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Fifth Day of Christmas – Window Box Advent Calendar

Hope you are enjoying this blog series so far! The fifth day of Christmas window box uses Stampin’ Up!’s new boxwood wreaths. The wreaths come wrapped tight but can be unwound and bent into various shapes. I unwrapped the double circle and made one larger but thinner wreath.

This window box also features Stampin’ Up!’s metallic gold doily. I gently crinkled mine then unfolded it to give it some added depth and dimension. Used lace again today, but opted for the wider vanilla lace this time. I love how shimmery this box is! I’m considering doing something similar in silver!

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Fourth Day of Christmas – Window Box Advent Calendar

The fourth day of Christmas window box features Stampin’ Up!’s new vintage crochet trim. Just because it’s black doesn’t mean you have to save it for Halloween!

To decorate the top of the box I used another one of the dies from the window box thinlits to cut out the merry music specialty paper with the scalloped edges. I love that this paper has the actual lyrics to Christmas carols! Because this box will have some sides exposed I used the stitched shape framelits to cut some squares of the designer series paper to embellish them. I finished off the box with some gold accents a binder clip, some metallic thread, and a couple metallic enamel shapes.

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Third Day of Christmas – Window Box Advent Calendar

This is the third post in my 28 Days of Christmas Blog Series. In case you missed the earlier posts, I am using Stampin’ Up!’s window box die to create an advent calendar and decorating each box differently. The final result is meant to look like like a Christmas tree! Fingers crossed! The third day of Christmas window box  continues with the silver theme of the last box. It uses the new mini ornaments from Stampin’ Up!’s  upcoming 2017 holiday catalogue.  I also used a wood embellishment from the touches of nature wood elements. The designer series paper is punched out using the pretty label punch.

 

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What do you think so far?

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Nature

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Fall 2017 Class Schedule

Here are the dates and information for my upcoming fall 2017 classes. Please note that the pictures are examples only and not pictures of the cards we will be making at the club dates (although they will be equally as pretty! 🙂 ). Hope to see you there! Register soon to reserve your spot!
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Second Day of Christmas – Window Box Advent Calendar

The Second Day of Christmas window box has a completely different look to the first. If you missed yesterday’s post, be sure to check it out!

I went with a black and silver combo and used the Bunch Of Banners Framelits on the Merry Music specialty designer series paper. The black shimmer ribbon, rhinestones, silver metallic thread and silver foil add lots of shimmer to this window box! All the foil numbers on the boxes will be popped out using mini stampin’ dimensionals.

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Hope you liked the Second Day of Christmas window box. Keep checking back to see how the rest come along!

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Nature

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One Jar of Love – Stampin’ Up! Handmade Card

Today’s “One Jar of Love” handmade card was inspired by my eldest niece and her moms. Yesterday was my niece’s 1st birthday, and I wanted to make a handmade card that celebrated this milestone, but also one that her mom’s would enjoy. Because, let’s be honest … she’s one and could care less about cards, haha.

My sister and sister in law do not favour pink, so that colour family was definitely out. However, they love rustic wood and everything mason jar. Stampin’ Up’s Jar of Love stamp set and co-coordinating framelits were perfect! This card also features the Wood Textures Designer Series paper and the heart and background flowers are from the Wood Words Bundle. I was so happy with how the 1 fit perfectly inside the jar! The card is sized 4.25″ x 4.25″ and fits inside a standard envelope. Also, you may not be able to see it in the picture but I used the Wink of Stella to give the vellum mason jar some shimmer!

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First Day of Christmas

Today is the first post in my 28 Days of Christmas Blog Series! For the first day of Christmas window box I used the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper along with the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. I  I have decided to stick with these two sets of paper for the whole project.

To embellish this window box I used a Lots of Labels framelit die, a piece of old olive ribbon, mini black sequins, pearl basic jewels, and the Pretty Pines thinlits to cut out the pine branches in Garden Green cardstock. The Number of Years dies will be used on all the boxes to die cut the numbers for the boxes out of foil cardstock. I also used the second smallest square from the Stitched Shape Framelits to cut out 3 side panels for this window box. There are only 3 decorated sides as the other sides will be affixed to other boxes. I will add decorative squares on all exposed side panels of all the boxes, with the exception of the gold foil window box at the top.

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If you are creating your own version, don’t feel like you have to make every box different. I wanted to show 28 different ways of embellishing these window boxes. You could do the same design on all the boxes and it would look fabulous!

I hope you enjoyed this First Day of Christmas window box! 27 more to go!

 

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Nature

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28 Days of Christmas Blog Series

I’m really thrilled to announce that I will be running a 28 Days Of Christmas Blog Series! The idea for this Christmas blog series was inspired by the Merry Little Christmas Suite in Stampin’ Up’s upcoming 2017 Holiday Catalogue.

I wanted to create a large focal point that could be displayed on a mantle or a shelf. It all of the sudden occurred to me to make a tree shaped advent calendar using the window box framelit dies. The great thing about using the window boxes is that each box is big enough to hold enough treats for the whole family!

Each day of the Christmas blog series I will decorate one of the 28 boxes (only 24 will open), using different embellishments and designer series paper. I am getting a REALLY early start on this as it is a rather big project. ALSO, I wanted to allow plenty of time for those of you who wanted to make your own to be able to do so, and have it ready to enjoy come December 1st!

If you choose to make your own it’s up to you to decide if you want to make a box a day and decorate it or take a day or two to put together all the boxes before you start decorating them. I opted to make all the boxes first. Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock will make one box or 1 12″ x 12″ sheet will make 2 boxes. I used 1 pack of 8.5″ x 11″ Old Olive cardstock and added some additional black boxes and one gold foil box. I will post a video tutorial on the easiest way I way found to assemble the boxes. TIP: DON’T use the multipurpose liquid glue!

This Christmas blog series project is a lot of work but I think the finished project will make for a fantastic Christmas focal point and be totally worth it.  Here are the 28 boxes laid out and arranged on my craft room floor:

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To give you an idea of how big this advent calendar is here is a picture of it beside a Stampin’ Up! ink pad. In this picture I have also laid out the base layers of designer series paper featuring Stampin’ Up!’s DSP.

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And here is the mess left behind after all that big shot-ing. So worth it though!

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Over the next month and a half or so I will be decorating and posting each window box individually before putting it all together into an upright advent calendar focal piece! I have no idea, now what the final look will be, but I’m hoping it will be magical! Keep checking back regularly to see how it is coming along!

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Nature

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Cheers! Happy Birthday – Stampin’ Up! Handmade Card

Today’s Cheers! Happy Birthday card was inspired by one of my cousin’s who celebrated her birthday this week. She is a wine aficionado and the Mixed Drinks stamp set was perfect for her handmade birthday card!

I chose Berry Burst as the primary colour for the card as it reminded me of red wine.  The sentiment on the inside of the card reads: “Here’s to your amazingness”

Fun tip: in order to make the wine glasses appear “glassy” use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to fill them in after stamping. Be sure to allow PLENTY of time to dry. You can use your heat tool to help speed up the process.

To adhere the “Happy Birthday” cut out I used the NEW adhesive sheets. My first attempt was a bit of a mishap – don’t use the 2nd method listed on the instruction page for intricate pieces – I ended up with a spider web of a mess when I peeled it off. My second go round I used the first method listed and cut out the die after adhering the silver foil cardstock to the adhesive sheet and this worked BRILLIANTLY!

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Custom Address Book – Stampin’ Up! Tabs for Everything

Today’s project is a custom address book. It was inspired my desire to stay in touch with my friends and family using something other than Facebook. I realized that although I knew how to get to most of their homes, I had no idea what their actual addresses were! This makes it hard to send handmade cards in the mail! I decided to purchase an address book in order to keep track of all their info, but I didn’t like any of the plain black and blue – blah books I was seeing. I happened along this notebook in the dollar store and loved it!

Then I got to thinking about how to make this into a functional custom address book. Stampin’ Up! to the rescue again! I pulled out my Tabs for Everything Bundle, Brushwork Alphabet stamp set, 3/4″ Circle punch and gold embossing powder and got to work!

The 3/4″ circle punch was perfect for punching holes in the pages of my notebook so that I could see through to the a-z lettering. I used the circle tab punch to cut out the cardstock bases and cut each set in half. I chose cardstock colours that matched the cover of my notebook. Obviously,  if you are doing your own version, use whichever colour cardstock and ink you would like.

I then stamped the scalloped circle with matching ink on white cardstock and stamped the letter in versamark prior to gold embossing and punching them out with the 3/4″ punch. Then I affixed each circle  to the cardstock with the liquid multipurpose glue.

Here are the finished tabs:

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I used the fast fuse adhesive to adhere each tab to the page. The notebook had enough pages to allow for 3 pages per letter. There are four full column sets through the notebook a-g,h-m,n-s,t-y and z.

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I’m looking forward to getting this book filled up with addresses so that it will be so much easier to #makeacardSENDacard!

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Nature

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