DIY Holiday Inspiration Station

Holiday Inspiration Station

Tis the Season to be Crafting…. 

It’s November, time to turn on the Holiday movies and start making your lists.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year to be creative.

Inspire Creativity…

It’s easy to promote creativity over the Holidays with a DIY Holiday Inspiration Station.

Set up a little spot in the house to spark a little inspiration for the whole family.

I used the large Three Drawer Organizer from Deflecto as the center of my station.

It’s large enough to hold full sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper and room for tags, ribbon and more.

It’s stackable for even more creativity.

This is one of my new favorites for organizing embellishments.

The Caddy Storage Tray* from Deflecto.

And best of all it fits into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stacking Caddy Organizer*.

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Brown paper packages tied up in string.

It’s easy to make your gifts look special when everything’s right at your fingertips. 

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Holiday Diamond Art

Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop

Registration is Open for Sue’s 2019 Holiday WorkshoP

The theme for this years Holiday Workshop is Mad for Plaid

We will be making several plaid themed projects along a few other non-plaid items.
Plaid Attire is not required but highly encouraged.

Here’s what to Expect…

  • Christmas Cards We will be making several Christmas Cards and Tags including the Merry Christmas Black Buffalo Plaid card pictured above.  (more samples to come)

  • NEW this year… a  Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa bar with yummy toppings to warm you up.   (Hopefully… Snow Not Included!)

      • I’ll also have fun Buffalo Plaid Party Props perfect for a picture or two with friends.  (party props from Oriental Trading)

The cost of the Holiday Workshop is $45…
which includes your workshop supplies*, hot lunch, Hot Cocoa Bar, yummy cookies and lots of prizes.  Did I mention every wins a prize?

Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
200 S. Main St., Washington, IL  in the church’s large Family Life Center.
Great lighting and plenty of space.  It’s going to be a fun day.

The Workshop is limited to 20 spots.
So…Invite a friend and reserve your spot today.

RSVP: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com
Payment is due by Nov. 1st.

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Cardmaking with Vinyl

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day I thought I’d share a few cards made with

StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl.

I created this card for my Grandson Nick’s 9th birthday last weekend.

He was very impressed.  (it could have just been the money included in the card)

Using StyleTechCrafts Ultra Metallic Vinyl* and my Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine*

it was easy to create a card using basic fonts included with the machine.

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And…if you like the look of a Glittery Card at Christmas but hate the mess it leaves.

You can create simple Holiday cards using StyleTechCrafts Transparent Glitter Vinyl* 

and you won’t have glitter hanging around your studio for months and months.

I love the look of the Chrome Vinyl on this simple Christmas Card.  

It looks likes it’s embossed.  (but it’s not!)

This month the StyleTechCraft Design Team was asked to post about their favorite vinyl.

That’s kind of like asking us to pick our favorite child.

It all depends on what you’re doing and which one you need.  (kids and vinyl)

 Styletech Craft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

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Country Christmas Pocket Notebook

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook.

Being a friend and a big fan of the creative dies that Eileen Hull designs for Sizzix…

I was happy to jump on the band wagon with Eileen Hull’s Design Team and Educators

to create an album using Eileen Hull’s NEW Pocket Notebook Die from Sizzix*.

You’ll just flip at the amazing things these ladies have come up with.

Make sure to read to the end of this post to see the full list of designers.

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Is it too early to start thinking Christmas?

Once I saw the Simple Stories– Country Christmas 6 x 8 paper pad* I knew it would make

a cute little album for Christmas using Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die*.

To create the album you’ll need to cut out the pieces from matboard.

The Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board* is the perfect size to use with the XL Sizzix dies.

I like to use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the paper.

You can do this before or after you cut the die.

The Pocket Notebook Die* cuts the cover (you will need 2), a pen-loop and latch and pages for

the book.  The page size is adjustable and the spine of the book can be any size from 3/8″ to 2″.

I kept the cover and inside of  my album pretty simple, I’ll embellish it more as I add pictures.

The spine has pre-cut holes for gathering the inside pages.

I folded several of the 6″ x 8″ paper from the pad to make little page groupings.

Each one is held together with an elastic loop with I tied on the outside of  the spine.

I created a couple pocket pages in the center of one of the page groupings.

There’s a lot of possibilities and potential when using the Pocket Notebook die.

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook Products Used:

Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS– the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

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How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card

Happy Haunts Pop-Up Card

Add a little dimension to your Halloween season with this sweet and simple pop up card.

The Happy Haunts stamp and die set from Maker’s Movement.

The stamp set comes with three adorable pumpkin stamps and 12 spooky and sweet faces

to match any Halloween mood.  The die set comes with a whimsical Halloween neighborhood,

a cute little bat and three perfect pumpkin dies to cut out your stamped pumpkins.

A HALLOWEEN STAMP AND DIE SET THIS FUN DESERVES A PLAYFUL CARD. 

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Happy Haunts Pop-Up Supplies Used:

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How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card:

  • First, pick out some fun patterned paper.  There are so many cute patterns available to choose from it really doesn’t matter if it’s the same as mine.
  • Stamp your pumpkins on orange patterned paper.  If your paper is thin, run the strip of orange paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini* and place it onto black cardstock.

  • One pumpkin stamp has a hole in the center with space to add a face.  Perfect for stamping multiples.
  • You’ll need to stamp 7 pumpkins.

  • Cut two 2 1/2″ x 6 strips of black patterned paper.
  • Tip:  Run both pieces of paper, pattern side up, through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*  to add adhesive to the back of the paper.  This is really helpful when die-cutting intricate shapes.
  • Adhere one strip onto a piece of black cardstock before die-cutting.  (this will be used for the inside of card.)
  • Die-cut both strips of paper using the house die.  (one is a sticker for the front of the card.)
  • Add thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the die-cut houses with the black cardstock.  (Tip:  cut a few foam mounting squares in half before applying.)

I couldn’t find the perfect night sky background for my card so I created my own.  

  • Cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Using an ink applicator, rub blue dye ink onto the surface of the paper.
  • Add a few swirls of white ink onto the paper.
  • Using a mini spray bottle, lightly mist the paper with water.  The water will allow the inks to blend leaving a soft speckled appearance on the paper.
  • Dry with hair dryer.

If you have the perfect background paper, you can eliminate these steps.↑

  • Cut a piece of green patterned paper 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and fold in half lengthwise.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper (mine was woodgrain) 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  Adhere this paper onto one half of the green patterned paper.
  • On the outside folded edge, make a pencil mark at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.  (see diagram)
  • Cut a 3/4″ line up on each measurement.
  • Score and fold paper between cuts.  (Use a bone folder for crisper folds.)

  • Open card and push folded and scored section into middle of the card.

  • Lay the neighborhood die-cut onto your blue background.  Use a pencil to trace the bottom swirl of the die-cut.
  • Cut paper along pencil line.
  • Adhere the cut top of the blue background paper onto the top of the brown woodgrain paper on the inside of your card.
  • Using the house die-cut with the black cardstock and foam mounting squares, adhere the neighborhood over the edge of the blue background paper.

  • Add three pumpkins to the front of the center pop-up.  On the middle pumpkin add a foam mounting square for extra dimension.
  • Adhere a couple pumpkins to the background.

  • Add black die-cut bat with a foam mounting square to the sky background.
  • Add an extra pumpkin or two and stamp the words “Trick or Treat” to finish off the inside.
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 6″ x 7 3/4″.  Fold in half to create outside card.
  • Center and adhere the pop-up section into the center of the black card.  Adhere one half section at a time.)

  • Decorate front of the card similar to the inside of the card.

For a completely different look, a simple watercolored card made with the same pumpkins.

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Bunny Table Favor with Rinea Foil

Create a cute little Bunny Treat Box to adorn your table this Easter.

To make the Bunny Table Favor…

I used Rinea Foiled Paper, a paper lined with colorful vibrant metal foil on both sides.

This German inspired paper holds its shape, looks like foil and works like paper. 

The Bunny Table Favor is a fun project to make even the littlest guest feel special.

Products used…                     (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  • To add adhesive to the back of the Rinea Foiled Paper lay the paper onto the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.

  • Apply Rinea Foiled Paper onto the front and back of pre-cut chipboard pieces.
  • Place the double sided foiled chipboard pieces onto the (discontinued) Easter Elements Die and run through the Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine* to cut out the Bunny Shapes.
  • FYI…the Sizzix Cottontail Die is very similar to the bunny I used.

  • Cut two double-sided blush foiled bunny shapes.
  • Cut two 2 ½” x 1 ½” and two 1 ½” x 1 ½” pieces of double-sided silver foiled chipboard.
  • Cut a 2 ½” x 3 ½” piece of double-sided pastel green foiled chipboard.
  • To cover up the brown core of the chipboard, use the DecoColor Premium Silver Leaf Pen* to go around the edge of each piece of cut chipboard.

  • I used Beacon 3 in 1 Glue* to glue the four silver sides of the box onto the pastel green base.
  • Glue the pink foiled bunnies to both sides of the box.

  • Cut a 2″ x 2 ½” piece of pastel green foil.  Tightly roll foil using a bamboo skewer, add a little glue along the edge of the roll to keep roll from unraveling.
  • Cut small cuts into the top of the foil to create fringe.
  • Create two and glue to the front and back of the box.

  • Punch a couple small pastel purple daisies, curl and form into a petite flower.
  • Glue flower to the front of the box.
  • Cut several thin 6″ strips of pastel green foil.  Wrap foil paper around the bamboo skewer to form little spirals.
  • Use spirals as the filler inside the treat box.  (The foil paper holds its shape well.)

Fill Bunny Table Favor with candy treats and add to your Easter Table.

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My project is part of a Blog Hop put on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog.
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