Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Not JUST an Advent Calendar!!

Just last weekend I did a class featuring our very cute Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar.  Everyone had a great time and all their projects turned out so nice! The Calendar is just as sweet as it can be with it's little snowflakes and pine boughs!  And each of the little boxes are 2" square, which makes them a fabulous size for putting little treats and goodies in!

Stampin' Up shared a great little video showcasing everything that comes in the kit. Check it out here:

At the class, I showed the gals a fantastic way to use the calendar throughout the year.  This way the fun lasts all year long, and not just one month out of it! Woo Hooo for multipurpose!!

I decorated the front of my Calendar as shown above.  But on the backside, I brought the PARTY!!!


Happy Birthday Baby!!! Awesome right?  And you'd NEVER know there was Christmas on the backside!  I used a combination of  the Broadway Birthday Bundle and the Piece of Cake Bundle. And the Brights 6x6" Designer Series Paper really brought it home!!

I printed the numbers out on regular letter size paper and punched them using the 1" circle punch.  Feel free to use them if you like. :-) I like to do 2 sets "just in case".  hehe.

I came up with a list of other themes for the calendar, and gave a printout of it to my class attendees. Then my gals came up with a couple more.  So, if you're not into Christmas Advent, maybe you like one of these themes instead:

Countdown to Summer
Countdown to College/First Day of School
Mother's/Father's Day
25 Days of Thanks
25 Days of Giving
25 Ways to Say I Love You
New Baby (Baby Shower)
Sports (Football, Baseball, basketball, etc)

What other themes can you think of? This is a pretty nice list I think!

I also shared a few cards that I made with the Calendar in mind. These first two are made with the coordinating Stamp Set: 

I used leftover bits from the advent kit to make this card. I love that it has a pocket for a tag!  This would make a FANTASTIC card to go along with the GIFTED advent calendar!

And then I also made a couple cards to coordinate with my Birthday themed alternative.  I used the half circles I cut from the box fronts to decorate the cards! I was actually impressed with this idea for using them up! hahaha! What can I say?  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes! ha!!!  I also used the piece of cake stamp set to carry on with the calendar theme.  

I hope that you maybe see the Christmas Countdown Calendar in a different light now!  There are SO MANY incredible possibilities for it! I would absolutely LOVE to see how you decorate your calendar!  If you don't have one, but want one, you can simply click the image Icon below to order yours! Trust me, you NEED a FEW of them!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today my friends! I hope you enjoyed today's projects.

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!

If you'd like to order the Countdown Calendar, there's still time to get it before Christmas!  You can get it and the supplies I used to create both sides of it simply by clicking the images below.  They'll take you directly to my website to order!

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The cutest Nail File Holder you ever saw!

Hello there friends! How are you today?  I hope this finds you well!

Today's Make-It Monday is this super adorable little gift box I made for a nail file/holder I found at Dollar Tree recently.  I love shopping around for cute little treats and gifts that I can give away. And, I especially love making treat holders and gift boxes for those little delights! 

This was no exception! hehe. 

Here's the template with measurements.

Watch my video to see assembly of the holder. SO CUTE!!

Thanks so much for watching friends! I hope you've enjoyed today's project and tutorial!  These would make absolutely FANTASTIC craft fair items for those who set up tables.  We're always looking for quick and simple, inexpensive gifty things.  This definitely fits the bill!

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Choose your own ULTIMATE BUNDLE!!

When you truly LOVE what you do, you can inspire others to find their joy too!

This is only ONE of the many things I LOVE about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!   I get to play in my craft room, create beautiful things, and then have the pleasure of sharing them with others.  The smiles and laughter are so wonderful!  There is always a lot of fun to be had at project classes and events! My "job" doesn't feel like a job at all because I enjoy every minute of it!

I would love to share this with you too!  If you love crafting, and would like to have a change of pace, or would just like to have a fabulous discount to support your own "habit", then sign up today for the "ULTIMATE BUNDLE" starter kit!

Even if you're not looking for a way to make money, being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator has so many benefits:

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  • Set your own schedule and put in as much (or as little) time as you’d like.
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I would love to have you on my team of Stampin' Chicks!

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

3D Thursday and Case It Combo: Parcels & Petals Gift Box

Good morning friends! Yesterday I shared the ICS Blog hop with you, so today I'll combine our Case-It Wednesday and 3D Thursday together. :-D

I haven't used my Parcels and Petals set nearly as much as I should have by now, so it was more than time to get it out and play with it.  The box is just as CUTE as it can be, and the Ombre effect on the side was super easy to do!

First, you can take a 6"x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock to cut both pieces of the box (you'll need to use the die to cut twice).  I learned that by rotating the die, I could line it up perfectly with the previously cut piece eliminating waste.  As you can see from the photo, I had a good inch strip of cardstock leftover.

Pretty frugal, indeed!! :-) We love that!

I used Flirty Flamingo to stamp the flower, then colored the center with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend, stamped the leaf in Granny Apple Green, and then stamped the floral border in Bermuda Bay.

Gosh! These colors are so pretty together aren't they?

The beautiful decorative topper to the tag is made from a die included in the Petals & Parcels die set.  It's actually got some very nice elements to it!

The ombre effect was made by coloring the bottom edge of the die cut box piece (pre-assembly) with Dark then Light Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends, and then Dark then Light Pool Party Stampin' Blends.

After the ombre was dry, I used the embossing buddy across the panel so I could heat emboss with White Powder.  It looks like so much more work than it actually was! It was a lot of fun! And, I really enjoy layering techniques to create a Gorgeous project!

There we have it!  I didn't have any silver thread on hand, so I traded it out for some linen thread.  And, please excuse the use of a retired yellow ribbon.  I had this on hand and didn't have the Pineapple Punch ribbon as shown.  OOPS!  But that's ok. I love the texture of this ribbon!  And these exchanges just go to show that you can still CASE a project by using products you already have on hand. :-)

Friends, Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed this project and if you don't already have the Parcels & Petals bundle, GET IT!!! :-D  If you DO already have it, get it out and play with it!  I used the Stamp set for yesterday's blog hop post as well.  Be sure to go back and check it out if you haven't already.  I used Coastal Cabana to make a Monochromatic Birthday Card with this stamp set.  But I could as easily have used Bermuda Bay and made them a gift set! :-) It's so cool like that!

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting!

If you'd like to purchase the supplies to recreate this gorgeous box, you can click on the icons here to be taken directly to my website to order. :-) Enjoy!

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