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How To Hand Make A Christmas Gift Box at Home | Facebook Live Replay

Today in my Facebook Live replay,  I want to show you how to hand make a Christmas gift box at home.  And not just a run-of-the-mill ho-hum plain-Jane-white box but one with lots of pizzazz like this!

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Now I’ll bet there’s someone special on your list who would absolutely love to receive their gift in this box!  Hey you could even wrap your OWN gift up in it, then eeeew and aaaaah on Christmas morning!😉

I love how this paper looks like a real Christmas wreath or a tree.  It’s from the All is Bright designer package in the Holiday Catalogue.  And what better way to Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up! than to wrap a gift in it?

those little gold baubles and berry clusters add lots of class.  And I thought it just begged for matching shiny gold accents.

So I didn’t want to be chintzy. I added five of them! 😊  Can you see them all?

FB Live Replay: How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home

  1. gold foil Merry
  2. sprigs of gold foil
  3. vanilla gold metallic edged ribbon
  4. gold faceted gems
  5. mini gold sequin trim peeking out behind the oval

Here’s everything I used so you can recreate it for under your tree.


How to Hand Make a Christmas Gift Box at Home



My box is a great size.  5” x 5” x 2 1/2” so you can fit ALL kinds of goodies inside. 

Here are your measurements.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Designer Series paper – 10” x 10”, scored at 2 1/2” and 7 1/2”
  • Real Red cardstock – 10” x 10”, scored at 2 1/2” and 7 1/2”, 1 piece 3” x 4”, scraps
  • Vellum – 3” x 4”
  • Gold foil sheet – 1 3/4” x 4”
  • Garden Green cardstock – scraps
  • Vanilla Metallic Edged Ribbon and Real Red 3/8” cotton ribbon – 12” each
  • Mini Gold sequin trim – about 3”

VIDEO Tutorial for How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home

Your packages of designer series paper are calling you! Better get busy! 

And if you need a reminder on the steps?  Easy peasy! Just click here insert video link again and I’ll show you how to hand make a Christmas gift box at home again!

New 2018 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

My New 2018 Holiday Catalogue Favourites…and some things you might have missed!  

2018 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

There are piles of cool and fun things from the Holiday Catalogue Stampin’ Up! just released. Have you had a chance to study(!) it by now?  And have been drooling over all the new stamp sets, bundles and everything else? 

Every year I  seem to miss out on tons of cool things so I’ve spent a whack of time poring over this one and I think I’ve almost memorized it😜!   And I want to make sure you don’t miss out on one ounce of fun stuff either so today I’m going to share what I noticed.  2018 Holiday Catalogue Favourites So grab your catalogue and a cup of tea and here we go!

  • On the front inside page is the amazing Christmas Tradition Punch Box. In your haste to get to the “good stuff”, you might have missed it.  But take a peek at the wonderful card designs on page 3 and I think you’ll agree how versatile this punch and matching stamp set are.  Look! You get a perfectly sized acrylic block plus two Stampin’ Spots, Call Me Clover and Real Red.  Just add cardstock and adhesive and you’ve got your tags  D-O-N-E like Christmas dinner.


  • If you take a closer peek at the beautiful green embossed card on page 4, you’ll notice two things.  The oh-so-awesome Swirls & Curls embossing folder on the bottom of page 5.  And the fabulous vellum “doily” framing the sentiment.  No, we don’t have any vellum doilies.  But we do have a detailed thinlit from the Detailed Baubles on page 10 to cut whatever paper you want to make this beautiful frame.  (Pssst.  Check those doilies out again on the Dashing Deer banner on page 8.


  • If you’re a ribbon fan like me, you could miss the beautiful Mixed Satin Real Red 3/8” ribbon on page 6.  I did at first so it didn’t make it onto my first pre-order.  (But it did on the second one! 😋) With its different textures, it’s almost like getting two ribbons in one – a smooth and a grosgrain.  The sample on the bottom of page 15 gives you a close-up peek.


  • It’s easy to miss the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Embossing folder on the bottom of page 13.  Seriously I skipped over it a few times before I found out how they made the fab designs on page 12.  Remember when we cranked EVERYthing through the corrugator years ago?  Now your Big Shot will give you an even deeper impression than that.  How cute would that be to make sleeves for your coffee cups?


  • Already own the Stained Glass Thinlits dies from the Annual catalogue?  Look how fabulously the Illuminated Christmas set on page 14 and 15 coordinates with them.  Add your Stampin’ Blends just like this pretty card and it’ll seem like the sun’s streaming through your window.


  • Turn to page 16 and look at the first box at the top of the page. Notice how they added the strips of silver “tape” like curling ribbon? They’re thinlits so you can make your own in whatever colour you want! How COOL is that?  And that super pretty bow?  The smaller bow and tails are stamped and embossed on silver foil and cut out a couple times.  So GORGEOUS!


  • Crazy for candy canes?  Don’t miss the stamps and matching punch on page 20.  (I had wondered where the holly stamp and little snowflakes on both the little Santa sacks on page 18 came from.  They’re both in this set!)  


  • Have you ever thought of using the Memories and More Card Packs to make your seasonal cards? For only $13.50 you get 50 panels with stickers to make your Christmas cards lickety-split. Grab the Santa’s Workshop Memories & More cards and envelopes and some adhesive and you’ve got this year’s cards made in the shade!  (Or, even better?  Put in code 150095 and get everything on page 21 and CASE like crazy!)


  • Wondering where the glitzy wash tape is?  I just about missed the copper, silver and gold rolls In the Suite Season package on page 24.  


  • The Nothing Sweeter set on page 25 is super cute for the holidays but many of the stamps can be used year round; omit the Christmas greetings stamp and the garland from the tree and the rest of the set will work for just about anytime.


  • And did you see the Sweetly Stitched Framelits?  Little x’s for the heart, needle-like dashes for the tree and regular stitches for the pretty present.  And make stitched chevrons and scallops just like they did on the tiny presents or tree cards. How gosh-darned cute are they?  


  • Debating the Sprig Punch? It’s actually bigger than you think.  Look closely at the Noel box half way down page 28 to see how it adds polish and punch to the greeting.  Or punch a bunch of green and glimmer-y sprigs and make your own mini wreaths for cute decorations like they did on the glass candle holder. Your grandkids will be occupied for hours with some liquid glue and your punch!


  • Not a big Christmas fan but want a new suite from this catalogue?  The Frosted Florals suite on page 37 is made for YOU!  With its beautiful shimmery designer series papers and ribbon, it will easily get you through the late summer, fall, winter and even into spring!  Grounded with Grey Granite and Tranquil Tide, several of the patterns can even work for masculine designs.


  • Don’t miss the super duo Frosted and Clear Epoxy Shapes near the spine at the bottom of that page. Perfect for water droplets on flowers and leaves or just to fancy up your design, there are 96 pieces for all your holiday projects.  See how they coloured them with the Stampin’ Blends on the top middle fower card on page 36.


  • Mad for plaid?  This catalogue is chock full of the stuff!  Plaid papers on page 13, background Buffalo Check stamp on page 38 and think how great the different lines in the Bring on the Presents stamp set on page 16 would look by stamping first one way, then the other with a different (or the same colour).  It will be so easy to get “plaided” up this year.


  • Are you like a magpie with all things glimmery?  Love creating backgrounds like watercolour and Brusho? Then the four new colours of Shimmer Paint on page 38 are right up your alley. Add subtle shine to just about anything, including the sweet muslin Santa bags on page 19.  Or add ink refills to coordinate with all the Stampin’ Up! colours.


  • Trying to save time and get more from a sheet of cardstock?  Cut out 17 absolutely gorgeous snowflakes at once with a standard card panel 4” x 5 1/4” and the Blizzard Thinlits die.  Add the snowflakes to cards, tags and pretty parcels like you see on page 39 (and everywhere else in the catalogue).  Then use the cutout panel for a card front overlay.  No fuss, no muss, no waste! 


  • Please do NOT miss the super versatile Making Every Day Bright set on page 47. Pair it with the Christmas Bulb Builder punch and you’re set for almost every holiday.  Easter, Christmas, Hallowe’en, Valentines, St. Paddy’s.  Look how adorable that penguin card is.  Change out the greeting and wouldn’t that be ideal to welcome a new baby?


  • Do you bake up sweet treats for holiday gift giving?  Pile on the pizza boxes and the new super cute Baker’s Boxes on page 49.  With a clear window built right in, your treats won’t last an hour!  And sneak a peek at how sweet they are when they’re coloured and spritzed up for trick or treaters on page 48.


  • Also on page 48, look how clever the spooky spider web “doily” is on the Baker’s Box.  They just pieced together 8 of the corner webs.   How darling is that?


  • And check out how they used that same web thinlit on page 51 for the trick or treat tag.  Cut it out, lay it on your Whisper White, spritz some Gorgeous Grape over top and you’ve got a cool resist web design.


  • On pages 50 and 51, where you will also find my Candy Countdown mini Takeout box Thinlits dies, the Takeout Treats set will work all the year through not just for Hallowe’en.  The dies include a banner, a tag, the box only takes a half sheet of cardstock and it’s the perfect size for any kind of treat.


  • OK, can we just talk about paper for a minute?  There are so many new and fabulous papers in this catalogue, I’m having a hard time deciding which is my favourite.  Seven different gorgeous designer ones – some with beautiful copper and shimmery details – each with its own cardstock pack. Poppy Parade and Garden Green 12x12 (pg. 19) cardstock, galvanized metallic (pg. 43) and shiny black foil (pg. 49)  Lots can be used throughout the year and will come in handy for making manly cards.


2018 Holiday Catalogue Favourites

Isn’t it amazing how much we might have missed in this gorgeous new catalogue?  And I’m sure there’s still lots for me to still discover too! 

Keep flipping through this awesome catalogue and be sure to let me know if you have any questions about all the goodies you see. 

And make sure you keep checking back here for more great ideas.  Like on Sunday for a quick video for a super simple Christmas card.  Then next week I’ve got another sweet Candy Corn Countdown project, guaranteed to get you ready for the ghosts and goblins – all using my new 2018 holiday catalogue favourites!

2018 Holiday Catalogue Raffle!

2018 Holiday Catalogue Raffle!

You won’t want to miss this!  It’s a fabulous new catalogue from Stampin’ Up! full of fall, Halloween and Christmas ideas LIVE today!

What if you could win some of your wish list?


**UPDATED***  extended to September 21st due to the rescheduling of my Open House to Sep 21st due to illness!

2018 Holiday Catalogue Raffle

Place a minimum $75 order between now and September 13th and you could be the lucky winner of this great giveaway.

Here’s what you can win!

  • Peaceful Noel clear stamp set
  • Sprig Punch
  • Joyous Noel Specialty designer series paper
  • Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets
  • Whisper White envelopes


And here’s the 2018 holiday catalogue raffle fine print:

  • all orders must be received and paid by September 13th via online, email or in-person ordering
  • every $75 order (pre-s/h & GST) gets you an entry
  • draw will take place and be announced on my blog September 14th
  • sorry, only available to Canadian customers

You can see the catalogue online here.

Live in Canada and want your own copy of the catalogue?  Email me and I’ll get one sent to you ASAP.

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I’ll share my favourite items out of this wonderful catalogue.  Maybe you’ll see some items you might have missed 😚.  Then get ready to place your order to get in on my 2018 Holiday Catalogue Raffle, before it’s too late!

Seasonal Chums Front and Back Fun

My friend Leslie made me this absolutely adorable Seasonal Chums front and back fun card for my Occasions Open House. Introduced in the Holiday Catalogue, it seemed it was just a so-so set with my customers. But it quickly became a favourite once we showed off her design! (In fact, two customers decided they HAD to add it to their order that night!)

With this card such hit that at my Open House I knew I HAD to feature it on a Front and Centre Friday to share with all of you. No clue what that means? I love to showcase YOUR designs on my blog and every Friday I do just that. It’s SO easy, it’s almost criminal!

Just send me a card, electronic or snail mail (honestly my preferred choice) and a few notes on what current Stampin’ Up! supplies you used. You can get my address at the bottom of this post.  Then your design will be featured here, just like this one…PSSST, you’re gonna LUV it!


So what’s the first thing you thought when you look at the front? Well yeah, cute, but Jo, it’s not THAT adorable! (And sorry to tell you but her snowmen are backwards.)? Well take a second look!


See, I told you! Isn’t it the sweetest? I sure didn’t think to turn those Seasonal Chums tags into a front and back card. In fact, I didn’t even BUY that set and framelits – well, not YET! And the great news is both you AND I can order it TODAY since it’s carried over from the Holiday Catalogue. Race you to the order button!  LOL!


There are a few steps but here’s how you can make this seasonal chums front and back fun card:

  1. stamp, colour and die cut the snowman and reindeer after stamping in Basic Black archival ink
  2. cut them out along the top so they’re not a tag anymore
  3. hand cut two pieces of Thick Whisper White in the same shape for the snow-ground
  4. cut a 5 1/2”x 8 1/2” piece of window sheet and score it at 4 1/4”
  5. sandwich the window sheet front between the two snow-grounds gluing with Liquid Glue or Fast Fuse
  6. stamp and emboss snow flakes on the top of a piece of designer paper (Leslie used Serene Scenery from last year’s catalogue and now retired) (she used the Merriest Wishes stamp set also retired
  7. cut a 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” piece of thick Whisper White and sandwich the window sheet between the scene and the thick cardstock

You’ve gotta give this fun, almost 3D card a try. How about a birthday rather than Christmas? Or a thinking of you winter card? No matter which you choose, when you order this sweet set and framelits today, you’ll be busy crafting it in a little over a week. Here’s everything you need.


Turn your stamps into something unexpected like Leslie did. And don’t forget when you do, I want to share it with everyone! Make sure to grab this set and framelits today so you can play with seasonal chums front and back fun too.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

When you’ve found the absolute best gift for a loved one, you want to package it in fancy Christmas gift boxes to make, don’t you? Today I want to show you an easy, yet oh-so-elegant box idea, that’s actually two bags fit together. Yup, you heard me right, two BAGS. I’ll tell you the secret below. But in the meantime, if you like glitz and glamour and sheen and shine, you’re going to flip over this beautiful gift box.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I thought you’d like it. Doesn’t that copper have an absolutely gorgeous shine? The Year of Cheer designer series specialty paper has practically flown off the shelves this year and this piece is one of the reasons why. Not only is it incredibly shiny, it’s got a mix of copper and champagne foil with a lovely texture. The leaves and berries are just slightly debossed so the edges pick up the light. When it’s matched with the copper foil sheets and the ornate stocking, it’s a winning combination.

From cards, to bags, to tags and more, your holiday paper crafts will take on a totally over-the-top elegance.  But you’ll want to stock up now since the Year of Cheer paper is being retired 🙁 and will be gone as of January.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

Now I told you earlier, this box is actually two bags. Hard to believe, but there are two different bag sizes here made with the gift bag punch board. See what I mean?

fancy Christmas gift boxes to make

The thick Whisper White bag/box stands about 7” high and the smaller copper one is close to 3” high. You make them exactly the same way with the gift bag punch board and then the smaller one fits neatly right over the top to close your box. I tied my silver edged ribbon around the “join” to fancy it up even more. Pretty awesome.

If you haven’t seen the gift bag punch board in action, you might want to take a closer look. In fact, can you tell I created this festive gift bag also with it? It looks totally different doesn’t it? It’s amazing what variety you can build with this unassuming little tool.

Let’s take a closer peek at that tag.


Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make

I have a confession. My Christmas Stocking Thinlits dies had been sitting in my cupboard since last October – yeah October 2016. I know that never happens to you, right? But when I stumbled upon the nice pristine package this fall, I knew I had to christen it. I loved them last year when they made their way onto my order – and I still think they’re pretty spectacular a year later.

You have to admit that swirly copper stocking is one heck of a reason to rip that package open. It’s a pretty simple tag really. The stocking, a little bit of copper embossing and a strip of the Year of Cheer washi tape.

Here are a couple tips for your fancy Christmas gift boxes to make:

  • Decide how big you need your bottom bag to be first. Then the top should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the size.
  • Pick two coordinating patterned papers or one solid cardstock and a patterned paper for extra pizzazz.
  • Make sure to use a really strong glue to hold your box. I used Fast Fuse for mine.
  • If you pinch the top edges of the bottom bag/box just a little, the smaller top will fit even better.
  • Tie your tag to the bigger metallic ribbon with extra lengths of metallic thread. That way you can make double bows which are ultra pretty like I did.

When you’re getting ready to wrap your holiday presents, you will want to have one of these handy dandy gift bag punch boards close by. Whip up a bag, or a box in mere minutes that have extra special personality.

How about a last look at this bee-you-tiful set of boxes.

Fancy Christmas Gift Boxes to Make


As the gift giver, you’ll have fun creating with your special person in mind. As the lucky recipient, they’ll know exactly how loved they are. When you take the time for fancy Christmas gift boxes to make this holiday, be prepared for outstanding reviews – they might not even get to what’s inside!


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