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a hip handmade holiday – giveaway!! (closed)

I have to laugh when people tell me I’m so creative, because nothing could be further from the truth. I’m what I call a good “executor”. Given proper instructions and the right materials I can pretty much make, bake or craft anything. But coming up with the ideas? Remember how excited I was when I invented my own recipe? That’s me.

Which is why I have such admiration for people who really do create – and execute – recipes and crafts.

And why I am a big – HUGE – fan of Alison Faulkner and Susan Petersen, who have collaborated on an awesome holiday craft book that you will want to download right away.

It’s called Hip Handmade Holiday and I couldn’t love it more. It is filled chock-full of easy, quick, and adorable homemade holiday gifts for everyone on your list – all for $10 or less. Here are just a few of the ideas you’ll find inside:

LOVE this lumberjack breakfast kit

I made one of these fab key chains at Camp Mighty – which means you can too…

Noah is going to LOVE these nutcracker bowling pins,

hip handmade holiday, the craft pack

and this pop-up book too.

hip handmade holiday, the craft pack

I wasn’t kidding when I said EVERYONE on your list (all photos courtesy of The Craft Pack)

In addition to the 18 craft projects, there are 9 videos and over 100 printable labels, gift tags stencils and stickers – perfect for all of my holiday cakes and cookies.

hip handmade holiday, the craft pack

hip handmade holiday, the craft pack

I was lucky enough to meet these two fabulous ladies at Camp Mighty last month, and they offered to give away a copy of Hip Handmade Holiday to one of my lucky readers (I told you these ladies rock)!

Simply leave a comment letting me know your secret crafting superpower – or one you wish you had.  Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment. The giveaway is open through Saturday, December 8th at 5 p.m. EST. The winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Sunday, December 9th.

Okay, I’ll get the ball rolling: my secret crafting superpower is being able to cut and draw straight lines……free hand. 

Good luck! Update: Jackie V. is the lucky winner! Thanks for participating!

Note: I was not compensated in any way for this post. All comments and opinions are completely my own.

Love these gals…


  1. Teresa Q on December 4, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I always wish I was crafty with scrapbooking! Need to try that!
    Also, funny you mention it- I cannot (I swear-even with a ruler!) draw straight lines!

  2. jen on December 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    my secret crafting power is…..that i actually want to do handmade things!! i think that’s the first step. and that i can sew items – pretty happy about that. what a great giveaway…thanks for the chance!

  3. Lacy on December 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I WISH I could cut or draw a perfect circle or a perfect line. No such luck. 🙂

  4. Melissa Schartz on December 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

    My crafting power is spray painting! I’m a spray painting machine. 🙂

  5. Sara on December 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

    My crafting downfall is packaging. The crafting superpower I most want is to be an awesome wrapper/packer/presenter present giver!

  6. Marti on December 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Ms Sheri you don’t give yourself enough credit 🙂
    I consider myself crafty but one talent I wish I was better at would have to be baking.

  7. Megan on December 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    WISH I could cut in a straight line!!!! I am terrible, put a pair of scissors in my hands and apparently I develop the shakes? My super power? Um… knitting? I’m 100% addicted and might as well own the shirt that says ‘would rather be knitting’… I only started a year ago and I may have a billion scarves, sweaters and more but I wrote my first pattern last week (will sell it soon I hope) and I just had my first ‘order’… someone wants to pay me to knit? Madness.

  8. Jessie on December 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I’m currently enjoying making word clouds, through and printing them out to make holiday gift tags —names on some/holiday words/lyrics on others.

  9. Kim Gerold on December 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    My secret crafting power. I can sew, but have never used a pattern! I just make it up as I go!

  10. Mary Lauren on December 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I wield a mean glue gun.

  11. Stephanie on December 6, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hmm, I think executing -is- a crafting superpower all on it’s own! I’m great at executing as well, but if I had to narrow it down I think I rock at speed sewing. Otherwise known as doing all my holiday sewing projects at once because I’m also an ace procrastinator. 😉

  12. Jackie on December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Bows. My crafting super power is bows. My grandmother taught me to make the big fluffy kind when I was a kid and my packages have never been the same.

  13. Christa the BabbyMama on December 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Hmmm, my crafting superpower is probably being able to draw simple things freehand!

  14. Pippa on December 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My secret crafting superpower is being able to turn bits of random junk into things my kids like to play with more than the original random bits of junk – and of course, pretending the ones that go wrong are supposed to be something else!

  15. Meredith on December 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I’m not sure if I have a crafting superpower, but I’m learning 🙂

  16. Esther on December 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I can totally understand Sheri! I always felt I could copy just about anything…painting, drawing, crafting, baking, but have trouble coming up with my own ideas. That’ s my superpower! I’m an impostor! Hee Hee!

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