Today I want to share one of my favorite holiday projects with you! Yep, it’s an advent calendar. And…a quick and simple one at that! If you have seen the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog then you may have noticed the fun little advent calendar they put together with the tiny treat boxes and 25 Days photopolymer stamp set. The images in the 25 Days set fit perfectly onto the top of the tiny treat boxes. Each treat box is 2 x 2 which means there are a variety of punches you can use to create different shapes to decorate the 25 days in your advent calendar. You can make this project as simple or as detailed as you like! Here are some of things that I did to create this fun advent calendar:
1) Stamp all of the “odd” numbers in the calendar using garden green ink
2) Stamp all of the “even” numbers in the calendar using real red ink
3) Grab your favorite punches or use a variety of punches to cut out the numbers for your calendar and/or to add a matte or background to the numbers.
4) Secure all of the advent calendar numbers and decor to the tops of the boxes with dimensionals.
5) For the final touch, I will be placing the advent calendar inside a large shadow box…which is why I added baker’s twine to each of the box lids. Punch a small hole in the top and lid of each box and thread the baker’s twine through. This will make the boxes very easy to open without ripping them.
A brand new Christmas kit is available starting today! It’s called Many Merry Stars and it’s simply adorable! The kit makes 26 stars in 6 sizes (from 2″ to 15″ in diameter). The kit also includes die-cut adhesive side strips; die-cut stars, bows, tags, and banners; 21 laser-cut wood snowflakes; 60 silver sequins; gold Baker’s Twine, 5 yds. Coordinates with Many Merry Stars Stamp Set. The kit is available only while supplies last so get yours today!
On a budget this holiday season? Need a simple and inexpensive gift idea? Well then this may be the perfect project for you! I have a fun little video tutorial for you today that shows you how to decorate candles with your stamps! And…you will be surprised to learn that you won’t be stamping directly on the candle. All you need is some tissue paper, a candle, a heat source and your favorite stamp images and ink colors.
Watch the video and learn how to decorate your candles with this fun technique!
Today I have a very warm yet colorful autumn card design to share with all of you. This is similar to one the projects featured in the Stampin’ Up! catalog but I decided to change it up a bit! It showcases a variety of fun, new products such as the Fall Fest stamp set and some wooden autumn elements. It is super simple to re-create so let me show you how!
Start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. My favorite part of designing autumn themed cards are the colors! For this card I used pear pizazz, pumpkin pie and hello honey. I randomly stamped the leaf images from the Fall Fest stamp set using all 3 of these colors. Once you have the base of the card stamped, cut out a little tag using one of the framelits from the Chalk Talk set. Stamp a little sentiment on the tag and then decorate it! I used a bit of twine, some wooden autumn elements and a little leaf cut from the fall fest stamp set and framelit bundle. Oh…and I also did a bit of paper piercing on the tag. There is a paper piercing template designed specifically to coordinate with the chalk talk tag. Enjoy!
Since it’s mid-October already, I thought I would share some of my favorite fall-themed card designs with you this week. I just love the colors of the Fall season, don’t you? I designed this card for an event I held last week….and this one was definitely everyone’s favorite! It showcases the framelits from the Four Feathers bundle (the bundle includes framelits and a stamp set…but I didn’t use the stamp set on this particular card). I decided to start out with a bit of Color Me Autumn washi tape to capture some fun colors of the season. I started with a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and ran the 3 different colors of washi tape across the top. Using the smaller feather framelit, I cut out a washi tape feather. Save this feather as it will serve as one of your feathery embellishments on the card!
Stamp your favorite sentiment on the lower right hand side of the white cardstock (I colored mine with markers and then stamped it). Once that was complete, I secured the white piece on a 4 x 4 piece of blackberry bliss cardstock. I love the purple matte around the white cardstock…plus we now have a purple feather amidst the washi tape. :) Next, I used the other framelit to cut out a few longer feathers from cajun craze and hello honey cardstock. For the finishing touch, I layered all of the feathers and added a bit of linen thread. That’s it! Enjoy!
I have been so busy putting together Christmas and Fall-themed projects that I almost forgot to share these adorable projects from the September 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit ~ Boo-tiful Bags! As you can see, last month’s kit was Halloween themed. We put together 6 adorable little treat bags. The kit came with everything we needed to create the projects…but I decided to add a bit of fun halloween washi tape that I had left over from last year.
These monthly kits are perfect if you are just getting started with crafting or stamping. They are also a great source of inspiration for the avid crafter as well. You can learn more about this program at http://stamptasticdesigns.com/paper-pumpkin-monthly-kits/
Here are a few of the alternative designs we created with materials from the September Paper Pumpkin Kit:
Have you seen all of the crafting kits in the annual catalog? Kits are perfect if you are just starting out in crafting as they come with instructions and all of the materials you need to put together the projects. And even if you have been crafting for awhile, kits are a great way to put together a bunch of projects that you may need in a hurry! :) This particular kit is called Just a Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ and it comes with all of the materials you need to put together 10 adorable little pillow gift boxes. I shared this kit with my guests last weekend at our World Card Making Day event. For the event, I decided to also pick up a few packs of note cards so that we could put together a little gift box and coordinating card. There are some fun colors in this kit: Real Red, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. So of course we needed to use these particular colors when creating our note cards.
Each guest at the event put together 5 gift boxes with coordinating note cards…and they put these projects together in about an hour! Yep…an hour! Each gift box had a coordinating note card
Made with the Work of Art Stamp Set
Made with the Bravo Stamp Set
Made with the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set
Made with the Be The Star Stamp Set
Made with the Work of Art Stamp Set
If you are looking for a quick and simple project, these gift boxes and note cards are perfect! The gift box kit comes with all of the materials you need to put together these adorable little gift boxes. You will need to use your own stamps and ink. However, you can use any stamp sets you have on hand or use the stamp sets listed below if you want to recreate the projects as shown. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy!