Friday, May 31, 2013

Ombre Sticker Tutorial

Hi Everyone!

Today I want to share a super quick tutorial on how to make ombre stickers. This a a great gift to include in letters or add to party favors.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • Xyron create-a-sticker (my Xyron is makes stickers up to 1.5 inches wide)
  • Paint chips
  • Decorative punch (I'm using a butterfly punch)

Step 1 - Punch:
  • Punch the paint chips in several colors ranging from dark to light.
Step 2- Arrange:
  • Arrange the punched butterflies in order of dark to light color.

Step 3- Make stickers:
  • Place the punched butterflies through the Xyron machine, starting with the darkest ones first. 

  • Pull the tab until the first set of butterflies can no longer be seen, then add the next set of butterflies.
  • Continue until all butterflies are placed through the Xyron.
  • Then pull the stickers and cut the strip. Rub the stickers, then remove the top sheet of thin plastic.

  • Rearrange any stickers that are off center. 
  • Cut excess backing.
  • Give as gifts!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.

Best wishes,


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Petal Pouch Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share great tutorial on how to make this adorable petal pouch that I saw on the blog "A Spoonful of Sugar". For a link to the tutorial, please click here.

Here's a couple of pictures of some of the pouches I made using the tutorial:

This pouch is slightly smaller than the one in the tutorial. (When I cut the fabric for this pouch, I cut each of the 2 squares 8.0 by 8.0 inches, instead of 8.5 by 8.5 inches.)

The pouch on it's own is a great gift and my friends use them to hold jewerly and small trinkets.

I hope you enjoy making these pouches for your friends!

Best wishes,


Monday, May 27, 2013

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial

Hi everyone!

Magnetic bookmarks are my favorite gift to give to my friends, so I thought I would make this my first tutorial.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Card stock 
  • Decorative paper (I like to use chiyogami or washi paper)
  • Thin magnets (you can use an old refrigerator magnet or buy them at an office supply or craft store)
  • Laminating self-seal paper (optional)
  • Xyron sticker maker or glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder

Step 1- Cut:
  • Cut card stock into 1 1/8 by 3 1/4 inches
  • Cut decorative paper into 1 by 1 1/2 inches
  • Cut magnets 1/2 by 3/4 inches (you need 2 per bookmark)
  • Cut laminated self seal paper into 2 by 4 inches (optional)

(I like to cut several sets at once, as you can see in the picture!)

Step 2- Assemble:
  • Fold card stock in half (use a bone folder to get a clean crease)
  • Glue the decorative paper onto one side of the folded card stock (to add adhesive to the decorative paper use your Xyron machine or a glue stick)
  • Glue the magnets to the inside of the bookmark about 1/8 of an inch from the edge (if your magnets have an adhesive backing, peel off the backing and place the magnets; if not, run them through your Xyron machine or use a glue stick)

Step 3 (Optional)- Laminate for a professional look:

  • Peel off the backing of the laminated paper and place the front of the bookmark on the stick side of the laminated paper, leaving a little around on all sides. Then wrap the remaining portion of the laminated paper around the back of the bookmark, while the bookmark is closed.
  • Open the bookmark and trim off excess lamination.

Now your bookmarks are finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Best wishes,



Hi there! Welcome to my blog titled "Gifts for all my friends". The purpose of this blog is to share gift ideas that can be given as party favors, wedding favors, holidays gifts, etc. 

I hope this blog will inspire and teach you how to make unique gifts that will make your friends smile.

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