OK ladies (and the few men who read too) grab a cup of coffee because this post is JAM packed with goodness!

You will definitely want to check out Katie Cotton‘s blog today for her take on today’s template!! I am covering for the fact that we are one girl down (for this month only) so I’m making up for it by posting 2 full projects. I hope you take the time to read all the yummy details ūüėÄ There is so much to share.

My obsession with gift packaging started after I made my very first 2-4-6-8 box, and a bag-a-lope! LOL!

My Stampin’ Up! demo, turned friend Paulette showed me how at one of her workshops. Once I saw how it went together I became obsessed with making them, and learning HOW I can make my own little boxes. I started buying all sorts of templates for envelopes, gable boxes, and whatever else I could find.

I began looking at the world in a whole new way. Instead of looking at PRODUCTS in the store, I started looking at their PACKAGING.¬† Before I knew it I was able to just look at something and figure it out myself. It was exhilarating. That joy and passion has just grown and grown, and now NOTHING is off limits to be made into a 3D package of some sort! I have tons of stuff to come. Most of all is the feeling I get when others receive something they know I made with them in mind ūüėÄ

One of my most FAVORITE things to give are bath and body products.¬†I think most of us love to feel pampered and smell good ūüėÄ Often we don’t want to SPLURGE on those items for yourself, so giving someone something like that is so fun for me (maybe it is because I personally love that kind of stuff too). I think I have found a way to use every template I ever created with these types of products! LOL!

Well, this time I designed my packaging specifically for those types of gifts!

I wanted/needed that PERFECT presentation and fit for such items. So after purchasing, and measuring MANY varieties of the size/style/type bottles that these things are generally packaged in, and I designed the perfect fitting template.

This is the Take Time Pocket ©

Take Time For Yourself

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Take Time Pocket © $5 

Completed Project Size

Tall: 6 1/4 Inches

Wide: 4 Inches

Deep: 2 1/2 Inches

 This template was designed to coordinate with the Take Time © and Just For You © Pretty Impressions stamp set. Now you have the perfect items for packaging gifts for any occasion. Finally the perfect packaging for all types of gifts! Be it short, tall, thick or thin, store bought or homemade, it will be perfectly presented in this template! This template is the epitome of easy elegance! Goes together in a snap but looks like so much work!  Not only is this a gorgeous packaging wrap but it looks amazing when used as your room decor for storing your everyday type of items! Perfect for any room in the house! Cut a hole in the top, and you have a sweet treat door hanger for a friend or neighbor.  

All you have to do is take a little time and you are sure to make someone feel as special as they really are!

Now this template looks like this before you decorate it

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The curves this template has makes it so unique, and eye catching. It LOOKS like it would ahve taken you forever, but goes together in a SNAP! You will fall in LOVE!

Now below, here is that same box all decorated with our Take Time & Petal Perfection stamp set, as well as the GaGa for Gingham, and Carousel color of our Fanciful Flourishes Pretty Printables © digital paper, which I added some color to using my markers! The centers of all the flowers have Liqud Pearls.

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WOW! What a difference huh? I especially love adding that quick detail of color to the paper.

The template comes with the decorative layers for the inside back panel (can be used on the back of the template as well), and the side panels. It also has a label that fits PERFECTLY with the label image from our Take Time © stamp set! You can use a circular image/sentiment on the front, or the label!

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I used the Petal Perfection ¬© to stamp my large flower in a dark purple ink, and sponged the edges, and used the Petal Perfections Cut File to cut it out ūüėÄ Now with little to no work it looks amazing. OH! And coloring this……a dream! You will more on that soon ūüėÄ

Here I used one of the circular sentiments for the front-it reads: Take Time For Yourself

Those of you with personal cutting machines can resize this too!

The Take Time & Petal Perfection stamp sets are sold in a “package” this month! You will get all 29 images for $18!

Truly stunning.

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As you can see this template easily fits your standard size bath/body wash, lotions, bath salts, bubble bath….you name it. This serves not only as a way to GIFT these items but showcase and store them too! They also fit bottles from Bath & Body Works (my favorite!) as do the labels in the stamp set.

When I began designing my own stamps in August, I knew there was one set that I FOR SURE had to make! I personally felt there was a huge lack of images for giving such gifts! So I began creating the stamp set that is called Take Time ©. I chose that name because we really do need to take time for ourselves and give our-self a little but of pampering!

Take Time © Set of 21 images

¬†This set was designed to coordinate with the Take Time Pocket template ¬© as well as the Petal Perfection set. The label in this set coordinates nicely with the Just For You ¬© stamp set (available in digital download as well) which is an “everyday” themed set.¬†This is the perfect set for creating cards, gifts or tags for the items that PAMPER!I have so longed for a set that I can utilize to personalize homemade or store bought bath & beauty essentials. Now it is easy to dress up those special gifts I give most to everyone on my list!¬†Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Well now you can take those creations and make them that much more personalized!¬†The large sentiments are perfect for fitting in our custom designed label, while the smaller sentiments fit perfectly underneath! The flowers in the set are sure to dress this up or be used on their own.¬†¬†

Sentiments read: 

Shower Gel 

Bath Lotion 

Bath Salts  

Bubble Bath 

Pamper Yourself

 Simple Pleasures

 Mind* Body* Soul 

Rest* Rejuvenate* Relax 

Wash Away the Stress 

You are scent-sational 

Add one capful and enjoy!

Lather & Rinse

Here is a sample of the labels and sentiments used in conjunction with the flowers that are in the set!

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¬†Could it get any more AMAZING?¬†Let’s get a closer look at it all.

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I used the label cut file from the Take Time Pocket © template to cut my labels from an adhesive label sheet that I got at Staples!! I stamped my label image onto the cut label tag. I then colored my border, and added my stamped flowers. Once I was done that I stamped my large bath sentiments, and used a coordinating smaller sentiment for underneath.

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Since my images are acrylic it is easy to line up. All the sentiments are separate so you can easily mix & match!

Now these look so much more personal than leaving them PLAIN! You can easily peel the labels off too if you want.

Here is the Shower Gel

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I added the Lather & Rinse. I could have chosen “wash away the stress” or some of the others.

Now we have the Body Lotion

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On this one I added Simple Pleasures, but again I could have chosen several of the others too!

OK! Are you STILL with me? You won’t want to miss what is next either!

Now once this stamp/template set was completed, I figured my “claim” that it is the perfect template for so many “everyday” sort of gifts, or occasions,¬†I’d ¬†be much more well received if I designed such a set!

So I got to work making images, and sentiments that coordinate in much the same way as Take Time ¬©, but can also be used alone ūüėÄ

Let us see what we can do with Just For You ©

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*Also Available in Digital Download*

This set was designed to coordinate with the frame image in the Take Time ¬© set. The purpose was for it to be utilized for “everyday” gift giving in coordination with the Take Time Pocket ¬©¬†template

This is a set of wonderful everyday style sentiments and image that are just perfect for cards. tags and gift giving all year round! Gifts have never looked better, or been easier to give with this set!

The sentiments fit perfectly in the label that is in the Take Time © Pretty Impressions stamp set

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(this used the semi-circle sentiment Hand Picked Just For You)

Sentiments include:

  • From (to be used with “all of us” or “me to you”)
  • all of us
  • me to you
  • I (to be used with “care” or Love you”)
  • care
  • Love you
  • We (to be used with “care” or Love you”)
  • Thank you
  • Just for you
  • For Someone Special
  • Happy Birthday
  • A Little Something
  • With Deepest Sympathy
  • Mr. & Mrs.

Circle sentiments:

  • Time for Tea
  • Just for you
  • Home Made Just For You!
  • Something Sweet
  • Hand Picked Just For You!
  • Happy Birthday To You And Many More
  • Just A Little Something
  • Wishing You Well

Verses:

  • Someone like you should be celebrated every day!
  • You mean the world to me
  • When words just aren’t enough
  • Everyone should be lucky enough to have someone like you in their life

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WHEW!! Wait until you see everything that comes in this AMAZING set!!

Now about the project

Barrow of Seedlings

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How is this for a gift set, for the gardener in your life?

This was a special gift got my own little gardeners!

I used the Take Time Pocket ¬©¬†to package up some seeds for my children. This has all sorts of vegetable seeds for our family garden, as well as 2 jars of wildflower mix! They loved getting this gift with their own trowels, gardening gloves, aprons, and knee cushions ūüėÄ

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By the time you are all reading this, we now already have these seedlings¬†planted in a large case in the house, and they are already sprouting out of the dirt! We planted Carrots, Snap Peas, Watermelon, Strawberries, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes. We will spread the wild flowers an a separate part of the garden once Spring comes and we can transplant the seeds! (I’ll get a photo of the kids with thier seedlings this week)

Amber is the main one caring for them and checks on their growth process daily. We read that letting kids tend for thier own garden builds self confidence, caring, and a sense of responsibility. It helps them learn about the earth and how to nurture it, so they are less likely to pollute it.

Moving on……

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This is the empty version of the box.

The base was made from Acorn Squash cardstock. It has a gorgeous texture!

I designed my label using the cut file from the Take Time Pocket template ¬© in a natural ivory cardstock. Stamped my label in a rust colored ink, and I used a marker to color around the edge. Easy peasy.¬†I designed my decorative layers using my Pretty Printables¬†¬© Fresh Flowers ¬© digital paper in the coral color, and printed it with my Fresh Fabric ¬© digital paper to match (can you say HEAVEN!). The flowers in this paper match the flower stamp you see on the label! It comes in 2 sizes and fits perfectly! Don’t you LOVE coordinating items¬†without having to THINK?!

Lastly I added the ZigZag pattern from the Random Ribbons © Pretty Pieces Cut File.

I KNEW I needed a wheel barrow stamp! My project from last month was actually inspired by this image!

(HA!! Little did you know (wink))

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I stamped it twice, once on my circle layer, then again on my Fresh Fabric © digial paper, so I could paper piece it.

I used a 1.60 circle and a 1 .75 circle to create this label. It was perfection. One of my favorite images ūüėÄ

The labels on the jars, well I just used some scrap left over from my printing, punched it out and added my sentiment and flowers. This came together in just a few minutes!! If you look at it, it is all pretty basic.

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So there you have it!

Are you still here? I know, a lot to digest. Can you tell I’m in excitement OVERDRIVE? Jeepers. It’s just an amazing month of possibilities….and with Mother’s Day around the corner….you better get to work!

I know I’ve been workin my hiney off, and I still have TONS of ideas to share. It will blow your mind what these 3 Pretty Impressions ¬© stamp sets can do! Just you wait ūüėÄ (if you are totally into them already!)

Supplies: 

Pretty Packaging © template: Take Time Pocket ©

Pretty Impressions © stamps: Take Time, Petal Perfection, Just for You

Pretty Printables Digital Paper: GaGa for Gingham, Fanciful Flourishes, Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fabric

Cardstock from Couture Cardstock:Carousel, Lancelot, OSW white, Acorn Squash, Thistle Stalk

Other: Natural Ivory, Adhesive Label Sheets

Pretty Pieces © Cut File: Petal Perfection, Random Ribbons

Ink: Versamagic, Momento, Copic Markers

Ribbon: May Arts

Other: Liquid pearls, branches

Well that was plenty for one day. I swear I took a nap in between posting these two projects, so I can imagine how it feels reading it (if anyone actually DID! LOL!). I am WIPED OUT!

I hope you can¬†return tomorrow for our next round of peeks before the release on April 1st!!! On release day we have a special group post that I hope you all will enjoy too! LOTS of inspiration ūüėÄ

Thanks for stopping by.