Sunday, November 28, 2010

Perfect Presentation Holiday Gift Ideas ~

Hey all! Can you believe that it's almost December??  With that comes the fact that Christmas is sneaking up on us!  The Perfect Presentation Design Team is here to the rescue - we have a whole slew of great holiday gift ideas that will be easy due to the templates and {hopefully} the gifts too!  And guess what?  Leigh Ann has added another fabulous designer to the team.  Please stop by and give Susan a warm welcome to the Perfect Presentation crew! 
I have 3 gifts for you today with quite a few pics so I'll keep the commentary to a minimum.  If you have a question about supplies or where to get them, just leave a comment and I'll reply!
First, I have the new Tag Pouch.  What a fabulous idea for a way to give a little something away that may need a recipe/how-to or a few suggestions!  These would be fabulous with those cookie ingredient jars without making an additional card.  Oh!  I just thought of another idea - how fun to slip a gift card in here and hang it on your tree or on a friend's door!
I chose to make some rosemary infused olive oil.  Infused oil is easy - just add herbs, peppercorns, etc to a bottle and follow with slightly warmed olive oil.  Because of the fresh herbs, you'll have to use this oil within a couple of months though. 
I found a nice bottle at Ross for about $2, the Tag Pouch template $1, the rosemary was grown in my mom's garden, the raffia is from my stash, and the tag and insert took about 1/2 sheet of cardstock.  The most expensive thing here was about 1 liter of olive oil.  A nice gift for less than $10 with that personal touch we all like to do! 

The pouch is stamped with a sprig from PTI Life.  I was going to add it up the sides to mimic the rosemary.  As I inked it up, I had it turned upside down and realized it looks a bit like mistletoe.  It's stamped in Ranger Distress Pine Needles with some white Liquid Pearls added for the white berries.  The sentiment is from PTI's Big & Bold Holiday Wishes and is stamped in Pure Poppy and Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  {Is it just me or is that ink scented?} 
 The outside is sponged in Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink with the blending tool - can't get enough of that thing!!
 The insert is stamped with another cleaver-like sprig from Life and sponged with both Antique Linen and Vintage Photo inks.  I wrote a few suggestions for use of the oil as well as the date it was made.  Easy - peasy!  So the breakdown of this is about $10 and maybe 30 minutes including time to make the oil!  Super easy and perfect for the foodies on your list!

Now we have something for the naughty side of your list!  lol  The Winter Sleigh is adorable!  It's perfect to use as a centerpiece for your table or mantle, as a decoration, as a way to gift something small or even modified a bit to be a place card for your holiday meal!  That's the fun of these digital files - you can change the size to whatever you need or your printer/cutter can accommodate. 
I chose to add some *coal* to my Winter Sleigh.  lol  It's stamped with the PTI Background Basics: Woodgrain set and sponged with Vintage photo ink.  The front is decorated with a garland of the Martha Stewart twig punch, some berries from the stash and a Pure Poppy baker's twine bow.  The back {that I forgot to photograph} has a 'Merry Christmas' *license plate* using a resized label from Label Frames 2.   Breakdown: Winter Sleigh template $3.95; cardstock $0.15; embellies and ribbons from stash $0.15; coal candy $1.  Total gift price for a *naughty lister*:  $5.25  Of course, the template can be used time and time again, so the cost is really less than that!  Fabulous!!
Last, but most definitely not least, is an oldie but a goodie!  Squared is a fun little cube that includes two sizes - a roomy 3 1/4 inch version and a one sheet wonder 2 1/4 inch that I used to make this little gift box.

This fun little box is holding another home-made goodie!  I used some of my copious amounts of PTI vintage buttons to make a snowman ornament!  I found the directions on the Martha Stewart website.  The sides of this are so easy to decorate because it's a cube...every side is the same!  lol  Just had to see if you were paying attention.  The decorative layer uses a couple of old Stampin' Up sets - Fantastic Foliage and The Snowflake Spot.  The edges of each panel are sponged with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo {yes! again :o) }  The matting is PTI Pinefeather and the base is Dark Chocolate.  I wrapped Rustic Twine around the box twice, tied it in a bow and topped it with a rustic jingle bell and pinefeather button.
A cute little card accompanies this.  I wanted to keep it really simple.  The snowman (from Holiday Button Bits) is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, colored in with a few Copics, an orange Spica pen for some sparkle on his carrot nose and a nice button for his body. 
This pic is before I decided to add another wrapping of twine and the jingle bells to the box.  I had the photos saved on two different computers and it's all over at my mom's, so I'm too lazy to take another pic.  LOL
Lastly, the inside of the card is decorated like the outside of the Squared box.   I used another label from the Label Frames 2 set for the sentiment.  Here's another look at the cute little ornament too! 
Breakdown: Squared template $3; Label Frames 2 $2; cardstock $0.30; buttons & embellishments $1.  Total gift price is about $5 including the template prices.  Since that's kind of like charging for every stamp set used and ink pad, etc, we can just take that charge out and figure that you're spending about $1.50 for a super cute, hand crafted ornament gift!

Thanks so much for bopping by my little world in cyberspace!  Please visit the other Perfect Presentation designer's blogs.  These ladies are full of talent, inspiration and fabulous craftsmanship!!
*Susan (our newbie!)
Hope you all are having a fabulous start to your week and are finding some great gift ideas!  Thanks for sticking around for this long post!  :o) lyss


BethieJ said...

Alyssa EVERYTHING is FABULOUS!! I LOVE all your projects, and that little snowman ornament..CUTE CUTE CUTE.. must BORROW this cute idea (I have enough buttons thats for sure! ;) )
Have a GREAT day!
Happy Holidays! :)

Kerri said...

WOW!!! I knew you would come up with something completely fabulous and clever, but here you have THREE fabulous and clever gifts!!! Everything is spectacular girl, and I am always in awe of the beautiful dp you create. GORGEOUS!!!

Terri said...

Great job on everything! I especially like the wood grain on the sleigh and the snowman ornament is super cute too! said...

Well I guess I know what you have been doing lately!!! :>) What a wonderful group of gifts. You are definetly scoring brownie points with Leigh Ann and everyone on your receipient list! Love 'em all :>) I saw that button snowman on Martha too while looking for a craft for my daughter's GS troop. I decided to go with wreaths instead, but plan on the snowmen next year.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

WOW! Where do I start...ok, extremely clever use of the tag pouch. I am super impressed! The sleigh idea? Fabulous! I know a few people who qualify for some Christmas coal! The Squared project...freaking awesome! The button snowman is so cute and putting it in the squared cube is truly a perfect presentation! (corny, but I had to say it!)

Hey, do you like that Memento Rich Cocoa better than the Colorbox dark brown ink? I love the colorbox but the staining is horrible.

Alison said...

Wow!!! These are all so awesome, and super inspiring! I LOVE these projects!!! Your ideas are rad, and I may need to use some of them. ;}

Kylie said...

Ummm - WOW!!! These are all amazing! I love it all.
(PS - there is candy on my blog if you are interested) xx

Chris said...

OMG! these are fabulous projects!!

Laura Isham said...

Cute, cute, cute! That button snowman ornament is way too adorable for words. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Pam Hornschu said...

I saw your cute box and card on PCP. Obviously you are NOT a one hit wonder! Beautiful projects. TFS

Pam Hornschu

Kajun Beth said...

You did a great job! I love them!