Baker's Dozen October Studio Challenge

It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for us to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we will have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The theme for October is:

Good things come in small packages!  The holiday season is upon us and between Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, and Christmas there are a ton of opportunities to create and give little treats, gifts, and party favors.  Please show us something you'll be giving this year.

I usually begin in October creating some Christmas packaging to have ready to go in December when I need it. Here are three different packaging ideas I like to have in my stash.

First up is gift bags. I like to use these to dress up any handmade food items I give to friends and family.  It might be caramel corn, cookies, or fudge, but the dressed up bag makes the gift a little more special. I try to keep the bags simple, quick, and easy. Here I used the Trim a Tree Die Set to create the Christmas tree and then I just added red rhinestones.

The border is cut with the Medium Scallop Die. The papers are from Echo Park, This 'n That Christmas. I used the American Crafts Glitter Tape in Brown Sugar at the top of the border, a quick and easy way to add bling.

I also like to have tags ready to go. They dress up even the simplest brown bag. This bag is the Mini Kraft Bakery Bags Taylor carries in the store. The base of my tag is cut with the Take Note Frame 3 Die. I used a stamp from the Totally Tags Holiday Stamp Set and cut it out with one of the Totally Tags Dies. I layered the small tag on a doily cut with  the Layering Doily Small.

I like to decorate a few small cloth pins to attach my tag with. I just covered the front of the pin with American Crafts Glitter Tape in Brown Sugar and created a snowflake with the Make A Snowflake Die.

Here is a cute, little tin, just the perfect size for a gift card. I love this because it make giving a gift card a little more personal. Taylor carries this small hinged tin in the store, along with the Gift Card Frame Die. I created a Poinsettia using the Peaceful Poinsettia Stamp Set and the Poinsettia Dies. The flower is layered on a doily cut with the Layering Doily Small Die.

Here is a look at the inside. I used the Banner Day 1 Die and the sentiment is from the Banner Holidays Stamp Set. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit the other Baker's Dozen Blogs for even more inspiration!

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  1. Melody you are amazing! I adore your trio of treats - the snowflakes on the clothespin is SO cute!

  2. Wonderful, Melody! Love each of these for packaging up sweet treats!

  3. Look at you with this adorable set! SO fabulous!!! I'm a little jealous of whoever gets these goodies! SO SO FUN!

  4. Those gift bags are amazing and i love the wonderful tin too! You are rockin the Christmas wrap---gotta get started!

  5. What a sweet gift ensemble! Love the gift bags and the poinsettia on the tin is gorgeous!

  6. Gosh Melody!!! You are totally amazing! So many wonderful ideas here. And, your work is flawless! I think my favorite is the decorated gift bag - love that so much. Have a great day! :-)

  7. gift bag and deco tin is darling. Love the touches on both. Tin great for that little gem, or gift card.. great work

  8. Love them! Love that poinsettia! Gorgeous makes. Kim

  9. Wowie Melody!! these are all so Fabulous!! Wonderful ideas, think I might have to follow your leadt on your Super Darling & clever ideas, and make up some of these to have on hand and ready to go myself! Thanks for the Awesome inspiration Lady! Love these!! 8-)


  10. Just stunning, Melody! I love every piece of this and would be so happy if someone gave me any one of these! XOXO

  11. WOW Fabulous set you have created! The fun decorated bag and cloths pin to close the bag is so clever, pretty gift bag and love the decorated tin ;)

  12. So beautiful Melody.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  13. these are all so lovely! i love the sweet bling touches!

  14. Just beautiful, Melody! I need a beautiful stash like this of ready-to-go gift packaging!!