Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Holiday Gifts Blog Hop

It seems the current economy has prompted many folks to be even more careful with how we spend our money. With the holidays right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to show how you can use Inky stamps to make handcrafted presents. Thoughtful and thrifty...what's not to love?

To view our design team's creations, visit each person's blog and leave comments along the way. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please.)

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, November 20th at midnight Central time. Two people's names will be drawn at random to receive an Inky prize pack. We'll announce the winners here next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you're one of them!

Ready to see the homemade gifts? Here's our hop order:

Trudy
Michelle
Jovi
Keri
Tex
Debbie

After you're done, return here to leave a comment as your final entry. Thanks for playing with us!

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For my project, I picked up a picture frame and some patterned paper:


I used a discount coupon on the frame, so my total expenses were $9.64 plus tax:


If you click on a closeup view of the receipts, you'll notice I also purchased dry erase markers. I'll bet you can figure out where I'm headed with that, right?

Yep, the glass surface of the picture frame can function as a dry erase board. Cool, huh? Simply place your patterned paper and other elements behind the glass, and you've got a decorative yet functional message center!

Or insert a calendar (such as the one I printed from here), add a couple of stamped images (like those in 10983LC Stovetop Cooking Chefs Clear Set, shown at the bottom of this page), and it becomes a handy meal planning board:


If you wish, you could substitute a blank calendar and just write in the numbers each month so the sheet inside doesn't have to be replaced.

I thought this would make a lovely gift all by itself...but if you really want to go "whole hog," then you could present it with some premade freezer meals. There are bunches of recipes available online, such as the ones here, here, here, here, and here. Hmm, now I hear the kitchen calling my name!

23 comments:

Dee in N.H. said...

I love it!! What a great gift idea and genius to incluse some dry erase markers! Awesome!

Susie said...

What a GREAT blog hop. I am saving many of the ideas to use for gifts. Love your idea, too, and thanks for the links, especially to the calendar. I plan to make some of these.

True :) said...

Love your project Jackie! Forget giving it as a gift though....I WANT ONE! :)

Hugs,
True :D

Keri Lee Sereika said...

This is a GREAT IDEA J!!! Love it!

stamping sue said...

Like your calendar frame. Decorated beautifully. Had fun doing blog hop and seeing all the great projects.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

~Michelle~ said...

LIKE! love the papers you chose...what a fun idea!

CheckerBeads said...

Love that idea! We could use one at our house.. lol.

Anne

Tina said...

Thanks for another great hop! I did not know about the dry erase marker tip ... thanks! I love all the projects. So many great ideas!

Kelly P said...

Love the colors for this project, great job!

Lillian Child said...

We are having a "homemade/handmade" christmas this year as well. I've been searching my favorite blogs for inspiration and this is for sure one I will give a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bridget said...

Thanks for the great HOP! So many great ideas & fabby stamps!

Jovita said...

Jackie this is wonderful and would be very handy for any family. I really love your choice of paper colors and your coloring of the little chef is fabulous.

Bev Gerard said...

Completely Creatively Clever!
You're making me want to rush right out to pick up the elements & get busy! Marvy choice of papers & stamps too!

~Tex

Cathie said...

What a really cute idea!

Terry Duncan said...

I've loved this blog hop...so many great ideas!!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW!! This is the coolest idea ever! i am so going to make one of these!

chaun said...

Very nice handmade gift!

Sherry Kushibab said...

This hop has been very inspirational...never would have thought of a dry erase board!! Darling. I'm also craving chocolate now that I have finished...heading up to put the pot on the stove.

Becky Dunham said...

What a great blog hop Jackie! I don't think I realized you could write on glass with a dry erase marker :) Love love love this idea! In fact, I found lots of great inspiration on this hop! and great links too! We decided in our family this year that all gifts would be homemade so this has been very helpful!

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Marie said...

Wonderful gift ideas from the very talented DT. Great bog hop with lots of inspiration. Thanks, love the dry erase board....it is a " forever" gift.

Barb said...

This blog hop was an absolutely wonderful way to inspire creativity. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas.

Sue from Oregon said...

This is cool...would make a great gift!

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