DIY Christmas Gift Packaging

DIY-Christmas-Gift- PackagingFor today's project, we have a sweet gift packaging idea for the Christmas gift featured on the previous blog post.  I love these acetate boxes!  You could even stuff it with candy or other sweet treats.  

I used the the color theme on the cards to pull the coordinating embellishments from my supplies.  The foil paper is beautiful and really adds a classy touch.  Several more of these will be made for holiday gift giving.

Let's take a look at today's video for the easy how-to.

Click HERE to see the Christmas Gift Packaging Video Tutorial on You Tube.

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Click HERE to see the Christmas Gift Packaging Video Tutorial on You Tube.

Diy-christmas-gift-packaging-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the designer paper for the belly band at 2" x 12".
  • Use Glue Dots to attach the embellishments...super easy!
  • If you haven't tried the Stampin' Up! Foil Sheets, get some now! These are beautiful and add a "wow" to any project.
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DIY Christmas Gift Idea...Handmade Cards!

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As a card maker, you have the skill to create beautiful DIY Christmas gifts...Handmade cards!  What a thoughtful, heartfelt, and useful gift!

In today's project video,  you'll see a set of four handmade thank you cards that would make a great gift.  With the help of beautiful Stampin' Up! papers and tool, this card set can be created, start to finish, in less than an hour!

Let's take a look at the video and you'll see just how easy it is.

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Diy-christmas-gift-2017-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut four card bases of Thick Whisper White card stock; 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Cut four, 5 1/4" x 4" pieces of the designer paper.
  • Cut a piece of  Whisper White card stock at 4" x 5" for stamping and embossing.
  • Cut a piece of Champagne Foil at approx 4" x 6" and run through the Big Shot with embossing folder. Now it's ready for punching!

Diy-christmas-gift-2017Stay tuned!  In the next blog post, I'll be sharing the decorated box that I made to finish off this gift...see you then!


Make a Christmas Nutcracker Treat

2017-diy-christmas-treat-nutcracker-1Today's Christmas Nutcracker Treat is a remake of a candy wrap shared a few months ago.  If you're looking for an easy stocking stuffer treat, here's an idea! Featured is the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper that is retiring from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. The Nutcracker is fussy cut (and, very easily, I might add) from the paper and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set.

Let's take a look at the how-to video.  You'll be able to see how easily that you can transform this project for the holidays!

Click here to see this Holiday Treat Box video on You Tube.

2017-diy-christmas-treat-nutcrackerLisa's Inklings:

  • Cut the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper to 4 /12" x 3 1/2". 
  • Score on 4 1/2" side at 1 1/2", 2", 3 1/2", and 4".
  • Turn and score at 3" for box bottom.
  • Fussy cut a Nutcracker from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.
  • You'll need a scrap of Red Glimmer Paper for the punched piece and a bit of Whisper White to stamp and punch the sentiment.

Here is the list of supplies for today's makeover treat:

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It's a busy time of year but I'll continue to share easy projects and tips to help you craft your way through this joyous season! Thanks for checking in for today's Christmas Nutcracker Treat!

 


Christmas Stockings for Home Decor and Gifts

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You can make some super cute Christmas stockings out of card stock for home decor, treats, or gifts with the Tags and Trimmings Wood Mount or Clear Mount Bundle.  This bundle includes an adorable stamp set, Tags and Trimmings, and the Trim Your Stockings Thinlit Dies from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

Combine with the Large Number Framelits Dies and you can make a sweet Advent Calendar!  These would make really cut ornaments for a child's tree, too!


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Let's take a look a video from the Stampin' Up! Home Office with some tips on using these thinlits.

See this Trim Your Stockings video with tips and tricks on You Tube HERE.

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As seen in the video, you can also use these dies to create a pillow box for any occasion!  But for now, use the Trim Your Stocking Thinlit Dies for gifts and home decor for this holiday season.  Shop online any time here in the Online Store.


Organization Tip for Card Makers and Paper Crafters

Cardstock-organization-tipAs a card maker and paper crafter, I'm sure you can relate to the idea of the need for organization regarding card stock.

Let's face it, we deal with a LOT of paper. Big pieces, small pieces, scraps (whatever you want to call it), you need some sort of organization if you plan on actually using it for a project, right?

Today's tip is a "Part 2" to our card stock cutting tip from earlier this month (see it here).  It will speak to the "method to the madness" and you all know what I'm talking about there.  

Let's take a look at the video and maybe it will spark an idea for your space/closet/area where you create.  Let's give it a whirl...

 

See this organizational tip for card makers and paper crafters on You Tube HERE.

While this idea won't work for everyone, maybe it will be of help in what you can do to make your work and creating area more organized which in turn will help you be more productive.

The plastic storage drawers can be found at most big box stores or at Amazon at the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Sterilite-ClearView-Storage-Drawer-Organizer/dp/B001KN12PI/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1511897330&sr=8-15&keywords=sterilite+storage+containers

I have some 12 x 12 stacking drawers to stack most of my full packages and 12 x 12 card stocks and designer papers.

For some beautiful storage options for papers, punches, inks, etc., visit the Stamp-n-Storage site. 

As a card maker and paper crafter, I hope you've found this information organization helpful and I hope you'll share with me your ideas that have proved helpful for you!


DIY Mini Gift Idea for Christmas

2017-christmas-gift-coffee-1Today's project is a DIY min gift idea for Christmas that would be a nice thinking of you gift for co-workers, neighbors, or friends.  It was inspired by another "coffee" project that was shared for Halloween.  This one is a bit less involved because we can all use quick and simple projects this time of year, right?

The original idea combined two of our Stampin' Up! Clear Tiny Treat Boxes but I think this single version is just as cute!  Let's take a look at the original videos and you can decide if you'd like the single or double version.  I'll share a few details about this single version below.  

 

See part 1 on You Tube HERE.

See Part 2 on You Tube HERE.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Today's makeover version uses a single box that is assembled and with lid closed after the gift is tucked inside.
  • The strip of designer paper that surrounds the box measures 1 1/2" x 9".
  • You'll need approx 4"x 4" piece of designer paper to die cut cup and a thin piece of the Cherry Cobbler diagonal stripe in this collection to  die cut the straw.
  • A piece of vellum cut 2" x 2" should be big enough to die cut the lid and 3" x 3" piece of Crumb Cake to die cut the wrap.
  • Color your Rhinestones with a Stampin' Blends Marker!

 Here are the Stampin' Up! Supplies for today's project.  
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Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card Ideas Video Tutorial #6

2017-stampin-up-christmas-card-idea-6Are you ready for the sixthin a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas card ideas?  I have found that the Year of Cheer Suite makes beautiful, clean and crisp  cards for Christmas.  And, the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper in that suite is so elegant and gorgeous and would be beautiful for wedding cards and decor as well.  You can see it in action HERE.

The Winter Wonder Embossing Folder makes a wow statement on this card.  The Whisper White is perfect, don't you think? And, for a beautiful accent that doesn't steal the show from the focal point, the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape adds a great border.

Let's take a look at the "how-to" video tutorial to assemble this 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Idea.

Click HERE to see the sixth in a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card Ideas on You Tube.

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 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Whisper White card stock: 4 1/4" x 11" and score at 5 1/2" and another piece at 4" x 5 1/4".  You'll also need a scrap piece for stamping and punching a 1" Circle.
  • Cut Vellum strip 3/4" x 3".
  • Optional: Add a Rhinestone to the middle of the snowflake. Rhinestone Basic Jewels [144220]
  • Tip:  I love using Soft Suede Classic Ink when working with accent metallics of gold, champagne, and copper.  When silver is your main metallic, I use Basic Black or Basic Gray.

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Hope you are enjoying the 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card series and you are inspired to create your holiday greetings this year!

 


Make a Fall Themed Thank You Card

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Thank you cards are always nice to have on hand and this fall themed creation is especially appropriate for this season of Thanksgiving.  This one is a simple design using the Gourd Goodness stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  If you haven't seen this hostess gift here made with this set, be sure to click through here and check it out!

One of our bold In Colors, Fresh Fig, is the predominant color and provides the perfect backdrop for this trip of leaves.  Let's take a look at the simple how-to in today's cardmaking video tutorial.

Click here to see this fall themed thank you card video tutorial on You Tube.

Here are the Stampin' Up! products used on today's project.  Click the links to access these supplies in the Online Store.

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 Lisa's Inklings:

  • Fresh Fig for base cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper in Fresh Fig cut at 4" x 5 1/4".
  • Whisper White for stamping leaves cut at 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Strip for sentiment is cut at 3 " x  1/2".  Hint: Did you see yesterday's tip video?

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Make this fall themed thank you card to bless someone with gratitude then tune in tomorrow for another 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas card idea!


Tuesday Tip: Card Stock Tips for Your Christmas Cards

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Today's tips on card stock is one that may be helpful for you while working on your Christmas and holiday cards.  These tips are ones that I use every time that I make cards!  I realize that many of you may be aware of this already, but if not, you just might find this very helpful when making batches of cards...or, as I often say, a gazillion cards!

It's a quick video, so please take a couple of minutes to watch.  You just might find it to be a time saver when making cards!

Click here to see the Card Stock Tips video on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Keep a supply of these neutral card inserts in a box or container.  This way, you'll have what you need to complete a card at your fingertips.
  • You might be tempted to trash those extra 1/2" strips.  I can't tell you how many times these thin strips have "saved" me...and, I'm talking saving time!  Who can't use more of that?
  • If you'll keep a stack of both Very Vanilla and Whisper White, you'll always have the right neutral for whatever standard sized card you make.
  • Cutting instructions: With the 8 1/2" side at the top of your trimmer, cut at 4" and set aside, then take the remaining piece and cut at 4" again.  Save that 1/2" strip that is left over! Next, take each of the 4" strips and cut in half at 5 1/2". The long side should be up across the top of your trimmer.

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Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card Ideas Video Tutorial #5

Stampin-up-christmas-card-2017-5aToday's 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas card idea is the fifth in a series and features the extremely beautiful Year of Cheer Suite from the Holiday Catalog.

This particular design was borrowed from one of the Make and Takes from my 2017 Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Thailand.  It is absolutely lovely, isn't it?  I wanted to re-create it in video format for you because it's a clean and simple design some fancy products.  You'll see the listing below the video. Let's take a look!

Click here to see this 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas card idea on You Tube.

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Here are the supplies used for today's cardmaking project...

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Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
  • Cut Year of Cheer Specialty Paper to 5" x 4 1/4".
  • Cut Copper Foil strip to 4 1/2" x 3/4".
  • Cut Whisper White for sentiment  to 1/2" x 2 1/2".
  • Cut about 14" of Basic Black twine.

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Stampin-up-christmas-card-2017-5cI am thinking that I will be making more of these...such an eye catcher! Hope you enjoyed this video tutorial for the the 5th in a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Card ideas!


Make A Thanksgiving Hostess Gift!

Diy-hostess-gift-1Today's project is a great idea for a Thanksgiving or holiday dinner hostess gift.   It's a jumbo size tag that serves as a type of gift packaging for a pretty fall themed kitchen towel.  The beautiful Gourdness provides the main image with the Autumn Harvest Designer Series Paper as the backdrop.  You can see another video using this set in yesterday's tip post HERE.

I found these towels at a local fabric store in this Crushed Curry-like color.  I knew it would be a beautiful companion for Painted Autumn collection.  Seriously, don't miss this suite in the Holiday Catalog.  It has been SUPER popular...Painted Harvest stamp set and Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. That stamp set is bundled with that a precious leaf punch that you'll be able to use on lots of projects.  I'll have the links to these along with the supplies for this project below the video.

Now it's time to take a look at the simple assembly for this project.  Are you ready?

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Diy-hostess-gift-2Lisa's Inklings:

  • Cut Pumpkin Pie card stock to 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".  Use a smaller (scrap) piece for die cutting.
  • Cut Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to 5" x 5".
  • You'll need approx. 5 1/2" x 5" for die cutting Very Vanilla.

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Thanks so much for tuning in for today's project.  Show your appreciation to your host/hostess this holiday season with this idea for beautiful and functional gift.


Tuesday Tip: Simple Stamping Technique

Tip-maskingThis week's tip is a simple technique that you can use to layer rubber stamped images.   This masking technique gives a three dimensional feel to these pumpkins and gourds from the Gourd Goodness stamp set. 

Let's take a look at the video tutorial below...

Click here to see the Simple Masking Technique Tip on You Tube.

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Masking-tip-cardmaking-3Try this simple masking technique in your card making projects and see the beautiful effect it has in your creations.


Holiday Table Setting Gift Packaging

Table-setting-gift-for-holidays-1This week's makeover is a classy look for your holiday table setting with this little gift packaging idea for a small treat or gift. 

When I first saw this color combo for Christmas, I wasn't too sure if it was going to work for me.  But, get your hands on this beautiful Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper along with some embellishments and the Merry Music Specialty Paper...you'll see a winning combination. 

Black and white is trendy and elegant and you can add a splash of any color to match your decor or table setting.  Here you see Old Olive which is the accent color in this designer paper collection. 

Let's look at the simple how-to for the assembly then you can start thinking about what you'd like to add as the little surprise inside.

Click here to see the original video tutorial on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • For today's project, I cut the paper at 4" x 5 1/2",
  • Apply your Tear & Tape or Adhesive on the wrong side of your designer paper.  (along one side and and center of bottom)
  • Ribbon is cut about 16" long.
  • Brush Old Olive ink  with Aqua Painter over Shimmery White card stock before stamping the sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed today's makeover of this holiday table setting gift and will continue to check back for more holiday and Christmas projects!


Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card Ideas Video Tutorial #4

Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-idea-4aThe fourth in a series of 2017 Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards features the new Stampin' Blends and the Christmas in the Making stamp set.

In yesterday's video tutorial, I demonstrated the process of coloring this little miss that's from one of my favorite sets in the Holiday Catalog.  It's so much fun to color and I've gotten to "practice" a lot with my new Blends.  I like to stamp a lot of images and put them in a box with my Stampin' Blends.  Then, I can carry with me while traveling, to appointments...anywhere that I'll have some time to sit and "wait".  The complete set fits nicely in one of my old Paper Pumpkin boxes.

Let's take a look at the assembly of the card in today's video tutorial...

Click here to see this Stampin' Up! 2017 Christmas Card on You Tube.

Lisa's Inklings:

  • Whisper White base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and strip 1/2" x 4"
  • Pool Party 2 1/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White for image- 2" x 3 3/4".
  • Quilted Christmas DSP- 4" x 5 1/4"

Real Red and Garden Green - scrap for die cutting Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-4bHere are the supplies used on today's Christmas card:

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Stampin-up-2017-christmas-card-4cI hope today's Stampin' Up! card example inspires you to make some Christmas greetings to send to your family and friends in 2017!


Easy Coloring with Stampin' Blends

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The new Stampin' Up! alcohol markers, Stampin' Blends, are available now and today's video will show you just how easy coloring can be with these fabulous markers!

The different colors of Stampin' Blends can be purchased as single markers or with the Light and Dark shade of each other in a combo for ease in ordering.  In addition to the colors are the Ivory and Bronze Markers as well as the Color Lifter.  You can see more about the offerings in a video that I recorded previously on this post HERE.

Here's the video with me coloring this image from the Christmas in the Making set.  It's a little longer than usual so thank you for hanging in there with
me until the end!

Here are the supplies used for today's coloring video. 

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 Thank you for checking in today to see these fun new coloring tools from Stampin' Up! and be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the card and video tutorial with this image using Stampin' Blends!