Christina CrawfordWith over 12 years of stamping and craft experience, I've learned that one thing is for certain...there is always something new to create and share. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've been recognized as one of the top demonstrators of the year each of my 11 years with the company. This is attributed to my wonderful customers and exciting and talented stamping team. I also give thanks to the stamping industry's fresh art designs and products. Stamping is great for those with little time (you can create something beautiful in minutes!), for those with tight budgets (making cards saves money over buying cards), and for those of all ages. I've enjoyed demonstrating many stamping techniques to thousands of people in workshops, stamp camps, and at several conventions. It is always my desire to show something fun and new. I love to tell new stampers that I am a former tax accountant. Everyone has a level of creativity, some more than others. With stamps, anyone can create gorgeous and simple projects! I am a great model of "if I can do this, so can you." Enjoy and Have Fun!
Christina Crawford: I'm Christina Crawford I'm Stampin Up! Demonstrator, I love what I do, I love giving gifts to people and there are just so many ways that you can wrap your presents to get to give to your friends or to your family or to teachers it's just endless. So, in this gift wrapping segment, I would like to show you how you can use the pastry bag or cello bag to jazz up a gift, to have some fun and to use your creativity.
This is a really cool gift that a friend of mine gave me a while ago and I just take this as a football and ran with it and I loved it so much that this is an oatmeal cookie batter and she has a little stamped gift card on top here, with the oatmeal cinnamon, oh it's for pancakes I thought it was cookies and the little recipe right here. What a great gift for any time of the year. So, I said I have to get some pastry bags and so I got some pastry bags at Michaels, you can go to different craft supply stores they probably have them in there, if there is baking stores in your neighborhood, but I did get these at Michaels they come in a bunch and you just peel them right off. I'm going to make my pastry bag a little bit different, this one is really pretty, but I'm going to make something fun, everybody loves hot chocolate, I think everybody does anyway I know I do I love chocolate and so I'm using a scooper and I'm just going to scoop out, I don't even want to tell you the measurements because it all depends upon how many serving you want and clearly this is a lot of chocolate here, so it could probably give hot cocoa for a family of four on an evening or for one for evening's interval whatever. You can make it a little bit smaller, you can also put some marshmallows inside and these are just little mini marshmallows.
I'm just going to throw some in, depends upon how many marshmallows you like, I happen to like marshmallows and chocolate, so it gets a lot and then I'm going to throw in a Hershey Kiss this is Cherry Cordial and it's going to lay right there on the top, smells good. I'm going to gather it at the top, remember you want to make sure that you have got enough to do this, if you filled it up too much there is not going to be enough room to tie that. In advance what I have done is, I have taken some twill tape and using this stays on inkpad, which is a solid inkpad this can stamp on metal and glass I love it, it's permanent I stamped on some twill ribbon and with that I'm going to wrap it around and tie it in a knot. You really don't want this to open up until the person wants it opened.
So, we will make sure that's tight, there is my fancy way of tying with bunny ears and then I have that right here. You can give a gift card along with this, but how simple is this; this is just using a pastry bag. If you had a bag here, cello bag you probably can do it, I love the shape, it's very different, very creative and what I have done was I went on Google and I just said when you look for hot chocolate poems and I found one and so I printed them on a piece of paper and so I can make lots of presents. Print them off, I printed in a brown color and I cut that off I'm going to make a little card that goes with this. Remember having little pieces of wrapping paper leftover after making a present, wrapping a present. Well we throw this away probably I know that I'm not anymore because what you can do is just use some of that to embellish tags. It's so pretty and you paid for it, so use it and let's see how much do I want to use I want to cover most of this, so in order to cut it if you don't want to measure it I'm just going to fold it this way and fold it the other way. It's kind of like a sheeting method on knowing how much you need and then taking straight scissors don't wiggle them and then they'll be straight, just cut that right off and then taking my double sticky tape, nice smell I'm going to put this right on top of the card this is brown card stock look at that, that's a wrapping paper on gift tag isn't this cute, love it having fun, having fun showing this to you. I stamped some snowmen, remember that you can get hot chocolate as a gifts way through the into the winter, put them right on top and when I did was I colored them in with markers using the same colors from that wrapping paper which is basically a really pretty blue and a really nice rich brown.
Then in the inside I have the same thing, this is the color of this particular card stock is soft sky, it's a gorgeous blue, reminds me of my shirt and a tiffany box -- talk about wrapping take out that right over a tiffany with those pretty boxes and ribbon and I have just taped this right inside, there is enough for you to put who it's for and enough for you to right your name because it is from you. How can you put this together? Well, if you go ahead and you just pop a hole through here using a hole punch, this one is probably little too small, yeah I have bigger ones but right now I have this one and so what I'm going to do is just make a bigger hole with it and usually I can do that on two but let me do it on three and I instead of unwrapping this I'm going to take the very corner of that twill tape and pull it through and then my gift tag stays right there on my gift of hot chocolate making it so special. This is an idea on how you can take a pastry bag and make it into a pretty gift wrapping. I have some more ideas on how you can use regular cellophane bags, so watch the next segment and you can see both ideas for wrapping gifts.