Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Gifts from the Comfort of your Home

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you had a Blessed Thanksgiving Day with your family yesterday.  And if you were one of those people waiting in lines for awesome Black Friday deals, hope you got what you wanted and are now home resting.  This week at Sisters in Stamping we have a few of our own Black Friday gifts for you to make from the Comfort of your Home.  No lines, no missing out on that great deal, just great gifts that you can make yourself this holiday season.

I made this adorable little keychains using the Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper, On Board (chipboard) Sheets, Tombo Multipurpose Adhesive, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, the butterfly die for the big shot and the Crop-a-dile.  See not too many products so that means they really are easy to make.  You can make a bunch of these in no time at all.

Step 1: Cut On Board sheets to fit the two whole butterflies on the die (you can't make these using the half butterflies because the chipboard won't fold in half).

Step 2:  Cut Designer Series Paper to the same size as the chipboard.

Step 3: Using tombo multipurpose adhesive, glue the DSP to the chipboard.

Step 4: Die cut the butterflies using the Big Shot.

Step 5: Glue the smaller butterfly to the center of the larger butterfly.

Step 6: Punch hole in top of wing using Crop-a-dile

Step 7: Cover the entire surface of the butterfly with Crystal Effects (not too much because it will run off).

Step 8: Sprinkle some Dazzling Diamonds over entire butterfly to make it sparkle.

Step 9: After you let if dry for several hours, put a ball and chain keychain through the hole and your gift if finished.

As you can see, I used all the different papers that come in the Pocketful of Posies pack to make them all individual.  It's so easy to make many of these at one time.  Just glue all the different papers on, cut out the butterflies, and then arrange them to your liking (don't glue until you are finished cutting all of them, just in case you want to switch some around). 

These would make great teachers gifts, co-workers, Sunday School teachers, neighbors or for anyone else you want to give a little gift to but don't want to or simply can't afford to spend too much money.  It certainly a gift from the heart.

The keychain can be used just as that or put it on a bag to make it a little more unique.

Don't forget to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog for even more hand made gifts that you can make for your family and friends this holiday season.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tag Time, Christmas Tags, that is!

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are helping your get a jump start on your Christmas tags.  I'm sure many have already started their Christmas shopping and maybe even wrapping, so now some tags would be great.  I've started some shopping but definitely no wrapping.  I'm sure I'll be wrapping on Christmas Eve like always.  There was one year when I didn't do that and that was the year Jonah was born. I had to be ready by December 18 because on December 19th I was headed to the hospital for a c-section to bring my baby boy into the world.  That was a great early Christmas present.  Not sure if I'll ever be ready before Christmas Eve again because now I have a birthday to plan and celebrate that is only a few days before Christmas.  Doesn't matter, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

The tags I created are a miniature version of a card we made at my Stamp a Stash last night.  These are super cute (if I do say so myself) and very quick and simple to make a bunch of them.  I used the Pennant Parade stamp set to make the tree.  Colors used were Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Cherry Cobbler (for the greeting) and Whisper White.

The tree is attached to the tags with dimensionals (didn't want to let anyone down).  Maybe I should challenge myself to create some things without using dimensionals.  (Maybe not, the stress may be too much for me to handle, LOL).

I finished the tag off with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I needed to make the tree sparkle.  I think I will definitely be making more of these little guys.  Don't forget to check out the Sisters in Stamping blog for even more great tag ideas.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thanksgiving Treat

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday.  I'm so thankful that you come back and check my blog often and for the support you give me throughout the year.

This week at Sisters in Stamping we are sharing Thanksgiving gift ideas.  These ideas can be used for table favors, placecards, or a little gift to give to the hostess of your Thanksgiving dinner. 

I used the matchbox die to make a favor box that would be stunning on any Thanksgiving dinner table.  If you wanted to you can replace the Happy Thanksgiving greeting with a name and it can easily double as your favor and your placecard for the table.  I love when things can do double duty, don't you?

I used the great Gently Falling stamp set for the focal images on my treat box.  They are stamped in riding hood red, always artichoke and pumpkin pie. (Two of those colors are foods that you can have on your Thanksgiving dinner, lol)  I also embossed some small pieces of sahara sand cardstock with the vintage wallpaper folder to stick on the top and the sides of my box slider.  Just wanted some texture on the box.  But if I embossed the whole slider piece I would loose my score lines that were done while I cut with the big shot.

Here's the another view of the box. I used cherry cobbler seam binding for some added dimension.  I love how easy that stuff is to work with.  The leaves are attached with dimensionals (you knew that already, right?) and the greeting tag is as well.  You can fill this box with any treat you would like. I course have mine filled with chocolate.  This box will hold 2 miniatures, or 4 nuggets.  If you use nuggets, remember to stamp some labels for them using the It's a Wrap Holiday stamp set.  The thanksgiving one works great with the leaves.

Be sure to head on over to Sisters in Stamping for even more great ideas for your Thanksgiving table.

Friday, November 4, 2011

On Dasher! Ready for Christmas?

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping.  This week we are giving you some great Christmas ideas to get you started with your Christmas crafting.

I decided to use the good 'ole Dasher stamp.  He's been around for a few years but he still makes a great card (and pretty quickly I might add).  This card took about a total of 10 minutes from start to finish. It's a pretty easy card to mass produce for your Christmas cards.  Especially if you have a large number of recipients you are sending to.

The colors used here are Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White.  I used the Snow Burst embossing folder to give some added texture to the card.  I really like the simplicity of the ribbon on this card. It's just a strip of ribbon that is cut on each end and layed flat on the card.  No tying bows or knotting here.  That means anyone can use ribbon.  I added dazzling diamonds with the 2 way glue pen to Dasher's antlers as well as the little snowflakes on the embossed white cardstock.  I know you can't see it here but honestly, it's there.  I promise.

See!!!  I told you it was there.  This is just a close up of dasher so you can see the glitter better.  Of course, it really isn't sparkling the way it does in real life but you will have to trust me on this one, it's really pretty.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see even more Christmas ideas.

Have a great weekend.  And if you live in the area, stop by Holy Cross High School in Dunmore on Sunday and visit me at the craft show.  I will have some handmade items for sale as well as some retired Stampin' Up! product.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Week 5 - Twelve Weeks of Christmas

This week's tutorial is a trio of gift card holders. I don't know about you, but we seem to be purchasing more and more gift cards to give to family and friends for Christmas and birthdays. Here are three fun and different ways to package those gift cards so that they are wrapped nice and pretty. One is a pouch, one is a pocket and one is an ornament that you can hang on the tree until it's time to open on Christmas morning!!

You can purchase each tutorial individually for $2.95 or buy all 12 of them for only $24.95. If you choose to purchase the complete set now, I will email you the tutorials each week as they are released. Our tutorials give you complete directions along with measurements and tons of photos to help you re-create the project with ease.

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12 Weeks of Christmas Week 5

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12 Weeks Of Christmas Complete