snowflakes on the cover, and I messed one up - it partially stamped - yep, should have used the MISTI...but I didn't. I tried laying the stamp down exactly over the first image to stamp again, and nope, that didn't work. So, I just stamped another and popped it up - hides my mistake.
Ready for wrapping...
One Christmas gift done!
I hope you will take the time this week to make some Christmas Gifts along with us! I hope we can inspire each other with our gifting ideas. I'm looking forward to seeing your projects! Thanks so much for stopping by.
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Let's head on over to the challenge blog and see what kinds of gifts the design team has dreamed up! I know we will find some wonderful inspiration there!