Holiday Gift Tags

It’s been an extremely busy month so I’ve not been able to share projects and now the Christmas countdown has started!  I’m finally taking a few moments to share a project from last month.  I had the opportunity to teach a “Holiday Bags & Tags” class at our local arts center and these tags were popular with attendees. The Whisper White card stock tags, cut using the Scallop Tag Topper punch, were quick to assemble.  Designer Series Paper was attached and the tags were further embellished using the Peaceful Pines stamp set and a variety of sentiments.  It was fun working with the group and sharing project ideas. Based upon feedback, next year I’ll host a “gift tags only” class! 

Christmas gift tags using Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Pines Stamp Set

This will be my last post for 2015 as I celebrate the holidays with my family but
 be sure to check back the first week of January as I will resume adding new projects!
Have a Merry Christmas!
see you in the New Year…

Quick & Easy Christmas Stocking Stuffer!

Before the throes of Thanksgiving preparations begin, I wanted to share a quick and easy “stocking stuffer” – pencil tubes.  I made these for the recent craft sale and made extras to put into my grandson’s Christmas stocking.  Seasonal pencils were put into 1″ x 8″ cellophane bags and embellished with a tag.  The pencils have snowflakes which coordinate perfectly with the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  The Snow Flurry punch was used to cut the stamped snowflakes and the 1 3/4″ circle punch was used for the background base.  Even better, the color of the pencils coordinated perfectly with Pacific Point card stock and ink.  What can be easier than to stamp, punch and quickly assemble!  A final touch was the addition of the Iced Rhinestone Embellishment and the “Let It Snow” banner.  Note: the banner sentiment used is from a discontinued stamp set…but not a problem, there are numerous stamps from the Holiday Catalog with sentiments that would work wonderfully.  P.S. check your discount stores for pencils, Dollar Tree has a great selection of themed pencils!

Holiday “Pencil Tubes” using Stampin’ Up! 1″x 8″ Cellophane Bags & Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving! and check back next week
 for more project ideas.
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Popular Craft Sale Item!

Wow, where has time gone!  Last week was busy with the Artisan Market and other commitments so I’m playing catch-up.  The good news is I have many photos of projects to share and will be posting them for you to enjoy in the upcoming weeks.  The project today was one of the most popular items on my table at last week’s craft sale.  It is a gift card holder (directions compliments of a demonstrator friend, Patty Bennett ).  The gift cards sold out in the first 10 minutes and since the gift cards only take minutes to make, I should have made more.  Who knew they would be so popular!!! 
Christmas Gift Card Holders using Stampin’ Up! Kraft Gift Bags, Oh, What Fun & Antique Tags Stamp Sets, and Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper
When you’re in the need for gift card holders, I suggest making a few of these.
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Holiday Fry Box

The past few weeks have been busy preparing items for the annual artisan market sponsored by our local ladies club.  In between my son’s wedding and other commitments, it’s been a crazy couple of months but it’s always such fun to participate in the artisan market so I’ve been on a crazy crafting mission!  This year, I decided that I wanted to make items that would be great as stocking stuffers or table treats.  One such used the Fry Box Bigz L die.  Since the fry box will be stuffed with treats that are coated with powdered sugar, I decided to use Basic Black card stock to make the fry box and  white embossing powder for the holiday sentiment from the Oh, What Fun stamp set.  Two holly leaves were cut from Garden Green card stock using my Silhouette Cameo and using the same green stamping pad, sponged the edges of the leaves.  The holly berries are pearl basic jewels colored red using a permanent marker.  
Holiday Treat Fry Box with sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Oh, What Fun Stamp Set
Reminder – To obtain a clear stamped image when using embossing powder, be sure to use an Embossing Buddy to eliminate static in the paper.  This will prevent the embossing powder from sticking to areas other than the image stamped with Versamark.  It also helps to have a small paint brush handy to brush away stray powder.  Do this before using the heat tool to set the embossing powder.  
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“Falling Leaves” Gift Bag

Happy Halloween! Before getting to the gift bag project, I want to share the Halloween card that I received in the mail this week from one of my stamping friends and class attendee, Jamie.  It was a nice surprise and reminds me how important it is to mail cards we make to friends and family.  It’s a simple, thoughtful act that brings joy to recipients and can make one’s day brighter.  Thank you Jamie!

In the Nutty Note Card class earlier this week, an add on project was made…an embellished Petite Cafe gift bag. Personally, I adore these gift bags!  They are food safe, sturdy and a perfect size.  For the embellishment, we used the extra leaves that I had from the Witching Decor project kit but the same leaves can be cut from card stock using the Leaflets Framelits .  The leaves were stamped using the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and sponged around the edges with ink.  To create the look of a Fall leaf, we crumpled the leaves and unfolded them which created more texture and naturally, a bit of glamour was added using a leaf cut from gold glimmer paper.  An acorn tag from the Acorny Thank You stamp set finished the look.  The embellishment took just a few minutes to create but “dresses” the gift bag perfectly!

Embellished Petite Cafe Gift Bag using Stampin’ Up!  Lighthearted Leaves and Acorny Thank You Stamp Sets 
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