The first big snow storm of the winter started early on Christmas evening.  They were forecasting a blizzard and we woke up to a winter wonderland the day after Christmas!  I was really excited, it was sooooo beautiful….


….and then reality struck.  Not only was it COLD, a dirty 4-letter word in my opinion, but the snow was deep, which meant it would be a scary drive to celebrate Christmas with the other side of our family. I’ve not always had a love/hate relationship with snow, and I won’t bore you with the long story of when the love affair ended. Let’s just say that I’ve already started counting down the days to the first day of GLORIOUS SPRING!!!!  (Just 77 days away!)

The presents still needed to be wrapped for the second round of Christmas celebrations, (I confess, I am a terrible procrastinator!) and I was inspired by the snow scene outside my window.

This first gift was wrapped for our darling Daughter-in-law, Meg.  Not only is she an amazing young woman but she is the Mother of our first Grandson, Nicholas Carl, (20 months old), and is pregnant with our first Granddaughter, due in May!

The 3D snowflakes were made out of soda cans with Stampin’ Up!’s Snow Flurry Bigz Die using the Big Shot.  I placed pearls on each tip of the large snowflake that holds the tea light.  I also placed pearls in the centers of the smaller snowflakes.  These are easy to make, just be careful when you are cutting the soda cans apart, the raw edges are SHARP!!!  Cut the curved “shoulders” of the can away so the piece you are left with will lay flat.  Once you run the can through the Big Shot the edges are smooth and you don’t have to worry about getting cut. Isn’t that cool???  I used glue dots to hold the layers of snowflakes together.  If you want to use a tea light, you will need to make a hole in the snowflake with your Crop-a-Dile (retired) so you can access the tea light’s on/off switch.  Attach the tea light to the snowflake with glue dots.


This cute little snowman decorated a present for Jill, our oldest daughter.  I first wrapped the gift in plain white wrapping paper.  Then I tore strips of white tissue paper to make the hills of snow.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Bashful Blue Classic Ink to sponge along the tissue edges before adhereing it to the gift with Snail adhesive.  Then I stamped the snowflakes from Stampin’ Up!’s Snow Swirled stamp set all over in Bashful Blue Classic Ink.  Finally I attached this adorable snowman.

Here’s the step-by-step tutorial to make the snowman:

Download Melting Snowman, LED Tea Light step-by-step tutorial.Snow Flurry Bigz Die

Snow Flurry Bigz Die
Snow Flurry Bigz Die  Item #127813
Regular Price: $24.39
Preferred Price: $21.95
Let it snow! Add cool cuteness to winter projects. Largest snowflake: 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″. Cuts multiple sheets of paper, thick materials, and our fabric. Use with Big Shot machine and Standard Cutting Pads.


Snow Swirled

Snow Swirled
Snow Swirled Clear-Mount Stamp Set / Item #127799 / Price: $17.95

Snow Swirled Wood-Mount Stamp Set / Item #111690 / Price: $24.95


I hope that I’ve inspired you to wrap a present creatively!  Take a moment and leave a comment below to let me know if you LOVE or HATE the snow!  For some of the most amazing snow photos I’ve ever seen, visit Dave Brosha Photography on Facebook.  (He ALMOST makes me want to move somewhere that has more snow!)

Peace, Love & Joy,



COMMENTS from post originally published at

dutchanne said…

The gifts look too beautiful to open (almost) glad you took pictures to memorialize how pretty they were. You are SOOOO creative.


Thanks Anne,

You know how much I like to wrap presents! If I didn’t procrastinate then ALL of my presents could be lovely!!! Ha ha!

Peace, Love & Joy,



Dale Morin said…

Your gifts are so beautiful. The wrapping is a present all by itself. Love the picture of your house and the snow. So pretty. I love snow at Christmas and perhaps to New Years but then it can go away and the warmer weather can come. Only that doesn’t happen! Counting down with you to spring.


Thank you so much Dale for your kind comments!!! I took the picture of the house at night and I was really surprised it turned out so well. I’m with you on the snow, I like how beautiful it makes everything over the holidays but then I want it gone!!! Only 75 days until Spring!!!

Peace, Love & Joy,

Shawn C. (California)

Loved your story about the day after Christmas. We ended up with over two feet of snow, and my husband had to go into work early. Nothing like getting up at 4:30 to dig out. Snow is absolutely beautiful, until it has to be moved.Thanks for sharing your gift wrap techniques – so clever and fun.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *