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December 11, 2017
Hello, it’s Gaylynn
. Today, I am sharing a handmade treat bag, decorated for Christmas. I gave this bag the look of burlap and lace.
This holiday goodie bag was made festive by adding a glitter gift tag, burlap paper, a doily and lace. Here are some of the pieces prepared for assembly.
To make this, first color and add glitter to a stamped image on kraft cardstock. Die-cut or punch image into a tag shape. Cut a piece of burlap paper to fit on a glassine bag as shown. Add desired treats inside bag.
Trim a doily and lace to fit the burlap piece, allowing extra to fold over the top of the bag. Adhere doily and lace in place. Fold over top portion of bag with burlap panel. Punch two holes through top of folded bag and one hole on tag. Tie tag onto bag with ribbon or twine.
For my bag, I decided to combine the tag with the burlap section. However, this bag would work perfectly using just the decorated tag or just the burlap piece. I would love to know your favorite ways to decorate favor bags.
Supplies: Warmest Wishes and Snow Gift stamp sets from Unity Stamp Co.; Copic® markers (BG15, G21, R27, Y13, YG13, YG95, YR23) from Imagination International Inc.; circle die template from Spellbinders®.
December 8, 2017
We’re well into the holiday season, and I’m decorating the house for Christmas this week! I like to make my decor each year, but sometimes I don’t have the time to create the projects I have in mind, especially with all the shopping and baking to be done. Does all the hustle and bustle cut into your crafting time, too?
Today’s project is a cute door decoration that you can whip up in a jiffy and decorate to match your color scheme. Even if you are super busy, you can do this in as little as an hour.
To start, get two pieces of 12 x 12-inch cardstock and score them all the way across at 1/2-inch intervals.
Then, use a paper trimmer to cut along every fourth line.
Once you have all your strips cut, trim the ends, so you have pieces in increasing lengths: 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, and so on up to 12 inches. You’ll have some leftover paper just in case you mess up and need to make an extra or two. We’re going to fold each of these pieces lengthwise into a triangle tube.
To do this, add a piece of double-sided tape across the full length of the strip and fold the cardstock into a triangle-shape, overlapping the ends and sealing with the tape.
Repeat this with all the pieces, except for the 12-inch long one. Fold that one into itself to create a sturdy flat strip. We’ll use that for the trunk of the tree.
Break out some 1/2-inch adhesive dots and starting at the top of the flat 12-inch strip, stick an adhesive dot on every other 1/2 inch (eleven of them, one for each tube). I used the grid on my craft mat to help align and space them. Excuse the mess; it’s very well loved! Adhere the triangle tubes, starting with the smallest at the top and ending with the 11-inch piece near the bottom.
Thread a piece of twine through the little tube at the top to make a hanger, then tie two bows with your favorite ribbon, one larger and one smaller. Adhere the large bow with another adhesive dot in between the first and second tube. Tuck in the loose ends with a pair of tweezers to make loops, then do the same with the smaller bow as well.
Next, die-cut five to six pine sprigs and layer them over the center of the large bow with an adhesive dot. Use one more dot to attach the smaller bow on top.
To finish, add some adhesive gems to the sprigs, or decorate however you’d like. I went with a simple kraft color paper since my decor this year is rustic with some buffalo plaid thrown in for good measure. You could always use a green cardstock, add a tiny garland, die cut Christmas lights, or even adhere a word (JOY!) spelled out down the center.
Thanks for stopping in today!
Supplies: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Pine Needle Trio wafer dies (#S481) from Simon Says Stamp!; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.
December 7, 2017
Hi there! Clare popping in today with a cute little ornament!
I began this tag by thinking, “I’m going to make this quick and use up some scraps.” Well, I can promise you I used some scraps, but quick? Not so much. 😉
I started off by using a scrap background leftover from THESE cards. I then die-cut a starry background and adhered a piece of clear acetate to the back. Since this is a shaker ornament, I didn’t want any sequins falling through the stars!
I then die cut some trees out of navy scraps and adhered them to the background. Then I added an extra fox die cut I also had left over from a similar card project.
I used the circle dies to cut a small ring out of adhesive foam, and used that to make space for the sequins. With the dies still taped together, I die-cut a piece of white cardstock. I added sequins in the circles, and then sealed it up by adhering another piece of clear acetate between the white cardstock and the background.
Finally, I took two scrap strips of navy cardstock and created the bottom of my globe, and taped some string to the back.
Not exactly quick, but I did use a lot of little scraps!
Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!
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Supplies: Horizontal Stars in the Sky die from My Favorite Things; Winter Silhouettes, Winter Animals and Circle Infinity dies from Hero Arts.
December 5, 2017
Hi everyone! Diana
here with a quick and easy Christmas decor project.
To create this gorgeous framed Christmas art, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 4 x 6 inches to fit in my frame.
Then I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes in watermark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
I slipped it into the frame and that’s it. The project was complete in less than five minutes!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this super quick and easy Christmas project.
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Supplies: Maybe Christmas stamp set from The Project Bin; VersaMark watermark ink from Imagine; white detail embossing powder from Stampendous.
December 4, 2017
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Hello friends, it is Teresa here with a cute and simple easy decoration for your home or as a gift.
I love Target’s dollar spot, don’t you? Yep, I picked up this sweet wooden JOY cutout from the Target dollar spot. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to add a little something to it to make it more festive.
I used sweet oversized holly dies from Pretty Pink Posh to add to the JOY cutout. I cut them out of watercolor paper and then watercolored them. I adhered the die cuts with adhesive dots for easy removal to change it up later.
There are so many cute finds at the Target dollar spot. I wanted to also share this sweet clipboard I picked up last year that I added a watercolor leaf to it and used it this year in my decorating. It’s super cute, cheap and is an easy way to add paper crafting to your decorating.
Keep your eyes open for ideas to share with one another. The paper-crafting industry is a wonderful community of fun and friendship. I would love for you to visit/or follow me on my blog Paperie Blooms or Instagram at 2klines.
December 1, 2017
Happy December, everyone! Today, we’re teaming up with the talented designers from The Project Bin
for a festive Christmas-themed blog hop that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Our creative elves have dreamed up some amazing projects to share with you so let’s get started.
First up is the talented Jeannette Cloyd!
A big thank you to Denise at The Project Bin for supplying product for all of the designers!
If you get lost along the way, the entire hop list is shown below.
CardMaker (You are here.)
Dawn Mercedes Barrett
The Project Bin
November 30, 2017
Hello, friends! 🙂 Savannah O’Gwynn here today, and I’m sharing a couple of easy Christmas cards that showcase washi tape as the main element. SAVFACT: I don’t normally send out Christmas cards. It’s usually because I’m lazy, we didn’t get a family photo, I’m working on projects for January, my stash of holiday cards are low (or non-existent), etc.
This year, I’ve come up with a cute card design that can be easily mass produced (which will help me get enough cards together to send out to family/friends), will use up some of my washi tape, and with the leftover supplies I can create a second card!
This card is super easy to make—just follow these easy steps:
1. Create a card base using red or white cardstock.
2. Add some washi tape to white cardstock and die-cut various tree images multiple times. Note: You don’t have to use specific holiday-themed tape! You can use just green washi tape or black and white with a pop of neon!
3. Lay die-cut trees out on card base creating a large tree. Glue die cuts in place and add foam tape to at least three for dimension.
4. Stamp sentiment under tree design.
5. Add silver thread at top of card.
To create the second card, all you need to do is:
1. Grab your leftover die-cut tree images and glue them to a tag.
2. Stamp a sentiment on tag and add thread.
3. Attach tag to a small card using foam tape.
These cards were super easy to make! I hope to create at least 10 of each before December 15th. That will give me enough to send to friends and family this year for Christmas.
I hope that you are inspired by my washi tape die-cut tree cards and that you will try using some washi tape as your main element for your cards. You can die-cut almost any image from washi tape-covered cardstock! Christmas images could be trees, snowflakes, ornaments, a Santa hat, stockings, etc. I can’t wait to see what you create for your Christmas cards!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be blessed.
Supplies: Holiday Cheer stamp set and dies (Gift Tags 3 # NOD-15-279 and Snow Drifts # DED-16-359) from Paper Smooches; VersaFine onyx black ink pad from Imagine; Holiday washi tape from Target.
November 29, 2017
Hello, Gaylynn here with a Christmas holiday gift-card holder project inspiration.
This is a holiday card and gift in one. I used a few die cuts and a stamp to make this. However, it can be easily made from cut and scored cardstock.
The finished size is 4 x 3 1/2 inches closed and 8 x 7 inches opened.
I made it festive by adding decorative paper, rosette folds, a glittered candy kiss, a holiday greeting flag, distress ink and hemp.
This is what it looks like when a gift card is included on the inside. I hope this inspires you to make your own gift card containers. I would love to hear about other fun ideas for handmade gift-card holders.
Happy holiday crafting,
Supplies: Chocolate Greetings Stamp Set Revised, Embossed Gift Card Holder die, Scalloped Stitched Rosette die and Scallop & Stitched Circle dies from My Creative Time; Archival and Distress ink from Ranger Industries Inc.
November 28, 2017
Hi there! Clare popping in today with a sweet and cheerful card!
I started the card off by stamping elves onto white cardstock and coloring them in with markers. I used combinations of pale green and cobalt blue to get the aqua look. Layering your lighter color markers is a great way to get new color combinations!
After my elves were colored, I stamped my sentiment with mint julep ink. I didn’t think the ink was dark enough, so I stamped over it with tide pool, using my stamp positioner to get the placement perfect.
I finished off the white panel by stamping a couple music notes in black.
For just a little extra detail, I stamped a garden tile background on blue paper, and heat-embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. I then adhered a strip of the embossed cardstock to the side, along with a strip of homemade “glitter paper.” The glitter paper was made by inking black cardstock with watermark ink and then heat-embossing with either clear sparkle embossing powder or black sparkle embossing powder.
Thanks so much for stopping in today and God bless!
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Supplies: Stamps (Happy Elves set, Christmas Toys set, Garden Tile background) from Hero Arts; inks from Hero Arts and Imagine; markers from Kuretake ZIG.