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Holiday Gift Stash!

Holiday Gift Stash!

Hi everyone and welcome to Jenni Bowlin/May Arts week.   I’m so excited to be able to share the fun with you!  Christmas is approaching quickly and that means I need to have some small gifts ready to tuck into the mailbox for our mail lady, the UPS/FedEx guys and neighbors who stop by.  It’s always nice to have a stash of little gifts ready and so much fun to surprise someone with an unexpected gift….especially if it’s something good to eat.

This project is really easy and fun to put together using unexpected elements from Jenni Bowlin. 

I used embossed glassine bags and filled them with yummy cookies.  Then I created a simple “belly band” using Bazzill Basics Linen textured Cardstock and Jenni Bowlin Family Tree Papers and embellishments.  The gorgeous ribbon is May Arts, of course!  The flower is one of my handmade magnolias that I sparkled up with a tiny bit of glitter.

See the dark gold ribbon under my flower.  It’s May Art’s silk!

 I wrinkled it up to add even more texture.  Just cut the desired length of silk ribbon, wet it, crumple it up and let it dry.  That’s it!!  Gorgeous wrinkled silk with no hand dying.  If you’re in a hurry, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.  Just make sure not to blow out your wrinkles.

While I had the Jenni Bowlin supplies on my work station, I was thinking of a unique way I could send our grandchildren money this Christmas.   They like to save up their money so that if they want something that’s not in mommy and daddy’s budget, they can get it themselves.  It helps them learn to budget and learn to wait for the things they really want.   Here’s a fun way I came up with to send them some cash.   I used the same Jenni Bowlin supplies and changed up my May Arts ribbon.   This one is for our granddaughter.

It looks like a card until you open it up.

The zipper works forming a little pocket to tuck some “green” into.  How fun is that?!


Thanks so much for stopping by the May Arts blog!  We love your visits and your comments.


Supply List:

  • Jenni Bowlin

Family Tree 12×12 Paper –Cousin Rose

 Family Tree Journaling cards

Embellished Butterflies – Red


  • May Arts

BR15 – Solid Reversible Wired ribbon

CM 2” – Sheer Gold Lines

FF50 – 1.5” Glitter Dots

FD16 – 1/5” Sheer Glitter Dots Wired

SK36 – ½” silk


Art Institute glitter Angel Dust

Crafty Secrets Vintage Cuts – Christmas Time


  • Quickie Glue pen
  • Zipper


Now Hop on over to Jenni Bowlin & see what they have been creating today! 

Blog Posted By: Charlene Driggs

  1. Amy Serbaroli

    Love the zippered “envie” inside, what a fulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jan J

    Fabulous gift idea…thanks for sharing!

  3. jen shears

    This is SOOOO cool!!! You know I love your zipper addition!! 😀

  4. DeniseB

    Very pretty!

  5. Andrea

    These are darling! Great job!!

  6. conniemelancon

    love the idea of using a zipper!

  7. Marie / Legojenta

    Such a great project! TFS =)

  8. Jessica G.

    Amazing project, Charlene — the wonderful surprised just kept coming as I scrolled down the post! Love the textured glassine bag, the belly band is gorgeous Vintage flair, the mouse image is too cute and the zippered enclosure is too clever!!

  9. Donna Przybylowski

    Wonderful gift idea, absolutely beautiful!!
    Love it.

  10. Kelly Sas

    Great idea and how special for your grandchildren to know how much you love them!

  11. Do {at} Piggy Bank Parties

    Love the zipper, Charlene! You’re always so clever!

  12. Deirdre

    Such a neat idea and amazing packaging…. going to use that zipper idea. TFS.

  13. Ujjwal

    Great idea and I love the vintage look!!

  14. Heather I

    Great stuff!!!! I especially LOVE the zippered stash!! That’s just awesome!!


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