Monday, November 30, 2009

Twelve Weeks of Christmas Idea

Christmas Cardinal Candleimage

Wish List/Supply List

111760    A Cardinal Christmas Stamp Set

105541   Stampin’ Write Markers

104315   Basic Brown Classic Stampin’ Pad

115618   Old Olive 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Heat Tool, Wax Paper, Tissue Paper

1. Stamp your images onto tissue paper shinny side up using Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad.

2. Color in stamped images using Stampin’ Write Markers.

3. Cut image out as close to the edges as you can.

4. Cut a piece of wax paper so that it covers your image and goes all the way around it the candle with enough room to grip it tight using the two ends.

5. Take your stamped image and place it on the candle where you want it. (You can use our Anywhere glue stick to hold it in place if you would like.) Then place wax paper on top of image. Make sure to hold the wax paper against the candle tight by gripping excess in the back.



6. Wave your preheated embossing tool quickly over the area where the image is. Be sure to keep the wax paper tight. (Keeping it smooth and tight is very important.)
You will begin to see a color change under the wax paper in a few seconds. When the candle heats up the wax paper will melt and press the image into the softened wax of the candle.

7. Slowly peel back wax paper from the candle. If tissue paper edge has not disappeared reheat area lightly again using step #6.

8. Tie 22” of Old Olive 1 1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around base of candle and your finished!

You can do more than one image on the candle; just remember to use a different area of the wax paper each time so your candle keeps its shine. Remember each brand of candle is different so you will have to adjust the time you use your heat tool.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Third Week of Christmas


Top Note Christmas Box

top note box


This cute little box can be used to hold candy, jewelry and other small gifts.


Wish list/Supply List:

















Directions to create box:

  1. Cut Textured CS to 7 ½ X 6 ½ inches
  2. On the 7 ½ inch side, score at 2” and 5 ½”
  3. On the 6 ½ inch side, score at 2” and 4 ½”
  4. Cut into scored line, on score line in all 4 corners
  5. Adhere the 4 pieces of designer series paper on all 4 sides of box 
  6. Place sticky strip on all 4 flaps of box. Fold in flaps and fold up sides of box to create bottom of box. box bottom

Directions for lid:

  1. Run Cardstock through Big Shot using the Top Note Die
  2. Score all sides ½” in from tips to create perpendicular lines  box
  3. Cut all 4 corners in to score line like you did for the box bottom—gently fold on scored lines
  4. Place the top note in Petals A Plenty embossing folder and run through big shot.
  5. Using the width of the ribbon as a guide, cut a slit with craft blade at each end of box top (on fold). Fold in all corners and secure with sticky strip.
  6. Thread a generous length of ribbon through slits leaving loop at bottom for under box but don’t tie yet.
  7. Get ready for this great technique. Take your empty spray bottle (stampin’ mist size) and fill ½ full with rubbing alchohol. Add ¾ tsp. of shimmer paint. I used frost Whtie but Champagne Mist gives a marvelous glitzy look too! Shake well and spritz on lid of box. Set aside to dry before tying the ribbon. Tip: If you use 99% alcohol, it won’t last for an extended period of time.
  8. Stamp scalloped image in Real Red and old olive ink on whisper white cardstock.
  9. Punch stamped images with circle and scallop punch and layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere button and attach library clip.
  10. After lid has dried tie ribbon into a bow and clip embellishments to the ribbon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

December Class Projects

2 Styles of Gift Card HoldersIMG_9294

I don’t know about you but with teens, we seem to give more gift cards than ever!  What better way than in a cute Holder (you know what they say: the package gives the first impression of the gift inside)

Check out my calendar schedule and be sure to rsvp if you plan to join me.  I cut everything the beginning of the month for all listed events.


IMG_9296Inside view




The second style is a little more elaborate but each are very easy to make—not pictured.


Gift Tag and Gift Tag Holder




Cut From Big Shot

















Inside View

Holiday Stampin’ Up! Sale








holiday extr

Fourth Week Before Christmas

IMG_9315 Note Gift Tag

Wish List/Supply List:

Dasher Stamp

Chocolate Chip and Real Red Inks

Real Red Cardstock (5 1/4 X 4 1/4” after fold), Chocolate Chip Cardstock (3 1/2 X 2 1/2), Whisper White CS (3 1/4 X 2 1/4)

Bold Bright Brads, Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Top Note Die

Directions: Fold red cardstock and place on top of Top Note die with fold inside of the top cutting surface so that fold stays intact.  After cutting, place front of tag into the embossing folder, just to the fold, then run through the Big Shot.  Tie ribbon around the front, stamp dasher in choc. chip ink on white cardstock, sayings in red.  Punch hole with paper piercing tool and mat set and apply red brad in nose.

Layer white piece onto chocolate, then glue to front of tag. 

When you attach this to your Christmas package, your recipient will be so thrilled to receive your gift.

Fifth Week Before Christmas

Standing Photo Tin



Wish list/Supply List:

Silver Skinny tins on the clearance rack of my website $ .99 each

Thoroughly Modern DSP

4 ¾” X 5 3/8”

Cardstock: Kraft brown (4 X 4 1/2), Soft Suede (1 X 2), Whisper White (4 1/4 X 5 1/2)

Great Friend Stamp Set

Regal Rose, Soft Suede, and Bermuda Bay ink pads

Linen Thread, Regal Rose Ribbon, Large Oval and Scalloped oval punches


1. Cut 3 pieces of the DSP. Trace the tin onto the paper and cut, rounding the edges.

2. Stamp 3 butterflies with Regal Rose, Stamp 2 frames with soft suede and cut out.

3. Stamp ‘for you’ in Regal Rose and punch with a large oval punch.  Punch a scalloped oval out of Soft Suede piece.

4. Tie a piece of linen thread around the center of each of the butterflies.

5. Glue Designer paper down to the tin using glue sticks—glue back of paper and tin, then stick together.

6. Arrange other pieces as shown using snail adhesive.


Friday, November 20, 2009

You’re Invited

BABWbloggerbuttonI am so excited to have been selected to host 2 special Build A Bear Workshop Stamping/Movie Nights.  Build-A-Bear Workshop® is providing me with the brand new movie, Holly & Hal Moose™ to show and several to give as a doorprize for my events.

I have decided to hold mine as a Mom and Me event. I will be providing several crafty projects using our Build A Bear stamping supplies and assisting you and your invited child to an evening of fun.

You’ll also be invited to a time of shopping where you don’t have to fight the crowds, get sore feet and the children can be entertained with this uplifting family movie, which is set to air November 24th, as well as free popcorn and snacks.

I would love to have you join me with your child, at my home on December 12th from 10 til noon or from 6 to 8PM. I’ll be serving light snacks.  Please RSVP by email or phone.

If you’d like to be considered to host one of these events in your home, with a minimum of 8 adult guests--contact me right away. I will email you with my decision by November 22nd.Dates available for a personal workshop: December 1st, December 3rd, December 9th, and possibly Dec. 11th.

I will be giving away a limited edition, Stampin’ Up Build A Bear through a raffle.  You’ll receive a ticket for every adult friend that you bring who is new to me and a ticket for every $20 you spend during the shoppping spree.








Stampin’ Up! offers hours of fun, family time with our hands-on projects.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sixth Week of Christmas

clip_image002A Wintery Woodland Matchbox Ornament

Wish List/ Supply List:

  • Big Shot
  • Extended Cutting Pads
  • SU! Matchbox Die
  • Night of Navy card stock
  • Not Quite Navy card stock
  • Creamy Caramel card stock
  • Shimmery White card stock
  • Garden Green Craft Ink
  • Chocolate Chip Craft Ink
  • Heat Tool
  • Embossing
  • Iridescent Ice EP
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Frost White Shimmer Paint
  • Lovely as a Tree stamp set
  • Forest Friends stamp set
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • Silver Elastic Cord
  • Metallic eyelets
  • Tombow Multi Adhesive
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Night of Navy Marker


1. Using a 5-1/2"x6-1/2" piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, cut out the matchbox bottom ONLY on your die, with your Big Shot. Assemble, using adhesive - you don't want it to fall apart, EVER. Set aside.
2. Cut a piece of Not Quite Navy card stock to 1-7/8"x2-1/2". (This should JUST fit into your matchbox.)

3. Rub the Not Quite Navy card stock with your Embossing Buddy. Stamp the pine tree from Lovely as a Tree several times with the Garden Green craft ink; emboss with Iridescent Ice EP. Heat set.
4. Using a tiny paint brush, paint snowflakes (little dots) onto the background of the Not Quite Navy. Paint some on the tree branches, where snow might collect. Paint the bottom of the Not Quite Navy, as the ground. Set aside to dry.
5. Rub a scrap piece of Creamy Caramel card stock with your Embossing Buddy; stamp the deer from Forest Friends with the Chocolate Chip craft ink. Emboss with clear EP; Heat set. Cut out carefully!
6. Punch hole in TOP of matchbox (one of the skinny sides) with the Crop-a-dile. Set the eyelet into the hole; cut a 4-inch piece of silver cord, and tie a knot in the cut ends. Thread middle through the eyelet; the knot should stop it from going through!
7. Adhere your Not Quite Navy card stock to the bottom of the matchbox. Obviously, you want the snow scene part to face OUT.
8. Place a puddle of Tombow Multi wherever you'd like your deer to stand. Place deer's hooves into glue; prop upright into place. I left mine to dry overnight!!!!! He'll want to go any way BUT upright if you're not careful!
9. Sometime while the glue is drying, make your banner: On a scrap piece of Shimmery White card stock, use your Night of Navy Stampin' Write Marker to separate the two words on the MERRY CHRISTMAS stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I freehanded the banner around the words; do whatever you like! :D
10. After the glue is dry, paint the bottom and edges of the matchbox with Frost White Shimmer Paint. Allow to dry - but it dries quickly. :)
11. Using any adhesive you like, attach the banner to the side and top of your matchbook.

By Lori Stilger
Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Scrapbooking is fun!


Uses Serene Snowflakes Stamp set and Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder with Big Shot.  Also, Champagne shimmer paint on petals on left and the jumbo snowflake punch.



Uses Big Shot alphabet by Stampin’ Up! Simple Letters.  You can’t see it but there are torn layers of white paper with glitter on edge, creating beautiful snowdrifts.  I got this page layout from a swap I did at convention—love it!



I showed this page earlier but thought you might like to see the finished product.  These pictures of Briana’s photo shoot really made this page ‘pop’. 

Yes, I know, I have not added my journaling yet.  That’s one of my downfalls—I must get to that.



This page is done with Circle Circus stamp set and the Designer Brads that were on special last month.  Also, the Simple Flower Sizzlet.  Colors: Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango.

Seventh Week of Christmas



Can't you see these on your tree?? You could have a night with your (older?) kids making these. Or just do the smaller flakes, and use them as package tie-ons! Slip one into a clear envelope, and it's a perfect add-in for a card! Make a line on different length hangers to put over a window, or across your mantel on your fireplace! The possibilities are ENDLESS!

Wish List/Supply List:

  • Snowflake #2 die
  • Snowflake #2 Set
  • Big Shot
  • Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
  • Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
  • Silver elastic cord
  • Stampin' Dimensionals

NOTE: When I do these again, I will use either TWO layers of Whisper White for the larger snowflake, OR the white chipboard that comes in the backing of packages (like the Designer Series Paper). While this is beautiful, it's a little flimsy -especially while the glue is drying. The good news is that it's EXTREMELY lightweight; to store between Christmases, place between wax or parchment paper, and store flat!


1. With the Big Shot, cut ONE large snowflake and two identical small snowflakes - use the small ones that you like!

2. Using the Tombow Multi, place lines of glue where you'd like there to be glitter. I pretty much tried to stick to the center of each spoke and lined all the cut pieces. I LOVE this glue, but it's REALLY sticky. Do your BEST to only get it where you want, and NOT on your fingertips! (Voice of experience.) Don't glitter the center of the snowflake - you'll need it clean to adhere the smaller ones to!

3. Using the Dazzling Diamonds, put glitter all over glue. Set aside to dry.

4. Using a sponge dauber and the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, paint the front of both smaller snowflakes. Set aside to dry.

5. While the first side of the pieces are drying, take two of the same color Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads and, on each one, spread the prongs as far as you can away from the center. If you need to, use something to pry up one of the smaller prongs holding the rhinestone in place away. You JUST want the gem - throw away the settings when you get them free!

6. When the first sides are dry, repeat steps 2 - 4.

7. Using 1/2 of a dimensional, center and adhere a smaller snowflake to the center of each side of the large snowflake.

8. Using ONE tiny spot of the Tombow Multi or Crystal Effects, adhere the rhinestones in place - one on each center of the small snowflakes.

9. Allow to dry. Cut 5-6" piece of elastic cord; tie through one hole in the large snowflake as a hanger.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Eighth Week of Christmas

Safe LuminaireIMG_9323

Wish List Supply List:

Movers and Shapers Die, Punch Windows Movable pieces, and Big Shot Machine

Gifts of Christmas Stamps, Vellum, White Satin Ribbon,

Handsome Hunter and Real Red markers, Eyelet Border Punch,Tombow Liquid Glue

Electric Flicker Candle                  idea from Connie Heisey


  1. Cut Handsome Hunter CS to 11 ¼” X 4 ¼”. Score at 2 ¾”, 5 ½”, 8 ¼”, and 11” (pic. A
  2. Place Scallop die in Movers and Shapers Die—against the fold and centered side to side (pic. B)
  3. Fan-fold til piece is folded into a 2 ¾” piece and lay folded piece over scallop die in open area and cut (pic. C)
  4. Punch eyelet border punch along one side of the whole length of the the piece.
  5. Cut (4) 2 ½” X 3 ½” pieces of vellum and stamp with flower stamp. Glue to inside over each scallop window.
  6. Apply a small stripe of liquid glue along the ¼” flap and glue to opposite side to create a square.
  7. Tie Satin Ribbon around base and insert candle

















Ninth Week of Christmas

Hot Cocoa PacketCOCOA

cute idea from Connie Heisey

Wish List Supply List:

Top Note Die and Big Shot

Serene Snowflakes and Heard from the Heart stamps,

Whisper White Craft Ink, Iridescent Ice Embossing powder,

Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool.

Circle Scissors, sponge,      Chocolate Chip wide stitched ribbon

Brocade Blue CS, Kraft Brown CS, Choc. Chip Ink, Brocade Blue

Ink, sticky strip

Supreme Hot Cocoa Mix


  1. Cut Brocade Blue CS to 11 X 4 ¼”. Score at 5 ½”
  2. Cut a 2 ½” circle in front half using circle scissors.
  3. Rub front with embossing buddy, then stamp with snowflake stamp in whisper white ink--cover with iridescent ice powder and tap off. Heat with heat gun until shiny.
  4. Sponge edges of circle with brocade blue ink
  5. Cut top note die with a 4” X 5 ¼” piece of Kraft brown, and a strip 4 ½” X 1”. Fold top note in half lengthwise—sponge edges of both pieces of Kraft Brown with Chocolate Chip ink.
  6. Tape Cocoa packet to inside of brocade blue piece.
  7. Apply a piece of sticky strip to the top back of the brocade piece and one strip inside the brocade blue ends to hold together.
  8. Adhere the back piece of sticky strip to inside of folded top note.
  9. Tie ribbon around the top note.
  10. Stamp the Christmas Saying on small kraft brown piece and fold about every ½” and cut at end to look like a ribbon. Sponge edges and glue in place.

Fun Holiday Ideas


 sock Santa and Mrs. Santa filling Christmas Socks

This cute Christmas Sock Treat Holder uses lots of great Big Shot items including the Build a Bear Dies and the Fancy Favor Box. Colors: Soft Suede, Real Red and Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper as well as the Real Red Polka Dot ribbon.    Designed by Esther Graybill


Candy Wrappers


Creative ways to share a candy bar over the holidays.

Uses Merry Moments DSP and Spotlight on Christmas Stamp set as well as matching ribbons.


Designed by Connie Heisey 











 Designed by Connie Heisey 












 Designed by Connie Heisey 












 Designed by Connie Heisey 













 Designed by Jill Olsen












Designed by Connie Heisey

Tenth Week of Christmas

Candy Favor


Wish List Supply List:

Two Tags Sizzix Die #115954 for Big Shot,

Christmas Punch Stamp Set (hostess gift)

Scallop oval punch #114889

Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper #116770

Real Red and Soft Suede Cardstock, Soft Suede Ribbon,

dimensionals, 3X5 Flat Cello Bags

Starlight mints


1. Run 2 Real Red large tags and fold both at score line.

2. Glue the bottoms of each tag together creating the bottom of the favor

3. Cut 2 ¾” X 1 ¼” piece of soft suede and 2 ½” X 1” of designer paper and glue together attaching to front of favor

4. Stamp ‘a gift for you’ in real red on Whisper white Cardstock—punch out with scallop oval punch and sponge edges with real red ink.

5. Apply scallop piece to front of favor with 2 dimensionals.

6. Tape cello bag with candy to inside of favor.

7. Thread ribbon through slits at top of both pieces and tie in a knot.


Gift Card Holder

IMG_9294Wish List Supply List:

  • Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper: lg. piece 2 ¼” X 4, sm. piece 1 ¼” X 4”

Simple Snowflake #115554 Jumbo Snowflake Punch #116628

Paper Piercing tool and Mat Pack, Bold Bright Brads, Real Red

Grosgrain Ribbon, Soft Suede ink.

Soft Suede Cardstock 7” X 4 ¼” Scored at 5 ½” and 2 ½”


1. Place a dinner plate face down on both ends of the scored

Soft Suede piece and trace edge to get a rounded look. Repeat the

same to one edge of each specialty paper pieces.

2. Stamp snowflake in Soft Suede and punch with snowflake punch.

Punch a S. Suede snowflake. Attach by poking a hole through both and attaching a brad.

3. Fold up 1 ½” flap and attach at edges with 2 brads to create pocket for gift card.

4. Tie ribbon around flap and attach snowflakes to front with a glue dot.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Stampin’ Up! Holiday Extravaganza


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Eleventh Week of Christmas—Gift Card Holder


Sorry, this is about 3 weeks late---will try to get up to date soon! 

Wish List Supply List:

Serene Snowflakes Stamps #115438

Christmas Saying

Merry Moments DSP #115672

Very Vanilla Craft Ink, Black Gingham Ribbon,

Mini Library Clips, Sticky Strip, adhesive, Paper piercing tool

Punches: Word Window, ¾” circle, 1 ¼” square,

1 3/8” circle, Boho Blossoms

Real Red Cardstock cut 4 ¼” X 11”

Scraps of: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Only Orange,Glorious Green,

and Real Red Cardstock


  1. Score Real Red Cardstock at 3”, 5 ½” and 8”.
  2. Fold all score lines so that it looks like a ‘W’.
  3. The upside down ‘v’ will be the piece that forms the pocket for the gift card—at the point of the ‘v’, punch the Word Window punch twice across the fold but only about ½ the width of the punch as shown in picture A below. Then punch ¾” circle punch—1/2 the width—in the center to make pull tab.
  4. Stamp all images at this time using Very Vanilla Craft Ink.
  5. Apply Sticky strip right next to one fold at the inside of the ‘v’. Close ‘v’ to adhere the 2 ends creating the pocket for the gift card as shown in picture B.

    6. Run a thin line of tombow liquid glue or snail around the outside of your holder and apply black gingham ribbon.

  1. Punch out all your images shown below in picture C and adhere to front of gift holder. Draw face.
  2. Attach 2” X 4 ¼” pieces of striped DSP to insides of the gift card pocket.
  3. Attach a mini library clip to secure gift card or money, then ‘wa la’, you’re ready to give your cute gift!









gift flap










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