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Easel Mini Calendar
Easel Mini Calendar

Hi Everyone! Mini Calendars make a great gift for teachers, co-workers, friends and family. Even with all our electronic calendars, sometimes it's nice just to have one on the desk or refrigerator.

AND you can make them with either the recipient in mind or to help use up your Designer Series Paper!

Some of my local Designer Paper Dolls stop by for an express lunch meeting and we made these. As you can see from the outside, it's snowing! First of the season. Linda mentioned kinda funny we are decorating with flowers and it's winter. TRUE! but we agreed the flowers represent most of the year :)

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You if need 24 or less - Stampin' UP! Vanilla Coaster Board works awesome! Cut to a 4"x 4" size. Or you can buy in bulk here:

Qty 50 Plain White Square Coasters Either way, with tax and shipping, it's about $0.20 each. I don't have a good way to cut SU Coaster Board and Round Corners, I didn't want to take a chance ruining my trimmer or punch board. ( I'm an Amazon Prime member..I love the free shipping perk. Click here for a link in my recommendations - other items I use.)

Here's a FREE downloadable 2016 Mini Calendar template: Download Calendar Template 2016

Simply download, trim and staple. Tip!  use printer paper so it's lightweight and tears easily. Glue the last month unto  cardstock then use Tear & Tape to add to square coasters.

Or I found pre-printed 2016 online at Taylored Expressions. I see where they are now out of stock - but I'm sure there's other online sources if you don't feel like printing yourself.

You can watch my Video Tutorial Here!

General Instructions For Calendar Top:

Take a 4'x4" piece of Fresh Market Designer Series Paper or stamp a 4 " x  4" Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Hardwood Stamp. Round corners. Using Mutipurpose Glue, adhere to coaster board.

General Instructions for Easel Base:

Score an 8" x 4" cardstock at 4" & 6". Adhere a 3-7/8'x 3-7/8" piece of Designer Paper to the  4x4 area. Flip over and add Tear n Tape to 2x4 section as shown. Fold as shown and add coaster board design to the 2x4 adhesive area.

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DSCN5790It's kinda a busy weekend, but I to get a video tutorial for you soon! It will be a separate post.

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Must Have Mondays - Value Finds for Gifts

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Hi Everyone! A must have for me over the holidays is finding small stocking stuffers items that I can turn into a mini presents. Multi packs of lip balm and nail polish in holiday themes always check my eye. I look for them at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, WalMart, CVS and WalGreens. This set came from Dollar General. For me, I love giving gifts this way. So much more fun to pull out a bagged gift from a stocking then just the nail polish! And now I have 8 (I bought 2 packs) stocking stuffers or small gifts or thank you's ready to go! 
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Holder Instructions:

Cardstock: 2" x 8-1/2"
Score at: 1/2" x 2-1/14" x 2-3/4", 4-1/2"

DSCN5768Punch top using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch

DSCN5769With the 1-1/2" Circle Punch, punch circle as shown. TIP - with scrap punch another circle. Use just a tad bit of Snail on back of scrap to position where you want to punch. SAVE THE PUNCHED out circle. We'll incorporate it into the design.

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Burnish (press) score lines and fold up making the box bottom with circle opening. Attach using Fast Fuse.

To decorate:

Take a 1-7/8" x 2-3/4" piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Round Top corners with either Project Life Corner Punch or the rounder on the Envelop Punch Board (my favorite). Stamp snowflake images.

Sentiment: Stamp sentiment then punch out using the 1-1/4" circle punch. Layer on the 1-1/2" circle punch we punched out for the hole. With Silver Glimmer Paper, use 1-3/4" Scallop Circle punch to punch scallop. Layer sentiment on top.

Add glue dot to nail polish to hold in place. Wrap in Gusseted Cello bag and tie!

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Tuesday Tip - Oh What Fun Tag Kit

Oh What Fun KitHi Everyone! This week's Tuesday Tip is about the Oh What Fun Tag Kit. OMGoodness...you make 30 tags! with this kit. So my tip is this is a kit that can be used in a variety of ways! You'll really get your bag for your buck with this kit. Shown above with the coordinating stamp set Oh What Fun. Use the tags for:

  • Gift tags
  •     on gift boxes, baked goods, wine bottles (hostess gift for the holidays),stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, etc...
  • Card embellishments (add to card front and done!) Talk about a quick way to make 30 cards!
  • Scrapbook and Project Life page elements.
  • Change up the stamp set and you could use for multiple occasions!
  • A gift in of itself!

TIP! it coordinates wonderfully with the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Hello December 2015 Project Life Card Collection.

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  • Use the Envelope, Gift Box, or Gift Bag Punch Boards to create custom packaging.
  • Cards.
  • Scrapbook or Project Life Pages
  •     Gift a ready for photos Holiday Album!
  • Wine bottle tags

I assembled the kit in about an hour. Since all the elements are already die cut, it's just a matter of stamping the sentiments and gluing together. Love, love this kit!

Another Tip! This is a perfect kit to share. (30 tags!) I'm thinking about getting another kit or 2 in and making it our Thanksgiving project. Mom and the sisters would love going home with a handful of tags they made. Or make a kit for someone as a gift - my grandmas would have LOVED to have gotten a stack of these tags to add to homemade cookies or on the outside of her gift card envelopes.

I hope you can see why I choose this for the Tuesday Tip - one kit goes a long way as it can be incorporated throughout the season and for your memory keeping!

 

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Must Have Monday's - Festive Flower Builder Punch

DSCN5671Hi Everyone! What a fun weekend I had..my BFF Joan visited from Ohio and we attended our local fall festival called Apple Festival. Friends, fun, food and crafts..doesn't get much better than that in my world!

This week's Must Have Monday's is the Festive Flower Builder Punch. While definitely a poinsettia flower, I'll be showing different looks this week so you can see it can go beyond the winter season.

The sentiment is from Reason for the Season Photopolyer stamp set. Save 15% when you purchase the bundle of the stamp set and Festive Flower Builder Punch!

DSCN5675I punched out 4 sets of petals using RED Glimmer Paper. Sparkly goodness in the Glimmer Paper. I folded each petal in half (right sides together) to form a crease for more dimension. I recommend hot glue when layering glimmer paper.

Steps for the Festive Flower Punch Glimmer Paper Poinsettia:

  • With Real Red Card Stock, punch a 1" circle and a 3/4" circle for petal bases.
  • Fold each petal in half  right sides together. Hot glue largest petals in a north, south, east, west fashion using the 1" circle punch as base.
  • With the 3/4" circle, repeat with the medium petals. Add the smaller connected petals on top. Hot glue layers together.
  • With Daffodil Delight scrap - punch 2 centers and add with hot glue.

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General Steps for the rest of project:

  • Punch 2" banner from Triple Banner Punch.
  • Stamp sentiment in Real Red Classic Ink.
  • Stamp outline of poinsettia image in Tuxedo Black Ink.
  • 2-Step stamp (stamp over top of image) of flower in Real Red.
  • 2-Step stamp leaves in Soft Sky ink.
  • Sponge color around (see my Tuesday Tip tomorrow!)
  • Cut a 1-1/2" Strip of Home For Christmas and wrap around Square Pillow Box die cut using Soft Sky Cardstock. Add banner and flower.

This is now all ready to go for a gift card, treats, or a small gift!

TIP! If you want a super flower - punch out 6-8 sets of petals! 

 
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Christmas in July Week! Project 1: 12 Christmas Card Bases

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Hi Everyone! Let's have some fun with Christmas in July! From today through next Wednesday, we'll have a week of inspiration to get us started on our holiday planning.

CARD BASES ONLY - that ready for stamped images. For the last 2 years..I have been TERRIBLE at getting my cards out!!! Right?! Me of all people (smile). I'm busy teaching classes but did not take the time to mass produce my cards. PROBLEM SOLVED! With a few coordinating supplies - we can make early CARD BASES!

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Make card bases one night as in this example - add images another. Check back this week as I'll add some stamped images to this set of card bases!

What you need to get started:
Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
Merry Moments Cardstock Assorted Pack
Whisper White Cardstock
Ink for future, coordinating stamping- Classic Ink Pads:
Cherry Cobbler (and/or Real Red)
Old Olive (and/or Mossy Meadow)
The Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive are the colors in the Merry Moments Assorted pack.

For added sparkle - you can get Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, a Stampin' Spritzer and Old Olive Reink. Since we can purchase Real Red Glimmer Paper and Silver Glimmer Paper..we don't need a spritzer to color. I did add Smokey Slate Refill to the list below if you wanted to sub out the Silver Glimmer Paper.

 The card bases took me about 40 minutes to assemble. Here are the cuts!

(1) each of cardstock Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Smokey Slate. Cut each into 4 sections:
4" x 5-1/4" Total of 4 each of 3 colors or 12 pieces. NOTE Keep the 1/4" strips as they will be used as accents later on.

(6) each Whisper White cardstock cut in half for a total of (12) 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" card bases.

Take 6 different sheet designs of Merry Moments Designer Paper. With each sheet - cut off a 3-3/4" x 12" strip. Take that strip and trim to 3-3/4" x 10" (take 2" off - keep scrap for later) Trim that in half to make (2) 3-3/4 x 5" strips. Do that with each sheet for a total of (12) 3-3/4" x 5" pieces. (2 each of 6 designer sheets = 12)

With each designer paper piece - cut 1-3/4" off bottom - see photo.

Lay out your card base pieces. Now's the fun part - switch out or trade the bottom pieces to form different paper layouts! Don't forget they are 2 sided so flip flop around until you get a combo you like!

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 Remember those 1/4 cardstock strips I said to save..they work perfectly for a transition strip between the designer paper!

Fold your card bases and adhere the layers. Now you have 12 Christmas card bases done and ready for a quick stamped image or sentiment. Note on the top picture that you can play with the orientation of the card too.What's great about Merry Moments is they work great for Thank You's and winter birthdays too! The plaid side makes for good masculine cards...oh the choices! ;)

AND once last thing..you have TONS of product left. If you use the remainder of the designer sheet you - you can make 36 Christmas cards! Plenty of designer paper left for other holiday crafts that would coordinate with your cards :)

 

Take care my stampin friends!

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Sweet Treat Decorated Jar - For under $2!

 

VID00718Hi Everyone! Sunday Share - meeting up with my mom and sister this afternoon to make Bunco party favors for my sister. We're using the Curvey Keepsake Die..I'll share later this week.

Using the circles punch you probably have on hand and scrap pieces of Designer Paper - you can make this quick and inexpenssive gift for about $2 a jar!

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Halloween Project #4 - Gift Box Punch Board Treat Box - Video Tutorial

  VID00826Hi Everyone! As mentioned in an earlier post, I challenged my team, the Designer Paper Dolls, and myself to an 11 week Halloween Challenge. We can work ahead or play catch up. I was on a crafting roll over the weekend and got several of my challenges done! So far I've done 1) Frankie Fry Box, 2) Pom poms in Halloween colors, 3) yesterday's Treat Holders and today's makes #4!

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The new Gift Box Punch Board is super easy to make boxes! Here's the smallest size, a 2" box. Perfect for a little gift or small treat. It got pumpkin-fied using the stripe mask from the Dots & Stripes decorative Masks.

VID00835And a cute face from Fall Fest photopolymer stamp set. Below are the supplies used and a video tutorial for you!

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Treat Holder for Cello Bags

  VID00773Hi Everyone! While decorated for Halloween, this treat holder can be used for any holiday or occasion. I love these Halloween charactors in the Motley Melody Designer Paper and the coordination stamp set Freaky Friends.

Treat Holder for 4” x 6” Cello Bag

  • Cardstock: 4-1/4” x 11” scored along the 11” side at:
  • 4-1/2” and 6-1/2”
  • Designer Paper (2): 4” x 4-1/4”

Treat Holder for Gusseted Cello Bag

  • Cardstock: 5-1/4” x 11” scored along the 11” side at
  • 4-1/2’ and 6-1/2”
  • Designer Paper:  5” x 4-1/4”

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General directions for both sizes:

  • With 2” Circle Punch,  punch out circle above the score line.
  • Adhere designer paper with adhesive on the outer edge of paper, punch  circle using previous circle as guide.
  • Adhere designer paper to back panel.
  • Add embellishments if desired.
  • Trim top (opening) of cello bag to fit if necessary.
  • Add sticky strip to top of both sides of top of cello bad. Adhere to inside of treat holder.
  • Fill cello bags with candy/treats
  • Punch hole(s) to top of treat holder and tie ribbon.

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