Friday, December 17, 2010

Inkspirations 52 - Christmas Gift Blog Tour

Well hello there and welcome to the Inkspirations Christmas Gift Blog Tour!!

You might have come from Rebekah Steven's blog or be starting with me, either way the tour will work as, the tour is a circuit.

So have you been busy making some crafty goodies for some special people in the lead up to Christmas?? This being my little Miss 5's first year of school I had my first opportunity to make some thank you gifts for her teachers. The idea for this gift actually came from a Christmas in July blog hop (how appropriate - eh!) and I stored it away for use at the end of the year. Back in July Bev Watt, posted a great idea of recycling some coffee jars (luckily my DH is a coffee drinker and we buy that coffee brand anyway) and dressing them up with DSP. So I saved up some coffee jars and here is what happened to them.

And some close ups of the tags

I used different DSP for each but the basic pattern was the same. Punch bottom edge of DSP with a border punch (I used a different one for each jar), wrap DSP around the jar. Add on a decorative strip of embossed matching cardstock. Decorate the lid, using the lovely Joy at Christmas stamp from Perfect punches and layer on top of complementary die cut/punched cardstock. My special touch was to really dress up the jars with tags. First a little scalloped circle one with each teacher's initals - blinged up with lots of rhinestones. Then I cut two larger tags (Sizzex die) the top one I embossed with the alphabet pattern then add a stamped and coloured embellishment. This tag could be recycled by the teacher - to give to someone else as a gift or perhaps use as a bookmark. I cut an identical that was tied behind on which I wrote a thank you to the teacher. The tags were tied with silver cord onto the larger ribbon bow that dressed up the neck of the jar. Once all the decorating was done I filled up the jar with a yummy selection of chocolates. The teachers seemed to be really pleased with their presents which was nice :)

Thanks for visiting - don't forget there are still lots of wonderful idea left for you to see - so please continue on with the blog tour. Your next stop is Deb Speijers. (


Perfect Punches, Whimsical Alphabet Uppercase SU! (R), Tiny Treats: Christmas (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry Cobler
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Cherry Cobler, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Holly Jolly DSP, Ski Slope DSP, Dashing DSP, Red and Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon, Silver cord (R), Scallop border punch, Eyelet border punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Sizzex tag die (Scallop combo #2), Scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/8" circle punch, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle dies (PTI), Bookprint Impression plate (PTI) Rhinestones (Kaiser), Double sided tape, Dimensionals


  1. these look so good! Might have to keep some coffee jars to play with!

  2. Ooooh! Love that Tag die! I hope we get that one! Very pretty ... such gorgeously crisp clean colours! And ... those ribbons are so lucious! Hugs xxaxx

  3. Beautiful, Kim! You know I always love your work, and these are no exception! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Christine xx

  4. What a great idea. After seeing all the lovely bottle ideas I think I will be raiding my recycle bin!! The tags are absolutely stunning.

    Karen G.

  5. Kim super stunning as always... I am always blown away by your talent Love them all! :)

  6. Cute, cute cute :) Love all the tags and how you've decorated the jars. Fabulously done. Have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate with family and friends!

  7. Wow! I love these! That bookrint impressions plate is on my wishlist now for sure!! Love it!


  8. Hi Kim....I love your gift idea. I love the possibilities these jars give. I really love your decorating of them...the papers and tags are just perfect and the ribbon is the perfect finishing touch. Have a lovely Christmas.

  9. WOW these goodie jars are decorated beautifully Kim! I love how you have personalised them too! Thanks for playing in the Blog Tour! Love Keesh x

  10. Gorgeous teacher gifts Kim! Love how you have decorated & personalised each jar & that beautiful "joy" stamp is just perfect for the lids. :)

  11. LOVE these!! Those are just adorable! Love the impression plate you used on them and the colors you chose!


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