Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I want to share a hidden treasure from the annual catalog: mini paper pumpkin boxes. Did you know that these cute boxes are super easy to decorate, they are food safe AND they fit our note cards and envelopes? I just discovered them when I created my #itsallaboutthetreats event. Let’s take a look.
Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes
As card makers we don’t always realize what a wonderful gift a package of hand made cards can be. With the mini paper pumpkin boxes, you have an easy solution for packaging your notecards and envelopes. Here is a picture of two boxes that I made along with the coordinating notecards and envelopes. This time the theme is Christmas, but you can make it whatever you want! They are $10.25 for a package of ten sturdy, food safe boxes.
Today was quite the grey, overcast day so the natural lighting was less than ideal. Truth be told both the cards and the boxes are MUCH nicer in person, but you are going to have to take my word for it. I now have a pdf tutorial for these projects and more as well as three favourite Christmas recipes if you are interested. I have a Zoom gathering planned for this Friday morning from 10am till noon EST to make the coffee carrier and two other boxes plus to bake traditional Nanaimo bars. If you purchase the tutorial you can join in on the Zoom gathering for free.
I thought I would update you on my quarantine experience. It has been a little bit intense for two reasons. The first reason is the COVID situation in Europe. Both the Netherlands and Germany are going into strict lockdown today and that affected the amaryllis prices drastically on Monday. It was like the stock market crash of 1929 for the flower industry and in one day Gerard saw all his hard work and profits for the year go down the drain. Being apart when things like that happen is tough.
The second thing is my Pap’s health. Two of my siblings were begging me to break quarantine so that I could go and see him. They were afraid that I might miss seeing him alive. I had to make the difficult decision to sit tight and wait until it looked like I had no option. Please pray that he will hold on till my quarantine is over. It does help to know that I am only two and half hours away instead of an ocean apart.
I miss my regular stampers and hope that you are still stamping on your own. Please join me in my weekly live YouTube videos with the virtual coffee and a card. I hope to send out the kits for January on Friday so let me know if you want to join in. My newsletter was sent today with information for Pod Parties and for an actual Open House and new catalog launch on January 4. I have designed a COVID friendly way for you to see the new products and to sign up for virtual classes or buy in stock kits. That’s it for now, have a super day!
PS. I forgot to mention that I used the stamp set Press On for the cute coffee cups and that if you live in Canada I would love it if you shopped with me by clicking on the items in the product list below….
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I have some fun Snowman Treat Holders for you. Those of you who know me also know that I almost never make treat holder kind of things. Truth be told, I have always been a little afraid of making 3-D things. I don’t consider myself a logical person, so I shy away from lots of folding and cutting and visualizing. It’s probably true with this as with so many other things that practice makes perfect.
Snowman Treat Holders
I think what really converted me to treat holders is that it can turn a rather simple thing into a very heartfelt and thoughtful gift. The way I made this it is also totally regiftable, just like a gift bag. That makes me especially happy. The recipient of my gift can also pay it forward now, even if they are not a paper crafter!
Pretty and Functional
The way the ribbon is tied around the chocolate bar makes it easy to take out of the package AND it looks great when it is still in the package. Don’t you love it when something is both pretty and functional?
My First Ever Box Design
I have to say that I am quite proud of the box that I designed. It was created completely without any help, just me playing with my ruler and my paper trimmer till I got it right. This might be the beginning of a new adventure.
I did a complete video tutorial of both of these projects in my private Facebook Group, Prime Time with the Pampered Stamper. This is my unique response to COVID and the fact that I can no longer offer in person classes. It is a great place to gather with stampers and teach, share and inspire. Of course there are also weekly Prize Patrol giveaways and a monthly free pdf tutorial with 16 projects. If you want to join, you CAN!! Click here and follow the steps.
I actually used a retired die from Blended Seasons bundle from a few years ago. The other supplies are Snow Wonder, Warm Hugs, misty moonlight ribbon and Flowers for Every Season twine as well as the cellophane gift bags from the holiday catalog.
What do you think? I would love to read your comments and find out whether or not you like making little boxes and treat holders.
If you live in Canada and order the Snow Wonder bundle from me using the host code then I will send YOU a free pdf tutorial with ten great cards and a home decor item.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for joining me. I look forward to sharing my inspiration with you again on Monday. Hugs!
Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am sharing with you a sweet simple card that I cased from the holiday catalog using In the Pines with a deer. In the Pines is a great stamp set that a lot of great pine trees and two versatile sayings. The beautiful deer comes from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley.
In The Pines
Here you can see the In The Pines bundle. It is a two-step stamp but you can definitely use the stamps on their own as well instead of layering.
Not only are the trees great, do you see the great landscape features? This is wonderful for creating realistic layers for horizons and snow.
Where Did the Deer Come From?
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you see a great element on a card and you have no idea where it came from? The deer on my card (that you will soon see) comes from the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley which is on page 7 of the annual catalog. I love that you can now get just the refill kit which includes the paper and all the great stickers and the gold stars. The deer is one of the many stickers in this great kit.
What you can’t see so clearly in the image of the In The Pines Bundle is that one of the tree dies just cuts out this beautiful decorative tree shape as a window in your card. What a nice surprise! I love the soft look of this pool party ribbon in behind the main panel. The colours are soft sea foam, pool party and whisper white. You can see all the supplies in the list at the bottom of this blog post.
If you want to see the card I made earlier this week with In The Pines you can see it here. I have also made a lot of cards with Most Wonderful Time and hopefully they will make it into a pdf tutorial for you soon.
More Than Cards
Stampin’Up! makes it super easy to use your stamping supplies to also make cute gift items. We now have both rectangular and circular tins that are very high quality. Add a bit of ribbon, paper and die cuts and you have beautiful packaging.
I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving weekend, the weather in southern Ontario is looking great. By Monday I hope to have information for you on my upcoming Online Christmas Retreat. Stamping together with people all over the country is really fantastic. This event will be a Zoom gathering as it is essential that we can actually see each other and interact. Retreat packages will be mailed to you and that will be included in the price.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I am thankful for YOU! Have a super day.
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