Make your own Handmade Christmas Boxes

Today I am sharing a set of beautiful Handmade Christmas Boxes that one of my team members made for our Bag it, Box it and Tag it December Classes! You too can make handmade Christmas Boxes for your Holiday packages.  I love the Stamping New England Design Team!  Each month, 4 of us design 3 projects with the same Designer Paper and stamp sets so we have 12 very different projects each month!.

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These really cute little boxes are made using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and are perfect for packing cute little stocking gifts!

So to make a handmade Christmas box.  Decide what you want the finished size of the box to be.  For example:  if you want a 4″ x 6″ box that is 1″ deep, then you would:

1.  Add the Width plus the depth for 2 sides together.  So 4″ + 1″ + 1″ = 6″
2.  Do the same for the Length of the box –
6″ + 1″ + 1″= 8″
3.  This means that you would cut a box bottom that is 6″ x 8″ and a second piece the same size for the top.
4.  Score each of the four sides of the top box piece at 1″.   Cut up the score line on the long side to the intersection of the score lines.  Fold along all score lines.  Where you cut will make a tab to put the box together.  Add adhesive (I use tear & tape) to the flaps and attach to the inside of the other flaps.  This will make your box top.

box-pattern  Repeat this step for the box bottom.  However, when you score the sides, score just over 1″ – at 1 1/16th on each side.  This will make the bottom a hair smaller so the top fits over the bottom of the box.

In this example a piece of the Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer paper was used to make the box top and a coordinating solid color of cardstock to make the bottoms.

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Handmade Father Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a handmade card that was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest made with the Father Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  I made this card with two different color combinations and also made a slight change to the layering of the card.
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This card uses the Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper from Stampin’ Up!  I love the color combination of Real Red, Crumb Cake and Chocolate chip in this patterned paper and couldn’t decide which card I liked better. 

Father Christmas is stamped on a
2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I used alcohol markers to color in the image.

The Whisper White piece is layered onto 2 pieces of cardstock.  One is Real Red and the second is Crumb Cake.  The layers are reversed on the two cards so the Father Christmas image pops with the pattern of the Designer Paper. 
So the dimensions are:
  1. Whisper White layer:  2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
  2. 2nd Layer:  2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″
  3. 3rd Layer:  2 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
Layering with 1/8″ of an inch makes a very narrow layer.  If you want a wider layer, you would layer with 1/4″ between the layers.   You may notice that the Crumb Cake Card has a slightly wider layer between the card base and the card front.  I used a 3/8″ layer between the base of the Crumb Cake card and the Card front vs.  a 1/4″ layer between the Rfather-cueal red card base and card front.

So the dimensions for the Crumb Cake card are:
  1. Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  2. Real Red layer:  5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  3. Crumb Cake DSP Layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″
The dimensions for the Real Red card are:
  1. Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  2. Crumb Cake layer:  5 1/4″ x 4″
  3. Real Red DSP Layer:  5″ x 3 3/4″
Father Christmas was colored with Alcohol markers.  I used a Cherry Cobbler like color for Santa’s coat.  His shoes are belt are colored with shades of gray.  My goal was to bring out each of the toys that he is carrying with a different color.  The bag is crumb cake and the tin man is also grays.  The tree is colored with an old olive shade of color.  Last, I used the Wink of Stella to color over the images to add some sparkle.  You can’t really see the sparkle in the picture, but it really made the card pop!

So which card do you like best?

Happy Stamping!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!!

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities.  The Holiday gives us time to poPaisley & Posies stamp setnder upon what lessons we have learned this year, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives.  Please know that I appreciate all of my Stamping Family, Friends and Customers!

Happy Thanksgiving all!


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Seasonal Bells Handmade Card

Today I am sharing a card that I made for the Holiday seasonal bellsseason using the Seasonal Bells stamp set from Stampin’ Up!.  This card was inspired by this week’s Global Design challenge sketch.  Here are the details for this card.

The card base is Real Red cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Emerald Envy cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and then a piece of the Presents and Pinecone Designer Paper cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.

I wanted to try out the new Stitched Framelits.  So the center white piece is cut using the square framelit and layered onto a piece of Real Red Cardstock.

bells-close-upMarilyn’s Tip:  you can use the square framelit to cut a rectangle.  Line the framelit up on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and roll it half way thru the Big Shot.  Don’t roll it thru the whole way or you will have a square.  Roll the plate with cardstock and framelit backwards and then move the framelit down.  Line up the top of the framelit down the piece that has been cut part way.  You can feel the stitches on the edge of the framelit line up.  Put the sandwich back into your Big Shot and roll in the opposite direction part way.  When you pull out your piece you will have a cut and stitched rectangle!

Next I stamped two bells on Whisper White with Silver ink and embossed them with Silver Embossing Powder.  These were cut out with the coordinating Bell Punch.  Next I punched a hole in the top of the bells and tied them together with a piece of narrow Silver Ribbon. Next I stamped the banner with the Happy Christmas stamp in Emerald Envy ink from the Seasonal Bells stamp set and cut this with the coordinating Banner Framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

And last but not least is the bling!  I adorned the bells with Rhinestone jewels.  I also added a couple of rhinestone jewels to the bottom of the middle section of the card.

Here are the supplies that I used to make this card:

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That's it!
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New Release and 25% off Select Stamp sets

STARTING NOV. 1 you can purchase the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies ahead of their official release in the Sampin’ Up! 2017-2018 annual catalog.  Who doesn’t love the sweet stitiched edging the dies create and classic shapes that coordinate with Stampin’ Up! Layering Squares, Circles and Ovals Dies.
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Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies
coordinate with the Stampin’ UP! Layering Circles, Square and ovals Dies!  Here are the appoximate sizes of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.

Circles: 
1-3/8″, 1-7/8″, 2-3/8″, 2-7/8″
Squares:  1-3/16″, 1-5/8″, 2-1/8″, 2-5/8″
Ovals: 
1-3/4″ x 1-3/16″, 2-1/4″ x 1-5/16″, 2-3/4″ x 1-13/16″, 3-1/4″ x 2-5/16″.

But wait…there’s more! Stampin’ Up! is offering select ssets which coordinate with these dies at 25% off!  Here is the list:

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There are two great videos showcasing these great new framelits.


i love the cards that are displayed here with the new Stitched framelits! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code A9F4KHFH and receive a sampler of the new in color ribbons gift from me. Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

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Holiday Cards and upcoming Classes

The Stamping New England Design Team has been very busy working with two great Holiday sets to design Holiday cards:  Hang Your Stockings stamp set and Peaceful Pines stamp sets which are great for making Handmade Holiday cards.


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There are two ways to get these tutorials:

You can purchase the following bundle of products for the stamp sets from my online store.   the hostess code for the month of November is A9F4KHFH.  After you place your order, send me an email and I will give you access to the full set of tutorials!  That’s it!

Or you can purchase each tutorial for $11.95 by clicking on the Buy Now button below the description.


Hang Your Stockings:

Hang Your Stocking Bundle (143512)
Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper (141991)
Cable Knit Embossing Folder (143537)

or buy the Hang Your Stocking tutorial for $11.95




Peaceful Pines:
Peaceful Pines Stamp set (139728)
Perfect Pines Framelits (139665)
Presents & Pinecones Designer
Series Paper (141986)

or
buy the Peaceful Pines Tutorials for $11.95


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Candy Cane Lane Card

Today I have a handmade Christmas card that is made using Stampin’ Up!’s Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  This card layout is inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday card sketch!
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Here are the details on this card:
Card Base:  Whisper white cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Real Red Cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and then a layer of Candy Cane Lane Designer paper cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Snip the top left corner of the designer paper to add contrast to the card.

Next is a scalloped circle cut using the Layered Circle Framelits with another piece of the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.

The main element of this card is a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ layered onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock but to 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″. 

The Gingerbread house is actually not stamped but is cut from the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  I used stampin’ dimensionals to raise the cut out house.  Last I stamped the message from the Tin of Tags Stamp set with Real Red ink.

This is a great Christmas Greeting stamp set that has been designed to be part of a Project Kit.  But – you can just order the set which I did since I love this set for Greetings on my Holiday cards.

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12 Weeks of Christmas

My annual 12 Weeks of Christmas newsletters have started?  Are you receiving these great ideas in your mailbox?  If not then you aren’t on my mailing list!  You can signup HERE. 

Also as a bonus for signing up for my newsletter, you will receive a PDF with 5 ideas for using up Designer paper scraps!  Who doesn’t have little pieces of Designer paper saved!

So today, I am posting some of my favorite Christmas cards that I have made this year…  Click on the picture and that will take you to the post with the details of the card!

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Star of Light card made with Dazzling Diamonds and Blushing Bride Glimmer paper on Whisper white and Soft Sky cardstocks.








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Hang Your Stocking card made with Garden Green, Crumb Cake and Shara Sand cardstocks.  Uses the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper and the Cable knit Embossing folder.










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Which one is your favorite?

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Halloween Party Anyone?

Are you planning a Halloween Party?  Need a really cool place setting for your table?  This really neat Halloween place setting was designed by one of my team mates on the Stamping New England Design Team.  I absolutely love this design!

mg-table-setting-wThis design uses the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Spooky Fun and the coordinating edgelits, Halloween Scenes.

I absolutely love the Halloween Scenes Edgelits!  They are perfect for creating spooky embellishments including the tree, bats and the fence using Basic Black Cardstock.
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Margaret used Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black cardstock to make the Silverware holder. 

The place card is made with a 5″ x 3 1/2″ piece of basic black cardstock scored and folded at 2 1/2.  It is then layered with a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and a 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The pumpkins are stamped on pumpkin pie cardstock using pumpkin pie ink and cutout with the edgelits.  The fence is cut from a scrap of Smokey Slate cardstock. 
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The Favor Box is made using the Box Punch Board and a small box cut from Basic Gray Cardstock.  It is decorated with the tree die cut from Basic Black cardstock.   Next use a sponge to add the worn affect to the edges of the box to make it look at little more spooky!

And how stinking cute is the cup??  Margaret wrapped a 3/4″ band of Basic Black cardstock along the bottom of the cup.  She then added another tree cut  and a bat cut from the Basic Black cardstock.  She stamped the Ghosts with Black Staz-on ink.  NOTE:  Staz-on ink can be used to stamp on plastics and glass.

So are you planning a Halloween Party?  What a great way to decorate!

Happy Stamping,

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Another Star of Light Christmas Card

I am really loving the new Star of Light Stamp set and thinlits from the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  And the funny part is that this is not a set that I immediately ordered when I saw this catalog.  pink-star-of-light-2wI borrowed the set from a friend and of course have now ordered it.  Why can’t I have everything?  Oh Yeah – I don’t have enough room to store everything!  LOL

So the details on this card.  This card is stunning but a fairly quick and simple card.  The card base is a 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Soft Sky Cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.  The next layer is a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The swirl on the background is stamped with Blushing Bride ink and the small stars have been stamped with Soft Sky ink.  Each side of the DSP is layered with a piece of Silver Glitter ribbon from the Holiday catalog.

Next I cut a star using the Detailed Starlight Thinlits from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper.  Note:  the best way to cut this particular star is to cut the center pattern first and then line up the star outline around the detail design!  I used 1/2″ pieces of the new Foam Adhesive Strips to on the back of the star so that it pops from the card! 

Then the bling:  I used a couple of the Fancy Frost Sequins and Rhinestone Jewels to add some detail to the card.

Here are the supplies that were used for this card:

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Which Holiday stamp set is your favorite??  Mine is Star of LIght and Santa's Sleigh!.

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Star of Light Handmade Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Christmas card that I made using the Stampin’ Up! Star of Light Stamp set and coordinating thinlits.  star-of-light-2wThis card was inspired by the week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

So the details on this card:

The card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Soft Sky cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.

The panel on the right is a 3 1/8″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock layered on a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.

The background of this panel is a Watercolor technique on Whisper White cardstock using re-inkers and an aqua painter. Place 2 drops of Island Indigo re-inker and about 10 drops of water in the top of star-of-light2-cua button container.  Stir it up with an aqua painter and brush across the cardstock.  NOTE:  practice on a scrap of white paper first to get the level of shading that you want.  Then I repeated the process with soft sky re-inker.  Then set this piece aside to dry.

The Panel on the left is a  1 1/2″ piece of  Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper which has been lightly brayered with Soft Sky ink.  This is also layered onto a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper.  I added a piece of Blushing Bride and Silver Glitter ribbon.

the Snowflakes are cut from Dazzling Details Glimmer paper and Blushing Bride Glimmer paper cut with the detailed Starlitght thinlits dies.  These are layered on my watercolored panel that has been stamped with Blushing Bride  using the swirl stamp.  The small star is a stamped with versamark and embossed with Silver Embossing powder on a scrap of whisper white.

It is hard to tell, but I used the Wink of Stella Clear Brush to add dazzle to the blushing bride swirl.  The snowflakes are attached with glue dots.  and of course the center of the snowflakes have been embellished with Rhinestone Jewels.

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quick and simple Santa Card

So which set of dies is your favorite from the New Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog?  I am really loving this Detailed Santa Thinlits die and the quick and simple but striking cards that you can make with this die!

santa_edited-1This card is a 4 1/4″ square with a base cut from Whisper White card stock.  The second layer is a 4×4″ piece of Red Foil and the top layer is a 3 3/4″ square of Whisper White cardstock cut with the Detailed Santa Thinlits.

Very stunning!
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I am seeing this card with the top layer cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper…





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Hang Your Stocking Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a Christmas Card that I made with the Stampin’ Up! stamp set Hang Your Stocking from the new Holiday catalog!  hang your stocking cardI have to say that I love this catalog and so many of the sets within it that I had a really hard time deciding what to buy this fall! 

Today’s card is inspired by this week’s Global Design Team challenge which is a case the designer.   I choose to use the same layout that Teneale used.
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Here are the details for this card:

Cardstock base:  Real Red CS cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
The next layer is Crumb Cake cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  I choose Crumb Cake to go with the pattern on the Warmth & Cheer Designer Paper that I choose.  I used a 2″ x 3 7/8″ piece of the plaid pattern with a 2 1/4″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Whisper white CS embossed with the Cable Knit embossing folder.  NOTE:  This folder is very thick to give a detailed impression.  So you need to adjust your platform accordingly.  I found that I only needed one plate with this embossing folder.

These two pieces were layered onto the Crumb Cake layer and I added a piece of Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape to cover the seams between the two layers. 

Onto the Stamping:  The Stockings are stamped with Garden Green ink and Real Red ink and then cut out using the coordinating thinlits.  “Merry Christmas” is also stamped with Garden Green ink and custockings-left-wt using the Layering Ovals Framelits and layered onto a scrap of Garden Green cardstock also cut using the Oval framelits.  The stockings were layered and attached with glue dots.  The “Merry Chistmas” is attached with stampin’ dimensionals.  Last but not least is a piece of Whisper White Thick Basker’s Twine.

Here is the card with the reverse layout and the supplies to make this card.

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So do you like the Hang Your Stocking card with the layout on the left or right?

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The Holiday Catalog is HERE!!

The New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is HERE!!!

It’s the best time of the year!!  The new Holiday catalog is Here and it is fantastic!  I can’t wait to show you more ideas with the catalog.  There are so many pretty things in this catalog that I can’t decide what to work on first.

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And even better – Stampin’ Up! is bringing back weekly specials for the first three weeks of September.  You can check them out HERE.

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Ready to place an order?  If you order is under $150 then use the Hostess Code 7KQJMK2R and I will share a ribbon sampler of the new In-color ribbons with you!  Of course,  if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

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Santa’s Sleigh card

Today I have a card that I made using the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Santa’s Sleigh from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog available on September 1st!  I am really loving this new Holiday csleigh3_watalog and couldn’t decide what to order – so actually ordered 6 new Christmas sets (usually I order 3).

Anyway – this set is really neat – it has a Sleigh with a detailed die to cut out a fancy overlay for the Sleigh.  This cards was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.  I actually made the card on Tuesday but am just getting time now to post it!
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So the details on this card:

The Designer paper is the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.
The base of the Sleigh is cut from Gold Foil with the overaly cut from Red Glimmer paper.

So I am liking this Designer paper so much, I couldn’t decide which side of the paper to use…  So this is a secsleigh2-1wond card that I made using the other side of the Candy Cane Lane Designer paper.  So the details on these cards.

The Card bases are Real Red and Crumb Cake on the second card.  The second layer is cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The Designer paper is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.

The second card has the Sleigh base cut from Copper Foil with an overlay of Real Red Foil, which has been discontinued, but I have a couple of pieces laying around!

The Ribbon on the first card is a piece of the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon that will be available in the Holiday catalog.

Each of the sleighs are layered on a white doily.  The “merry” is cut using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits.

So which Santa’s Sleigh card do you like better?  Card #1 or Card #2?



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