Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bring on the Gifts!

Pin It Now! The next few posts will highlight all the crafty gifts that my neighbor JoAnn & I are whipping up for the ones we love! We've been buying, planning & pinning for weeks, and we're proud to say we are putting together some cute projects.

This is a pair of handmade earrings made of Stampin' Up! jingle bells strung together with jump rings onto silver fish hook style earrings. Each earring has 4 bells, and one one each is glittered with red & silver Galaxy Glitter.

I hooked them onto a handmade burlap sachet. To make the sachet, simply cut out a long rectangle of burlap, about 3-1/2" wide by 7" long. I used pinking shears. Then fold in 1/2 and cut to make 2 even squares. Stitch them around 3 sides with a zig zag stitch. While still under the foot of the sewing machine, stuff a little filler scented with lavender oil into the pocket. Stitch the 4th side, and voila! You have a cute little rustic pillow!

I ripped a long length of Deck the Halls Designer Fabric and then stitched that across two sides, then formed a bow on the front. Stamped "merry" from pennant parade onto a tiny tag & wrapped that onto the bow.

I tucked it into a SU Kraft Box. Keeping it simple!
I layered Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon with a torn strip of burlap to hint at the contents, and put a sparkly tag of glimmer paper, organza ribbon, and a sentiment from Bells & Boughs on top.

I plan to make a bunch of these for friends. I hope they know I care for them extra because i made something myself for them ;)

I'm playing along with Hand Stamped Sentiments HSS97, An Old Fashioned Christmas.  Should be a great challenge, since I know so many people are getting back to homespun goodness.  Give it a try!

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika. www.erikaclark.stampinup.net


  1. LOVE this!! The earrings, the sachet, everything!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful project with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  2. Erica, these are really cute! I wish I was clever enough to make jewelry!

  3. Wowzers, this is just a box of jingly FUN!! those bells are sure to ring fabulous Christmas tunes in your friends ears...thanks for sharing such a sweet thoughtful gift with us over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. May your holidays be merry and BRIGHT!! :)

  4. Wow very cute gift. Great idea to make the little sachet. This is definitely very old fashioned feeling. Thanks for playing with us this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  5. Erica this is such a stunning way to present such a beautiful gift!!! THanks so much for sharing with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week...I can't wait to see more of your work!

  6. Gorgeous!! Great gift idea!! Love the sachet and the simple kraft box. Thanks for the inspiration and for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  7. Oh my! How fun are those little earrings??? And I LOVE the way you put them on the burlap and the box. Too great! Thanks for playing at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

  8. This is so cute and so clever. What a great gift!! Love the pillow and how it fits so perfect in our little boxes!! Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

  9. What a fabulous "outside the box" project! I love it! Burlap is so popular right now and I've been wanting to use it! Thanks for the inspiration and for playing with Hand Stamped Sentiments!
    Erica Cerwin