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DIY Easy Quick Inexpensive Christmas Ornament

Want to create a DIY Easy Quick Inexpensive Christmas Ornament? I have the easiest and quickest ornament...and it can also be used as a gift bag tag or on a gift box! You can mass produce these for office workers, teacher's gifts, gifts for your small groups, bunco prizes and the list goes on and here it is

Mason jar lid Christmas ornament
Mason Jar Lid Christmas Ornament

I'm going to give you step by step directions to create this little cutie and then I'll give you the supply list--it is pretty short because you don't need a lot of supplies for this one!

The Cookie Cutter stamp set is going to be great to use all year when you need to use cookies in  your card or tag making--wouldn't a gingerbread cutout be great for your Christmas pictures in your album? And the coordinating punch is awesome--no more fussy cutting plus it has the added benefit of punching out those bows, 2 sizes of circles and a tiny heart--it is so precious!

So here goes:

You can purchase Mason Jar lids from supermarkets and super stores like Walmart, Target, etc. Be sure you purchase the lid and the ring--there are 2 parts to the lid (in case you haven't used mason jars before).

1. Cut a piece of Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack using the Layering Circles framelits. I used the one that is approximately 2 3/8" in diameter. Glue dot this to the lid surface.

2. Stamp the gingerbread man (Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set) in Early Espresso Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock (#100730). Punch out using the Cookie Cutter Builder punch and adhere the cookie to the center of the designer series paper using Stampin' Dimensionals

3. Using your Cookie Cutter builder punch and red glimmer paper--punch out a bow tie and adhere under the chin of your gingerbread man. Now if you would prefer--you can easily have a gingerbread lady by moving the bow to the top of the head and ----a cute little lady!

4, Apply several glue dots around the side rim of the jar lid--if you prefer use a strip of Tear and Tape. Wrap a 24"piece of Kraft rope trim (#141996) around the rim (the glue dots or tape will help hold it in place). Tie a square knot at the top of the rim (left over right, then right over left).  Bring both ends of the rope up to form a 2"  loop and tie another square knot. This forms the hanging loop.

5. Using an 8"piece of stitched satin 3/8" ribbon, tie a bow and glue dot it to the first square knot at the top of the rim.

Your ornament is completed!  The Warmth and Cheer designer series paper has 12 wonderful designs (and each page is double sided)--you can create over 100 ornaments from one pack of designer paper! Check it out!

Here are the supplies...use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies right now:

Last Day of Stampin'Up! Extravaganza Sale!!!

This is the last Day of the Stampin'Up! Extravaganza Sale!!! Today only the sale features 2 bundles, the magnetic platform, Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack and the Bell Punch--up to 40% off!!!

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PLUS, there are pages and pages more of items that are discounted up to 40% off.
The entire list is available here---just click  Download Online Extravagana product list US

Your order must be placed before midnight today 11/28/16...some items are "while supplies last" so I recommend placing your order online through my store--hit the Shop Now button at the top of the page and get that order placed right now and save a "bundle!" 

Clever DIY Inexpensive Gift Idea

Today I have a very clever inexpensive gift idea for you! These would make really great stocking stuffers, teacher appreciation gifts, door prizes/game prizes, "a little something" to go along with a gift card...the possibilities are endless.

Now before we go on, I need to give credit where credit is due....this was not my idea. Two of Sandi's Stampers, Nancy Neal and Noella Ryan-Paul, were kind enough to share their clever idea with me. I was so impressed with their work that I wanted to share it with you! So thanks to Nancy and Noella for today's idea.

Here's how it began...when my stampers place  an order through me I create a Bag Tag to attach to their bag of goodies when the order arrives. It's just a little thank you from me for their order and their loyalty. 

Nancy and Noella have been telling me for months how much they enjoy the tags and that they don't want to toss them and they were trying to figure a way to make them useful as well as let others appreciate them too!

So they were planning to have a table at a recent craft fair and had this wonderful idea. They attached the tags to the front of inexpensive notepads (you can get these at my favorite store--the Dollar store)--first they selected a cardstock color that coordinated well with a particular tag, cut the cardstock to fit the front of the notepad (used the Project Life corner rounder to round the corners) and adhered this to the notebook cover with multipurpose liquid glue. The last step is to attach the Bag Tag to the notebook cover (use the same glue or use Stampin' Dimensionals). 

Here are a couple of samples:

Flower notebook
Flower notebook
Basket of wishes notebook
Basketful of Wishes Notebook

Isn't this lovely? Wouldn't this little gift be a welcome addition to a Gift Card or as a set of 2 for a favorite teacher or to a friend with a personal message on the first page of the notebook?

Of course, you can make your own tag or you can cut out the main design from a handmade greeting card that you have received....what a wonderful  way to stretch the usefulness of a tag or card and to share the beauty someone else. No one wants to toss a handmade tag  or this is a great way to put them to good use!

Let me know if you have any questions or if you have a good idea to share with me!

2 Super Sales on Now! Sandi's Super Santa Sale & Stampin'Up! Extravaganza

11-21-16There are 2 Super Sales on right now...Sandi's Super Santa Sale & Stampin'Up!'s Extravaganza

Sandi's Super Santa Sale has 2 more days--you need to be on my email list to participate in this sale--if you're not on my mailing list--sign up now! Best part can add my sale to Stampin' Up!'s sale and really enjoy some savings.

Stampin'Up!'s extravaganza is from 11/21/16 through 11/28 16! 

There are two 1-Day sales (11/21 today! and 11/28)

Today there are 5 bundles of products that are on sales for up to 35% off PLUS the Gift Bag punch board is 30% off!

There is a whole list of great stuff that is up to 40% off the entire time

Then on the last day (11/28--24 hours only) there are two more bundles at 20% off and the Magnetic Platform (35% off) and the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack at 40% off!

Here's the entire list for you--just click and download... Download Online Extravagana product list US

Use the Shop Now button to order your sale items right now while supplies last. Or call me at 410 836 8016 or email me at [email protected] and I'll place your order!

Note: If you order online I will get notification from Stampin'Up! and will issue you a certificate for the amount you will save on my sale.

Check it out right now! Enjoy!



Stitched Shapes Christmas Tree Tag

 Well, I've been having a blast with these new Stampin'Up! I'm going to show you a Stitched Shapes Christmas Tree Tag using the square stitched framelits.

Square Stitched Christmas Tree Tag
Square Stitched Christmas Tree Tag

Again, I'm going to give you a close up of the stitching so you can see how detailed the stitching is and what a great accent it is to your work. Stitching on tree tag

This is the third sample using this great new set of framelits and you can see how versatile and fun this set can be.  I've been pairing this new stitched set with the coordinating Layering framelits (these are plain and scalloped). The Layering framelits come is sets for circles, squares, and ovals. So these stitched framelits are a wonderful match that really add detail and dimension to your project.

You can see with today's tag, you can just add coordinating layers to add interest and dimension to your project.

If you missed the previous two samples check them out at Reindeer Tag and Christmas Card .

Now here's how to make the tag:

Stamp the Tree (Candy Cane Lane stamp set) in Versamark Ink on Shimmer White cardstock  and sprinkle with Emerald Glitter embossing powder; heat with heat gun until melted. Note: you must watch as you are heating, when the powder is melted it shimmers a second and then turns a slightly deeper color. When that happens, it is melted. Cut this out with the smallest stitched square framelit--I turned mine 45 degrees from straight.

Cut a scalloped square from Real Red cardstock using the Layered Square framelits that is slightly larger than the small stitched square. Adhere the tree square to the red square using dimensionals.

Cut a 2 5/8 stitched square from Shimmer paper. Adhere the other two-square unit to this using liquid glue.

Cut a 3" scalloped square (Layering Square framelits) from Emerald Envy cardstock. Adhere the other 3-square unit to this using liquid glue.

Punch  1/8"hole in the top corner of the largest 2 squares and loop a 12" piece of Cherry Cobbler bakers twine through this hole.

Your tag is complete and awesome!

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies today:

Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card

Today I want to show you a really easy project--a Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card. This is a fairly simple card that packs a lot of pizzazz with that stitching around the verse. For this project we used the Oval stitched shape.


Stitched Shapes Christmas Card
Stitched Shapes Framelits Christmas Card

See how that stitching just adds another dimension to an otherwise flat oval. Here's a close up so  you can get a good view of the precise design and it's so easy--you just roll the cardstock and framelit through the Big Shot and it looks great!

Stitching on Stitched Shapes Christmas card
Stitching on the Christmas Card

Last Friday 11/11/16 we looked at the new Stampin'Up! Stitched Shape Framelits (the circles) and created a tag...if you missed it click here to see that project too Reindeer Tag.

I'm going to give you step by step directions for this card and then the list of supplies:

Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock 4 1/4 X 11; score the long side at 5 1/2 (this is the cardbase).

Cut a piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock 5 X 3 3/4; adhere to the cardbase front using liquid glue (#110755)

Cut a piece of the music designer paper (This Christmas Designer Series Paper) 3 5/8 X 4 7/8 and adhere to the Cucumber layer using liquid glue.

Cut an oval using the 3 5/16 stitched oval framelit. Stamp Peace Joy & Love  (Peace this Christmas stamp set) in Cucumber Crush Classic ink. Use the Big Shot and the Magnetic platform.

Cut an oval from Red Glimmer paper using the Layering Oval framelit that is just a bit larger than the stitched oval. Adhere these together using glue dots.

Stamp 2 holly leaves (Holly Berry Happiness) on Garden Green cardstock using Archival Black ink (#140931), Punch out with Holly Berry Builder punch). Adhere these to the top of the oval near the "Peace" with glue dots. Punch a triple holly berry using the same punch and adhere this to the bottom of the holly leaves. Adhere this unit to the center of the card front using glue dots.

Hint: when using glimmer paper or foil, using glue dots instead of liquid glue is much faster. The liquid glue will work but takes a bit longer to dry.

Now your easy quick and awesome Christmas card is completed!


Here are the supplies you'll need to  create this card. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order them today:


Stitched Shapes Framelits Reindeer Tag

I just got those new Stampin'Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits and had to use them so I created this cute little Stitched Shapes Framelit Reindeer Tag...isn't he adorable? How do I know it's a "he?" There's no bow in his hair!

Stitched Shapes Reindeer Tag
Stitched Shapes Reindeer Tag

I was absolutely amazed at the detail of the stitching in these's a close up so you can see each stitch.

Stitching on Stitched Shapes Reindeer Tag
Stitching on Reindeer Taag

One of my stampers is anxious to know the measurements of these here are the approximate dimensions of the longest length of the cutting edge. I wouldn't use these for engineering drawings (LOL) but it will give you a good idea of the approximate sizes:

Ovals: 1 3/4", 2 5/16, 2 13/16, 3 5/16
Circles: 1 3/8, 1 15/16, 2 7/16, 2 15/16
Squares: 1 1/4, 1 11/16, 2 3/16, 2 5/8

These stitched dies are also great for coordinating with the Layering dies (ovals, circles, squares)...stop back next week and I'll show you how I coordinated them.

Right now, I'm going to give you step by step directions to re-create this little cutie--it's so easy--wouldn't it be great to make about 6 of these, tie them in a cello bag and give them to your friends, coworkers, etc for a special hand-made gift?

Here we go:

1. Using the stitched circle die, cut a circle from Crumb Cake cardstock. Punch a 1/8" hole in the top of the circle and loop through a 12"piece of cherry cobbler baker's twine.

2. Punch 2 tree trunks (Tree builder punch) from Early Expresso cardstock...attach to either side of the hole on the back of the tag using multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Punch two 1/2" circles from Whisper White cardstock. Using the owl punch, punch two small circles from Basic Black cardstock. Adhere these to the white circles using glue dots. Adhere these to the tag for eyes using glue dots.

4. Punch a 1/2" circle from Red glimmer cardstock and adhere this "nose" below the eyes using a dimensional.

Your tag is completed! Isn't that just the cutest? They go together so quickly you can create several of these in a very short time!

Here are the supplies you'll need to create these tags. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to place your order:


DIY Quick Easy Inexpensive Christmas Gift

I was thinking of a great little DIY quick easy inexpensive Christmas gift for some of my stampers  to give to their kids' teachers. Then I thought about the Stampin'Up! Tiny Treat Boxes. So here's what I thought of...fill it with gift tags and a bit of chocolate! Take a look at this...

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Tiny Treat Box Gift

I created 4 small gift tags to use on the upcoming Christmas gifts and addes some chocolate in the bottom! Here's what the tags look like...what do you think?

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Gift Tags

I'm going to give you step by step directions and then the supply list to purchase what you need to recreate this really terrific gift.

1. Cut a 3 3/4 X 1 7/8 piece of thick white cardstock, score the long side at 1 7/8".  Fold on the score mark and punch a 1/8" hole in the back side near the fold.

2. Cut a 12" piece of cherry twine and loop through the hole (use this to tie the tag on the gift)

3. Cut a 1 5/8 X 1 5/8"piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere to top of tag with multipurpose liquid glue (#110755).

4. Using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch, punch the hat base from Red Glimmer paper; attach this to the tag top using glue dots. Punch the hat brim and pompom from Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper. Adhere the brim with dimensionals and adhere the pompom with a glue dot. 

Now I made 4 of these using different DSP designs...I placed some red shred in the bottom of the Tiny  Treat Box, layered a couple of pieces of chocolate on that and then the 4 gift tags.

5. Cut an 18" piece of red stitched satin ribbon and tie around the Tiny Treat Box.

Your gift is completed! Wasn't that easy---you can create several of these in an evening and your recipients will be doubly pleased--they have something useful, they have some chocolate....and they can fill the treat box with a small gift and they can re-tie it with the red ribbon...and they too have a quick gift--it's fun to pass it along! 

Enjoy and let me know what you used the Tiny Treat boxes for!

 Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

DIY Easy Quick Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wreath

If you like to plan ahead (or if you like to wait until the last minute) I have a great DIY easy, quick, inexpensive Christmas gift wreath for you!  I love the gingerbread theme for always makes me feel warm and cozy! I saw this plain wreath at my favorite store (Dollar Tree) and thought--I bet I could make this a cute little gift! So here it is...what do you think?

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Gingerbread Cookie Cutter Wreath

You'll be surprised at how easy this was to put together--including thinking about the design--it only took me 20 minutes!  There's only one stamp (gingerbread man from Stampin'Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set) and the rest is cut from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper! The best part is that you can adapt this to any size wreath--mine is 12" in diameter.

I'm going to give you the directions to create this cutie and then I'll give you the short supply list you'll need to do it yourself.

1. Using the Real Red Stitched Edge ribbon, wind the ribbon around the inner wire of the wreath form and tie a bow at the bottom of the wreath.

2. Using the Garden Green twine (I used a triple length) tie a loop around the top of the form in the back of the wreath to hang it by.

3. Stamp 3 gingerbread men (Cookie Cutter Christmas) in Early Espresso ink on heavy Whisper White cardstock. Punch out using the Cookie Cutter Builder punch.

4. Cut 3 gingerbread houses from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper using your trusty paper snips--you will not find a better pair of scissors for fine cutting! Note: if you want the houses to be a bit sturdy--using multipurpose liquid glue to glue the designer paper to thick white cardstock before cutting out.

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Candy Cane Lane Gingerbread House

Using 1/2" circle punch, punch several peppermint candy pieces from the designer paper.

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Star and Peppermints

5. Using the smallest star from the Star framelit set, cut out 4 stars from Red glimmer paper.

6. Now heat up your hot glue gun and adhere the pieces (see picture) on the wreath. Add more or less to fill in the areas.

Your wreath is completed! Now you can either use it yourself and make another one as your gift--or if you can let this one go--you have your Christmas gift. I actually bought 2 wreath forms because I knew I'd have trouble giving the first one away! 

Here's the supply list. Use the Shop Now button at the top of the page to order your supplies:

Easy Organization of Stamping Supplies - Take Two

If you are like me you are always looking for Easy Organization of Stamping Supplies, right? If you follow my blog you saw on October 4th the first great idea..if not, check it out.

It really annoys me when I need to find a stamp set and I have to dig through a couple of shelves (well, ok, a bookcase full) of stamps to find it. Then, if I need to be sure that it's currently in the Stampin'Up! catalog, I have to find my catalog which is always somewhere in that mountain called "What needs to be done today."

So after seeing my post on October 4th, I've been hearing about other systems that my stampers have put into place to help with decreasing the "hunting" time and increasing the "stamping" time.

Today, I'm sharing with you another great idea for tracking your stamping supplies at a glance. One of our stampers, Nancy Cunningham, has shared her system for identifying retired items as well as for classifying them for easy finding. Check out the stamp sets below--see the colored labels... Labels

She uses 1/2 X 3/4 Avery colored labels and to maximize thriftiness, she cuts them in half.  You can find these labels in any office supply store or at big stores like Walmart.  Here's her simple coding system:

Pink labels are used for general stamp sets
Orange labels are used for verses, words, sentiments
Green labels are used for Christmas and Winter stamp sets
Yellow labels are used for are Stampin'Up! Textured Impressions Embossing Folders


Labeled stamp sets

So using Nancy's system, you can see at a glance and zero in on your favorite stamp sets by focusing on the color of that category! Notice she places the label down at the bottom of the stamp case spine so that you don't cover up the set name or the images.

I love it when a plan comes together! So, thanks, Nancy, for sharing with us.

If you have a great organization idea..share it with us! Leave me a comment and I'll chat with you about it!