Hello stampers and happy Monday to you! Today I have the most adorable gingerbread & peppermint house to show you. My fellow Dutch team member Mardette Krosse made this cute creation and she graciously allowed me to borrow it so I could recreate it. One of the things I love so very much about being a part of the Stampin’Up! family is the creativity and generosity of my fellow demonstrators.
Gingerbread & Peppermint House
Good things come in small packages and this house is one example of that. Mardette is another! She is such a wonderful person who loves to spoil the elderly people that she works with. It is not unusual for her to make gift packages for them complete with intricate handmade packaging. I love her heart! People like her restore my faith in the human race.
There is one mystery about this cute little house that I have not yet solved. I am not sure what Mardette used to make the Nordic looking decorations along the edges of the house front. I am going to make an alternative which you can see in the graphic below that also shows you the measurements and components.
À La Carte Class
Did you know that I am offering a really lovely class featuring the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite? There are three different tiers of pricing so you will be sure to find the one that suits you best. I really should write a tutorial for this class don’t you think? You can read all about this class here. Please don’t procrastinate too long! You have until October 1 to sign up so I can get all the supplies ordered and the kits sent to you.
I forgot to mention that you get some bonus paper with your class so you can finish off the inside of your cards as beautifully as the outside! Some of you will be joining me for an in person class on Saturday October 30 at 10am and I am hoping that people all over with join me virtually on Thursday October 28 at 7pm EST.
Share What You Love!
This class and this box, in fact this entire suite is just perfect for sharing with those that you love of all ages. I can just picture all the laughter and joy around kitchen tables all over the country as these elements are used to make adorable cards and houses and boxes and surprises for loved ones. Be sure to send me a photo if you end up doing just this!
I am going to keep encouraging you all to share this wonderful hobby. People need to tap into their innate creativity. Creating things really makes for a joyful soul. Giving away your creations results in even deeper joy. Do you see the beautiful flow that is being created here?
You Belong and I Have a Place Waiting For You!
There is a wonderful place waiting just for you on my team. Join with others who love creating with paper and ink and be inspired and warmly welcomed. If you love card making or want to get started, the starter kit is just fantastic and it will score you your very own discount every time you place an order for yourself or for your friends. I would love to help YOU get started too.
Have a super day and thanks so much for joining me. It’s time for a cup of coffee and a dessert. I have saved one pavlova from the weekend! Whooohooo. #itsallaboutthetreats
Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I have a pretty host gift box to share with you. If you have been following me for a while, you will know that boxes are not my forté. Thankfully I have a Dutch upline who is amazing with boxes, so with her help I am getting outside of my comfort zone and realizing that boxes aren’t so scary after all. This pretty gift box is made using our amazing paper that is only available as a host gift. Have you seen this paper yet??
Pretty Host Paper
Perhaps it is because of COVID, but workshops and classes seem to be something from a long time ago! Did you know that you can host an online workshop? I would LOVE to do a Facebook party with you so that you can get free stamping supplies while introducing your friends to the joys of stamping all at the same time. You can also get this paper by placing a $200 order yourself. Placing an order of this magnitude would also score you three free saleabration items!! Hmmmm….did I get you thinking?
Images of our patterned paper never really do the paper justice. I used the delicate black pattern in the middle of the bottom row to make my pretty box.
Pretty Host Gift Box
Black and white paper pairs well with a host of colours, but I am drawn to Bermuda Bay. At first I was looking to pair it with a white ribbon, but the wide smoky slate ribbon is absolutely perfect. What an elegant box to house this delicious box of chocolates. I am deeply grateful to Caroline van der Straaten for our High Tea(m) day where we made these boxes. Her box is part of the last International Create With Us tutorial bundle so you can get the step by step instructions if you want. This tutorial is FREE with a $60 purchase or you can also buy it in my online store here.
I really like that the box combines cardstock with patterned paper for a unique look. The die from the Colour & Contour bundle is perfect for threading through the ribbon. The stamp set that I used as the focal point is called Biggest Wish. Truthfully I had overlooked this stamp, but now it is on my wish list. I love the bold fonts and also the way the words can be combined. You can find this set on page 63 of the annual catalog or just click on the image in the supply list below if you want to add it to your purchase today. Now is a great time to add to your stash. There are two weeks left of saleabration where you can get free products with a $60 purchase and two options free with a $120 purchase.
Inside the Box
Here is a peek inside the box. It holds a lovely box of Lindt chocolates which just about anyone would be happy to get. I used to think it was a waste of time making pretty boxes, but now I see that there is a lot of value in giving a beautiful handmade gift. The recipient really feels the love that you made something special just for them. It turns the ordinary into something extraordinary and we need more of those surprise and delight moments in life.
I will be making a different version of this box tomorrow in my private Prime Time group. If you find that you are stamping less and missing classes, this might be just the place for you. It is only $10 a month and you get a regularly scheduled weekly video class on Thursdays. Every Wednesday I post the supply list and measurements so you can play along with me on Thursdays. You also get a FREE pdf tutorial each month which is valued at $15 to $25. This perk alone makes this group a fantastic investment. If you want to join, just click here.
I am really excited about hosting a Facebook party that will give us a chance to have fun together. Let me figure out all the details and then I will get back to you. In the meantime, I have homework for you! Grab a piece of paper and write down some names of people who could use some fun in their lives. Tell them about this idea and then choose whether you want to get together to stamp using one kit to share or whether people want to order their own kits. We have lots of great kits to choose from so we don’t all have to use the same one. I already know which kit I want to use. It’s the new one from the holiday catalog which is now available: Christmas Whimsy.
Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you were inspired and that you are also excited to share the joy of stamping with your friends. Let them decide if they want to try something new, don’t decide for them!
Hello stampers! Those of you who know me will appreciate what a departure this is from the norm! Today I am going to show you how to make some easy boxes using the envelope punch board. Ironically I am way behind the eight ball since this product is now on the clearance rack. So get it while you can! Here is the link to go straight to my store if you are in Canada.
Why this is strange
The reason that I say it is a departure from the norm is that I very rarely make anything but cards. One of the reasons for this is that my customers prefer to simply make cards. Another reason is that I really do hate crafts. Most people cannot believe that about me. To me a card is useful and can really make a difference in someone’s life. Three dimensional things are lovely but I feel that they easily get thrown away. Besides, what do you do with all of them? I am coming to realize however that it really is nice to get a prettily packaged gift, it can really make a person feel special.
The Perfect Box
I am thrilled to finally discover how easy it is to make a box for your cards. To me this is the perfect 3D item. Giving cards away as a gift is a brilliant idea and to be able to present them in a coordinating box makes it even better. It is true that the box for the regular sized cards is easier to make than the one for the big square cards but I did manage to do it. The trick to figuring it out is to use this amazing tool from a British demonstrator, Joanne James called the Box Buster. You just punch in your measurements and check whether you want inches or centimetres and you are good to go. This is what it looks like:
Here you will see the measurements I needed to make a box big enough to hold my 6×6″ cards. The tricky part is when you go to the 5 5/8″ measure that extends 5/8″ beyond the envelope punch board measurements so you have to use a ruler to get it right. I did it though! If you want to make a box big enough for regular cards use a piece of cardstock 9 1/2 inch square and score at 3 1/2″ and 5″.
Let’s take a look at what I made using the envelope punch board. I used the stamps from this month’s Paper Pumpkin with night of navy, real red and Delicata silver ink pads. You can make a belly band or just use pretty ribbon to tie around your box.
This box was super easy to make, I just had to add a full piece of 6×6 paper to the front and then I tied coordinating purple posy ribbon around it. You can always add a tag when you know who you are going to give it to and why. Here is a close up co you can see how pretty the ribbon is.
The next boxes are all for regular sized cards that measure 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″.
If you would like to see the live video I did yesterday showing how to make this box using the envelope punch board you can see it here. Despite my many mistakes the end result was still a lovely box. It will become very clear to you that if I can do it, you most certainly can as well. It ended abruptly because of an internet issue, so if you want to see me do the finishing touches with the belly band (with another hilarious mishap!) you can find part two here.
Of course the envelope punch board is also perfect for its intended purpose, to make envelopes! There is a handy chart right on the board that tells you what size paper you need for the size card that you have and where to score and punch. Stampin’Up! has made a video showing you how to use it. It is really helpful to watch so you get it right the first time and avoid frustration.
Thanks for yesterday!
It was so very gratifying and humbling to read all the comments on my blog post yesterday. God definitely had a plan when He whispered to me to go outside and spend some time with him to restore my soul. The pictures weren’t amazing but they adequately conveyed the stories I needed to share. Thanks for joining me. Take time to slow down and to also give yourself grace. God really doesn’t want us to be in a rat race or in a continual state of near panic. Let go and let God. This is a lesson I also need to tell myself over and over.
If you need anything or have any questions, please let me know. It brings me great joy to share what I love. I often tell you about the shopping opportunity and also about the amazing deal on the starter kit, but tomorrow I am going to share my story about how I started as a demonstrator and how it has changed my life. The starter kit really is such a fantastic opportunity that I would love to open your eyes to the possibilities it might have for you! Have a super day.
Envelope Punch Board