Monday, November 23, 2015

Advent Calendar using Red, White & Green

Hello there! It's Kristie Larsen here and I'm sharing with you one of my favorite projects that I do almost every year. An Advent Calendar! I love making Advent calendars so much. It looks intensive, I know, but it is a really easy feat with

I started with two different shades of green. Both by Basis and both beautiful. I die cut twelve of each colour making 24 boxes in all.

I put the sides together using glue dots and the flaps together using double sided tape.
 I also die cut 24 panels that fold over to make these into cute matchboxes!
Once the flaps were folded I slid them over the already folded box. But before that I hole punched twice on each side. Only a little notch on the end and a  hole just in from it. This way the bakers twine will stay put in the groove instead of rolling around. The twine was slid through each hole and tied at the top. I used different lengths to add some interest when I hang them.

I measured the little box so I could print some inserts with the advent activities on them. My kids are on the eastern school cycle which ends in November which means we have ALL of December off. Because of this, I like to create fun activities to do to help fill most of our December days with holiday fun!

I die cut the medallions out of red and folded them and put them together with hot glue.

I made folded and glued twenty four while watching a movie! It was the most relaxing night I had all week ;) The inside snowflake was die cut using the white Teton Deckled Edge paper and there is another white die cut circle glued to the back to keep the medallion together.

I then hot glued the medallion on the outside of each matchbox cover and used Tombow Mono glue for the inside insert.

I have a whole pile of Christmas books we put under the tree for reading throughout the month. So a lot of the days have a book activity and some boxes have Christmas movies to watch. I also put in some crafting and baking activities as well as some scripture reading for the Nativity story. I put little treats in too for my kids to unwrap each day.

I strung some twine up on the wall (held with washi tape) and added each box using a miniature clothes pin which were SO adorable I just had to buy them. They are just as cute being used. They do not disappoint!!

I added some little ornaments in-between boxes for a little bit more interest. I LOVE how it turned out. Nice and sturdy too so I can use it for many more years or even give it away if next year I *need* to make another calendar using amazing products! It's just so much fun, I hate to miss out on it ;)

That's it for today! Lots of lovely papers to use for holiday crafting, and your in luck because they are still on sale for another week!  Be sure to head to the store to stock up on all your supplies before the holidays really take off without you!

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you found some inspiration here and have a great Thanksgiving week!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Journals

Hi crafters! Today I am here sharing some gift ideas for Christmas.  This year I thought I would do something different with my niece and nephew and made them some Christmas journal books.  From December 1st until Christmas Eve they will have to write in these journals their dreams and wishes for Christmas.  Then I will have them each share their wishes and thoughts on Christmas Eve with everyone.

So I found some perfect books I could use and covered them with  CutCardStock: Classic Crest: Solar Whiteand Stardream Metallic:Fairway.  For the sentiment I used  Bright Foil Cardstock and  Classic Crest: Solar White.  Everything is pieced together with Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose glue.

I then used my CutCardStock in Royal Sundance:  Emerald Green

 I used a die from Spellbinders in the shape of a Christmas tree and used Stardream Metallic:Fairway.  I just love how nice and thick this paper is and it ran through my Spellbinders Grand Calibur with such ease and it cut all the intricate pieces with just one pass.  That goes to show the true quality of the paper.

Now just glue it to the front of your covers as shown below

Now you have some journal books with memories that will last a lifetime!

GoldStardream Metallic FAIRWAY (green)  105lb Cardstock 8.5x11 -25 pkMono Multi-Purpose Liquid GlueNeenah classic Crest Solar White

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder ...

Good morning! Ruza here to share a Holiday Gift Card Holder for the Coffee Lover's in your life featuring Basis Green CardstockFlavours Gourmet Chili Arbol (Red), and Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock.

I recently saw a Coffee Cup Gift Card tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers, and knew I had to make some. My daughter is no longer in school, but she does attend a Day Program for young adults with Special Needs, and I gift the staff gifts during the holidays.

My cards feature a Snowflake Ribbon Die, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, and a Holiday Sentiment on the inside.

I am giving  Starbucks Gift Cards this year so I created my design using holiday colors. I used the Flavours Gourmet Chili Arbol (Red) for the base of my design with the Esse Pearl Smooth White Cardstock for the brim, inside layer and snowflake. I used the Basis Green Cardstock for the embossed panel behind the snowflake, and a combination of Scor-Tape and Tombow Mono Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to put the card together.

I am making six (6) of these cards. I am happy to say they are very quick and easy to make, which is good during these busy times.

All of the Red, Green and White cardstock is 10% off as part of the Holiday Sale going on right now, and all of the Ribbon is also on Sale when you use the Coupon Code RIBBON!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Card Featuring CTI Glama Translucent Paper

Hello!  It's Lisa here with you today and I am so excited to share with you a Christmas card I have created with the CTI Glama Translucent Paper.  Let me start by saying this paper is so awesome to work with!  The thickness is fabulous for embossing as I have done on today's card.  But enough of me gushing let's get onto how you can recreate this card for yourself!

1. Gather your supplies: CTI Glama Translucent Paper, Cougar Invitations White A2, Basis Cardstock: Dark Red and Green, dies, stamps, embossing powder and styluses.

2. Trim your Translucent Paper to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and emboss your image in white.

3. Using a stylus and a soft pad (a mouse pad works perfectly) turn your embossed image over and start making various sized dots on the backside, this creates the feel and look of snow.

4. Color the ornaments in on the backside too.  This won't look pretty when you are looking at it this way, but when you turn the paper back over it will look gorgeous trust me!

5.  I adhered a panel of Basis Green cardstock to the cougar invitation ( I just love pre-made cardbases, it saves so much time!), and adhered my embossed image panel using double sided adhesive on all four sides. To cover up the adhesive I diecut a frame out of the Basis Green Cardstock, and adhered this on top.

6. Finally, I diecut and embossed my sentiment onto Basis Cardstock in Dark Red.

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

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