Saturday, December 13, 2008

More Christmas

I've been wanting to make this cute little reindeer ornament since the end of February, it just took me awhile to figure out just how I wanted to do it. With the release of the Sizzix Big Shot to Stampin' Up! this summer it made it very easy to do.

The tin is a Wilton heart favor tin that can be found at most craft stores. I had some left over from a Valentines' day project. The nose is a small red pom pom, and the eyes are wiggle eyes. The ears are made using the Stampin' Up! exclusive die Birds & Blooms, just using the wings for the bird as ears cut out of Close to Cocoa card stock. The antlers are made using the Swirls Scribbles die cut out of Chocolate Chip card stock. I attached them all with mini glue dots. The ornament is hung by punching a 1/8" hole with the Crop-a-Dile and then threading some elastic silver cord through the hole and tying a good knot to keep it closed.

These would be really cute tied onto kids packages with just a little candy in it.

The second thing I wanted to share today was this cute little Christmas gift bag I made. It's a white 3-1/2"x2"x6-3/4" paper sack (purchased in a package of 16 at the craft store). I trimmed off the jagged edge at the top and then covered the front and the back with strips of Holiday Treasure designer series paper. The ribbon is Alpine Ribbon Originals from the Holiday Mini catalog. To make the handles, I cut some colored wire and some pieces of left-over fish-tank tubing and threaded the wire through the tubing. Then I punches 1/16" holes into the top of the bag and secured the wire through the holes.

The image on the front is the Christmas stamp from the Curly Label Punch bundle, stamped in Ruby Red ink. Really quick and cute.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Snowflake Ornament

The picture really doesn't do this justice. The snowflake is the cut using my Sizzix Big Shot and the Snowflake #2 die. To make it, I took a piece of cardboard backing (like you find at the end of a legal pad of paper). Then I cut 2 pieces of designer series paper, here from the Frosty Day DSP in Stampin' Up!'s holiday mini catalog, and ran them through my Xyron machine to adhere adhesive to one side. I made a "sandwich" of sorts with a piece of paper, the cardboard, and another piece of paper. When this was done, I ran the "sandwich" through my Big Shot to make a snowflake that is 2 sided and perfectly aligned.

To finish the ornament off, I used some 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make it sparkle and added a half-pearl (from the Pretties kit) to the center using a mini-glue dot. It's hung using silver elastic cord (also found in the holiday mini catalog) tied around the top.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Retired List is here!

Stampin' Up! released the retired list from the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog. These stamp sets are available through January 18th, and then they'll be gone. Order yours today! Check them out here:

Retired List

And......if you order from now through December 23rd, you'll get 10% off all retiring stamp sets.

To add to it all, if you order $70 or more between now and December 23rd, you'll get FREE shipping too! Now that is quite a deal!