Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas



Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.

I'm so excited to be spending the holidays with family this year celebrating a birthday, Christmas, and a wedding!

I'll be back after the first of the year with some fun ideas featuring new products from the Sale-a-bration and 2015 Occasions Catalog.







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Friday, December 19, 2014

Got Treats? Dress Your "French Fry Box" Like Santa!

Santa decorated "fry box" treat holder | Stampingville #papercrafts #Christmas #StampinUp

A mini die-cut french fry box is cute enough, but dressed up like Santa? SO adorable. We made these forever ago at a Stampin' Up! shoebox-swap gathering. And yes, I'm just now getting it posted. Aaaand yes, I ate all that chocolate covered popcorn. SO good.

This cute project is so easy. Once you've die-cut the fry box using the Big Shot, just add a strip of black cardstock. For the belt buckle layer two squares. For the sleeves, add texture to little strips of cardstock using an embossing folder. (Hard to see in the photo. Sorry.)

The cuffs on the sleeves, made from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, is the tiny scallop circle cut in half. The mittens are simply punched circles from white cardstock. How easy is that? And it's so cuuuuute.

Are you still making treats for the holidays?








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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tag a Bag Gift Box Dressed Up For Christmas

Treat gift box decorated for Christmas #papercrafts #StampinUp #Stampingville

Look what I got! We had a Stampin' Up! team gathering recently and my sweet friend (and upline) Debbie made one of these for each of us. Not only is it adorable, but it's filled with gourmet popcorn drizzled with white and dark chocolate. Yummy!

There must be a million and one ways to dress up the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes. You can simply tie some pretty ribbon around the box and be done. Add a simple tag using a mini clothespin or baker's twine to attach the tag to the ribbon. For quick layered tags, go for the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit to create 10 coordinated tags for any occasion.

Stampin' Up! die-cut gift bow on food safe gift box #papercrafts #StampinUp #Stampingville


Or go all out (like Debbie did here) and create your own tags or accessories using your paper-crafting supplies. Notice the dwindling popcorn in this photo? Mmmmmm. Good.

This project includes a simple "belly band" of cardstock and patterned paper that easily slides right off the box. The stamped "for you" greeting is cropped using a small scallop circle punch and layered onto a larger cardstock scallop circle.

For the big wow, Garden Green cardstock is die-cut using the Gift Bow Bigz Die and then embossed with two coordinating embossing folders. This bow is even tied with real ribbon! Check out the Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon in place of the normal cardstock piece the die creates.

I love this dressed-up-for-Christmas Gift Box. And using this same idea, but changing out the colors, this gift box can be given any time of year, for any occasion.

I have to say ... I loved that delicious popcorn too. Maybe Santa will bring me some more for Christmas!








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Monday, December 15, 2014

Simply Pressed Clay Christmas Joy Ornament

Simply Pressed Clay Christmas Joy Ornament

Stampin' Up! featured a beautiful ornament in the Holiday Catalog made from our Simply Pressed Clay and I fell in love not only with the ornament, but also with the idea of making ornaments from the clay. This is a very easy Christmas craft and if you have kids they will love helping or making their own ornaments too.



I was sure I could figure out how to create the ornaments, but then I found this helpful video by Stampin' Up!  It really is just that easy. I made one "practice" ornament (that won't be on the tree!) and then created two styles of ornaments - a star shaped one and this round "joy" ornament. Both designs turned out beautifully and I also found that creating these ornaments isn't just fun - it's rather addicting.



How to make Christmas ornaments using Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay modeling clay


Stampin' details:

  • Clean the silicone craft sheet well before you start. The clay easily picks up any ink residue from the sheet, as well as lint, dust, ribbon fibers, etc.
  • As in the video, I used the Endless Wishes stamp set.
  • No round cookie cutter? I used a mason jar.
  • After drying for 24 hours, the ornament was colored using an Aqua Painter and Soft Sky re-inker.
  • I placed a drop of ink in the center of the snowflake intending to use my Aqua Painter to spread the ink, but it actually spread throughout the snowflake on it's own. Very cool!
  • To ensure the Rhinestone would stick, I added a drop of Crystal Effects to the center of the snowflake and then placed the Rhinestone.
  • Try not to handle the ornament too much until it dries. You don't want to smoosh the stamped image or leave a fingerprint or marks in the clay. (Ask me how I know this.)

In the video she mentions using Paper Snips to cut the clay. I found that because the clay does not harden, it is super easy to cut after the clay has air-dryed for 24 hours. For a one-layer ornament such as mine, no cutting is necessary unless you need to snip a rough edge. For a shaped ornament (like a star), cut the clay after air-drying following the outline of the stamped image.








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Friday, December 12, 2014

Quick + Easy Card: Simple Holiday Trees

Quick + easy Christmas cards with trendy triangle trees | Stampingville #cardmaking #papercrafts #Christmas #StampinUp

This cute card is as simple as can be and you can create several of them in a flash. It's great if you suddenly find yourself a few cards short this year.

Stampin' details:

  • The background paper featuring silver foil in the design is from the gorgeous All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper collection.
  • For the snowy ground, I simply drew a curvy line across Whisper White cardstock, then cut along the line using Paper Snips.
  • Simple triangle shapes for the trees can be handcut or, if you have one, use a tree or pennant shaped die to die-cut them. (I used a retired Stampin' Up! Pennant Die.)
  • Punched stars from Silver Foil Sheets make quick but shiny tree toppers to coordinate with the background paper.
  • The greeting, stamped in Smoky Slate ink, is from the Cheerful Tags stamp set.


Simple handmade card using patterned paper scraps | Stampingville #cardmaking #papercrafts #Christmas #Stampinup


Another great thing about this card is the ability to use up some patterned paper scraps you have from other projects. The largest tree in the foreground of this card is hiding the fact that the third tree is missing a corner. Shhh - don't tell!







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