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Sneak Peek!! Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza 2014 – Starts Monday!

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2014

Get your Wish List ready because the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins on Monday! Get Hot Deals Monday, November 24 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014. There will be discounts on select products and bundles, Plus DOORBUSTERS on the first day and again on Monday, Dec. 1st! You don’t want to miss them!

Click HERE to print out or view the Online Extravaganza List!

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Don’t let the term “Online Extravaganza” scare you off if you don’t like putting your order in online. Just contact me and I can put it in for you!

Print out your list, think about it over the weekend and be ready to get your deals on Monday! Let me know if you have any questions that I can answer for you!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Candy Favor

Thanksgiving Turkey Candy Favor

If you are looking for a Thanksgiving favor with a candy treat for your dinner table or maybe a little gift for someone, here is a bag of M&M’s made into a Thanksgiving turkey! I filled a Stampin’ Up! Cellophane 4″ x 6″ Bag with candy and tied the top with the Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon. I cut off about one inch of the top of the bag and then adhered the turkey head (1 3/4″ Circle Punch) with SNAIL Adhesive. Make the turkey facial features however you like, but I used the Owl Punch for the eyes and just colored with a black marker. The beak is the tip of the Triangle Punch and the wattle is made with the wing on the Bird Punch but trimmed down a little more evenly. You don’t need punches for any of these pieces, just cut them yourself. For the turkey feathers, I just punched with the Scallop Oval Punch. You could also use Oval Punches, and you could emboss the feathers with an embossing folder.  You could also use designer paper for a little more interest and varied colors. So many options!

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Glass Jar with Burlap and Paper Flowers

Glass Jar with Burlap and Paper Flowers

I found this glass jar in my craft stash and decided to add some Stampin’ Up! Burlap Ribbon and paper flowers made with the Originals Flower Spiral Bigz DieThe Burlap Ribbon also has a piece of Venetian Crochet Trim adhered to the bottom of the ribbon. I made the paper flowers with the Flower Spiral Die using the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. It’s the same sheet of paper, just using the other side for one flower.  The center of the big flower is made with a strip of Old Olive card stock, cut with the Fringe Scissors and rolled up and glued to the inside of the flower. For some extra embellishments I snipped a piece of Gold Sequin Trim and attached it with a Glue Dot. Then I took another piece of Burlap Ribbon, pulled off the bound edge and pulled several threads off to fray the edge of the ribbon.  Then I just circled those burlap threads and adhered them behind the flowers with Glue Dots.

There is a white candle inside the jar although it can’t be seen very well in this photo. You could add some candy corn to the bottom of the jar and set the candle on top of that, or add some coffee beans or whatever you can think of to make the bottom of the jar more interesting.  I bet if you look around your cabinets or craft supplies, you can find something like this jar to make into a bit of fall home decor and use it for Thanksgiving! If you don’t own the Flower Spiral Die, just make flowers with punches or simply tearing some circles out of paper, crumpling them up and distressing them a bit and putting them together into flowers. Or attach some paper or real colored leaves, perhaps even a Thanksgiving greeting.  So many choices!

Burlap is so trendy right now.  I was surprised walking around a craft store the other day how they have burlap on just about everything! And mason jars and similar are very popular right now as well.

See what you can find to make a piece of home decor for the Thanksgiving holiday….before it is time for all Christmas decor!

Make Your Own Gift Bag

Sweater Weather Fall Gift Bag

Make your own personally designed gift bag by decorating a regular shopping bag you probably received at the store yourself, or you can buy plain sacks at the craft store. For this bag, I used the retired designer paper Sweater Weather from last year because it matched the gift that was going inside. If you want to see the Thanksgiving banner I made that went in this bag, look back at this post. I even used a couple embellishments leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit. I added some Neutrals Designer Buttons tied with some Linen Thread and adhered with Mini Glue Dots.

Here’s a tip dealing with buttons like this – put the thread through and then adhere the button to the bag with the Glue Dot.  THEN tie the bow or the knot because now it is stuck on to something and won’t be flipping all over the place while you try to tie it!

I tied a piece of Natural 5/8″ Chevron Ribbon on to the handle of the bag. It seemed to match perfectly. The leaves and pumpkin were stamped and adhered to the bag.

Stamp some tissue paper that will go inside, too!

It’s so much fun to be able to make a personalized gift and gift bag with just your stamping supplies!

Stampin’ Up! has many packaging supplies available now for purchase in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store or you can probably find boxes and things around your house.  Use some of your older papers and scraps to decorate and embellish!

 

Simply Created Thankful Banner

Simply Created Thankful Banner

The Simply Created Banner KIt was a new product in last year’s Holiday Catalog, but it is still available in the current Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This is a “Thankful” Banner I made with the Simply Created Banner Kit for a birthday gift for a friend since she had been over recently and admired my “Spooky” Halloween Banner in THIS POST! The Simply Created Banner Kit comes with the stencils to decorate the banners as you see here,even the alphabet letters.  You can spritz the ink on lightly (lightly is all it takes) but for me I preferred sponging on the ink.  You can use a piece of a Stamping Sponge (I cut mine into 4-6 pieces) or Sponge Daubers.  I think I used Sponge Daubers!

For the leaves (since I do not have the Autumn Accents Die, which would have made this SO much easier!), I simply stamped some leaves to cut out with my Paper Snips and then used some of those “negative spaces” as stencils and sponged in several colors of ink on the banner pieces to make my fall leaves. The Designer Series Paper I used on the in between strips is retired, I believe from last year, but of course you could substitute anything you like. Of course I was using some samples I saw online to make my banner and liked the idea of using chalkboard style pieces to write names with my White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. As a long-time lover of chalk, this marker is the next best thing! You should have one on hand to use when the mood strikes you in a project! My friend can clip on some photos of her family if she likes on the extra strips in between the banners or just leave them plain for decoration.

When this Simply Created Banner Kit first came out, I did not see it as anything I would have a need for.  But after seeing it demonstrated at the previous Convention, it looked like so much fun that I ordered it right away. You can also still order refill banners for the kit, Simply Created Banner and it also comes with the jute twine you can use to hang the banner.  You can use these banners for any holidays, for weddings, for birthdays, just any kind of decoration you like.  And banners are IN!

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Easy Snowman Christmas Tags to Make

Snowman Christmas Tags

It feels like winter today, even in Houston,Texas!  I even wore my real winter jacket this morning to go out since the temperature was about 43 degrees.  That is pretty cold for Houston!  I know there may be blizzards in other parts of the country, but cold weather here just means “put on a jacket of some sort”. So in honor of the polar vortex or whatever cold blast most of the country is seeing right now, I thought some snowman project was in order! Here are some super simple snowmen that could be placed on a card or scrapbook page or in this case, I have made them into tags.

You can make them whatever size you like.  Either use the Circle Framelits as I did for three different sizes or use your circle punches. You just need any pleasing sizes of small, medium, and large circles.  Then cut a square for the hat (mine is 1 1/4″ square) and a piece from the Word Window Punch (who knew how handy THAT punch was going to be when it came out!). I sponged a little White Craft Ink on his hat and brim. The snowman pieces are also sponged with a little bit of Soft Sky Ink. We used to make the snowman arms with the old Snowflake Punch (don’t know if that was the name or not) but since that is not current, I just punched out the branches/leaves from the Bird Punch and those will be the snowman’s arms. Stick on a little piece of ribbon for his scarf, maybe a little flower on his hat from either the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack or the Boho Blossoms Punch. I just used a black marker to draw in his eyes and coal mouth, handcut the little snip of orange (any orange will do) for his carrot nose and popped all three pieces up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You could do him flat as well. The hole for the tag is punched with the 1/8″ Handheld Punch and tied with Silver 1/8″ Ribbon. Before adding the Rhinestone to the flower on his hat, I colored it with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker, but you could leave it plain. Another project that you can do as fancy or plain as you like.

Here are some of the main supplies I used for this project.  Just click on any picture to see it in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Christmas Snowy House Tag

Christmas Snowy House Tag

This Christmas Snowy House Tag came about after browsing the internet for some inspiration for a Christmas card or tag! There were some scrap pieces in the bag of Kraft 12″ x 12″ Card Stock (which is a little heavier than regular card stock) so I decided on a tag.  This one is a little wide at 3″, but it is fine and I just cut off the top corners. Once I did that, it looked like a house, so I decided to take my White Signo Gel Pen and draw in the house features! I felt like a little kid drawing a picture with not a care in the world for how perfect or imperfect it was! Oh, you couldn’t tell it was hand-drawn because it is so meticulous??!!! I don’t think so!!  Anyway, it was fun and we’ll see if it ends up on somebody’s Christmas package this year!

After drawing in my house with my White Gel Pen, I just tore two scraps of Whisper White irregularly for the snow on the ground and adhered with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue. The little tree happened to be stuck on my end table (I don’t know why) so after seeing it laying there, I thought it would look perfect as an accent with this snowy house!  Then I took my trusty 2-Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to apply “snow” around on the house! Finally I punched a 1/8″ hole in the top of the tag and tied on the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon.  This ribbon is beautiful! Of course I love that it is red but it is a beatiful RED! I thought my tag was finished, but then I thought it needed a little greeting in the bottom corner.  The greeting is from Good Greetings and is stamped with Crumb Cake ink.

Make a few Christmas tags today. Just get out some stamp sets, ink and paper scraps and see what you come up with! If you need any supplies, just go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

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.

For any paper, punches and other fun supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

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?!

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.

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!)

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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!

For the Freaky Friends Stamp Set and more, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

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!

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