Sunday, December 2, 2018

Visions of Sugarplums (Abbreviated Version) + Gift Card Video + Challenge!

Welcome to an abbreviated version of Visions of Sugarplums!   Time got away from me this year and I just didn't get everything organized.  I'll miss the hop part of Visions of Sugarplums - everyone always makes such wonderful Christmas projects - so hopefully I'll get it together next year.  A lot of my time went to Louisa, so that's not too bad!

My plan for this year's Vision of Sugarplums, is to post a couple of videos, some fun projects and a challenge or two with prizes.

Today, I've got a video showing how to make these easy gift card pockets.  I also do a little mini review of the brushes (see one above) I've been using for Distress Inks.

I fell in love with these mice dies - they're adorable!  I used the baby one on the gift card pocket and one of the bigger ones on this card.

Here's the gift card pocket video:

To read about (the prize is $20 to Simon Says Stamp) and link to the first Visions of Sugarplums Challenge, click HERE.

I'm also giving away the Little Bits Skating Quartet stamp set - so cute, I mean seriously cute - to one lucky winner!

 How do you win the Little Bits Skating Quartet?   Comment on this post and  let me know that you would like to win.  One winner will be selected randomly and will be posted on Sunday, December 9th.

Hope you find the gift card pocket useful and easy!  Check back for the next Visions of Sugarplums post...


  1. What darling gift
    card holders! Love
    the stenciling on
    them. Great idea.
    Carla from Utah

  2. Cute stamp set prize. Like the arrangement & layers on your creation.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. Hi Lori, I know how is when time isn't enough to make all things!! This year I'm VERY unorganized!! But if you are spending your time with princess Louisa, all it's right!! :D So glad to see the new Visions of Sugarplums Challenge! Thanks! The stamps are really soooo cute and adorable!
    Your gift card pockets are just delightful!!! How cute and sweet!!
    Thanks so much for the video tutorial, the pockets are really quick and simple to make! Love the stencil you used, I put it in my Santa's list LOL :D

  4. Leave me out of the drawing, Lori, but had leave you a comment as your projects are over the top adorable! I especially love the second one! So glad you've had lots of time with that sweet Louisa!

  5. Oh these are so very nice!
    thank you so much for tutorial!
    my favorite is with kitty!
    my daughter have that brush maybe I should take and try it :D
    happy holidays!

  6. Hello, Lori! This is wonderful! Thank you so much for having the VOSP challenge again! I always enjoy this! I had a busy couple months myself, travelling back and forth to visit hubby in the hospital. He's back home now so I have a bit more time to do some things I enjoy - like make cards! I'll definitely be joining your linky! Your gift card holders and card are absolutely adorable. Those little mice are precious! I see a kitty too - sweeeeet! Great tutorial - the possibilities are endless! I would love to win your adorable prize - thank you!

  7. I am loving those sweet pastel card creations! Life always has it's up and downs - we had a turn this year when husband was diagnosed with a serious disease - he goes through a rigid treatment and we should receive more results on the results just before Christmas - so hoping all is clear - he has been feeling better - which I am so blessed and grateful - thank you for showing us your video and for the challenge - I linked up! Have a blessed day and YES, I would love those cute stamps - they are sweet - Happy Dance day to whomever is the winner - blessings

  8. Thank you for the video and the pronunciation of Choux Choux. My southern soul wanted to pronounce it Chow Chow like the relish.

  9. Awwwwww....your little gift card pockets are so adorable. I give GCs all the time as gifts, but have never made cards with special pockets for them. I would love to win this sweet stamp set. Thanks for the chance!! Excited to see what you have to share during the rest of your Visions of Sugarplum event. Happy December!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  10. OMGOSH Lori! Your gift card pockets are so CUTE! I love all the sweet images! That mouse could not get any cuter! :) And I'm loving that Brush you use for distressing! Who'd a thunk a makeup brush? Not me! LOL
    I would love a chance to win your adorable stamp set!
    Have a wonderful week! :)


  11. Oh my yes, I'd love to win that stamp set! Love the gift card pockets you created too.

  12. My goodness, your projects are so cute, Lori! Love the little gift card pockets, and love the card, too. Those mice are just about the sweetest things ever! And I always love your soft, beautiful, layered designs. <3
    I know what you mean about time getting away from you. Seems to always happen to me these days. You have the perfect excuse, though... you've got a sweet little grandbaby to play with!

  13. I love your sweet quartet of gift card holders! Cute stamps, I'd definitely love to win!

  14. How adorable these little skaters! The two splatted on the ground: that's the extent of my skating abilities! I think I need lessons from the other two! Your gift card holders, using these, is a quartet of absolute joy!
    Time with Louisa is precious and the 'best reason' to do (or not do) what you please! Enjoy her immensely; little ones grow up way too quickly!

  15. I am always on the lookout for ways to create gift card holders. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. You do "cute" in such a fabulous way, oh my gosh these gift card holders are just precious! I especially love love love that tiny mouse! I'm impressed with your using the makeup brush too - who knew? I would enjoy those stamps to make my own gift cards for sure! That's so kind of you to give a set away. Time spent with Louisa is precious, so enjoy it while you can :) They grow up much too fast!

  17. These are fabulous Lori, super gift card pockets, fun images.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  18. Oh, your projects are super cute, Lori!! Wonderful little gift card pockets! Awesome card, sweet!! You have a good excuse with your time with Louisa, so precious, enjoy!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the video! Happy Holidays to you and family!!

  19. Oh my goodness are those ever adorable, I love how you dressed the gift cards up. those stamps are too cute, yes i would love to win them :)
    I have wondered how well those brushes worked, thanks for sharing what you think of them!

  20. these are so very cute!! i like those gift card pockets, they will be helpful and cute also, during the holidays!!

  21. They are so super cute!! I've seen a few Youtubers using those brushes. I like them too! I would love a chance to win your adorable stamp set!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  22. Oh my God!!!!!!!!! What a CUTE stamp set!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, Lori, for the chance to win. Hugs, my friend.

  23. Adorable idea. Totally love the mouse die cut. Sorry I'm so late in visiting. Haven't had much computer time.

  24. This is so card is so cute. I find your post interesting Keep posting.


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