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5 Minutes or Less!

July is rapidly approaching, which means summer is in full-swing with social events (parties, BBQ's, family reunions, etc., etc.)!

I love to host and attend parties!  (I also love to eat food and drink wine, so that could be why!)  But with this time of the year being so gosh-darn busy, it is hard to find the time to put my usual "flair" on decorating for my own parties or creating gifts for the host/hostess of events I'm attending.

So, I've created a way to make stunning decor pieces and quick and simple hostess gifts that I (and you!) can make in 5-minutes or less!

Let's get started.

Gift Tag

 A bag of cookies and a quick little gift tag makes for a stunning presentation for a host/hostess and family!  You can even stamp out a number of these and be ready for all of your gatherings in no time flat.

Supply List:

Paper Dimensions:

  • Daisy Delight DSP (2"x4")
  • Whisper White Cardstock (2"x2")
  • Use your Scalloped Tag Punch to punch the top of the Daisy Delight DSP piece.  This makes a perfect tag in literally seconds!
  • Stamp the daisy image from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set onto the Whisper White Cardstock square using your Archival Black Ink.  Remember: It doesn't have to be centered or perfect!
  • Add the stem of the daisy image.
  • Stamp the "Just For You" sentiment from Bella and Friends above your daisy in Pear Pizzazz.  Stamp the "Enjoy!" sentiment from Bella and Friends below the daisy in the same color.
  • Use your favorite adhesive to attach the stamped image to your tag.
  • Tie that cute little tag to a bag of cookies using Linen Thread or any other ribbon.  (Store-bought cookies are perfect; I won't tell anyone!)
Fun Pinwheels

A Mason Jar + Pinwheels = Instant FUN & C-U-T-E!!!
These pinwheels require such little effort, but look like you spent all day working on them!  You can hammer out quite a few in less than 5 minutes and you have the perfect centerpiece for a colorful BBQ!

Supply List:

Paper Dimensions:
  • Naturally Eclectic DSP (6"x6")
  • Use a ruler or other straight-edge tool to lightly draw an "X" pattern on the "inside" of your Naturally Eclectic DSP piece.  (The side you want to show the most.  Don't worry---your lines won't be seen!)
  • Use your Paper Snips to cut from the edges of your "X" towards the center.  Stop before you get to the center of your paper!  About 1/2"-3/4" from the middle or so is fine.
  • Place a Mini Glue Dot on each corner of the paper.
  • Fold the corners in towards the center in a pinwheel pattern.
  • Place a Gold Faceted Gem in the center of your pinwheel.
  • Attach to a wooden dowel with a couple of Mini Glue Dots.
  • Now you can place them inside a mason jar, tie a bit of ribbon or jute cord around the jar if you like, and you've got a perfect BBQ table centerpiece!

Wine Bottle Tag

I've mentioned that I love wine, right?!  I think that because *I* love wine, I assume everyone else does too, so I give away bottles of wine as hostess gifts!  Since presentation is everything, a fancy looking bottle tag that takes a couple minutes to make is the perfect gift-giving component.

Supply List:

Paper Dimensions:
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (3"x8-1/2")
    • Score at 3" lengthwise
  • Once you've scored the Cherry Cobbler cardstock, you can use the 1-5/8" circle from your Layering Circle Framelits to cut the opening in the center of the 3"x3" top piece of the tag.  This is what will slip over the top of your wine bottle.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle (2-7/8") from your Basic Black cardstock. (You can just cut this circle from some scrap you have!)
  • Cut out a smooth circle (2-3/8") from your Whisper White cardstock. (Same with this circle, use scraps---I'm sure you have plenty!)
  • Now we get out our stamps!  Take the wine glass from the Mixed Drinks Stamp Set and stamp the wine glass on the left of the white circle using your Archival Black Ink.  I angled mine in towards the center a bit.
  • Use the masking technique to stamp a second wine glass to the right of the first one.  (It looks like they are clinking together!)
  • Stamp the wine inside using Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Stamp the "Cheers!" sentiment above the wine glasses in the Archival Black Ink.
  • Let's finish by assembling and giving this little tag some dimension with our Stampin' Dimensionals!  Place one to adhere your white circle to the black scalloped circle.  Then one more on the back of the black scalloped circle to adhere to your tag.
  • Hang from a wine bottle for a perfect presentation with a serious "Wow!" factor!
BONUS:  Pair empty wine bottles with cute tags and place a pinwheel inside and you have more fancy-level party centerpieces for your next event!

Happy Summer Crafting, everyone!  I'll catch you all soon!


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