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!

Back in Plaid

Let’s talk Paper Pumpkin! The November kit was just as fabulous as the October one. This was the first time we had two coordinating kits! You could actually mix and match the stamps and products in the kits to create some fabulous projects! I was too excited to play with the October one so I put everything together before the November one even arrived! The October kit contained materials to create some fun shaker cards and the November kit contained all of the materials to create these adorable little stockings.  Combine the projects from the two kits and you had a fun Christmas card and gift giving idea!  And plaid is my favorite pattern. It has such a warm and cozy look to it. The November kit contained all of the materials to create these 10 stockings.

Super fun! But the creativity did not stop there! I created a variety of different cards with the stamp set and some of the extra materials in the November kit. Of course I added some of my favorite plaid patterned materials as well. The Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin’ Up! has some pretty plaid patterns which were perfect for creating these beautiful cards. The sentiments and other images from the exclusive stamp set that came in the kit were just beautiful and fun to play with.

I love creating cards with the traditional red and green colors for Christmas. But when stamping snowflakes, different shades of blue work much better!  For these cards, I used the little snowflake image in the stamp set and my Winter Wonder embossing folder. The kit contained a variety of gold embossed snowflakes so I used the blue and gold theme to create these cards.

Paper Pumpkin has something for everyone. Whether you are new to stamping or are an avid crafter, you will love receiving a box of paper crafting goodness in the mail every month!

Prepaid subscriptions make perfect gifts! When you purchase a prepaid subscription, Stampin’ Up! will email you a subscription code as well as an electronic gift certificate! Simply print out the gift certificate and write in the code! Such a quick and simple gift giving idea for this holiday season!  Choose one of the pre-paid options that works for you!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

Elegant Quilt Builder

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I want to showcase the versatility of the products in the Quilted Christmas suite. In particular, I want to focus on the Quilt Builder Framelits. This product suite is all about quilting and gives your projects the homey, handmade feel. But wait until you see what else you can create with these products!

This was one of the first projects I created with the Quilted Christmas product suite. And by looking at this card, you wouldn’t automatically think quilting. The framelits (die cuts) in this products suite are called Quilt Builder Framelits. There are a few detailed flower and quilt patterns that, when combined together, create a beautiful focal point for your card. For this project, I embossed the card front with the Quilt Top Textured Embossing Folder. I used one of my stitched framelits to cut out a large square and then embossed the center of it with the large quilt patterned die in the set. The focal point on this card is simply cut with the solid and detailed flower dies. I layered them together and secured them to the center of the square. It was quite simple and this is one of my favorite cards created with the product suite.

This card design was actually inspired by the pieces left over from created the previous card. I saved all of the little petal pieces from cutting out the detailed flower (the center flower on this card and the previous one) and then created the flowers on each side of this card. It gives it an elegant and fun look. Plus there is no waste as I used all of the scrap pieces! The flowers are secured to a 2 x 5-1/2 inch piece of white cardstock embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing folder. You can add a bit of gold glimmer paper to the top and, of course, embellish the flowers with some gold metallic shapes or shapes cut from glimmer paper. The sentiment is embossed in gold too! I hope you enjoyed the projects!

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Cheers to the Year

Have you noticed that many of the products featured in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog can be used for more than just holiday cards?  That’s right, they can!  The Cheers to the Year stamp set and product suite is one of those. The stamp set has some fun images for the holidays but there are also images to create beautiful wedding cards like this!

This card features one of the patterns from the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and the “Mr & Mrs” stamped images. This DSP will give your projects an elegant look. The foil designs are perfect for holidays, weddings, and anniversaries.

Of course there are also fun images and products that you can use to create holiday cards!  This card showcases the Winter Wonder textured embossing folder and the stamped image from the Cheers to the Year set. I love the look of the snowflake embossed on some silver foil paper. So many possibilities with these products! Get creative with it!

Grab some of these fun products at >>> www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

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Mr. & Mrs. Claus

December is the most wonderful time of the year! Decorating the tree, hanging the stockings, wrapping presents, making Christmas cards, and waiting for the snow to fall 🙂  Ahhhh the holidays in Wisconsin! And Jolly ole St. Nick will be arriving this week! And I have been busy creating a variety of different  “Santa” themed projects!  My favorite Santa projects are the ones created with just his belt! There are a variety of fun ways to do this. All you need is some red and black cardstock and a bit of silver glimmer paper to create the belt! Once you see how easy it is to create these, you will be adding Santa’s belt to everything! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Start with a piece of black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Real Red cardstock and adhere it to the front of the black card. I embossed the red cardstock with the Cable Knit embossing folder to add a bit more texture but that is purely an optional step. Next, cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of  of black cardstock and adhere it across the center of the red cardstock. Cut a 1-3/8 x 1-3/8 inch square from a piece of silver glimmer paper and a 1 x 1 inch square from a piece of black cardstock. Adhere the two pieces together to create the “belt buckle” then add it to the center of the 1 x 4 inch black strip. That’s it!  How simple and adorable is that?

You can also use the same measurements to create a Mrs. Claus card. Simply add a white doily to the top of the card and embellish it with some pearls. For the belt buckle, use circles instead of squares. Easy peasy! Plus, you can create some fun coordinating treat containers. I use the treat tubes to create a coordinating Mr & Mrs Claus gift for my cards! Get creative with it!

Check out the live video session I completed on these projects at https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/videos/1866802050014154/

Enjoy!

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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Cards of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with those we love. It’s a time to reflect upon all of the blessings in our lives and express our gratitude. There are many things I am grateful for each and every day! And today, I get to spend time with my family which is one of the greatest blessings of all.

As I reflect upon all of the blessings in my life, I want to share some cards of gratitude. These cards were designed by members of my team as part of an Autumn-Themed card swap we had last month. Although not all of my team members participated in the swap, there were a total of 12 of us participating! Pretty good for our first swap!  I wanted to take a moment to share their beautiful designs and talent with all of you. I am grateful to have such a wonderful team and blessed to have them in my life!

Created by Mona Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/stampandcraftwithmona/
Created by Tammy Wrobel http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/tammywrobel
Created by Linda Anderson https://lindaloucreates.blogspot.com/
Create by Denise Mahoney
Created by Jessica Frey http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jessicafrey
Created by Jennifer Allman
Created by Amy Strain
Created by Charlotte Hunter
Created by Jeannie Rohr
Created by Anita Horn
Created by Carol Schuster

Painted Harvest Wreath

The Painted Autumn product suite is one of my favorites in the holiday catalog! It really captures the beauty of autumn. The sunflower image in the Painted Harvest stamp set has been used to create some gorgeous cards! I think my Pinterest boards have captured many! I have also seen some very creative ways to use the images like making a wreath!  I thought it was such a clever idea that I had to create a fall wreath first. But I definitely plan to use this set to make some Christmas cards too! Let’s take a look at how to make this card.

To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on the bottom using Early Espresso ink. Once you have stamped your sentiment, place the upper part of the Very Vanilla cardstock in the Layered Leaves embossing folder (be sure to leave the sentiment hanging out of the bottom of the embossing folder) and then send it through the embossing machine. Cut a 2 x 4 inch piece of one of the patterns from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack and adhere it to the card just above the sentiment. Cut out a few different sized layering squares, one from Very Vanilla cardstock and one from Early Espresso cardstock. Stamp the layering sunflower images (two of them), from the Painted Harvest stamp set, in the center of the Very Vanilla square using Crushed Curry ink. Stamp a few “berries” Cajun Craze ink. I used the Holly Builder Punch and the Holly Berry Happiness to create the bow but it would look just as pretty if you used some coordinating ribbon. I hope you enjoyed this little project!

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