Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stylin' Stampin' Squad December Blog Hop!

Thank you so much for joining us for the December SSS Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on quick and easy gift ideas for the holidays.  As we enter the month of December, we find that the Christmas holidays are fast approaching.  From decorating our homes to holiday baking, we realize that shopping days are running low.  That's why we want to share quick and easy gift ideas that anyone can create in time for that special someone!
As you hop, you will see that many of our design team members are giving away some great blog candy this month.  Leave a comment for each project and you will be entered in to win automatically!  Winners will be drawn on Monday, December 16th, so don't forget to leave us those comments.  Please notice the blog list at the end of this posting and head on over to see the rest of what the bloggers have to inspire you!

I'm going to admit, that handcrafted gift giving is all about the ease of a project but also a unique way to present gifts other than the average store bought packaging.  So, please keep in mind when viewing my projects that these are really easy, maybe not super quick, but half an hour or less to finish.

My first project is simple.  It is a matter of cutting down two pieces of cardstock and scoring it, and then gluing it together.
 This little box is awesome for giving that little girl or a friend who loves finger nail polish and lipstick/lipgloss.  I made the box using Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake card stock and some paper from the Season of Style DSP pack from the Holiday Mini.  After I assembled the box, I wanted to make a simple tag, so once again( if you look at my blog regularly, I had used this same stamp combo LAST blog hop but different colors) I pulled out the stamp from Halloween Bash(Holiday Mini) that has a houndstooth pattern on it and stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and punched it out using the Fancy Label Punch.  I stamped the reindeer from the Warmth and Wonder Hostess Set (also from the Holiday Mini) in Soft Suede and punched it out using the Large Oval Punch.  I punched and hole in one corner and threaded some White Bakers Twine and looped it onto the Cherry Cobbler Chevron ribbon I used for the handle of the box.
I added a little divider inside the box to seperate the nail polish and lip gloss.  This project literally only took me about 20 minutes start to finish.

 Okay, before you start thinking, "wow, how is THIS quick and easy?" Well, let me say that it REALLY WAS!  And thanks to the Simply Scored Tool, Envelope Punch Board and the Winterfrost Paper Stack, it was SUPER EASY!  The paper is already the size you need to make these mini "cracker" boxes!  And the Simply Scored tool makes it so easy to set the pegs at the top to all the score lines you need on each box without having to remember or go over your notes again and again, and well, the Envelope Punch Board, I just CANNOT say that if you don't have one of these gems yet, you NEED one.  Get yourself one for CHRISTMAS! Aside from the 66 different sizes of envelopes it was "intended" to make, yep, boxes too! CRAZY AWESOME!  So, I saw this idea and decided I had to make one!  I started by scoring the DSP and gluing them shut, and adding some candy inside and then tying the ends shut.
 Here is what one looks like standing alone. Cute huh?
 My pictures are kind of out of sequence, but here is an up close of the front of the box.  I stamped the Believe from the stamp set Snowflake Soriee(it's still available on the carryover list) in Silver Metallic ink and then stamping some of littlest snowflakes in Pool Party randomly behind it.
Here is the lid off.  I made a box for holding all 6 of the crackers and made a lid out of acetate film.  I made a cute little tag using the Snowflake Soriee by stamping it in Bermuda Bay ink onto Whisper White card stock and punching out with the 2 1/2" Circle punch and then threading it onto Pool Party Seam Binding that I had wrapped around the acetate(it was more to hide the glue that was used to make the lid-hehe).  
Here's my last project for the hop.  Again, using the Warmth and Wonder Stamp set( I wish this was a permenant stamp set in the catalog-oh well, going into my hoarding pile when the mini expires) and some of the Season of Style DSP, I made a Christmas card.  I won't go into detail on this card, it's pretty simple, but I wanted to share it with you, because I was going to use it for my Christmas cards this year, but I went with something entirely different.   Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed the projects on my blog and that it inspires you to make something fun to give away for Christmas.  Even if it's one thing, it sometimes just feels good to feel creative!
Hop on over to the next blog on the list...and don't forget to comment on each one! Head over to Kim's blog! ttp://

Here's my blog prize!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  3. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  4. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  5. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  6. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  9. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'
  10. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia  
  11. Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie
  12. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  13. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bow Die Snowman

This is the snowman I made using the Bow Die!  Isn't he adorable?  I got the instructions from this video: and it was so easy to make~ THANK YOU for sharing! I used the Snowflake Soriee stamp set in Marina Mist ink on Whisper White card stock.  I used some Cherry Cobbler fabric from the Essentials pack.  I used some Washi Tape on the hat.  I am posting this in a rush as I have stampers coming this morning for class and almost forgot to post him! Go over and check out the video, you will making them by days end I bet! Have a great Wednesday and don't forget TOMMORROW to come back for the Stylin' Stampin' Blog Hop! We have PRIZES!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hostess Appreciation Party Projects

This is gonna be a little bit larger post today as I am going to post all the projects we made at our Hostess Club Appreciation party on Friday night rather than each day posting something because in TWO DAYS we are hosting another Stylin' Stampin' Squad BLOG HOP! Be sure to mark that down and hop along with us as we will be giving away prizes for comments left on each one!
So on to the projects: I'm not going to get too descriptive in each one or you will be here all day. Lol
 I got the original idea for this from the great Wendy Weixler, but I modified mine to be a one cup carrier and used the Festive Flurry Bundle and Winter Frost DSP to decorate it with.  The cups I ordered online they are teeny tiny, 4 oz. cups and hold little chocolates quite nicely inside.  We wrapped the DSP around the cups as well so they were even cuter.
Here is the cup outside the carrier.
This is a cute little way to give a lipstick or chapstick.  I used the Dressed Up Framelits and made a box from an actual lipstick box to sandwich in between the two dresses.  I added a red lipstick inside.  These would be cute stocking stuffers. 
I just photographed both of these together, not sure why, but here's a "twofer"..The box on the left is about 
4 1/2" x 6" and will hold lots of great stuff.  The cracker on the right is a "mini' version of it.  I made it from the WinterFrost DSP paper stack.  it holds 2 Snickers Minis.  I used the Festive Flurry framelits for the snowflake on the box and the stamp set More Merry Messages for the sentiment.  On the cracker, I used the Tags 4 You stamp set and punch and added Bermuda Bay 1/8" ribbon on the ends.
 I cannot rave enough about the Pop n' Cuts die! I have YET to use it for a card, but have found that it makes QUICK gift card holders.  This is the second version of one I have made, the last one is in a couple of posts back.  I love all things vintage and this stamp set, Santa's List is one of my favorite Christmas sets so far.  I stamped him in Smokey Slate onto Whisper White and punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch.  I stamped both sentiments from the set on the gift holder, one on the outside and one ....
on the inside. 
 The last project we made is so simple. I wanted to make them all simple so they are easily reproducible for gift giving and this one is made to hold money. (I only had a one dollar bill to put in it-don't judge-lol)  I used the Oh Goodie! stamp set that we got FREE at Convention to stamp out the Ho,Ho,Ho.  We wrapped a piece of black cardstock around the middle and made a santa belt and buckle.  Easy peasy!
I think the girls had fun, it's always nice to show them things to make other than cards, because all of them are so wonderful and support me in such a HUGE way, not only through the "business" aspect of it all, but they are AWESOME friends! I hope this has inspired you to make something for gift giving this year!  Come back on THURSDAY, the 12th and hop along with us on our December Christmas Blog Hop for MORE ideas!