Ho, Ho, Ho

Being sick just before Christmas was not good.  I’ve neglected to do many things.  Posting to my blog has been one of those things.  I do have Christmas projects to share – but getting them photographed, edited and posted here on my blog has just not been happening.  ugh!  And now Christmas is almost here.  I still have shopping to do to.  So I’m going to write this quick post and then go out and try to get that done.  And maybe I’ll write a second post tonight when I get home and share another project with you.

HO, HO, HO!!  I love this pouch made with the Simply Created Banner Kit.


I got this idea from Patty Bennett  and her Halloween pouches that she made a couple of months ago.  I used the Simply Created Banner Kit and the Santa’s List stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Catalog.

Here are some tips –

  • I use Washi Tape to hold the stencils in place over my canvas banner piece.  And then use a Sponge Dauber with the ink pad to stencil the pattern.
  • Use Gumball Green ink for the chevron stencil
  • Use Cherry Cobbler ink for the letter stencils
  • I used and Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to create faux stitching around the edges.
  • Cut a piece of card stock the same width as the banner piece.  Add Sticky Strip to the sides and bottom of the back side of the banner.  Then adhere that to the card stock piece.  After it was attached I trimmed the bottom of the card stock to match the banner.
  • Add ribbon through the grommets in the banner.
  • Stamp the Santa image, punch out, mat on Cherry Cobbler, color in a touch and attach to the banner with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the Ho Ho Ho image (from Oh, Goodie stamp set) and punch out with the bitty label punch and add it to the Santa circle.

Fill the pouch with something fun.  In the picture there are just a few candy canes in there but something more will fit in there – I just didn’t have anything on hand.  Hang it on a doorknob to leave a little surprise for some one.  It could be a secret Santa surprise for you neighbor or co-worker.  Enjoy!



Christmas Blessings Star

I love how this card turned out.  I used the single stamp Christmas Star.  It is much bigger than I thought it was going to be.  It’s nearly as big as my hand.  The single stamp flyer shows it much smaller.


I originally created this as a WOW Holiday swap for a swap group that I’m in called the GoDiva’s.  There are lots of really WOW card ideas in this group and I always wonder is mine WOW enough to be included.  I mailed off my swaps and received a bag in return of a whole bunch of new ideas.  I also decided to use this as my swap card at my PAWS team meeting earlier this month.

Here is how I made it:

  • The card base is Soft Suede card stock.
  • Then there is a Very Vanilla layer – first I stamped “Christmas Blessings” using Soft Suede ink (and yes I did use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for these to make sure they were really straight).  Then I used the polka dot stencil from the Build A Banner Kit, Gold Ink and a sponge dauber – I added gold polka dots in the background – somewhat random and varying the intensity of the gold.  I also stamped the small splatter dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Crumb Cake ink and sponged the edges.
  • I stamped the Christmas Star on Very Vanilla card stock using Soft Suede ink.  Cut the star out and then scored it on all the lines so that I could fold the star and make it 3-D.
  • Using half of a tea lace doily it was ruffled up and glued to the back of half the star.  I added the star to the front of the card – stack up dimensionals under the center so it doesn’t flatten out.
  • I added a Jumbo Rhinestone to the center of the star.
  • To finish the card I used the Naturals Cotton ribbon – cut the length that you want, then cut it in half through the whole length and then in half again – so you are using 1/4 of the width of the ribbon – I wanted the fraying to give it a natural look.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Halloween BOO Banner

boo-bannerThe Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat theme this fall was “Tackle the Holidays”.  So our first holiday was Halloween.  The project was this BOO Banner made with the Simply Created Banner Kit.

I probably need to take a new photograph with it hanging up – this one is lying on my dining room table and you can hardly see the black glittery punch art spider hanging off the bottom.  And we cheated just a little when we made this one – Cindy had one of the accessory kits for the banners – the Halloween one and it had the big Bat in it.  We needed 12 but didn’t want to buy a kit for each person and increase the price or our retreat.  So instead we traced the one that Cindy had and made a template for everyone to trace and cut – a bit more work but the effect was the same.  We covered the bat with the 2-way glue pen and black glitter and it was done.

Here are some more details on how this banner came together –

  • Using Sponge Daubers and Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black ink stencil the polka dots on one banner piece and the chevrons on another.  The dot stencil you can line up with the two grommets at the top of the banner.boo-b
  • Use the alphabet stencils and the mask to stencil a ‘b’ and and ‘o’ in black.
  • For the center banner cover it with the mask stencil so that you have just the large circle open.  Use a spritzer filled with Crushed Curry ink and rubbing alcohol (20 drops of ink refill).  Spritz the circle.  Let it dry for a minute and before removing the stencil use a sponge and Summer Starfruit ink to sponge around the edge of the circle to add some depth.
  • Trace and cut out the bat.  Cover with 2-way glue pen and black glitter.  Attach to the banner.
  • Create the pumpkin.  Three xl-Oval punches in Pumpkin Pie – sponge the edges with Pumpkin Pie Ink.  Layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A hand cut piece of black for the stem.  Old Olive punched from the Boho Blossom punch for the leaves.  A little piece of Linen Thread tied around the stem.  Attach to banner with dimensionals.boo-close-up
  • create the Spider.  (I really need to get another picture so you can see it better.)  The body is the Mosaic punch, the head 3/4″ circle punch, the legs are the Chevron Punch each one cut in half to make them thinner, plus a thin strip for the web part.  Glue all the pieces together.  Then cover with the 2-way glue pen and black glitter.  Attach to the back of the banner so it is hanging down.
  • String all the banners on a piece of Jute.
  • Add ribbon to the jute on each end.  Summer Starfruit and Basic Black ribbon.

Let just say there was black glitter everywhere and I am very glad we did this project in my craft room and not in the dining room or kitchen table.

Now go make your Halloween banner – it will be here soon!

And to see a stepped up version of this banner that Cindy made for one of her Artisan team projects – look here.

Thanks for stopping by today!