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Dec 8, 2008

A New Kitchen Sink Stamps Day!

Are you ready for a new Kitchen Sink Stamps Crew Challenge?! We have a special Guest Challenger this week, Emelia who was our "Thinking Outside the Box" winner of the What's Cook'n With Your KSS Contest in October. See a bit about Emelia (she's from Italy!) and read her challenge on the KSS Blog. She challenged us to make a gift for a friend or relative. We had to alter a tin, bag or box, use NO patterned paper, KSS stamps only of course, and every project must have ribbon! My reaction was like most peoples . . . NO dp?!! :) Have I gotten to the point that I rely on that too much? Is that possible? It's not that hard once you start! :)

I made up a batch of Sweet & Spicy Almonds that I like to give around Christimas - they are quick and easy to make and a little something different that most people seem to like! I wanted to make a package for them that also would be quick & easy but still look nice. I came up with 2 different options.

First, I used a small glassine bag, a sentiment from 3 Step Poinsettia and the small holly from 3 Step Mistletoe & Holly. This was super quick and I love that the sentiment says a "holiday filled" - perfect!! I used Palette inks when stamping on the glassine bag but you do still need to give it some time to dry or else it will smudge! To keep the bag closed I added a button and threaded some green raffia through the holes. This took about 10 minutes tops!

Next, I had a couple of the clear hinged top tins left from making nugget tins last year. I stamped some wax paper to line them with, again using Palette ink and allowing some drying time. I used Playful Christmas, taking every size solid tree and placing them on 1 big block in a pattern to save time with the stamping. Then I stamped randomly using the starbursts from Backgrounds & Borders.

I added a simple belly band which I made with the same starburst pattern (the set has a big pattern and a scaled down version - love it!). This time I used the paper as my "faux ribbon" and made a paper "bow". A simple tag made with the same Playful Christmas set finished it off.

Both of these little gifts would be so simple to mass produce - in fact I think I'll be doing that myself!!

Take a look around and see what the other KSS Crew members came up with:

Angela Knopf
Dee Jackson
Lori Tecler
Lynn McAuley
Maria Colosimo (Owner)
Nicole Cooke
Tammy Hershberger

Then play along! Get our your supplies and show us your idea for gift containers!! Upload your creations and link them in the KSS Group on Paper Craft Planet and use KSCC#3 for the tag if you upload your photo on the Planet. There will be a special Discussion Thread for KSCC#3!


  1. Wonderful gift wrapping ideas Julie!!! Those almonds sound yummy!! Would you mind sharing the recipe? TFS!

  2. how cool!! LOVE the faux ribbon!

  3. Those almonds look and sound DELICIOUS and the packaging is perfect...what lucky recipients! You rock, Julie!

  4. Your packaging is beautiful, Julie!

  5. These are wonderful!! I see we both stamped the tissue with the tree set, how fun is that:) The bag is really cute with the button and bow.

  6. your tin (and bag), they're both delightful!

  7. Beautiful, Julie! I love the button closure on the bags and the paper bow on the nugget tin.

  8. WOW Julie! One delicious treat and two fun and festive ways to package it ... yummy for sure!!!! Your paper bow is fabulous!!!! the button is a great look to finish off the glassine bag! Brilliant! :D

  9. Julie, your projects are wonderful. You created beautiful pattern paper for your projects, you are right, it's not so hard once you start! ;)

  10. The almonds look so incredibly yummy!! I haven't ever stamped on those little wax baggies, but I love how soft and wintery they look. Gorgeous! And I'm loving the pink and green for the nugget tin.

  11. Great projects, Julie! And thanks for sharing the almond recipe! I might have to that a try, as hubby and I both love almonds!

  12. Wonderful goodies, and sooooo beautifully packaged too! LOVE these, Julie!!


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