Time to Sparkle & Shine!


It's sneak peak time chez moi!!


I am so excited to share my very own Holiday Gift ensemble featuring two of the gorgeous new stamp sets Clear Dollar Stamps is releasing on Monday December 1st. 

This will be a looong post so please bear with me, but I promise -  it's well worth it!  I think this is fantastic way to create beautiful (and quick!) gifts for everyone on your list!

I used the Ornament String, and Ornament Accents stamps to create this entire gift ensemble:


Isn't it fun??  I  loved how easy it was to create all the different components using the same materials and colors throughout(don't you just love when every last piece of paper, ribbon and every accessory gets used up??) lol, I know I do!!  I also got to play with quite a few of my favorite tools which is always a huge plus!!

So here is what my Sparkle & Shine gift set consists of:

First up is a little altered memo book - just perfect for jotting down notes, making shopping lists, or journaling your favorite holiday memories.


I altered this little notebook with just a small piece of cardstock which was embossed with my dots CB embossing folder.  This was a fun find at the Michaels dollar spot, and as you can see - even the pen was a perfect match!

Next, is the stamped candle which was just so fun to make:


If you haven't already tried making a stamped candle, you must! You can make these so quickly and the candles alone would make a great gift!  You can find a great tutorial on stamping on candles here.

I also made a fun CD Case. I personally think this is SOO incredibly cool!  You can put together your favorite Holiday music and share it with your loved ones!  (I got all my Elvis' Christmas tunes ready to roll! lol..) Of course, you can also make a nice compilation of your favorite family photos and send them off to grandma & grandpa!  Not a dry eye in the house, I promise! (in a good way, of course :)


I added a little Tiny Treat Basket because NO gift is complete without chocolate as far as I'm concerned!  This holds 3 little peppermint patties quite nicely!  I used a scallop and a circle punch to make the little patty covers. Very easy and so cute!


I also added a small little tag - super simple and just a cute little accent to wrap up the package.

My set also includes a matching set of wine charms!  I have to admit I had some help - I asked my very talented jewelry-making mommy to make me the beaded rings and I made my stamped charms using shrink film.  Pretty neat, I think!


Finally, I made a small 4 1/4" square card to complete my set! Using the same general layouts throughout made completing this so easy and makes gift-giving a snap!


During this busy time it's such a treat to be able to complete a great gift in just a short while.  The best part is you will not have to break the bank to do so! 

I MUST mention that you can WIN these stamp sets (along with the entire collection of stamps being released on December 1st, just by entering a comment on this post in Lori's blog.  YUP!! she's giving away an AMAZING collection worth almost $100.00!!! Contest ends Monday, so be sure to get your entry in!!

Also, don't miss the fantastic peeks the incredibly talented ladies of the CDS Design Team are sharing on their blogs!! You can also find them all listed on my sidebar.  You will be so inspired to make the perfect gift sets for your loved ones, I promise!!

Thank you SO much for visiting and for taking part in my sneak peak day, and thank you for sticking with me thorugh this very long post! lol..  (aren't you glad you stuck around??) I hope so!!



Supplies used in the entire set (feel free to email me if you have any questions!):

Cardstocks: Stampin' Up! Kraft, Riding Hood Red, White & Gold Shimmer Cardstock

Ink: Black VersaFine, Encore Gold, Stampin' Up! Riding Hood Red.

Markers: Copic Ciao W1, W3, W5

Accessories and Embellishments: Stampin' Up Gold Brads, Scallop Punch,
Circle Punches, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Gold (thin) Ribbon,
White Gel Pen, Ranger Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug
Ornaments and Dots Embossing Folders, Chipboard tag, Circle, Scalloped
Circle, Oval and Scalloped-Oval Nestabilities Dies, Gold Stickles.


  1. What great ideas for gifts! So pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Linda Anderson (studbo)November 30, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    I love your gift ensemble Alex!!! It is absolutely stunning!!! Love, love, love the tiny treat basket with the peppermint patties! I'm off to buy some so I can make a few of my own!!!

  3. Hi Alex! The colors you chose for this gift set and type of stamps are gorgeous! Everything is so complete and you really showcased how versatile these stamps can be! I really like the notepad/pen holder, card and drink charm!

  4. Alex,
    This is a wonderful gift idea. I am making all of mine this year. I have always liked receiving home-made gifts, so decided to share a few. Everything goes to gether so well. I have done some composition books before, but never any with the pen holder on the side. Could you share your idea/instuctions.
    Keep up the wonderful ideas and thanks for sending me to Clear Dollar Stamps. I have never seen anything like them.

  5. Oh boy!!! You go GIRL! This is amazing. I'll email you my address so that the set will be here for me in time for Christmas! Thanks babe! haha. No, seriously, this is a gorgeous set. I love the colors that you chose. There are so many elements I can hardly stand it. So much to take it. It was worth the long post!!! Love, love, LOVE you, your BASBFF! Hugs and smoochies, Jenn

  6. What an awesome gift set. You really did a bang up job, and even the presentation is lovely.

  7. You really did a fabulous job on this gift set, Alex...I just love the colors you used and the stamps are beautiful!!! I especially love how you stamped on the candle...gotta try that, for sure!!!

  8. Great gift sets. The bottom one is my favorite!


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