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!

Dry Emboss It!

Have you ever tried to dry emboss your Designer Series Paper? It adds another layer of texture to your projects.

Here is one done on the Peekaboo Peach patterned paper in the Painted Autumn DSP pack:
Painted-Harvest-6We used the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder…but instead of putting the raised side up, we used the indented side (de-bossing). 

The next pairing is the Christmas Around the World DSP and the stunning Winter Wonder Embossing Folder:
Labels-to-Love-1Snow on snow…I love it!

And finally, a sample using the Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ DSP pack and the Quilt Top Embossing Folder:Christmas-Quilt-1Look how much it adds to the original striped pattern?

Remember, the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper Sale is on right now. Check the list for your favorites, but if you can’t make up your mind which ones to get, participate in the paper share. (The paper share closes on October 10th.) Here are the details again.

Designer Series Paper Share – October 1 – 10th

If you are undecided, and would like a little sampling of ALL the papers on sale, why don’t you consider participating in a paper share. All those participating will receive 1/2 a package of all of the designer series papers that are on sale this month.

    • Painted Autumn (holiday catalogue) – 6 each 12 x 12 sheets
    • Christmas Around the World (holiday catalogue) – 6 each 12 x12 sheets
    • Wood Textures (annual catalogue) – 24 each 6×6 sheets
    • Color Theory – 24 each 6×6 sheets
    • Petal Garden – 24 each 6×6 sheets
    • Whole Lot of Lovely – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Naturally Eclectic – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Coffee Break – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Pick a Pattern – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Be Merry – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Birthday Memories – 6 each 12 x12 sheets
    • Delightful Daisy – 6 each 12×12 sheets
    • Just Add Color Specialty – 6 each 12×12 sheets

That works out to 108 sheets of designer series paper. If you were to purchase packages of all of these papers you’d pay $185 + shipping and tax. But if you participate in this paper share you only pay $85 (plus shipping if required)!! What a great way to get a sampling of all these papers! Anyone in Canada can participate.

The Paper Share is only available until October 10th and will be ready for pick up or shipped the week of October 16th.

Request your paper share today!

Click HERE to place an order, and use this October Hostess Code at checkout: F3F76PWZ

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,

Pick a Pattern

When it comes to our Designer Series Papers, Pick a Pattern is my new favorite these days. The fact that it is also included in the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Sale Promotion makes me super happy because now I can keep cutting it up and just buy more!!

Look how much fun I am having with Pick a Pattern…

You will notice at first glance that I’ve used the Pick a Pattern DSP a couple of different ways. I’ve used large pieces as background tiles, and then I’ve also fussy-cut all the little images from one of the pages in the pack. I cannot stand how cute these images are!

This one was designed by one of our Artisan Members (Cathy Caines)…Pieces-and-Patterns-2The black/white dotted piece is adhered onto the front of a white card base. The ombre Dapper Denim piece is actually from the Color Theory Pack (also on the sale list!). The greeting “Happy Life” is from the very versatile Tabs for Everything Stamp Set.  It suits this whimsical card to a tee.

I just kept cutting…I couldn’t stop! How adorable is this little woodland scene? (Thank you Donna Wizniuk.)Pieces-and-Patterns-4Another variation…this time using the Woodlands Embossing Folder to add to the forest background. Pieces-and-Patterns-3The greetings on these cards are from the coordinating stamp set called Pieces & Patterns. And guess what? The stamp set is 15% off until October 10th as part of the World Card Making Day Promotion. Does it get any better than that?

One more to share from Cathy Caines…I LOVE this moose!!
Pieces-and-Patterns-5Seriously…don’t you just want this paper right now?!

The Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper Sale is on right now. If you can’t make up your mind which ones to get, participate in the paper share. Details were yesterday on my blog.

Click HERE to place an order, and use this October Hostess Code at checkout: F3F76PWZ
Request a Paper Share HERE.

Stay tuned for more ideas of what to do with all your Designer Series Papers!

Have a great day everyone,