Bienvenue! So happy you are joining me for a taste of my Cajun Christmas in southeast Louisiana. I’ll bet each of us has a little history or tradition from our birth place. I was listening to stories from Germany, Spain and Russia a couple of days ago. Then I took a moment to reflect on traditions that I’m sure are very unique.
Cajun Christmas traditions that mark the holidays always involve lots of laughter in the company of friends and family. Many holiday dinners include having seafood dishes like seafood gumbo and oyster dressing. Look for Cajun sausage and fried turkey—or a signature Louisiana Turducken! Bread pudding, pralines, fudge, pound cake and divinity are some of the desserts served.
Christmas Eve in Cajun country has a slightly different version of the “Night Before Christmas.” Sit back, relax and enjoy.
One other notable Cajun Christmas tradition is the lighting of the bonfires for PaPa Noel. Beautiful wooden structures are erected on the levee and set a blaze for all to enjoy.
Now that we’ve had a little laugh together, I would love to hear what’s going on in your community. Are there any traditions you’d like to share? Be sure to leave a comment below. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Are you going to be gifting some gift cards this holiday season? I think we can all say yes to that question. In today’s paper crafting class, I’ll teach you how to create a super cute Hershey Kiss Gift Card Holder. Because I used the gorgeous Ever Eden DSP with the Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember bundles, I was able to make this gift card holder a little elegant, but with a sweet treat.
As soon as the Ever Eden Designer Series Paper was released, I knew it would make the perfect backdrop for lots of Christmas projects. Today’s Hershey Kiss gift card holder is no exception.
The nesting labels in the Seasonal Labels die set make creating a focal image a snap. Not only that, I’ve used one of the labels to cut the window, revealing the kisses.
The top section also has a pocket to hold your gift card. In the video tutorial, I’ll share some tips and tricks to help you knock these out quick and easy.
There is even a section on the back to add a “to/from” or a personal message.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Gift Card Holder – Soft Succulent CS – 9 3/4″ x 7″, on the 9 3/4″ side, score @ 1/2″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″ and 7″. Turn to the 7″ side and score @ 1″ and 6″. Trim as shown in the video tutorial.
Label – Soft Succulent CS – 2 1/4″ x 4″, cut with the die from the Seasonal Labels die set.
Stamped Images – Basic White CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
DSP Mats – Ever Eden DSP – one @ 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and four @ 3/4″ x 4 3/4″
Check that gift list because today, I’ve got three unique Christmas treats for you. Rush out to your favorite Dollar Tree to pick up the treats. You’ll want to make multiples of these. I know I am. I’ll even share some packaging ideas to step your treats up a notch.
Let’s tackle these unique Christmas treats one at time. I’ll bet in the end you’ll be creating all three. First up, the new Kraft Treat Boxes are so easy to construct and decorate. Not only that, they are going to carry over!! Woohoo!!!
The treat box will hold five of the little marshmallow snowmen. I’ve used the Snowman Season stamp set and coordinating Snowman Punch to start my decorating.
To create the 3D Christmas tree, I punched two images with the Pine Tree punch and ran them through the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder for some texture. The pot is just the snowman hat, turned upside down. Great way to give your punch double duty.
To create the window, I’ve nestled the Stitched with Whimsy and Stitched Rectangle dies. I love how it turned out.
Don’t throw away the rectangle from the die cut, use it to mat your tag on the back. Time for treat #2.
Hot Chocolate Bombs are all the rage in my neck of the woods. How about you? I picked up a few at my local Dollar Tree.
Because I embossed the treat holder with the Wintry 3D embossing folder I was able to add lots of texture and interest.
The die cut from the Encircled in Beauty die set made the perfect focal image. So what are you thinking about my unique Christmas treats so far? Well, I’m not done yet. We have one more to go.
This packaging was so cute, all it needed was a creative bellyband. I’ve used elements in both the Nothing’s Better Than and What’s Cookin’ bundles to create both the sentiment and the focal image. I’ve even filmed a FREE video tutorial for you.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Treat #1 – Kraft Treat Box
Box – Kraft Box
Mats – Cherry Cobbler CS – two @ 6″ x 4 1/4″, emboss one with the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. Cut the other by nesting the largest Whimsy die with the Stitched Rectangle die to form the opening. Save the Stitched Rectangle to use as the mat for your tag on the back of the box.
Sentiment – Garden Green CS – 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ and Basic White CS – 3/4″ x 3″
Snowman – Basic White CS – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. Stamp the snowman in Tuxedo Memento Black.
Snowman Arms – punch two from Kraft Paper
Snowman Hat – punch one image from Basic lack CS. Cut a sliver of Cherry Cobbler CS for the accent on the hat.
Snowflakes – Basic White CS – 3″ x 1 2/”, cut with the die from the So Many Snowflakes die set
Christmas Tree – Garden Green CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, punch two images with the Pine Tree punch and run though the Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder.
Star – Gold Foil Scrap – punch two images with the Starlit punch
Pot – Kraft Paper – punch one of the hats from the Snowman Punch
Treat Holder – Early Espresso CS – two @ 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, Score each @ 2 5/8″, 6 1/8″ and 7 1/2″. Cut cut the opening in one with the 1 7/*” circle die from the Layering Circles die set.
Accent Die Cut – Cherry Cobbler CS – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from the Encircled in Beauty die set. Cut the center from the die cut with the 1 5/8″ circle die from the Layering Circles die set. Emboss both pieces of the treat holder with the Wintry 3D Embossing folder.
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 2 1/2″, stamp the sentiment form the Christmas to Remember stamp set in Early Espresso ink. Fussy cut the image.
Handmade gifts are the best! Today, I’ll teach you how to create my Vintage Holiday Wallhanging. I’ll bet you have a couple of people on your list that would really enjoy and cherish this special gift.
The backdrop for each panel was created with the Peaceful Place DSP. Oh my gosh, that paper is beautiful. It’s a specialty DSP with lots of silver foiling.
Even if you don’t want to create the Vintage Holiday Wallhanging, you could use each panel for a 6″ x 6″ card. Just score a piece of 12″ x 6″ Basic White @ 6″ and mount the panel. Voila, instant Christmas card.
Because I used both the Christmas Season and Christmas to Remember bundles in my design, I was able to add beautiful sentiments and lots of leafy embellishments.
To create the “Merry Christmas” I cut three sets of the words using the Word Wishes dies. Just stack up the die cuts for a more substantial look. And I know you must have figured out by now, the Poinsettia dies make the most beautiful flowers. This time I’ve cut the pieces from Snowy White Velvet Paper.
Just that little pop of red makes this piece so vintage in my opinion. Can’t wait to share all the tips and tricks in my video tutorial. In today’s video, I’ll also highlight the Riverbend Nursing Home project. A big thanks to all that donated monetarily to the cause. Here is a recap of the project.
Ready to see who won the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? I’ll announce that during my video tutorial.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Bases – Chipboard – three @ 6″ x 6″
DSP Mats – Peaceful Place DSP – Pattern #1 – three @ 6″ x 6″, Pattern #2 – three @ 5″ x 5″, Pattern #3 – three @ 6″ x 6″
Sentiments – Basic White CS – one @ 2 1/2″ x 3″, one @ 4″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
Flowers – Snowy White Velvet Paper – 4″ x 6″
Stamped Images – Smoky Slate CS – one @ 2 1/4″ x 11″ and one @ 1 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
Pine Cones – Basic Gray CS – 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ and Smoky Slate CS – 2″ x 2 1/2″
Sprigs – Smoky Slate – 2 1/4″ x 6″
Pine Needles – Smoky Slate CS – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, trim as shown.
Merry Christmas – Basic Gray CS – back with adhesive sheet – 3 1/4″ x 6″, cut 3 sets
Ribbon – Smoky Slate 7/8″ Textured Ribbon – one @ 20″, one @ 8″ and one @ 10″
Are you getting ready for the Holiday season yet? Do you need a few Christmas tags? I’ve got the perfect little gift box filled with 8 holiday tags. This project serves 2 purposes. It is oh so useful when wrapping your Christmas gifts but, it will also make a great little gift. Why not create a few sets and send them to family and friends?
Did you miss the Tidings & Trimmings bundle in the Annual Catalog? Well, break out that catalog and turn to page 89. Yep, that’s right we have holiday sets in the Annual Catalog! Because I needed some Christmas tags for my holiday gifts, I decided on this super cute set to get the job done.
But, while I was creating the tags, it dawned on me that my daughter would love a set as well. So you know me, I had to create a gift box for them as well.
You could decorate the Christmas tags and box with lots of different papers, but I decided on the Sweet Stockings DSP in the July-December Mini Catalog. Don’t you just love those light bulbs? They definitely brought back a childhood memory and made me smile.
I’ve created 4 tags in each of the two designs. Then I stepped things up with different elements from the Christmas Trimmings die set.
The double oval punch was the perfect tool to create the “to/from” sentiment.
I think this Christmas tag would be the perfect touch on a bottle of wine or a baked goodie from your kitchen.
Ready to create? Here’s another FREE video tutorial!
Here’s how the magic happens.
Christmas Tags Box
Box – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 3/4″ x 8 1/4″, on the 8 1/4″ side, score @ 1 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 4 3/4″ ad 6″. Turn to the 4 3/4″ side and score @ 1 1/4″. Trim the box as shown below.
Handle – Cherry Cobbler CS – 8 1/2″ x 3/4″ and Sweet Stockings DSP – 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
Mats – Evening Evergreen CS – two @ 2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ and two @ 1 1/8″ x 3 3/8″
DSP Mats – Sweet Stockings DSP – two @ 2″ x 3 1/4″ and two @ 1″ x 3 1/4″
Sentiment – Basic White CS & Cherry Cobbler CS – one each @ 2″ x 2″, cut with the die from Ornate Frames. Stamp the sentiment in Evening Evergreen.
Leaves & Berries – Evening Evergreen CS – 1 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ and Cherry Cobbler CS – 1/2″ x 1 1/4″, cut the leaves and berries with the dies from the Christmas Trimmings die set
Ribbon – Cherry Cobbler w/Gold – 6″
You will be creating two designs, four tags of each.
Tags – Thick Basic White CS – eight @ 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, cut with the die from the Tailor Made Tags die set
Tag Hole Reinforcers – Evening Evergreen CCS – four @ 1″ x 2 1/4″, this will cut enough for all 8 tags
Have you ever heard about the Legend of the Penguin? Well, I didn’t either until I did a little searching for the perfect friendship ornament. After I found them, I designed a gift box to fit them perfectly. These would make the best classmate gifts for the holidays.
Don’t forget to pick up a pack of the Penguin Playmates DSP to decorate your gift boxes. The best part of that is the DSP is a FREE Sale-a-Bration offering. Don’t let it slip away, Sale-a-Bration ends September 30, 2021. I’ve used the adorable Penguin Place bundle to create my little scene on the gift box. Here’s a template, so that you can start creating a batch of these for the kiddos in your life.
The Legend of the Penguin ornament also comes with the little gift card. The ornament itself is ceramic, and the quality was much more than I first expected. You can find the ornaments here.
It was super easy to figure out all the dimensions for the gift box and then I tackled the decorating. Which we all know is our favorite thing to do.
Because I embossed the “snowbank” with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder, there was lots of texture to highlight with my Balmy Blue ink.
All that was left to do was to give my little penguin some cuteness and character. There are so many stamps in the set to do this, it makes creating fun. Get the kiddos involved, they will love it.
This little gift will be the hit of the holiday season. Sit back, relax and I’ll teach you how to easily create a batch in no time flat.
Here’s how the magic happens.
Gift Box – Soft Sea Foam CS – 10 3/4″ x 7 1/4″. Score as follows.
On the 10 3/4″ side – 3/4″, 5″, 5 3/4″ and 10″
On the 7 1/4″ side – 1/2″, 1 1/4″, and 6 1/2″
Trim the box as shown on the template above.
Mat – Basic White CS – 4″ x 5″
DSP Mat – Penguin Playments DSP – 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″
Snowbank – Basic White CS – 4″ x 1 3/4″, embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
Basic Black – 1 1/2″ x 4
Basic White – 1 1/4″ x 4
Calypso Coral – Scrap
Sentiment – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the smallest die in the Stitched Rectangles die set, stamp the sentiment in Fresh Freesia
Trees – Soft Sea Foam CS – 1″ x 3″, stamp in Soft Sea Foam, fussy cut images
Scarf & Hat – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, stamp in Balmy Blue, fussy cut images
Snowflakes – Basic White CS – 1″ x 3″, cut with the die from the So Many Snowflakes die set
Place a minimum $50 order, use my code, and receive a FREE gift, as a thank you from me. Do not use the code if your order is over $150, you will automatically qualify.
Subscribe to My Site
NOLA Creations Newsletter
Don't miss out on the latest news and special offers. Sign up for my monthly newsletter.
You have Successfully Subscribed!
The content in this blog is the sole responsibility of Susan Levasseur as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. The use of and content of classes, services or products offered is not endorsed by Stampin’ Up!