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November 2015

Make 'em and Take 'em- thats what we do

Today I am sharing the two Make n Take projects we did at our #1 Stampers Team Christmas Party.

A Make n Take is a stamped project that "you make" and then "you take" it home with you.

We usually do 3-4 Make n Takes at a regular meeting, but since this was our Christmas Party and we had other fun things that we had to squeeze in, like grab bags and games, I decided to cut back a little to give us time to do everything that was planned.

The first Make n Take that I will share was designed by Sue Brennan. She is a talented demonstrator in my direct level.

Sue used the Embellished Ornaments stamp set bundle for this card. It includes the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies. Sue also used the new Precision Base Plate to get crisp intricate cuts with this detailed Thinlit.

I really liked the colors that Sue chose for this card. Real Red and Sahara Sand look great together and the verse is stamped in Stampin' Ups new Archival Black ink. She added some bling with a rhinestone jewel placed in the middle of the ornament. This card is so elegant.


The second card, I made with the Flurry of Wishes Stamp set bundle, which includes the Snow Flurry Punch. I layered 3 colors of the snowflake on top of each other to give it a dimensional look. I stamped the largest snowflake 3 times in 3 different inks, ( night of navy, lost lagoon and marina mist) punched them out with 3 different size circle punches ( 2.5 ", 2" and 1.5" circle punches) and layered them on top of each other. I stamped the background with the medium snowflake in lost lagoon ink.



So, there you have it- our Christmas Party Make 'em and Take 'em home projects.

Here's a quick picture of the packaging for my grab bag gifts. As I mentioned I had less than 2 hrs to make the gifts and decorate the packaging and get to the party. So this was a simple and easy way to get it done. I used the Season of Cheer designers series paper and attached it to the bag. I also punched out snowflakes with the Snow Flurry Punch and Flower Medallion Punch. Then I added the beautiful White 1 1/4 Jute Ribbon on the bag and package.


It's now time for me to design projects for my upcoming Card Class on December 3rd. So, I'll sign off for now.

I hope you enjoyed these stamped projects today.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!



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Gifts and Swaps and Make n Takes- Oh my

Todays post is all about stamping fun. We did a lot of stamping to prepare for the #1 Stampers Christmas Party. And then we did more stamping at the party.

I mentioned in my last post that we did a grab bag gift exchange during the Christmas Party.

In the past, the entire gift had to be a stamped item. However, this year, since the party was so early and it was directly after our weekend at the Stampin' Up! Event in Baltimore, I decided that the gift could be anything. However, I did add that "something" about the gift had to be stamped, whether it be the tag, the package or the actual gift itself.

I, of course had to stamp the entire gift. I was a bit frantic trying to figure something out at the last minute, but I did come up with a couple of simple, but cute handstamped gifts.

The first one is a mason jar that I transformed into a snowman, with some big marshmallows inside.

The tag says "add me to a hot cup of cocoa"


I used the Stampin Up clear Vintage Faceted Buttons and added a punched circle of basic black cardstock behind the buttons. The eyes are punched circles of basic black cardstock with crystal effects applied over top. The nose is the Tree Punch, and I cut off the end of it and embossed it with the Woodgrain Emboss Folder. I then sponged over it in tangerine tango ink. I attached the Real Red Pom Pom Trim and everything else with Stampin' Up tear tape.


I added a glimmer to the eyes with the white gel pen, but its hard to see in the photo.


The second 1/2 of my grab bag gift was a magnetic board. I bought the tin at a local craft store and decorated it with designer series paper and washi tape. I used Stampin Up buttons attached to circle magnets ( also from craft store) as the decorative magnets. I attached everything with Stampin Up tear tape, as I wanted it to stick well and permanently.


I stamped a verse from the Snow Place Stamp set in old olive onto old olive cardstock and punched it with the EX Large Oval punch.


Not bad for whipping something up 2 hours before the party started. I think everyone enjoyed the grab bag and we had some really cute stamped gifts, including a banner stamped by Sue Brennen, pictured here. Isn't it awesome?


I'll share the Make n Takes tomorrow. Its getting late and this post has to go in soon or I will miss the deadline. Hope you enjoyed todays featured projects and I hope it inspired you to create some fun grab bag gifts of your own.

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Darling Christmas Party Favors

Each year, I host a Christmas Party for my Stampin' Up! team, the #1 Stampers. I love and appreciate them and enjoy hosting a fun night for all of them. We can relax, unwind, stamp, play, laugh and enjoy each others company.

Part of the fun of every team get together is the stamping and swaps. And when its a Christmas Party, we have the opportunity to stamp our grab bag gifts too.

I'll show you the grab bag gifts I made, but first, I want to share the cute favors that I made for each attendee.

First, here's a quick photo of some of my girls, after playing the plate on your head game- can you tell who wasn't very happy with her results? :) :) :)


Ok, now here's the darling favors... I made these boxes from the Curvy Keepsakes giftbox framelits. I used the new Holiday Fancy Foil vellum from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog along with the Medium Star Punch and Gold Glimmer Paper for sparkle.


Here's the two different velum patterns that I used.


So, are you curious as to what I put inside these adorable tiny boxes?

Well, I made homemade lip scrub. Kind of like the sugar lip scrub that is sold at LUSH, the all natural cosmetics store.


I used empty dazzling diamonds glitter jars that I had saved over the years and they fit perfectly into the Curvy Keepsakes favor boxes.

I have the recipe for you.  Its super easy to make.

Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe:

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

3/4 cup Granulated Sugar

4 drops essential oil ( I used Do Terra Peppermint Oil)

1 drop red food coloring.

Stir together with a spoon until blended

Best part is its edible and actually tastes yummy!

Go ahead and give it a try.

I hope you make a few boxes to give as cute favors at a Girls Night Out or for a few special friends.

I'll be back tomorrow with more stamping projects from our #1 Stampers Christmas Party tomorrow.

Until then,

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!






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