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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!

Want to Know How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home?

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!

LAST Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Today for the last in my Christmas Traditions punch box feature, I want to show you Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step.  And you know it’ll be simple – and fast.  ‘Cause it’s Keep it Simple Sunday!

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Let’s see…

  • traditional red and green
  • some silver shine and shimmer
  • a pretty polka dot see-thru ribbon

Yessirreee, got all the bases covered!

The punch box makes this card a snap with its fun shape.  I’ve matted it by taking a second Real Red punch and cutting it in half width-wise and gluing it to the back of the sentiment.  In fact it’s exactly what I did with the greeting on this twist fold card video

Here’s another view.

So FUN to Make Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

So let’s dive in!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Real Red cardstock 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scraps
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
  • All is Bright DSP – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Silver Foil sheet – 1 1/8” x 1 5/8”
  • Polka dot tulle ribbon – piece about 10”

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step for Quick Cards

Christmas Hand Made Cards Ideas Step by Step

  1. Stamp greeting in Call Me Clover ink and punch out.
  2. Punch out a Real Red shape and cut in half horizontally.  Glue to the back of the greeting so one frames the top and one frames the bottom of the sentiment.  See the TIP on my Facebook Group
  3. Glue to front of silver foil rectangle so the edges are aligned as shown.
  4. Adhere All is Bright paper to Whisper White panel.  Wrap ribbon along left hand side and tie in a knot near the bottom.  TIP: Don’t pull the knot too tight as it looks a bit more pleasing.  Glue panel to front of folded card.
  5. Affix matted greeting to left bottom of card with dimensionals.
  6. Add three clear epoxy shapes as desired.

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step are FUN!

So I’m wondering. Which has been your favourite project with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box so far?  Leave me a comment please so I don’t need to wonder anymore!

  1. my Christmas bag and tag?  
  2. the elegant decorated clear tiny treat box
  3. my non-traditional coloured soft and classy greeting card
  4. or today’s traditional coloured quick and easy card?

PS.  I also did an exclusive FB Live project for my VIPeeps group yesterday.  Come join now and take a peek. 

No matter what you design with this punch, stamps and ink, your projects big and small are sure to please your friends and family.  How about making little gift tags for your presents?  Or a cellophane wrapped table favour?  Maybe a gift card holder?  I know your punch box will come in handy for years!

To recreate this project, here are all my supplies.  When you use host code NXX3MJV4 and place an order of $75, you’ll automatically get my bonus gift the following month!   Check out this month’s gift.  Thanks so much for supporting my business.

Let's See How SIMPLE Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step Are!

Well, that about wraps up my Christmas cards for this year!  Yup, I figure you’ve got lots of ideas to keep you going if you need a last minute Christmas card crafting session.  You only need to take a peek at the last few weeks of Keep It Simple Sundays for some fast and fun inspiration.

But don’t worry.  I’ve still got lots of festive ideas for your last minute gifts and wrapping starting with Tuesday’s project.  Make sure you check back to see what it is! 

Besides, I think maybe you might like to get a few non-Christmas ideas too maybe?  From the Annual Catalogue?  Yeah that old dusty thing that’s chock full of creativity but hasn’t seen a lot of love lately? And I’m also going to start sneaking in a few peeks at items from the Occasions catalogue available in January.  Yippee!

So there’s all kinds of things coming to keep you inspired.  And if you do need another last minute card, make sure to come back to these Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step to some quick crafting.

Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas

I’ve got quick and simple Christmas handmade card making ideas you’re going to want to copy!  You’ve already seen me use the super adorable Santa’s Workshop DSP for these cute little table favours.    What about a cheerful card to go with them too?

FAST & FUN Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas

Was I right?  Sweet huh?  Can’t you just imagine them in Santa’s workshop furiously building toys for all us good little girls and boys?

You may not know this. But I have it on good authority they love working on Stampin’ Up! toys too! 😉


Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas


So let’s talk about my card and how you could change it up a couple different ways for even quicker crafting. 

Super ADORABLE Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas

Version 1

For my featured card, the focal point is a strip of the fully coloured designer series paper.  I love that the artwork is sized perfectly so you can get a 5 1/2” strip for the front of a card that’s so cute.  Can you see the white flocking on each of their hats or presents?

Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas for EVERYONE on your list!

I’ve glued my strip to a piece of Garden Green and left room at the bottom for my tiny stamped saying.

Then I took the Poppy Parade background up a notch by embossing it with the Polka Dot Basics embossing folder before gluing on my strip.

I sprinkled my dots with a few Shimmery White snowflakes for added sparkle. 

And of course, a few bits of rhinestone bling never go amiss do they?

FAST & FUN Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas

Adding a coordinating envelope ties everything together.  I cut out one of the sign posts with my framelit, stamped the sign words, and glued it to the bottom left front.

My Tips for How To Make This Card Even Quicker

Version 2

  • Glue your strip of designer paper to the Garden Green and then to the front of a plain Poppy Parade card.  Or…

Version 3

  • Adhere your strip of designer paper directly onto your Poppy Parade folded card.


OK tell me. How you will make this card?  Version one, two or three?

Here’s all the supplies so you CAN create your own version.  Pssst…Did you see my Steal of a Deal this week over on my Facebook Group?  Join in now and I’ll send you this fabulous Santa’s Workshop paper with your Signs of Santa bundle purchase.

Quick & EASY Christmas Handmade Card Making Ideas

So has your holiday card making just begun?  Or have you had the lightning bolt of inspiration just strike and you’re madly creating as we “speak”?

Or maybe you’re reading this with a self-satisfied grin on your face because all your cards are designed AND addressed with a postage stamp ready for the postman. 

No matter which paper crafter you are (I’m definitely in the last group), I’ve still got loads of Christmas handmade card making ideas coming your way so be sure to check back often.

How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies | VIDEO

Today I want to show you in my video how to use stamp sets with matching dies.  They’re the cat’s pyjamas for making fabulous cards – even quickly!  What can you expect with this card?

  • Gorgeous and unexpected holiday colours.
  • Classic design. 
  • A touch of vintage.

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

Did you see I’m using my Product of the Week, the First Frost bundle?  One of the things I LOVE about it? Its versatility.  How different is it from this thank you card 

Even with these colours, can you see Christmas?  But also, how great would it be for a birthday or thinking of you?  Or switch out the greeting for wedding or congratulations. 

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

So you hear about bundles all the time right?  Have you taken the plunge and ordered one yet?

If you’re unsure, read on to see why you will fall in love with them.

In every catalogue, you’ll see several sprinkled throughout.  Either a set of stamps complemented with a punch or a set of framelits / thinlits.  

What are the benefits to bundles?

  • a 10% savings – yippee!!
  • your completely coordinated paper crafting tool
  • generally no, or very limited fussy cutting around shapes
  • usually a mix of outline framelits and detailed framelits to add interest to your designs
  • most often words are included in this particular set so it functions as a total

But just how can bundles make your projects come to life?  Well, just like this!


How to Use Stamp Sets with Matching Dies



Bonus!  A miniscule number of supplies!

  • Pool Party cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Very Vanilla Thick cardstock – piece about 2 1/2” x 8”
  • 1/2″ Lace trim – about 6”

A word of caution about bundles.  They’re available ONLY during the life of the catalogue they first appear in.  So if First Frost shows up in the 2019 catalogue, there won’t be a bundle.  And it won’t be 10% off.  So you don’t want to miss out on the savings.  Get your First Frost bundle today.

And when you order by October 21st, I’ll send you a 1/4 package of the Frosted Floral designer series paper!

So now I need you to weigh in.  Leave me a comment.  Which is your favourite card?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

They all have the same colour combination.

how to use stamp sets with matching diesIt’s only the card base and greeting colours that are different.  See how easy it is to change things up?

how to use stamp sets with matching dies

You know, I don’t think roses, pretty leaves or berries are likely to go out of style soon.  So I predict First Frost could become a GO-TO bundle for you.

So now you see how to use stamp sets with matching dies, take a peek at the bundles in the catalogue – and get in on the savings.

Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween

Let me show how to create spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween.  They’re so quick you just might want to craft up a bunch of backgrounds to celebrate Halloween and Christmas!

And seeing it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, you know I’ve got the full measurements and instructions for this fun card.  Plus a bunch of TIPS to use when you’re making it.

Once again, we’re diving into our watercolour pencils case for an ultra, ultra – I mean really ULTRA – simple wash of colour.

Here’s what we’re making today.

Scare up some easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween

OK, I guess it’s not THAT spooky with the cute glimmery stars and moon.  But bats aren’t the most cuddly creatures on my list.  Can’t you just hear the “flap-flap-flap” of their creepy little wings?  Ewwwwwwww.

Soooo, moving on…

Bat’s aren’t ALWAYS creepy.  In fact, they’re sorta cute in this mini takeout box don’tcha think?

Here’s how you can create this card for the Halloween aficionados on your list.


  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Basic Grey cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Sparkle Glimmer paper – scraps
  • Black foil sheets – scraps

Recipe for Spookily Easy Watercolour Pencil Backgrounds for Halloween


Quick and easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

VERY lightly colour your Basic Grey watercolour pencil onto the middle portion of your watercolour paper.  TIP1: Lay the pencil on its side rather than use its point to colour.  TIP2: Leave space on all four sides of your colouring so you will have a border.  TIP3:  Try not to make an even shape.  For example, don’t try to make a circle, oval or square, just a few squiggles (Yes, I’m SURE that’s a real art term🙃!) of colour.

Use your Aqua Painter to drop in some drips of plain water onto the coloured area.  Use the tip of the Aqua Painter to move around the “paint” that develops.  TIP4: Use more water than you think to get a really translucent feel.

Let your watercolour background dry completely.  Check here for my thoughts on whether to heat set or not.  

Stamp the swirl (probably my go-to stamp for a whimsical background in a FLASH!) in Basic Grey ink onto middle of card.  Stamp greeting on bottom right.

Punch out bats from Black foil sheet.  Punch out moon and stars from Sparkle glimmer paper.

Glue Basic Grey panel to front of folded Basic Black card.  TIP5: Offset your panel for a fun look, still leaving a small black border at the bottom and top edges.  

Centre and glue watercoloured piece into middle of folded card.  TIP6: Use Tear & Tape adhesive or liquid glue for a more permanent adhesion.

Glue moon and stars with liquid adhesive.  Attach bats with mini dimensionals.

Spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds

Time to get into your craft room.  Remember to keep it simple today. 

And if you think these two punches would be awesome to add to your crafting supplies, just click on the image to go directly to my online store.  Then the little UPS truck will screech to a stop outside your door in about a week.


easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for stampers

Be sure to keep checking back to my blog here for more quick and simple card ideas this fall and holiday season!  

Between the blog and my newsletters, there are TONS of ideas headed your way!  Not on my email list?  Click here to sign up.  It’s fast, free and the BEST way to keep you in the loop!

Thank you so much for joining me today for spookily easy watercolour pencil backgrounds for Halloween project – now get busy crafting 😋!  

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