Tips for the Procrastinating Gift Wrapper: Bitty Bag Gift Card Holders

December 20th, 2011

Bitty BagsI have a confession. I’m not the most timely when it comes to making handmade holiday gifts. No matter how early I vow to start my crafting, you’ll find me locked in my room on the eve of any given holiday, juggling a glue gun in one hand, paper cutter in another, painting chipboard and stringing bunting until the sun comes up. In between cooking, decorating, and last-minute place card additions, time can fly by faster than the Polar Express.

Sound familiar? We’re here to save you the stress and minimize the craft room mess. Pair a gift card with a cute handmade package with this easy and adorable tutorial!

 

Bitty Bag Gift Card Holder

 

Materials

Bitty Bags (Notebook – Little)

Divine Twine (Cherry)

Cavallini & Co. Paper Tape (Numbers)

Cavallini & Co. Rubber Stamps (Numbers & Symbols)

StazOn Ink Pad (Jet Black)

 

Instructions

1)      Adhere artfully torn strips of tape to bitty bag to create desired pattern

2)      Slide in gift cards

3)      Wrap Bitty Bag with coordinating Divine Twine to create an artfully decorated package

4)      Personalize bags with “To” and “From” stamps as a final touch!

 

What’s your best trick for last-minute gift wrapping?

 



Sarah How-To Project Tutorials ,,,,

I have a confession. I’m not the most timely when it comes to making handmade holiday gifts. No matter how early I vow to start my crafting, you’ll find me locked in my room on the eve of any given holiday, juggling a glue gun in one hand, paper cutter in another, painting chipboard and […]

Tie One On: A Page from Apronology

December 15th, 2011

The office was all a-buzz on Monday with the news that Stampington was featured on CBS Sunday Morning! Commentator Conor Knighton claims to have “developed a soft spot” for Apronology and other unique magazines over the years. We would love to see proof of that on your coffee table Mr. Knighton—want to snap us a picture? Thank you for the shout-out, it was a lovely surprise!

You can appreciate Apronology even if your “tools of the trade” are more mixed-media than Kitchen-Aid-mixer. Just looking at the photos in the magazine makes me want to pull out my fabric stash and whip up something delicious in the kitchen. If you see a gal roaming the aisles at Trader Joe’s in an apron,  that’ll be me—please say hello!

I am also proud to announce that Stampington was a sponsor of National Tie One On Day, an event that encourages us to pause during the preparation of our own meal and think about those who are in need of kindness. NTOOD was started by EllynAnne Geisel of Apron Memories in an effort to keep the sharing spark alive during the holidays.

“Like Apronology, National Tie One On Day is a once-a-year event meant to inspire others throughout the year,” said Beth Livesay, editor of Apronology. “I’ve known EllynAnne Geisel for four years, and in that time her goodness has shown through, not only as an apron aficionado, but in her power to encourage others to give back. As the editor of Apronology, I was proud to join my colleagues and the iconic EllynAnne in continuing this important tradition.”

Observing this day is simple: wrap a homemade treat in an apron, tuck in a sweet note, and donate it to a charity of your choice. Andrea Rangno, our Assistant Editor, organized the event and delivered our basket of treats to Laura’s House, an Orange County shelter that provides programs and services for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. We are happy that we could lend a hand and help make their holidays a little bit brighter!

What are you doing to give back to the community this holiday season? Leave a comment and we’ll select one winner on Thursday, December 22th to receive a free copy of Apronology! Open to US residents only.

 

Check out our 15 seconds in the spotlight at 0:34!

 



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The office was all a-buzz on Monday with the news that Stampington was featured on CBS Sunday Morning! Commentator Conor Knighton claims to have “developed a soft spot” for Apronology and other unique magazines over the years. We would love to see proof of that on your coffee table Mr. Knighton—want to snap us a […]

Welcome to Somerset Place!

December 7th, 2011

Stampington & Company has been a part of my family for years, long even before I became a part of the Stampington family. While other girls were reading Seventeen Magazine, I was flipping through the latest issue of Sew Somerset.  I blame thank my mom for my crafty brain, as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects were always in progress in the Hill household.  Old nightstand?  Distress it. Shutter panel? Alter it. AP English project? Break out the Mod Podge!

Growing up, I drew a lot of my artistic inspiration from the Stampington magazines, and made sure to keep my collection close when I went off to college.  You could often find me camped out in a bookstore in-between classes, coffee by my side and unfinished term paper buried beneath the premiere issue of Artful Blogging.  Priorities.

Now that I have officially joined the Stampington family, I have a new home where I can continue to be inspired—not only by the magazines, but by my new fabulously talented coworkers as well.  In the spirit of settling into a new creative environment, I am privileged to invite you into Somerset Place, Stampington’s own new artistic platform where you’ll meet talented guest bloggers, and we’ll spill all the juicy details about the place where the magazine magic happens.  You can look forward to new project ideas, exciting giveaways, and fresh spins on the hottest crafting techniques! We’ll share a bit about us, like insider tips from the editors, but we also want to get to know you.  We hope you’ll take the opportunity to provide your feedback and ideas via blog comments, so that we can get a little better acquainted with you as a reader and your creative life.

I am overjoyed to begin Stampington’s new adventure with you.  So grab some coffee, break out that Mod Podge, and prepare to be inspired!

 

Elysa Hill

Marketing Communications Manager

 

 



Sarah Uncategorized ,,

Stampington & Company has been a part of my family for years, long even before I became a part of the Stampington family. While other girls were reading Seventeen Magazine, I was flipping through the latest issue of Sew Somerset.  I blame thank my mom for my crafty brain, as do-it-yourself (DIY) projects were always […]