Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Treats

I had so much fun with this year's Christmas treats.  First, let me share with you the Gift Card Holders I made.

Just before Thanksgiving, I stopped in at Starbucks to treat myself to a Caramel Macchiato.  That's when I saw these cuties.

Isn't it adorable????  I just had to use these for gifts at the office this year.  

I used this tutorial to make these gift card holders.

The lid pulls out to reveal the gift card.


I used a variety of products: A Muse Studio cardstock (cherry, sugar, kraft), Stampin' Up Confetti Cream cardstock (retired), Stampin' Up Christmas Punch stamp set and matching punch, May Arts ribbon, double-sided adhesive and foam adhesive.

(I made one change to the tutorial when making my holders: instead of using a 4 1/4" x 1" white piece, I used a 4 1/4" x 2" piece and folded it in half.)

Everyone just loved these Gift Card Holders.  

My second Christmas Treat were Santa mugs filled with hot chocolate goodies.  

I first made these to send to the A Muse Consultants who participated in my Recipe and Calendar swaps as a "thank you" treat.  Then, I ended up making more to share with friends and family.  I ended up making 55 of these adorable mugs.

I made all of the templates for the different pieces to the mug (mug, face, beard, mustache).  The hardest part was tracing and cutting each piece.  It would have been a cinch if I had an electric cutter, which is on my Christmas wishlist. :)
Then, it was just a matter of adhering all of the pieces together.  Sticky tape just wasn't strong enough to keep the mug adhered together.  Unfortunately, I didn't find this out until after I shipped the ones to the consultants.  I ended up using Aleene's Tacky Glue and it did the job. 

The mug piece needed to be cut from a 12x12 piece of cardstock.  I was able to get 2 mugs per cardstock.  I used an unknown red cardstock from Stampin' Up.  The pieces for the face were cut from A Muse cardstock (sugar, shell, onyx shimmer).  I used punches to make the eyes and nose.  I also used an oval punch to make the hole in the handle.

That's it for now.  I really need to get some presents wrapped.  

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, filled with many blessings.


  1. Wow Brenda! You have been busy!! The gift card holders and mugs are so cute!!! Great job!

  2. Mug is so cute, love mine! That gift card holder is just adorable.......

  3. OMGosh! These are SO adorable Brenda! Love them so much! Happy New Year! Hugs, Simonne xx

  4. Is there a template for the Santa or did you freehand it? Thanks

  5. Thanks for checking out my blog. It's been a while since I've posted. Just too busy, unfortunately. I made the template freehand.