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Just a Little Gift

I'm a retired first grade teacher.  I loved my job.  My last years I was blessed with a group of co-workers who were just the best.  We worked well together, planned together, supported each other.  Those were great years.  We still get together from time to time, but not nearly enough.  We do always gather at Mary Ellen's house around Christmas.  She is our decorator in the group and her house is always beautiful.  So, in a little while, I'm off to Mary Ellen's for lunch and an afternoon of Mexican Train.

We give each other small gifts each year.  This year I'm giving them each a journal. I'm hoping that they will fill them with things they are grateful for each day.  Did you know that gratitude makes you a happier person?  So I'm hoping that I'm really giving them happiness for 2017.  

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I love the way it turned out.  Each notebook measures 5 x 7.  I picked them up at Michaels a while ago.   They looked like this.

Notebook 1

I covered the notebooks using the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday catalog.  Since the spine is black I left that alone.  My sheets measured 4 3/4 x 7.  I did use the Project Life Corner punch for the two corner on the outside. Adhere using Tear & Tape.  You need strong adhesive.  Take your time and be careful to look at all corners and sides.  Once it's down, it's down.  Cover the front and the back.

Notebook 4

This close up shows you the texture of the Fancy Frost Specialty paper.  It lends such an elegance to the project.  This paper is on sale now in our Year End Close Out Sale. Click to go there now!

Notebook 3

  • The ovals were made using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  Be patient.  They will be back mid January.  I used the largest two ovals.  The largest is Lost Lagoon. It's retired, but I wanted to use some of it up.  Some colors just live on in our hearts!  The inside oval is Whisper White.
  • The sentiment is from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set from the Holiday catalog. I trimmed the paper to fit the saying.  Put dimensionals in the center of the saying and glue dots along the ends.  That gives the saying a rounded look.
  • Use the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits to build the flowers.  Colors used were Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow (also retired), Old Olive, Whisper White, Basic Black, and Pink Pirouette.  Sponge everything.  I did use Crumb Cake ink to sponge the white flower.
  • To make your flowers a little 3 dimensional, press in the center with the wrong end of your paper piercer while it sits on the Stampin' Pierce Mat.  Adhere everything with glue and glue dots.

Notebook tag

The tag uses the Merry Tags Framelits.  I used the Gold Foil Sheets and Lost Lagoon. The center sentiment is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines.  It's punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch.  Of course I used the gold thread from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack to tie it on.  It's also on sale at the Year End Close Out sale.

Notebook wrapped

So here is my gift all wrapped up.  I used the 6 x 17 Gusseted Cellophane Bag.  Place it in front of the pleats of the bag.  Tie it up with Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon (sorry, no longer available).

Notebook group

It was so much fun to make these.  I hope they will be used!  At any length, they are a gift of the heart for some very special friends.  I never win at Mexican Train, but who cares.  Have a wonderful day!  


Update.  We never got around to the game playing.  There was just too much talking and catching up.  I'm not sure we have mastered the art of the selfie.



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A Little Holiday Treat

We had class last week and of course I had to leave a little treat at each place.  I am so thankful for my stamping friends!  I feel so fortunate to have such good friends. Here's the treat.

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Everyone loves a Ghirardelli chocolate!  This treat is so simple to make.  I think you can go to Youtube and search for Stampin' Up! Trifold Treat Holder and you'll find something.  I'm going to show you the best I can.

Treat holder 1

Start with a square piece of paper.  The completed treat holder above is made from Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.  My samples for the tutorial are from This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  For the Ghirardelli treats my paper is 6 x 6.  That's perfect for the paper stacks.

Treat holder 3

Fold the paper on the diagonal.

Treat holder 4

Fold over one side so that the point touches the opposite side.

Treat holder 5

Fold over the other side.  Uses the bone folder to burnish the folds.

Treat holder 6

Fold down the top flap.  Insert your hand in the opening and push it out a little.  No glue is needed!

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It's all ready to decorate.

Class treats 1

I do love these holders with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack and it's perfect for this treat.  Use the Layering Circles Framelits for the Cherry Cobbler scalloped circle.  Use the 2 inch circle punch for the Whisper White.  It's easier to stamp the sentiment and then punch.  The saying is from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  The Pretty Pines Thinlits were used to make Garden Green boughs and also the Cherry Cobbler bow.  Insert candy.  You could make these a little larger and put a Christmas cookie in there.  Just use your imagination for any occasion!

Class treats 3

These are so easy and quick.  Who could you surprise today?  Spread some smiles!

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NC Demo Happy Holidays Blog Hop!

Hello there.  I'm so happy that you have joined us for the North Carolina blog hop for November.  We are celebrating  Happy Holidays today.  I hope you complete the hop to get some great holiday ideas!  We have some very tallented demonstrators here in NC.

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Today I want to feature the Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bags.  They are on page 176 in the catalog.  What a deal!  You get 10 for $3.50.  They are a great size for just a little something.  I came up with three designs.

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Want to know how to make them?  Here we go.

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  • The Cherry Cobbler layer on the bottom measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 x 5 1/4.  It's stamped in Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink.  It's a rich permanent white.  Do lay it aside and allow it a little time to dry completely.  The stamp set is Merry Medley.
  • The topper uses half of a Delicate Doily and half of a Cherry Cobbler circle.  Use the new Stitched Shaped framelits and cut the largest circle.
  • The Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies were used to make the boughs and pine cone.  I used Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, and Soft Suede.
  • Clip the topper on with a Gold Binder Clip.  They are so pretty.
  • Add an Emerald Envy bow with a glue dot.  The Silky Taffeta Ribbon combo Pack has two great ribbons in Emerald Envy and Cherry Cobbler.  I can only say it is yummy.  I thought I could live without it, but I found that I couldn't!

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I tried to make this bag look like a Christmas sweater.  What do you think?

  • Use the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  Cut out some of the shapes and glue them onto the bag.
  • Run the bag through the Big Shot with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Wow, I just had to put its whole name.  It's a large name with large results.  Love it!  Part of your bag will not fit in the folder. I put that at the top and just used it as my folding place.  For this bag, I folded it to the back so we could see all of the sweater.
  • Use the Simply Scored with your Crumb Cake card stock.  Cut a piece 1 x 6. Score on every score line.  Cut your strip in half so that you have two 1/2 inch pieces. Place one along the bottom and trim to fit.  Place the other down the center of your paper and trim it to fit.  Add some of the candy pieces from the patterned paper punched out with the 1/2 inch punch for the buttons.
  • The tag is stamped on Thick Whisper White measuring 1 1/2 inches wide and used the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.  Use Real Red ink.  Punch the end with the Triple Banner Punch.  I also cut out the gingerbread man from the Candy Cane Lane paper.  Place the tag how you want it and just trim along the top to fit. 
  • Use the Gold Binder Clip to hold this on.  Use the Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine to tie a bow.  Use both twines together and added it to the clip with a glue dot.

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  • For this bag I used the Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape.  Just add strips across the bag.
  • Use the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies to make your sleigh.  Use Early Espresso for the back piece and Cherry Cobbler for the front.
  • Use the same dies to make a reindeer out of Early Espresso.  I glued a same clothespin to the back of him and added a Cherry Cobbler bow using the Silky Taffeta ribbon again.  It's a fast and easy bag to make.

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So, which bag do you like best?  You'll have a leave a comment and let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will continue on the blog hop. Come back to see me.  A product list follows the list of bloggers.

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Ear Decor with Christmas Trinkets Embellishments

Have you noticed the Christmas Trinkets Embellishments on page 27 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog?  I tend to overlook this kind of thing.  Recently, my sister Martha gave me a little present, just because.  Here it is!

Ear rings 1

So, of course, my first question was how?  It turns out that it's really easy to do.  First you need to buy the supplies.

Ear rings supplies

I bought mine at Michael's but I'm sure you could get them at any hobby store.  You also need a tool to use to open the little metal ring, put on the trinket, and then close up the ring.  That's really all there is to it.

Here's how each pair of ear rings will look once you turn them into ear ware.  You can get four of each kind from a single pack of the trinkets.  That's 12 pairs of ear rings!

Ear 1

Ear 2


Ear 3

They are just so cute!  Which are your favorites?

The packaging is what takes the most time.  I will admit that as soon as I could, I took Martha's gift apart to see how she made it.

  • The base of the card is cut at 2 5/8 x 5 1/8.
  • Use Thick Whisper White card stock cut 2 1/2 x 5 to layer on top.
  • The 1/16" Handheld Circle punch was used to make the holes to hold the ear rings.
  • A resealable bag measuring 3 x 5 was used to package the ear rings.
  • Patterned paper is used for the topper of the package.  It is cut 3 1/4 x 3 1/4, score at 1 5/8 and fold.  Staple it on.  
  • Decorate the bag as you wish.  Martha used retired product.  Of course you can use anything.

I'm going to make these for a craft fair and package them separately.  I bought the 3 x 4 inch resealable bags but they are a little tall.  I folded them over about 3/4 of an inch.  The toppers measure the same as above.  I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series paper.  The base is 2 5/8 x 3.  I used Real Red.  The Thick Whisper White is 2 1/2 x 2 7/8.  Decorate as you wish.  I used the new Stitched Framelits, the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, the Holly Berry Builder Punch, and the Jolly Hat Builder punch.  So, here are my ear rings in single packs.

Ear 4

Ear 6

Ear 5

And all together.

Ear 8

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Now go make ear rings!  I bet you already have someone special in mind!  The product list is below!



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Penguin Hershey Bars Waddle in for Christmas

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm into the craft fair scene.  Today I have a penguin Hershey bar to show you.  It is just so cute!

Penguin Hershey bar

Isn't it just adorable!  It's also easy to make.  Here are the details.

  • Start with a piece of Basic Black card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 6.  Score along the 5 1/2 inch side at 1 3/4, 2, 4 1/4, 4 1/2.
  • Put Tear & Tape down one side of the paper.
  • The feet are made using the Petite Petals punch.  I used Pumpkin Pie card stock. Just fold up 2 of the petals. I put glue dots on them and tucked them under the black card stock.  I did adhere them before I put in the candy and sealed up the wrapper.
  • The eyes were purchased from the Dollar Tree and adhered with glue dots.
  • The beak is from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I punched it out with a retired punch.  I think it was one of the itty bitty punch packs that were offered a while back.  It's a square shape and I folded it on the diagonal and then glued it down.
  • For the tummy, I used the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut a Whisper White oval.  I cut another one the same size from Basic Black. I cut it in half long ways and adhered it on each side of the white oval so that it looked like wings.
  • Add a scarf of material.  I got my material from Walmart.
  • The hat is part of a glove.  Do you remember the nugget treats I shared last week?  The nuggets used the fingers of gloves and this project used the rest of the gloves.  You can see the nugget treats here.  I tied around the hat with Thick Whisper White Twine.

Penguin Hershey bar 2

I love how it turned out.  Hope it brings a smile to a little face!  A list of products used follows.  Have a wonderful day!

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