Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Quick and cute Christmas projects

A couple of weeks ago I held a stamping event focused on the idea that even though the holidays are hectic, it's easy -- and fun! -- to add handmade touches to your gifts. I dubbed the event "Quick and Cute Christmas," and each attendee created eight gift tags, a treat bag and a gift card holder. Below are the projects and lists of supplies. (All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.)

Blue snowflake tag
Stamps: Label Love, Warmth & Wonder
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Artisan Label punch, 1/8” hole punch, white crochet thread (DMC), rhinestones, multipurpose liquid glue

In the photo above, you can see the other side of this tag. The two images were stamped separately, punched out and glued together back to back. 

Santa tag
Stamps: Tag It
Cardstock: Shimmery White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Chalk Talk Framelits dies, pearls, 1/8" hole punch, white crochet thread (DMC)

"To:" and "From:" are stamped on the back of the tag.

Reindeer card and envelope
Stamps: Color Me Christmas
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White cardstock; Season of Style Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 2-1/2” circle punch, Envelope Punch Board, Regals Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

There is a square of Whisper White cardstock inside this 3" x 3" card, but no sentiment or "To:/From." I wanted to leave it blank so it could be used as a gift tag/enclosure or a regular Christmas card.

Tree tag
Stamps: Christmas Punch
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Gumball Green
Accessories: 2-1/2" circle punch, Petite Pennants Builder punch, rhinestones, sponge, multipurpose liquid glue, Sticky Strip (on the back to adhere the tag to a gift)

It's difficult to see, but there is sponging around the tree. The tree trunk was cut out freehand and glued to the bottom of the tree.

Santa's belly tag
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, silver glimmer paper
Accessories: 2-1/2" circle punch, Petite Curly Label punch, Little Labels punch pack, 1/8" hole punch, pearls, white crochet thread (DMC), multipurpose liquid glue

The strip of cardstock for Santa's belt is 3/8" wide. The punched silver piece is glued on the black strip, and the small back square is glued on the silver shape.

Merry Minis tags
Stamps: Christmas Tagables
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brights Collection
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Merry Minis punch pack, corner rounder, rhinestones, multipurpose liquid glue, Sticky Strip (on the back to adhere the tag to a gift)

These were really quick and easy -- and a great way to use up scraps of colored cardstock or DSP.
Snowflake treat bag
Stamps: Endless Wishes, Petite Pairs
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Gumball Green, StazOn Cotton White
Accessories: Mosaic punch, small oval punch (retired), Pretty Presents Designer Tags, Whisper White baker's twine, red grosgrain ribbon, mini jingle bells, Dimensionals

I placed a dark piece of cardstock inside the bag while stamping so I could see where to place the snowflakes.

Snowman gift-card holder
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
Ink: Pool Party
Accessories: Punches: 2-1/2”, 1-3/4” and 1-3/8” circles; 2-3/8” scalloped circle; Word Window; Cupcake Builder; Itty Bitty Shapes pack; Snowflake; Regals Candy Dots, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon, sponge, Glue Dots, multipurpose liquid glue, Sticky Strip

To make the card base, cut a piece of Pool Party cardstock to 4-1/4” x 11”. Score and fold at 4-1/2” and 9-3/4”. Use Sticky Strip to secure the edges of the bottom flap, making sure to leave the top part of the flap unglued so the top panel can be tucked in.

I think everyone at the event liked the projects and enjoyed making them. I did create step-by-step instructions for each project, so if you would like that information, just post a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Wow these are such cute tags, etc. - I will be casing these for sure. Thanks for sharing!