Polka Dot Christmas Box/Guest Stamper

I have another cute Christmas box to share with you today!  Leishman Williams, one of my very first hobby demonstrators, and today’s guest stamper, created this very cute polka dot box.  She started out with one of the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes and decided to cover it with circles.  When I asked here where she got the idea of the circles she pulled out her camera and showed me a picture of her quilted Christmas table runner filled with red and green circles on a white background.

I’m often asked how do you come up with ideas for your projects?  Of course there are many ways but Leishman is showing us today one of my favorite ways.  Look at the things around you…color and design. You will find ideas in home decor, fashion, fabric, nature.  Be observant and when you see something that strikes your fancy pull out you phone camera and snap a picture.

This is a view of the box where you can see the die cut ‘Merry’ on the top of the box.  You will also notice that she continued the polka dots all around the box using smaller circles on the sides.  I love polka dots and this box just makes me smile!

And lastly a close up of the cute tag.  The Christmas tree stamp is from the Pennant Parade stamp set and can be easily punched out with the coordinating Petite Pennants Builder Punch.  Leishman has started a blog where she is sharing some of her projects as she has time.  You can visit her blog here.  I you would like to learn how you can be a part of our group and receive at least a 20% discount on your products click here.

I was so excited when I saw this box that I knew I needed to case (copy and share everything) it.  Of course I decided to change the occasion, the color and tag but it’s basically the same box.  By the way…this is also another great way to find ideas for your projects. Copy them exactly or find a project you like and change it up.

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DIY Gift box with polka dots

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Christmas Gift Packaging

Feeling under the weather the past two days.  Went to the doc today and with some meds…feeling much better!  I hear it’s going around so make sure you get plenty of rest , eat right, and stay away from sick people.  🙂  Now I need to follow my own advice!

Now back to where I left off in my last post.  I was sharing the packaging from a demonstrator  ornament exchange I was part of last Saturday.  I first opened the snowman box from this post but it was stolen from me.  So to make it more fun I decided to steal this box and ornament.:)

Sue Patterson

Sue stamped and die cut the snowflake using the Festive Flurry Bundle and added a Glimmer Brad.

This is the beautiful wreath ornament that was in the box.  I’m sure I will find the perfect spot on my Christmas tree.

Laree Stewart

Love the bow!  It’s made with the Gift Bow Die form the Holiday Catalog.  The bottom two layers are embossed and the top is made by simply cutting the bow.  The box looks like it was made using the Card Base Pop’ N Cuts.  I realize now I should have taken a closer look at the box.

Monika Davis

Add some Washi Tape, a Cherry Cobbler bow and a few Merrys to the Ex-large Gift Box.  Quick and easy

Lisa Swantek

Lisa decorated her box with a Tea Lace Paper Doily and the Love & Joy Stamp.  It’s one of my favorites.

Christine Wilkins

One of the Chevron Bags with and added ribbon and tag.  Another quick and easy solution for small gifts.

Fran Kennedy

Fran came up with this fun candy cane striped box.  You pull on the tag and box slides out like a drawer. Very clever and cute.  She used the Tag It Stamp Set. (available in both Clear or Wood)

I hope this post and my last two give you some ideas when you go to wrap your Christmas gifts this year!

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Happy Friday!  Hope you have lots of fun things planned for the weekend.  If you are local I would love to invite you to First Baptist Ellijay’s Christmas Program with the Celebration Choir and Orchestra.  I play in the orchestra.  If you do come by please say hi.  I will be playing one of the keyboards.


Gift Wrap Ideas – Stampin’ Up! Style!

Had an awesome time at a demonstrator meeting on Saturday night.  It’s the PAWS group that I attend.  It stands for Play Alot With Stamps and that’s exactly what we do.

Instead of swapping this month we decided to have an ornament exchange.  The kind where you get to steal which I love.  The funny thing was I think we were all stealing each other’s wrapped ornaments totally for the boxes and bags they were wrapped in.

I took a pic of the ornament I was giving and thought I took a picture of it wrapped.  So that night I took a pic of everyone’s except mine.  Then found out…NO pic of mine.  So today I will start by showing you a couple of the others and hopefully will get a pic of mine from one of the other girls so I can share it.

Cute paper elf feet wrapping

Leishman Williams

Leishman decorated her gift bag with those cute little elf legs and shoes.  They are made with the Top Note Die.  Don’t you just love the bow?  Really easy with the Gift Bow Die from the Holiday Catalog.  Hopefully that will be a die that will be continued after the holidays but you never know.  So if you are wanting it…maybe a Christmas present to yourself!

Gift Bow Die wrapped box

Cindy Schuster

Cindy used Stampin’ Up!’s Extra-Large Gift Box to wrap her ornament.  She stamped the box using The Festive Flurry Stamp Set (Wood or Clear Mountand then added that beautiful bow with the Gift Bow Die. The Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon and the Season of Style Washi Tape were added to the box so that she could put a velcro closure on the box making it easy to open so that the box can be used again and again. Love that idea!

Punch art snowman gift box decoration

Becky DelValle

I have to say that Becky’s box was my favorite. 🙂  She took a box she purchased at Kroger’s and decorated it with this cute punch art snowman.  The face and hat were cut with the Top Note Die.  You will also notice that the Gift Bow Die was used again.  I’m telling you…if you don’t have that die yet…you need it! 🙂  Leave a little note (hint) with my phone number for your husband and maybe you’ll find it under the Christmas tree. 🙂

The Top Note and Gift Bow Die both are used with the Big Shot.  And the Big Shot would make a wonderful Christmas Gift for any paper crafter in your life.  Add a few dies or a gift certificate so they can pick the dies they want after Christmas and make it the best Christmas ever!

Have to run…busy afternoon!  Stop back tomorrow to see more gift wrap ideas.

Happy Monday!

Gift Bag And Tag For Christmas

Hand stamped tag with gift bag

Those stampers that came to my Christmas Gift Tag class made this tag and easily decorated a gift bag by adding a little Designer Series Paper and a pretty bow.

  • The tag was stamped with images from the Warmth & Wonder Hostess Set.
  • Tip for making the tag.  Cut the base layer the size you want the tag.  Cut the stamped layer 1/4″ smaller.  Cut the right top corner off the top on the white layer at the angle you desire. Now carefully flip the little piece you cut off and lay it on the other corner to use as a pattern to cut the other side.  Now they match!  Glue the two layers together and then cut the angles on the base layer using the top layer as a guide.
  • Washi Tape makes decorating a tag simple and easy
  • Add a strip of Designer Series Paper either across the top or down the left side of your gift bag and add a pretty bow. The Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon makes a beautiful bow any time of the year.

Handmade Christmas Gift Tag

This was one of my favorite tags we made even though it’s super simple to make.  I love the No Peeking Stamp from the Photopolymer Christmas Tagables Stamp Set.  I smile every time I read the  None, Zero, Zilch.  I used a glue pen and added a little Dazzling Diamonds to the ‘NO’ which in person makes the tag really sparkle.  The framelits used to cut the mat layers are two sizes from the Window Frames Collection.

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All products used in today’s projects:

Gift Bag and Tag:

Stamp Sets: Warmth & Wonder ( Wood 131880, Clear 131883), Very Merry Tags (Wood 130393, Clear 130402)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (126966), Old Olive (126953), Earl Espresso (126974)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Season of Style Designer Series Paper (132340)
Tools:  Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Paper Snips (103579),  1/2″ Circle Punch (119869), Crop-a -dile (retired)
Accessories:  Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Linen Thread (104199)

No Peeking Gift Tag:

Stamp Set:  (Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set (134623)
Ink:  Real Red (126949)
Paper:  Real Red (102482), Gumball Green (126840)
Tools:  Window Frames Collection Framelits (129021), Big Shot (113439)
Accessories:   Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Dazzling Details (Dazzling Diamonds (102023), White Baker’s Twine (124262)

Save With Stampin’ Up!/Swaps To Share

I have a few swaps to share with you today but first let me share some great ways for you to save on Stampin’ Up! products this week.

Take a look at the Weekly Deals!  If you don’t have a pair of Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Snips…get them today. I don’t know how I existed without them.  Makes fussy cutting so much easier.  Plus lots of other great products…and all the deals are 25% Off!

Now through November 19 – Tag It Bundles

The two Tag It Bundles include boxes, ribbon, and tags…everything you need to wrap fun and pretty packages this Christmas.  The difference between the bundles is the size of the boxes so make sure you check the dimensions.  I love the boxes with the decorative windows.  Click here to view and purchase.

 Now through November 29

W0w – 30% Off select downloads and print products!  Just in time to design your Christmas cards and have them printed at a great price.  Plus check out the tags, framable, planner and much more.  Click here to view and shop.

November 1 through November 8

The official Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, November 2.  But one day just isn’t enough, so Stampin’ Up! is celebrating for eight!  Join the celebration!

Here’s the agenda:

  1. Guest bloggers: A talented group of demonstrators, customers, and designers from around the industry will share project inspiration on the MDS Blog.
  2. FREE download: Be sure to check in on Saturday, November 2 to get your freebie.
  3. Videos: We’ll share some more ideas with training videos to help you get started.
  4. Daily deals: Every day, we’ll feature a new download for 50% off!
  5. Challenges: Use the daily deal download to create a project for your chance to win free downloads. (Upload your samples to the MDS gallery with the matching tag to enter.)

Here’s the list of daily deal downloads: 

  • 11/1 Amped Up Ampersands Kit
  • 11/2 Hello There Kit + FREE Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set
  • 11/3 All Time Fave Photobook Template
  • 11/4 Modern Medley Overlays Kit
  • 11/5 Be Brave Pocket Cards
  • 11/6 Nobody’s Business Photobook Template
  • 11/7 Autumn Traditions Kit
  • 11/8 Afternoon Daydream Kit

 It’s all happening at MyDigitalStudio.net.  Join the fun everyday!

Now for some swaps:

Perfect Blend Stamp Set paired with the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper

More Merry Messages Stamp Set in a non-traditional color scheme  

The Magnificent Maple stamp and Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

Very Merry Tags Stamp Set and Expressions Thinlits Dies

Wonderful Blessing Single Stamp 

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I hope these cards inspire you to stamp today!


Stampin’ Up! 25th Anniversary – Two Great $25 Specials



Wow!  If you’ve been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! this may be the kit special you’ve been waiting for!  Don’t miss out!

  • Again – The offer is only good for 2 weeks!
  • During this offer, only the specially priced $25 starter kit will be available.  The regular $99 Starter Kit will not be available during this special.
  • The $25 Kit includes:
    • $26.95 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice (must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95).
    • Business pack  which includes catalogs, order forms, and more.
  • Gives you a chance to “test drive” Stampin’ Up!’s discounts and resources with no obligation to make future purchases.
  • Receive 30% off your first demonstrator order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax).  This order must be placed within 45 days of purchasing your kit.
  • Future savings – Receive a 20% discount on every future demonstrator order you place through April 30, 2014. 
  • You receive two free months of Demonstrator Business Web Services should you decide you would like to become a business demonstrator.
  • Purchase the kit for yourself or to have fun with friends while making a little extra money.
  • Purchase your $25 Kit through me and become a member of my Stamp and Embellish team.  I support both business and hobby demos and have a fun and friendly group that gets together at local meetings and on Facebook.

Ready to join – Click Here 

Dates:  October 1 – 31, 2013

If you would like to schedule a party, no experience necessary, contact me today.

 Yesterday was Tuesday – New Digital Downloads.

Here’s my favorite!

Holly Jolly Greetings Simply Sent Ensemble

Just add your digital Christmas photo and text for the perfect holiday card!  And you can change the colors if you like.

All the new downloads can be viewed and purchased here .

Tablescape Simply Create Kit Class

Local Class using the Tablescape Simply Created Kit.  One kit will make 10 table settings or 10 cards, or 10 blessing boxes.  Or you can make any combination.  Plus there will be left overs to decorate some candles All you need is the kit and adhesive.  Class date is Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 so mark your calendars and plan on joining us.  Details coming soon.

I’m thinking of having a video online version of this class.  If interested please let me know by emailing or commenting.

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Have a wonderful day!