Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

Hello stampers. It is that time of the year when we truly embrace gift giving. We would like to be able to give presents to everyone, but that can cost too much money or involve too much time. There is a solution.  Even simple, inexpensive gifts can seem so much more extravagant when you put some thought into the packaging! This treat holder fits the bill.


Christmas time is also a great time to gather with the family and watch some classic movies. One of my favourites is The Sound of Music and the song My Favourite Things. Hence the title, “brown paper packages tied up with string”. At this time of the year I really love to remind the adults around me to take pleasure in the simple things. After all, we are still all children at heart, and these simple treat holders will make anyone happy.


My favourite go-to quick gift is the diaper-fold pouch. You simply take a six inch square and fold it into triangles to make a pouch. I will share a video at the end so you can see how it is done. Then I put a cookie inside and give it to lots of friends, to shopkeepers, waitresses, mailmen, anyone who crosses my path that day. Everyone is just so delighted to get something homemade and they whip up so quickly that it is easy to find the time to do this even in the midst of a busy Christmas season. A big bonus for any paper crafter is that this will also deplete your stack of excess paper!


Share the love and use up your extra paper with these treat holders


The trick with these cute treat holders is the circle. Stamp a cute snowflake and a greeting and punch it out using a 1 1/2″ circle punch and then punch a coordinating colour with the scallop circle punch. This hides any imperfections that might arise from making a bunch of these in quick succession. If the cookies are not going to be consumed right away you might want to tuck them into a cellophane bag. We sell different sizes of these on page 195 of the catalog.


six inch square piece of paper transforms into a cute treat holder in seconds


To make this treat holder I used retired paper from last year as well as retired stamp set that I just couldn’t part with. Snowflakes never go out of style! I did however think it fitting to make another one with current product as well. The saying on this next treat holder comes from the stamp set Christmas in the Making which retires on January 2. My advice is to get it before it sells for a ton of money on Ebay!! The paper is Merry Music Specialty paper, also something you don’t want to run out of for a long time. Do you see what a difference one little rhinestone can make? I put one on the treat holder using the retired paper, but I forgot to put one on the music themed one. I will have to fix that!


The next best thing to brown paper packages tied up with string!


So, although this wasn’t a brown paper package tied up with string, it did bring a smile to many faces this morning and that made me happy too! Inside the pouches was a sea salt caramel chip chocolate cookie. These cookies are amazing. I adapted the recipe from the Hershey’s recipe on the package by adding a teaspoon of espresso powder. I am sure that this will be added to the Christmas repertoire of favourite, not to be missed cookie recipes. The trick is to not bake them too long so that they are crunchy on the outside but soft in the inside.


Sea salt caramel chip cookies


This recipe makes about 36 cookies and they do not last long! Let me know how they work out for you.


I tucked a business card in behind the cookie so that people could find out how and where to make things like this if they want to, but you could also easily use this as a gift card holder for teachers, mailmen or newspaper delivery people or really anyone you want to treat.


I thought it would be good to have a diagram as well for how to make this but didn’t have time to make one up myself, so I went to the best resource ever, the internet and found this great one from Dawn Olchefske. Thanks Dawn!!


a visual from Dawn Olchefske on how to make this simple fold


Here’s the video so that you can see how easy this is to do. Happy Christmas everyone and have fun spreading cheer while simultaneously diminishing your excess supply of paper!


Christmas Gift Card Holder


Hello stampers! Christmas is coming up sooner than you think and gift card holders that are beautiful and hand made are a great way to showcase what could otherwise be a rather generic gift. When you put a gift card in this pretty card, the recipient will definitely feel the love. The best part of this card is that it is really easy to do, but it looks like you really slaved over it. At the end of this post there will be a video to walk you through it.


Super simple gift card holder using the Merry Little Christmas Suite

Merry Little Christmas paper and Merry Little Labels


I actually used the retired Chalk Talk thinlets for the front of this card because my Labels to Love stamp set has not yet arrived. I would have preferred to use the Merry Christmas stamp from that set. It coordinates with our everyday label punch so that would make it quick and easy (and current!!). To get the sparkle in behind, just cut your punched image in half and separate it slightly in the middle behind your stamped image. This is a little cheater trick that I like to use once in a while when there are no layering dies available.


Labels to Love stamp set, 11 stamps for $28.


Here is the inside of the gift card holder. When you open the card the insert slides up to show the gift card. The video will explain how that works.


Use the card front builder thinlet dies to make the inside of the card.


The camera focused on the lovely trees from the Card Front Builder thinlets dies, but the lovely saying comes from the stamp set Just Add Text. I really love this saying “next time you think of wonderful things, don’t forget to count yourself”. The bottom part of the gift card holder is not adhered on the sides with adhesive. This would make the opening too small for the gift card holder insert to slide up and down. Instead, use silver metallic edge ribbon to tie it firmly closed. Looks pretty too!


Just add Text is the stamp set used for the saying on the inside.


The gift card covers up the beautiful inside, but as soon as the recipient takes it out they will have a lovely scene to look at. Here are the measurements you need for the base of this card:



The last thing you need to know in order to make this great card is the measurements and dynamics of the inside piece.


Now you need to watch the video to see how the insert gets put into the card, but basically you are adhering the small folded part (on the left hand side of the picture) just above the middle score line on the card. The wider part at the bottom gets sealed shut on the sides with tear and tape and then it slides in the bottom of the gift card. Thank goodness for videos right?


Don’t forget the online extravaganza sale that is happening right now, there is a selection of items anywhere from 10-40% off. If you use the current host code, you will also get a personal thank you card in the mail from me. Here is the link to the sale.




I would just like to end this post by saying thank you for your patience. I know it has been a while since I posted, but in the meantime I helped my parents out, they were both sick with very bad colds, and then my Pap celebrated his 91st birthday so I was there for a few days. Thankfully they are both feeling better. Here he is with the eclipse card that I made for him. He really loved it!


My Pap with his eclipse card.


Happy stamping everyone, I hope you have a super day.







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