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November 2015

DIY - Gift Card Holder

Who of us is not giving gift cards this holiday season? What would make the gift card feel more special--like you gave some special thought to the person receiving the gift? Make a great DIY Gift Card Holder! Put that gift card in there with a special sentiment from you and the recipients will feel they have received a special gift from you!

Here's an easy but really pretty gift card holder---and it's made from an envelope! Here's how--and, right after the directions, I will give you the supply list that you'll need to  create these little pretties!

11-24-15 GCH front

Here's how:

1. Score an regular envelope from each end (flap closed) 1 3/8" from each side edge. Open the flap and cut out the portions above the side score marks down to the flap fold line---see the picture below:

11-24-15 GCH inside

2. Stamp the Christmas Ball from Project Life Hello December2015 stamp set in Cucumber Crush classic ink in the center section of the envelope  front--see above picture for location.

3. Cut two pieces of white cardstock 1 3/8 X  4 3/8; place theses along the side edges of the Berries and Boughs embossing folder to capture the pretty border (see the picture of the front of the holder to see the embossing). Using multipurpose liquid glue, adhere there to the front flaps of the envelope (the sides that have been folded in after scoring).

4. Cut a piece of the Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum (I used the red striped design) 1 3/4 X 2 7/8; adhere to envelope flap with glue dots. Add a Winter Wonderland embellishment to the center of the flap with a glue dot.

5. Cut an 18" piece of 1/8" green striped ribbon, adhere to the back of the envelope with a tiny line of liquid glue--so that when it wraps to the front of the envelope--it will keep the flap down and in place.

You are done! You can create several of these in a couple of  hours and be ready to go when the holidays arrive!

Here is your supply list--you can purchase these through my store using the Shop Now button:


DIY Gift Tag

Whether you are giving a gift wrapped in a box or popped in a gift bag--you always need a Gift tag--let me show you an awesome DIY gift tag that will be the highlight of your gift wrapping! Plus--take a look at the corners of the tag--do you recognize that punch? I'll show you how to create this new corner with your  Curvy Corner Trio punch!

11-27-15 Tag

I'm going to give you the directions to create this tag and following the directions I"ll give you the supply list you can purchase through my store using the Shop Now button!

1,  Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 2 1/8 X 3 3/4

2. Using the Curvey Corner Trio  punch, punch the double curve corner of both top corners of the tag. Now, here's the fun part--turn the cardstock to the back side (you were working on the front side), and re-punch those same corners--that's the new "corner" you can get from using your Curvy corner punch! Awesome, right? Pretty awesome, right?

3. Cut a piece of Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum stack (I used the gold snowflake design) 2 X 2"; using the Project Life corner rounder, round the 2 top corners. Adhere this to the tag base using glue dots in each corner.

4. Punch a 1 1/4 scalloped circle (Item #127811) from gold foil and adhere to center of vellum with glue dots; adhere a wooden snowflake to the centter of the scalloped circle with glue dots--and place a rhinestone in the center of the snowflake.

5. Cut a 2 1/2 piece of gold glitter ribbon and using a small line of multipurpose liquid glue, adhere this immediately under the vellum.  Trim the ribbon to the width of the tag.

6. Cut a piece of gold foil 7/8 X 2 inches; adhere immediately under the ribbon with glue dots.

7. Stamp Merry (Holly Jolly stamp set) in versamark on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat with heat tool until shiny gold. Punch image with the Large Oval punch and adhere to the center of the gold foil with dimensionals

8. Punch a hole in the top middle of the tag with the 1/4"handheld circle punch and thread an 18"piece of gold cording through the hole to tie tag to the gift!

You are done! Enjoy--make several of these tags now and you'll be ready for gift giving when the holidays arrive!

Now here is the supply list that you can purchase from my store using the Shop Now button:



DIY Lovely Poinsettia pin - quick & easy!

Look at the lovely lovely pin!  Imagine this on a black sweater, on a silver scarf or on your coat during the holiday season. Better yet, imagine giving this as a gift to someone who loves sparkle and shine!

  11-20-15 Poinsettia pin

This little beauty is gorgeous and just as easy to make! I'm going to give you directions and below that the supply list to create this pin.

Here's how to make it:

Heat up your glue gun while you are preparing the following.

1. Using the Festive Flower Punch , punch from Red Glimmer paper:  8 large petals, 4 medium petals, 2 double petals.

2. Punch a 1"circle and a 3/4" circle from Real Red Carstock.

3. Lay the 1" Real Red Circle on your silicone craft mat. Hot glue 4 large petals in a cross formation leaving about a 1/4" circle open in the center. Note: glue the rounded end of the petal --not the pointed end.

4. Hot glue the remaining 4 large petals in the open spaces of the first layer but these 4 meet in the center of the 1"circle. Lay this aside.

5. Place the 3/4" red circle on the silicone  pad. Hot glue the 4 medium petals in a cross formation leaving approximately 1/4" circle open in the center.

6. Hot glue the double petals in the open space (formed by the medium petals) with the centers of the double petals over each other also forming a cross.

7. Hot glue the 3/4" circle into the center of the large petals cluster and press down in the center until the glue cools.

8. Snip off the prongs of your favorite antique brad (you can see the one I used) and hot glue it to the center of your flower.

9. You can adhere a pin to the back of the flower (you can find these in the jewelry section of your craft store).

You are done! Now wow one of your friends with the awesome gift for Christmas!

Here's the supply list--you can purchase these now using the Shop Now button:

DIY Holiday Table Placecards

Need a quick way to create awesome placecards at one of your holiday parties? Want it to be something they can take home and remember the wonderful time they had in your home? Want it to be simple yet elegant and memorable? This is it! A DIY table place card that your guest can take home and enjoy for the rest of the holiday season!  I'm going to give you the directions and after the "how to make" I'll give you the supply list.

11-17-15 Placecard front

11-19-15 Place card top & side

Here's how to create this:

1. Use the Tiny Treat Boxes (from Stampin'Up!) as the base (note, don't cover the bottom of the fold-t0gether box so that it can be folded flat for storage). Cut 5 pieces of designer paper (I used the mistletoe design from Home for Christmas) each 1 7/8 X 1 7/8.  Adhere these to the 4 sides and the top of the tiny treat box using multipurpose liquid glue.

2. Using the 1"circle punch, punch a 1"circle in the center front box panel.

4. Using the same 1"circle punch--punch a hole in a scrap of gold glimmer paper (#133719 in case you need to order some). Then using the 1 3/4 scallop circle punch punch a scalloped circle around the 1"hole. Fit this over the hole in the front of the box and adhere with glue dots.

5. Cut 4 piexes of gold foil paper 1 7/8 X 1 7/8 and adhere with liquid glue to the inside of the box bottom and the 2 sides and the back panel. This will help reflect light.

6. Tie a bow with an 8"piece of gold glitter ribbon and adhere to the box top with a glue dot.

7. Using the smallest tag framelit (Tags and Labels framelits) cut a label from a scrap piece of white cardstock. Write the guest name on the tag and adhere near the ribbon with another glue dot.

8. Set a battery-powered tealight inside the box and close the lid!

You are done! Enjoy!

Here's the supply list --you can purchase the items right now using the Shop Now button:

DIY Thanksgiving Card

Thanksgiving is only a few days away but you still have time to create a lovely DIY card to send to someone you love. Here's a pretty card using my favorite fall colors (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze) and the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set by Stampin'Up!. I'll give you the directions and the supply list to purchase the items you will need to create this card.

11-15-15 Give Thanks card

1. Cut Old Olive cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2; score at 4 1/4 on the long side (card base). Stamp the card front with Hardwood stamp and Mossy Meadow Classic ink.

3. Cut Mossy Meadow cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 1/2; run this through the Big Shot die cut machine using  Zig Zag folder; adhere this to the card front using multipurpose liquid glue.

4. Cut Old Olive cardstock 3 X 3 3/4; adhere this to the Mossy cardstock using dimensionals.

5. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock  2 7/8 X 3 5/8; punch each corner with the Curvy Corner Trio punch. Sponge the cardstock with a strip of Daffodil Delight, then the middle with Pumpkin Pie, and the bottom with Cajun Craze. Use your heat tool to dry the ink well.

6 . Use your embossing buddy (#103083) over the entire surface. Stamp Give Thanks (Thankful Forest Friends stamp set) using Versamark ink, sprinkle with Gold embossing powder--flick off excess powder. Heat with heat tool until shiny gold. Adhere this to the Old Olive cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.

7. Tie an 8"piece of gold cord in a bow and adhere to leaf spray with a glue dot.

You are done! Enjoy--better yet, send this card to brighten someone's day.

Here is the supply list--you can purchase the products now using the Shop Now button:

DIY Paper strip ornament - EASY

If you were in my studio this past weekend you've seen this little cutie DIY ornament!  It's so easy to make--it will only take a few minutes....I'm going to give you the directions and then the supply list so you can get what you need to create it!

11-10-15 Paperstrip ornament

1. Using your paper trimmer, cut 8 strips (3/4" X 4 1/4) of your favorite design in the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper--I used the red strip and the mistletoe. 

2. Punch 1/8" holes 1/4" from both ends of each strip. Bend the strips back and forth a few times to break some of the fibers --this will make it easier to bend and pull them apart. Stack all 8 pieces on top of each other.

3. Insert your favorite Antique brad through one set of holes (these are aligned when you stacked the papers on top of each other). If you leave a bit of room when you spread the prongs of the brad --it will make it easier to pull the strips apart in the next step. Then do the same through the holes at the other end. Now you have a stack of paper strips with a brad through all  8 papers at the top and at the bottom.

4. Gently pull the pieces away from the stack--putting your fingers of your opposite hand on the brads and squishing them together will help you form the ball as you are pulling the pieces apart.

5. Cut approximately 8"of gold cord, slip the cord under the brad top and tie a not. Pull up the ends of the cord and tie a knot forming the hanger for the ornament.

You are done! Enjoy

Here is the supply can purchase your supplies by using the Shop Now button:

Easiest DIY Gift Wrap in the world!


 If you are like me, I have great intentions at the beginning of the holiday season--not to get behind in my gift-giving projects.   But then life happens and I get behind every single year! 


So I want to share with you the easiest DIY Gift Wrap in the world! Doesn't this look professionally done and isn't it awesome?


  11-6-15 box


Here's the tag view:


11-6-15 tag


You can use it for scarves, bath essentials, cookies, candy, candles...this list goes on!


I'll give you the directions for the gift wrap and below that is a list of supplies you will need to re-create this really great gift wrap....and the best can get these ready now and just pop in your gifts as you purchase them!


1. The base is the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes--you don't even need adhesive to put these together--just take out of the package (you get 8 in a package for $7--so less than most gift bags, right?)--you don't need directions---just unfold, fold the bottom flaps together and--it's a box! 


2. Using your paper trimmer, cut 2 pieces of Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper 2 X 6 5/8 and 2 pieces 2 X 2 1/4; adhere these to the sides of the boxes with liquid multipurpose glue.


3. Pop in your gift--you may want to tuck in some shred to party it up a bit, then slide the clear plastic sleeve (comes with the boxes) over the box.


4. Wrap a piece of the 1/8 red striped ribbon around the center and tiw in a bow.


5. Stamp "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas"(Cozy Christmas stamp set) in Versamark on a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock, sprinkle with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and heat with heat tool. Using the 1 1/2" Square Framelit, cut out the stamped verse.


6. Using your paper trimmer, cut a piece of Garden Green scrap cardstock 1 5/8 X 1 5/8 and punch a hole near the top of one side using the 1/8"hand held circle punch.. Adhere the verse to this piece using dimensionals.


7. Take a 12" piece of silver cording, loop it through the 1/8" hole and tie around the red-striped bow--tie in a bow.


You are done!  Now make a package of these, create the tags cut the ribbon and cording--tuck all this inside the box and wait until you purchase the gifts...then pop in the gifts and you are done!


Here is the supply list you can purchase now using the Shop Now button!



Birthday Candle

 We had a Stampin'Up! birthday party here over the weekend...and I gave the birthday girl a little candle cake to help celebrate!

11-3-15 birthday candle cake complete

I'm going to give you the directions and below the directions is a list of supply items that you can order to create this birthday candle.

Here's how to make the birthday candle cake:

1. Wrap Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape around a battery operated votive candle (you can get these at most craft stores especially at t his time of year).

11-3-15 birthday candle cake - washi tape

2. Using a 1 3/4 scallop circle punch--punch a scallop circle from Watermelon Wonder cardstock.

11-3-15 birthday candle cake - top

3. Place the scallop circle over the large scallop design on the Lovely Lace folder and run through the Big Shot to dry emboss. Punch a 1/4" circle in the center using the 1/4" handheld punch; using your paper snips, cut 4 snips about 1/4" into the circle--see the picture

11-3-15 birthday candle cake - top with Lovely Lace folder

11-3-15 birthday candle cake - top embossed and cut

4. Push this center circle over the flame of the votive and push down over the outer scallop edge to curve gently down over the votive base.

11-3-15 birthday candle cake- with top on

5. Now using the smallest rhinestones, place about 6 small rhinestones in the inner circle of the embossed area--near the are done! Enjoy

11-3-15 birthday candle cake complete


Here is the supply list you can order now using the Shop Now button!