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Quick and Easy Tiny Christmas Tags

Tiny Christmas Tags

We’re all rushed for time, but if you find yourself short on tags for wrapping presents, just make some quick and easy tiny Christmas tags like these! The Soft Sky card base is cut at 2″ x 4″ and scored at 2″. The Whisper White layer is cut at 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″. Just find some small images to stamp easily. The first one is from the stamp set Many Merry Stars and the other two are from the Project Life stamp set December Wonder. The monochromatic look is easy and you don’t even have to think about colors!  Add a tiny rhinestone or pearl for a little something on your tag or gift card! Super simple to make!  At most it took five minutes!  And it was fun!  You won’t be able to buy such cute gift tags at the store!

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Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Candy Treat Holder

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Candy Treat Holder

If you need a little candy treat holder for Christmas, try this Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Candy Treat Holder. It’s made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punchbut if you didn’t have that punch, you could also just make the card stock strip plain and punch holes in the top. The Tag Topper Punches make it easy!

I wanted to be able to enclose two Ghirardelli chocolates inside so I made the spacing for the bottom a little wider and the strip a little longer. I cut my cardstock for the candy holder 7″ x 2″.  It does need to be exactly 2″ or a tad narrower for the strip to fit inside the punch. Score at 3 1/8″ and 3 7/8″. Punch each end with the Tag Topper Punch. Fold on the score lines and decorate the treat holder! I put a little bit of SNAIL Adhesive inside just to help hold the candy. Tie with some ribbon at the top.

To decorate the candy treat holder, I cut a piece of Whisper White for a background layer and stamped with Soft Sky ink the very little snowflakes in Holiday Home. The tree is from Festival of Trees and punched with the Tree Punch. Of course I had to punch out a little star from the Glimmer Paper and I even had to add a little bit of bling with some Pearls and Rhinestones.

This is an easy and fun project to make!  Make it a little smaller if you want to just add one chocolate inside!

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Make a Gift Card Holder

Gift Card HolderShopping time is about over before Christmas (not that I have barely started mine!) so gift cards might be an easy solution for your gift-giving at this point in time! Make a pretty gift card holder with some card stock and designer paper and maybe a stamp or punch or two! My friend and I made a bunch of gift card holders yesterday for her husband’s office, but that version was a little more complicated, although they turned out beautiful. This gift card holder is very easy to make and so versatile.

Cut a piece of card stock 10″ x 4 1/2″.  Score at 3″, 4″, 5″ and 8″. Fold and decorate.

That’s pretty much it!!

Here are the steps since you probably want the details!

Gift Card Holder Folds

Fold on all the score lines using a Bone Folder to crease them well. Make sure your folds are going like this.

Gift Card Holder Adhesive

Apply adhesive as seen in the photo above.  I used Sticky Strip (and took off the red liner before I took the picture! I like using adhesive on both sides that meet up so it holds well, just in case. In this case, put the adhesive very close to those fold lines because the gift card is going to be inserted in the top part, where the fold is now.

Gift Card Holder GluedPinch that fold together where you have put the Sticky Strip (or Mono Multipurpose Glue). You are eventually going to slice off the top fold to make an opening for the gift card, so don’t worry!

Gift Card Holder Greeting Inside

You can add a greeting to the inside and adhere some designer paper where you like. Using the Paper Trimmer, trim off just a slight bit of the top of that fold line where you will insert the gift card. You could use a framelit or punch that opens up that fold to fit the gift card. In the photo, you can barely see the opening I have after trimming off just about 1/8″ or whatever slight amount of the fold.

Gift Card Holder with Card

Insert the gift card (not a plug for Office Depot, I just grabbed a card that would fit in the slot!). Make a belly band (mine is 1 1/4″ wide) to fit around or tie a ribbon or whatever you like!

Easy gift card holder!  Unless you choose to make it more complicated!

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Festival of Trees Christmas Tags

Festival of Trees Christmas Tags

It is crunch time for sure so I plan to show you quick and easy Christmas projects you can make at the last minute this week! Here are some Festival of Trees Christmas Tags you can make with scraps and just a little bit of stamping and embellishing. I cut the tag 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ with the Whisper White layer 2″ x 4″. You can use any colors you like. I stamped the trees with the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and punched out with the Tree Punch. That punch is so handy! If you want, you can save 15% by buying the bundle with the stamp set and punch together. You don’t even need to stamp, you can punch out a tree from designer paper or Glimmer Paper! Super Simple!  And then if you like, but not necessary, you can embellish the trees with some bling, like rhinestones or pearls or Candy Dots!

Have fun making some easy Christmas tags!

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More Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit Christmas Cards

Watercolor Winter Merry Tree

Besides the designed cards in the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit, I was able to make lots of other designs with the materials in the kit.  Some I copied and some I made up as I went along! That’s the beauty of stamping! The Watercolor Winter Kit is still on the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Clearance Rack, but is only available while supplies last! There are other holiday products on there that you might like to grab right away so you can use them this year – or save them for next year!

Here are some of the other cards I made from the kit and maybe with a few extra pieces from my stash.

Watercolor Winter Joy Sled Card

Watercolor Winter Card Sled Joy Snowflake

Watercolor Winter Card Bermuda Bay Snowflake

Festival of Trees 4″ x 4″ Card

Festival of Trees 4x4 Card

Sometimes it is fun to make a different size card, so this one is a Festival of Trees  4″ x 4″ Christmas card.  It fits in the envelope perfectly. The Festival of Trees Stamp Set offers so many possibilities for Christmas cards, Christmas treats, Christmas favors and projects! And who doesn’t love the Silver Glimmer Paper to set off the tree! If you purchase the Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle then you save 15% and also receive the Tree Punch which makes cutting out the tree so easy. I stamped the star from the set with Real Red and punched out with the star in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I use these punches all the time. While I had planned to decorate the tree with Rhinestones perhaps colored with a Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker, I opted instead for the Brights Candy Dots. Originally I was only going to use the red ones, but then decided why not use several colors?! This way for mailing the front of the card is flatter since I already have the tree popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Silver Glimmer Paper circle is punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The Real Red background layer is embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. The greeting comes in the stamp set and has another part that does on the inside of the card. Great stamp set!

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Making Watercolor Winter Cards from a Kit

Watercolor Winter Snowflake Trees CardYesterday I followed my own advice and just sat at the kitchen table and made Christmas cards! I used the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit, which made the card-making easier because the pieces were all there!  All I had to do was assemble!  Ok, I did do some watercoloring with ink refills (the trees, the letters, the sleds) but that was super simple with my Aqua Painter (even though a brush is included in the kit). No watercoloring skill required – just wet your brush, dip it into the ink refill puddle which can be in the lid of your ink pad, and brush over whatever piece you are coloring.  It helps to color the pieces before punching out because you can just color right across. Since the “ombre” look is so in style, it doesn’t matter if you get one part darker or lighter than the other.

There is also a coordinating stamp set that goes with this set, available separately. It is the Watercolor Winter Too Stamp Set. You can also use any greeting set you already have.

Since I have already made some of the cards exactly how the directions in the kit showed, I barely looked at the directions this time and just made my own designs or copied ones I liked on the internet. So in some cases, you will see I used a few other materials that did not come in the kit. But if you didn’t have any other paper scraps or materials to use, you would still be able to make the cards in the kit and even have leeway on how you wanted to make the designs.

This Watercolor  Winter Simply Created Kit, as I write this, is still available on the Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Sale (Clearance Rack), but only while supplies last!

Here’s another card I made.  Love the sleds!!!! The striped card base comes in the kit, the woodgrain white layer, the snowflake, the glittery word, and the banner on which to stamp the greeting.

Watercolor Winter Card Kit

 

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Christmas Tree Triangle Box

Christmas Tree Triangle Box

One of the easiest projects to make for any occasion is the triangle box. This Christmas Tree Triangle Box is one I made for Christmas, to look like a Christmas tree. After cutting and scoring the card stock, I embossed the front half with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder to make it look something like a tree. I tied the top of the box together with the 1/8″ Gold RibbonThen I was ready to decorate!  I thought the ornaments on the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper were cute so I just cut them out by hand with my Paper Snips. They are adhered to the tree with Stampin’ DimensionalsThe Gold Glimmer stars are punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and adhered with Glue Dots.

Here’s how the Triangle Box is made:

Triangle Box diagram

  • Cut card stock in half lengthwise:  4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Score at 5 1/2″.
  • Mark the center of the strip on both ends at 2 1/8″ with a pencil mark.
  • Score with Stampin’ Trimmer at an angle, putting that center pencil mark on the track on the Paper Trimmer while also lining up the middle score line on that track.
  • Score both sides of paper and both ends of paper. That will make two triangles, one on each half of the paper.
  • Fold all the score lines and put the box together.
  • At the top point of the box punch holes for ribbon to go through.

You can make these triangle boxes any size you like. Just follow the basic idea. Put a candy treat or small gift inside.

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More With the Stampin’ Up! November 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Nov Paper Pumpkin Christmas Tags

The thing about the Stampin Up! Paper Pumpkin Kits is that you can design alternate projects with the materials or even with the extra materials in the kit! This kit had such cute and clever Christmas cards and Christmas tags to make, that I didn’t think I could do much better on my own! But I did want to play around a little bit, so these are the extra tags I came up with. The top Happy Holidays tag just has a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper adhered behind the letters.  I love the glittery look it gives to the tag! Otherwise, everything else comes from the kit, including the glue dots!

Nov Paper Pumpkin Iridescent Ice Snowflake Christmas Card

Here is the punched-out snowflake for the designed card, but I put the two halves together and put the greeting across the line where they meet up. You can barely notice at the ends under the greeting where the two halves go together, I could have made the greeting a bit longer, but only a “professional stamper” will notice! I inked the snowflake with Versamark ink and embossed with the Heat Tool and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. I did adhere a little Dazzling Diamonds Glitter in a few spots where the Iridescent Ice didn’t stick or emboss well, but it is barely noticeable. The silver foil snowflake in the center comes in the kit, and since I didn’t add it until later, I just cut it in half and adhered both sides slightly underneath the greeting. I also added a few rhinestones from the kit around on the card. Of course the snowflake would have looked just as good just plain!

November Paper Pumpkin Christmas Cards and Tags

Look at all the Christmas cards and tags I made with the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! And I still have some materials left over!

If you want to get in on the fun of the Paper Pumpkin papercrafting kit that comes in your mailbox just for you once a month, purchase one of these subscriptions and try it out!  No risk, no obligation! Add them on to your normal Stampin’ Up! order and it will count toward Hostess Rewards!

Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions make great Christmas or other gifts for your friends and loved ones! Make your shopping easy and a special treat for them!  Better than a gift from the mall!

Making a Christmas Card and Tag With Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin Kit Card and Tag Nov 2014

I’ve been saying that Paper Pumpkin has been getting better and better every month!  I think the November Kit hit it out of the park! Paper Pumpkin is the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail, all wrapped up in a cute red box, for your crafting pleasure! This kit contained contents to make a 3D Christmas card with snowflakes, rhinestones, silver baker’s twine, and washi tape and a coordinating tag for packages! There is so much included in the kit!  You can follow the directions and make the exact project provided or you can change it up or make something completely different with the materials.

Here are all the contents of the kit!

Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents Nov 2014

Looks like fun, right?! Read about Paper Pumpkin HERE.  You can either do a monthly subscription, which you can pause or cancel at any time (so no risk!) for $19.95 a month (which includes shipping!!) OR you can add a subscription to your regular Stampin’ Up! order.  You can see those subscriptions HERE.  These are paid with your order.  Either way, you get a kit in the mail once a month, it is almost always a surprise, and being a subscriber allows you access to past kits or refills (when available) if you want to make more or if you want a kit that you missed.

You can gift Paper Pumpkin subscriptions as well so consider that as you look over your people you have to buy for. Someone on your list might be the perfect person to receive a Paper Pumpkin Kit in the mail!

Paper Pumpkin Explanation

Paper Pumpkin Subscription Flyer Nov 2014

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Iridescent Ice Snowman Coaster Magnet

 

Iridescent Ice Snowman Coaster Magnet

You’ll never guess where I got inspiration for this Iridescent Ice Snowman Coaster Magnet! I found it on Pinterest but what I thought was an outdoor Christmas decoration actually was a Snowman candy pop on a stick! So even if you see something cute to eat, you can also make it into a stamping project!

When I went looking in my stash for some round coasters to make an ornament, perhaps, I found these much larger 5″ cork coasters from a craft store, which I thought were great.  When I turned them over, here they all had a magnetic strip on the back!  So this is really a magnet!  Cute to stick on the fridge for sure!

I traced around a piece of Whisper White card stock to cut out, but ended up gluing the coaster to the card stock and trimming off the edges, but I think it would have been better to just cut out the circle in the first place. As I was getting ready to glue on the embossed cap, I remembered I had thought to stamp Versamark ink all over the card stock face of the snowman and emboss with Iridescent Ice to get the glittery sparkly snow look.  THEN I glued on the cap, the band at the bottom, and the tassel at the top.  I think I should have sponged some Craft White ink on all the pieces to make them stand out a little better. Then I punched out black circles for the eyes (1/2″ Circle Punch) and circles to form the mouth (Owl Punch) and just hand cut his carrot nose.  The little highlights on his eyes are with the Chalk Marker.  You should always put a little highlight in eyes.

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Many Merry Stars Christmas Tree Card

Many Merry Stars Christmas Tree Card

Today I decided to make something with the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set and this is what turned out – Christmas trees punched with the Tree Punch rather than stars!  See, you never know when you start creating!  The one stamp in the set looked like it should be stamped on a tree shape so that’s where I got the idea. Maybe that’s not what it is really intended to be, but it doesn’t matter.  I stamped that shape with Versamark and embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. I used several shades of green colors (I think Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, and Old Olive) and punched out with the Tree Punch. The one tree embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder was just a scrap piece of paper in my bag of colors, and I thought why not use it?! Then for more variation, I stamped the snowflake in the Many Merry Stars Stamp Set all over a scrap of green, embossed with the Gold Powder and then punched out. The background paper is from the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper. It is layered on Whisper White and the card base is Pear Pizzazz, one of the coordinating colors in the All Is Calm set. What are Christmas trees without a little layer of snow, so I tore some strips of Whisper White and added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with the 2-Way Glue Pen. And of course I had to punch some stars with the star in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack from the Gold Glimmer Paper but one for each tree seemed a bit much. And the greeting is from Holiday Home.  I needed something really small and this was perfect!

Tonight Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators all across the country will be attending livestreaming events at certain movie theaters to watch Stampin’ Up! unveil the new Sale-A-Bration and Occasions catalogs! I’ll be watching the livestream from home, which will be so much fun, although I miss out on getting the catalogs and “swag” by not being at the theater in person. But those of us at home livestreaming are eligible for the door prizes!  Not that I will win, probably! It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for Sale-A-Bration and spring things when we are right in the midst of Christmas, but crafters always have to be working ahead of the game!

Now go make a Christmas card! It’s time to get going!

 

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2014

LAST DAY for the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza!

Shop HERE at my Stampin’ Up! Onine Store, but please ask if you would prefer me to put the order in for you!

And with ANY Stampin’ Up! order today you will also receive my special bonus, a PDF with four easy and quick Christmas projects to make!

Karen's Christmas Project Bonus PDF

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Christmas Candy Bar Wrapper Ideas

Christmas Candy Bar Wrapper Ideas

For a fun and delicious Christmas craft project, get some candy bars (regular size) and wrap them in paper and decorate. If you are looking for Candy Bar Wrapper Christmas ideas, here are three for you!  I swear I only bought these Hershey Bars with Almonds for the purpose of crafting and creating! You will have to measure your own candy bars, but for mine, I cut the card stock at 6″ x 4 1/2″ to wrap around the candy bar. You could also use designer paper. Then just decorate! It’s a good way to use up some of your scraps!

For the snowman, I just used three circle punches in different sizes for his body, a scrap of designer paper for his scarf and the 1″ Square Punch and Word Window Punch for his hat!  Plus a little flower punched out with the Boho Blossom Punch with a little Rhinestone for an accent.  I just drew on his face with markers.

For the Santa candy bar, just tear a strip of  Whisper White on both sides after wrapping the candy bar in Real Red card stock. Punch some black buttons with the 1/2″ Circle PunchThe belt buckle is Gold Foil punched with the Curly Label Punch and a square of Basic Black in the center to make it look like a belt! And of course the belt itself is a 1″ strip of Basic Black.

The elf legs are made with strips of designer paper from Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper. The shoes are fashioned out of the Curly Label Punch trimmed down to look like shoes. The wrapper still needed something so I glued on a strip of Real Red around to look like shorts and a belt around the middle.  See, you can just play around and see what you come up with!

Remember the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza is still going on through Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Be sure to double-check the Doorbusters on Monday! Are the Blendabilities calling your name??!

And any orders placed through Tuesday, I will send you a free PDF of some Christmas treat projects you might find easy to do!

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Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza Holiday Sale

 

The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins today! For the first day, Nov. 24, there are special Doorbusters!  These are available at the sale price only while supplies last! The Doorbuster Sale lasts today until 11:59 pm MT tonight! Of course you can add any of the other sale items to the Doorbusters as well as any current catalog items.

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Get a 25 percent discount on the Starter Kit when you join Stampin’ Up! between November 24  and December 2 . You’ll receive all the same great products AND get five percent cash back on all commissionable orders placed in December. Choose $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products and only pay $74.25 + tax (no shipping). Regular price is already a great deal at $99.

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All orders must be finalized in the month of December to qualify for the five percent cash back offer.

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Snowflake Shaker Christmas Card

Snowflake Shaker Card

Stampin’ Up! sells these little sticky circles in lots of sizes called Shaker Frames, and here is a Christmas card I finally made using snowflakes and a Shaker Frame! Shaker Frames use punches and window sheets to make a dimensional shaker. (If you don’t have window sheets, you can use a scrap of plastic packaging you might have or a transparency.) They’re really fun to play with after you get the hang of it. And it’s also fun to fill them with something to shake around! In this case, I had a stack of tiny little Glimmer Paper stars from the Confetti Stars Punch that I wanted to use in a Shaker Frame.  I also added some snowflakes and sequins from the Frosted Sequins package. I probably could have added a bit more “stuff” in my Shaker Frame, but you can also add too much so I wanted to avoid that. The snowflake stamped in the background is from the Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set. The scalloped Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper frame around the Shaker Frame is die cut with the framelit in the Circle Card Thinlits Die. The Soft Sky card layer is embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and a hole was punched in the card stock to accomodate the shaker. Since I was going to pop up the Soft Sky layer, I decided to push the shaker frame into that layer. I tied some Silver 1/8″ Ribbon around the Soft Sky layer and added some of the Frosted Sequins and Rhinestones to the front of the card for some pizzazz.

Shaker Frame and Window Sheet

Shaker Frame

Shaker Frame Snowflake

Shaker Frame Closeup

This Shaker Frame started out to be a snowman! That’s what I was going to make when I began making this card.  So you don’t always know what you will end up with when you start your stamping project! And it’s good to let your creativity flow wherever it takes you!  Just have fun!

Reminders!

Last Day Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals

Don’t forget the 2014 Holiday Supplement!  (while supplies last)

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack (add on to your order!)

Hello December Project Life® Card Collection by Stampin’ Up!

Be sure to check out the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement! I’d especially recommend the new Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products! You can use these cards and accessories to make scrapbook pages using the Project Life pocket pages system OR use them on traditional scrapbook pages. The products are not limited to scrapbooking and memory-keeping!  Use them on cards or other projects for the holidays.  You will be so inspired just to hold the cards in your hands and play!  Watch the video below for some real inspiration! It shows the Hello December Project Life Card Collection and the Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack  I know it will make you want to get out some photos and make some pages and projects!

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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!

Festival of Trees Christmas Card and Tag

Festival of Trees Tag and Christmas Card

Today I thought I would make a Christmas tag, and after I made the Christmas tag, I decided to make a coordinating Christmas card.  I obviously got carried away with the “bling” on the card, but I still like it!  Just do whatever makes it fun!

I used the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch to make the basic tag.  Then I cut a strip of the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper for the little piece at the bottom of the tag.  I love the red and white pepperminty stripes! The greeting is included in the Festival of Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set so that makes it easy! I cut it out with the Big Shot and the Bitty Banners Framelit Dies. The tree is stamped with the Festival of Trees stamp in Old Olive and punched out with the Tree Punch.  You can purchase the Festival of Trees stamp set and punch in a bundle and save 15%! I decorated the tree on the tag with the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.

When I started on the Christmas card, I already had the remainder of the Nordic Noel DSP strip leftover so I used it all, top and bottom! Then I stamped three trees (the middle one is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals as is the tree on the tag) and decorated various ways with Rhinestones, Stampin’ Write Marker and Crystal Effects. Crystal Effects is just applied over the colored “ornament” on the center tree which, when dry, will provide a shiny little 3D effect.

The tiny stars are made with the Confetti Stars PunchI only used the largest stars! It just seemed like it would be fun to add a few!  I saved the excess stars for another possible project. The stars on top of the tree are made with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, with the star punch. The greeting, since I needed a large one, is from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

There you have it!  Now go make an easy Christmas tag (using the Festival of Trees and Tree Punch) makes it really simple. And then make a matching card!

Festival of Trees Red Christmas Tag

Festival of Trees Red Christmas Card

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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!