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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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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.

Here are some of the main products I used.  Click on any photo to see it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

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

Images copyright Stampin’ Up! 2014

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?!

If you need the Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die or any fall colors of card stock to make it, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 21 2014

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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!

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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Stampin’ Up! Frightful Wreath for Halloween

Stampin' Up! Frightful Wreath

This weekend I finally got busy and made my Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit for Halloween, since time is getting close! This is a great kit!  It came together real easily as far as just the wreath and rosette are concerned! Complete directions are included with the kit, plus Stampin’ ! has a video. All you need is a hot glue gun.  The Stampin’ Up! Silicone Craft Sheet is really handy to have when you are using a hot glue gun plus for making the rosette.  The rosette piece comes already scored, all you have to do is accordian fold, adhere the ends, put a glob of hot glue on the silicone sheet and plunk the rosette down with the center in the hot glue to hold it. Then you get to ink up the doilies (I still have the black fingers and fingernails to show for it!) and finish off the front.  I neglected to purchase the coordinating stamp set, Frightful Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set, so I had to dig out a retired Halloween set for a greeting that worked, plus I added to stamped images from Freaky Friends on the ends just for fun!

The kit also contains all the beads and wires to make the spider for the wreath!  I was anxious to make it, but when I started, I thought, “This is why I am a stamper and not a bead person!” But with the directions plus the video, plus a little patience on my part, it didn’t take long until I was moving along getting all those beads on the spider legs! I like the way my spider turned out.  I just placed him on the wreath for the photo, not sure if I will glue him on or let him dangle!

Frightful Wreath Beaded Spider

Now if you want to see a real spider web, much like one I found on my bushes last year, here is one I discovered this weekend when I was taking pictures of our pretty flowers in the backyard. When the breeze blew just right, I could see the web glistening in the sunlight.  It started up at the edge of the garage and went at a diagonal all the way down to the yard!

Garage Spider Web

So there you have it! Pretend spooky spider and real spider and web!

Don’t forget:  Today is the last day for the Stamp, Stock & Save Sale! Be sure to look it over.  Do you have all the foam ink pads yet?  If not, this is a good chance to get all of them at a discount!  All individual ink pads are 15% off! You can get assorted card stock families 15% off, as well as Medium Envelopes, Whisper White card stock, Fast Fuse Adhesive and refills, plus a few stamp sets at 20% off. Don’t miss it!  Last day, Monday October 6!

It’s also the last day for the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Good stuff!

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Alternate Ideas for the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Card

If you read my post the other day about the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit and all the materials that came in the kit and all the cute burlap treat bags I made with it, you knew that I still had materials left over.  Here are the extra projects I made with the tags from the kit and a few extra materials from my stash.

For the Halloween card, I used a Tangelo Twist card base and added a Basic Black layer that I embossed with the Decorative Dots Textured Embossing Folder. Then I added a piece of the White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim. After I tied on the knot (separately) I decided to fray the ends and see how that looked! And I used a tag I had already made from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Candy Treat

Here’s a little candy treat holder, made with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and a 2″ wide piece of Crumb Cake card stock. You can put a couple of Ghirardelli chocolates inside or some other treat. I tied some ribbon at the top with a piece of the sequin trim from the kit and added the tag I had already made with the kit. And I just had to add another one of the little adhesive bats from the sticker sheet!

Alternate September Paper Pumpkin Kit Halloween Lunch Sack Treat Bag

Here’s an easy project, with or without the Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Just find one of those lunch sacks in your pantry, cut a little off the top and fold the top edge over a couple of times. I used a little SNAIL Adhesive to hold it down. Then I took one of the Tea Lace Paper Doilies and sponged a little Rich Razzleberry ink on it for some spookiness. The tag, of course, is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit. The bag needed something so I just used the 1″ punch to punch out some circles to glue to the bag!

Did you know once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can usually purchase extra kits or refill kits depending on availability of past kits?

Join Paper Pumpkin now (for sure before October 10th!) and enjoy getting that fun red box in your mailbox!

Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box

Freaky Friends Halloween Treat BoxIf you were wondering what I did with the Back To Black Designer Series Paper that I colored in with Blendabilities Markers yesterday, I made this Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box! You can see the designer paper wrapped around the box which was originally just black and white until I colored in random dots with the markers. It was so much fun!

First of all, I had fun making the box itself with the new Gift Box Punch Board, now available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The top pieces lock together with the little slits you can punch in them with the Gift Box Punch Board, but they won’t stand up to a lot of wear and tear so try to put your gift or treat in there before hooking those together! You can make different sizes of boxes with the punch board. Be sure to watch the video below if you haven’t seen it yet or if you want a refresher, The board may seem confusing at first, but once you see the video and make a box, you won’t have any trouble.

The Frankenstein guy is stamped in Black Stazon from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set, also available in the Holiday Catalog. I colored in his face and legs with a green Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used the Labels Collection Framelits to cut him out and also the Tangelo Twist layer behind. I thought the layer needed something, so I just used one of my Project Life Journaling Pens to draw some squiggles and dots around the border. The little banner is stamped with a “Happy Halloween” greeting from the And Many More Stamp Set. This is a stamp set like the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set that is so useful making cards and other projects when you want just the right greeting.

And to finish off the cute little Freaky Friends Halloween Treat Box I just tied the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Ribbon around it!

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Learn to Use the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board

One of my favorite new items in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is the Gift Box Punch Board. At first glance I didn’t think I “needed” it, I’m not even sure why I put it on my order! But I did, and I like it! I think this Stampin’ Up! video will help you see how to use it because there are some steps involved – but once you get the idea, it isn’t hard. If you can fit your gift or treat inside without gluing the flaps down inside the box, it is really super simple. Otherwise, you can add some glue or glue dots or Sticky Strip to make the inside neater and more structured.

Use the new Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, cardstock-weight kraft sheets with a colored design on one side and white printed design on the other side to make sturdy boxes – but other kinds of paper are fine, too! Wait until you hear what Holly Linford from Stampin’ Up! says you can do with this paper!

Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper

 

 

 

 

 

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Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

Motley Monsters Halloween Treat Box

It’s fun playing with the new Gift Box Punch Board to make a Halloween Treat Box with the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  To make the tag, I stamped the bird from the Freaky Friends Stamp Set. The words are from the new special set Good Greetings that you can get FREE with a $300 party or order.  I added a little Linen thread to tie the tag on to the box, a strand of the Burlap ribbon for some interest and some Gold Sequin Trim. The box itself is made with the new Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It’s a little bit heavier than regular card stock.

It’s going to be fun playing with the new goodies in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! What do you think?  Is it the best one yet??

To purchase any of the Holiday Catalog products, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

It’s Time For the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2014

Did you wonder if this day would EVER get here?!  The day the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live?! Let the ordering begin so you can get on with your holiday cards and projects! Not just Christmas, but fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween and other fun things! Lots of kits for those who don’t have time or supplies! New products, such as a Gift Box Punch Board!

Here’s a little gift tag card I made in minutes with the Festival of Trees stamp set, some Brights Candy Dots, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, and a greeting stamp called Good Greetings that you can earn FREE! Just host a $300 party or place your own $300 order!

Festival of Trees Tag Card

Don’t miss the Festival of Trees Bundle with the stamp set and NEW Tree Punch!

Good Greetings Free Stamp Set

Contact me if you want to have a Christmas card party or other fun night or day out with your friends! Now go enjoy the brand new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog! If you are one of my regular customers and didn’t receive a catalog, please let me know.  And if you don’t have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, please contact me at Karen@KarenStamps.com.  I would be happy to get a catalog to you!

Today is the LAST DAY for the Short & Sweet Offer:  Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator by purchasing the Starter Kit for $99 and choose an EXTRA $25 in product!  Get $150 in product of your choice for only $99 (regular offer $125 in product)! Click HERE for my link to get started!  It only takes minutes to purchase your Starter Kit online and become a Demonstrator. Then you will be emailed a password to get in to the Demo Site and begin your training and look around and see all the resources available to you to start your own business! Choose items from the Holiday Catalog for your Kit if you like!

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Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box and Blossom Punch

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Side

Soon you will be able to make your own gift boxes with the new Gift Box Punch Board #135863 when the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on August 28!  That’s in only a couple more days! Yesterday I finally got a chance to play with the new punch board and just grabbed a retired piece of designer series paper, Urban Garden, to use in case I messed up. So in this project you are seeing the new with the old!  You may find the punch board a little confusing right at first, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t have any problems. After all, I did make that box myself and didn’t even mess up! This post isn’t about how to use the Gift Box Punch Board, but just a sneak peek at something you can make with it and an idea for the Blossom Punch, on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week!

Here is the 4″ x 4″ gift box before I decorated it. This is the largest size you can make with the Gift Box Punch Board.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box

Here is a view of the partially open box. You can see the little clasp closure on the points of the top of the box. You can use the Gift Box Punch Board to make these. If you do not like all the folds of the box being pushed to the inside of the box, there are a couple things you can do to change that to adhere those sides.

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Inside

Here is a close-up of the flower decoration I made with the Blossom Punch. First I wrapped the box with the Pear Pizzazz 3/4″ Chevron RibbonI thought it matched pretty nicely! With the Blossom Punch, I punched three flowers from the Urban Garden DSP.  One pattern is different from the other two and is layered in the middle. The layers are all held together with a Silver Mini Brad, which is later covered up by the button.  I spritzed the flower with water and gathered the layers up toward the center and mooshed them together to get a little texture. The Very Vintage Designer Button is threaded with the Gold Baker’s Twine with a little bow and adhered with Glue Dots. Do you know you can color the buttons with the new Blendabilities?!

Gift Box Punch Board Gift Box Top

Even though this box was my first attempt with the Gift Box Punch Board, coming in the Holiday Catalog, and even though I didn’t even like this pack of designer paper very much, I was VERY pleased with my first little box! Especially after I so easily decorated it!

When you place your Holiday Catalog order later this week, check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and get the Blossom Punch if you don’t already own it.  It is a punch I have used a lot. It coordinates with the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, too! Everything is available at my Online Store!

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Festival of Trees Christmas Tag

Only a week and a day until the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog goes live and you’ll be able to make this Festival of Trees Christmas Tag yourself! If you are a customer of mine, your catalog is on its way or maybe you have already received it!  The one I sent to myself came yesterday in the mail so yours shouldn’t be far behind. (Unless your mail carrier is reading it in the back room of the post office before she delivers it!)

Since I left on vacation right after my Holiday Catalog preorder arrived (a perk for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!), I haven’t had a chance to play with my new goodies – and didn’t want to tempt you too much when it wasn’t time for you to order anyway! So here is a little Christmas tag I made with the new Festival of Trees stamp set (#135059) and the new Tree Punch (#135856) (both available in a Bundle #137640 and you save 15%!). I started out planning to make a card, but came up with this tag instead, getting an idea from a tag in the Holiday Catalog.

The Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock was punched first with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and then with the Tree Punch  and a piece of the new All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper #135823 is adhered behind the punched tree area.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to put the paper a little more behind the punched image. The greeting is stamped in Real Red from the Festival of Trees Stamp Set. The “To and From” is also in the stamp set! To jazz it up, I added some Rhinestone Jewels (and I could have colored them with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker if I had thought of it beforehand!) Since I couldn’t find my new container of Frosted Sequins #135835, I used a star sequin from the In Color Sequin Assortment to top the tree. And for a finishing touch, I stamped a redbird from the same Festival of Trees stamp set, cut it out, and popped it up with a Dimensional scrap right on the side of the tree,  The tag is tied with the new Gold 1/8″ Ribbon in the main catalog.

Enjoy the last days of summer because the holiday are upon us! But it is fun to have new holiday products with which to make easy and personalized tags, cards and more such as my Festival of Trees Christmas Tag.