Christmas in August

Hi!  Yes, I know, it is usually Christmas in July – but Stampin’ Up! is giving YOU the opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas bundle this month – and I wanted to give it a little love to help entice you!

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I made this shaker ornament using the coordinating Card Front Builder dies along with the Layering Circle and Stitched Shapes framelits.  I just love that little deer!!   The trees and deer were die cut using the Card Front Builder framelits.  The remainder of the ornament uses the Circle and Coordinating Stitched Circle framelits.   I did use the retired Mica Flakes from last year’s Holiday catalog – but GOOD NEWS!!  – they are still available on the Clearance Rack!!  You will find them here.

If you are looking to get started on your Christmas cards or little gifts, I highly recommend ordering your bundle today!!

You can order your bundle here.

To make the ornament, you will need the largest Stitched Frame Circle, matching Layering Circle and the next size down Circle.  Center the smaller of the two circles inside the Stitched Frame Circle and run both through the Big Shot together.  This will give you your outside frame.  Die cut the larger Layering Circle from solid Cardstock for your background as well as from a Window Sheet for your front.    Attach the Window Sheet to the Stitched Frame circle.   Die cut your trees from Garden Green card stock and your deer from Chocolate Chip.  Adhere the trees to the background circle with Snail and use a mini dimensional to adhere the deer.   Apply Foam Strip along the backside of the Stitched Frame circle leaving no gaps so the mica flakes do not fall out.  Remove the backing from 2/3rds of the foam strip leaving the top 1/3 covered so that you can add your Mica flakes.   After adding the flakes, make a loop/hangar using Whisper White 1/8″ ribbon and attach between the foam strip and the background circle when sealing the top of the ornament.   Make a bow and attach to the top with a glue dot.  No stamping involved and such a cute ornament!!

Has this convinced you you NEED this bundle?

You can purchase all supplies to make this ornament in my on-line store here.   Use Hostess Code:  AR2U2HRB when ordering less than $150 and I’ll send you a FREE gift!

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Country Crate

Hi! How are you today?  Today I am back with the favors and cards that guests received and made at my New Catalog Kick-off Event last Saturday.

Stampin' Up! SU! Wood Words, Wood Crate

I made the crates using the coordinating framelits and filled them with Hershey Kisses and Ghiradelli Chocolates.  The guests made the 3 little 3×3 cards that fit inside the crate.  The cards feature the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper pack as well as the Wood Words stamp set.  I love how cute they are and think they are perfect for handing out as a quick thank you or a just because kind of gift.

So many ideas for using these crates – I’ve seen wagons and baby cribs!  If you don’t have this bundle yet – what are you waiting for?  You’ll find it in my on-line store here.

If you live in or around Northboro, MA, I am holding a class on Glossy Paper techniques on Friday, June 23rd.  Cost is $25.   If you are interested, send me an email to register.  One of the cards we are making can be found in this post.

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Quick Picks

Hi!  Yesterday, my girls finished up their run of Dance Prism’s The Nutcracker and there was a cast party at the end.  The girls exchanged little gifts with their friends and we made a few gifts for the adults who helped them with choreography and quick changes.  It had been a pretty busy week, so we went simple and used the boxes Stampin’ Up! has in their catalogs.  For one of the girls, we made these boxes:

SU! Presents & Pinecones, White 3x3 Boxes

I love these boxes found in the Holiday Catalog!  Thankfully they are carrying over for the rest of this catalog year – they were easy to decorate and the clear plastic sleeve adds a nice finishing touch.  The Designer Paper used is the Presents & Pinecones (which IS retiring).  To finish up the package, we made little tags with coordinating paper on which to write the recipient’s name.  The boxes are 3×3 and fit 10 Lindt truffles.  I am not a bow maker, so we did use some bows we had on hand for the tops.

For my other child, we made these boxes:

SU! Candy Cane Lane

These are the retired 2×2 boxes, but you could easily use the clear 2×2 boxes we now carry (I didn’t happen to have any – not sure how THAT happened and they are going on my next order!).  We chose the Candy Cane Lane paper to decorate the sides and then used the Real Red trimmed ribbon and the coordinating Gingerbread trinkets to finish off the box.  These hold 6 Ghiradelli squares perfectly!

These really are quick and easy to put together and are great to have on hand for when you need a small package for a friend or neighbor.

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It’s Frosty!

Hi! How are you today?  It is pretty chilly here this morning in Massachusetts.

Before I get to my project for today, I want to Congratulate Diane!  She is the winner of the card set posted last week!  I’ll send you an email Diane so you can send me your address!

So, on to today’s project.  I am making some little treat bags for co-workers and thought I’d  share them with you.

SU! Letters for You, Work of Art, Gift Bag Punch Board

Isn’t he cute?  I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to make the little bag.  My base is 6″ x 10″.  Use the Small setting on the board.  After you have punched and scored the bag, flip it over so the front panel is lined up with the Start Line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  Move to the next vertical score line and punch and make the horizontal score line.  After this punch, just score the horizontal line across the rest of the paper.   You will then trim off from that second punch along the horizontal score line to the end.  You should have this (without the stamping) when you are done:

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Snowman, Letters For You, Work of Art

I then stamped his face – the eyes and mouth use the dot from the question mark or exclamation point in the Letters For You set.  The nose uses half the heart from Work of Art – but you could also use the bottom of the exclamation point from Letters for You – it would be perfect! (Why didn’t I use it then? Because I had already inked up the dot from the exclamation point for the eyes and mouth and thus couldn’t use it).

Place Tear & Tape on the left most flap pictured above as well as the back side of the flap under his mouth.  Fold on all your score lines and form your bag.

Once the bag was made, I then used the smallest hand-held hole punch to punch two small holes on the flap above his eyes.  I used these holes as my guide for the holes on the back side of the bag so I could run bakers twine to close the flap.  Here is the back side:

I was able to place 5 Hershey Kisses and 2 Lindt Chocolates in my little bag.

The hat is made with a 2 3/4 x 1/2″ strip of Basic Black card stock, a piece of black punched from the Decorative Label punch and the Real Red stitched ribbon.

I hope my co-workers like them!

There is still time to order crafty goodies for yourself or family and friends!  SU! highly recommends ordering by Dec 15 to guarantee holiday arrival in the US.  Check out my on-line store here for all your crafting goods!

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Ring in the New

Hi! Thanks for the love on the Hershey Kiss Gift Card box.  I am so happy you liked it so much!  Today, I have a practical gift that would be great for just about anyone.  A desktop calendar and Post-It note holder.

SU! Lovely As A Tree These would be great for teachers and are easy to put together.  The base is a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of Marina Mist card stock folded in half.  While you cannot see it in this picture, there is a support piece in the bottom. It measures 3 x 4 1/4 and is scored on the 3″ side at 1/2″, 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″.  Valley fold the ends and mountain fold in the middle.  Attach the flaps to both the inside front and inside back of the base.

The pocket for the Post-It Note holder measures 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Score the 5 1/2″ side at 1/2, 1″, 4 1/2″ and 5″.  Score the bottom at 1/2″ and 1″.  Trim off the 3 little outer squares on the bottom and use the inside square for a tab.  Place adhesive on the outer most flaps on all 3 sides to adhere to the base.

To decorate, I decided to make a scene using Lovely as A Tree.  Stamp the trees in StaZon ink and then sponge with Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Sky.  To get a better sunrise, create a mask using the 1 1/4″ circle punch (I did mine free-hand – should have used a mask.)

There you go – less than 1 sheet of card stock, a mini calendar and a Post-It Note pad and you have a beautiful gift for a co-worker, friend, teacher or anyone else you can think of!

FYI – if you haven’t checked it out (and even if you did) the Year-End Close Out sale is awesome!  But – did you see ALL of it?  There are many pages to the “Everything Else” category – so make sure when you are visiting my store here you click on “All” in the little pull down shown in the picture below so you don’t miss anything!

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A Kiss & A Gift

Hi!  Last night I held my annual Gift class where attendees made 4 gifts for the upcoming holidays.  This was one of the favorites from the class:

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Is this not just the sweetest?  Thanks to Dawn Griffin for her video on how to make these.

For my version, I used Very Vanilla for my base and the snowflake sheet from This Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I used the Classic Label punch to create my window.  The sentiment is from the Oh, What Fun! stamp set.  A little Real Red ribbon, and there you go.

Did you notice the little notch in top?  You can slide a Gift Card into the opening!

SU! Oh, What Fun!

These are pretty easy to make, too!  I’ll be making more as I think these are perfect for bus drivers, teachers, the mail man and of course the UPS person who delivers my Stampin’ Up! goodies!

I hope you’ll give these cute boxes a try!

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PS – Don’t forget about the Year End Closeout Sale!  You’ll find tons of great deals in my on-line store.

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Holly Box

Hi!  How are you today?  I have been working on some packaging for Christmas gifts and made this box.

SU! Oh What Fun, Holly Berry Happiness

This box is about 4x4x2 in size when finished and would hold note cards, tea lights, chocolates, tags, a pair of socks, jewelry and all sorts of items.

Here are the directions for the box:

Base: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 Card Stock

  1. Score at 2 1/16″ on all 4 sides
  2. Snip the score lines on two opposite sides to create tabs
  3. Fold on all score lines using Bone Folder.
  4. Use Tear & Tape on the tabs and assemble the base.

Lid: 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 Designer Series Paper

  1. Score at 1″ on all 4 sides
  2. Snip the score lines on two opposite sides to create tabs.
  3. Fold on all score lines using Bone Folder.
  4. Use Tear & Tape on the tabs and assemble the lid

Belly band: 3/4″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper

  1. Wrap belly band around the box so the two ends are on the top
  2. Place Tear & Tape on the ends that are facing up
  3. Adhere a 3″ Scallop Circle over the two ends
  4. Decorate as desired

I decorated my Belly Band with a sentiment from the Oh What Fun stamp set and the Holly Berry Happiness bundle.  These are pretty quick and easy – I hope you’ll give it a try.

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Mini Coffee Bag

Hi!  Today I have another little treat holder that would be perfect for a few chocolates or as little grateful bags  for friends and family.  Thanks to Sam Hammond Donald – a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK for the great video.

Here is my version of Sam’s bag:

SU! Petals & Paisley DSP, Endless Thanks

Aren’t these adorable?  The final bag measures about 3 1/2″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide.  The flap is held down with the ribbon – which can easily slide off the top so that it doesn’t have to be retied.  I used the Paisley & Posies Specialty Paper for these.  The sentiment is from Endless Thanks.  In case you couldn’t tell from some recent projects, I love the leaf from the Paisleys & Posies Framelits.

Ok – need to run – my girls  are performing in the Sleeping Beauty Ballet this afternoon and I don’t want to miss it!

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A Little Bag

Hi!  Thanks so much for the great response to yesterday’s post on my cards – the comments made my heart smile!  I am so happy I have inspired you!

Today, I have a little bag to show you – I think these would be cute sitting on your Thanksgiving table for your family and friends with a little note tucked inside telling them why you are thankful they are in your life.

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Thoughtful Banners

These are made using the Gift Bag punch board.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Petals and Paisley Designer Specialty pack.  Start with a piece that is 10″ x 4″ (this allows you to make 3 from 1 sheet of paper!).  Use the Small setting on the board to make your bags.  I do have a hint in regards to punching the holes if you are a first timer (like I was) for threading the ribbon – line up the score lines used to make the front and back panels of the bag with the indicator on the reverse punch – not the center side panel score line!  I couldn’t find that in the directions so thought I’d mention it here.

The sentiment on the bags is from the Thoughtful Banners set and punched with the coordinating Banner punch.

Here is a close-up of two of the bags:

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Thoughtful Banners

I used the Mint Macaron Sheer Ribbon on this one to tie my bag closed.  Don’t worry – the banner is popped up with dimensionals and the ribbon tucked behind so the receiver can still untie the bow to peek at the gift inside.

SU! Gift Bag Punch Board, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Thoughtful Banners

For this one, I used the Delightful Dijon ribbon from the Ribbon Trio pack in the Holiday Catalog.

I hope you enjoyed today’s little bags and please let me know if you decide to try your hand at making them!

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Team Stamp It! New Catalog Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Team Stamp It New Catalog Blog Hop!  I hope you have enjoyed the creations you have seen so far!

For today’s hop, I decided to use the Swirly Bird bundle!  I know I have shown you some other cards  and projects made with this set, but today I decided to go more elegant.  (Just to show you how versatile this bundle truly is!)

SU! Swirly Birds, SU! Swirly Scribbles, SU! Rose Wonder, SU! Flourishing Phrases

First, here is the box I made using the directions from CraftyCarolineCreates youtube video which can be found here.   This box holds a little gift set – cards, 3×3 notes, and tags.

Here is my inside view:

SU! Swirly Bird, SU! Swirly Scribbles, SU! Rose Wonder, SU! Flourishing Phrases

There are three pockets – one holds 4 regular A2 sized cards (those are in the back) with envelopes, and the two front pockets hold 4 3×3 notes with envelopes (on the left) and 4 tags (on the right).

Here is a picture of what is in each pocket:

SU! Swirly Bird, SU! Swirly Scribbles, SU! Rose Wonder, SU! Flourishing Phrases

The sentiments are from Rose Wonder (Happy Birthday) and Flourishing Phrases (Just a Note).

My colors are from the 2015-17 In Color Family – Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.  I love how this turned out!  What do you think?

Want to win a prize?  Just leave a comment using #stampitcontest and you will be entered into a drawing for the new Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit!

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Hope you enjoyed my project!  Hop on to the next in the list for more great ideas!

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