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.

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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.

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)

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Dec 052014
Christmas Tree Easel Card_med

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.

Christmas Tree Easel Card dark_med

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.

Apr 072014

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Apr 022014

Toilet Paper BackgroundIt is always fun to find new uses for items you have around the house.  The background for this card and the flowers are made from toilet paper.

A few days ago I spent hours having fun experimenting with using toilet paper to make backgrounds and flowers.  Here I put them both together.

Pink Pirouette card stock (111351)
Whisper White card stock (100730)
Always Artichoke card stock    (105119)
Stamp Set:
Blooming with Kindness (126422)
Melon Mambo Ink Refill (115662)
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin’ Pad (126972)
Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127751)
Simply Pressed Clay Molds (131272)
Secret Garden framelits (129372)
Ovals Collection Framelits    (129381)
Stampin’ Spritzer (126185)
Smooch Spritz (118772)
2-Way Glue Pen (100425)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Multi-Purpose Adhesive (110755)
Non SU:  2-ply toilet paper


  • Protect your work area with a waterproof shield like a plastic cutting board or a large silicone sheet and paper towels.
  • Tear 10 squares of toilet paper into 5 pieces, 2 squares each and stack them evenly on top of each other.
  • Spritz the paper with water.  You can put drops of ink around the paper and it will spread with the water.  If you want a more uniform, mix the ink with water in the Stampin’ Spritzer and spritz the color onto the paper.  Turn the stack of paper over carefully and spritz the back side with water also.  You want it to be wet through, but not sloppy.
  • Put the paper into the embossing folder and run through the Big Shot with the fold going in first.  Some water will squeeze out the open end of the embossing folder.  Just wipe up with a paper towel.  Carefully remove the embossed paper from the folder.  ***(Be sure to wash out your embossing folder and dry before you use it again.)
  • Tear the edges down to the size you want.  For a full layered background like this card, you want the paper to be about 3 ¾” X 5”.  Curl up the edges and then leave to dry on a fresh piece of paper towel or use a heat tool to dry it quicker.  Be careful move the heat tool around so you don’t burn the paper.
  • Once the paper is dry you can add the Stampin’ Spritzer (Vanilla Shimmer).
  • Glue to the front of your card base (Pink Pirouette) using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

See Monday’s post HERE for how I did the flowers.  I spritzed the flowers with Vanilla Shimmer also.

  • Cut the oval from Whisper White card stock with one of the Oval Collection Framelits.   Cut a few leaves from the Always Artichoke card stock using the Secret Garden leaf framelit.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the top right of the oval using Always Artichoke ink.
  • Attach leaves around the oval on both the front and back using 2-Way Glue.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the oval to the left side of the card front.  You can use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the flowers, but I used a heat gun for this card.

Here are a few of the flowers and buttons I posted earlier.  I tried Crystal Effects on some.  I think the ones that I included a drop or two of Multipurpose Liquid Glue in with the paper paste worked the best and have the most detail.  Depending on how much glitz you want, the Crystal Effects is a nice touch, but I like the plan flowers with the Smooch Spritz the best.Toilet Paper Roses & Button

Enjoy playing with the toilet paper backgrounds and flowers.  Please leave a comment and share your creations!

Mar 312014


Roses & ButtonsToday I had so much fun creating these roses and buttons.  Yes, as the title implies, I used toilet paper. While I was browsing around the web, I saw an idea using toilet paper to make these roses.  I wanted to give it a try and add my own twist.  Of course, Stampin’ Up! has beautiful and easy to use Simply Pressed Clay (130685) to use in the Simply Pressed Clay Molds (131272), but I couldn’t help myself.  I had to try the toilet paper to make paper casts and I experimented with how best to color the creations.

For the Crisp Cantaloupe and Summer Starfruit roses, I added a drop or two of color in the mold before pressing in the toilet paper.  Some of these I really like, but to get a more consistent color, I mixed the ink with water and then added the toilet paper pieces. Just keep adding water and ink as you add the paper until you get the color you want.

Be sure to protect your crafting table with paper towels and something like a silicone crafting mat.  Also, I strongly recommend using gloves for this especially with dark colors.  My fingers are still tinted even after scrubbing them and then doing two sets of dishes. This was not really what I wanted to be doing, but it is the best way to soak off the ink.

As long as my fingers were already inky, I decided to try making buttons.  These are a bit harder to get a consistent form around the button holes with the toilet paper. One last experiment for today – I “painted” Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) inside the molds for a couple of the buttons and one small rose. I mixed the color right into the Tombow before adding the paper.  I found with the roses I could just layer strips or small pieces of the paper into the mold. For the buttons, it worked better to tear the paper into small pieces and mix with water in a small container.  The paper begins to make a glob (technical term) almost like a paste. Then I could mush it (another technical term) into the mold better. The ones I mixed with Tombow seemed to be the easiest and they seem to hold their form better.  Don’t worry about the Tombow, it releases just fine from the silicone molds.

To get excess water out and to make a better impressions, once I was through adding paper, I pressed the paper down hard into the mold and while pressing, I mopped up the excess water that comes out around my finger(s).  After removing the casts from the molds, I set them aside to dry on paper towels.  I switched out the paper towel after an hour or so. Tomorrow I will see how they look and feel. I am thinking I might want to add a little Crystal Effects or try highlighting the colors with sponging.

Stay tuned for the next installment – Come back to see the finished rose and buttons and How to Make Toilet Paper background layers.  Leave a comment below.  Tell me what you think of these little creations.