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Craft Night- Button Trees and Sequin Ornaments

My friends and I got together to have a craft night to make Christmas trees using some retired Stampin Up buttons as well as many other buttons that we had collected.

I got this idea from Patty Bennett last year and we have been planning on making these trees for a year now!

We bought the styrofoam trees from a craft store. We really had a blast making these. They are very easy, but take about 2-3 hours to attach all the buttons, depending on how big your tree is and how big your buttons are.


We used pins with the white pearl on the top. They come in a short and a long length. We used the longer ones at the bottom of the tree and the shorter ones at the top. We started at the bottom and worked our way up.

Here's BJ and Lori posing with their trees. Lori is almost there...


We all decided to make our first tree in Christmas colors of red and green.


Tracy posing with her perfect button tree- she was the first one to finish.


We used about 350 buttons and pins. That was for the largest tree. It was about 12" high.


I also made a smaller tree, which is about 6" high. Some of the styrofoam trees were green and some were white. I don't think it really mattered once the buttons were on.


For the stars, I used the retired medium star punch from Stampin Up and the Stampin Up gold and silver glimmer paper. I punched 2 stars and placed a toothpick in between them and attached it with Stampin Up tear and tape. I tied a little lemon lime twist ombre ribbon on the top of this tree.


I love how they turned out.


Once I finished the tree, I had an idea... I bought some styrofoam balls and did some Christmas ornaments.

I had a bunch of retired Stampin Up bold brights buttons, so I thought it would be fun to make a super colorful Christmas bulb.


To attach the Stampin Up red tinsel trim, I simply tied a loop in a knot at the top and pinned it to the styrofoam bulb with the same pearl top pins and then made a bow with red ribbon and pinned it down as well.


If there was too much white styrofoam showing, and I didn't have a small enough button to fill it, I just placed a pearl top pin there to fill the space.


I used 100-150 buttons/pins on this ornament.

So, then I had another idea. I have tons of Stampin Up Sequins! I got out my Stampin Up Metallic Sequin Assortment and went to town on another Christmas bulb. This time I used a tiny styrofoam bulb as I knew it would take me a while to pin all the tiny sequins on.

I used these pins for the sequin ornament. I probably used about 700 sequins/pins for this 2" ornament.


I did not use the black or copper sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment. I did use the Stampin Up gold ribbon and gold satin trimmed ribbon for the bow and the loop.


I love how shiny and sparkly they are! The ornament below is made with retired Stampin Up sequins and ribbon from the 2017 Occasions catalog.




They look gorgeous on my tree.



If you're looking for a fun Christmas craft, grab some buttons or sequins and make some pretty trees and ornaments for your own tree or to give to special family and friends.

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Cookie Exchange & Cute Cookie Packaging

Last week, my friend, Deb, hosted a cookie exchange for our neighborhood. There were 14 of us who participated and we all made 14 dozen cookies each. We then met at Deb's house to swap our cookies with the other bakers. There was a junior baker who we exchanged 2 cookies with as well.

I decided to make Hershey Kiss Peaunt Butter Cookies. These cookies are a favorite of my kids and I make them every year. This time I rolled them in sprinkles to make them more festive.


Of course, for me, it was all about the packaging. So, I got out my stamps and went to town making the perfect little bag to hold all of those yummy cookies.

I used smaller Stampin Up cellophone bags that I had on hand. I wish I had the 6 x 17 that we now carry tho- they would have worked so much better and I would have had more room to work with. I added two layers of cardstock inside the bag so that I could stack two rows of cookies. I then used the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and Cookie Cutter punch to decorate the bag. So perfect for a cookie exchange, don't you think?


Here are all the cute little tags I made with crumb cake and whisper white cardstock as well as some red glimmer paper. I added pearl jewels and used a chalk marker for the icing on the gingerbread girl. I think she turned out pretty cute.


Fourteen dozen, is a lot of cookies...


I also made Deb a small gift for hosting. I gave her one of my hot chocolate jars ( like the ones we made at my holiday packaging class) as well as a cute little stocking from the Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin November Kit, which I filled with candy, a gift card and a lottery ticket.


I packed up my cookies and goodies and headed off to Debs that morning.


When I arrived, I was greeted by this adorable snowman wreath on Deb's door. Deb makes wreaths for every holiday and occasion and ships them nationwide. She does the most amazing work. Check out her facebook page: Creations by Deb-


I gave Deb her little gift and she was nice enough to allow me to take a photo of her cute self.


Check out all the amazing cookies! ( and cute packaging)




It was a lot of work, making all those cookies, but so totally worth it! The cookies were so delicious and I received so many cookies that we had never tried before.


I love the Christmas season and all the fun events that come with it. I hope you are enjoying many creative gatherings as well this season.

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Fun Fold - Gift Card Holder

I used the super cute, Smitten Mitten set to make this awesome gift card holder for Christmas.

The small mittens hold the flap closed and when opened, it exposes the little pocket inside to hold a special gift card.

I used the Christmas Quilt designer paper from the Stampin Up Holiday Catalog as well as a touch of red glimmer paper to make the gift card holder sparkle.


The card is 4 1/4" x 11. I scored the card at 4 1/4" then 9 3/4". The bottom flap folds up and I attached the two die cut mittens with mini dimensionals. The top flap tucks in under the mittens to hold the card closed.

Here's the inside. I used tear tape on the far edges of the bottom flap, so that a gift card can be easily tucked inside.


Did you notice the red rhinestone gems? I colored our basic rhinestone with the Stampin' Blends cherry cobbler marker. These markers are permanent and can be used on non porous surfaces. SO cool!


We made this card at this months Card Class and the ladies loved it!

You should give it a try!

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My Talented Team and their Fabulous Swaps and 3-D Creations

I want to share my teams swaps from our Christmas Party with you. The theme was gift packaging. Some of the girls made boxes and others did gift card holders. They were all very cute!

This adorable little gift box was made by Sue Brennan. She used the "Bella and Friends" stamp set to decorate the front of the box.


This gift card holder was made by Tauni Caylor- its got a little surprise inside... wait for it...


How cute is this?? (inside) Wait for it.....


Ta Da! Love those mittens from the "Smitten Mitten" stamp set.


Another cute gift box made with the Santa's Suit stamp set, by Teresa Fisher


Birthday packages that I made with the new Silver Gable boxes from the upcoming Occasions Catalog 2018.


This is the coolest gift card holder... Its a "zipper card" made by Lori Wiest. Pull the tab and it unzips the card to reveal a gift card inside. I don't have instructions, but I'm sure it can be "googled."


We have so much talent on our #1 Stampers team. Speaking of talent, Heidi Carr brought some of her fabulous creations to share with us that night. Take a look at some of these over the top, amazing cards that Heidi made.

Ready for Christmas stamp set bundle:


Hearts Come Home stamp set bundle


Christmas Stocking thinlit dies:


Santa's Sleigh Bundle:


This is the amazing and uber talented, Heidi Carr.


That's all for now, folks.

Thanks for stopping by.

I'll be posting some more fun stuff this week so be sure to come back soon!

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#1 Stampers Team Christmas Party & a Sneak Peek

We had such a great time last weekend at our #1 Stampers team party. I love getting together with my team and enjoying each others company. We also did a little bit of stamping and swapping as well as exchanged some amazing hand stamped gifts!

We played a cute grab bag game to determine who got which gift.


Notice the little tag on Teresa's gift? Its a darling little panda from a new Sale a Bration set coming in January!


Teresa received some chocolate and some beautifully stamped Christmas cards, made by Lori Wiest.


These are a few of the cards that Lori Wiest made for her gift exchange:




Kathy's gift came wrapped in this gorgeous stamped paper by Sue Brennan.

The amazing work of art that was inside that pretty paper.... Sue Brennan really out did herself creating the awesome gift!


Darlene Christian was the artist that designed these matching coasters and candles for the lucky recipient.


I designed this gift bag with punched red glimmer paper circles and a tag made with the Tags and Trimmings stamp set. I didn't make a hand stamped gift, however, inside were stamps and goodies from the upcoming NEW Occasions Catalog!


We played some super fun games and had a snowball fight to win prizes. I think this was the favorite game that night.



I also had the girls tear a Christmas Tree behind their backs. The best tree won a prize. I also gave a prize to the tree that wasn't the best ;) Here are some of the trees. Unfortunately neither the best or worst trees are in this photo. Not sure where they ran off to...


We also had a cool make n take with a new stamp set and accessories from the soon to be released Occasions Catalog 2018.

Lori is assembling her cute card before our next game.


This set is called Bubble Over and you'll be able to order it in January. Check out the designer paper, the new sequin emboss folfder, the clear bubbles and the self adhesive sequins- yes, you'll be able to order those soon too!




Such a wonderful night with these fun and fabulous women. I'll have the swaps and some amazing cards to share later this week, so be sure to check back.


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Christmas Party Favors and Gifts

I had our annual Christmas Party for my #1 Stampers team last night. I'll share lots of photos of the party later this week, but I wanted to share the favors and gifts that each attendee received.

I used the Stampin Up Pizza Boxes to package the party favors and gifts for each team member.

These boxes are small white pizza shaped boxes in the Holiday Catalog. However, I "painted" the boxes red to fit the Christmas theme. I got this idea from a gift I received at the Stampin' Up Convention, from my friend Lynsay Mahon. See Lynsays blog here.

This is the box that Lynsay gave me:


I loved Lynsay's design and especially the fact that she colored the pizza box. Lynsay explained that she filled a Stampin' Up Spritzer with water and added 10-15 drops of re-inker. Then lightly sprayed the boxed before she assembled it, and rubbed in the color with a paper towel. So, I tried it and my boxes came out perfectly! Thanks Lynsay!


I used a Stampin Blends marker in old olive to color the pearl. Did you know that our Stampin' Blends could color non- porous surfaces?


I used the Christmas Around the World designer paper to decorate the boxes, as well as the mini tinsel trim in silver. A 2 1/4" circle punch was used to punch the sparkly red glimmer paper on the front of the box.


Inside, I covered Ghirardelli Chocolates with 3" x 1 1/2" Christmas Around the World designer paper strips.


But, that's not all- I also created a Christmas shaker magnet for each of the girls as well.


Keeping with the red and green color scheme, I used the holly and berries from the Tags and Trimmings stamp set in the Holiday Catalog. I added some sparkle with red glimmer paper as well as the Stampin Up Metallic Sequins.


I used Foam Strips and Acetate Window sheets to create the shaker. I also used the 2 1/4", 1 3/4" and 3/4" punches for all the circles. Then I simply glued a small circular magnet on the back with Multi purpose glue. Its difficult to see, but I also glued a piece of the real red tinsel trim around the circle to cover the foam strip around the outside of the circle.


I loved making these Christmas magnets for my girls. I hope they loved them too!


Here's a peek inside the box: The ink spots are a new item in the soon to be released Stampin' Up Occasions Catalog!


I'll have more crafty cards and projects to share from the Christmas party, so be sure to check back soon!

Until the next time...

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