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January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treats

January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Valentine Treats

I’m getting some Valentine treats ready made from my January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit. This kit makes a banner for Valentine’s Day and  these heart-shaped treat bags. All you need is some chocolate candy to put inside. (Candy purchased for professional purposes only, of course!!!)  All supplies came in the kit including the strips of adhesive used to glue the sides of the hearts together. You can use the included stamp set to personalize your hearts and you can even write a messsage of love on the back!

Today is the day!  If you would like to get the next Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox in February, subscribe today or add a prepaid subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order.  The 10th of any month is the date by which you need to subscribe or pause or cancel your subscription because in a few days the next kits will go out!  I can picture the red boxes all stacked up in the Stampin’ Up! warehouse right now!

No worries!  If you miss the 10th today and join Paper Pumpkin later on, you will just get the next kit! It’s all good! Paper Pumpkin is for experienced and unexperienced crafters and stampers, old and young, girls and boys, grandmas and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and college students – whoever is looking for a little break in our busy lives to just sit down and play with a surprise project once a month without having to design something or go out and buy supplies, etc.  It all comes in the red box! Maybe you need some glue and scissors, but maybe you won’t.

If you have any questions, just ask!  Email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com. If you are ordering from Stampin’ Up! anyway, then add on the 3-month Prepaid Subscription and earn a free Sale-A-Bration product for your subscription because you are spending over $50. It may even boost your order up to Hostess Rewards. And if you just want to try it for a month or two and see how you like it, join HERE or click to get more information.

I hope you will treat yourself for Valentine’s Day by joining Paper Pumpkin so you will start receiving your happy red box in the mail!

Chinese New Year Red Money Envelopes

Chinese Red Envelopes

Happy Chinese New Year!  This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey. There are twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and the monkey is the ninth animal in the cycle. To celebrate, red envelopes are given with money inside. Someone asked me if I could make some for her, so here are some of the envelopes I came up with. I didn’t have any Chinese stamps, but I started off choosing flower stamps that I thought would work.  I did find a monkey stamp, and although I thought it might not be the right thing, the lady I was making them for liked having a monkey on some of the envelopes.

Chinese Red Envelopes 3

I used the Stampin’ Up! Red Envelope Paper that is no longer available and really gave the Envelope Punch Board a workout! I also gave the Heat Tool and Gold Embossing Powder a workout as well! Some of the stamp sets I used are retired. Even though they take up too much space, sometimes it is nice to have a huge selection of stamps to choose from when you have a custom project to make for someone!

These envelopes went all the way to China which is pretty exciting! I hope everyone who receives one enjoys their gift!

Check out the Google image today of the monkeys to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Valentine Heart Treat Bag

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Heart BagIf you have ever considered getting the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! now is the time because they are discounted on the Weekly Deals! Quickly and easily make cute little treat bags for candy, gift cards, small gifts, or even as an envelope to hold a card. They can be for any occasion and thanks to creative people who figure these things out, you can even make them into different sizes!  You just need to die cut with the Big Shot the one main front piece that has one of the back sides attached, plus the other back side. Score, fold, and glue and you have a cute treat bag!

As a bonus, you get all kinds of extra pieces to die cut to make embellishments for your treat bag or to use on other projects.

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Pieces

My Mini Treat Bag I made with Rose Red card stock because it coordinates with the Love Blossoms Designer Paper Stack that I used inside the heart window.  I used the heart die to cut that window and then just adhered a piece of the Love Blossoms paper on the inside before I glued the bag.

Mini Treat Bag Window Inside

Mini Treat Bag Window

Next just decorate your treat bag with any embellishments or die cut some of the pieces that came in your set for whatever occasion you are making this for! This bag I made could be for Valentine’s Day but doesn’t have to be. Make a separate card to slip inside and have the whole thing be a card rather than a bag. Fold over the top and make a bellyband to make it an enclosure. Just have fun with it and you will!!

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Pyramid Pals Valentine Treat Box

Pyramid Pals Valentine Treat Box

The Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies weren’t something I initially thought I would purchase, but the cute animal samples in the Occasions Catalog were a little hard to resist!  And I knew that after Demonstrators and other stamps started making things with these dies that I would see all kinds of cute ideas.

So for my first try with these dies, I just made a little Valentine box! You need to cut two pieces to form the box. There is an extra triangle piece in there that I used to cut the pieces of patterned paper from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack  (really cute papers, by the way!) to glue onto each side. You can use Tear & Tape Adhesive to  adhere the sides of the pyramid together, but don’t forget to leave one side open so you can put your treats or gift inside! To make mine easy and for a Valentine treat, I just used the Sweetheart Punch to punch out a Red Glimmer Paper heart for the front.  The greeting is from the stamp set Bloomin’ Love. For each side I used the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to punch a red cardstock heart for just the two sides.

I could do even more to this Pyramid Pal Valentine Treat Box but sometimes you have to know when to stop! So I stopped. Lots of potential with these Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Stamp Set. But if you would like to save 15%, buy the Bundle!

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Easy Valentine Candy Jar

Easy Valentine Candy Jar

I saw this idea for an easy Valentine candy jar in an online feature from Country Living and I had to try it since it looked so easy!  All you need is a doily of some kind, a heart, and some Baker’s Twine or similar! I used just a dab of SNAIL Adhesive to hold the doily in place and the heart while I wrapped the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around and around the jar. And then the best part – filling the jar with Valentine candy!! Give it fora  Valentine gift or keep it for yourself!

Paper Pumpkin January 2016 by Stampin’ Up!

Don’t look if you haven’t received or opened your Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit yet!

Mine is still unopened in the box, but it was a busy week and I think this weekend might be a good time for some Paper Pumpkin time! Don’t delay too long with your kit as there is a time factor involved! And I have to remind myself of this, too — you can use the stamp set that comes in the kit for other stamping projects! I often use it for the kit project and then put it away!  I missed out on using the greetings in one kit on other cards for a holiday because I just didn’t think about it!  Some people store their photopolymer Paper Pumpkin stamps in the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Photo Pocket Pages and then in an album for easy access. I think I need to get organized and do that!

OK, so if you are still reading then you probably want to see what the Stampin’ Up! January 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit is all about!  Here is the Stampin’ Up! video that shows how to put the kit together. Keep in mind, with each kit you can follow the directions….or not!  Sometimes you can make part of the kit as they describe and then make alternate projects with the remainder of the pieces.  It just depends. Each month’s  kit is different! And I love that Stampin’ Up! provides a video to watch, if you want, for each kit. So besides reading the directions, you can also watch how to make the kit.

If you would like to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit in your mailbox once a month (or whenever you choose), the best deal right now during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion is to order the 3-Month Prepaid Subscription and save $5. This will qualify you for a free Sale-A-Bration item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure! I recommend adding some other products to your order because you will be paying the normal $6.95 minimum Stampin’ Up! shipping for your free SAB item. Might as well get some adhesive and Paper Snips or ribbon or cardstock along with it to make the shipping worthwhile! That’s my opinion anyway!

When you order before the 10th of any month, you will receive that month’s kit!  So order before February 10th and get the February kit.  Order later in February and you will receive the March kit.  Whatever you prefer.  Once you have subscribed, if you want to pause (or, heaven forbid, cancel!) your subscription, just do it before the 10th of the month because Paper Pumpkin starts shipping out around the middle of the month.

You can order extras for gifts! On the prepaid kits, you will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! telling you have to set up and activate your account with a special code.

If you prefer, there is still the monthly subscription HERE.

Either way, I think you will really enjoy the thrill of getting that Paper Pumpkin box in your mail every month!  And who doesn’t need some “happy mail” once a month!

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Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for this week and always check the Clearance Rack! And for every $50 you spend with Stampin’ Up! through March 31, 2016 you will get to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product! (Some products are only available until February 15th and then a few new products will be introduced!)

Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board Card Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Card Boxes

I’ve owned the Envelope Punch Board by Stampin’ Up! since it came out, but I had never tried making one of these card boxes.  I was gifting some cards to a couple friends and wanted to give them a nice presentation. I watched some tutorials online to figure out how to make these and then got to work. Once I figured it out, it was easy and I was pleased with the result. You do need 12″ x 12″ paper to make this size which starts with 9″ x 9″ paper – not that I didn’t pull out a regular size piece of cardstock since it was 9″ x 9″ and I didn’t need something as large as 10″ x 10″ or something!  Duh!!  This is a good time to pull out some old designer paper to practice on (I know, I can hear the gasps, but surely you have some old paper and patterns you aren’t that crazy about anymore!).

This is how I made my card box although it may be difficult to understand without a video.

  • Place a 9″ x 9″ piece of paper in the Envelope Punch Board lined up with the 3 1/2″ measurement.  Punch and score. Move the paper over to the 4 1/2″ measurement, punch and score.
  • Turn the paper around to the opposite side and repeat the above directions.
  • Turn the paper to one of the sides that hasn’t been scored and punched. On this side, match up each of the score lines with the guide as you would normally do to make an envelope, punch and score.
  • Turn the paper to the last side and repeat the above directions of lining up the score lines with the guide.
  • Fold lightly on all the score lines to see how your envelope box is going to go together. Making sure it is in a landscape position, determine which flap is the top of the box and, if you want, punch the tip to round using the Envelope Punch Board.
  • Now that you know which side is the top, trim off the tabs from the top flap and cut slits for the bottom to make tabs just to make the bottom a little stronger with the tabs. (See photo)
  • Adhere the flaps to form the box, making sure the box is lined up well.
  • If you want to stamp on the box, do this before putting the box together.

Envelope Punch Board Scoring

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Cuts

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Scored

Envelope Punch Board Card Box Folded

Try this and you will probably find making this card box fun to make with the Envelope Punch Board! And any time we can get more use out of our tools and products, it’s a good thing!

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Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Catalog Begin Today!

Stampin' Up! Occasions Spring 2016 Catalog

Sale-A-Bration 2016 Catalog

Today is the day!  The Stampin’ Up! Spring Occasions Catalog 2016 has gone live as well as the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration!  Be sure to check out these online catalogs today!  If you would like hard copies and do not have a Demonstrator, I would be happy to mail some to you.  Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.

Sale-A-Bration has long been a very special promotion from Stampin’ Up! And boy, has it grown in the years I have been a Demonstrator! During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend on catalog product (from ANY of the current catalogs, my Online Store, or Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals), you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) Brochure! And who doesn’t love free??!!

To clear up some confusion:  You do not have to purchase any specific products listed in the SAB Brochure in order to get a certain free product. Where it lists current product, those are just suggestions for the sample project. Just spend $50 with Stampin’ Up! and choose anything marked FREE in the SAB Catalog.

This year there are some products only available until February 15 and then there will be some new products coming February 16th!  Just to keep things fresh and exciting! I’ll remind you so you don’t miss out!

Have a workshop with your friends or place your own big order of $250 or more and receive an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!!

JOIN STAMPIN’ UP! DURING SALE-A-BRATION!

Want to join the Stampin’ Up! family? Purchase the Starter Kit for only $99 and choose $125 worth of products. But there’s more!! During Sale-A-Bration choose an EXTRA $30 in product! That’s $155 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99! Email me if I can answer any questions for you or CLICK HERE for more information!

OK, enough reading, go look at the catalogs and go shopping!  Have fun!!

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Paper Pumpkin December 2015 Kit Calendar

Paper Pumpkin December 2015 Kit Calendar in Stand

I received my December 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail before Christmas and finally got around to making it!  I knew it was a calendar so I knew I better get it made! As cute as it is as a calendar, I don’t really need a calendar like this, so I looked for alternate ideas, which you can do with any of the Paper Pumpkin kits. I actually found a great idea on the Stampin’ Up! Blog HERE, to make the pages into a photo album rather than a calendar.  I can choose a photo for every month as the year goes along. For this project, I turned the calendar pages sideways rather than vertical as designed in the kit. And actually I can still have it sitting out as a decorative calendar for 2016 and make it into an album at the end of the year!

It was fun putting this calendar together and doing some stamping! Stampin’ Up! always provides a video showing how to assemble the project and all materials you need (except maybe glue and scissors) plus the instructions. With your first kit, you receive a clear block for mounting the photopolymer stamps that come in the kit. So each Paper Pumpkin kit has a set of stamps, an ink spot, and all the supplies to make the papercrafting project!

Here are the months for the calendar.

Paper Pumpkin December 2015 Kit Calendar

Paper Pumpkin December 2015 Kit Calendar

The Paper Pumpkin Kits are getting so popular that the refills for this kit sold out very quickly. To avoid seeing something you like but being unable to purchase it, you should become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yourself! You can subscribe by the month, or you can add a subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order.

Stampin’ Up! will be offering a special on a 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription starting January 5th, when Sale-A-Bration starts! Instead of paying $59.85 for a 3-month subscription, you will only pay $55. And when you spend over $50, you instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item, just by purchasing the prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription for 3 months!

Do something special for yourself and get a Paper Pumpkin Kit! You will look forward to that red box showing up in your mailbox each month! Put a prepaid subscription on your Stampin’ Up! order between January 5-10 so that you receive the January kit!

Paper Pumpkin Sale for Sale-A-Bration

Handmade Christmas Tags

Handmade Christmas Tags

Christmas may be over, but I bet you still have your Christmas paper and ribbons handy and could make some of these handmade Christmas tags to use for next year! I guarantee you, you will be so happy to come across beautiful tags NEXT year when you go to wrap packages and are in such a rush you don’t have time to make new tags then!  I found some tags I didn’t know I had from previous years this year when I started to wrap gifts and I was so happy to have them! So in just a few minutes I made some of the tags above and others you have seen on my blog (and I forgot to use THIS year!!). Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, but if you don’t have one, just cut a rectangle for the tag and round the corners or snip off the top corners in a diagonal for a tag shape. Easy peasy and fun to do now that you are more relaxed! If you are not out partying on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, relax by stamping and making tags and things for next year!  Perhaps even a few cards just to have on hand!

Just a quick idea for today!  Use that paper and embellishments so that you can restock next year when the Holiday Catalog comes out and you want all the NEW stuff! It’s a good way to de-clutter! Make some handmade Christmas tags now to enjoy next year!

Decorate An Easy Christmas Gift Bag

Easy Christmas Tree Punch Gift Bag

We’re getting down to the wire, and don’t forget, you can decorate an easy Christmas Gift Bag on a moment’s notice! If you need more gift bags or run out of wrapping paper, just grab one of the plain shopping bags with handles that you undoubtedly have somewhere in your house! Even if it has printing on it, you can probably cover it with cardstock and make your own personalized Christmas gift bag quickly and easily.

On this gift bag, I just cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock and added some strips of Gold Glimmer Paper to the top and bottom of that cardstock.  You could add just colored card stock or designer paper instead.  Then I just punched out five trees with the Tree Punch from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack and added Gold Glimmer stars, punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I use that star punch SO much! Your gift bag is done! Perhaps add some ribbon to the handle or stamp a greeting on the bag as well.

Easy Christmas Gift Bag Trim

I have had such good luck with these little shopping bags! You can also buy them at the craft store if you want to be sure to have some on hand. But you probably have been getting them at the store and not thinking about how you could recycle them much more creatively!

If you would like some more gift-wrapping ideas, just sign up for my Mailing List and get your free gift, A Dozen Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas. Be sure you watch for the confirmation email and click the link in there to get your free gift!

Check your shopping bags and see if you can decorate  an easy Christmas gift bag for the holidays!

Make an Easy Santa Gift Bag

Easy Santa Gift Bag

I have a quick and simple project for you today. Here’s an idea to make an easy Santa Gift Bag just out of some red paper and a strip of black and a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper! I used the Gift Bag Punch Board using a full sheet of Real Red 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. If you don’t have the punch board, just score and fold your paper according to the size you want, making flaps at the bottom. Perhaps you have a red craft sack in your stash somewhere! Then wrap a strip of black around for Santa’s belt.  For the buckle just punch a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper with the Decorative Label Punch. To make it look like a real belt buckle, just cut a scrap of Basic Black to fit inside the punched piece the same width as the belt.

Now this is the simplest version!  I’m very short on time as you probably are.  This version is fine!  But if you want to add maybe torn white strips of paper, or Glimmer Paper, for his fur down the center of his jacket or some buttons or a fur collar or whatever, go ahead.  I opted to just stop with this. This would be super cute as a very small little gift bag too! Put a gift inside and some tissue paper and you have a great Santa’s Gift Bag!

Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag

Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag

Here is my Tree Punch Christmas Tree Tag, a sample tag I had made for our tag-making day last weekend.  The designer paper I used is retired, from last year I think, a paper stack called Festival of Prints. This was a sample to see if I liked the tree so it didn’t matter what I used. Of course you can use any paper or stamped card stock. I also had cut out circles of Gold Glimmer Paper to use as layers instead of the designer paper and that looked really pretty too – just didn’t take any photos. The tag base is Cherry Cobbler (because I was out of Real Red, if you can believe it!) The stars are stamped in Crushed Curry ink from the To You and Yours Too Stamp Set. This is the stamp set that coordinates with the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit.

To make the tree, just punch two trees with the Tree Punch and either cut off the tree trunks and add one you cut yourself from a sliver of a scrap or leave the bottom one on.  Fold the trees in half lengthwise, open, then using the Stampin’ Up! cute Handheld Stapler, staple in the center longways on the fold.  This will hold the trees together but allow them to be separated and fluffed up to look 3D.  I guess no reason you couldn’t staple three trees together for more oomph!  Punch a hole in the top and string ribbon through for a tag or use it for an ornament!

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Monthly Papercrafting Kit

It’s time to remind you about Paper Pumpkin!  The 10th of the month is always the date to be signed up by to receive that month’s kit. Sign up today or tomorrow and get the December kit in the mail around mid-month. Order extras and give as a gift or give it to yourself as a gift for all you are doing for everyone else right now in this busy season! Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! with a surprise inside that comes in the mail.  Each month is a new papercrafting/stamping kit complete with all the supplies for the project except for basic adhesive and scissors (if even needed). You receive a set of photopolymer stamps, a small ink spot, and all the supplies for the project.  It might be cards or gift boxes or a mini album or a decor piece or party favor or candy holder — it’s always a surprise! Paper Pumpkin has gotten tons better since it started so if you tried it way back when, you really need to try again and see how it has improved.  Lots more stuff!!  Make the project the way it is designed or do it your own way. No obligation, stop when you need to or just pause your subscription for a month or two.

Join Paper Pumpkin Today!  Click HERE for information or to sign up!

Decorate a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

As I was looking through Instagram, I found cute little reindeer boxes made with the Baker’s Box Framelits by @thepapercaper, a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in Australia named Jessica. It reminded me that I had a small plain kraft gift bag laying on my desk waiting to be decorated, so I thought this might be the perfect inspiration!  So easy, so simple! Jessica’s had the box lid open and little ears and candy canes, but of course my bag was different and I didn’t have any candy canes yet.

I made a great big red nose for Rudolph with the Red Glimmer Paper, punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The eyes are punched with the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch.  For the antlers, I came up with punching the tree branch with the Tree Builder Punch (the one that coordinates with the Ronald McDonald stamp set, Sprinkles of Life).  I punched four branches or trees and trimmed the ends of two of them so I could glue one behind the other to look like antlers.  Since they are rather delicate being so thin, I didn’t have them pop up from the top of the bag or they would probably get bent up pretty easily, so I just glued them to the top corners of the gift bag. And for a little extra color, and to resemble the candy canes, I tied on a bow with the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon.

If you are looking for a cute and simple way to decorate a gift bag or a gift box or even the front of a card, try making this cute punch art Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Yes, I just missed the discount on the Precision Plate! Haven’t even opened the box I got from UPS last night yet! Oh well!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Dec 8 2015

Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament

Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament

Check your craft stash and see if you have any of these paper mache ornaments. I found one in my closet and decided to decorate it using the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and Tree Punch. If you want to save 15% you can purchase the stamp set and punch in a Bundle!

To cover the paper mache ornament, I used a pattern from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper StackFirst I traced around the ornament on the back side of the paper and cut it out with Paper Snips.  You could also glue down the paper leaving just a small overhang and then trim it off rather than doing the tracing.  I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue. On the sides of the ornament I cut narrow strips of paper and glued those on.

Once you have the ornament covered, just add whatever you like.  I added a strip of the other side of the paper and a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim.  The greeting is from Petite Pairs.

Here is the backside of the ornament so you can see what it looked like to start.

Paper Mache Ornament

Sometimes it is a good idea to dig around in your craft closet or room and see what you can find and then make something! That’s how this Festival of Trees Paper Mache Ornament came to be!

There’s still time to order stamps, ink, and paper to make a few Christmas cards or projects! Just shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag

Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag

I’m into Christmas tags right now and came across something similar to this Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag on the internet. I wasn’t even looking for an idea using these Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies but I found an idea that inspired this tag and I love it!

I cut a 2″ wide strip of Gold Glimmer Paper for the base since that width will fit in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Then I used the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies to cut Whisper White cardstock into the two rows.  I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere some extra glitter from the To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit that I just made. Normally I would use the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Whichever glitter you choose, apply it like snow just under the images and then pop up those two rows of die cuts with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies for the word “Peace”. Gotta love those word thinlits, past and present!

For the tie, I used my favorite ribbon of all time, the Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon and a piece of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, another one of my favorites. If you had a little jingle bell, you could tie one on to the ribbon for a cute finished touch.

Hope you have time to make some Christmas papercrafting projects this weekend! There is so much to pick from! I hope this Gold Glimmer Sleigh Ride Thinlits Peace Christmas Tag inspires you to make something!

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Oh What Fun to Make Christmas Tags!

Sara Douglass On TV

If you have rested and recovered from all the delicious Thanksgiving foods from yesterday and want to take a break from the crazy Black Friday shopping, enjoy this appearance of Sara Douglass, Interim CEO of Stampin’ Up!, (Shelli’s daughter) show the ladies on a local Utah TV show how easy it is to make Christmas tags with the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit!

Just click this link to watch:  bit.ly/GoodThingsUtahTagKit

I already made my tag kit!  You get 10 different designs, 3 tags each!  Follow the directions or do your own thing! They are really pretty and easy to make.  Just divide up all the pieces first so you know you have everything for each tag before you begin!

Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit Tags Finished

You do need to purchase the stamp set Oh What Fun for the greetings, unless you have another stamp set you want to use.  But you can also use this stamp set on your Christmas cards and other holiday projects so it’s not just for making these tags and nothing else!

If you don’t need all these Christmas tags, make some of them into birthday tags or other occasions using other greeting stamps!  It doesn’t have to be just Christmas!!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video for tips on making these fun holiday tags!

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza going on right now to get some great Stampin’ Up! stamping and papercrafting products at a discount!!  Save up to 50%!

Online Extravaganza 2015 Banner

When you are finished watching these fun videos, go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and order your Oh What Fun Tag Kit right HERE!

 

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box, Card and Envelope

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box Card Envelope

Today is the day, the day the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! And to show off some of the products available on the special, especially the first 24-Hour Flash Sale for Monday, November 23, I made a few projects with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, the Gift Box Punch Board, and the Envelope Punch Board, plus the Bow Builder Punch!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Mon Nov 23

On the 24-Hour Flash Sale, you can purchase any 3 of the listed Designer Series Papers and then get a 4th one free! These are the designer papers shown in the Annual Catalog on pages 142-143.  You can also get the Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit, even if you are not a subscriber (yet!) for half price!  What a deal! And the Gift Box Punch Board and Envelope Punch Board are also on sale for 30% off! Those deals are only available today, Monday, and only while supplies last.

This sale begins at midnight Utah time (Mountain time) and runs for 24 hours for the first Flash Sale, but through November 30th for the entire sale!  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s answer to Black Friday!

But there are LOTS of other products on sale on the Online Extravaganza so be sure to check the entire 3 page list!!  Think what you could give others as a gift or what items you could use for gift-wrapping (lots of things!!), or simply what things YOU want!

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box

Embellished Pumpkin Box

Do you need some table favors for your guests at your Thanksgiving table or a little something to take to a hostess? If so, you might try this Thanksgiving Pumpkin box or something like it. You can put a little treat in the little open box behind the “pumpkin” on the front.

Here is where I got the inspiration for this project!  My friend gave me this little pumpkin box holding some pumpkin soaps and right away I said, “I could make something like this!” and she said, “I’m sure you could!”

Pumpkin Box with Soaps

So I got busy and figured out how to make the box that was going to be the base behind my pumpkin on the front. Here are the measurements I came up with for the size I was using, but feel free to modify for your project:  Cardstock 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. With the 5 1/2″ side at the top of your scoring tool, score at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″. Turn the cardstock so the 6 1/4″ side is at the top of your scoring tool.  Score at 2 1/2″ and 3 3/4″.  Crease all the scored lines so you can see how the box will go together.  Then cut as indicated in the photo to make the side flaps.  Apply adhesive and make your box. Actually, I intended for my box to be a little wider but must have made a boo-boo on the math!  But it is okay as is.  You can adjust yours.

Pumpkin Box Scored Piece

Just assemble the box, very simple to do with some good glue, like the Liquid Multipurpose Glue or Tear & Tape I added a handle and just stapled it on with my Stampin’ Up! Handheld Stapler, just for fun.

Pumpkin Box Assembled

I used my Big Shot and one of my Oval Framelit Dies to cut five ovals, all the same size from this pattern in the Into the Woods Designer Series PaperIn order to make each oval stand out a bit without making extra layers, I just sponged Tangelo Twist ink around each edge of the oval.

Pumpkin Box Ovals

I adhered the outer ovals to the box directly and the rest were popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish the pumpkin, I cut a little stem in green, just by hand and glued it to the top of the pumpkin. Then I added some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim to the handle just for fun!  I also stamped a Thanksgiving from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and just glued it on like a little banner.

Look around at things you have at home or see in a store or in a catalog and think about how you can make it your own creation by papercrafting! You never know when inspiration will hit! Put a little treat in a cello bag and put it in this Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box!

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Oh What Fun Tag Kit Video

Yesterday I posted photos of the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit.  I made all 30 tags, three each of ten designs. They are easier enough to make and come with directions. If you don’t like the directions (or following them!) just make your own versions!  But it is nice to have pieces all die cut and easy to punch out plus some extra-special pieces like jingle bells and gold bows! Just have fun with it!  If you don’t need 30 tags, invite two friends over and each one of you make a set of 10 tags!  It’s always fun to stamp with friends!! As Holly says in the video, divide up the supplies for each group of tags so you don’t inadvertently use more than you should on other tags and then run out.  Enjoy the video and see how great this Tag Kit is!

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