Handmade Gifts

This year I decided to make many of my Christmas gifts. Often times people tell me that they could “frame” my cards and hang them on their wall. So I decided to take that advice and create some fun little home decor projects to give as gifts. I have lots and lots of old frames so this was a great way to put them to good use! If you don’t have any frames, you can pick them up at any local retailer.

This first project came to me when when I was playing around with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to combine that stamp set with the little leaf thinlit in the Seasonal Layers die set to create a Family Tree. I envisioned it a bit differently but I liked how it turned out. Wondering how I got the names on the leaves? Well, I simply printed them off my computer on some old olive cardstock, then cut them out with the leaf image in the Seasonal Layers die set.

Of course I had to make some fun little Christmas themed projects too. So this one showcases the Music Sheet Designer Paper and the beautiful images in the Good Tidings stamp set. Simply measure your papers to cover the size of the frame. So, if you have a 4 x 6 inch frame, cut your background paper to that size and adhere it right to the cardboard backing that comes with the frame. Then, simply decorate it like you would a card! Easy peasy!

This was probably the quickest project to put together. Choose your favorite patterned paper for the background; I used the plaid pattern from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper Pack. Cut a 1 inch strip of red cardstock for the center of the frame. Adhere to a 1-1/4 inch wide piece of gold glimmer paper. Cut these pieces to match the length of the frame, then adhere them across the center. Cut out the word J-O-Y using the large letter framelits and adhere to the center of the 1 inch strip (use a few glue dots). Then embellish! Enjoy!

Hang Your Stockings

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stocking were hung by the chimney with care… And aren’t they adorable? I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away!  How exciting!

These cards were super fun to make! All of the stocking and embellishments I added to this card came from the die set that coordinating with the Hang Your Stocking stamp set.  However, I also used the fun little boxwood wreaths. Simply open them up to create garland (instead of a wreath) and adhere them to your card with glue dots.  But before you do all of that, you need to create the embossed background for your card. The embossing paste works perfect with this stamp set, in fact, I had envisioned this card as soon as I saw the new embossing paste and the brick decorative mask.

So the first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. You will need a jar of embossing paste, some decorative masks (stencils) and something to spread the paste with like the palette knives. Lay the mask on a piece of cardstock. For this particular project, I used a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Grab some of the embossing paste from the jar using the palette knife. Spread the paste across the template so that it fills in the pattern. Now you don’t have to fill in every inch of the template with paste. I actually just spread the paste across the template on an angle leaving a few open spots on the cardstock.

Once you spread a thin layer of embossing paste across the cardstock and you have a design that you are happy with, remove the template and let the embossing paste dry. It dries pretty quickly so while you are waiting for your project to dry, go rinse off the template and the palette knife. It cleans up nicely with warm soapy water. Oh, and cover the paste too! Now you might have noticed that the embossing paste on my card is dark brown, not white.  Yes, you guessed it!  You can make the embossing paste whatever color you want!  Simply scoop out some paste, put it on a silicon mat, and add a few drops of ink to it. Mix the ink drops into the paste and continue to add a drop here and there until you achieve the color you are looking for. How fun!  There are so many great uses for the embossing paste and I’m super exciting about the NEW embossing paste coming out in the 2018 Occasions catalog!

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Gold Foil Christmas Tags

This holiday season I have been so inspired to create Christmas tags!  There are so many different ways you can use tags. You can create pretty packages, use them on cards or even on your scrapbook pages. I received a fun package of sparkly gold products in the mail from a friend of mine so I decided to turn them into pretty little tags.

What you might find interesting is that the designer paper used to create these beautiful tags was not Christmas paper at it. It is a beautiful pack of designer paper from the Bundle of Love suite. But it certainly worked well for these tags.

There are some fabulous gold products in the catalogs this year. Gold sequins, foil snowflakes, ribbon, glimmer paper, foil, patterned paper…just to name a few. I just love the elegant and sparkly look of gold on my projects.

Now there are a variety of different die cuts and punches you can use to create your tags. So grab some of your favorite supplies and get busy creating! I find that when I layer different shapes together it gives my projects a fun look!

To create the tag, I would recommend using the scalloped tag topper punch. It creates a pretty little top for your tag with very little effort. The tags I showcased here measure 2 x 4-1/4 inches in size. The opening for the tag punch is 2 inches so you will want to keep your tags 2 inches or less in width. Once you have created the base of the tag, then decorate as desired!

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Christmas Tags

Tis’ the season of decorating and gift wrapping! There are so many fun ways to package up gifts! And a handmade tag adds the perfect little touch to your Christmas gifts. I have been busy creating a variety of Christmas tags by using my punches and, of course, doing a bit of fussy cutting. But don’t worry, the fussy cutting is simple to do! You can create a bunch of fun Christmas tags, like these, to decorate your gifts!

Elves, Reindeer, and Santa!  How adorable are these?

You can get all of the details on how to create these adorable little tags by watching the video tutorial at >>> https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/videos/1875527599141599/

I hope you enjoy them!  Happy Holidays!





Holiday Treat Pouches

Looking for a quick and simple stocking stuffer?  Well these fun little treat pouches are perfect for the upcoming Christmas season! You can use them for packaging up some sweet treats or for any other small gift! I created my little treat pouches with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) but you can use any papers that you have on hand. The possibilities are endless!

I actually put together a few of these for Thanksgiving (using Autumn themed papers of course). They were a fun way to decorate the table especially since I personalized them with everyone’s name! All you need to make these is a 6 x 6 inch piece of your favorite patterned papers.

You won’t believe how easy they are to create! Check out the Facebook live video tutorial below to learn how to create them!

Painted Harvest Christmas

Sunflowers for Christmas? Of course! You can create a beautiful Christmas card with the sunflower image in the Painted Harvest stamp set! The image creates a fun little wreath that you can use for just about any occasion.  I just love it when I can use a stamp set in a variety of different ways!

To make this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a paper doily in half and tuck it behind a 3 x 4 inch piece of the green speckled pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere to the center of your card front as shown. Cut out a square, from a piece of white cardstock, that measures approximately 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches. Note:  I used the large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelit set.  Then, simply stamp the sunflower image on the square. This image is stamped with Garden Green ink to coordinate with the color in the DSP. You can even use the little dot images in the stamp set to create berries for the wreath! For the finishing touch, embellish with a little bow. Quick and simple, yet very elegant!

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Pining for Plaid

Pining for Plaid was the name of the October Paper Pumpkin kit. The kit contained some super fun shaker cards with coordinating plaid lined envelopes!  It was such a popular kit that when Stampin’ Up! put the extras up for sale, they sold out in 30 minutes! WOW! The cards were so pretty and the kit was simple to put together!  Most of the time the projects take less than a half hour to create.

There were lots of extra materials in this kit.  I used all of the little circles that were left over from the centers of the kit cards to create several extra projects. If you cut the circles in half, you can create an adorable little snowman. Leave the circles whole to create some fun ornaments!  You can also use the leftover sequins to embellish your cards!

The November kit coordinates with the October one!  I can’t wait to see the fun projects this month!  Wanna get in on the fun? Subscribe before the 10th of the month at >>> https://mypaperpumpkin.com/?demoid=2092731


Feeling of Christmas

It’s November already!  That means Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas will be here before you know it! So I have been busy making Christmas cards with my stampin’ friends. I usually send out around 200 Christmas cards each year so I am always trying to come up with a few different quick and simple card ideas. Like this one.

I love the elegance and simplicity of this card. It features a stamp set called the Feeling of Christmas. Such beautiful images in this set and it’s so simple to use.  I started with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. I scored it about a 1/4 inch all the way around the card front. I stamped the beautiful wreath image in the center of the card using old olive ink, then I stamped an overlay image, sort of a watercolored image, on the wreath using pear pizzazz ink. This overlay image helps fill in the green color on the wreath. I stamped a few berries using real red ink and the sentiment is stamped in black. For the finishing touch, I embellished it with a little bow and some rhinestones. Super simple yet elegant! I hope you enjoyed it!

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Merry Little Labels

Tis’ the season for Christmas cards! This weekend I held my monthly Christmas class! It’s a Stamp-A-Stack which means we created 4 cards for each of the 3 different designs for a total of 12!  This particular card that I am showcasing today was created by my team member, Mona Krimmer!  It was the most popular card as it was just absolutely gorgeous!

The cards feature the Merry Little Labels stamp set and some of the beautiful die cuts from the Swirly Snowflake. Since I had a lot of requests for instructions, I thought I would share!  Start with a piece of garden green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss it with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Cut 2 pieces of the green splatter pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack at 1-1/2 x 4 inches (FYI…this paper pack is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 FREE sale during the month of October)! Adhere the DSP to the top and bottom of the card with a few stampin’ dimensionals. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the center of the card. Stamp the “Let it Snow” sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock and punch it out with the Everyday Label Punch; adhere to the card, as shown, with a few dimensionals.  Cut out a variety of the swirly snowflake images from some silver foil paper and adhere to the card as shown. For the finishing touch, embellish with a little bow!  Fabulous card Mona!

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Be Merry

Everyone loves pretty patterned papers, right?  Well Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous buy 3 get 1 FREE sale going on through the month of October!  It’s a great time to stock up on all your favorites!  One of my favorite patterns is the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. It has all of the traditional Christmas colors and some fun patterns!  Here’s one of the projects I created that showcases some of the Be Merry patterns.

To create this card, start with a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of the Merry Music DSP and adhere to the left side of the black cardstock.  Cut a 5 x 1-1/2 inch piece of the green patterned Be Merry DSP and a 2 x 4 inch piece of the red patterned Be Merry DSP; snip the end into a banner. Adhere these banners to the card as shown. Adhere a silver foil snowflake to the top part of the card. Cut out a few circles to layer together using the stitched framelits. Stamp a little sentiment on the white circle and adhere these circles, as shown, to the center of the snowflake.  That’s it!  Super simple!

Don’t forget! The Be Merry DSP is part of the buy 3 get one FREE DSP sale this month!

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