DIY Gift Bags

This year I avoided shopping…I gave gift cards along with DIY gifts and packaging for a personal touch! I will be sharing all of my projects so keep checking back! I have a couple of dies that I just love and make DIY packaging very easy! One is the Gift Bow Bigz L Die and the other is the Snow Flurry Bigz Die (which just happens to be on the clearance rack while supplies last!) I used them on both bags and boxes. I love how they turned out! I used up quite a bit of Christmas background papers that I had been hoarding for just such a purpose and it felt great to finally be using them!

Babies and Mangers

Baby Shower

“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.”

During the Christmas season most of our focus is on one baby, unless we, or someone we know, is having one! Since we are in the season of celebrating the birth of Christ, I thought I would share the fun things I made for my great niece’s baby shower. I used My Digital Studio and the Hello Baby Ensemble Kit Digital Download. It was the easiest part of the shower! I printed all the elements out on my own printer and either cut out with coordinating punches, circle framelits, or with the paper trimmer! I had not thrown a baby shower for a long time and I was shocked at the price of all the baby shower items at the party store. I opted for plain paper plates and napkins and just dressed them up to keep the costs down. I did choose to just serve small sandwiches, chips, and cupcakes so I didn’t have to worry about dressing up the paper plate with images on printer paper being attached to the plate. The very first baby shower was not very elaborate. Three wise men attended and brought some very nice gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. By today’s standards they were pricey gifts; but they were God’s provision to take care of the Christ child in a strange land while they evaded an evil man wanting to take his life prematurely. Eventually, He gave His life for us and we sing:

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!

There are more lyrics to the song…but the most amazing line to me is God and sinners reconciled! A joyous thing to celebrate indeed!

Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

HELLO, BABY ENSEMBLE KIT – DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Item: 126159  
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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A Rainbow of Butterflies

Best of Greetings, Butterfly punch, Stampin' Up!

“A Rainbow of Butterflies.”

This beautiful swap card was created by Karen Salamone. My favorite thing about it is that it showcases all the decadent 2013-2015 In Colors! These in colors have my favorite group as a whole! This card idea is also a great way to use up those small pieces that you have in your stash.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

BEST OF GREETINGS CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 133485
BERMUDA BAY 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131197
VERY VANILLA 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 101650
BAKED BROWN SUGAR 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131296
BAKED BROWN SUGAR CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131174
COASTAL CABANA 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131297
CRISP CANTALOUPE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131298
PISTACHIO PUDDING 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131294
STRAWBERRY SLUSH 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131295
2013-2015 IN COLOR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 130136
BITTY BUTTERFLY PUNCH
Item: 129406
ELEGANT BUTTERFLY PUNCH
Item: 127526
PERFECT POLKA DOTS TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER DIE
Item: 117335
BASIC PEARLS JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119247

Christmas Crossover Card

Mosaic Madness

“It is a Christmas crossover card!”

This is a card that I made for one of my convention swaps. It could easily be a Christmas card just by switching the sentiment! I like stamp sets that can serve multiple purposes!
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

MOSAIC MADNESS CLEAR BUNDLE
Item: 132733
 
STRAWBERRY SLUSH 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK
Item: 131295
 
STRAWBERRY SLUSH CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131178
 
STRAWBERRY SLUSH 3/8″ RUFFLE STRETCH TRIM
Item: 130023
 
PISTACHIO PUDDING CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131177
 
CRISP CANTALOUPE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 131176
 
QUATREFANCY SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
Item: 130141
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
STICKY STRIP
Item: 104294
 
STAMPIN’ DIMENSIONALS
Item: 104430
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
 

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

“The wreath was hung on the door with care in the hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there.”

Yes, I took a slight liberty with, “Twas the night before Christmas,” and instead of stockings and chimneys I went with wreaths and doors! You see, I needed to in order to feature this pretty swap card from Penny Blair. This card appeals to me because of its simple layout and the touch of elegance added with the embellishments.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

WONDERFUL WREATH WOOD-MOUNT STAMP
Item: 132748
 
REAL RED 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 102482
 
SILVER FOIL SHEETS
Item: 132178
 
SILVER 1/8″ RIBBON
Item: 132137
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
 
REGALS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 130139
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730
 
GARDEN GREEN CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126973
 

Ho Ho Ho!

Merriest Christmas wishes to you!

“Merriest Christmas wishes to you.”

This beautiful swap card created by Gina Taylor goes on my, I.LOVE.IT. list! All the simple little details come together to make fabulous! The embossed background, the Grunge stamped background, the Washi Tape, and a simple color combo are all pleasing to the eye.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!

TAG IT
Item: 130303
 
OH GOODIE! CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 131889
 
CHERRY COBBLER 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 119685
 
SEASON OF STYLE DESIGNER WASHI TAPE
Item: 132155
 
CHERRY COBBLER CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126966
 
CHERRY COBBLER STAMPIN WRITE MARKER
Item: 119681
 
OLD OLIVE CLASSIC STAMPIN’ PAD
Item: 126953
 
GORGEOUS GRUNGE CLEAR-MOUNT STAMP SET
Item: 130517
 
CHALK TALK FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 129983
 
CIRCLES COLLECTION FRAMELITS DIES
Item: 130911
 
STYLISH STRIPES TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER
Item: 132174
 
BASIC PEARLS JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119247
 
BASIC RHINESTONES JEWEL ACCENTS
Item: 119246
 

Christmas Baubles

Expressions Thinlits


According to Wiki the first decorated trees were adorned with apples, strings of popcorn, white candy canes and pastries in the shapes of stars, hearts and flowers. I think I like that old tradition! Glass baubles were first made in Germany, by Hans Greiner who produced garlands of glass beads similar to the popcorn strands and tin figures that could be hung on trees. The popularity of these decorations grew into the production of glass figures made by highly skilled artisans with
clay molds. Now, unfortunately, they are mostly mass produced. While mass production has its positives, it saddens me that so much is mass produced and the skills of artisans and their handmade craft is does not seem to have much value placed on it. My tree has a mixture of mass produced baubles and handmade ornaments; I don’t want my Christmas to be entirely mass produced!
This beautiful hand made card was created by Nena Shaw.
Supplies used on this project are listed below. Remember to click my order online button (above right) to be taken to my demonstrator business website and click the shop now button to purchase any of the following items!
CHRISTMAS COLLECTABLES CLEAR-MOUNT BUNDLE
Item: 133283
 
EXPRESSIONS THINLITS DIES
Item: 132171
 
WINTER FROST DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STACK
Item: 132183
 
ISLAND INDIGO 8-1/2 X 11 CARD STOCK
Item: 122923
 
SILVER FOIL SHEETS
Item: 132178
 
SILVER 1/8″ RIBBON
Item: 132137
 
SILVER STAMPIN’ EMBOSS POWDER
Item: 109131
 
WHISPER WHITE 8-1/2X11 CARD STOCK
Item: 100730