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A Box of Christmas – Love, Santa

Gift tags from the Love, Santa kit by Stampin' Up!

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! has other kits besides Paper Pumpkin? They do. And recently I got my hands on the Love, Santa kit. The kit is designed to make twelve gift tags, three of each design you see here. The tags are so simple to make and would be perfect for crafting with the kiddos or just an easy creative moment while watching a Christmas movie.

I don’t do a lot of wrapped gifts, I’m more of a stocking stuffers and experiences kind of gift giver, so four tags was plenty for me. But what to do with the other pieces of the kit?

First, I made an ornament by layering the other two taxi cabs on a piece of Bumblebee cardstock. The ornament idea worked, but not as well as I’d hoped, because these tags, aside from the one that’s an actual tag, aren’t quite symmetrical.

I chose to make a few full-sized Christmas cards, perfect for mailing and two notecards perfect for stuffing in stockings with a gift card.

Christmas Tree Cards – Love, Santa

Two Christmas cards made from the Love, Santa kit by Stampin' Up!

I started with the two Christmas trees for my cards. These two cards are essentially the same, but in one I used embossing and the other, designer paper. The card on the left has a background embossed with the Evergreens 3-D embossing folder. I also added some presents, three from the stamp in the kit on one from the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin kit.

The card on the right has a background of designer series paper from the Peaceful Place paper pack. This paper is only available through December, and it’s gorgeous. Don’t miss out. I stamped the sentiment, also from the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin, directly on the background paper.

Both trees are elevated using Dimensionals and, of course, I used some gems to add a touch of sparkle.

Full-sized Foliage Cards

Alternatives to the Love, Santa kit from Stampin' Up!

These next two cards use the tag shaped pieces as the focal point of the full-sized cards. For the card on the left, I used the Timeworn Text 3-D embossing folder on a piece of Soft Succulent cardstock. I stamped the tag with the merry sentiment from the kit in Poppy Parade and the pine bough image in Evening Evergreen. To add interest, I stamped it twice to get a second generation image as well. The Christmas part of the sentiment and the tag are raised with Dimensionals. And yes, those are sparklies from the Holiday Rhinestones pack.

The card on the right is a bit more involved. I started with a base of Soft Succulent and added a piece of the Tidings of Christmas paper. Instead of stamping the tag directly, I stamped some scrap white cardstock and fussy cut out two pine boughs. The sentiment is from the kit, stamped in Misty Moonlight to match the designer paper. I layered it on a red medallion I had in my stash and the pre-punched banner from the kit. I also added three berry sprays from my stash. For the final touch, a crinkled seam-binding ribbon bow and a few gems.

Love, Santa Note Cards

Note cards made using the Love, Santa kit from Stampin' Up!

The last cards I made with the Santas started with a base of the pre-cut Very Vanilla note cards. The size of the cards still allows them to be mailed but they will also fit easily into a stocking or be tucked into the tree for gift giving.

The card on the left has the Santa lifted up on Dimensionals. The sentiment and gems are from the kit. I used the Tidings of Christmas paper for the background for both cards.

The Santa on the right isn’t lifted up, but the sentiment is. I used the stamp from the kit and Soft Succulent ink.

I had a great time putting this kit together. It’s always fun to come up with creative ways to use the beautiful elements Stampin’ Up! includes in their kits. If you like this one, shop with me now using the code on the right. The kits are always changing and I’m excited to see what Stampin’ Up! comes up with next.

Until next time, “Ink up!”

Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Gift boxes made with the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin box from Stampin' Up!

I was a little surprised when I opened my November 2021 Paper Pumpkin, Gifts Galore. The previews showed a fun color combo of Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Old Olive, Real Red, and Evening Evergreen, so it wasn’t the colors that surprised me. It was the size of the snowman, tree, and a pile of presents. But as soon as I started working with the kit, inspiration hit.

As designed, the kit makes nine gift holders. The stamp set included three sentiments in a really fun font, as well as images of snow, a present, and a bow. I plan to fill the bags in these three with an assortment of wrapped chocolates. But they are perfectly sized for a fun pair of socks or a collection of skin care items, or even some loose tea and a tea ball. The bags that fit in these holders are imprinted with snowflakes and absolutely adorable. So, I loved the kit as designed, but look what I made.

Gifts Galore Home Decor

Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin alternative idea using desktop frames.

Because the size of the box fronts was so large, I started by measuring them. Turns out they are in the 5″x7″ range. Of course, I immediately thought of photo frames. I found some inexpensive wood options at my local hobby store and in moments had two cute decor options.

To decorate my snowman and tree, I used Shimmer Crystal Effects and some other gold shiny goo I had in my stash. I let that dry and then stamped my sentiments. The sentiment for the tree is from the Love, Santa kit (more on that later). I punched the opposite end of the snowman sentiment banner so that it would look symmetrical and placed a piece of woven Evening Evergreen ribbon underneath. The designer series paper in both frames is from the recent celebration.

For the tree, I also added some stamped, fussy-cut presents at the base. The large striped present is from Gifts Galore and the others are from the stamps in the Love, Santa kit. Super cute, super easy, and ready to be placed on a small table or anywhere that needs a festive touch.

Alternative Christmas Cards

Christmas card using the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

I use a lot more cards than gift wrapping at the holidays, so of course I wanted to make some cards with this kit. For the first card, I used a base of Flirty Flamingo with a layer of white stamped in Pool Party. The way the snow stamp is designed, it creates an even pattern easily without rotating or any other effort. I stamped about two-thirds of the way down the white panel. The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party, too. To lift the snowman and add a little depth, I used Dimensionals to adhere it do the front.

After that, I trimmed off the overhang on the right side and bottom so the card will fit in a standard envelope. For the final touch, I added some inexpensive black rhinestones I found at the hobby store. They are huge and I can’t imagine what else I’ll use them for, but the worked perfectly for the “coal.”

Christmas card using the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

The other card starts with a base of white and a layer of Flirty Flamingo on top. I used the ink in the kit and the striped rectangle to add some visual interest to that Flirty Flamingo layer. My lines are far from perfect, but the presents cover up a lot! To fit the presents on a standard card, I cut them out individually. The Stampin’ Up! paper snips really come in handy for this kind of fussy cutting. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend them and have multiple pairs for when I have groups over to craft. The presents are layers on the card using a combination of Stampin’ Seal and Dimensionals.

For the tag, I used the masking technique. I stamped “Merry” with Christmas masked off. Then I reversed that process. To make masking easy, I used removable labeling tape like this. (I don’t receive revenue from this link). The process is: Mask, Ink, Remove mask, Stamp, Clean stamp. Repeat. Don’t forget the remove mask or clean stamp steps or the results will be less than ideal. (Ask me how I know.)

Slimline Gifts Galore Alternative

Slimline card using Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin kit.

My last alternative I’m sharing is a slimline card. I use the tutorial from Jenny Card Design for my measurements, mostly. Instead of cutting my base at 7-1/2″ x 8-3/4″, I use 7-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ so I only have to make one cut. (Yes, I’m that lazy of a crafter.) Everyone has their own favorite sizes, but this works for me.

First, I cut the layer of Pool Party a 1/4″ narrower on all sides and stamped in the same ink with the snow stamp. I used the Evergreen Forest 3-D embossing folder to create the next layer with Evening Evergreen cardstock. I tore the edge off the top of the paper to give it a more organic, mountain type appearance.

The Christmas tree is from the kit and cut right down the center. Below that are two layers of white cardstock, also torn across the top, and slathered with Wink of Stella because you can never have too much sparkle.

I used the same masking technique to stamp the sentiment on two halves of one banner in the kit in Evening Evergreen ink.

I told you this kit inspired me. If you have questions about the projects or would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, let me know. Until next time, “Ink up!”

Eden’s Garden Gorgeousness

I know, “gorgeousness” is not really a word, but the Eden’s Garden collection is so pretty it needs new ones. This collection is part preview, part limited time offer. The stamp set and dies will be in the new mini catalog that is coming out in January. But the specialty designer paper and cotton paper and garden gems are only available while supplies last or until January 3. Let’s look at how pretty that paper is.

Eden’s Garden Joy

A joy fold card to show the designer series paper and cotton paper from the Eden's Garden collection from Stampin' Up!

The first project is a joy-fold card. I have so much fun making this fun fold, especially since it allows me to use lots of different patterns of paper in the collection. The Blackberry Bliss cardstock compliments both the Evening Evergreen and the Soft Succulent colors that dominate the Eden’s Garden collection.

I used the specialty paper for the back of the card and the side panel. For the front, I used a bit of each of the colors of cotton paper. This paper is like linen, but softer. Yet, it die cuts beautifully even with the detailed wreath die included in the bundle.

I used some gold embossing for the sentiment and the banner is also cut with a die in the set. I didn’t have the Eden’s Garden gems when I made this card, so I used some with a touch of gold to complement the gold foil in the designer series paper.

Here is a link to the measurements and instructions for making a joy fold card.

A Tasteful Take

Another Eden's Garden card using the Tasteful Labels dies from Stampin' Up!

This second card really shows off several of the patterns in the specialty designer series paper pack. I used a sketch based on ovals, but instead of the oval shapes, I substituted the Tasteful Labels dies.

The base of the card is Evening Evergreen with a panel of Eden’s Garden DSP. On top of that I added a horizontal strip of paper, 1″x4″. Next, is a layer of Soft Succulent cardstock stamped in the matching ink with one of the leaf sprays from the stamp set.

The focal point is the series for the three shapes, two cut from the DSP and the final one stamped in Tuxedo Black with a sentiment from the set. Sending Hugs is such a great sentiment. I know I’ll use that one a lot.

For the final touch, I tucked a folded piece of Evening Evergreen woven ribbon under the Soft Succulent panel on the right-hand side. And of course, I had to decorate the panel of my envelope to match. #cutthepaper.

If you like this paper as much as I do, be sure to order soon. You can use the code found on the right-hand panel of this page. Until next time, “Ink up!”