Nov 272015
 

Merry Christmas in Pacific PointMerry Christmas in Pacific Point is designed using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas colors.  I have a friend that will only put blue and silver packages under her tree.  That is taking it a bit too far, but her tree is always lovely.

Today’s card starts with a tag and a simple Christmas sentiment.  The tag is embellished with snowflakes from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits and a bit of Pacific Point ribbon.

The background is done with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  This embossing folder is a bit smaller than my normal sized greeting card so it takes a special technique to add it to the card front.  I placed the Pacific Point in the embossing folder so it was all the way to the top, but placed the top cutting pad only 3/4 the way down the card stock.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Remove and turn the card stock around in the embossing folder matching the pattern as closely as possible.  Place the cutting pad only over the section that is not yet embossed.  Run it through the Big Shot again.  This will give you a complete embossed border.

Add the completed tag to the center of the embossed card stock and add that to the card base.

See the supply list below for the Merry Christmas in Pacific Point card.

Nov 062015
 

front of envelope Thank You NoteYou don’t want to forget to make up some Thank You Notes & Envelopes.

The new envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! gives you a lighter weight paper just perfect for envelopes.  Add a liner of Designer Series Paper to match your note cards and everyone will know how much you appreciate their kindness and/or gifts.

I have included a free, complete tutorial with supplies and instructions for you HERE.

If you prefer to shop, please see the supply list below that will direct you to my Online Store for all your Stampin’ Up! needs, 24/7.

Thank you for taking a look at my Thank You Notes & Matching Envelopes post today.

Oct 232015
 

Baked Goods belly bandSpreading a little Christmas cheer with Baked Goods Box & Label.  This little box is perfect for giving mini sweet bread loafs, cookies or candy.  Spice up your package with a Merry Christmas belly band.

Add that festive touch to your gift of baked goods by placing them in a handmade box and decorating with a belly band label.

The label is quick and easy to stamp and assemble.  You can add the ribbon to the back of the label and it is ready to wrap around your package and tape in the back.

For the box shown, all you need is a single sheet of card stock.  The sides are 2 1/4″ high and the length is 6 1/2″ and it is 4″ across.  You can adjust the dimensions to make the box smaller.   The box is assembled with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

Stamp the message on Whisper White card stock.  Use the small tree thinlit from the Square Pillow Box thinlits set and cut out the trees.  Layer the Whisper White card stock over a slightly smaller piece of Cucumber Crush card stock.  I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to attach the doily to the Cucumber Crush lace trim.

Email me if you would further information on how to assemble the Baked Goods Box & Label.  Order your Stampin’ Up! supplies 24/7 through my Online Store.

Oct 162015
 

Gift bagIt has been quite a while since I first was taught to make a bagelope.  They have been around for ages.  With the Christmas Bagelope today, I hope you will see the fun possibilities to use this simple technique for gift bags this holiday season.

The term “bagelope” combines two thoughts:  end result gift bag and beginning with an envelope.

For this small gift bag I used a medium Whisper White envelope (4 3/8″ X 5 3/4″).  Start by sealing the envelope closed.  You may have to add a little glue at the edges.  Turn the envelope so the 5 3/4″ side is against the left edge of the Simply Scored tool and score down the length at 3/4″ and 3 5/8″.  Turn the envelope so the 4 3/8″ side is against the left side of the Simply Scored tool and score at 3/4″.  Fold and crease all the score lines.  This will yield a small bag that is 2 7/8″ wide with 1 1/2″ gussets on the sides.

With the sides folded in on the score lines, insert the envelope into the tag topper punch and punch.  Trim off excess on each side of the tag topper.  This gave me a bag that is about 4 1/2″ tall not counting the topper.

Decorate the front and baack of the bag as desired.

Open up the bag and push gussets to the inside.  There will be small triangles formed at the bottom on each side.  Fold these to the bottom of the bag and secure with Tear & Tape Adhesive.

You can use any size envelope to create these gift bags. You can vary where you place the score lines.  However, the score lines should always be equal on all three sides.  For instance, if you score at 1/2″ on all sides, the depth of the bottom and the gussets will be 1″.  The width of the bag will be bigger, but the depth will be smaller.  You can even use large mailing envelopes to create regular sized gift bags.

Have fun creating your own sweet Christmas Bagelopes.  Why not use these for Halloween treats as well.  Please share your creations.

 

Oct 092015
 

tagsMaking Christmas Gift Tags is like making mini cards.  They can be as simple or as fancy as you like.  Today’s tags are just a sampling.

You can certainly cut down on the supply list from what I used today.  I am a detail kind of person and when I see an specific element that I want on a card or tag, I try to find it in my stash.

You can simply planning by purchasing a paper stack like Merry Moments and the coordinating card stock:  Merry Moments Assortment Pack – 139007.  Add Whisper White card stock and you could complete quite a few color coordinated cards and tags.  You can also limit your ink color to just Cherry Cobbler without sacrificing great looking tags.

My tags use two different sets of framelits, however, the Tags & Labels framelits have several different nesting framelits that should meet all your needs.  It also includes a small framelit that will cut out the hole for your ribbon.  If you want an extra large tag or note style tag, you can fold the card stock and run it through the Big Shot without cutting the bottom edge.  This is what I did to made the large Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler note tag.

Whatever style you prefer, you will be able to WOW your gift recipients with that special homemade touch on your Christmas Gift tags.

Click on the thumbnails to see larger images.

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Oct 022015
 

ornamentToday’s holiday offering is a Christmas Star Ornament.

I started out wanting to create an ornament inside the star shape.  It was difficult to stabilize the star shape.  It needs some kind of structure to hold it, so I attached the inside (valley) edges of the star to a circle of heavy paper (the inserts from Designer Series Paper packs) on both sides.

The star shape is created with a 1/2″ strip of glimmer paper.  I attached two 6 1/2″ strips together and then trimmed 1/2″ off one end.  You end up with a strip that is 12 1/2″ long.  Score each 1 1/2″ along the length of the strip.  Accordion fold the strip.  Overlap the two ends and glue together.

The inside ornament is cut from Cherry Cobbler card stock and backed with Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

To finish, attach a small strip of Silver ribbon through a hole punched in the top point of the star.

These Star Ornaments are relatively easy and quick to assemble.  Don’t stop with just one.  Make several for your Christmas tree or to give as small gifts or package decorations.

Sep 042015
 

gift boxThis little Christmas Gift Box is just right for a couple of cookies, candies, or jewelry.

The box is made using Stampin’ Up! Square Pillow Box Thinlits.  The set comes with two square thinlits that can be used for windows.  It also includes a few small seasonal thinlits to help embellish your box.

I chose to decorate with a little tree from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and a label,  The label has a tiny snowman made with circles from the Owl Builder Punch and the 1/8″ Circle Punch.  The little hat and arms are cut from small scraps of Basic Black card stock.

The baker’s twine wraps around the box to help keep the end flaps closed and finishes with a small bow.

Remember!  I will be posting holiday projects every Friday.  “Like” Paper Crafts Obsession on Facebook so you will get notifications of each holiday project posting.

Dec 122014
 

Star Christmas Tree LitThis is my little Handmade Christmas Tree.  We won’t have a regular Christmas tree this year because we will away for the holidays, so I made this little one for our living room.  It stands about 8 inches tall.  I was laying in bed not sleeping and thought of using the Stars Framelits to create a Christmas tree.

First I cut 2 stars with each framelit for a total of ten stars out of Garden Green card stock.  I decorated the “tree limbs” with sequin assortment.  (See the close-up.)  I would have liked a few small ball decorations, but I didn’t have anything that fit.

Next I punched a hole in the center of each star and inserted each of them onto a 1/4″ dowel (about 6 1/2″ long).  A pencil will work, but you will want to pick one that is colored green or brown.  Use a small dab of glue (hot glue gun) to stabilize each star.

I had a strand of tiny craft beads in my stash so I added this as a garland.  Again I used a hot glue gun to attach the garland.

Cut 2 stars (2nd smallest) from Gold Foil.  From the back of the foil score a line for each point.  Pinch each point slightly to crease the score line.  Use glue dots to attach the two stars together.  Leave one section open to insert onto the top of dowel.  Apply a small amount of hot glue and insert star onto the dowel at the top of the tree.

Close-up of Christmas packages

Close-up of Christmas packages

Close-up of sequin

Close-up of sequin

Next I punched a hole in the center of each star and inserted each of them onto a 1/4″ dowel (about 6 1/2″ long).  A pencil will work, but you will want to pick one that is colored green or brown.  Use a small dab of glue (hot glue gun) to stabilize each star.

I had a strand of tiny craft beads in my stash so I added this as a garland.  Again I used a hot glue gun to attach the garland.

Cut 2 stars (2nd smallest) from Gold Foil.  From the back of the foil score a line for each point.  Pinch each point slightly to crease the score line.  Use glue dots to attach the two stars together.  Leave one section open to insert onto the top of dowel.  Apply a small amount of hot glue and insert star onto the dowel at the top of the tree.

Wrap a cube of styrofoam (about 2 1/2″) with card stock or designer series paper.  I wrapped mine with Real Red card stock and added ribbon around the top and bottom of the cube.

Create tiny packages and embellish with tiny bows of Baker’s Twine.  I also cut out the little houses and packages from Nordic Noel DSP to decorate the sides of the cube.

Insert the bottom of the dowel into the decorated styrofoam cube and stablize with hot glue.

You can’t have a tree without lights!  I had a string of tiny lights that are battery operated.  (These came from IKEA a few years ago.)  I poked holes through a circle of card board covered with paper and inserted the lights.  The wiring is hidden under the cardboard and you have a nice table for your tree.

This project was fun to create and used supplies I had on hand.  Order Stampin’ Up! supplies in my Online Store 24/7.

Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • 1/4″ dowel about 6 1/2″ long
  • small beaded garland
  • card board about 8″ circle & paper to cover as desired
  • string of miniature battery operated lights (this string has only 10 lights)

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

Dec 052014
 
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Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card

   Christmas Lights come in different forms.  Today I am sharing two designs – one for the Noel Christmas Tree Votive Easel Card and the other is the Votive with Vellum Windows.  For both of these, the lighting is provided by battery operated tea lights or votive lights.  Do not use standard candles because that would pose a fire hazard.

When the easel is standing, you can insert a votive light through the circle hole in the back of the card to light up the tree.  You can download the free tutorial HERE.

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I had to turn off the lights so you could see the votive light behind the card so the rest of the picture is pretty dark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my second project today.  This is an easy little box turned into a votive holder.  If you would like the instructions, download the free tutorial HERE.

Votive with ribbon front

Votive with Vellum Windows

I created and shared a few other Christmas Lights for my newsletter earlier this week.  To receive your free copy of those instructions, sign up for Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.