I have a great team of five people that work with me day in and day out. They are the key to keeping the crazy at the office at bay. I took them out for a really nice holiday lunch last week but I still wanted to leave a little something on their desk before we took a break for the holidays. I was inspired by the colors on the Godiva chocolate bags that I had picked up for sharing with them. Additionally, I wanted to use some of beautiful holiday stamps and dies that I had purchased last year and barely used. I love holiday stamps but I just never seem to use them enough during the holidays. However, I keep buying them!
My tags were inspired by the colors of the bag but also by the November Paper Pumpkin kit (which apparently I’m saving for next year since I haven’t touched it yet! I say that out loud so that my Paper Pumpkin customers know that they are not the only ones who receive those fabulous little boxes and stack them. It happens to the best of us!)
You can’t see in the photo but I used the wink of stella pen on the little trees and snow. It is amazing how much that tiny sparkle effect ads to the project. Everyone should have a wink of stella pen.
Thank you everyone for allowing me to share my paper crafting adventure with you. I really appreciate the comments and encouragement. Have a Wonderful Holiday and New Year.
Little Miss has two wonderful preschool teachers that she adores and I believe do a wonderful job with the kids. Of course I wanted to share a little holiday paper cheer with them for their gift. As I paged through my idea book I kept returning to a Pootles box that held four tealights. I thought it would be fun to give a little box of tealights to go along with their main gift. These little boxes are really easy to make and result in a big statement. Especially when you can coordinate the tealights with a little Washi Tape decoration.
The box dimensions and scoring instructions are as follows:
Cardstock/Paper – 7 3/4 x 5 1/4″
Score on the LONG side at 3/4, 7″
Score on the SHORT side at 3/4, 2 1/4, 3, 4 1/2″
If putting a DSP panel on, it measures 1 1/4 x 6″
I actually ended up putting these with a little box of chocolates and a gift card all packaged up with a clear bag and a coordinating ribbon. They looked great and of course I didn’t take a photo. You’ll have to use your imagination.
My coworkers have come to expect some little goodie from me for any given holiday. I enjoy making the “bulk” projects just as much as I like creating the special “one”. I had seen a hershey’s kisses box/gift holder on Pinterest and had wanted to try it out. While I wasn’t going to give my coworkers gift cards (there are 18 of them!) I figured I could alter the box a bit and just give the chocolates.
After a couple of failed attempts I finally figured out the sizing and scoring for the box to hold 4 kisses.
It took me about two hours of cutting/folder/taping but I really love how they turned out. My coworkers were tickled too.
I also had a Stampin’ Up gift card request for one of my customers. Since I was warmed up to these boxes I did a gift card holder version as well. This version holds five kisses and the gift card slips ito the top pocket/panel. Super cute!
If you are interested in the box (or the gift card holder version) I attached the instructures that I documented for myself here. hershey-kisses-gift-card-holder.
The other day friend of mine asked me if I was doing my annual holiday tag class. While I would have loved to, I just couldn’t fit it in this year. So she asked me if I’d do up a few tags for her. I eagerly replied that I would…and then I asked her how many she would like.
Oh, just 50. 50!!!!
So 50 tags I did. I kept them simple and based them again on the cutest paper pack of the Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog (in my opinion). This also allowed me to use up a lot of the scraps that had been generated from my weekend getaway class. Do you want to see what 50 tags looks like?
Go ahead, tear it open…
There they are. They looked so cute all tucked into that little box. My friend was thrilled and ironically I received a gift the following week with one of my tags attached.
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Get ready for the new year….AND a new Stampin’ Up Occasions catalog full of goodies. Plus it is the time of year for Saleabration! So exciting. I have a fun sneak peek for you today of some videos of a few of the fabulous new goodies to come in the catalog. Get comfy and enjoy theses! The catalog is live on January 4th. Something to look forward to after the rush of the holidays!
Water Color Pencils
Window Shopping Stamp set & new box!!
Balloon Pop Up
So in Love and So Detailed Thinlits
Believe it or not, there are a few other brands of wonderful products out there. I saw so many different things and companies I had never heard of at the scrapbook convention. In my registration bag I received quite a few goodies from various vendors and one was a die set from a company called “My Favorite Things”. The die set looks like this….
Well of course what good is a die set without a coordinating stamp set. I looked up the name of the set on my phone and found it was a set called Birthday Bears. Boy was it cute. I searched and searched the convention vendors to see if I could find it. Of course it was not to be found.
Something just struck me as funny…..in my mind from the time I learned the name of the set to just this moment, I had polar bears in mind. However, just I realized that they don’t have to be polar bears at all! So strange that I just assumed polar bears.
When I got home I found the set through an online store and ordered it right up. Here is it. So cute!
See….they don’t even really look like polar bears. But you’ll see from my first two cards from the set I still was thinking polar bears. Now I’m going to have to make more and have them be brown bears!!!
They are a little bit tricky to use actually. You’ll notice that the dies are solid. So I’m having trouble getting them lined up. For these cards I stamped the images first and then die cut them. I think I’m going to try die cutting them first and then stamping to see if I can get the alignment better. Hope they made you smile.
I mentioned yesterday that I had purchased the classic rose stamp and die set from heartfelt creations when I attended the scrapbook convention in my town. Little miss and I were anxious to give it a try. The stamps and dies are fabulous to work with. Little miss wanted blue roses (?) so we ran with that.
I learned that really the easiest way to put these flowers together is to use the glue gun. It is serious crafting when you have to heat up the glue gun. As you can imagine the stamps and the dies are just graduated sizes of the flower shape. For these I just sponged the edges with some turquoise ink. Using the large end of an embossing tool and the technique I learned in class (and supplemented with videos from the website) resulted in the dimension and texture. Then the glue gun to put it all together. I tried with just glue…..so not worth the energy.
Here they are.
Not bad for the first try! LG had a birthday party to go to a couple of days later so I used the roses to decorate the gift card package. I’m looking forward to creating more. It is definitely a project that you have to be in the mood for and it does take some time. But I really loved the process. Next time I think I’ll create several sets so I have them on hand.
You’d think that after all of these years of doing paper crafting and scrapbooking that going to a scrapbook convention wouldn’t be that big of deal. Well, I have to tell you that outside of Creative Memories for which I was a consultant for 15 years, I have never been to a scrapbook convention. So I took myself to one. I even signed up for some classes. Just me, myself and I.
We had a great time. It was so overwhelming and fun. So many fun things to see, touch and buy of course. There were a lot of freebies, make and takes, demos etc. Not a ton of people which made it really nice just to take my time and take it all in.
The classes I took were something new for me. First I had flower making 101 by heartfelt creations. Oh my. I had no idea what I was getting into. Have you heard of this company? http://www.heartfeltcreation.com. They have stamps and dies to create just about every type of flower imaginable. I had never heard of them before….Look at these from the class. A Fuchsia, Poppy, Lilly and I’m not sure what the pink one is.
For taking the class you received a free stamp set of your choice. There were so many to choose from. I spent about 30 minutes just trying to decide which set I’d like. I ended up with the classic rose set. Then of course I had to buy the classic rose dies. So amazing. I’ll show you my first project with my new treasures in a different post.
Then I took a water coloring class taught by Art Impressions. My mom has been using their products for several months and the results are stunning. The class was two hours long and we created three projects. These are just stamps, water color pens, a paint brush and a tiny bit of water. Check on my first attempts…
I need a little practice but it was sure fun. So different than anything I’ve done before. We received a free stamp set in the class and a discount at the booth. So I added a few of the basic so that I could practice more at home.
At the end of the day I was so tired but oh so happy. I learned some new things and acquired a few more treasures. I’m pretty sure that I’ll go again in the future. It was really good to challenge myself in that way.
Remember the Festivus episode from Sienfeld? If you don’t, here is a little snippet….
Each year my team at Microsoft celebrates Festivus. It is a huge potluck with food from all different cultures and it is fabulous. Then the “Feats of Strength” are minute to win it type games that people bid on to compete against the leads. It is a lot of fun and it raises a lot of money for a charitable organization. This year we hosted the Ronald McDonald House and raised about $4,000 in two hours. We haven’t figured out a good way to do the “airing of grievances” as a work function. Well at least something that you can do with the executives present :-).
Anyway, why am I sharing this? Because the decorating committee called on me to create a simple banner to hang at the buffet table. So of course I was excited to fill that need. I kept it simple so that it could be used year after year. I had to dust off the cricut to make those shadowed letters. After I figured out the right sizing it came together very quick. It looked really nice hanging at the event.