Christmas Keepsake Ornament 2018

Christmas Keepsake Ornament 2018

My Annual Christmas Keepsake Ornament is one of my favorite projects of the year.  I love thinking about it, letting the ideas spin in my head. This year when I saw the Santa’s Workshop Designer Series Paper I knew that the Christmas Keepsake Ornament would contain some of those little characters.

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I love the way the cute little elf is peeking out wishing us all a Happy Christmas. Snow globes are so Christmas, and I think the ornament depicts that.  Finding the ornaments was a little challenge.  I bought one at the Dollar Tree and waited too long to get the ones I needed for my sold out class. Ouch!!! Thank goodness I found a replacement at Factory Direct Craft.  If you’re on the hunt for one, it’s item #30006631.

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Lovely as a Tree is the oldest stamp set we currently have in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. That’s the one I used to stamp the tree. It was the perfect size and shape to fill in behind Santa and his Sleigh.

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The sweet little snowflakes are from the November Snowflake Showcase promotion. And sadly that promo is over.  But, if you want to create this one, you can substitute any snowflakes you have in your stash.

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Our silver metallic edge ribbon looks lovely sitting atop Santa’s snowy scene.  I promised I would give everyone the measurements of my bow maker.  That little tool makes creating bows a breeze.  

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Here are the measurements for this handy little tool,

  • 2 1/4″ wide and 3 1/2″ tall – cut a piece of heavy chipboard
  • Cover the chip board, front and back with your choice of designer series paper
  • Each post is 3/4″ wide and 1″ deep.
  • The vacant space between the posts is 3/4″ wide
  • Once you’ve cut the posts, you can put a couple of coats of decoupage on the front and back. This will help keep the DSP in tack and the ribbon to slide off the posts a little easier.

Would you like to see this little tool in action.  And not only that, get a FREE tutorial on the Christmas Keepsake Ornament.  Merry Christmas, here you go.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Santa’s Workshop DSP – One Santa in a Sleigh and one Elf carrying a gift
  • Snowflakes – Silver Foil
  • Springs – Silver Foil – punch four using the Sprig Punch
  • Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Braces – Thick Whisper White CS – 1″ x 3″ score on the 1″ side at 1/2″, cut four braces for the characters
  • Base inside bottom of ornament – Whisper White CS – punch one 2″ circle
  • Ribbon – Silver Metallic Edge – 1 yard
  • Faceted Gems – Clear, one small
  • Pearls – White, 5 small

Here’s a list of the supplies used in the project.  If you need anything, I would appreciate your business.

Sprig Punch

$18.00
Glue Dots

$5.25
Heat Tool

$30.00

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Candy Cane Candy Bar Wrap

Candy Cane Candy Bar Wrap

Today’s project will insure that you have lots of hostess treats on hand, all during the holidays. The Candy Cane Season bundle includes a super cute photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch. Nothing says easy like a punch.  It makes creating multiples a breeze. 

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I found the candy bars at my local Dollar General.  They were $1 and what a value.  The sweet little gingerbread man was crying out to be dressed up.  Doesn’t it look like he’s holding that sweet little candy cane?  

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By using my layering oval dies, I cut a window in my All is Bright DSP so our little guy could shine through.  Nothing went to waste, while cutting out my pieces parts.  I used the extra bits to create the tag on the back of the candy bar.

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Most importantly, stamping and punching the candy cane and bow is super simple.  Just grab a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, Cherry Cobbler and Tuxedo Memento Black inks and you’re ready to go.  I’ld love to share my FREE video tutorial.  Remember to visit my YouTube Channel to subscribe.  Hit the little “bell” to be notified of all my future videos.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Wrap – All is Bright Designer Series Paper – 4″ x 8″
  • Window Ring – Cherry Cobbler CS – 4 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 6″ x 2″
  • Scallop on Back Tag – Blueberry Bushel CS – 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Place a $50 order in my online store (before tax and shipping) and use the hostess code 6YQUHSHP. As a thank you from me, you’ll  get to chose an embellishment pack ($5 value).

Big Shot

$110.00

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Candy Cane Season Gift Card Holder

Candy Cane Season Gift Card Holder

If you’re like me, you need some quick and easy gift card holders.  The Candy Cane Season bundle makes this holiday task a breeze.  I’ve also converted our sweet pillow boxes to hold the gift card.  So you don’t have to worry about scoring or constructing boxes, it’s all done for you.

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I just LOVE punch bundles.  The Candy Cane Season bundle includes a 14 piece, 2-step , photopolymer stamp set with the coordinating Candy Cane Builder punch.  The punch actually punches not only the candy cane, but the sweet little bow.

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One of the things that makes this project so quick and easy is the use of our Pillow Boxes.  There are 10 to a package, pre-made and scored.  They are a sweet polka dot craft, oh so versatile.  They can be used with so many different styles of designer series paper, break out that stash of pretty paper, and create a few.

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I’ve converted the pillow box into a sweet gift card holder just by adding some simple scoring and stamping on Whisper White cardstock.  

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If you’re not the “gift card” type, but like to give cash instead, no worries, that will work as well. Also, since the insert pulls out of the box, the recipient could keep the pillow box to use as a candy treat holder later. That’s a great two-for.

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WOW your family and friends with your creativity by making a few of these stinkin’ cute Candy Cane Season Gift Card Holders! Need a visual, I’ve got a FREE video tutorial for you right here.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Holder – Whisper White CS – 5 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, on the 5 1/4″ side score at 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 2 3/4″ and 5″; turn 90 degrees and on the 4 1/4″ side score at 1/4″. Stamp the Ho, Ho, Ho image on both large panels in Real Red.  Trim and construct the box as shown in the video.
  • Belly Band – All Is Bright DSP – 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Scalloped Oval – Real Red CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from Layering Ovals
  • Stitched Oval – Whisper White CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, cut with the die from Stitched Shapes
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 3″, stamp the outline image of the candy cane in Memento Black and the fill in image in Real Red.  Stamp the outline image of the bow in Mossy Meadow, stamp off Mossy Meadow twice for the filler image.  Punch both with the Cane Cane Builder Punch.
  • Pillow Box – The boxes are sold in packages of 10.
  • Ribbon – Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle – 4″

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Big Shot

$110.00

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Christmas Display Frame

Christmas Display Frame

Need some Christmas decor for your office, mantle, or a gift for a friend?  I’ve got the perfect project for you, my Christmas Display Frame. Nothing says Christmas quite like snowflakes and a lot of glimmer!  Even in southeast Louisiana, we love our snowflakes.

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My Christmas Display Frame started out with a simple black frame from the Dollar Tree!  Can you believe it.  Yes, it was a black plastic frame that I have transformed into this beautiful copper patina frame.  Our Bright Copper Shimmer Paint is FANTABULOUS!!

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Be sure to pick up those Snowflake Thinlits before November 30, 2018.  After that you’ll be sad, because they will be discontinued. I used those thinlits to cut that lovely spray of snowflakes and the assortment of smaller copper snowflakes.

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Stampin’ Up! makes things so easy, because all the products are so easy to coordinate.  The colors in the paper, inks and embellishments are all the same hue.  No running off to the store to “try to find” a match.  All that hard work has been done.

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Did you notice that sweet snowflake droplet technique.  You’ll want to learn how to create this.  Why not take a moment to watch my FREE video tutorial. I’ll guide you step by step, so you can create a Christmas Display Frame of your very own.

See, I told you it was easy.  Start making that list of all the family and friends you’ll want to create this one for.  You will certainly WOW them with your creation.

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You’ll want to be sure to pick up those Delicate Lace Thinlits.  That’s what I used to get that lovely lace detail. And that gorgeous Tranquil Tide Ribbon, you might even want to pick up two rolls so you can add it to your Christmas tags as well.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Focal – Whisper White CS – 4 3/4″ x 6 1/8″ – Use a sponge brayer with Balmy Blue ink to crate the color background.  See my technique in the video to learn how to crate your snowfall droplets.
  • Lace Trim – Shimmery White CS – 6″ x 1 7/8″, cut with the die from Delicate Lace Thinlits
  • Accent Band on Lace Trim – Balmy Blue CS – 1/2″ x 5 3/4″, round the corners and then run through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder. 
  • Merry Christmas and smaller Snowflakes – Copper Foil Paper – 2″ x 8″, back the foil paper with a strip of the multipurpose adhesive sheet before cutting with the die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits. Cut the Snowflakes with the die assortment from the Snowfall Thinlits.
  • Stamped Images – Whisper White CS – 2 1/2″ x 11″ – stamp the two deers from Dashing Deer in Soft Suede, cut with the dies from Detailed Deer. Stamp the trees from Rooted in Nature in Shaded Spruce and die cut with the dies from Nature’s Roots.
  • Flourishes – Sparkle Glimmer Paper – 2 3/4″ x 6″ – cut the large flourish from Snowfall Thinlits, two small flourishes from Detailed Deer Thinlits, and two sprigs from Snowfall Thinlits.
  • Snowbank – Sparkle Glimmer Paper – 4 3/4″ x 1 1/4″ – cut with the die from the Farmhouse dies.
  • Rhinestones – eight small and four medium
  • Ribbon – Tranquil Tide Velvet 1/4″ – 10″

If you need some supplies to complete the project, I would appreciate you shopping my online store. Just click on the product and the link will take you to my online store.  There you can start filling your cart and earning your WOW Customer Loyalty Points.

Glue Dots

$5.25
Big Shot

$110.00

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Signs of Santa North Pole

Signs of Santa North Pole

I can’t wait for my club night this week.  One of my lovely club members asked for a Christmas project.  She is a fabulous scrapbooker and I knew right away I would use the Signs of Santa bundle.  I created a page that she can use as a title page to her grandsons Christmas scrapbook.

Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP works perfectly with the Signs of Santa bundle.  There are multiple dies in the set that die cut the images in the DSP.  Quick, easy and oh so cute!!

By adding some of our embossing paste to the die cut letters, I think I created what appears to be accumulating snow. I love the look.  Embossing the letters with the Softly Falling embossing folder enhanced that look even more.  But, wait, I couldn’t stop.  After embossing, I spritzed the letters with my Champagne Shimmer Paint concoction. All three techniques together created the perfect title for my Signs of Santa page.

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Aren’t those elves just darlin’? And yes, I used the dies to cut the DSP.  You get two elf dies, one right and one left, so you can cut all the little elves your heart desires. And did I mention the white parts on the paper are flocked. So, that means instant dimension, texture and interest.  I even cut the sign post with a die from the set.  Can’t get any easier than that.

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Next it was time for Santa to make an appearance and yes, he was cut with a die. But, alas, I did fussy cut the bag of toys.  It’s a little concession to pay for such a stinkin cute look.

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And it’s not Christmas unless Mrs. Claus is there to help her man.  This page really came together quick and easy.  Want to create one of your own?  Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Large Mat – Whisper White CS – 12 x 12
  • Mat – Poppy Parade CS – one at 8 1/2″ x 11″ and one 11″ x 2 1/2″
  • Mats – Garden Green CS – one @ 6 3/4″ x 5 3/4″, one @ 7 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ and one @ 10″ x 2 1/4″
  • Mats – Whisper White CS – one @ 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, one @ 7″ x 2 1/2″ and one @ 9 3/4″ x 2″
  • Letters – Garden Green CS – 4 1/4″ x 8″
  • Bottom Accent Band – Santa’s Workshop DSP – 12″ x 2 3/4″
  • Snowflakes – Whisper White CS – 2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Characters from the DSP – three red and three green clothed elves, one snowman, one Santa with the list, one sack of toys, one Mrs. Clause, one rocking horse and one stack of presents with teddy bear.

Instructions:

  • Cut the letters with the large letter dies from the Garden Green CS.  Run through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  Spritz with a spritzer filled with 4 drops of Champsgne Shimmer Paint and 70% rubbing alcohol.  Let dry or speed up with a heat tool. Apply embossing paste with a palette knife.  Set aside to dry.
  • Fussy cut the snowman, sack of toys, rocking horse and stack of toys.
  • Die cut Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and the sign post.
  • Stamp the sign post in Early Espresso with the stamp from Signs of Santa.
  • On the 2 1/2″ x 7″ whisper white mat, stamp the snowflakes in Gray Granite with the stamp from Candy Cane Season
  • Apply wink of stella to the snowman and his hat. Adhere two small black Faceted Dots for the buttons.
  • Apply wink of stella on Santa’s beard and mustache.
  • Wet glue all the white mats to the green mats.
  • Wet glue the two poppy parade mats to the 12 x 12 Whisper White mat.  Cover the seam of these two mats with the long strip of DSP. Adhere with wet glue.
  • Pop all the mats to the page.
  • Apply adhesive strips to the letters and pop to the mat.  Pop the Snowman.
  • Pop the elves to the stamped mat.  Pop the sign post.
  • Pop all the characters to the bottom mat. **note – The rocking horse is double popped.
  • Pop the snowflakes to the top of the page.

I sure hope you enjoyed this one.  I loved designing it.  If you need any supplies to create a page of your own, I would love to earn your business.  Just click on any of the products below to start filling your shopping cart. Be sure to earn your WOW Customer Loyalty Points with your order.

Big Shot

$110.00

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Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds Meets Snowfall Thinlits

Happiness Surrounds, what a perfect name for this stamp set. It contains so many versatile sentiments and images.  It makes me happy! This set is part of the Snowflake Showcase promotion that is available through the end of November or while supplies last. In this project, I wanted to show you how you can create a beautiful card with the set and the Snowfall Thinlits dies.  And if you know me, you know I love techniques and threw in a few.

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Doesn’t this card remind you of a snowy wintery morning?  In southeast Louisiana, those are far and few between, but when it happens, this is the look I remember.

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I started things off with a piece of watercolor paper, 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Then I dropped about 3 drops of our Balmy Blue ink refill in a little dish and watered it down with my aqua painter.  Be sure to lightly wet the backside of your watercolor paper to help it from curling too much while you are working. Next, you will really need to saturate the front of the paper.  Pick up some color for the dish and drop it on, watch the magic happen.  Each panel will be different, but that’s the fantastic part.

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I wanted the card to be more of a generic wintery card, that’s why I chose the Happiness Surrounds set.  I knew I wanted to create a cool snowy look, that’s where the watercolor wash techniques came in. After the watercolor paper dried, I wanted it to sparkle a little, so I watered down a couple drops of our Vegas Gold Shimmer paint in a small dish.  Then the fun part, splatter it on. Once that was dry, I ran my embossing buddy over the surface, stamped the “Hello Friend” from the Happiness Surrounds set in Versa Mark and sprinkled with gold embossing powder.  Then, melted the powder with the heat tool. 

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In this photo, I think you can almost see that the large snowflake has a “puffy” sort of dimension.  That’s because I cut it from the limited edition White Velvet Sheets.  It is very light weight and easy to cut and really packs a WOW factor.

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The next technique was to custom color our beautiful Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle.  I just cut a strip and put it into the dish that contained the leftover watered down Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint.  Now I’ve got gold polka dot ribbon, but with a shimmer, FANTASTIC!!

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I couldn’t stop there.  I had to see what else I could do with the white velvet sheets.  So, I cut a 3″ x 3″ piece and dropped on quite a few drops of the watered down Balmy Blue ink refill.  Letting it dry and absorb into the paper, before cutting the smaller snowflake is very important.  Once that happened, I created a 3″ x 3″ gift card. I love the look.  

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You could add as much or as little of the color to make your own one-of-a-kind snowflake. I thought it might be easier for you to see some of these techniques in action, so here is my FREE video tutorial.  Let me know if you have any questions or need any help.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Balmy Blue CS – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Mat – Gold Foil Sheet – 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Focal Mat – Watercolor Paper – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Focal Image – White Velvet Paper – 3 1/2″ x 4″, cut with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Small Snowflake – Gold Foil Sheet – cut from the center of the gold mat with the die from Snowfall Thinlits
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle – 5″
  • Gem – Gold Faceted Gem – 1 small

Product List

Heat Tool

$30.00
Big Shot

$110.00

 

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