Friday, 11 December 2015

JAI #292: Just Add Inspiration


Woo Hoo!! It's school holidays! My big kids finished school for the year yesterday and Hudson has his last day today.  Boy, has that year flown by! I say this all the time, but I love the holidays - plenty of time to relax, fewer appointments and lots of time with the kids.  Oh, and heaps of time to get some crafting done!

Speaking of which, it's time to show you the latest Just Add Ink challenge!

This week Nikki has challenged us to use these gorgeous Christmas images to inspire our creativity. Aren't the colours stunning? I didn't think I was going to get an entry in this week, but then I realised that I'd used Christmas trees on the kid's classmate gifts so I was actually all set!

Looking at them now, I can't quite believe we made 90 of them! It took us a few days, but the end results were worth it.

I made Hudson's for him while he was at school one day.  They were my prototype batch to show Alex and Ada - luckily they liked them! I used a 1.5" by 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock, scored at 2.5". Ada, Alex and I stamped and coloured them in a production line and then the back was stapled to the cello bags.  The front was stuck to the other side of the bag using a bit of SNAIL.

I had previously filled the 1"x8" cello bags with Christmas M'n'M's while watching TV at night.  The trick to it is using a 'chute' to feed the chocolates into the bags.  I cut a strip that wasn't quite 2" wide and 8" long, folded it in half and then inserted it into the bag.  The lollies rolled down the cardstock and into the bag very easily.

By all accounts the children who received these were very excited to get them.

I hope you can find time in your busy week to play along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

Bye for now,



  1. Ninety!! that was one huge job Tina but they do look super fun! So nice you could make it a group project with the kids too. xxx

  2. What a wonderfully festive gift for your children's classmates Tina - and so super that they were able to help make them too! The bag toppers are so fun and colourful and I simply adore your red and green M&M bags! xx

  3. Super cute and fun Tina..l bet they are very popular..😊 xx

  4. OHHH 90!!!! That is a lot!
    Such a great idea as a little gift to their school mates :)

  5. Awesome projects Tina! I NEED chocolate now!

  6. 90!!! Oh my goodness, I hope there was m&m sampling in between to keep you going, Tina. They look so fun & the image is perfect for the kidlets.
    Hope you enjoy the school break.
    Hugs, D


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