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Quick and Easy Reindeer Small Treat Bag

Reindeer Small Treat Bag

If you need a quick and easy little treat, this Reindeer Small Treat Bag is easy to make!    Honestly, it only took me a few minutes before I went out the door!  Nothing like planning ahead!  I got the basic idea from another demonstrator, Angie Juda.

The paper I used for the bag is from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper package. Of course you can use any pattern, any paper, and make one for any occasion.  Keep in mind if there is a pattern going in one direction, think about which way you are cutting the paper!  I had to use the reverse side of the designer paper on another treat bag I was making because I didn’t pay attention to the pattern on the side I intended to use!

Start with a 6″ x 12″ piece of paper.  Score the length of the paper at 2″.  This will become the bottom flaps of the bag. Now turn the paper so you have the 12″ width going horizontal. Score at:  1″,  3 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 9 1/4″. Crease the score lines. Cut off that tiniest portion under the 1″ section (it’s 2″ x 1″). On all those score lines you just made, cut up from the bottom to the 2″ score line to make the bottom flaps. Apply a strong adhesive to that 1″ flap and adhere the other side of the bag.  If you just fold the paper over in half you will see that it matches up with that 1″ section with the adhesive. Fold in the bottom flaps and use adhesive.  Reach inside the bag with a bone folder or something to press down to make the adhesive stick.

Now you have the basic bag made.  You could leave it open at the top, punch holes and run ribbon through to tie it, fold it over, staple it shut, or use a small clothespin (retired) like I did. Actually I cut a strip of paper to fold over the top and made the flag ends. I did put a little bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the back of the front banner and let it dry, just a small circle of glue, in hopes it would be “reuseable”.

To decorate the bag, I stamped the reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set, gave him a Red Glimmer Paper nose, and punched him out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  Just turn it upside down for the reindeer!  Then I die cut a circle and a larger scallop circle to mount the reindeer on. Very cute and easy! Quick and easy, I should say, because I was really doing it before leaving the house for an appointment!

Check my blog for other past treat or gift bag ideas if you need some last minute ones! Here’s one with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies.  Just click on the category you want or write something in the Search box!

I need more time to stamp more holiday projects I wanted to make! But if you want something simple to make, try this Reindeer Small Treat Bag for some candy treats, small gift, or maybe a gift card!

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas

Lovely As a Tree has to be the best, most universal stamp set ever created, and it makes a great Christmas card such as this Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card with Merry Little Christmas.  I have probably used the Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set every Christmas since I bought it, which has been at least 15 years. I have also used it many other times throughout the year because it is not just for Christmas.  It is not “just” for anything! It is so versatile!

One of the early cards I learned to make was to stamp this tree over and over again across the paper, sometimes without reinking, to give the look of a forest of trees.  The I squiggled glue over the trees and added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. It always makes a beautiful card and is so easy.

For this card, I updated the Lovely As a Tree look a little bit by using the Merry Little Christmas paper.  The card base is Old Olive Cardstock, layered narrowly with Basic Black and then a layer of the green and black plaid paper.   I wasn’t sure at first how I was going to place the tree on this card because  a regular layer would cover up all the plaid that I wanted to show.  So I cut just a narrow strip and stamped that.  In the end, I cut the strip to basically fit the stamp, about 2″ x 4″ so there would be room for a greeting from Hearts Come Home. I decided to layer the tree on Gold Foil and then I added some strips on the sides of Gold Glimmer Paper.  All that took were some scraps! Then I added the greeting with some Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back to lift it over the tree piece (since I didn’t place it high enough on the card!).

Easy card to make if you need a last minute idea! And who doesn’t need last minute ideas at this point?!  I need a last minute elf, actually, to help!!

If you don’t already own Lovely As a Tree, it should be on your list for the New Year! It is a classic and I hope Stampin’ Up! will keep it around forever.

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Star of Light Christmas Card

Star of Light Christmas Card

One of my downline sent me this Star of Light Christmas Card, and I want to tell you it is an absolutely beautiful card!  Just stunning in real life!  The photograph doesn’t really do it justice because of the glare from the gold foil. The Star of Light Stamp Set is a perfect one for the Christmas season, not only with beautiful artwork but lots of sentiments to use.

The card starts on just a Whisper White base, layered with a piece of Gold Foil. The top layer is Night of Navy embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.  Underneath this Night of Navy layer are strips of Silver Glimmer Paper on each side, very narrow margins. It just looks beautiful along with the Gold Foil and Night of Navy cardstock!  The Star of Wonder is made with the Starlight Thinlits Dies using the Gold Foil and the Silver Glimmer Paper in all the layers.

The greeting is embossed in gold and layered on Gold Foil with a bit of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon folded behind. There is also a small Rhinestone Jewel on the front.

For texture, shine, and eye-catching beauty, this card really can’t be beat! All the elements are there from the embossing folder, the Gold Foil and Silver Glimmer Paper and the beautiful die-cutting and layering of the star with the Starlight Thinlits Dies. Really pretty!

You will find this Star of Light Photopolymer Stamp Set and Starlight Thinlits Dies in the  Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog on page 122, so it can be ordered any time.  Perhaps you will want to get a head start on NEXT Christmas by making this card in January! This Star of Light Christmas card is one that will turn out beautifully!

Make a Quick and Easy Rudolph the Reindeer Gift Bag

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag

If you are one of the lucky people who have finished your Christmas shopping, you are probably ready to wrap the gifts, so here is a way to make a quick and easy Rudolph the Reindeer gift bag.  You probably picked up one of these kraft (or other color) shopping bags when you were shopping, and they are great for decorating and personalizing for gift-giving.  Even if the store name is printed on the side, just cover it up with cardstock and decorate!  I do it all the time!

If you don’t have a kraft shopping bag in your bag stash, you can purchase them at the craft store. To make the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gift Bag, I used the Tree Builder Punch for his antlers. If you don’t own this punch, just cut some antlers free-hand.  It wouldn’t be that hard! On this bag, I actually used two “trees” on each side (trimming them to fit together) to make the antlers longer and larger.  You could add even more if you have a larger bag. I adhered the “trees” entirely on the bag because they would be too fragile to be sticking out over the top.  The eyes are punched with the  3/4″ Circle Punch and the 1″ Circle Punch.  Of course you can use sizes that complement the size of your bag or project.   The great big red nose for Rudolph is made with the Red Glimmer Paper, punched with the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  Then just tie a ribbon around the bag handles if you like with whatever ribbon you have.

It is really quick and easy to make a gift bag like this and the recipient will love it! There are an infinite number of ways to decorate these shopping bags that you probably already have in your “bag of bags”!

Here’s an example of a bag that had the company name printed on it.  I just covered it with a piece of cardstock and added the decorations and embellishments.

Try making a few gift bags for your holiday gifts!  You will enjoy doing it and your recipients will love it! Just think of making a Quick and Easy Rudolph the Reindeer Gift Bag for a child!

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Christmas Card With Foil Frenzy Christmas Trees

Christmas Card with Foil Frenzy Christmas TreesIn keeping with my Christmas trees theme of yesterday, I got the idea to die cut Christmas trees with the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper to make a Christmas card. Using this colorful paper with foil colors and patterns makes for a more whimsical card! The foil patterns are printed on heavyweight kraft paper so besides cards, this paper is good for making boxes and other 3D projects for any occasion, not just Christmas! Check out the Foil Frenzy Paper!

One of the coordinating colors of the foil is Berry Burst, one of the In Colors, so I used that color for my card base.  The card layer is, again, Shimmery White. After I die cut the three Christmas trees with the tree in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies, I decided to slide them all over to the right and add a bow to the side. The card is wrapped with the Berry Burst Ribbon, and I also added a piece of the 1/8″ Gold Ribbon for an added accent. The bow is a “cheater bow” – I adhered the strip of ribbon around the card layer but then tied the bow separately and adhered it to the ribbon with several Glue Dots. Makes it a little easier to just attach the bow rather than to tie it actually on the card!

The greeting is one from Oh What Fun and I simply stamped the whole thing with Berry Burst ink.  Another thing you can do with markers is to color right on the stamp, coloring different areas different colors.  After the coloring and before stamping, be sure to “huff” or breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink, then stamp!  This will give a slightly lighter inked image than if you inked up with an ink pad directly, but it is a good technique to use sometimes.

Even when you start with an idea of what you are going to stamp, often another idea comes to mind while you are creating.  Just go with it and see what happens! If it doesn’t work, just keep working on it and you probably will find just the right combination of what looks good for your project!

Be sure to check out my card from yesterday in THIS POST to see the more typical way to use the Santa’s Sleigh tree die – or is there really a typical way to use any of our products?!  It’s all about the creativity!


Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Santa's Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card

Can you tell the difference in these two Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Cards?  I found this sample in a magazine we Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators receive from Stampin’ Up! quarterly, in an issue from last year, when the Santa’s Sleigh Stamp Set was new.  The sample was made pretty much like my card on the left. When I looked at it closely and looked at the list of supplies to make it, I was surprised that it wasn’t actually made like my card on the right!

The original sample, the card on the left, is actually made with some brown colors rather that metallics like my card on the right. In the sample, one tree is die cut with the Santa’s Sleigh Dies Thinlits out of Soft Suede Cardstock and the other tree out of Crumb Cake Cardstock. The center tree is stamped with Soft Suede Ink and die cut.  The card base and layer are made from the beautiful Shimmery White Cardstock. The center tree is made with this cardstock as well.  There are also some Soft Suede stamped stars and some die cut stars.

Since I originally thought the sample was made with metallics, I made another card with the Shimmery White cardstock.  The center tree is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool. The other two trees are die cut from the Gold Foil Sheets and the Copper Foil Sheet.

The center tree on both cards are popped up with both Stampin’ Dimensionals and the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. In some cases, even the Mini Dimensionals are too large. If this is the case you can cut along the edges of the dimensional sheet as necessary.

To finish off the card, Linen Thread is wrapped around the card layer. On the metallic card, I tried some other ribbons, but mostly they were too large since the trees take up a lot of space. The greeting is stamped, in both cases, with Soft Suede Ink, although it could also be embossed in gold. In the original sample, the linen thread goes entirely over all the trees (not tucked under the center tree) and the greeting as well was adhered up by the trees and tucked under the linen thread. I chose to just put the greeting at the bottom of the card.

Both of these styles of Christmas cards are very pretty!  I would say using the embossing and foil steps it up a bit. I’m even going to try some other designer paper.  I think you could do many variations with this card!  Just get started and then see where your creativity takes you!  You can copy these samples of the Santa’s Sleigh Christmas Tree Christmas Card and see what you come up with!



Quick and Easy Decorated Christmas Lunch Bag

Quick and Easy Decorated Christmas Lunch Bag

Time is getting short and it’s time to wrap packages (if you shopped already!) so try this Quick and Easy Decorated Christmas Lunch Bag.  You don’t always have to have a fancy shopping bag, a lunch sack or small brown bag from a store will do!

Cut off the top that usually is a little raggedy and has that rough edge. Then start decorating.  Measure the width of the bag and cut your paper accordingly.  Or cut it larger and then trim off the sides if that is easier for you.

For this bag, I just chose a piece of designer paper.  This paper is in the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper package. I just added a strip of Real Red Cardstock at the top and bottom of the designer paper (rather than use a whole piece of Real Red!).

The greeting is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White Cardstock from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set.    You could use any holiday greeting.  I cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelit DiesThat greeting is layered on a die cut piece of Gold Foil from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.

For the top of the bag, I folded over the top and punched two holes for ribbon.  I chose a piece of the Real Red Tinsel from the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack.

You could dress up this bag even more if you wanted to with more embellishments, but most of us don’t have too much free time for creating at this stage!  I hope you will think of things you already have at home that you can decorate or stamp and use for your holiday wrappings instead of rushing out to the store.  If it only takes a few minutes to make this Quick and Easy Decorated Christmas Lunch Bag, isn’t it faster than a trip to the store?!

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Make Your Own Be Merry Christmas Gift Bag

Be Merry Christmas Gift Bag

I was reminded recently that we used to make our own gift bags, like this one that anyone can make with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  What a great way to use current designer paper or use up some of that paper you know you are hoarding! This gift bag just takes a few minutes to make, faster than making a trip to the store for a gift bag! And you can personalize it for whatever occasion or whoever you are giving it to!

You will need two full sheets of 12″ x 12″ designer paper…..or cardstock, if you prefer. Score each at 3″ on each of three sides and at 2″ on one side. Now, if your paper has a pattern, pay attention to which way everything is going. For example, since the one side of this paper has the trees all going in one direction, I had to think about the 2″ scored portion folding over at the top of the tree page, not at the bottom. The side that is scored at 2″ is the portion that will get folded over to show the pattern on the other side of the paper.  I wouldn’t want my trees to be upside down.

With both papers scored the same way, on one sheet, cut out the outside bottom squares. On the other paper, cut horizontally on the bottom score line just up to the vertical score line.

Scoring for Gift Bag

To make the bottom of the bag sturdier, cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of cardstock or light cardboard. This will go at the bottom of the bag in between the two bottom layers. Fold the bag on the score lines and see how it will fit together. Adhere the piece of cardstock actually to the front side of the bag at the bottom which will be folded underneath and will be sandwiched in between the two bottom pieces.  You will see when you assemble!

Use a strong glue to hold the bag together.  Fast Fuse is great or Tear & Tape, or at least Multipurpose Liquid Glue. If you use SNAIL Adhesive, put the adhesive on both pieces you are gluing together so that the strips of adhesive will intersect.  This will make it stronger.

Assemble the bag, paying attention to which side will be the front, so the folds are facing the front and not the raw edges. Punch four holes in the top for a ribbon handle if you like. Make a tag to tie on!

Once you make one of these Christmas gift bags, you almost won’t be able to stop making more! Pretty quick and easy to make your own Be Merry Christmas gift bag or use any paper you have!


Quick and Easy Christmas Candy Gift Treat Box

Quick and Easy Christmas Candy Gift Treat Box

If you need some extra little gift for someone or a stocking stuffer, how about this Quick and Easy Christmas Candy Gift Treat Box! This has been one of my favorite things to make ever since I saw the idea! What could be easier or more fun than wrapping chocolate candies in a 1″ x 3″ strip of designer series paper?!  Then put them in some kind of bag or container that you have decorated as cute as can be!  Remember, presentation is everything!

To showcase my covered chocolates, I put them in a Clear Tiny Treat Box.  I tried to fit them in there “decoratively” and finally decided on a bit of shredded paper at the bottom and 7 candies. To take up some space, I cut up scrap computer paper and wadded it up, pulled it apart, wadded it up, pulled it apart, until I finally felt like it was crushed up well enough.  I usually use the Crimper tool from long ago to crimp the strands of paper.  This way you don’t have to rush to the store to get some of this stuff!  Just make your own!

Since the candies were decoration in themselves, I just tied some Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon around and added a bit of Silver Tinsel.  Then I stamped the “Merry Christmas” greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (one of my favorites!!) in Cherry Cobbler ink. I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch.  I had actually tried the Everyday Label Punch first, but decided just a very small greeting was fine. I snipped off the pointed ends of the punched greeting and just adhered it to the top of the Tiny Treat Box. Done!

Obviously, you could use this idea for any occasion or no occasion, just a gift! Use birthday paper, Valentine, Halloween, patriotic, whatever. Love these Tiny Treat Boxes!  They are great for quick and easy treats!

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Get out your designer series paper scraps or cardstock, buy some chocolates at the store (uh, craft supplies, of course!), and wrap to decorate! Time will be getting short and you know you will want some little gifts handy, so try this Quick and Easy Christmas Candy Gift Treat Box and make some extras!

Easy Christmas Cards to Make: Watercolor Christmas Kit

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

It’s December already and if you are looking for a quick way to make some nice Christmas cards, check out this Watercolor Christmas Project Kit!

This kit will make 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs and gold foil-lined envelopes are included! The cards are the usual size we make.  In fact, everything is included except ink, adhesives, and the recommended stamp set, Watercolor Christmas(If you like the wood-mount set, it is on sale!)  This is a great holiday stamp set, with or without the project kit really!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video to get a better idea about the kit and pick up some tips as well!

These are cute cards, the watercolor look is trendy, and you’ll be able to send out handmade Christmas cards!  Be sure to order right away because the kit is “while supplies last”!

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Quick & Easy Christmas Tags to Make and Christmas Mini Pizza Box

Christmas Pizza Box for Christmas Tags

Did you notice the cute little Mini Pizza Boxes in the Holiday Catalog?  Make an assortment of Christmas tags and decorate a mini pizza box to hold them and give to a friend! This is what I did the other day when we were going to be seeing some friends who were in town. I could have planned ahead since I had advance notice, but better to just wait until the afternoon before dinner and fly by the seat of my pants! Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I was rushing so much it was hard to concentrate on my own ideas and pretty much copied ideas I was seeing online without giving it too much thought.

The Mini Pizza Boxes come flat so they store easily.  You assemble by folding on the scored lines when you are ready to use them.  Very easy. There are MANY ways to decorate these cute little boxes.  I chose something simple and that went along with one of the tags I put inside.  Since the boxes are only about 3 1/2″ in length and width on the inside, I had to make the tags pretty short.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and put the scalloped top edge at the 3 1/4″ mark on my Paper Trimmer and then trimmed the length and they came out the perfect size to fit inside the box.  These boxes are also perfect for little 3″ x 3″ note cards!

To decorate, I just used a square of a striped pattern in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper package.  I stamped and punched the reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Of course he had to have a Red Glimmer nose punched with the 1/2″ Circle Punch.  The greeting is stamped with the Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp Set and punched with the Everyday Label Punch. I added a bow with the fun Red Mini Tinsel Trim.

Christmas Tags to Make

I made this assortment of Christmas tags with various papers, punches, die cuts, and stamps!  One is even made with retired products because I looked in my little box of scraps and found that tag partially made!  Just look through your currents products and papers and see what you can come up with. You might even have retired things you want to use.  Now is the time to make things like these tags to be ready to go when you wrap packages. If you wait until you are wrapping, you will not stop and make tags!  And you probably only want to make these for special gifts, if you give a large quantity of gifts like I do!  Once you come up with an idea, I recommend making maybe 5 of the same tags at once, as long as you have the supplies out and idea!  I recommend this with cardmaking too!  Might as well make more than one of the same card because we know we will eventually use it and good to have a stash on hand!

Year-End Sale Begins Tomorrow!

Just a heads up!  Watch for more details tomorrow!

Stampin’ Up! is wishing 2017 a fond farewell by throwing a Year-End Sales Event in its honor! Tomorrow, Friday, December 1st,  you’ll be smiling over special deals on select retiring and extra items while supplies last.

The Year-End Sales Event will run from December 1, 2017, to January 2, 2018, and supplies are limited. Be sure to jump on any products you see that you want so you can snag your favorite items before they’re gone!

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Easy Christmas Gift Bag With Paper Scraps

Easy Christmas Gift Bag With Paper Scraps

Now that you’ve done your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, it will be time to wrap all the Christmas gifts, so maybe this Easy Christmas Gift Bag With Paper Scraps will give you an idea of how to decorate your own gift bags!

You can either save the cute little shopping bags you might get at certain stores and shops, or you can purchase plain kraft or colored shopping bags at the craft store. This one I did is a little smaller than usual because it is from a makeup purchase.  It is a beautiful white bag with nice handles, but of course it has the makeup brand emblazened on the front and back. All I had to do was cover what was imprinted on the bag, front and back, with cardstock and decorate the bag!

I saw an idea like this one on Pinterest using washi tape, but I chose to use strips of paper from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper.  This is a one of those great ideas for using up scraps of paper!  I measured mine carefully, cut 1/2″ wide strips of the Cherry Cobbler patterns of the Be Merry paper, and then cut them down lengthwise to make the tree shape.  Honestly, you could be less careful in measuring and have a much more unstructured paper tree.  The tree trunk is a strip of Crumb Cake Cardstock.

The star on top of the tree is die cut with the Stars Framelits Dies (retired, unfortunately!).  You can use any star punch or die you have or cut one by hand.  I used the Red Glimmer Paper for the star to top the tree.

The greeting on the tag is stamped from the Labels to Love Stamp Set.  It is die cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Then it is layered on a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock cut with the oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I punched a hole in the top of the tag and tied it on to the bag with the Whisper White 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon, then tied a bow on the bag with the Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon.

You could easily make a Christmas card the same way!  Click here to see one I made last year in the same manner but with washi tape!

This is the best way to recycle bags of almost any kind, actually!  Just decorate with paper scraps or stamping to personalize the bag for the occasion or the person!  So many possibilities! Make it simple or embellish it a lot. Dig around in your supplies, old and new, and see what you come up with!

Since the back of this bag also had the company name on it, I covered the name with a piece of the Be Merry Designer Paper layered on a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock just cut in a rectangle, no decorating.  Super easy and makes it all look nice.

Look through your bag of bags like I have and see what you can make with this Easy Christmas Gift Bag With Paper Scraps as inspiration!