Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Coffee Gift Cards

 This was another fun offering from the Craft Fair in which I participated over the past several weeks.  Who doesn't give gift cards for special occasions?  And who doesn't like fun packaging for them?
 This cute little holder actually pops up the gift card as you open the top.  Made with the Perfect Blend stamp set (and coffee rings made with one of my mugs!), this will brighten anyone's day...especially that of a coffee-lover!
 I even added a stir-stick!

What a cute idea (stolen from our Stampin' UP Convention), and a good seller at the Craft Fair.

Let's get creating!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekly Deals

Great bargains on lots of goodies this week. 

Floral Framelits, Peek-a-Boo Frames Bigz Die, Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad, Regals Stampin' Write Markers, 1" Square Punch, Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, and the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder are all included at terrific prices!  Don't miss out.

Go to my website to see them for yourself:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Trinket Boxes

Do you order Stampin' UP embellishments?  Like brads, buttons, or clips?  The ones that come in those nice little round plastic boxes?  So Stampers, how many of these do you have lying around the house? 

If you're like me, you'll answer "dozens!" So in typical crafter's fashion, re-purpose them:
When I went to Convention this year, I was "gifted" one of these little boxes.  What a charming idea!  So I've taken all my embellishment empties and am turning them into little works of art.
Clean off any paper labels.  Using the 2-1/2" circle punch, punch out a piece of Designer Series Paper (I used Season of Style).  Adhere this to the top of the container.

Add some Sticky Strip to the side edge, and adhere a length of ribbon, leaving it long enough to tie a small bow or knot in the front.

Make a paper rosette (score a 1" x 12" strip of paper every 1/4", and fold in mountain/valley folds--adhere the ends and using hot glue, squish it flat, adhering it into a rosette) and add with hot glue to the top of your container.

Decorate with a scallop punch of Champagne Glimmer Paper and add a button with some Linen Thread.  Stamp and cut a banner, and you're done!  An adorable box of candies or use as a gift box for a pair of earrings, a necklace or other small trinket.
Let's get creating!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's a Sale! It's a Sale!

And who doesn't like a Sale?

Stampin' UP is having our annual Holiday Extravaganza with a shorter, easier name:  Holiday Sale!

Starting today, there are tons of items on sale at 20-50% off regular prices!  A perfect time to stock up and save on your favorite items, just perfect for holiday card-making and gift-giving.

Check out my on-line store (link above, or go to and check out everything on sale now!

For those of you ordering bundles, please be sure to use the special bundle order number associated with the holiday sale or  you will pay regular prices for each item.

Let's get creating!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Bazaar Twisty Treats

Next up on the bazaar table are the Twisty Treats:
These little goodies are stuffed with M&M's candies (but can hold any small item),and can be made in any size.  The Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack were the perfect size for my project and I used all 4 designs.

Taking the piece of 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" paper, I added Sticky Strip to the two long sides and, flipping the paper over, one short side.  First make a tube by adhering the short ends together; remove the Sticky Strip from one of the long sides (this should be on the inside of your tube) and squeeze the end closed. 

This is the important part:  FILL YOUR TUBE!

Then remove the other piece of Sticky Strip, and squeeze the end closed, but on the diagonal ("twisted" from the first end--so if the seam of your tube is on the side of the squeezed end on the bottom, have it in the middle of your squeezed end on the top).   Using a crimper, insert each end into the crimper and crimp about 3/4" of the ends. 

Then it's time to decorate:
The Pop 'N Place Holiday Gift Tags and Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp set make this easy--just add a few more layers with other punches and tie it all up with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine. 

These look so cute on your holiday table or in a basket as a take-home favor...try it!

Let's get creating!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Frosty the Snowman

As mentioned yesterday, I am going to share with you some of the items we sold at our Holiday Bazaar last weekend. 

First up:  Snowman Tic Tacs

This little guy is easy and fun to make, and is a hit with kids. 

Cut cardstock (I used Marina Mist) twice as long, plus 5/8", and the same height as your tic tac box.  Round the corners. 
Cut Whisper White to layer on the front, rounding the corners, and stamping with snowflakes (I stamped in Smoky Slate).  Lay about 15" of ribbon (I used 1/8" Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon) across the front and adhere the white layer to the blue layer (this will circle around the back and tie on the side, keeping your cover closed); punch a 1" circle near the bottom.

Using a piece of Sticky Strip on the spine of the Tic Tac box, adhere your cover.

The body of the snowman is another 1" circle punch, and his head is 3/4" circle.  Before adhering him with dimensionals, add his scarf (red 1/8" Taffeta ribbon). 

His hat is the Ticket Punch with a sliver of Basic Black as the brim; I added a sparkle of Silver Glimmer Paper trim, along with a flower and rhinestone.  His eyes and buttons are Basic Pearls, colored with a black Sharpie, and his nose is a sliver of Pumpkin Pie.

Inside is a little poem:
Makes a cute stocking stuffer or table decoration for your holiday dinner.

Let's get creating!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I'm Back!

It's been a long few weeks, and I apologize for the lack of posting!  Starting with a trip to Cape Cod to visit my parents, returning to get ready for a Craft Fair/Holiday Bazaar, attending my grandson's first birthday, and finally preparing for my November Card Clubs has really set me back.

But here I am with loads of photos to share, and I'll start with the Holiday Bazaar.  My friends/colleagues and I had a table:

Here is Bonnie and Tani, standing behind our Stampin' UP table (which went through a few modifications over the hour before we opened).  It was jam-packed with hand-made goodies!
Here are the "Nugget Jars", and darling snowman tea light pins, packed in their own gift box.   There are CD Note Pad cases and a basket of note pads.
Another basket of hand-stamped cards/envelopes, some cute angel ornaments and a stand full of Blossom Boxes.
Gift bags, snowmen, Twisty Treats and bedazzled jewel boxes...
And a Christmas tree with angels, alongside of our catalog/info center.

It takes quite a bit of work to put this together, and I'll share some of our samples over the next few days. 

In the meantime, it's laundry, food-shopping and thinking about Thanksgiving...check back each day for directions for some of the items we sold.

Let's get creating!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Best of Snow--a new set!

Stampin' UP is celebrating 25 years in business, and has been offering a special stamp set each month.  These stamps are some of the best-loved from years past, along with an exclusive new image.  Purchase 6 sets and you get to choose another one for free!

November's offering is Best of Snow!  Take a look:

Best of Snow I have loved that little snowman for a long time, and no longer own it.  So I'll have to re-treat myself and get him back.  No problem though, as I also get some cute porcupines, a beautiful snowflake, and a wonderful sentiment.
Interested in owning one yourself?  Hop on over to my on-line store, and purchase this great set for only $14.95!

#134387 Best of Snow  (English; clear-mount)

And let's get creating!