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 Punch. The belt buckle is Gold Foilpunched with the Curly Label Punchand 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!
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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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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 Paperstars from the Confetti Stars Punchthat 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 Folderand 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.
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!
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!
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!
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 Markerand 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.
Also, today is the day to sign up for Paper Pumpkin, the cute red box that comes in your mailbox once a month with a fun papercrafting project inside! You can sign up any time, but if you sign up on the tenth or before of the month, you will receive that month’s kit as soon as it ships mid-month.
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 Penand 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!
My “12 Weeks of Christmas”emails in the weeks leading up to Christmas are a gift to my mailing list subscribers. Each week I send out an idea, such as a card, a gift idea or some kind of wrapping idea using Stampin’ Up! supplies. They are meant to give the subscriber an exact idea or to inspire them to make their own design, or to just enjoy. Although you have already missed five weeks of the emails, if you are reading this and aren’t on my mailing list, please sign up so you will begin receiving the “12 Weeks of Christmas” this very afternoon at 1:00 pm! There are many more weeks and ideas to go! After filling out the short form, please watch for the Confirmation email that should come within a few minutes that requires a “click” to make sure you really want to be on my mailing list. You won’t truly be signed up until you do “confirm” your subscription. You will also receive a free gift that you can download as soon as you confirm! Please sign up in the red box at the top on the right side of this page or in the popover if you get it!
I hadn’t played with my Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board in a little while so I thought it was time to make a Christmas gift box! Then when holiday gift wrapping time rolls around, I’ll have an assortment of boxes ready to go!
There are several steps to learn (or refresh your memory!) with the Gift Box Punch Board, but the directions are printed right on the board, and it is plenty easy once you do the first one! There’s something about it that I really like! This box is made with the heavy-weight Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper.This paper is great because one side is a design with the kraft color and the other side is colored. So whichever side you use, the inside and outside of the box both look good! Also, you do not need to use any adhesive with this gift box! It just folds together. Here is a photo of the inside. Those little folded-in flaps will push out of the way when you put a gift inside. You can glue them to the inside of the box if you really want to be neat about it, but it is not necessary.
Here the plain outside of the box, just assembled! Decorate to your heart’s content with ribbon, tags and whatever you choose!
The Gift Box Punch Board even punches those little slits on each corner of the lid so you can close it up with just those. Easy to make box, easy to assemble box! Handy to have the Gift Box Punch Board on hand for when you need it!
It’s here! Today is the day! The new Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Supplement is LIVE, today, Monday October 20, 2014. Click the highlighted link or click the picture above to view the new supplement. As you look through it, you will notice the pages with the ordering information are pages 8-11. Due to the short time period until the holidays, these products are ONLY available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Don’t delay! Order what you like right away to avoid disappointment. Some of the items in the Holiday Supplement are already available in the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.
If you like stars, you will like this Holiday Supplement! Lots of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products for the holidays, including a new album with RED! (okay, Cherry) I love red! I think the most exciting item is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit!All the materials you need to create 26 3D stars! And a coordinating star stamp set, Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set.
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For all these new holiday items and everything else,
You will find these Floral Frames Framelits on sale in the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals that I used on my Floral Framelits Wreath Christmas Card. You can use these Floral Framelits by themselves with any paper you want, but they also coordinate with the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set.You can make all kinds of beautiful designs with this stamp set and certainly adding the ability to cut out the designs with the Floral Framelits makes things even easier and more fun.
I just recently ordered and received this beautiful ribbon you see wrapped around this All Is Calm Christmas Kraft Gift Box. It is the Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. It is gorgeous!! Of course I do love red, but I did think this ribbon was really pretty! I chose a paper in the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper to cover the Kraft Gift Box. I wrapped the Real Red Satin Ribbon around the box with the ends adhered on the bottom of the box. The bow is tied with an extra piece of ribbon slipped under the ribbon on the top of the box, with a little of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon curled with a scissors at the ends. I used to love to watch my mother work her magic with that curling ribbon wrapping a package! I didn’t know if this Gold Ribbon would do this, but it did! I just tied that in with the bow for a little extra decoration. The tag is stamped with the Merry Everything Stamp Set and punched with the Note Tag Punch. (You can buy that stamp set and Note Tag Punch together in a Bundle and save 15%!)
Such an easy way to wrap a package using the Kraft Gift Box, some designer paper and some beautiful ribbon! Stampin’ Up! even offers a larger gift box that might be handy for you. Just check all the Packaging options in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!
Here are the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for the week of October 14 – 20, 2014. It’s a good time to stock up on the Decorative Window Gift Box for those holiday treats you might be giving to neighbors or even treats for a few special people at Halloween. You can even cover up the clear window with some punches and stamping.
Have you already signed up for my Stamping With Karen Mailing List? If you have, then you are already receiving my email series “12 Weeks of Christmas”every Wednesday, a special gift only for my mailing list subscribers. If you are reading this blog post and you are not on my list, go ahead and sign up today! Not only will you begin receiving the “12 Weeks of Christmas” but you will also receive a free gift of creative gift-wrapping ideas! Sign up in the red box at the top right of my blog! Next Christmas issue comes out tomorrow!
Don’t forget about this beautiful new photopolymer stamp set, Gentle Peace, if you are looking for a religious stamp set for Christmas. It will be beautiful embossed and colored in with Blendabilities. Or stamp (or emboss) in one color with no coloring. You will have a beautiful card regardless perfect for Christmas.
Gentle Peace Photopolymer Stamp Set #139523 Price $15.95
Here’s a quick and easy holiday votive holder decorated with the Festival of Trees stamp set. It is made with just one 8 1/2″ x 3″ strip of Real Red card stock, with an area punched out and covered with a piece of vellum card stock so the little tea light inside can shine through. Of course you would want to use a battery-operated tea light this close to paper!
I scored the strip of card stock at 2″, 4″, 6″, and 8″. That left a little 1/2″ tab to adhere after you have folded all the score lines to form the little votive holder. There is no bottom piece. You would have to make more of a box pattern to get a bottom. To get the vellum panel, I figured out which panel would be the front and punched out a sticky note so I could stick that on the card stock for a guide for exactly where to stamp. You may or may not need that step. I used the new Note Tag Punch in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog to punch the opening.
With a little electric tea light inside, here is what the holiday votive holder looks like!
I’ve been cleaning up and organizing all my craft stuff this week and in going through my swaps from recent Stampin’ Up! conventions and Leadership Conference I found this little votive sample. That’s where I got the idea to make this. The sample is punched with the Decorative Label Punchand just has a piece of regular card stock inserted in the opening, not vellum. You can see you could make these in larger sizes, taller, different colors and stamps for different occasions. Very versatile!
Try your hand at making this very simple little votive holder for an electric tealight.
This month’s fabulous photopolymer release, Gentle Peace, was created by the Stampin’ Up! lead illustrator, Kathy Pitt. The set was designed to work with Blendabilities to create the effect of brightly-colored stained glass. Can’t wait to get your hands on it? The stamp set will be available on October 14. Just a week to wait!
On the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals this week, the cute and versatile stamp set For The Birds is on sale! It’s a great stamp set because the images are adorable and the sentiments cover lots of occasions. You can even just cover the sentiment if you want to just use the image.
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This set is great for “coloring in” with markers or blender pens or now with the new Blendabilities, if you use Memento Black Ink. But if you do not like coloring, you can just stamp the image in one color and make a monochromatic card. It will look fine!
I bet we all can’t believe it is only about 12 more weeks until Christmas! At least that is how many emails I will be sending to my mailing list subscribers beginning today at 1:00 pm CT. Each email will have a fun holiday project that you can make, copy, steal or gain inspiration from for your own ideas. We start with cards, then gifts and finally wrapping ideas! Only my mailing list subscribers receive these fun emails, so be sure you are on my list today by 1:00 pm CT so you don’t miss a single one!
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Only 24 hours until my first “12 Weeks of Christmas” email goes out! What is the “12 Weeks of Christmas”? It’s an email every week, from me, with a holiday project that I hope you will like to give you ideas, complete instructions, and hopefully inspiration! Can you believe Christmas is only about 12 weeks away??! It’s my gift to my loyal mailing list subscribers!
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Getting these 12 Weeks of Christmas emails is really fun, so I hope you will join us! I choose projects that I think you will enjoy and can make easily. We’ll start with ideas for Christmas cards, then progress to gift ideas, and finally something to wrap them in, box them up in, or cute tags to make for your gifts.
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The Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kitin the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog really appealed to me after seeing some photos of the cards Demonstrators made at the Stampin’ Up! Convention. They are cute cards, but I found them a little bit more difficult to make than I expected. I think Stampin’ Up! could have done a little better job with the directions and they could have included color photos of all the finished cards. But you can look online or in the Holiday Catalog on page 37 to see the cards. The cards are not difficult to make, really, probably a little more detailed and tedious what with tiny pieces and waiting for the watercoloring to dry. If you are looking for super simple and quick, this kit is probably not for you. If you can handle taking some time and handling some small pieces and looking at another source to see what the cards are supposed to look like, then you might like making these cards just fine. You do get PLENTY of pieces of “stuff” in this kit so you can follow some or none of the directions and do your own thing. Or make some of the cards according to the kit directions and then branch out with your own ideas! Don’t forget the coordinating stamp set, also on page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, called Watercolor Winter Too.
As per the title of the kit, there is watercoloring involved with these cards! A watercolor is even included. It’s best if you have some reinkers that match the cards so that you can add the reinker to a bit of water or use your Aqua Painter instead of the brush, to color the items in the kit, such as the letters on this card. For these letters I chose to do the “ombre effect”. Notice the gradation of shades from light to dark. Well, now that I look at the photo, I’m not sure the medium shade shows up, but however you want to do it, or however it turns out, is fine! It is easiest to color the letters while they are still attached and then you can pop them out when they are dry.
Here is the other card in the kit:
On this card, I actually painted on those gray stripes going across the card front! They don’t have to be perfect (and aren’t!) because you are watercoloring! Lots of room for imperfection and it still looks good! Then you just stick on one of the vellum snowflakes that comes in the kit and add a few sequins. The small letters are watercolored on their sheet, but here is a twist! Turn the piece containing the letters and other card die-cuts over to glue the linen thread to the back of the letters. Directions on that ARE included in the kit. Again, a little tedious, if you are not into that kind of thing, but it does work! I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. You could also color the letters, punch them out and then just glue them onto the card. But they are small!