Saturday, November 5, 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
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Calling all crafters! We've gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten to Hop, we're offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you‚ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Below is a photo of the prize Hampton Art is giving away.

Hampton Art Blog Hop Prize for Clearsnap Hop

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from! Check out today's blog list:

November 6th Blog Roll:
Clearsnap ˆ http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Spellbinders http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Zutter ˆ http://binditall.blogspot.com/
Graphic45 ˆ http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Donna Salazar Designs ˆ http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
Glue Arts - http://gluearts.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery ˆ Clearsnap http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison ˆ Graphic 45 http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Karen Taylor ˆ Donna Salazar Designs - http://creativeyearnings.blogspot.com/
Beverly Sizemore ˆ Hampton Art YOU ARE HERE
Kazan Clark ˆ Spellbinders http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/
Janeen Shember ˆ Authentique Paper http://suburbngypsy.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins ˆ Clearsnap http://suepup.blogspot.com/
Grace Hester ˆ The Twinery http://gracehester.typepad.com/
Nicole Eccles ˆ Graphic45 http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Audrey Pettit ˆ Donna Salazar Designs - http://audreypettit.wordpress.com/
Nan Paturzo ˆ Zutter http://scrappynan.blogspot.com/
Jeannie DeGruccio ˆ Authentique Paper http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/
Tamara Tripodi - Glue Arts http://happylifecraftywife.com/

Now let's get started on my fun and basically FREE project. I am always looking for a way to recycle or alter something that I have (plus I have a daughter in college so we are really "pinching pennies" at my house.) :) I have been buying crossiants at the Wal-Mart bakery for several weeks. We like to slice them in half and use for sandwiches. Anyway they are sold in nice clear plastic containers that you can turn into Christmas cookie gift containers. :) First, wash your container and try to peel off as much of the label as possible (all of it won't come off but don't worry, we will cover it up....see the second photo) :)
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I used my Sizzix eClips to cut a scalloped white square. This square is going to be our "stamping base." (see the next two photos) I used Hampton Art's Snowman Set for this project. I heat embossed the snowman with black embossing powder.
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Next stamp the sentiment twice using a Clearsnap's ColorBox by Stephanie Barnard in Strawberry and in Spearmint. You are going to cut the sentiments into pieces and mat.
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Once you heat emboss your snowman, do some coloring with markers. :)
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I also used Hampton Art's Very Merry Borders on my "free" cookie gift container. You are going to stamp the border four times. Trim it closely to adhere to the bottom SIDEs of the container.
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Next get out your pretty ribbon. I used a bright red gingham to wrap around the upper sides plus made a bow for the top of the container.
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The last two photos show my "basically free" cookie container loaded with yummy M&M
cookies. How easy was that and don't forget....nearly free. Wink. :) I've got several of these containers washed and saved. I'll spend an afternoon stamping and getting them ready for Christmas. They'll make pretty "cookie containers" to give to neighbors and friends that you want to do a "little" something for. So there you have my "handmade holiday" gift project. Thanks for visiting my blog and if I don't "see" you again before the 25th....Happy Holidays! :) (AND don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to win some of the neat prizes....good luck!) :)
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190 comments:

  1. Such an adorable idea!! I bet those cookies are yummy too :)

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  2. This is such a great project! I want to do this with all my holiday gifts! This blog hop is so much fun! Love all the inspiration and great projects I am seeing!

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  3. Absolutely original idea! First time I've seen a cricut used during the hop. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  4. Super cute!! Great recycling idea!!

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  5. This has been a very creative hop. I enjoy these types of project filled hops. Thank you so much for sharing. G45 & Clearsnap sent me. Good luck everyone.

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  6. What a great topper for the cookie package... finishes it off for the perfect gift!!!!! TFS... GREAT HOP!!!!

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  7. What a great job did you do. Gorgeous card with beautiful image. Love . Larisa

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  8. What a clever way to repurpose all those containers filling up our cupboard - TFS :) Great gift idea.

    Loving this hop - so much talent and inspiration.

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  9. Wonderful idea!!!! This has been such a FABULOUS hop! Thanks for the chance to win! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  10. love the very merry borders....beautiful!

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  11. Super cute decoration on this container! Great idea.

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  12. Great way to recycle! Thanks for sharing!
    cdring@comcast.net

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  13. love how you upcycled this box, great idea.

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  14. I am having so much fun on this blog hop with all the great idea!

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  15. What a great recycling project and a beautiful way to share homemade goodies with others.

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  16. What a fabulous way to gift cookies! Thanks for the great idea and a chance to win!

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  17. Great idea! I gift a lot of cookies at Christmas, and I'm always looking for new ways to package them! Thanks!

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  18. Wow Love the container and the cost. TFS.
    Debbie
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com

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  19. Lovely design!! Great colors and perfect decor for the container.

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  20. Love all of these ideas that I'm gathering along the hop!

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  21. My grandkids would love to get one of these.

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  22. Great idea! Got me thinking about other containers I could repurpose. Thanks.

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  23. Thanks for giving me some new ideas for the holidays!

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  24. Thanks for the fabulous gift idea. This is terrific!! I love the basically free idea. :)

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  25. Great idea. I keep containers for storage but I love the idea of gift containers!

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  26. Ohh thank you for this idea! It's adorable! I give baked goods to Family with their gifts each year and I can't wait to make these containers for them this year!

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  27. Great ideas! This has been such a fun blog hop!

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  28. LOVE your idea - and that is a great example of repurposing!! THANKS!

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  29. What a sweet idea!! I love all the stamps you used. Love this project!

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  30. Such a great presentation for the cookie container. Look that idea!

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  31. Thanks so much for a really great idea here. I too is always trying to find new ways to recycle things, I already have, and admit, I never thought of these, but be sure, I´ll save these too now ha ha ha. I really love your idea here and it looks absolutely gorgeous, thanks so much for sharing it here. You´ve done such a wonderful job on this one here.

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  32. I never thought to save these, what a GREAT idea. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  33. Yummmm! and practical- love it!

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  34. wtg, recyling at it's finest, love your cookie containers, great gift idea

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  35. What a Yummy idea for the holiday! Super Cute!!

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  36. I love it! What a great idea!

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  37. What a great idea!! Thank you!

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  38. What a great idea...how awesome to bring this topper with cookies to a Christmas party.

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  39. Aww! Who doesn't love a snowman! What a cute project! Love the colors you used and the composition - will put a smile on anyones face to receive it!

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  40. I love this idea and how yours looks! Thank you so much for such a fantastic and simple way to dress up a cookie container! Love it!

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  41. What a fabulous frugal gift idea & one the neighbors/friends will love to receive too!

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  42. very good idea - every year at xmas I make cookies for the neighbors and usually have to go buy cookie trays at the grocery store and use a lot of clear plastic sheets.

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  43. You are so clever. Terrific idea. I will be doing this for sure this year. Love this Homemade Holidays blog hop.

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  44. very smart to save the containers! i never would have thought of that. i usually only save yogurt and butter tubs! this is a great idea! TFS! awesome tutorial!

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  45. What a great way to recycle your packaging. This turned out so cute. TFS.

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  46. Oh, wow! A very nice idea to decorate the box!

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  47. What a cute way to give those home made sweets! Lovin the hop.

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  48. This project ROCKS!!! LOVE IT!!
    wyme98@yahoo.com

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  49. I love the personal touch this adds! :) Beautiful work!

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  50. So cute idea! Love the project and the recicled too!!! TFS! Hugs.. Maggy

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  51. Mmmm, cookies! What a great way to recycle!

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  52. Holiday inspiration Galore! Thank you!

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  53. A cute idea for gifting homemade cookies!

    Noreen
    www.make-homemade-gifts.com

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  54. Such a wonderful idea to use those containers. I always hate throwing those away.
    Adorable design.
    Thanks for sharing

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  55. What a great idea to reuse those plastic containers..love it. One thing I love about blog hops besides the great ideas is discovering new blogs

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  56. How cute that is :) I love it!

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  57. now this is so fun! Plus I always love good recycling ideas, thanks!

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  58. nice project. thank you for sharing.

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  59. What a cute box topper and a great way to make the presentation just that much more special. I like how you even decorated the sides with the pretty scallops.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  60. Absolutely adorable! What a great way to recycle/reuse. TFS and for the inspiration.

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  61. Love the recycling! The cookies look great too.

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  62. I love giving baked goods at the holidays, and what a delightful idea for a container!

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  63. very nice project. i'm always looking for ways to recycle these containers & this is a wonderful idea. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  64. Love the re-use idea. I love those sturdy plastic packaging too!

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  65. I love baking and love this. I'm not trying to go overboard with certain people on gifts this year because they don't like it when they get more than they can give...and this is a great idea! Also great to see that one of the Hampton Art people has the blog up for the hop! Thanks for participating, thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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  66. This is SO cute!!! I love it!!!

    PS: This is the first time I've been able to enter the blog hop for Hampton Arts. The other links did not work. :(

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  67. Way to go with recycling! This is aweomse! Very cute project TFS.

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  68. Great way to recycle a container! This is so cute!

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  69. This is recycle at the max! Beautiful idea. Thank you for a great hop.

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  70. What a cute project, thank you for sharing it.

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  71. mmmm croissants. Our packaging is nowhere near that pretty a shape, or even good enough quality to reuse unfortunately. Great idea

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  72. I love the way you packaged your goodies up to give to all your friends. Thanks for sharing.


    http://racincrafts.blogspot.com/ or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

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  73. Mr. Snowy is adorable and those copic pens are on my wish list.

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  74. What a fabulous idea Bev! All of the altered projects I have seen lately make me just cringe whenever I throw anything into my recycling :) I need to find a place to store all these empty containers so I can do something like this fun project! I love how you have decorated this! So cute! Trying to find a follower button on your blog...

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  75. What an awesome idea. I always save the plastic containers to give candy out. I am going to have to decorate them.

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  76. I love to recycle this is a cute ides, TFS

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  77. Great treat box, and those cookies look very yummy.

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  78. Great upcycling and great project.

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  79. This is too darn cute! Great idea and one I may have to lift.

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  80. What a great idea, and thrifty too. TFS.

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  81. Yay!! I love recycling and this is the cutest gift container idea!

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  82. annnndddd i just happened to have brought home similar containers home!! washed them and now i know what to do with them!!..what a great project..tfs..loves ya

    http://jackpineridge.blogspot.com

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  83. Great project. Thanks for sharing.

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  84. such a fun way to get new ideas and discover new products

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  85. Nice idea, thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    xx
    Kristina
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  86. Love re-purposing crafts..... Awesome...

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  87. Very sweet treat container. You are too creative. Thanks for sharing and an awesome hop. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  88. What a lovely container for Christmas goodies. Great job!

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  89. Just adorable, such a cute way to recycle and make a special gift!

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  90. Wonderful recycled project.
    Peggy Allen

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  91. Great way to recycle and pinch pennies. I LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration to look at things in a new way. : )

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  92. what a wonderful idea, great creativity. I would love to get Christmas cookies in those gift containers lol Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  93. what a innovative and simple idea love it thanks

    upnurse at aol dot com

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  94. That is just the cutest little thing. I just love it!

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  95. I love recycling found items and making them into treasures. Great container. TFS!

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  96. This blog hop is delightfully inspirational! I like the idea of recycling the boxes from Walmart, especially in this economy!

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  97. An eyecatching label which can also be a card!!

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  98. That's really cute and do-able!!! Thanks.

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  99. Suppose I'd better go buy some croissants now!! Absolutely love the project and given that I make shortbread for Christmas presents, I will definitely be making some of these boxes!

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  100. Supper cute love the label for the cookies. love the snowman and the colors you chose. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  101. what a great idea! thank you! must get eating the croissants so I have enough containers.... what is that saying about it being a tough job.... ;-)

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  102. Great gift idea and the cookies look yummy too

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  103. Great idea that I will use, I also re-purpose and reuse. great blog hop!!

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  104. Too cute! What a fabulous idea!

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  105. Cute cute cute... I love repurposing!

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  106. Love the snowflake stamp. Great project!

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  107. Love your gift container and love it even more that it's pretty much free!

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  108. Too cute for words! Have made these myself and everyone just loves them, especially with homemade goodies inside :)

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  109. So cute! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  110. So awesome! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Love the snowman!

    davearmie at comcast dot net

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  111. fantastic re-purposing! happy holidays to you as well :)

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  112. Very nice, I love recycling and having something useful. Great tutorial, thanks!

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  113. Cool cookie container!
    DeniseB

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  114. What a great repurposing idea! I love this!

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  115. way to beautiful "free" container

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  116. I will be having a thrifty Christmas this year and appreciate this as a way to give a gift or take to a cookie exchange. TFS

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  117. What a great idea and the fact that it is 'free' makes it even better.

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  118. Love this idea for adding a special touch to your homemade goodies.

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  119. BEAUTIFUL PROJECT. CREATIVE. THOSE COOKIES LOOK SOOOOO GOOD.

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  120. Cute stuff!! Thanks for sharing!

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  121. Love this Idea! So Creative! Thanks for Sharing! :0)

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  122. lol You are so much like me! RECYCLE!!!! I believe in doing this, also; however, basically, it isn't new in my family line. I can remember my great-grandparents doing it; and, then it was just passed down! The same with hand-me downs; which are now fashionable! The same with thrift stores1 lol Thanks for sharing! http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/ #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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  123. What a great idea! I love to recycle and I already have this stamp! Love to give cookies and candies for gifts so this is an ideal gift package :) Thanks so much for sharing.

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  124. This is delightful.I've been fortunate to buy several Hampton Art stamps at Michaels and I've been really impressed with the quality-they are great stamps.

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  125. Bev, this is a super idea! I always give cookies to my neighbors and have always bought or taken tins from my own stock. Well, no longer! I am going to start saving containers similar to the one you used and create my own Christmassy cookie "tins." Thanks so much for helping me create a beautiful and frugal gift!

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  126. Really cute! What a great way to recycle those containers!

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  127. WOW!!! Another great practical idea, thanks!!!

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  128. What a super cute project that would make a great gift for someone!!

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  129. love the idea of recyling the box. great ideas and insipring blog . thank you.

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  130. what a great idea, I especially like how you decorated the project. Someone is going to be happy:)

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  131. Darling treat container...love to recycle/reuse...thanks for sharing!

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  132. Great gift! I Love that snowman especially.

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  133. Absolutely adorable! I make treats for 150 volunteers in my children's ministry. Do I dare try to make this many? Hmmm...I am certainly inspired to do so! Thanks for the idea.

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  134. Love the recycling...love the border stamp!

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  135. Great upcycle. Thanks for sharing.

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  136. That's a great idea and a great way to recycle! Thanks!

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  137. I'll have to look into other containers for this Thanks

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  138. another great project on this hop. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  139. What a great job and a terrific way to recycle! TFS

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  140. really cute! what a great way to dress up those plain plastic containers for gift giving!

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  141. THANKS For sharing all of the AWESOME INSPIRATION this weekend on the Blog Hop!! I have LOVED it all!!
    THANKS for the chances to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  142. Love the cookie box. Great idea for recycling.

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  143. Another great upcycling project....Thanks for sharing

    Misha

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  144. WOW!!! Another great practical idea, thanks!!!

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  145. This is such cute packaging and I love that you re-used a plastic container to make it!

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  146. Love the idea! Goes great with my blog "upcycledscrapbooking!" How Cool!!
    Hugs!Jen@ upcycledscrapbooking.blogspot.com
    mrs.jenniferwrightATgmailDOTcom

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  147. What a creative way to recycle those containers! Adorable!

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  148. These holiday ideas are wonderful, Thank you!

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  149. FAntastic idea to reuse that container!!

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  150. Great recycling idea!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  151. Great idea! Easy and quick project...maybe someone will give me a gift like this!

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  152. Love it! Love it!-Great Idea..Thanks for sharing!

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  153. Great cute idea and I love recycling! I volunteer at a recycling place for crafters!

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  154. thats a really quick and cheap idea for gifts. tfs. love the blog hop

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  155. This is such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing your idea.

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  156. Love this idea!! This hop has been great!!!!

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  157. What a great recycling gift idea and the cookies look tasty too :)

    Thank you for being part of the Homemade Holidays Blog Hop - I am loving all the crafty inspiration!!!

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  158. Great gift decorations.... Would love it!

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  159. What a great idea for recycling used containers.

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  160. very very nice... great idea :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

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  161. Awesome! I Love Baking, Too! Great Idea!

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  162. Now THAT is a fantastic idea! Love how frugal - yet beautiful! Thanks you so much for sharing!

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  163. love this idea! Thanks for sharing it.

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  164. very beautiful card! great idea to use the container for the card. TFS!

    Luanne
    myfootahead@gmail dot com
    http://craftersreference.blogspot.com/

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