Personalized Kraft Journals

One of things I love about Stampin’ Up! Convention (there are really too many to list) is the generosity of other demonstrators.  I can’t tell you how many little gifts I received while I was there!  Mostly chocolate, which was great in those emergency moments where you realize that you haven’t eaten much in a while!  But of course the chocolate came in adorable packaging! 

image (64)I also made a special roommate gift to give to my roommate at Convention.  I decided to use some of the new Kraft Journals.  I am in love with these journals!  It is so quick and easy to these into awesome gifts for just about anyone!  I’ll add the supply list below so you can see what I used to create this.  

Be Creative, Kristin

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My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

Hello!  I just received my very first Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit in the mail today! I was so excited about it I shot a quick video of the unboxing of my first kit!  Check out the video to see more about what came in My Paper Pumpkin.

For more information on how to get your own kit go to My Paper Pumpkin.

Valentine Treat Holders


Since I have two kiddos in school now I am always looking for cute ways to give little treats, especially for Valentines.  I try to be a little health conscience when it comes to treats and I really don’t like to always give out candy or chocolate.  I decided this year to give out little fruit snacks to each of the kids and of course I had to come up with a cute packaging idea!

I thought I would share with you my very simple tutorial on how to make these little treat packages so you can whip up a few just in case you haven’t figured out what you are doing yet!  🙂

The first thing you need to do is start with a piece of Designer Series Paper of your choice that measures 9 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  Then you need to score and fold the paper at the 3/4″ mark and 5″ mark (lengthwise).

IMG_8959Once you have your paper scored you can take it to your Big Shot and cut out the window for the front of the treat holder.  I used a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits dies.  You could use a heart or any other shape of your choice.  Just make sure that you are cutting the front of the treat holder.

IMG_8958You can see from this picture what your treat holder should look like once you have your little window cut out.  After that you can add your fruit snack or little candy into the holder.  To keep it in place I used a small hole punch and punched right through both layers of the treat holder and the fruit snack.

cards-010The last step is to thread Bakers Twine through both the holes and tie a knot or bow in the front of the treat holder.  I also added a cute little tag to the front of the treat for each child.

So that’s it…a simple yet cute treat holder!  If you had older kids they could even help you make them!  Much better than those little cards with candy attached, don’t you think?!

Be creative, Kristin




Halloween Treat Box Tutorial

Hello Stampers!  I have a fabulous tutorial for you today!  Just look at this cute little Halloween Box!I was asked to demonstrate a Halloween Project at the monthly Song Of My Heart Stampers meeting and I came up with this adorable little box to demonstrate.  I was so nervous to get up in front of the 20+ people, but I managed to survive!  I hope they enjoyed the project and I promised to add the tutorial to my blog so they could come back and see the step-by-step instructions.  So here you go.

1. The first step is to cut out the front & back of the box shape in Basic Black card stock using the largest of the Labels Collection Framelits and your Big Shot.

2. Emboss the Framelit shape that you just cut using the Spider Web Embossing Folder and your Big Shot.

3.  Using your Paper Trimmer, cut the Framelit shape in half, creating the front and back of your box.

4.  Cut two pieces of Basic Black card stock, measuring 5 1/2″ by 2 3/4″.

5.  Score both pieces using your Simply Scored Tool at 1″, only on three sides.  You can see from the picture here that I left the top unscored.

6.  Cut out two squares on one piece and cut up the score line on the other piece.  Your two pieces should look like the picture.  Fold on the score lines.

7.  Add adhesive and assemble your box.  I used sticky strip for mine.  You can use SNAIL, but it might not be as sturdy.  Make sure to tuck in your sides when you create the box so you don’t have little pieces sticking out.

8.  Attach your front and back to the box.  I used Sticky Strip again for this step just to make sure it had a good hold.

9.  At this point you can spray your box with Shimmer Mist if you want.  You can then embellish your box as you like.  I added a rosette to the front along with a little embellishment using the Mixed Medley Hostess Stamp Set that is in the current Holiday Mini Catalog.

10.  To create the rosette you will take a piece of DSP that measures 1″ by 12″ and score it, using your Simply Scored, every 1/2″.  Accordion fold your DSP and it should resemble the picture.

11.  To keep the rosette together I added two circles, punched using the 3/4″ circle punch, to the front and back centers of the rosette.  I used Glue Dots to stick these on.

12.  Add your rosette and embellishments to your box and you are done!

I also used a clear cello bag to add a few cookies to the box.  You could easily fill this with other goodies as well!  I’m thinking these little boxes would be great for teacher gifts, special Halloween gifts for your kids, or neighbors.

Thanks for stopping by & I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!

Be creative, Kristin 


Baby Shower Fit For A Princess!

Happy Monday!  It’s one of those Mondays where I am so happy that I made it through the weekend!  It was a busy weekend traveling up to see my Sister for her baby shower.  I had to share some of the pictures with you!  A lot of energy went into creating the decorations for her shower.

Since my Sister is having a girl, and I have three boys, this was especially fun for me to coordinate!  This is what the tables looked like.  We had vases of flowers in the center and I created some vase covers for the flowers, which are surprisingly easy to do!  I am going to try and post a tutorial on that this week.  So aside from pink we also had a polka-dot theme going on.

This second picture is a close-up of the centerpieces.  We had little polka-dots skattered around the table.  I created little flowers using a now retired Daisies #2 die that my friend Cristy loaned me.  We put the little flowers under the glasses.  My Aunt added a variety of pink Jelly Bellies to the table setting to finish it off!

My Mom (and her dear husband) worked for hours on those adorable little booties!  Aren’t they cute!  They were filled with “hugs & kisses” for the guests.  We found the pattern online and used the pattern from this website to make these.  Well worth the effort I think!

I know that I have already shown a picture of the banner I created, but here it is hanging on the gift table.  It turned out so cute!  My Sister decided to take it home and hang it in the nursery for a little while.  There was so much pink everywhere and my Niece has some beautiful clothes now!  We are just so excited to meet her.   I know already that she will hold a very special place in my heart!  My Sister was overwhelmed with all of the beautiful things that she received and the shower!  Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success.  Her Mother-In-Law also helped do an enormous amount of work including making a lot of the food!

I will leave you with one last picture of my Sister opening the quilt that I made for my Niece!  I actually made this quilt in under a week, which if you have little ones running around you know how impossible that seems!  Thanks for letting me share some personal pictures with you today!  I hope you enjoy the ideas.

Be creative, Kristin


Pennant Banner

Isn’t this little banner just the most adorable thing ever!  I have been working feverishly on little decorations for my Sister’s baby shower tomorrow!  I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  It’s hard to see the detail in this picture, but there are lots of little Itty Bitty Buttons on there, and 3-d flowers.  I used up some retired things I had laying around as well!  The main banner was created with the Perfect Pennants Die for the Big Shot.  It was very easy to crank out, the time was in the details here.

Here is a close up of one of the larger pennant pieces and some of the details.  I used the new Fancy Fan Folder to create the texture on the large pennants.  I am in love with that embossing folder.  The colors used in the banner are Pretty In Pink, Early Espresso, and Whisper White.  I have lots of other little things that I have been working on for decor and will try to post more pictures on Monday after I come back from the shower.  Thanks for looking & having a great Friday!

Be creative, Kristin