Category Archives: Christmas

Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card

Usually I don’t know what I will end up when I start to make a card or project even when I “think” I know what I am going to make, as is the case with this Layered Letters Fa La La Christmas Card.  And you never know where your inspiration will come from – and how much your final project will change from that inspiration!

On a store website, I saw a pillow with “Fa La La” printed on it, and I immediately thought of the Layered Letters Alphabet Stamp Set.  I thought their colors looked a lot like Cherry Cobbler so that is how I started. I decided to stamp the letters and then die cut with the new  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  These dies are unavailable right now but will be back! The Garden Green background layer is cut with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies.

I couldn’t fit just the three words on the card very well so I tried to see what else I could do.  I thought the Christmas tree from Santa’s Sleigh would be nice. You can get the stamp set and framelits in a Bundle and save 10%! And in the Bundle you also get little bows, which I used to decorate the tree!  I added a Rhinestone Jewel to each bow since I hadn’t stamped the bows first, and I like the way they look!  I thought the background needed a little something, so as I looked for the Sparkle Embossing FolderI came across the Cable Knit Dynamic Folderwhich is probably good for almost anything!  It’s so beautiful!

And that’s how my card turned out that started with just “Fa La La” in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla turned out!

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Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card

Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card

Did you know you could use our 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon to make a Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Card?  I saw a similar idea on Pinterest that I thought was pretty cute, so I looked over my current Stampin’ Up! ribbons. I first thought I would use the Delightful Dijon ribbon in the Trio Pack, but then I spotted the Burlap Ribbon and I wondered if that would work! I suddenly liked the thought of a “rustic” look to the card! If you really wanted to be rustic, you might use a real twig for the tree trunk, but I just used a strip of Soft Suede cardstock. To adhere the ribbon to make the tree, I just used Stampin’ Dimensionals but kind of hid them under where the ribbon folded over. The top one is hidden underneath the star.  At the very end of the ribbon, I used a couple of Glue Dots.

The star was a problem as I didn’t have a punch or framelit that seemed like quite the right size so I did die cut a star with one of the Mini Treat Bag dies, but then cut it down a little in size. It’s not perfect, but since it’s “rustic” it could be a little wonky!  I could have stopped them, but oh no, I thought maybe those Enamel Dots might be fun to look like ornaments.  The greeting comes from the Santa’s Sleigh Photopolymer Stamp Set.  The card base is Early Espresso, the layer Real Red, and then the top layer Whisper White.

Check your ribbon selection and see what you can use to make a ribbon Christmas tree card like this one!

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card and Christmas Tags

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card and Christmas Tags

What would Christmas be without a Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card and matching Christmas Tags?!  Lovely As a Tree is a classic stamp set, maybe the oldest stamp set that Stampin’ Up! carries. It’s been around as long as I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. There was a funny moment at one Stampin’ Up! Convention when Shelli Gardner was on stage stamping and she couldn’t believe Lovely As a Tree was still a current stamp set! I’m not sure, but I think most all of us prefer to keep Lovely As a Tree around for a lot longer because it just works so well for many cards and projects. If you google this stamp set, you will find the most gorgeous, creative cards!  I think it was one of the first stamp sets I ever bought as a customer!

To make the card, I tore a piece of computer paper to make a rough edge and laid it down along the bottom of the Thick Whisper White card base. Then I just sponged on some ink – Soft Sky at the bottom and Marina Mist farther up. Use a light touch because you can always go back and apply more ink.Torn Edge Sponging

For the fun part of stamping the evergreen tree, I used Pear Pizzazz, stamping once and then stamping again without reinking to get that lighter look.  The stamped greeting is from the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set. For a finishing touch, although you cannot see it in the photo, I used the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for some shimmer and shine on the trees and here and there on the snow at the base of the card.

As long as I had my materials and stamps out, I thought I would make a couple Christmas tags. The smaller one is punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper PunchIf you prefer a different look, you can use the Ornate Tag Topper Punch which happens to be on sale in the Year-End Closeout.  The little banner is from the Sweet Home Photopolymer Stamp Set as is the word “Merry”. It’s easy to cut out by hand with Paper Snips. The second tag I just cut by hand to make it wider. Again I sponged the snowy ground and sky with a scrap piece of cardstock that just happened to be curved. To make the snowflakes, I put down dots of glue with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ GlitterAgain, the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter is a long-time product of Stampin’ Up!, we have used it forever, and I personally hope they keep it around for a long time.  So easy to use, although I have to say I miss the retired Glue Pen we used to use on the trees. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen gives a bit of a 3-D look, which worked well with the tiny snowflakes.

If you don’t already own the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set, please put it on your next order!  You won’t be disappointed and will get lots of use out of it.  I have the original wood-mount stamp set, but now you can also buy it in Clear-Mount. It’s great for masculine cards, Christmas cards, all-occasion cards, birthday cards, you name it!

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Reindeer Christmas Gift Tags

Reindeer Christmas Gift Tags

What a fun day I had yesterday! In the afternoon one of my customers, who has become a dear friend to me, and her little girl came over and we made these Reindeer Christmas Gift Tags for a children’s group for their stockings. Since we were making 24 tags and for both boys and girls, we needed something relatively easy to make, something that appeals to either a boy or a girl, and something for different ages.

Right away I thought the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set was probably the way to go, with lots of choices of stamps and creative possibilities, not to mention the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch which would make assembling the tags easy by punching instead of cutting with a scissors. Before I knew exactly what design I would come up with, I looked in my retired “stash” and found  the Season of Style Paper Stack with 24 sheets of each of two patterns so I knew we would have plenty of the same paper! As it turned out, I found an idea online for tags that just had strips of paper on the sides of the tag, so we had no problem with the amount of paper we needed. My friend had already purchased some large white tags, 6″ x 3″, so at first it was a bit of a challenge to decorate a large tag.  But it can be done! If you need a large tag for a gift, just cut one the size you need from cardstock and play until you find the right decoration for it!

The reindeer is stamped with Memento Black ink on Crumb Cake cardstockWhat reindeer would be complete without a glittery red nose, so we used a 1/2″ Circle Punch with Red Glimmer Paper and snipped off just a top portion of the circle to fit the stamped portion of the nose. The bow is also in the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set and the bow can also be punched with the Cookie Cutter Punch! Easy peasy!  My friend’s daughter, Miss Elsie, did a lot of the work on these tags, adhering the strips of paper on the sides of the tags, cutting and gluing the noses on the reindeer, and stamping the little hearts in the background for just a little something extra. She’s been stamping since she was little, even teaching how to stamp in her preschool class a few years ago!!

The greeting is from the Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp SetThis stamp set is on sale right now in the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout SaleI would recommend you pick up this set now at a discount because it has great Christmas greetings, but if you look closely, you will notice that there are other greetings you can use any time! Really, there are just four stamps that I would say are only for Christmas, and if you used careful “markering” on certain words in those stamps, you might be able to use them for other occasions! And for fun, go ahead and get the Tin of Tags Project Kit, also on sale, either for yourself or to give as a gift.  If you are giving it to a non-stamper, you can make the tags yourself and then put them in the cute red tin for the gift. As I’ve said before, I LOVE that red tin!

One of the best things about Stampin’ Up! are the people that you meet, and yesterday afternoon is a perfect example! Just by me being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and this customer finding me online, back in the day when the Demonstrator Website was a fairly new thing, I have come to know her family, her mother, and one of her best friends who usually stamps with us. What a perk from just being associated with Stampin’ Up!

Spinach & Phyllo Dough

Spinach & Phyllo Dough

And in the morning, I attended a Holiday Cooking Class given by my neighbor!  If you are in the Houston area and are interested in learning either how to cook or some new ideas, check out Chef Ellen!  Follow her on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/chefellenhouston or her website at http://chefellen.weebly.com/.  She’s doing another Holiday Cooking Class December 18th with different foods. Just in time to give you new ideas for your holiday dinners or parties!

What fun and what delicious food she showed us how to cook, some of which we cooked ourselves! It was a lot of balls in the air at one time, but she pulled it off and we had so many samples to try and some to take home that I’m not sure I can even remember what all we made! I wasn’t taking photos with the intention to post on my blog, just to help remember the things we made, so they are “real” photos, nothing staged! The photo below is a brie wheel with a delicious sauce of cranberries and pears in a sugar syrup. Yum! The first photo above is spinach with a phyllo dough topping.

Brie Cheese & Cranberries and Pears

Brie Cheese with Cranberries & Pears Sauce

Cranberries & Pears

Cranberries & Pears Sauce

Biscotti-like Cookies

Biscotti-like Cookies

Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

We made delicious mushroom soup, learned about artichokes and roasted one, crab cakes with a super-delicious sauce, a ricotta cheese appetizer, desserts, and more!

So if you are looking for some new cooking ideas or would like to book your own personalized class with Ellen, email her at chefellen@earthlink.net.  I’ve know her a long time, our daughters have been friends since they were little girls and still see each other whenever possible. Get out of your cooking rut and try Chef Ellen!

Cooking and Stamping!  It’s all about creativity and new ideas!

Shop the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout and other current Stampin’ Up! products!  You may want some boxes or cello bags to package your holiday food you may be giving as a gift!

Tin of Tags and Christmas White Gift Box

Tin of Tags Assortment and White Gift Christmas Box

The Tin of Tags was one of the things that first caught my eye in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog because of the red tin!  Essentially I bought the red tin and the tag kit came with it!!  You can make 30 tags, 3 each of 10 designs! You do also need the Tin of Tags Stamp Set, unless you want to use other greetings you already have or even make some of the tags for other occasions.  You get the embellishments, baker’s twine, and washi tape in the tag kit!  And the best news, the Tin of Tags and the Tin of Tags Stamp Set are both discounted right now during the Stampin’ Up! Closeout!  Don’t hesitate in case other people also think this is a great deal, now that we are getting close to “wrapping season”!

While you are ordering the Tin of Tags and stamp set, put the White Gift Boxes on your order as well! They are perfect for small gifts or treats but they are not teeny. They are 3″ x 3″ x 3″. You can decorate them so many different ways and for any occasion.  Good to have on hand! For this gift box, I just made a belly band from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.  I cut each strip 2″ wide and matched the patterns (pretty well) on the sides since one obviously did not go all the way around.  This paper is even on sale half-price!!!  Gotta have it! I also tied the Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon around the middle.

Tin of Tags and Christmas White Gift Box

Watch Donna Griffith at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office talk about the Tin of Tags in this video!

Scoop up your red tin, I mean the Tin of Tags Project Kit and Tin of Tags Stamp Set, while you have plenty of time!

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Stampin’ Up! Retiring List and Year-End Closeout Sale

Stampin' Up! Closeout Sale Banner 2016

Today begins the Stampin’ Up! year-end closeout!  Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products.

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The Retiring List will be updated daily with what is no longer available. You will see an “X” in the “Available” column.

  • Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last.
  • Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time.
  • High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3; beginning
    January 4, they will still be available, but at regular price.
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will be only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last. Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag

Last year I decorated a kraft gift bag much like this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and it was quite popular. This year I thought I would try something similar with one of my favorite products, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies!  I loved this project because you can use the treat bag as a treat holder, a small gift holder, or as a Christmas card! If you look closely you can see the top of the card I inserted in the treat bag with a strip of the Candy Cane Lane Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag Card

To make the mini treat bag, of course I used the Big Shot and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. I made this bag out of our Kraft 12″ x 12″ Cardstock. Rudolph’s antlers are punched with the Tree Builder Punch.  The eyes are punched with the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch out of Whisper White and the black pupils with the 3/4″ Circle PunchI marked a little “highlight” on the eyes with my White Stampin’ Chalk MarkerThe Red Glimmer Paper nose is punched with the 1″ Circle Punch.  And I had to tie a bow on the reindeer with the Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon.

The card is cut from Whisper White Cardstock to fit inside the treat bag. I adhered a strip of designer paper to the top and stamped a greeting from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. You don’t have to have the Tin of Tags in order to make good use out of this stamp set. It stands on its own!

LAST DAY For STITCHED FROM THE HEART STAMP SALE!!

Stamp Set Sale Nov 2016

Today, November 30, is the last day for the Stitched From the Heart Stamp Sale! Check out the list one more time (click HERE) and see if you can pass up any of these great stamp sets at 25% off!

Year End Closeout 2016 Banner

New Announcement!

Check back tomorrow, December 1st (if you can believe that December will be here tomorrow!!!) to see the list of all items from the 2016 Holiday Catalog that are retiring and will no longer be available for purchase after January 3, 2017.

I don’t know yet what is on the list!  We will all find out tomorrow! Check back here on my blog or at my Online Store HERE.  I’m sure you will be able to click on the banner you see there to see all the products!

I hope you got a kick out of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mini Treat Bag and can use this inspiration for one of your own projects!

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White Gift Box Santa Wrap

White Gift Box Santa Wrap

Stampin’ Up! recently had these White Gift Boxes on sale on the Online Extravaganza, so yours might be on their way if you ordered them, or you might have already purchased them, or sale or not, they still are a good product to have on hand!  Look at just one way you can decorate them, like this White Gift Box Santa Wrap.  You can also add a greeting or tag to the top.

To decorate this White Gift Box, I creased all the folds and assembled the box. Depending on what cardstock you have, you can do this one of two ways – or maybe even three ways. Since I had Real Red 12″ x 12″ cardstock, I cut a 3″ x 12″ wide strip and wrapped it around the box. You might think it would fit exactly, but those folds on the box just take up a little bit of space, so you do end up a little short at the back of the box. Now if you cut a piece from regular size cardstock, you could make it 3″ x 11″ and still do the same on the back that I will explain. Or you could cut 3″ x 3″ pieces for each side of the box.

White Gift Box Wrapping

Where I came up short on the back of the box, I just cut a 3″ x 3″ piece to cover it. I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the cardstock to the box because it gave it that little bit of time to position the paper exactly right on the gift box.

To keep that little half circle where the tab tucks into the gift box,  traced the opening onto the Real Red piece that would be on the front and punched with the 3/4″ Circle Punch (or just cut out with your Paper Snips). Yes, that tiny bit of white shows, but I decided it wasn’t important. If you don’t like that bit of white, then adhere a strip of Real Red onto that tab.

To make it look like a Santa coat, I cut a 1 1/4″ x 11″ strip of Basic Black. This I began gluing at the back of the box because I knew the belt buckle would overlap the part that didn’t reach on the front portion, Who would know?? For the belt buckle, I used a 2″ x 2″ piece of Gold Foil Sheet. Instead of cutting and putting the “belt” through the buckle, just cut a 1 1/4″ square piece of Basic Black (same width as the belt) and glue it in the center of the foil, making sure it lines up with the belt!  Neat trick, huh?!

To finish off the box, I glued a 3″ x 3″ piece of Real Red cardstock on the lid of the box. After that you could add a stamped greeting or tag or whatever to the top.

These White Gift Boxes also come with a clear plastic sleeve to go around the box, but I didn’t use that this time. While these boxes are not large, they are not teeny either, so they’re pretty practical to keep on hand for any occasion.  You could even decorate all the boxes in the package ahead of Christmas and then your gift-wrapped box is ready for the gift inside, like this Santa Wrap idea!

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Don’t forget:  Today and tomorrow are the last days for the Stitched From the Heart stamp sale!

 

 

Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland

Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland

On the day after Thanksgiving, it seemed like a good idea to start working on my Paper Pumpkin November 2016 Kit Wonderful Winterland. This is a beautiful kit with these die cut scenes that are layered one on top of another but popped up with dimensionals with a vellum layer in the background and then adhered to the little note card. The snowflakes, trees and greeting are all stamped. The sequins and metallic baker’s twine add the finishing touches to the cards (as well as the twine holding the vellum in place so no adhesive will show!).

If you haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin, it’s a monthly subscription kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes to you in the mail. Whether you are an advanced crafter or a beginner or not a crafter at all, it’s a kit that entices you to spend some time for yourself, relaxing, and enjoying making the project inside the box! With your first kit, you receive a clear acrylic block on which to mount the stamps. Each kit includes an exclusive stamp set and an ink spot (a 1″ square ink pad!) plus directions and all the materials you need for the project. Each month is a surprise! There is even a Stampin’ Up! video each month showing you how to assemble the kit if you like to watch rather than just read the directions.

Of course it’s your box, so you can change the project and make alternate creations or make it exactly as it is designed! Whatever you want, it’s your craft time! (Some would call it therapy time!!).

Join Paper Pumpkin by December 10th to receive the December kit! Once you are a subscriber, you can purchase any past kits or refills that are available. (There are some available now on the Online Extravaganza.)

Maybe you would like to gift someone with Paper Pumpkin for Christmas as well as getting a subscription for yourself!  You can also order extra kits any month that you choose as long as you change the quantity by the 10th of any month. Skip a month when you need to or cancel your subscription if you must.  No risk, no obligation!  Worth a try!

Check out the video for the November 2016 Kit!

You can get more information  at www.PaperPumpkin.com or go to my direct link HERE.

Do it for yourself!  You deserve it!

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Square Christmas Cards

Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear Square Christmas Cards

The other day I mentioned taking inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, which I did with these two Cookie Cutter Christmas Bear square Christmas cards. Even if you have paged through the catalogs hundreds of times, on any one particular day something new might jump out at you.  Today it was a sample card for the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set that I noticed and realized I had never thought about the bear image being in that stamp set!

I made the card base with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered on a pattern from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper StackDon’t think that this paper is only for Christmas or the holiday season because as you can see from these patterns, you could use them almost any time. There are some Christmas patterns in the stack but remember there is always another side to the paper!

The circles are cut with the Big Shot and the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Stampin’ Up! announced this morning that these Stitched Shapes Framelits have been SO popular they are going on backorder and the number will be turned off in a week so they can replenish the supply. If you want these sooner rather than later I would order them right away, even if they say “backordered”.  This will put you in line to get the ones that do come in, probably the end of the month. The entire supply they thought would last until the end of the year sold out in two weeks! These dies are great and I highly recommend them, but it’s too bad there will be a delay. But try to order them as soon as possible if you want them without waiting too long, hopefully!

The bear is stamped on the circle and then you do have to stamp his face and his ears!  It took me a minute to realize what was wrong with the bear just stamped! In fact I was going to punch out the bear with the Cookie Cutter Punch and then I realized the ears were separate and I would have to stamp, cut out and glue on to the bear.  That is doable, I just decided on the stamping for today! The bow tie is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Real Red ink and punched out.  The greeting comes in the stamp set. Just imagine how you could change the greeting and have a cute baby card or birthday card for a child! The catalog sample has a piece of Linen Thread tied around the card, but I did change it to the Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. This twine is white with a red metallic thread. So pretty!

Save some money by purchasing the Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Bundle which comes with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

Remember, put those Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies on your order today or tomorrow, if possible!

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders

Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat HoldersWhile we are on the subject of chocolate (from yesterday!), here are two more versions of Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders. Honestly, once you get started on these, you hate to stop! So many possibilities!

The first candy treat holder on the left is a folded over piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, cut 9 3/4″ x 3 1/2″. It is scored at 3 1/4″ from each end so that the paper is scored in thirds.  That gives a flap to fold on the inside to hold the candy (you could also do this for tea bags) that is trimmed at a diagonal so you can see the candy. Use an adhesive to hold the bottom of the triangle shut to hold the candy like Fast Fuse. Then just decorate the front of the candy holder however you like. I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to cut out the greeting from the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp SetThis stamp set is one that is on sale during the month of November.  You will be able to get lots of use out of this stamp set making your holiday cards and projects.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Folded Candy Treat Holder Inside

The smaller chocolate candy treat holder is cut 5 1/2″ x 2″ with each end punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Then it is scored at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. Fold, put the candy inside, perhaps with a Glue Dot to hold it inside, and tie with a ribbon at the top. I used the Gold 1/8″ RibbonI chose a piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper for the small piece on the front of the candy holder. The little greeting is from the Oh What Fun Stamp Setdie cut with the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies.  You DO want these dies in your collection!

Go stock up on some candies you can use in your holiday crafting, then have fun making all kinds of cute things like these Ghirardelli Chocolate Candy Treat Holders.

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Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas Card

Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas CardMy new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies arrived and I had to try them out on this quick Stitched Shapes Framelits Easy Christmas Card. Just making this quick card, I can tell you I love the Stitched Shapes Framelits!  As you can see the stitched look just adds a little something, just a little accent.  I think these framelits are going to be very popular!

I made the card base with Soft Suede. (I actually meant to grab Crumb Cake Cardstock, but decided that Soft Suede would be fine, too!) For the Real Red layer, I embossed it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  The greeting is stamped from the Suite Seasons Clear-Mount Stamp Set.  You can get this set ON SALE during November for 25% off! Don’t miss it!

Suite Seasons Stamp Set

The greeting was stamped in Real Red ink, but then I wiped off the pine needle image and colored it with an Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker. Then it is backed with a layer from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies, one with a scalloped edge.  So pretty!

Order your Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies today so you can begin using them on your cards and projects!

 

Decorated Christmas Votive Holder

Decorated Christmas Votive Holder

The other day I was at a holiday market and I saw a round votive holder with a piece of burlap wrapped around the middle and some other embellishments attached so that inspired my Decorated Christmas Votive Holder. Stampin’ Up! no longer carries the wide burlap ribbon , but we do have this 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon which is very soft, flexible and easy to use. For a little accent I also wrapped around the Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon. I love red and I love this ribbon!  Stampin’ Up! really has the best RED, don’t you agree?!

To decorate the votive, I decided on the Christmas tree in the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set.  The tree is really too tall for the votive but the design was such that I could cut the top off the tree and it still looked fine. I also stamped the red bows that come in the set and colored with a Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker and adhered to the tree. (Both the Real Red & Crumb Cake Markers can be purchased in the Holiday Catalog). You can’t see it in the photo, but I also felt compelled to play with both Wink of Stella Glitter Brushes!  I applied a little of the Gold Wink of Stella to the tree branches and some Clear Wink of Stella to the bows. Those glitter brushes are dangerous – once you start using them you can barely make yourself stop, they are so much fun! For the star on top of the tree, I used a retired star punch and Gold Glimmer Paper.

I think there are so many possibilities for decorating little votive holders for Christmas like this one. Pick up a few at the store, get out your stamping stuff, and see what you come up with!  They will make nice little gifts.

It’s not too late to get a Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products! Just email me at Karen@KarenStamps.com and I can mail the catalogs to you.

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Christmas Thank You Note Cards

Christmas Thank You Note Cards

I’m calling these Christmas Thank You Note Cards, but can’t you see that you could use them almost any time? If you send thank you notes (and we all should) you will be sending them after the Christmas holidays, so these made with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack have a lot of wintery looking papers, perfect to use after Christmas! But there are also other patterns that are other designs that you can use just any time.

To save time, I used the Whisper White Note Cards and EnvelopesThese cards are a little smaller than the cards we normally make, but not too small that they can’t be used for writing notes. I think these Stampin’ Up! Note Cards are one of the most overlooked items in the catalog! They are so handy, you should really keep a pack or two on hand. On these thank you notes, I covered the note cards with the designer paper, but you could also quickly stamp an image on the front of the plain note card and write a note inside.  Quick and easy! There are also Crumb Cake Note Cards and Envelopes if that color suits your purpose better!

Why am I mentioning thank you notes now?? Well, sometimes I think it is better to start from the end and work forward! Sometimes I do my packing for a trip this way! For the holidays you know you have shopping and wrapping and cooking and cleaning to do, but by the time you get to handmade thank you notes, you are not going to take the time. So do those now to keep on hand because you KNOW the shopping, the wrapping, the cooking and cleaning WILL get done! And besides, it’s not just Christmas! Maybe you will get a hostess gift from a guest at Thanksgiving dinner or maybe you will be a guest at someone’s house for Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be nice to have thank you notes ready to send after Thanksgiving? Which would be more fun?  Getting an email saying “Thank you for the dinner!” or receiving one of these cards in the mailbox with your handwritten note personally thanking your host?? Email is more convenient (unless the recipient doesn’t check their email as timely as you do!) but a handwritten card means and says so much more. And since that’s what we love to do – stamp and make cards – let’s DO that!

Stampin' Up! Note Card Sample

Make it simple for yourself in this busy time. Get a pack or two of note cards and make up a few thank you notes to send when the occasion calls for it.

And don’t forget the new Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies available now plus the 25% off sale on select stamp sets!

Stitched From the Heart Cards

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Gift Wrap Ideas With Cellophane Bags


Enjoy this video from Stampin’ Up! and get wonderful gift wrap ideas and maybe just gift ideas themselves using the 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags.  These are pretty large bags, given the 17″ length, so you can stick a large gift or treat inside! Think about when you are ready to make special treats for the neighbors or a group of friends, wouldn’t these bags be perfect to use for your holiday mix, special bread or cake, bag of cookies or candy, bottle of wine, and more? Just put your gift inside,  tie with a pretty ribbon and add a cute tag! If you don’t want the bag quite so long for a smaller gift, just cut off some of the length.

For another gift presentation when you want the gift to be hidden, just wrap pretty tissue paper all around the gift and insert it in the cello bag! You can also stamp on the outside of the bag if you use Stazon ink.

Remember, presentation is everything!! No matter what the gift, a big part of the thrill will be how you wrap and present the gift, and we stampers have all kinds of materials and ideas to make that the best part!

6x17 Cellophane Bag Gift Wrap

6x17 Cellophane Bags

Stampin’ Up! also carries other sizes of cellophane bags. These are nice bags, completely clear and crisp, not that kind of thick, cloudy, cheaper looking kind of bag you can sometimes buy at other places.

Easy Christmas Card Ideas…and the Stamps Are On Sale!

Tin of Tags Christmas Cards

Yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a 25% off sale of select stamp sets that perhaps coordinate nicely with the newly introduced Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Here I used one of the stamp sets on sale, Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set, to make two easy Christmas cards! It’s that time of year! I don’t have the framelits yet, but I think they would add a nice touch to my greetings on my cards as a border.

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below to see how to use the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies!

My Christmas cards were very easy to make. I decided to make a 4 1/4″ square card. Instead of cutting the cardstock in half horizontally as we usually do, cut the length to 8 1/2″, then cut in half vertically (well, if you start with a full sheet of  cardstock, cut in half vertically and then trim each strip to 8 1/2″.) Score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half. I used a layer of the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack as a background. The greetings on each card are stamped from the Tin of Tags Stamp Set. I die cut the squares with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, but if you don’t have those, just cut your own squares. I also used the gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to add little accents on the one card.

The Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set of course coordinates with the cute Tin of Tags Project Kit.  Such a fun and easy way to sit down for a little while and make 30 tags to use on your Christmas gifts!  And you still have the cute red tin!  I love red, so in my case, I bought the red tin and the kit just came with it!!  But you can use the stamp set a million ways without the project kit, so don’t let that stop you.

To see all the stamp sets on sale during November and the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, just click the link below!

Shop the 25% off Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale on select stamp sets!

Get On My List for 12 Weeks of Christmas!

12 Weeks of Christmas Holiday Emails

Now that Halloween is over, you know Christmas is just around the corner and the time to be working on cards and gifts is here! Every week I send out a special holiday email to my mailing list subscribers with a new holiday idea! We have already done four weeks of cards!  Next up are gift ideas and then gift wrap ideas. You can still get the rest of my 12 Weeks of Christmas emails if you sign up today! The next issue goes out in less than 24 hours!  You don’t want to miss any!

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Need More Christmas Trees For Your Home?

Stampin' Up! Paper Christmas Trees Kit

Images © Stampin’ Up! 2016

Don’t forget that Stampin’ Up! has extra Christmas trees for your holiday home decor in the Forever Evergreen Project Kit in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. There’s always another little nook or cranny where you need a little Christmas, so you could use this kit for your own crafting fun and have something useful at the end.

Here are the contents of the kit:

Stampin' Up! Christmas Trees Kit Contents

Images © Stampin’ Up! 2016

Watch the video below with Carrie Cudney of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office show you how this kit goes together!

These Stampin’ Up! kits are great because the project is already designed for you! If you like, add on the Forever Evergreen Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Order this Forever Evergreen Project Kit today and you’ll be ready way before Christmas!

Make a December Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Album Now


December will be here before we know it, so be prepared to document your December days or even the holidays with a Project Life album all ready to go!  Nothing could be easier or cuter! Watch how Donna Griffith from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office goes about making hers with the Project Life Hello December 2016 Card Collection and Accessory Pack. If you want to keep it super simple, just use the cards and your photos.  You can always go back and get fancy with embellishments later, just get the photos and some journaling into an album right away. However, the Accessory Pack is a cute bag of goodies, you just might want it on hand regardless! This is the album that Donna refers to in the video, the Emerald Envy 6″ x 8″ Project Life Album.

Here is a link to the template she shares:  Project LIfe Template

Watch the video below by Holly at the Home Office and find out more about the Project Life Hello December 2016 Card Collection and Accessory Pack.  They are so much fun!

To order any of these Project Life products and others, please visit the Project Life section in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!

Stampin’ Up! Fancy Frost Textured Designer Paper

Stampin' Up! Fancy Frost Textured Designer Paper

Have you seen this beautiful textured paper in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper?  It is different than anything Stampin’ Up! has every had that I can remember!  You might think at first glance that it is embossed paper but it is not. The designs are dry embossed on the paper and they are beautiful! The photo above certainly does not do them justice. Watch the video below.  You can leave the paper plain white or you can add color to the raised patterns!

If you want to try this beautiful paper, just add it to your order when you shop at the Stampin’ Up! Online Store!