Motley Monsters Photo Halloween Card

Motley Monsters Photo Halloween Card

This is an easy Halloween Card to make with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper and the On Film Framelits Die, which makes it look like the Motley Monsters are posing in a photo! I cut them out of the designer paper! The job is pretty easy with a pair of Paper Snips. The woodgrain paper behind the monsters is just the opposite side of the monster paper! I had an extra speech bubble cut out with the Word Bubbles Framelits Die so I just used that for the greeting coming from the monster characters!  The words are from the Good Greetings Stamp Set.. The bow is tied with the White-Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim A fun Halloween card, I think!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Night!  

Don’t let the Motley Monsters get you!!

Triangle Box Witch’s Hat Treat Box

Triangle Box Witch's Hat Treat Box

 

Here’s another Halloween Treat Box for you.  These triangle boxes are SO easy to make.  Just cut some card stock 4 1/4 x 8 1/2″.  Then find the middle of the top and bottom and mark it.  Place in your Paper Trimmer and score in half at 5 1/2″.  Then score from the middle mark top and bottom on both sides to that 5 1/2″ score line.  Check the diagram below.  Then crease the lines and fold up. Punch holes through the top point and after putting treats inside, tie shut with ribbon. I decorated this to look like a hat with some designer paper and a hat brim piece.  The decoration is a leftover piece from my Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Triangle Box Score Lines

Triangle Box

Triangle Box Witch's Hat Treat Box side

One more day until Halloween! And today is my youngest son’s birthday!  If he had been born 45 minutes later, he would have been a Halloween baby!  My husband was always grateful that Steven waited until halftime of the football game to let us know it was time to go to the hospital! It was a lonely night at the hospital for me on Halloween night as everyone was out trick-or-treating and nobody was visiting me and my new baby at the hospital! But his birthday parties were always fun as they had a Halloween theme! Hard to believe that was 26 years ago tonight!  Time flies, all you young mommies! Treasure every moment!!

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Bags

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Bags

Here’s how to make two easy Halloween Treat Bags using the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper. You just need paper, a Simply Scored Tool or Stampin’ Trimmerand some strong adhesive, like Fuse Fast.

Start with a piece of card stock or designer paper cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. Score the paper lengthwise (portrait) at 1 1/2″ on one side. Turn the paper to landscape position (sideways) and score at 1 1/2″, 4″, 5 1/2″, and 8″. Fold and crease all the score lines, preferably with a Bone Folder. The short little 1/2″ wide section on the very end needs to be cut off. Along that same 1 1/2″ wide section, cut on all the score lines up to the score line going across.  This will make the flaps for the bottom of the bag. If you want, just trim those on an angle a little bit to keep the flaps a little less bulky.  Use adhesive on that narrow little 1/2″ flap that is left and fold the bag over to adhere. Then fold the flaps at the bottom and apply a little adhesive.

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Bag Paper

The opposite side of this Motley Monsters paper is the little bird pattern. The first bag I made, I actually scored 1 1/2″ on each side, which meant that after I formed the bag and folded up the bottom flaps, I had a score line running across the middle of the bag where it wasn’t supposed to be! Rather than waste the paper or add additional paper to hide it (remember, there are NO mistakes in stamping!), I trimmed off a little bit of the top and just folded that top edge down on that wayward score line. That’s the bag on the right with the birds and a top edge of the candy corn pattern! Turned out cute anyway, if not a little smaller!

The bag on the left I did correctly, using the candy corn side of the paper instead of the birds.Once you have the basic bag made, you can leave it like that or you can push the sides in a little and pinch the top closed, punch a hole for ribbon and tie it shut.

It’s very cute and easy to make and can be used for any occasion. Try one! The candy corn bag uses a Halloween greeting from the Merry Everything Bundle and punched with the included Tag Punch. I used the White and Tangerine Tango Trim to tie it shut.  The other bag has a couple of tickets to adorn it from the That’s The Ticket stamp set.  Sometimes we get so carried away with the “new” stuff in the newest catalog that we forget about what other stamp sets we own that might work, too!

You better get to work on your Halloween treat bags!

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Oct 28 2014

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 28 2014

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for October 28 – November 3. (Is next week really November??!) Punches are always good – and handy! I’ve seen lots of cute cards made with the Blue Ribbon Stamp Set so you might want to consider that! I think the Word Bubbles Framelits are really fun to use on projects.

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Motley Monsters Halloween Framed Picture

Motley Monsters Framed Halloween Picture

If there was one idea in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog I really wanted to make, it was the Halloween picture frame on page 44. At first I thought the background was stamped with the Freaky Friends stamp set, but then I realized it was a sheet in the Motley Monsters Designer Paper.  I love the cute White and Tangerine Tango Trim across the top as a “clothesline” from which to hang a photo with a Mini Metallic Clothespin holding the photo and tag. The little “Fright Night” tag is stamped with the Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set. I found this frame in my “stash”. It would be nice to have one longer in length as a couple of my Motley Monsters are covered up by the photo, which I trimmed. But the frame is a good neutral for this and lately I added a little Fall Fest stamped pumpkin to the outside of the frame. I think maybe a Halloween greeting banner going across the bottom of the frame in the empty space might be cute, too.

My old photos are somewhat organized, and I found “some” Halloween photos but none of all three kids together. At least I got two of them together! (And it was SO fun coming across some old photos of my boys’ friends and texting them to their moms for some nostalgic memories!! We just wanted to squeeze their sweet little faces!!  Were they ever really that little and cute??!)

Here is a close-up:

Motley Monsters Framed Halloween Picture Closeup

And here is what the whole sheet in the Motley Monsters Designer Paper looks like! This would really be cute in a 12″ x 12″ frame with a number of Halloween photos hanging across the top or maybe even two rows of photos.  I just LOVE it!!

Motley Monsters Page

Don’t discount the Project Life stamp sets and Card Collections because they can be used for so many things even if you are not into scrapbooking or memory-keeping.

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Freaky Friends Halloween Card

Freaky Friends Circles CardWow!  Is this really the week of Halloween?!! To start off a Freaky Halloween Week, here is a Freaky Friends Halloween card! This is a 6″ x 6″ card base in Basic Black folded in half so that the card itself is 3″ x 6″. I thought that size would work the best for the idea I had. I punched out three different size circles – 1 3/4″, 1 3/8″, 1″. Then I took a pencil and lightly marked on the Whisper White underneath so I knew where the circles were going to be and found a Freaky Friend who would fit in that space nicely. This is when the clear blocks with the clear-mount stamps came in handy to see what I was doing! After stamping the monsters, I sponged a little Daffodil Delight ink around them for a little color. The Whisper White layer on top with the punched out circles, looked a little blah, so I stamped some Gorgeous Grunge dots on the card. I mean, what goes better with Halloween than “Gorgeous Grunge”! I still couldn’t leave it alone so I added some eyeballs from Freaky Friends. I popped up the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and tied on a piece of Tangelo Twist ribbon.  The greeting on the inside and outside are both from the stamp set Good Greetings.

Freaky Friends Card Inside

Here are the parts of the card:

Freaky Friends Card Parts

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Time is getting short!  Get your Halloween stamps out and make some cards and treats for your friends and family!

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Make Some Halloween Monsters with Lunch Sacks

Lunch Sack Halloween Monsters

You and your children (or just you!) can have fun with plain brown lunch sacks made into Halloween monsters! Just trim off about an inch of the top of the bag to get a smooth edge.  The go to town letting your Halloween imagination run wild!

Besides brown lunch sacks, this is what you will need:

Halloween Bag Paper

A bunch of paper!

Halloween Bag Punches

A bunch of punches!

Maybe a paper trimmer and some adhesive too!

Halloween Bag Witch

Lunch Sack Halloween Witch and Pumpkin

Lunch Sack Halloween Pumpkin

Lunch Sack Halloween Monster

Halloween Lunch Sack Monster and PumpkinHalloween Bag open

Here you can see how the lunch sack looks open.  Just fold a flap over from the top.  Or reverse the whole thing and make paper bag puppets for Halloween.

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Make a Halloween Treat With the Tiny Treat Boxes

Halloween Tiny Treat Box

Make an easy Halloween treat or favor using the Tiny Treat Boxes and some stamping and paper! Don’t forget a cello bag of Halloween candy!  You could use this idea for any occasion, actually. The Tiny Treat Boxes are shown in the 2014 Holiday Catalog on page 12 as boxes to make into an Advent or count-down calendar. As you can imagine, you can use them for lots of other things – gift boxes for small gifts, a favor or treat for a birthday or holiday, anything you can imagine.

For this Halloween treat box, I cut a strip of the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper almost as wide as the box (about 2″).  I just wrapped it on to each side of the box, scoring with my fingers over each corner and then trimming off the excess paper in the back.  That way it would be sure to fit that box rather than scoring ahead of time. I glued it on with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue in case I needed to wiggle the paper a little to make sure it was fitting on correctly. I’m not even sure how I pulled out that paper!  I must have seen the orange and thought it was Halloween paper! But it worked great! Forgot to mention, I tucked in the side flaps of the box and adhered them to the inside (you wouldn’t have to do that because the bag of candy or gift would keep them inside). Or you could cut them off. The lid of the box I never folded on the score lines and just let it stand up as a background.  I put a piece of the Confetti paper on that background and trimmed off the top around the curved corners.

The ghost and pumpkins were stamped with the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and cut out with the Big Shot and the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.  You can buy both the stamp set and framelits together in a Bundle and save 15%! For some reason, all I could think of was that I had to stamp the ghost and didn’t want to take the time to emboss him in white, so I inked him up in Smokey Slate, stamped off once lightly and then stamped him on Whisper White. It worked, and I added Rhinestone Jewels colored with an Old Olive Blendability Marker for the ghost eyes.  I should have just cut him out of Whisper White with the framelit, but then I guess he wouldn’t have the face! So do whatever you like!

The Happy Halloween greeting on the front is from the And Many More Stamp Setpunched out with the Word Window Punch. It seemed fine without a layer behind it! The bag is tied with the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon.

This was a quick and fun project!  Try the Tiny Treat Boxes and see how many ways you can use them!

Gift Box Punch Board Christmas Box

Gift Box Punch Board Box Chevron Ribbon

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I hadn’t played with my Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board in a little while so I thought it was time to make a Christmas gift box! Then when holiday gift wrapping time rolls around, I’ll have an assortment of boxes ready to go!

Make an easy tag with the Merry Everything Bundle which includes the stamp set and the Note Tag Punch. Tie on with a little bit of Linen Thread, always good to have on hand. Do you recognize the ribbon?  It is the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon turned on the opposite side!

There are several steps to learn (or refresh your memory!) with the Gift Box Punch Board, but the directions are printed right on the board, and it is plenty easy once you do the first one! There’s something about it that I really like!  This box is made with the heavy-weight Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is great because one side is a design with the kraft color and the other side is colored. So whichever side you use, the inside and outside of the box both look good! Also, you do not need to use any adhesive with this gift box! It just folds together. Here is a photo of the inside. Those little folded-in flaps will push out of the way when you put a gift inside. You can glue them to the inside of the box if you really want to be neat about it, but it is not necessary.

Gift Box Punch Board Box Inside

Here the plain outside of the box, just assembled! Decorate to your heart’s content with ribbon, tags and whatever you choose!

Gift Box Punch Board Box Plain

The Gift Box Punch Board even punches those little slits on each corner of the lid so you can close it up with just those. Easy to make box, easy to assemble box! Handy to have the Gift Box Punch Board on hand for when you need it!

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Hamburger Die Fall Box & Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Hamburger Die Fall Box

The Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die isn’t just for hamburgers! It really is a fun little box to make and decorate, whether as a fall gift box or favor or certainly for any occasion. I’ve found that the easiest way to assemble the box is to cut on one side of those little inside fold lines that are scored for you. That makes a tab on all the corners that can be adhered inside the box. Use a strong adhesive,

The box is tied together with the Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon  and the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched RibbonDid you know you can turn the Natural Chevron Ribbon to the other side and just have a plain ribbon?  That is what I was going to do since I was putting the Tangelo Twist ribbon on top of it, but then I changed my mind!  You’re allowed to do that in stamping!

One of the reasons this became a fall box rather that a Christmas one was because when I was looking for my Real Red card stock and came across the Crushed Curry card stock, I remembered I already had some extra fall leaves stamped and cut out from the For All Things Stamp Set that I had made but didn’t use on another project. I also had the little circle punched with the acorns. So I just punched holes for the Gold Baker’s Twine and stamped a greeting tag with the set Good GreetingsI also attached a strip of Gold Foil that I found laying on the table.

Wouldn’t this box make a cute table favor for your Thanksgiving guests or part of a hostess gift?!

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And while you are there, please check out the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of October 21 – 27. (Yes, I had to edit this as Stampin’ Up! had one wrong product on here earlier!)

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 21 2014

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Don’t forget the new 2014 Holiday Supplement!  

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Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement

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It’s here!  Today is the day!  The new Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement is LIVE, today, Monday October 20, 2014. Click the highlighted link or click the picture above to view the new supplement. As you look through it, you will notice the pages with the ordering information are pages 8-11. Due to the short time period until the holidays, these products are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Don’t delay!  Order what you like right away to avoid disappointment. Some of the items in the Holiday Supplement are already available in the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.

If you like stars, you will like this Holiday Supplement! Lots of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products for the holidays, including a new album with RED! (okay, Cherry) I love red!  I think the most exciting item is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit! All the materials you need to create 26 3D stars! And a coordinating star stamp set, Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit

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Floral Frames Framelits Wreath Christmas Card

Floral Framelits Wreath Christmas Card

You will find these Floral Frames Framelits on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that I used on my Floral Framelits Wreath Christmas Card.  You can use these Floral Framelits by themselves with any paper you want, but they also coordinate with the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set. You can make all kinds of beautiful designs with this stamp set and certainly adding the ability to cut out the designs with the Floral Framelits makes things even easier and more fun.

For this card, I stamped the Daydream Medallions images in Always Artichoke ink and added the background layer with Always Artichoke card stock. Just because the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder was laying nearby, I decided that might add a nice touch to the green background! The card base is Cherry Cobbler and the bow is made with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon. For some pizzazz, I colored some Rhinestone Jewels with the Medium Cherry Cobbler Blendability Marker and adhered them to the wreath.  The two Whisper White layers of the wreath are popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the greeting, I was able to find a very small one that would fit in the corner in the Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set. As you can see, Project Life products aren’t just for scrapbooking and memory-keeping!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that are good only through Monday, October 20.

Check back tomorrow, too, for the link to the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement that will go live Monday, October 20th!  You can add those items to your Weekly Deals choices!

Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat

Halloween Witch's Boot Candy Treat

Save your next paper towel roll so you can make a Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat like this! I saw this idea online and have no pattern or particular directions, but it is easy to just make according to your own size roll.  (I recommend using a paper towel roll rather than a toilet paper roll. (Just sayin’!) Maybe you could line the inside with some designer paper if you really wanted to get fancy.

I wrapped Rich Razzleberry card stock around the roll, adhered with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Before I tried wrapping it, I pulled it over the edge of my kitchen table a few times, which has a rounded edge, just to break up the fibers a little bit and make it easier to roll. You could use a bone folder or just anything rounded to get the paper to “relax”. For the sock stripes, I used 1/2″ strips of Tangelo Twist card stock. For the top of the boot, I just wrapped around a piece of Basic Black and folded back the corners. The buckle is a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper  (you could use any color Glimmer Paper) with a small square piece of Basic Black right in the center which makes it look like a buckle without having to actually MAKE a buckle! The “shoe” part is easy to make. Measure the roll diameter and then make the black paper slightly wider. Cut it at a diagonal as you see,  Put glue on the bottom of the roll and stick it on the black card stock. When the glue is dry, you can trim off the excess in the back.  Roll up the toe a little bit.  There you have it!  Put a little treat inside the boot.

This could be a little Halloween gift for someone, or a table decoration or party favor. Have fun making your Halloween Witch’s Boot Candy Treat!

Freaky Friends Cello Halloween Treat Bag

Freaky Friends Cello Halloween Treat Bag

If you want an easy Halloween treat bag, you can make this Freaky Friends Cello Halloween Treat Bag in about one minute! This uses a  Cellophane 4″ x 6″ Bag filled with candy, the top folded over, and then a stamped Freaky Friend adhered to the front of the bag.

Just stamp one of the Freaky Friends and put a layer or two behind it. I used the Postage Stamp Punch and then the 1″ Square Punch behind the monster stamped in Rich Razzleberry. You could also stamp a Halloween greeting on a little banner and adhere it to the front of the bag as well. Add some googly eyes to your Freaky Friend if you have some.

What trick-or-treater or co-worker or friend wouldn’t love getting a little bag of candy decorated like this for Halloween and it only took you a minute!

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All Is Calm Kraft Gift Box For Christmas

All Is Calm Kraft Gift Box For Christmas

I just recently ordered and received this beautiful ribbon you see wrapped around this All Is Calm Christmas Kraft Gift Box. It is the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. It is gorgeous!!  Of course I do love red, but I did think this ribbon was really pretty! I chose a paper in the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the Kraft Gift BoxI wrapped the Real Red Satin Ribbon around the box with the ends adhered on the bottom of the box. The bow is tied with an extra piece of ribbon slipped under the ribbon on the top of the box, with a little of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon curled with a scissors at the ends. I used to love to watch my mother work her magic with that curling ribbon wrapping a package! I didn’t know if this Gold Ribbon would do this, but it did! I just tied that in with the bow for a little extra decoration. The tag is stamped with the Merry Everything Stamp Set and punched with the Note Tag Punch. (You can buy that stamp set and Note Tag Punch together in a Bundle and save 15%!)

Such an easy way to wrap a package using the Kraft Gift Box, some designer paper and some beautiful ribbon! Stampin’ Up! even offers a larger gift box that might be handy for you. Just check all the Packaging options in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deal Oct 14 2014 & More

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 14 2014

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Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of October 14 – 20, 2014. It’s a good time to stock up on the Decorative Window Gift Box for those holiday treats you might be giving to neighbors or even treats for a few special people at Halloween. You can even cover up the clear window with some punches and stamping.

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Gentle Peace Card

 

Don’t forget about this beautiful new photopolymer stamp set, Gentle Peaceif you are looking for a religious stamp set for Christmas. It will be beautiful embossed and colored in with Blendabilities. Or stamp (or emboss) in one color with no coloring. You will have a beautiful card regardless perfect for Christmas.

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set     #139523   Price $15.95

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Color Me Autumn Grateful Card

Color Me Autumn Grateful Card

The Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper is so beautiful and works wonderfully for any of your fall cards and projects. On this card, I chose a paper that had compatible patterns on both sides – well, they all coordinate but when I tell you what I did you’ll see. After making the card base with Cajun Craze card stock, I took a piece of the Color Me Autumn DSP and folded the bottom edge up about 3/4″. Very easy to get that contrasting strip without having to cut another piece of paper. Just think about the two sides of the paper if you try this.  Check which direction the pattern would be going on both sides if you fold one edge up. Adhere the folded edge down with some SNAIL Adhesive or or use some kind of brad both to hold it and to embellish the card, such as the Antique Brads, the Silver Brads or (if I would have thought of it!) the Candy Dots Brad Bases. Buttons would also be great, such as the Gold Basic Metal Buttons. I just added some Candy Dots.

I also used the Labels Collection Framelits Dies to cut Very Vanilla and Mossy Meadow card stock and stamped the greeting from For All Things.  It still needed a little something, so I stamped the other leafy image from For All Things. Since I was stamping it with Mossy Meadow ink, I had to stamp it off about four times before finally stamping on the label for it to be light enough!

Easy Thanksgiving card to make to make with the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper! Try the technique of just turning up an edge of the paper for the contrasting strip.

Today is the last day for the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Be sure to look them over!

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Tag A Bag Fall Gift Box

Tag A Bag Fall Gift Box

There are some birds, squirrels or critters having a party in our tree that are causing a lot of small branches and leaves to fall in our front yard, and as I was picking them up one day, I thought maybe I could use some in a crafty way.  Well, today was the day as I decided a small real branch might look good on a fall gift box made with the Tag A Bag Gift Box. These are really nice quality boxes and clear plastic lids, worth picking up on your next order!  I think at a previous Stampin’ Up! Convention we made similar boxes as a make & take so it was easy to use the idea in another way.

The Crushed Curry card stock is just folded over the lid the of the box. The measurements are 4 3/8″ x 6 7/8″, with the two long sides scored at 1″ each side. I cut a piece of Burlap Ribbon to put on there and had a piece of Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon tied around to hold the lid on. The leaves are stamped with the set For All Things in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and cut out with Paper Snips. The tag is from the stamp set Merry Everything and punched out with the Note Tag Punch. If you want both the stamp set and the punch, you can buy a bundle and save 15%! The tag is tied on with a bit of Linen Thread, another must-have in your stash!

While this Tag A Bag Gift Box makes it real easy to present a lovely gift to someone, you can also use the wrap design on any package.

For any packaging supplies, visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.  Quite a few gift box ideas or make your own with the Gift Box Punch Board!

Festival of Trees Holiday Votive Holder

Festival of Trees Holiday Votive Holder

Here’s a quick and easy holiday votive holder decorated with the Festival of Trees stamp set. It is made with just one 8 1/2″ x 3″ strip of Real Red card stock, with an area punched out and covered with a piece of vellum card stock so the little tea light inside can shine through.  Of course you would want to use a battery-operated tea light this close to paper!

I scored the strip of card stock at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″.  That left a little 1/2″ tab to adhere after you have folded all the score lines to form the little votive holder. There is no bottom piece. You would have to make more of a box pattern to get a bottom. To get the vellum panel, I figured out which panel would be the front and punched out a sticky note so I could stick that on the card stock for a guide for exactly where to stamp.  You may or may not need that step.  I used the new Note Tag Punch in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog to punch the opening.

Votive Holder Assembly

For the window, I cut a piece of Vellum Card Stock just slightly smaller than the panel. I stamped it with the Christmas tree (something embossed would be beautiful, too!), colored some Rhinestone Jewels with the dark Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker and adhered them to the tree.  Then I used Mini Glue Dots in the corners of the vellum to attach inside the opening. Although it kind of covered up my punch shape, I stuck on a small Gold 1/8″ Ribbon bow adhered with a Glue Dot.

With a little electric tea light inside, here is what the holiday votive holder looks like!

Votive Holder Lit

I’ve been cleaning up and organizing all my craft stuff this week and in going through my swaps from recent Stampin’ Up! conventions and Leadership Conference I found this little votive sample. That’s where I got the idea to make this. The sample is punched with the Decorative Label Punch and just has a piece of regular card stock inserted in the opening, not vellum. You can see you could make these in larger sizes, taller, different colors and stamps for different occasions.  Very versatile!

Votive Holder Swap

Try your hand at making this very simple little votive holder for an electric tealight.

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New Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set Coming!

Gentle Peace Card

This month’s fabulous photopolymer release, Gentle Peace, was created by the Stampin’ Up! lead illustrator, Kathy Pitt. The set was designed to work with Blendabilities to create the effect of brightly-colored stained glass. Can’t wait to get your hands on it?  The stamp set will be available on October 14.  Just a week to wait!

Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set:  Coming to your friendly Stampin’ Up! Online Store soon!  October 14th!  Get ready!