Sunday, December 4, 2016

Visions of Sugarplums 2016 Day One

Let the fun commence!   Can you believe it's already time for sleigh bells, city sidewalks, and Ho Ho Ho?

And don't forget The Night Before Christmas.  I can't wait to read it to my new baby granddaughter (just like I read it to her mother).  It's my favorite - that's why I call this little get-together Visions of Sugarplums!  Can't think of anything better to be dancing in your head.  And we've got lots of Christmas goodies to fill your head with!  

Warning:  this is a long post!  Let's get right to it, shall we?

First up:  the Origami Gift Card Holder.   This gift card holder is so cool, I could almost make it a rule that all gift cards must be given in this holder!  And need I gush over that cutie polar bear?  

Here's the inside.  It's not only holding the gift card, but you can see just a bit of a little card insert as well.

I love this adorable stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh!   The images are cuties and the snowflakes are quite lovely.  Thank you, Paulina, for being one of our sponsors.

Would you like to see how easy this Origami Gift Holder is to make?  Check out the video (I also show how I created the tag in the first pic):

Adorable stamps from Pretty Pink Posh just keep coming.  I want to squeeze that kitty's cheeks! 

 Fun Thing:  I traced around the tree and present with a gold Uni-ball Signo pen.

The pillow box die is from another of our wonderful sponsors:  Lawn Fawn. Thank you, Kelly for sponsoring Visions of Sugarplums!

The tag wasn't quite long enough.   So I extended it to add the "To:" part.  And I cut a third shape from patterned paper for a prettier divider.

Next up:  Printable Santa Gift Tags and the Double Stacked Bow.  How adorable is this Santa reading a book?  (This tag has been reincarnated.  You might remember him from last year as bookplates.  You can see the bookplates and download them HERE.)  The gift tags come six to a page and you can download them below.

What do you think about that pretty gold Double Stacked Bow?  It's double the fun!  The gold paper is yummy. 

 I started with this file from The Cutting Cafe.  (Regina is one of our sponsors, thank you to her!)  The file  is available as an electronic cut file and as a PDF.  I cut the bows out with scissors instead of setting it all up for my cricut.  You can watch the video on how to make it:  

How about one more adorable Santa?  And an adorable reindeer?  Love the little details with Santa scratching the deer's chin and the bow tied on his tail - the deer's tail, not Santa's!  

You can have fun creating a little something with this image,too!  You can download it below.

Here's a look at this year's sponsors:

A BIG thank you to all of you!  I so appreciate you!  

Here are the awesome prizes you could win:

The Cutting Café :   Orange You Cute Kit
Paper Sweeties:  $25 gift certificate
Lawn Fawn:  $25 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh:  $25 gift certificate
The Funkie Junkie Boutique:  $25 worth of new Tim Holtz Christmas Idea-ology Products
Birch Press Design:  $20 gift certificate
The Twinery:  Sample Pack

How do you win?  

1.  Start by leaving a comment here that you would like to win. 
2.  Visit all the other blog's and leave comments.  

3.  I'll pick up your name from here, check all the other blogs and put your name in the "hat"  as many times as you leave comments.  Example:  Leave 14 comments = your name 14 times in the "hat".

My husband is the official "draw-the-names-out" guy.  Yes, we go old school here!  Winners will be announced Sunday, December 11th.

Another chance to win!  In honor of Visions of Sugarplums, I've also got a challenge going on.   The prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to Freckled Fawn.  

Check out the Challenge HERE.

Download Santa Gift Tags HERE.  

Download Santa & His Reindeer HERE.  

Either right click on the image when it appears or click the download button that may appear in the top right corner.  If neither method works, email me and I'll be happy to send you the files.

Wow!  We're almost there.  You've got to visit these awesome blogs and I'll be joining you there:

That's quite a list and totally worth the time.  Don't forget to leave your comments for these awesome ladies!  

Happy Visions of Sugarplums dancing in your head!


  1. oh those are so adorable!
    love them all!

  2. Your projects are SO sweet, Lori! Love those vintage images with all your special touches, and thank you for sharing the videos, too! Your double bow is absolutely gorgeous! Really love the origami gift card holder, too. I'm definitely making some of those this holiday! <3

  3. Wow Lori, this is an awesome Hop!! Thanks for the chance, I surely would like win one of these yummy prizes! :)
    Your projects are all fabulous!! Great inspirations! Love the gift card holder, it's very sweet with these cuties and that paper, and so useful!! Thank you for the videotutorial! Also the pillow box and the card look amazing! Thank you for the downloads! The bow is just stunning, really a Wow factor!!

  4. Love Love Love all of these!! Those images are adorable and yes... I do love those cute little PPP critters... they are the cutest! Thanks Lori for sponsoring this each year! I get so much inspiration here!

  5. Oh yes, please, I'd love to win! Love all of these awesome (& generous!) companies.
    All of your projects are just darling! I really love the first one - something about those pretty colors makes me swoon. lol

  6. Yes, I would love to win (not sure if I'm eligible as I'm part of the hop hehe!). I love your little origami gift card holder, gorgeous bow, and cute little pillow box and tag! You've used so many cute images! You are always an inspiration! Thank you for the video tuts and free downloads - I will be back to snag them when I finish the hop! I can't wait to see what everyone made! Happy Hopping!

  7. Love your site & thanks for the freebies! Of course I would love to win, thanks for the chance!

  8. These are fabulous projects. Thanks for the freebies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. What a nice giveaway - of course it would be such fun to win! Thanks for the videos, too - I am now a subbie!!

  10. Love this hop. So many beautiful projects and getting some great ideas. Thanks to all of you talented designers. Hope to be a winner but to ever wins congragulations

  11. So much vintage goodness and inspiration, Lori!!! Love your sweet projects!! PP images and Santas are so CUTE!!! Thanks so much for hosting VOSP again this fun!!!

  12. WOW! Look at all that yummy goodness! Love the soft purple and turquoise plaid
    (I tried to click on the image, but get an error message). I definitely will be making some of those gift card holders. So pretty and they can be decorated to fit the recipient.

    What is the name of the lavendar ribbon on the gift card holder?

  13. I would love to win. Thanks for sponsoring the awesome hop. Love your darling projects.

  14. hi Lori, i love your projects today...everything is so darn cute...your such an amazing crafter....hugs

  15. All so wonderful Lori - loved the colors on the first gift card holder. Your double bow is fantastic!
    sandy xx

  16. all your projects are absolutely adorable!! love that bow... so pretty!!

  17. Well this post is just jam packed full of goodies. Love the vintage Santa downloads and your packaging creations are too cute. Really like the way you used the gold pen to outline. Might have to borrow that idea. :-) Would love to win some of the awesomeness you've got up for grabs. Merry Christmas Lori!

  18. Hi Lori!!! First off, thank you so much for the sweet printables!!! I LOVE the tags! Your projects are gorgeous! LOVE that double stacked bow! The video tutorials are a blessing, thank you! Cannot wait to hop along and see what everyone else did!
    Happy Holidays!

    1. I went ahead and visited each blog today! Such gorgeous creations! Left comments on all the blogs and cannot wait until tomorrow!

  19. Lori, you always inspire me these are just adorable thank you so much for visions of sugarplums this is so fun I'm so glad you get to see your granddaughter there's nothing better !!! big hugs

  20. Hi Lori. I look forward to this hop every year. I always get great ideas for cards and Christmas projects. I'm excited that I will be hopping with you all again this year. Thank you SO much!!

    Great projects today from you. Thanks for the downloads and for sharing your talents.?

  21. Oh Lori....You so inspire me to make pretty things. Your projects are adorable, love the origami gift card holder , the colours are so pretty!

  22. This is so awesome! You've got some wonderful prizes for the most wonderful time of the year! I am crazy about dies, so I would love to win the prize from Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, or Birch Press Design! Each one makes beautiful steel die I would love to work with!
    Holiday Hugs!

  23. Thank you for the great tutorial video on the origami gift card holder and for the freebie images. I'm looking forward to the hop and to linking up my own creations! You've lined up some great sponsors and prizes. Helene

  24. Such cuteness! I love it; esp the Pretty Pink Posh kitty! Love the way you colored him/her and the tree and gifts. Your art always delights me.

  25. What a marvelous set of projects you've shared with us, Lori! The origami gift card holder, especially, caught my eye; a lovely way to add pizzazz to a gift card and use up those papers that need some attention and love! Your giveaways are amazing; thank you! Your design team: WOW x a zillion! Thank you for making this wonderful time of year even more wonderful!

  26. Love your projects, Lori, as always! The gold bow is just amazing & I do love aqua & purple together!

  27. So many cute ideas.
    Love Santa scratching the reindeers
    the gold pillow box is beautiful
    and the big stacked bow is wonderful.
    thanks for sharing.

  28. Oh WOW! Awesomely CUTE projects!! LOVE the vintage images and the oh so sweet Polar bear! Cute, Cute, CUTE!!!


  29. Hi, Lori!
    I always get excited when I get your notices in my in-box that you're hosting another fun challenge. And this one, with all the fabulous inspirations on the hop, all these sweet digital files and great's a CUTENESS overload. Thanks so much for hosting Visions of Sugarplums. I'm sure enjoying myself.
    Karen L

  30. what cute projects! and thank you for the great downloads! I love your vintage files so very much. :)

    thanks for the chance to win. it's always exciting when the email arrives that's it's time for a new challenge here on your pretty blog!

    now off to try to visit another blog or two! :)


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