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Hearts a Flutter Card in a Box

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Valentine’s Day may be passed but I still would like to share this second “Card in a Box” I’ve made with you!  

If you haven’t tried one of these fun cards, do it today!  The printable instructions and a How-To video are HERE for you.

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It’s been a while since I brought out my Hearts a Flutter set to work with – it pairs great with the Banner Blast set in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue!

Supplies used:

Stamps – Hearts a Flutter, Banner Blast

Ink & Paper – Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP

Accessories – Big Shot & Hearts a Flutter framelits, paper doily, small heart punch, banner punch, rhinestone gems, linen thread


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Have You Made One of These Yet?

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Card in a Box sample-1


These amazing “Card in a Box” cards have been flying all over Pinterest the passed few weeks and I was intrigued for sure!

So I just had to make one for myself!

I didn’t get the concept of it being a “card” until I made one – it flattens so it can be put in an envelope – genius!

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I showed my girlfriend, who just happens to be one of my hostesses for stamp club this month, and she asked if it was possible to make at club – ABSOLUTELY!  

So we did…and had fun!

I found this brilliant blog of Tina Weller’s and she made a video showing the steps to make one AND she has a PDF instruction sheet for printing, should you want to try one for yourself…

…and you do!  Trust me!

Supplies used:

Stamps – Just Sayin’, Flower Shop

Ink & Paper – Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Pear Pizzazz

Accessories – Bitty Butterfly punch, Bird Builder punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Pansy punch, pearl accents

Big Shot – Word Bubble framelits, Lattice die




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Christmas Gift Box

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Christmas Class 2013 WOW project


These Tag a Bag Gift Boxes from Stampin’Up! are really worth a shout out.  Measuring 6 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ x 2 1/2″, they are large enough for a least a dozen cookies, socks, candles, etc. etc.  Each box has a sturdy cardboard shell with a strong acetate sleeve.  For about $1 each, they are really a great bargain for wrapping some of your gifts this year.

This particular box I’ve jazzed up, is the WOW project at my 10th Annual Christmas Card Class this year.  I used strips of 1 1/2″ strips of Real Red cardstock to create the bow and the DSP wrap is 3″.  To make the tag, I used a Tag a Bag tag as a template and traced it onto some Real Red DSP and went from there.  I finished it off with a Simply Styled Embellishment clip from the Holiday Catalogue.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Christmas Messages

Ink & Paper – Real Red, Whisper White, Old Olive, Brights DSP pack, Basic Black ink, Season of Style DSP

Accessories – Tag a Bag box, baker’s twine, 1/8″hole punch, large oval punch, Big Shot & Chalk Talk framelits, dimensionals, Simply Styled Embellishment




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I Love Giving Gifts!

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Best of Class Gifts - May

I made quite a few of these little purses for those who came to my Best of Brides & Babies class last week.  I saw a bag like this a while ago on Pinterest and thought they would be perfect for my class gift this month.  They remind me of paper lunchboxes! 🙂  I used some new designer series paper and some washi tape from the new catalogue – only 3 sleeps until it’s release!!!

Supplies used:

Stamps – Label Love, Bright Blossoms

Ink & Paper – Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Gingham Garden DSP

Accessories – Artisan Label punch, circle punches, scallop edge punch

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Candy Wrapper Gifts

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Best of Class Gifts-January 2013

My first “Best of” class is tomorrow evening and I LOVE treating those that sign-up for my classes to a thank-you gift.  I enjoyed making these medallions for the top of these candy wrapper boxes – here’s how I made them:

I took the new largest pop tops and flattened them a bit by rolling them through the Big Shot – did you know you can do that?!  Is there anything our Big Shots can’t do?! 🙂

I then created the 1″ circle inserts by stamping some images from the Collage Curios stamp set.  After adhering the inserts into the pop tops, I filled the center with Crystal Effects and allowed to dry.

I finished off the candy wrapper boxes by wrapping a strip of Tea for Two DSP around each one and attaching the pop tops to a scallop circle punch out.  Lastly, I added a piece of natural ribbon behind each medallion and attached with dimensionals.

I’m excited for the class tomorrow!!




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Fun Advent Ideas

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 I have received some really nice feedback on the activity lists I posted yesterday – thank you!!!  I’m glad to hear so many of you were excited to see them!

Today I’m sharing different ways to present your 24 countdown to Christmas activities!  When you have decided on which activities you are going to do during December and have calendared them, it’s then time to decide how to display your advent.

There are many different ways and it’s only limited by your imagination and creativity!  Here are just a few ideas that came to my mind:

Use Christmas Tags!  I made this box to hold these 24 tags as an advent.  They are blank right now (because they are a gift for another family) but the idea is to number the tabs at the top from 1-24 and write the coresponding activity on the card.  Kids can read the activity for that day and then put the card at the back of the box.

The tags don’t have to go in a box!  Hang the tags across your mantle, hang them on a tree or just put them in a basket – again, the possibilities are endless.

Put the advent activities in envelopes!  I simply stamped 24 envelopes and Santa can keep a close eye on them with this painted box.  Or you could cut 24 Scallop Envelopes with the Big Shot and Bigz die or even use the Petite Pocket Bigz die. Number the envelopes and seal the activity inside.  A fun alternate activity with envelopes would be to hide them around the house and the children have to find the hidden activity envelopes!

Use small boxes to hold the advent activities.  Stampin’Up! has so many different cute dies for the Big Shot – you could make candy wrappers as shown here or make 24 petit purses – wouldn’t they be adorable hanging on a Christmas tree! You could line up 24 Fancy Favor boxes or even use the Holiday Stocking Bigz die and have 24 Christmas stockings as your advent!  Hanging on a line with clothes pins, these would be adorable!!

Make gingerbread men!  These little guys were so simple and fun to make – and do they ever smell terrific!!  I made them using this gingerbread playdough and attached little tag windows onto their tummies!  I loved using the playdough rather than regular gingerbread cookie dough because it was faster and cheaper to make, cleaner to use i.e. no flour dusting counter tops etc and no sticky fingers!!  I allowed them to dry for a couple of days and then attached the tags with our Tombo Multi-Adhesive.  The tags were cut using the Big Shot and Peekaboo Frames Bigz die.  Each tag is numbered and the activity is written on the inside.

The biggest thing I want you to keep in mind as you set out to incorporate advent activities into your schedule is that it is very possible and most likely that you won’t accomplish all the activities you schedule.  Please don’t think you’ve failed!!!  Even if you don’t get to all the activities you’ve planned, you still will have created some wonderful memories and enjoyed some family time – and that makes all the planning worth it!!

Have a wonderful weekend – TTFN!