Creative Christmas Ideas

It’s time to start making that list…and coming up with some creative Christmas gift ideas this year. I thought I’d help you out my sharing two of the projects we made in our annual Creative Christmas Class last week.

Stampin’ Up! has these really great Acetate Card Boxes this holiday season. They are clear card boxes that neatly and safely store your finished cards. Each box holds 5 standard cards plus envelopes and you get 10 boxes in a package.
Acetate-Boxes-ImageWhat other things can you put there besides cards? Hmmm…the themes are endless.

We wrapped Ghirardelli Chocolates and decorated the box like this!
(Original idea from Patti Bennett.)
Acetate-Boxes-1And 9 rolled wafers fit in one box. (I buy the Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut Wafers in a big cannister from Costco.) Don’t they look yummy?!
Acetate-Boxes-2We also sell these adorable treat tubes…
Acetate-Boxes-38 of them fit sideways in the Acetate Box. How fun is that?
#144628 Acetate Card Boxes  $8.50 (10 boxes)
#144612 Treat Tubes $6.50 (12 plastic tubes and cork stoppers)

This is probably the most inexpensive, yet very practical, gift you can give this year. It is a small notebook made from 1 piece of Designer Series Paper and a few sheets of photocopy paper. That’s it!
DSP bookletYou can use your favorite papers to create a million different notebooks. Simply fold each piece in half and use your bone folder to make it really nice and flat.

Here are the measurements for this one, but you can make them any size you want. Just make sure that the photocopy paper is about 1/8″ smaller than your cover.
Cover: 8-1/2″ x 8-1/4″
Photocopy Paper: 5 pieces cut at 8-3/8″ x 8-1/8″

Decorate the front however you like. I just love this saying from the Just Add Text stamp set (#143931) in the Annual Catalogue. I cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits…which I also love!

Remember the Designer Series Paper Sale ends October 31st…Buy 3 get 1 free! You might need to stock up if you are going to make some fun notebooks.

If you are placing an online order this weekend, please use Hostess Code F3F76PWZ when you check out. You can place your order HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Quilt

One of the bundles we highlighted at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival a few weeks ago was the Christmas Quilt Bundle.
Quilted-Christmas-4All the products found in this Quilted Christmas Suite give your creations a homey, handmade feel. (You can find it all on pages 4-5 in the Holiday Catalogue. )

We made a few gift items to sell at the show. These paper quilted embroidery hoops turned out super cute. This first one is taken directly from the catalogue…
Quilted-Christmas-2And then if any of you know me at all, I had to do a coffee themed one as well:) …
Quilted-Christmas-3It was just like doing a puzzle. I ran a few different pieces of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper through the Big Shot using the coordinating framelit dies. And then just started gluing them in place. The theme possibilities are endless! Who do you have to buy for this Christmas? Hmmm…

A little tip for doing these hoops…I just bought some inexpensive fabric and put it in a 4-inch embroidery hoop…cutting off the excess fabric and using a hot glue gun to secure it to the inside of the back of the hoop. (Just makes the back look more finished.) Does that make sense? I then used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the pieces of paper to the front.

When you are ready to place an online order for the products in the Quilted Christmas Suite, you may do so HERE at my store. Please use the September Hostess Code 7R9HYUAG at checkout.

Have a great day everyone,

A Little Kindness…and a little surprise

My daughter Samantha penned a saying for one of my frames that says, “Kindness Changes Everything.” I love it. It’s a daily reminder to think before we speak…before we act…and to be intentional in showing kindness to those around us.

One of our stamp sets called Kinda Eclectic has a similar saying in it…”A little kindness goes a long way.” I chose to use it as the focal point of our easel calendars we made in club last night.
Calendar-Easel-2017Here’s a look from the side…
Calendar-Easel-2017-2They are really quite easy to make. We used the new Inside the Lines DSP from the Sale-a-bration brochure, so coloring took a while, but you could use any DSP. We used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens…and you don’t have to be an artist to watercolor. The Blender Pens work their magic making you look like a pro!

To make the easel:
Use Thick White Cardstock.
     cut a 4-1/2″ x 11″ piece and score at 5-1/2″ (just like a standard card)
     cut a 4-1/2″ x 4″ piece and score at 1/2″, 2″, and 3-1/2″
         → Place Tear & Tape on both 1/2″ end pieces and adhere to the inside of the card base.

The mini calendars can be found on Amazon.

Last night was my first round of classes since coming back from Kelowna.  A couple of my friends surprised me with a little kindness of their own. Check these out!
Baby-Cookies-1They had been following my posts about our new grandson Huxley, so took some ideas from there. I mean…look at the detail on these cookies. Crazy!
Baby-Cookies-2Seriously!! I love them all! Not only do they look adorable, but they taste good too:) Thank you Pearl and Julie…what a treat. (You can check out the creator on Instagram under bevmadecookies.)

They also brought this yummy edible arrangement…
Baby-Cookies-3Needless to say, we had a little feast.

It’s been a little tough coming back to my office this week. I miss all the relaxing family time and daily snuggles with Huxley. For now, Facetime will have to do:)Huxley Gordon 10

You can find the supplies to make this easel calendar in my online store HERE. Be sure to take advantage of Sale-a-bration.

Reminder: There is only 1 more week left to register for Stamp Cafe on March 18th!!
Find all the details under Events.

Thanks for stopping by,