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Happy Saturday, Friends!

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store crew is putting our focus on packaging!

If you did not get here via Sharon Johnson’s blog,  I suggest you start back there so you can find out how to get into the drawing for the wonderful packaging supplies shown in the picture above. (Candy consists of 8 Clear Boxes (2 each of 4 sizes) 12 Bitty Bags (1 each of all 12 options) and 5 mini spools of Divine Twine to coordinate with the Bitty Bags).

I started my project off with the Whisker Graphics striped Bitty Bag.  And here’s where it took me…


I used oval nesties to cut three windows (ascending in size) in the front of the bag.  I did this by using a repositionable tape to hold the nesties to a piece of white cardstock cut to fit the inside of the bag.   After sliding the nesties into place, I added a piece of light weight cardstock to the front so that the nesties would not embed into my B plate on my cuttlebug.   Then I took a piece of light weight clear cellophane and adhered it to the inside front side of the bag.

I filled small candy maker bags with Hot Chocolate mix, mini marshmallows and peppermint chips.  I stuffed the mix in first and maneuvered it around until it was in a ball shape, then I tied a piece of twine around the bag and continued the same process with the marshmallows and the chips.

Once it was stuffed, I decorated the outside and made him a hat, added a tag and done!

Here is a close up of the front:

And now for the details:

Stamps:  JustRite Stampers’ Deck the Halls cling set

Paper: Basic Black, Garden Green, Only Orange, Real Red, GP White

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics, white gel pen

Accessories: Whisker Graphics Bitty Bag, Oval Nestabilities, 1/2″ circle punch, 1/8″ hole punch, cellophane, buckle, 1 1/4″ black silk ribbon, 1″ satin edged grosgrain (red), Divine Twine Baker’s Twine in white/red, sticky tape

*** Items highlighted above are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store ***


Now it’s time to send you on over to Deb Saaranen‘s blog.  I’m sure she has this one in the bag! 🙂

Here are a list of the blogs in today hop:

Sharon Johnson – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Holly McMillen

Deb Saaranen

Barb Schram


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your visit!



51 Responses to “~ Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style – Packaged to Go~”

  1. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:05Sharon Johnson

    Holly, this is just the cutest thing EVER — WHAT a creative packaging idea for a warm and toasty winter gift! Way to go! GREAT thinking!!!! Love it!

  2. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:26Sherry Phipps

    Oh my gosh! How creative! Great project!

  3. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:36Carol L

    OK Holly, take a bow!!! This is the most unique and creative gift package I think I’ve ever seen! I absolutely LOVE this idea and the adorable snowman you’ve created! It’s genius I tell ya!

  4. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:39Jean S

    Wow! What a creative spin on packaging the cocoa etc. This is just absolutely adorable.

  5. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:44Elizabeth C

    Very cute idea!

  6. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:45Deb Saaranen

    Amazing and cool project Holly! You are so very creative!

  7. on 03 Dec 2011 at 06:49Stacey

    That is too cute!!! Who, young or old, would not love receiving this little snowman??!!

  8. on 03 Dec 2011 at 07:23Kathie

    I would say you were thinking way outside the box – or shall I say bag!! 🙂 This is adorable and so creative – Love it! Thanks for such a fun idea!!

  9. on 03 Dec 2011 at 07:52MaryBeth Hudson

    How cute and unique! Anyone would love hot chocolate presented like that! Thanks for your very creative project!

  10. on 03 Dec 2011 at 07:54BJ Searcy

    What a cute idea. Love your snowman! Thanks for sharing.

  11. on 03 Dec 2011 at 07:54Kelly Sas

    Oh my gosh, this is genius! You are the most creative person there is. I just don’t know if I would have the patience to make this. You are my idol!

  12. on 03 Dec 2011 at 08:06Jessie/knightrone

    This is just TOO cool, Holly!!

  13. on 03 Dec 2011 at 08:18michelle b

    LOL, You put a big smile on my face. What an adorable and useful snowman 🙂

  14. on 03 Dec 2011 at 08:26Toni Storie

    Oh my gosh! This is just too cute!

  15. on 03 Dec 2011 at 09:28Regina aka Mrs. Ham

    This is such a cute and creative project. I just love this snowman cocoa treat bag.

  16. on 03 Dec 2011 at 09:30Sabrina R

    Wow! Talk about creativity! Just love those bags, and thank you for sharing your idea with us and for the opportunity to win some of those cute bags!

  17. on 03 Dec 2011 at 09:40Sally

    This looks so much fun.

  18. on 03 Dec 2011 at 10:00Carol E Brooker

    What a cute project, thank you for sharing it.

  19. on 03 Dec 2011 at 11:29Carla Suto

    This is amazingly cute and creative, Holly! What a fabulous project!

  20. on 03 Dec 2011 at 11:44Deborah B.

    What a clever idea! Your snowman is precious. And who does not like hot chocolate?
    Thanks so much for sharing your talented projects with us.

  21. on 03 Dec 2011 at 12:46Corrine Ann

    What a cute idea! Love it!

  22. on 03 Dec 2011 at 12:52Mary H

    This is just adorable!! What a wonderful idea and so cute.

  23. on 03 Dec 2011 at 13:49Sue D

    Very creative idea!

  24. on 03 Dec 2011 at 14:22Lynda K

    How clever! Adorable way to give the Snowman Soup!

  25. on 03 Dec 2011 at 14:29Laraine R


  26. on 03 Dec 2011 at 15:51Nan G

    Adorable unique amazing shall I go on ? Very clever indeed

  27. on 03 Dec 2011 at 17:27Eleanor Jenkins

    What a unique project! Really a great way to show off the cocoa, marshmallows, and peppermint!

  28. on 03 Dec 2011 at 19:18Bernice P

    I am loving this project.. very clever!

  29. on 03 Dec 2011 at 19:40Caryn S.

    This is very clever! I would never have figured this to be an itty bitty back just by seeing the finished product!

  30. on 03 Dec 2011 at 21:28Maria Villasenor

    So cute even if we are having 80 degree weather here in Texas.

  31. on 03 Dec 2011 at 22:09Mary R.

    What a clever idea! Very cute!

  32. on 03 Dec 2011 at 23:17Tina

    Wonderful idea! So very adorable.

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  33. on 04 Dec 2011 at 00:23Kathy S

    wow -how cute- love this idea- and the gift should be well received especially over there in the cold weather- thanks for sharing your inspiration and the chance to win a yummy candy.

  34. on 04 Dec 2011 at 06:14Barb(GrandmaUpNorth)

    This is just too clever!! What a great idea. Love it!!!

  35. on 04 Dec 2011 at 08:49Dee N

    WOW, what a great idea. Looks like something I might even be able to handle. Thank you for the innovative idea.

  36. on 04 Dec 2011 at 09:10Stacie

    Such a neat gift idea!!

  37. on 04 Dec 2011 at 12:17yvonne

    Very cute!

  38. on 04 Dec 2011 at 13:40Rebecca Ednie

    Absolutely adorable. and how clever!!

  39. on 04 Dec 2011 at 16:05Marilyn

    What a cute project thanks for sharing

  40. on 04 Dec 2011 at 19:55Charlotte

    OMG! How unique! GREAT gift idea. Thank you for sharing.

  41. on 04 Dec 2011 at 21:49Becki Bertuccelli

    I have been looking for packaging ideas so thanks to Sharon’s blog I can truly get some fabulous inspiration.

  42. on 04 Dec 2011 at 21:54Tema

    I love creative packaging.It adds so much to the gift.So cute!

  43. on 04 Dec 2011 at 22:22Irma

    What a completely cute idea!

    Irma in California

  44. on 05 Dec 2011 at 09:02Becki Jo

    What the heck….the neatest idea ever!! I’m gonna have to try this out !!

  45. on 05 Dec 2011 at 09:23Faye

    Very clever idea!!

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  47. on 06 Dec 2011 at 12:49Juanita in OH

    Pure GENIUS! I am so impressed by this little man, TFS.

  48. on 06 Dec 2011 at 14:34Kathy W

    This little snowman is so cute, I don’t think I could ever open him up to get the goodies inside. Wonderful inspiration here; thanks for sharing.

  49. on 10 Dec 2011 at 22:34Lou

    Oh my goodness, I never cease to be amazed at the creativity. This is so impressive. I would love to receive a cute gift like this, so I cannot wait to make them to my 9 grandchildren. I can see the smiles on their faces already. Many thanks for this awesome idea.

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  51. on 13 Dec 2011 at 12:36Charlene

    No way…too adorable!!

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