Pretty Snowflake Fun with Vellum

I recently held my Vellum technique class and one of the favorites from the class was this holiday card:

One of my favorite things that I love to do with vellum is run it through the BigShot because it makes the coolest bright white image over the frosted white of the vellum cardstock.  Then I love sponging on the back side of my embossed image to add a pop of color.

Turns out it is perfect for using with the Northern Flurries embossing folder for snowy snowflakes.  Though next time I think I would add a bit of glitter and sparkle to the front of the card for an extra magical touch!

In this example, I attached a piece of embossed vellum to the top of a Whisper White cardbase with it only being adhered to the left edge of the card front.  By only adhering it to one side, the vellum pops up just a little and gives you a softer look.

Project Supplies Used

So give it a try and let me know what you think!

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A Starry Christmas Wreath for a Card

Yesterday I shared a post highlighting the 4 holiday different cards I made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, which made some cute Christmas cards.  Well, I ended up with extra star garlands and I had seen a very simple card by Lyssa Zwolanek that used the star garland as a wreath and I thought it looked super cute, so I just had to make my own!

My favorite thing about this type of card is that it is a perfect way to use up the odds and ends lying around your craft table.  This card used:

If you didn’t get this month’s Paper Pumpkin, you could recreate this look by using the small star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and then use a sewing machine or hand stitch … or if you aren’t much of a sewer, like me, you can do some faux stitching with a white pen for a similar effect!


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Fun Ideas for Gift Giving for a Holiday Blog Hop!

As promised in my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter yesterday, today I’m back with a fun blog hop to give you even more ideas for the holiday season!  So sit back and enjoy the ideas!

Thank you so much for joining us for the November Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop! This month our projects focus on Christmas. While we have yet to give thanks this month, some of us are already thinking about sending Christmas cards, what kind of packaging to present gifts in and how we want to deck our halls. On this month’s blog hop we are showcasing many of the Stampin’ Up! products that are available in the Holiday Catalog. You will see everything from cards to gift tags to 3-D décor and gift packaging. We hope you enjoy seeing how we use the products to create our projects and feel inspired to come up with some great projects of your own.  Remember you can order all of the products showcased from your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

 You should have just left stop number 13 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – the oh so fabulous Pam Wu. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

 Holiday Gift Box & Card

So, my project set that I wanted to show you today was a neat way to use some of the latest from the Holiday catalog as well as taking advantage of the current specials (Holiday Tag It Bundle, which includes the box, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, and Baker’s Twine I used) and sales (Weekly Deals – Burlap Ribbon!) to make these gifts for an even better deal! 🙂  Because, seriously who doesn’t love the thrill of getting a deal on your holiday gifts?

Anyway, so this is what I created:

Window gift box with Best of Snow hedgehogs

This is the very quick to assemble window gift box that has a belly band made of the Burlap ribbon (who knew this stuff was going to be this great to work with) a bow of the 1″ Cherry Cobbler ribbon (which I might add is way softer than you think it is going to be!!) and a tag made with favorite bundle right now, the Tags 4 you stamp set and Bracket Label punch.

Now, one of the things I love doing with this Tags 4 You stamp set is to add a bit of Dazzling Details to make it super sparkly.  It is always super hard to photograph but I think I finally caught it. 🙂
Dazzling details tags 4 you

Can you see the sparkle?  I added the glitter to all of the white parts of the tag plus to the centers of the “o”s.  Just for a little pop.

And on the side, this isn’t just any plain old burlap ribbon… oh no… this is CUSTOM baby!!  I grabbed my Chevron background stamp and Gumball Green ink and stamped some chevrons around the ribbon.  Isn’t it a fun touch?

Window gift box with stamped burlap ribbon

And in case you were wondering, those adorable hedgehogs in the window?  Those are actually from the new Best of Snow stamp set that came out this month.  I just had to get the set because not only does it have the hedgehogs, but it has a cute snowman, a snowflake (that fits the Festive Flurries framelits!) and a stamp that matches the Bracket Label punch!  Sweet, right?
Best of Snow card with gift boxHere is what it looks like when you pull the card out, but I love how you can see them perfectly through the window of the card.  I again used the burlap ribbon and then had a background from the Season of Style designer paper pad.  Its quick, easy, and super cute.

Now imagine that hedgehog circle on top of a cute belly band or gift inside the box.  A cool way to package up your gifts in a way that looks adorable in every stage.

So I hope you enjoyed my ideas for you today and maybe found some gems in the Holiday catalog you hadn’t noticed before.  There are lots more ideas for you on the hop today so check them out and have fun!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun
  2. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  3. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  4. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  6. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  9. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  10. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin’
  11. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  12. Anastasia R. of Stampin’ Blondie
  13. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  14. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper <—- YOU ARE HERE!
  15. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity
  16. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup


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Weekly Deals to Help You Get Ready for Gifting!

When I saw the specials that Stampin’ Up! released today, all I could think about was cute gifts and packaging! 

Nov 12-18 weekly deals

What can you make with these?

I mean, imagine how fast and cute this decorated gift box would be:

  1. Stamp some cute snowflake or other image on the Gift Box
  2. Create a cute belly band with the Burlap ribbon
  3. Cut out a coordinating bow with the Gift Bow die to stick on top…
  4. Done!



If you need teachers gifts or classroom treats, or something to put at the table for Thanksgiving:

  1. Get one of the Goodie Gear kits (Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving/fall, Real Red for Christmas)
  2. Add chocolate or nuts to the bags and tie closed
  3. Done!


Create stocking stuffers or get started on a cute advent calendar with the Mini Muslin bags:

  1. Stamp numbers on the muslin bags (I would recommend the Morning Post numbers stamp set)
  2. Fill with one activity or treat per day
  3. Place in a cute bucket or hang from clothespins on a ribbon
  4. Done!


Fun right?

These deals are only available for a week, so make sure to hop over to the online store or email me at to get in on this weeks group order!


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Another Great Idea for Gifts with Clearmount Stamp Cases

In my last post, I shared an idea for using the half-height woodmount stamp cases to make Embellished Gift Sets.  So, I thought I would share another idea for you using stamp cases (I swear, I’ve been having too much fun with empty stamp cases lately!).

Gift Idea #3 – Coordinated Journaling Sets

This is a really fun way to create a pen and notebook set that you can take anywhere and toss in a purse or bag and not have to worry about crumbs in the pages or crinkled & torn pages.

To get started, you want to grab:

  • Clearmount stamp cases
  • a mini composition notebook
  • a pen with a clear round barrel
  • a 12×12 piece of designer paper
  • Sticky strip
  • extra cardstock, stamps, ink, and embellishments as desired

The outside is simply cutting a piece of designer paper to fit inside the plastic cover (like the movie cover on a DVD) and then embellishing it to fit your style and mood.

Then on the inside, take a mini-composition notebook and using the extra scrap from the patterned paper from you cover, cut a piece that will fit over the front cover of the little notebook.  Decorate the notebook cover to coordinate with your box.

We also found pens that we could unscrew the tip and fit a rolled up piece of the same designer paper around the ink barrel to make a coordinating set (we found ours in the dollar spot at Target with 2 pens for $1).  Fold your last bit of scrap into a hollow square to create a tube to hold your pen.

Then adhere your notebook and the pen tube to the inside of the stamp case with Sticky Strip to ensure nothing will move – ever – and you have a great little notebook.  You even have room for a chapstick tube or a pack of gum if you need an emergency stash!

We created a TON of these cases because they were so much fun to make and I have to say, I think this was my favorite:

If you want to see more ideas and/or would like to buy one or more for gifts, I have all of extra inventory up on the blog so you can see the different ideas and purchase your favorites (or share with your family and friends and let them purchase your favorite for you Winking smile)

See all the Journaling Kit designs & more Gift Boxes for sale here

Between these blog posts and my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter (you are on my mailing list and getting the email, right?  If not, you can fix that right now and get lots of great free project tutorials by signing up here!) its been holiday gift central!  But at least if you try to buy or make one of these now, you’ll be so ahead of the game!

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Merry Little Christmas for a Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

Coming up on Thursday I have a Holiday Card stamp-a-stack planned where everyone is going to make up to 4 different designs of cards including this one: 

I was going for something that was easy to make a lot of without taking a ton of time or wearing out your arm, and this is one of the designs that came about.

I loved the snowy/foggy forest look I got by stamping with Basic Grey ink and then re-stamping the tree (of course, from the amazing Lovely as a Tree), before I inked again.  And by having the trees stamped on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, I didn’t have to worry about what happened to the bottoms of the trees!

Add some stitched grosgrain ribbon around the Very Vanilla layer for a pop of color and color in the sentiment with markers and you get just the right balance of color and snowy day. Smile 

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used
Stamps – Lovely as a Tree, Merry Little Christmas
Ink – Basic Grey, Basic Black marker, Real Red marker, Gumball Green marker
Paper – Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories – Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon

Want to make some Christmas cards?

Join me on Thursday (10/24/2013) for a night of stamping in Redmond, WA.  We’ll be making these cards plus one more super cute snowflake sparkle card!

RSVP for the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack here

Can’t make it in person, I offer kits as well!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper and I’ll get you all set up!

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