Friday 22 July 2011

Some gifts

Today is the last day of term and of course there are all sorts of people that I want to thank. I'm always bowled over by the fact that there are lots of lovely people who really go the extra mile in this day and age. Of course they deserve the moon on a stick - and more! - but since I'm not up to that, I just give small gifts like this:

The smell of this unusual lavender was intoxicating as I was wrapping it! I cut some Bravo Burgundy Patterns designer paper to fit the plant pot, wrapped it round and secured it with Sticky Strip (now, repeat after me: Sticky Strip - For Total Confidence! It's true - you never need worry that your wrappings will spring apart with this amazing tape!)

I used my cropadile to punch a hole through the plant pot as well as the paper and tied some Very Vanilla taffeta and some 1/8" Rich Razzleberry ribbon through the hole. This makes it all really secure. The beautiful images from the Four Frames stamp set make fabulous labels when cut out with the coordinating decorative label punch.

Here's another little gift for a lovely lady who really makes a difference - not just to us but to the lives of many other people too.

I wanted her gift to be handmade so I baked these ginger biscuits specially for her. My son assured me she likes ginger! They're packaged in one of my little boxes made from Crumb Cake card stock and lined with Patterns designer paper.

I wrapped the box neatly in cellophane and tied some of the Old Olive wide striped grosgrain ribbon around it in this extravagant bow. Hmmm. It's supposed to be an extravagant bow anyway!

That lovely bird has popped up again to make a tag which is tied into the knot of the ribbon with gold elastic cord. I love wrapping up gifts with my Stampin' Up supplies - you really can make them look special.

Supplies needed for these wrappings:
Stamps: Four Frames
Ink: Markers
Card stock: Crumb Cake for the box
Other: Patterns designer paper, decorative label punch, cropadile, ribbon, gold elastic cord
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

So, today school finishes for six or seven weeks and our house will be full of children! I'll start getting up very early to craft, doing a lot of cooking and having a lot of fun with my favourite people but also having an on-going battle with messiness! I love the holidays.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you very soon,


  1. WOW! Vicky, you find time to bake!!! As well as making such wonderful cards and paper crafts. I think your gifts are amazing, and both recipients will be really pleased and grateful - I'm sure of that x

  2. So Lovely Vicki! Such a Talented "" and such lucky "giv..ees"

  3. Both of these gifts are amazingly presented, Vicky! I can 'smell' the lavender and 'taste' the delicious biscuits! The recipients are very lucky to have such a crafty and talented giver. ;)

  4. What lovely gifts, Vicky, presented beautifully as always.

  5. Two beautiful gifts Vicky. Love how you've used the designer paper as gft wrap around the plant, and I agree, these 4 frames make beautiful gift tags.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  6. Wonderful gifts. I'm sure all will be loved.

  7. Have a wonderful summer holiday with the children. I always find it strange that schools break up at such widely different times. Kathryn has already been off for a week! We've had such fun!!

    I think your gifts are lovely - home made ginger biscuits - what a treat! I suggested to Kathryn that I make her birthday cake in September - she suggested I buy one ;))))

  8. Hi Vicky

    What stunning ways to give presents. Your decorative touches make them look extra special (and what better than home made biscuits .. yummy!!).

    Wishing you lots of summer fun with the children.

    Love Jules xx

  9. What fabulous gifts Vicky and so personal. Your little touches are the icing on the cake
    or biscuit.


  10. Wonderfull gifts Vicky bet they will be very welcomed Luv Sue x

  11. Absolutely fantastic gifts and wrapping. I bet the recipients will adore them.

    Hugs, Sandra

  12. Hi Vicky, Fabulous gifts and lucky recipients, clever you:0) Hope the hols are fun:0) Gay xxx

  13. Much as people like chocolates a hand made, beautifully wrapped present will always be the best present 'sir' or 'miss' receive.
    Your cookies look beautiful and I am sure that they taste as good as they look.
    Good luck with the mess over the next few weeks!

    Linda x

  14. Vicky I'm sure your fabulous gifts will be gratefully received,the recipients are very lucky people.
    Hope you and the kids have a great summer break,but I do hope that you are able to find the time to keep crafting and blogging ( sorry that sounds so selfish!!)

  15. Wow, Vicky! What stunning makes! I love them. Lavender and food - great gifts!

  16. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous teacher gifts....superb....

  17. Am sure the recipients will love them. I broke up today as well - not soon enough for me I have to say!!
    M x

  18. Great gifts Vicky - have a lovely summer holiday with your family - Jacqueline xx.

  19. Vicky these are gorgeous gifts and if I received them would be overjoyed.

  20. Dear Vicky,
    first many many thanks for your really lovely comments on my blog. Please excuse my delayed response.
    We also say Goodbye to the teachers of Ludwig's playgroup and I craft a leporello and an album. Of course I'll post the photos after handing over.
    Your tips are comming at the right time, because we also want to give away a little flower greeting.
    Hmmmm, I can smell the lavender and the biscuits. Delicious....
    I wish you a super nice weekend with your family and thank you for your many super beautiful ideas.
    With love Heike

  21. ooo these gifts make me want to be your childrens teacher :)
    Such beautiful presentation and thought have gone into them both. I always find the end of term a rush and should plan ahead more :)
    Jenny x

  22. These are beautifully made, your children's teachers must have been thrilled! Ours broke up yesterday too, the last day at primary for my eldest and she didn't even cry! Love the little biscuit box wrapped with that gorgeous stripy ribbon. Have a great weekend!

  23. Vicky these are gorgeous I bet all the teachers just love you !



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