Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just A Note - Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 4

   October Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
Big City Featured November 27 
Amaryllis Definition Featured November 28
Mountain Selections Featured November 29
Just a Note Featured November 30

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All four winners will be announced on December 1, 2012 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday November 30, 2012.

As you all know November is the time to gear up for Christmas shopping. So many sales and crowds, well stick with us we have some great deals for your Holiday Shopping needs.

 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Winter Scenes"


Continuing again on the quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas/hostess/birthday gift ideas, I have two more to share showcasing today's featured set. 
Now I love shopping in the store dollar sections, or just a plain dollar store to find a lot of my ideas.  So my first project today is a quick and easy gift using some of the coffee bricks you can find each year during the holiday in the Target $1 spot along with some matching candy. 
I started out by stamping two coordinating layers of card stock with Just A Note using Tim Holtz pine needles and fired brick distress inks.  Then, taking a scrap piece of snow storm, I stamped various Christmas Selections images in memento black before coloring with koh-i-noor pencils and a blender marker.  Once my coloring was finished, I stamped the saying from All Is Calm then stippled Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress ink around the edges.  Here's a close up of the finished gift bag topper.
Then taking a glassine gift bag, I added some pre-shredded paper to the bottom before adding two Ghiradelli© Chocolate Peppermint caffe bricks, some Ghiradelli© Peppermint Bark bars tied up with green/gold bows, and then some Hugs© Candy Cane kisses before stapling the bag top shut and then adding my gift bag topper using staples to make sure it stays shut.  This gift only takes about 10-20minutes to make depending on how detailed, and how much stuff you want to add inside the bag.
My second project uses an acrylic photo frame I picked up at Michael's in the photo section (again dollar stores work just fine) took out the paper insert and traced onto snow storm card stock the size of the insert before trimming it down 1/4inch.  Then I inked up Just A Note in memento black, stamped it on the trimmed down card stock, and layered onto masonary red card stock.  Then taking the birdhouse from Tweet That, I stamped the birdhouse in memento black onto snow storm, colored with prismacolor markers before stippling with tumbled glass distress ink then layering and re-inserting into the frame.  Turning the frame on it's "back", I added a small set of post it notes for messages and  - PRESTO! My own handmade notepad to keep by a phone.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the design team blogs to leave some love for a chance to win today's featured set.
Stamps: MFP Just A Note, Christmas Selections, All Is Calm, Tweet That
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles, Fired Brick
Card Stock: MFP Snow Storm, Masonary Red, Evergreen, Scarlet Linen
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Koh-I-Noor Pencils, Stipple Brushes, Acrylic Frame, Post It's, Glassine Gift Bag, Stapler, Candy, Shredded Paper


  1. Love your gift bag and musical card!

  2. Both of these projects are really cute and I love that notepad idea! :)

  3. Bonnie--both of these projects are so cute! I love the bag topper! The frame is just adorable! TFS

  4. Great projects - maybe poundland will help me with projects - only get glue there currently!

  5. Two awesome projects! The lil bird chirping with the music is adorable.

  6. Two very cool projects, Bonnie. I especially love your treat bag!!!

  7. This is a great way to show the fabulous stamps. Super job!

  8. Two fabulous gift ideas!!! like the one with the acrylic frame and post it notes...just might have to CASE that one. thanks for sharing
    stamping sue

  9. Super projects! What is a coffee brick?

  10. Love both projects but I really love your topper and the sweet frames.

  11. Love the post it note holder and I love the little chocolate/coffee gift bags. Great job!

  12. Both of these are great gift ideas!

  13. beautiful work , love treat bags

  14. beautiful card and projects you have made.

    greetings karin

  15. What wonderful project ideas! I can't wait to give a couple of these a try.

  16. Bonnie, I never met a Chocolate I did not like - well yes I did, I do not like white chocolate -your creations are lovely! This is a great music set! I can see many possibilities. I have enjoyed the hop and looking at all of your lovely projects with the new stamps - thank you for being part of the hop and have a great week! Gail

  17. Great projects; love the gift bag topper! Thanks for sharing

  18. Love the packaging of the coffee bricks.

  19. CREATIVE!!!!! Wow!!!! I love the post it note holder!!! What a great idea!!!! I was thinking that "Tweet that" would work great with "just a note". You proved me correct!!!

    Love your gift bag! I love the 1.00 spots!!! What a terrific idea! I am going to have to stalk a little more!!! :)