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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Poinsettia Joy Word Card

Over the years I've collected quite a few different holiday sentiment sets with a wide variety of phrases to express good wishes for the season. But perhaps you'll agree with me that sometimes a single word is all  you need. In the end, the Christmas holiday is really a celebration of "joy".

Christmas card with the word "joy" spelled out using Stampin'Up's Hand-Lettered Prose dies

Isn't this card eye-catching? It helps that there's some strong contrast of intense color against the largely white card and the sparkle of gold thread in the ribbon adds a touch of elegance. I'll post a full list of color names and product used at the end of the post.

Spelling out short words on a card is a fun idea. The die set I used is called Hand-Lettered Prose and I really like the font, its such a pretty script. 

Christmas card with the word "joy" spelled out using Stampin'Up's Hand-Lettered Prose dies

Another fun idea is to replace one of the letters with an image.  In this case I used die cut poinsettias in place of the "o".   

Christmas card with the word "joy" spelled out using Stampin'Up's Hand-Lettered Prose dies

 There are lots and lots of short words that would make a wonderful card:
mom, dad, love, baby, girl, boy, happy, grad, home, cat, dog, car, fish,
What occasions do you have coming up?

I think every stamper should have a good alphabet set of dies.  If you like scripty fonts then definitely check out the Hand-Lettered Prose dies.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you to play with making some word cards and to try replacing one of the letters with an image. You'll find specific product links for this project below, or just take some time to browse the Stampin'UP! store.

. . . have an INKcredible day!

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Snowman Builder Punch is as much fun as paper dolls

Remember Paper Dolls?  When I was a girl my mom subscribed to McCalls Magazine. Each issue had a cardstock tear out of their signature character, Betsy McCall and several punch out dresses.  If you're too young to know what I'm talking about you can check out the picture below, or just google "Betsy McCall Paper Dolls"
vintage Betsy McCall Paper Doll

I remember endless hours of fun playing with paper, clearly my love of paper crafts had an early beginning. Its more than just playing with pretty paper . . . its the stories you can tell. This little guy's raised arms reinforce the fact that he is very happy.
Winter card made with Stampin'UP!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder punch

What could make him so happy?  Maybe the beautiful shimmery blue ribbon that matches the cardstock color. Or possibly the gorgeous shiny snowflakes in the designer paper.  Clearly he's not alone in loving that designer paper because its sold out for the season. I'll put links to the rest of the product used on this card at the end of the post.

Winter card made with Stampin'UP!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder punch

Stampin'Up!'s Snowman Builder punch is nearly as much fun as paper dolls. And there's a coordinating stamp set. My grandchildren love playing with this punch. Its amazing the stories you can make up just by changing the angle of the arms and the tilt of the hat. And of course there are 2 other snowmen in the stamp set . . . its good creative fun!

Winter card made with Stampin'UP!'s Snowman Season stamp set and Snowman Builder punch

Whether you live in a cold climate or not, I think every stamper should have at least 1 good versatile snowman stamp set and its a bonus that there is a coordinating punch.  If you don't already have a snowman stamp set I encourage you to give strong consideration to this bundle.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm happy to answer your questions about this or any other projects. You'll find specific product links for this project below, or just take some time to browse the Stampin'UP! store.

. . . have an INKcredible day!
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Layered Pine Boughs and Colored Rhinestones

Recently I've been working with a group of new stampers.  In the beginning we concentrated on the basics:  "stamps" - - "ink" - - "paper".  We quickly added "embellishments" to the list. And now we've graduated to "layers".

Christmas card made with Stampin'UP!'s Peaceful Boughs stamp set and Beautiful Boughs dies. Rhinestones are colored with a Stampin'Blend.

This card is actually pretty simple but the layers make it look complicated. In truth its really just 4 steps:
  1. stamp the sentiment
  2. wrap the ribbon
  3. glue on the die cut pieces
  4. glue the layers to the base and add the rhinestones

The thing that makes it look complicated is the layers.  The paper layers for the framing on the card AND the layers of the die cut pieces. 

I really like the versatility of size and shape in this set of dies.  The Beautiful Boughs dies offers 2 sizes of branches as well as 2 sizes of pine cones.
 
Christmas card made with Stampin'UP!'s Peaceful Boughs stamp set and Beautiful Boughs dies. Rhinestones are colored with a Stampin'Blend.


I also love the detail on the pine cone dies..  I've layered 2 colors of brown for the cone on this card, a light color for the base and a darker brown for the detail on top. (links to specific product are at the end of the post)

Christmas card made with Stampin'UP!'s Peaceful Boughs stamp set and Beautiful Boughs dies. Rhinestones are colored with a Stampin'Blend.
 
Here's another trick that is really subtle (and easy to do) but also really enhances the visual effect: color the rhinestones!  The plastic of the rhinestones can be colored with an alcohol marker like Stampin'UP!'s Stampin Blends.  Here I've used Stampin'UP!'s Dark Old Olive Blend to match the bright green paper used on the card.

Christmas card made with Stampin'UP!'s Peaceful Boughs stamp set and Beautiful Boughs dies. Rhinestones are colored with a Stampin'Blend.

The take away from this project is that its easy to take your cards up a level by adding layers and small extra touches like coloring the rhinestones.  And Stampin'UP! has a wide range of dies embellishments and tools to help you do that.

Thanks for stopping by. You'll find specific product links for this project below, or just take some time to browse the Stampin'UP! store.

I hope you have an INKcredible day

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Easy Gift Bag for an Office Treat or Table Favor

With Christmas just around the corner, this post is all about Holiday gift packaging.
I fact, today's post is part of a Blog Hop with lots of packaging ideas from
demonstrators all over the world.  Be sure to click through to see everyone's projects..


If you're like me you may have a small stash of pretty papers tucked away somewhere.
Why not use them to make cute little candy gift bags?
This sweet little bag is super easy to make from a 6" x 4.5" piece of paper.

Small candy treat bag with handles

The bag's small size is perfect for leaving a little gift on a co-worker's desk.
Hint: it easily fits 3 nuggets.
Or use it as a table favor by each place on your holiday table.



Cutting and scoring dimensions for a small gift bagThis bag is super easy to make (click the image to see it larger, or right click to download)
  • Cut a sheet of paper to a 6" x 4-1/2" size
  • Score long ways at 1-1/4" from each long side
  • Score side-ways at 1/2",  2-3/8", 3-5/8",  and 5-1/2" 
  • Cut each of the sideways score marks to meet the long score line
    yellow on the image to the right
  • If you want a ribbon handle (like on  my sample) punch holes before folding
  • Fold and glue according to the images below
how to fold a gift bag

Or watch this quick video to see how easy it is to make this little candy bag.


Give this project a try . . .
its a great way to use up your stash of designer paper.

And trust me, when you leave these little bags on your co-worker's desks
they'll be thinking sweet thoughts about you
while they enjoy their holiday sweets from you.




Would you like more ideas for holiday gift packaging?
Be sure to click through the rest of the links on the hop,
you'll find lots of other great project ideas.
Next up is Annette McMillan


  1. Shirley Merker
  2. Tracy Held
  3. Sue Boerner
  4. Sandra Roberts
  5. Sandy Ward
  6. Sue McDonald
  7. Katie Johnsonyou are here
  8. Annette McMillan

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you give these little treat bags a try.  They're easy to make and very much appreciated by people you give them to.

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