Christmas Cocoa Gift Card Holder

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask LoveI’m no stranger to cocoa-inspired crafts. Last year, I made THIS ensemble and it was a hit! And then there was THIS easy project where cocoa was the star of the show.

I can’t let this holiday season go by without tempting you with another cocoa-themed project – and it’s a cutie. This mug of cocoa features an adorable die from Papertrey Ink that I just had to have. With a few creative additions to this shape, I was able to create a holiday themed mug of cocoa that you’ll be hard pressed to give away. Luckily, you can make a bunch of these and save one for yourself.

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask Love

Here’s the rundown of materials you’ll need to assemble this project:

  1. The Papertrey Ink Cuppa Love shape cut from white cardstock with the handle and bottom portions trimmed off. You’ll them want to emboss this altered shape with a polka dot embossing folder.
  2. Baker’s twine – remember you can snag full spools of twine from Baker’s Stock for 50% using the code TWINE50
  3. Glitter glue – you know I love my Martha Stewart Glitter Glue and the Iridescent Collection is perfect for this project
  4. A tape runner
  5. Die cut tag shape from Papertrey Ink Cuppa Love
  6. Papertrey Ink Cloud die shapes cut from white cardstock
  7. Two Papertrey Ink Cuppa Love  cut from white cardstock
  8. Candy cane and peppermint images cut and stamped from white cardstock using the Papertrey Ink Candy Cane Christmas stamp set and coordinating die set
  9. Medium Scalloped Border die cut from glitter cardstock. If you don’t have glitter cardstock, you can easily make your own by following THIS tutorial.

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask Love

  1. Adhere the embossed die cut to the mug die cut
  2. Adhere the scalloped borders to the top and bottom as shown and trim to fit
  3. Adhere the cloud dies as shown to mimic the look of whipped cream
  4. Adhere the candy cane and peppermint shapes
  5. Tie on the tag with twine then use glitter glue to add sprinkles to the cloud shapes
  6. Adhere the second mug die cut to the back of the first. Adhere all edges except for the top edge. This will create a pocket where you can insert a gift card.

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask Love

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask Love

Cup of Cocoa Gift Card Holder | Damask Love


See supply list above for links to Papertrey Ink products used in this post.

DIY Distressed Vinyl Cookie Jar

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Ever since THIS post, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with making things that say “Treat Yo Self.”

Fact is, whatever you make…no matter what it is…if it say’s “treat yo self,” it automatically becomes awesome. Well, I take that back. You know that bucket of used syringes at the doctor’s office? Yeah…probably shouldn’t put a “treat yo self” label on that. Bad idea.

A cookie jar though? Totally a good idea. I decided to create a fun little contrast between sassy and shabby with this project. The distressed look of the jar is really easy to create using the new gold vinyl from Cricut. You’ve seen me use this vinyl in several other posts, but today’s technique is a little different.

With Santa’s arrival only week’s away, this jar makes for a great holiday gift.



  • The canister I used here is from Crate & Barrel. I really wanted something with a wooden top, but you can use whatever you want. I also really liked the light grey color of the original canister since it worked well once I started distressing the painted surface.
  • I created the gold vinyl label directly in Cricut Design Space. The fancy frame is part of the Cricut image library.

You’ll also need sand paper, a sponge dauber and acrylic paint – I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint in Wedding Cake.
IMG_9191 IMG_9341The idea here is to create a cookie jar that looks like it’s been well loved over the years. You can distress it as much or as little as you like. The light layer of paint over the vinyl makes for a vintage looking label as the gold comes through the paint just a bit.


To dress up the jar for gift giving, I added my favorite striped ribbon along with a couple of holly leaves that I cut from the 3D Florals Image Set that is available via Cricut Design Space.






Deck Your Desk with DIY

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask LoveProject-Ranking-Format

Perhaps the saddest part of pregnancy is that my feet are a little bigger than they were before. This means there is a very real threat that I will have to lay to rest some of my beloved shoes…the most beloved of which are my fancy schmancy Louboutins. I’m still holding out hope that they will fit again in a few months, but I’m coming to grips with the fact that they may need to find a new home. RIP red bottoms. You will forever be missed.

Until I have a final verdict on the status of my shoe size, I’m satisfying my footwear fetish with a really simple and fun DIY project that will dress up your desk for the holidays in an unexpected way.

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

The “must have” for this project is the Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser Shoe – I’m pretty sure that every girl needs one of these on her desk.

You’ll also need some embellishments to dress up your shoe. You can use anything you like – but I went with holly leaves and berries cut from felt…perfect for the holidays, right?DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

  1. Apply double sided adhesve to the back of the red glitter cardstock
  2. Expose the adhesive and adhere the red glitter cardstock to the bottom of the shoe
  3. Follow the curve of the shoe so that the red glitter cardstock is fully adhered to the bottom of the shoe
  4. Use scissors to cut away excess

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask LoveDIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

You can add more holiday elements to your desk with the Poppin’ Collection that is available at Staples. Truth be told – I am seriously in love with everything Poppin. So many pretty and colorful office supplies – and everything coordinates! Check it out. You will fall in love. DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask LoveI stocked up on a few Poppin notebooks and customized the red notebook with an adhesive pen holder that is available for a whopping $1 !! Needless to say, I stocked up on a bunch of those pen holders. They are great for all the notebooks I like to make.

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

DIY Designer Shoe Tape Dispenser | Damask Love

This post is sponsored by Staples. I  have received product, payment or both in exchange for sharing my creations and my honest opinions. Thank you for supporting posts like these that keep Damask Love going strong.


Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 26

Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love Project-Ranking-Format

The clock is ticking and there isn’t much more time to put together those last minute holiday gifts. Damask Love to the rescue!

Just like last week’s Easy Like Sunday Morning post, I’m joining forces with the Joann Fabrics #MakeItGiveIt campaign to share another really easy project that is perfect for last minute holiday gift giving.

Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love

You probably have most of these supplies on hand or can get them without too much trouble. I love the way this project comes together with the glittery green cardstock, but you certainly could create the same treat boxes with plain cardstock.
Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love

  1. Use the scoring stylus and ruler to crease the cardstock down the middle
  2. Use the ruler to make a mark in the middle of the 4″ edge of the cardstock
  3. Use the scoring stylus and ruler to score a line between your pencil line and the middle crease…
  4. You should create score lines in the shape shownEasy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love
  5. Punch a hole as shown
  6. Fold the tree shape together and use baker’s twine to secure closed.
  7. Top the tree with the cut out star shape

Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love

You can decorate the tree boxes in anyway you want – I went with pearl and gem adhesives which is quick and easy.Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love

Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love

You can join in on the holiday crafting fun and win a $100 gift card to Joann Fabrics by simply posting your holiday craft project onto Instagram using the #MakeItGiveIt hashtag. Easy. You have until December 25th, so start sharing! Joann’s will pick 5 winners and announce them on December 30th. You can check out the official rules here. And as a bonus, all entries will be featured on the Joann Fabrics  Make Gifts Merrier Holiday Hub!

Easy Christmas Tree Treat Boxes | Damask Love


Build a Paper Lover’s Gift Basket


When I was a kid…like eight years old… I loved putting together gift baskets. Shoulda known then that I’d end up being a crafter, right? Only problem is that when you are eight years old, you don’t have any money to assemble a decent gift basket. Instead, you go around the house grabbing things you already own and arrange them into a gift basket that absolutely no one wants to receive. Typically, my gift baskets included pens from my desk, snacks from the pantry and a hodge podge of other items that we stashed in the house.

Man, have times changed. I’ve partnered with Home Goods to show you a gift basket that is so much better than those sad baskets I assembled back in the day.

If you’re a Home Goods shopper,  you already know that they carry pretty much everything. Whenever, I go there, I make a bee-line for the office supply section which is always filled with really great paper and organizational supplies. There are notebooks, pens, storage solutions and more. It’s pretty awesome. Given my love of yummy office supplies, I decided to walk you through the assembly of an awesome gift basket that any paper lover would love to receive. Take  a look (click the image below to see the .gif in action!)

IMG_0445aNow, let’s take a look at exactly what is inside this gift basket. Each of these elements came from my local Home Goods store. I was amazed by how many trendy paper supplies they carried. Needless to say, I spent hours paring down my selections…there was just so much to choose from.



  • Pick a color scheme: when you’re wandering the aisles, you can easily become distracted by all of the pretty things. Selecting a color scheme for your gift basket can ensure that you reign in your wandering eye to only those products that coordinate
  • Find a fun vessel: A gift basket doesn’t actually have to be in a basket! For my paper lover’s ensemble, I chose to use a desktop organizer to hold all of the goodies. It’s functional and coordinates perfectly with the theme of the gift. You can get really creative with this component! If you’re putting together a gift basket full of kitchen supplies, place everything in a beautiful stainless steel pot…or if the gift is for a garden lover, place all the goodies into a terracotta planter that can be used later.
  • Personalize it!: Add an element of personalization like I did with the vinyl monogram. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out a fancy monogram from vinyl then adhered it to the front of the organizer. It only took a couple of minutes but adds so much to the finished product. If you don’t have an Explore – you can also add personalization with alphabet stickers or stencils.
  • Height is important: To create the most visually appealing gift basket, you want to use items of varying heights. Place the tallest item in the back of the basket. This will add stability to everything else. Then, fill in the remainder of items in height order until you reach the front of the basket where the smallest items will go. This arrangement ensures that everything is visible and that you basket looks appealing and somewhat organized.




What do you think? How much would you love to receive a gift basket like this one!? What other gift basket themes can you think of? I’d love to hear your ideas.

This post is sponsored by Home Goods. I  have received product, payment or both in exchange for sharing my creations and my honest opinions. Thank you for supporting posts like these that keep Damask Love going strong.