Quick Chapstick Holder Stocking Stuffer

My grandchildren enjoy Chapstick so I got them each one for Christmas.  Then came the wrapping process.  The Chapstick Holders I found on Pinterest were rather time-consuming to make multiples.  So I came up with my own version using the Gift Card Envelope Thinlit.
Chapstick Holder

Chapstick:  I used the Blistex brand this time-get at your local store.  SU does not make these  😉
Card Stock in their favorite color
Big Shot & Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies #135854
Fast Fuse Double-sided adhesive (or you can use Sticky Strip.  Glue Dots were not strong enough)
Ribbon or Baker’s Twine
Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade
Paper Snips

1.  Cut out your 6″ wide card stock using your Big Shot and Gift Card Envelope Thinlit.  Stamp or decorate now if desired.  As you can see mine were left plain.
Chapstick Holder diagram2.  Score 1/2″ from the long Thinlit score line on the inside rectangle of the Gift Card Envelope on both sides as shown in the diagram.  Score the full length of the card stock.  Cut out the triangles you made on the small flaps.  Fold all your score lines.
3.  Put Fast Fuse adhesive where all the pink lines are in the diagram:  Lines in the center section to hold your Chapstick and lines on the outside edges of the larger flaps to hold your container closed.  Place your Chapstick on the center Fast Fuse line, then close the flaps.  Rub where the Fast Fuse is to make sure it sticks to the card stock.
4.  Write a name (You can use one of the tag/banner Framelits that come with the Thinlit.  I was in a rush so I just wrote directly on the container.)
5.  Tie with ribbon or Baker’s Twine to complete your gift.  And it only took a few minutes!  You get quicker with each one you make!

Happy Gift Giving!
Nendy Kerr

Merry Christmas Framable

Here is a Merry Christmas Printable as my Christmas Gift to you!  It was made with My Digital Studio (MDS) using the Christmas Collage stamp brush set.  I have searched and cannot find the item #.  Just print this, frame it, and hang it up.  You can use your 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to punch out and insert a photo in the big circle if you want.  Enjoy!
Merry Christmas Framable
Merry Christmas Framable Link

Merry Christmas from me to YOU!!
Nendy Kerr

Merry Nordic Christmas!

I love the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper which is perfect for Christmas Cards.  You can use the paper of your choice and have a card just as nice and use it for any occasion.
Nordic Merry Christmas Card

Stamps:  Christmas Bliss Photopolymer #138897
Ink:  Real Red
Card Stock:  Garden Green
Whisper White
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper #135822
Big Shot:  Chalk Talk Framelits #129983
Other:  Nordic Designer Buttons #135836
Linen Thread
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon #135839
Glue Dots
Fast Fuse OR SNAIL Double-sided Adhesive

1.  Cut your Garden Green card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video for more instructions.
2.  Cut your Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Place your Ribbon about 1″ from the bottom edge.  Attach about 1/2″ on the back of your DSP with SNAIL or Glue Dots, then wrap around the front of the DSP and attach the other end on the back of the DSP.  Attach this card layer to your card base.
3.  Stamp “Merry Christmas” in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out with the coordinating Chalk Talk Framelit.  Put Dimensionals on the back.
4.  Cut a piece of Garden Green card stock at 1-11/16″ x 4-1/2″.  Use the Chalk Talk Framelit of the same width to cut the ends.  (I think it is the 2nd largest width-wise.)  Watch the Big Shot Basics Video 1 starting at 5:43 to see how this is done.  Using a Magnetic Frame makes it even easier.  Put Dimensionals on the back.  Add your Merry Christmas to the front.
5.  Tie some Linen Thread through the button holes and tie one knot.  Attach your Buttons to the Garden Green Chalk Talk label with 2 Glue Dots on the back of each button.
6.  Your Christmas Card is finished.

Variations:  This card design can be used for any occasion.  Change the papers, stamps, and embellishments to fit the occasion you need a card for.

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Framelit Christmas Ornament

We are putting up our Christmas Tree on Monday so I just had to make another Ornament.  This one uses the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit and one sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It is a quick and easy project for all crafters.
Apothecary Accents Christmas Tree Ornament

Designer Series Paper.  Nordic Noel #135822  shown
Paper Trimmer with cutting and scoring blades
Tombow Glue
Dazzling Details:  Original Clear,  Cherry Cobbler, Gold Glitz, Silver Sparkle
Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon #119251
Big Shot:  
Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003

1.  Cut your Designer Series Paper into two 5-1/2″ x 12″ pieces.
2.  Cut out six of the largest Apothecary Accents Framelit.
3.  Use your Paper Trimmer and scoring blade to score your Apothecary Accents Die Cuts in half.  I used the top point and lined it up in the Paper Trimmer’s cutting groove.  Fold each one in half along score line.
3a.  Optional:  Put a line of Dazzling Details along the outside edges of each die cut.  It is much easier to do it now than after the Ornament is finished.  You will have to wait for it to dry before completing the rest of the steps though.  NOTE:  I added mine after the Ornament was put together.  You can only do alternate sections, wait for them to dry, then finish the others.  Do whichever way you want.  I need to order more Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details because the original clear Dazzling Details just doesn’t look as good.
4.  Put Tombow Glue on one half of your die cut.  Attach it to another die cut half lining up the outside edges.  Do this with five of your die cuts.
5.  Cut about 12″ to 24″ of Ribbon depending on how long of a hanging cord you want.  Tie the cut ends together in a knot.  This will help prevent the ribbon from slipping through and adds a decorative feature.
6.  Run Tombow Glue along the center fold.  Place your Ribbon along the fold and rub it to make sure it is secure.  I also glued the Ribbon together that is in the Ornament.  Make sure the Ribbon is laying flat and the knot is tight at the bottom of your Ornament.
7.  Now attach the last die cut to the Ornament with Tombow Glue.  The last edge may be harder to line up the edges, but you can do it with only a little extra work.
7.  Let dry for at least 15 minutes or so before hanging on your Christmas Tree.  (Or letting the children play with it.)
Ribbon Note:  I used the full 24″ and decided it was way too long.  So I cut it in half at the top and tied a knot.  Then I used ribbon off the roll to tie a bow on top.  I am much happier with it now.

~You can alternate the DSP side which shows so you have two different patterns showing.
~Use Glimmer Paper in either just one color or two colors.

Happy Christmas Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

Sparkly Curvy Christmas Ornament

Here is a fun Christmas Ornament to make using the Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlit and the Mosaic Punch.  Just choose two colors of Glimmer Paper.  I like to make each of my family members an ornament each year.  This one will be quick and easy.  It can also be mailed flat in a larger envelope.
Curvy Box Christmas Ornament

Card Stock:  Whisper White
Red Glimmer Paper
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Big Shot:  Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlit #135853
Bitty Banners Framelits #129267
Punch:  Mosaic #131267
Other:  Bone Folder
Tombow Glue
Baker’s Twine or Ribbon or tree hook
Sandwich baggie
Stack of books 🙂  (Well, you can save one out to read while waiting.)

1.  Cut your Curvy Keepsakes Box out.  I would recommend just cutting a single layer.  Have the Glimmer Paper facing up for both pieces.  You will need two 6-1/4″ x 6″ pieces of Glimmer Paper.  Watch this video for Curvy Box Basics.
Tip:  Box Shaping with Bone Folder Note:  Put your thumb or finger on the fold line when shaping your box with the Bone Folder otherwise the Glimmer separates from the backing and you have to glue it together.
2.  Attaching the pieces together:  Glue the bottom pieces together as shown in the video.  Add the Punched Mosiac Pieces about 1/4″ above the fold line.
Tip:  Tombow had a harder time sticking together, so I placed the glued pieces flat on the counter with a sandwich baggie on top.  I then added a stack of books and left to start writing this post and have some breakfast.  You can stack multiple Ornaments under the same stack of books – Just remember to separate them with a baggie so they don’t stick together.
3.  Optional:  Stamp a sentiment and punch it out.  Add to one of the rounded handles with Baker’s Twine if you want them to open the Ornament OR tie it on through both handles after the box is assembled so it can remain in box shape.  Put your Ornament together.
4.  Some wait time, but totally worth it for your Sparkly Ornament!  Just add either a Tree Hook, Ribbon, or Baker’s Twine to hold it on your Christmas Tree.

Happy Christmas Decorating!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Banner Card

Use the Seasonally Scattered and Watercolor Winter Too stamp sets to make this Merry Christmas card. This is another card that is quick and easy to make if you are giving out lots of Christmas cards.
Christmas Banner Card

Stamps:  Seasonally Scattered  wood #135020  clear #135023  Spanish #137391
Watercolor Winter Too  Photopolymer #136819
Ink:  Real Red
Mossy Meadow
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Garden Green
Real Red
Big Shot:  Banner Framelits #132173
Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder #132174
Other:  Tombow Glue

1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  (Optional)  Cut your Real Red card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.
3.  Stamp “Merry” in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  You can stamp “Christmas” with Mossy Meadow ink on now OR after you cut out the “Merry” with the Banner Framelit.  Whichever you feel more secure doing.
4.  Cut out your “Merry” with a Banner Framelit.  Cut the next larger Banner Framelit with Garden Green card stock.  (Stamp “Christmas” now if you didn’t earlier.)  Put Dimensionals on the back of both Banner pieces.  Layer them and attach to card front.
5.  Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Snowflake Christmas Card

This fun Christmas card uses the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and some Christmas stamps.  You could change the stamps to make a Birthday card or card for any occasion.
Snowflake Christmas Card

Stamps:  Sassy Salutations  wood #132070  clear #126707  MDS #130860
Christmas Bliss Photopolymer #138897
Petite Pairs
Ink:  Soft Sky
Real Red
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Real Red
Big Shot:  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902
Other:  Adhesive
Sponge wedge or Sponge Dauber

1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Whisper White card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  Lightly sponge the raised snowflakes with Soft Sky ink.
3.  Stamp your sentiments and image in Real Red ink.
4.  Admire your fun card!  Now, change the colors or stamps for a new look!

Happy Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Gentle Peace Nativity Card with Blendabilities

This Nativity stamp set reminds me of one Stampin’ Up! had years ago.  It is perfect for using either Markers or Blendabilities.  This card uses Blendabilities and one Marker.  Enjoy making this fun Christmas card!
Nativity Christmas Card

Stamps:  Gentle Peace Photopolymer #139523
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
Smokey Slate Marker
Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
Melon Mambo Blendabilities
Old Olive Blendabilities
Card Stock: Whisper White
Daffodil Delight
Bermuda Bay
Other:  Dimensionals
Scissors or Paper Snips

1.  Let’s do our stamping and coloring first.  Stamp the Nativity on Whisper White card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  You can choose any color to start coloring.  Watch the Blendabilities for Beginners video.
Here is a list of what each Blendabilities and Marker are used for:
~Smokey Slate: Swaddling/blanket around Baby Jesus
~Daffodil Delight:  Halos, hair, beard, star.  I used the light and medium to blend the halos.  Hair is the darkest Blendabilities.  Choose which you want for the hair and beard-the darkest was used here.  The star is the lightest.  Around the star alternates the light and medium.  The circle Frame around the star is the lightest.
~Melon Mambo:  Mary’s clothes and head covering.  The Blending technique was used here.
~Old Olive: Joseph’s clothes and head covering.  The Blending technique was also used here.
~Coastal Cabana:  Stained Glass background and borders.  Background behind Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph:  This is the only part of the Stained Glass where I actually used all 3 Blendabilities in each rectangle.  The Frame just around the background is the lighter Blendabilities.  The part behind the star alternates the medium and light Blendabilities.  The outside frame has the darkest Blendabilities in each corner and the alternates the medium and light in between the corners.
2.  Cut your colored image out with scissors.  I tried not to leave any white showing this time.  Put Dimensionals on the back.
3.  Cut your Daffodil Delight card stock at 3″ x 4-3/4″.  Center the cut out colored image on top.  Add Dimensionals to the back.
4.  Cut your Bermuda Bay card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Add your layered image.  You are done!

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Newborn King Oval Triple Time Card

Here is a Christmas Card with a twist on the Triple Time Stamping Technique using Framelits instead of cutting rectangles.  This card also uses a single image stamp instead of lots of different stamps so this is a quick and easy card to make lots of.  Enjoy!
Newborn King Christmas Card

Stamps:  The Newborn King wood #135110 clear #135113 French #136976 Spanish #136973
Christmas Bliss Photopolymer #138897
Ink:  Garden Green Marker
Chocolate Chip Marker
Melon Mambo Marker
Night of Navy Marker
Crushed Curry Marker
Real Red ink pad
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Garden Green
Big Shot:  Oval Collection Framelits #129381
Decorative Dots embossing folder #133520
Punch:  Decorative Label #120907
Other:  Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
SNAIL Adhesive
Tombow Glue
Dazzling Details

1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut your Whisper White card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Run through your Big Shot with the Decorative Dots embossing Folder.  Glue to card base.
2.  You will be using all the Oval Framelits except the Large Scallop – that leaves six.  The smallest one will be Whisper White card stock.  The 2nd from the smallest will be Garden Green card stock, the 3rd from the smallest will be Whisper White, the 4th from the smallest will be Garden Green, the 5th from the smallest will be Whisper White, the 6th from the smallest will be Garden Green.  You can cut all 3 shapes from the same color at the same time.
3.  Stack the Whisper White Ovals in order using some SNAIL Adhesive (which you touch a couple of times so it is easier to remove).  I usually use about 1/4″ length on each side so the card stock stays in place.
4.  Stamp your image on your Stamp-a-ma-jig.  More instructions in THIS VIDEO.  Position it so the stable and Baby Jesus is in the center of the smallest Oval.  Leave the imaging sheet and Handle in place while you color your stamp with Markers.  (You can use just one ink pad for the whole stamp if you want to.  That will make it even quicker.
~Garden Green:  Tree tops and shrubs
~Chocolate Chip:  Tree Trunks, stable, Baby Jesus’ head
~Night of Navy-Joseph
~Melon Mambo:  Mary
Breath on the stamp several times to remoisten the ink.  Readjust Stamp-a-ma-jig if necessary.  Remove imaging sheet and stamp.  Color in the stable with the brush tip of the Chocolate Chip Marker and make thin lines on the tree trunks with the fine tip.
5.  Insert the Garden Green Ovals with the stamped Whisper White Ovals.  Use SNAIL or Fast Fuse or Tombow Glue.  Add Dimensionals to the back of the largest Oval.  Set aside.
6.  Stamp your sentiment in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  My strip of card stock is 1-1/2″ tall and was around 3″ long to start with.  Use the Decorative Label Punch to punch the ends of your sentiment strip.
7.  Place Ovals and sentiment in desired positions.  Attach the Ovals with Dimensionals.  Add Dimensionals to the back of the lower edge of your sentiment and Fast Fuse or Tombow Glue to the back of the top part.
8.  Now for some sparkle!  Add Dazzling Details to all the embossed dots that still show up on your card front.  You can also “dot your I”  and add some to the inside of the swirls on your sentiment.  Set aside to dry.
9.  You now have a wonderful Christmas card to give to someone special.

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Merry Christmas Banner

I do LOVE making Banners and here is the Christmas Banner we made at my last class.  Hope you have fun making one of your own.  It is pretty easy and only takes a couple of hours to make.  I made it while helping my daughter after she had her baby.  I used a retired alphabet die because my DH could not find the current one to bring to me.  I was just pleased with how many of the crafting supplies he found.  🙂
Merry Christmas Banner

Kit:  Banner Kit #132699  OR Build a Banner Kit (includes stencils) #133507
Merry & Bright
Cherry Cobbler
Real Red OR Cherry Cobbler Marker
Card Stock:
  Red Glimmer Paper #121790
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper #135315
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003  OR Framelits of your choice
Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Die #133725 (I used a retired one which is about the same size.)
Ribbons:  Cherry Cobbler 3/4″ Chevron #130012
1/8″ Silver #132137
Other:  Tombow Glue

1.  Choose whether you want “Merry” all on one Banner as shown OR each letter on a separate Banner.  The Basic Instructions here will be for “Merry” all on one Banner as shown.
2.  Choose your letter dies.  You can also use an e-cutter to cut your letters.  The size of your letters helps determine which Framelits you can use and if you use a second Framelit shape to put the letters on.  The Perfect Print Letters are about the same height as the letters I used but thinner and even the “M” fits all the way inside the smaller Apothecary Arts shape.
3.  Choose your Framelits.  I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Do you want two Framelits shapes or just one under the letters.  Would you like the word “Merry” on one banner or with each letter on a separate Banner?
How to make the banner pictured above.
1.  Choose the number of banners and banner shapes and put them in the order you want them.  I used 10 Banner pieces.  I started with the the one that is like an arrow pointing down, then the one with the notch, then the one with the rounded bottom and repeated this pattern ending with the same pointing down shape I started with.
2.  Get out your Framelits and Big Shot.  I cut five of the largest shape and four of the smaller shape from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  Then I cut four of the largest shape and five of the smaller shape from the Red Glimmer Paper.
3.  Now to cut the letters.  If you are using a Bigz die for the letters you can cut 2-3 at the same time if you lay them over the letters you need or stack the papers 2-3 high.
~Red Glimmer Paper:  MERRY H I T A
~Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper:  CRSMS
4.  Use your Real Red or Cherry Cobbler Marker to edge the Dazzling Diamonds larger shape Framelits and also any letters that hang over and blend in.  You don’t have to edge all the Dazzling Diamond letters, just the ones that need it.  HERE is a video showing some edging techniques.
5.  If you have any of the Red Glimmer letters that hang over and blend in, cut the letters out of Whisper White card stock and glue the the parts that need the emphasis under the Glimmer letters.  Yes, you cut the letters at least in half.
6.  Now to start gluing things together.  Glue the “MERRY” on the first Banner.  Now stamp the stars on with Cherry Cobbler ink.
I will list the letter first, then the smaller shape color, then the larger shape color.  DD=Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Red=Red Glimmer Paper
~C in DD, Red small, DD large
~H in red, DD small, Red large
~R in DD, Red small, DD large (I edged my R with red because it hangs over)
~I in red, DD small, Red large
~S in DD, Red small, DD large
~T in red, DD small, Red large
~M in DD, Red small, DD large ( I also edged my M with a marker)
~A in Red, DD small, Red large
~S in DD, Red small, DD large
7.  String the Jute cord through the grommet holes, making sure you do them the same way, either with the cord behind the banner OR in front of the banner.  Choose which you like best.  My Jute is behind each banner piece.
8.  I cut the ribbons each about 6-7 inches long.  I cut 11 sets.  Hold them together and tie as one ribbon moving them so the silver ends up facing forward on both ends.  Tie the first set on the left side of the “Merry” Banner, then between the MERRY and the C banners, repeat between each banner, and end on the right side of the S banner.
9.  Tie some loops in your Jute and hang your Banner.  Adjust the Banner pieces and the Ribbons.  Adjust the hanging loops if necessary.  When it is positioned the way you like it, you can cut off the excess Jute.
10.  Admire your Sparkly Christmas Banner!

Merry Christmas Crafting!
Nendy Kerr

Newborn King Christmas Card

I love the religious Christmas stamps and The Newborn King stamp set is a good one to use with Markers.  Have fun making your own Newborn King Christmas Card!
Newborn King Christmas Card

Stamps:  The Newborn King  w#135110  c#135113  French #136976  Spanish #136973
Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer #135819
Ink:  Real Red
Garden Green Marker
Baked Brown Sugar Marker
Lost Lagoon Marker
Hello Honey Marker
Card Stock:  Real Red
Garden Green
Whisper White
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper #135822
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits
Other:  Basic Rhinestones
Fast Fuse OR SNAIL Adhesive

1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to card base.
3.  Color your stamp with the Garden Green (Tree Tops), Baked Brown Sugar (Stable, tree trunks), Lost Lagoon (Mary & Joseph), and Hello Honey Markers (baby Jesus, stars).  Remember to open your mouth and huff on the colored stamp a couple of times to remoisten the ink, then stamp on Whisper White card stock.
4.  Take you stamped image and cut out with your Big Shot and the desired Oval Framelit.  Stamp “Christmas” at the top of the Oval with Real Red Ink.  Cut a piece of Garden Green card stock with the next larger Oval Framelit.  Layer them together with Dimensionals and attach to the card with Dimensionals.
5.  Add Basic Rhinestones over the stars and the dotted “I” if desired.
6.  Admire before sending it to someone.

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Ho Ho Ho Santa Christmas Card

We made this cute Santa Card at an Upline Meeting I attended.  How many Christmas cards are you sending this year?
Santa Christmas Card

Stamps:  Get Your Santa On  Photopolymer #135761
Ink:  Black StazOn ink pad
Real Red Marker
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Real Red
Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper #135822
Big Shot:  Banner Framelits #132173
Other:  SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesive
Glue Dots
Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon #135840

1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and Fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach to your card base.
3.  Choose the desired size Banner Framelit.  Cut one each in Whisper White and Real Red card stock.
4.  Stamp your Santa Suit and Ho! Ho! Ho!  with Black StazOn ink on the Whisper White Banner you just cut out.  Color with your Real Red Marker.
5.  Position your Banners as desired and attach.
6.  Tie a bow with your Ribbon and attach it with Glue Dots.
7.  Admire your quick and cute Christmas Card.

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Cheer & Filigree Frame Christmas Card

Here is the first Christmas card of the year!  I was experimenting with the NEW Filigree Frame Embossing Folder and wanted to see the raised part of the image better so I sponged the front of the embossing folder.  Now I can see all those swirly lines!  I used the Christmas Cheer stamp set to complete the card.Christmas Cheer & Filigree Frame card SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Christmas Cheer w#136146  c#135149  French
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Real Red Marker
Always Artichoke Marker
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
Big Shot:  Filigree Frame embossing folder #135818
Other:  Sponge wedge
Tombow Glue or Fast Fuse Adhesive

INSTRUCTIONS:1.  Cut your Very Vanilla card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this video about Basic Card Bases if you need more instruction.
2.  Cut your card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Sponge the inside front of your embossing folder using your sponge wedge and Mossy Meadow ink to color the Filigree designs leaving the center of the folder uninked.  Lay your card front on the back, uninked part of your embossing folder centering it as desired.  Gently close and run through your Big Shot.  Carefully open it and remove your inked, embossed card front.
3.  Color your stamp using the Markers.  I colored only the pine tree pieces Always Artichoke.  The words and other designs are colored with the Real Red Marker.  Remember to breathe on the inked stamp several times to moisten the ink, then stamp.
4.  Attach your card front to your card.
5.  Wahoo!!  You have now made your FIRST Christmas Card too.  How many more Christmas cards are you sending?

Happy Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Tag a Bag

Christmas is in two days and here is my last packaging idea using the Tag a Bag.  Do you need a small gift bag to hold a set of cards or other relatively flat gift?  Use the Tag a Bag for a quick gift wrapping solution!  You can also use your card stock and ribbon scraps.
Christmas Tag a Bag

Bag:  Tag a Bag Gift Bags #131370  You get 10 food safe bags for $3.95
Stamps:  Hello Lovely  w#130240  c#130243  MDS#134852
Ink:  Bermuda Bay
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Old Olive
Silver Glimmer Paper
Big Shot:  Labels Collection Framelits #125598  OR use an extra large punch
Other:  SNAIL Adhesive
Glue Dots
Basic Rhinestones
1/8″ Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon #131206
Chevron Ribbon scrap about 3-4″ long

1.  Insert your gift into your Tag a Bag and fold the top over to form a flap.
2.  Cut out the desired size Label Framelit from Silver Glimmer Paper.
3.  Cut your Old Olive card stock 3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Cut  the banner ends.
4.  Stamp your sentiment in Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut it out with scissors leaving a white border around the outside edge.
5.  Cut banner ends on your Chevron Ribbon.  Fold it in half at an angle and attach to the back of your sentiment with several Glue Dots.
6.  Now lay out all your pieces in the desired positions on your Tag a Bag Flap.  Adhere them together and to the flap using SNAIL and Glue Dots.  Add some Basic Rhinestones if desired.
7.  Wrap your 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around your Tag a Bag and tie a knot.  Trim ends if desired.
8.  Yes, this does look like a few steps but should take you less than 10 minutes to make even on a slow day-providing you can quickly find all your tools and supplies.

Merry Christmas Gifting!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Cellophane Gift Bag with Handmade Cards

I like to give my family a set of cards for Christmas.  This year they are wrapped in a 6″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag with a Top Note topper and Washi Tape closure.
Christmas Card Gift Bag

Stamps:  Sassy Salutations w#132070  c#126707
Secret Garden w#131940  c#129144
Ink:  Garden Green
Raspberry Ripple
Card Stock:
  Whisper White
Big Shot:  Top Note Die #113463
Other:  Large Flat Cello Bags #102210  50 bags for $4.95
SNAIL Adhesive
Gingham Garden Washi Tape #129314

Christmas Cards Gift Bag-Top Note PlacementINSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut a Top Note for each cello bag from Whisper White card stock.  Stamp “Thinking of you” in Garden Green and a flower in Raspberry Ripple on the long side of your Top Note.
2.  Adhere the Decorated Top Note to your Bag using SNAIL Adhesive.
3.  Choose 6-8 cards to give away.  Add the envelopes.  (More cards and envelopes may fit in the bag.)  Put in the cello bag.
4.  Fold Top Note and cello bag over cards.  Hold the bag closed with Washi Tape.  This way they can open and close the bag over and over.
5.  Wrap with wrapping paper if desired.  Brighten someone’s days with the gift of Handmade cards they can share with their family and friends!

Happy Year-Round Gifting!
Nendy Kerr

3D Christmas Star Card

I visited my son and his family in July and got the idea for this Christmas Star card.  My daughter-in-law had a 3D four-point Star for us to make.  She also wanted a Five-Point Star and made a pentagon shape to make the star.  This is SO much easier!  No math or complicated figuring things out.  Just stamp, cut, and assemble with Glue Dots.
3D Christmas Star Card

Stamps:  Christmas Star Single Stamp c#134813
Delightful Dozen w#128547  c#122652
Ink:  Encore Gold Metallic #132141
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Paper Snips or Scissors
Glue Dots

1.  Cut your Cherry Cobbler card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Stamp your sentiment at the bottom of your card front in Gold Ink.
3.  Stamp your Christmas Star in Gold ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out as shown in photo below.  Fold as shown in photo below.
3D Christmas Star - Fold Lines and Glue Dot Placement4.  Use Glue Dots to shape your Christmas Star as shown in photos above and below.  I pushed my Paper Snip blades inside to help press against the Glue Dots from underneath.
3D Christmas Star - Folded Front and Back5.  Attach your Christmas Star to your card front using either Dimensionals or Glue Dots along the Star Points.
6.  Impress your friends and let them know how talented you are!

Merry Christmas Stamping!
Nendy Kerr

Mini Muslin Christmas Bag

Stamp a Mini Muslin Bag to hold a small Christmas gift or treat.  It is super quick and easy!
Mini Muslin Christmas Bag

Bags:  Mini Muslin Bags  #132180
Stamps:  Christmas Messages  w#131790  c#131793
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (freshly inked if necessary)
Other:  Clear Mount Block E #118484
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Edge Stitched Ribbon  #132135
Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine #123125
Season of Style Journaling Tags #132808  Or your own hand made tag

1.  Reink your Cherry Cobbler ink pad if necessary.  Put your Clear Mount Block E inside your Mini Muslin Bag and straighten out the fabric.  This firm surface will help you get a great stamp impression.
2.  Ink your stamp and stamp on the Mini Muslin Bag holding stamp in position for a few seconds to let the ink sink into the fabric.  You can stamp both sides of the bag if desired.
3.  Choose your tag and punch a hole in the upper left corner if needed.
4.  Tie a knot on one of the Mini Muslin Bag cords using about 6 inches of Cherry Cobbler 1″ Ribbon.  Tie the knot loose enough that the Ribbon will slide as you loosen and tighten the cord it is attached to.
5.  Tie your Tag on using Baker’s Twine next to the Cherry Cobbler Knot close to the Bag.
6.  Admire your less than 5 minute gift package!

Merry Christmas Gifting!
Nendy Kerr

MDS Merry Christmas Card

Want a super quick way to make lots of Christmas Cards?  Use My Digital Studio to design and print your own or get them professionally printed.  Watch this video which shows you how to design and print your own cards at home.
Merry Christmas MDS Card

Christmas Cheer Designer Kit-Designer Series Paper pattern 1  #123956  $9.95
Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon  #131063  $3.95
Naughty or Nice Bows-Cherry Cobbler Pattern  #132619  $2.95
Lots of Tags Punch-Shape 3  #124441  $0.95
Words-Harrington Font size 24 and bold.  Choose your favorite font that is listed.

1.  Choose a Greeting Card 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Landscape.
Note.  If you are printing your own:  Watch the Video to show you how.  Choose “Custome/8-1/2″ x 11″ Landscape”.  Set up your Guidelines and do everything inside the Bottom Guidelines as shown.  Turn off the “View/Bleed Area to avoid confusion.  The Designer Series Paper dimensions will be different and you may have to resize the Punch, Text, and Bows a little.  All instructions given below are to have the card Professionally Printed or Emailed.
2.  Choose your Christmas Cheer Designer Series Paper as a Page Layer and Crop it to 5.25 Wide and 4.0 High.  Align both Vertically and Horizontally.
3.  Now choose your Background Paper by choosing the “Color”.  Instead of using the Color Palette that comes up, choose the “Picker” Tab.  Move your cursor over until you find the medium red color.  Click and apply.
4.  Add your Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and position just around the center.
5.  Choose your Tag Punch and resize it to the desired size.  Color fill is Whisper White.  Add a size 8 Cherry Cobbler Mat.
6.  Type in your Text.  I used the Harrington font Size 24 and bold.  Move to desired position on your Tag.
7.  Choose your Naughty or Nice Bow.  I used the size it come.  Use three bows and position them as desired.
8.  Now to add the Drop Shadows for the Finishing Touch!
~Photos (Designer Series Paper)  75% Opacity, Medium Blur
~Embellishments 75% Opacity, Medium Blur  (Select all on Page)
~Punches 75% Opacity, Medium Blur
~Text.  Just click OK to activate the default setting.
9.  Now to get the Card to your Friends and Family!
~Professionally Printed:  Choose “Order Project”.  Select the white icon and follow the instructions given.
~Print on your home printer :  Hopefully you followed the instructions in the Note under #1.  Select Share.  Export to PDF.  Change “Image Type” to PDF.  Leave the Image Size: Large.  Choose the Folder to save your project in.  Click Finish.  Go to your saved File and Print a test copy.  Trim edges as in the video.  Go back and make any necessary adjustments if you need to.  If no adjustments are necessary, print your card on Whisper White card stock.
~Email to your Family and Friends.  Select “Share”.  Choose “Export Pages”.  Select JPG for the Image Type.  Select the pages you want to save.  Change the “Image Size” to Medium.  Choose the folder to save it to.  Click “Finish.”  Open your Email program.  Choose who to send your card to.  (Choose as many as you want.)  Write your email.  Add your card as an attachment:  there is usually an icon that says “add attachment” when you hover over it.  Click on it.  A box will pop up allowing you to go to the folder you saved your card in.  Choose your card and add the attachment.  Review your email while your card is loading, the Send.  Note:  If you haven’t emailed an attachment before do a test and email it to yourself first.

Merry Christmas Card Making!
Nendy Kerr

Christmas Tag a Box

This is a quick way to dress up the Tag a Box and use as Christmas packaging or Treat Giving!
Christmas Tag a BoxSUPPLIES:
Tag A Box #130927
Gumball Green card stock  4-3/8″ x 6-7/8″
Cherry Cobbler card stock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
Glue Dots
Simply Scored Tool #122334 OR Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade #126889
Bone Folder
Big Shot:  Gift Bow Bigz L Die #129977

1.  Score 1″ on each long side of your Gumball Green card stock.  Fold your score lines and fit it inside your Clear Box Cover to make sure it fits.  Put a Glue Dot in the very center of the card stock top and attach it inside the top of your Clear Box Cover.  Don’t worry, the bow will hide the Glue Dot.
2.  Cut your Bow out using your Cherry Cobbler card stock, Big Shot, and Gift Bow Die.  Use your Bone Folder to add roundness to your two Bow parts of the long Bow piece.  Attach the ends to the center of the Bow with Glue Dots.  Next attach the two Bow Ends with Glue Dots.  Now attach the center strip around the whole center of the Bow.  Attach to the top Clear Box Cover in the center.
3.  Make a Tag or use one from the Season of Style Journalling Tags.  You can attach your tag with Baker’s Twine or 1/8″ Ribbon.  These boxes are also food safe so you can deliver Christmas Goodies and Treats in them.

Merry Christmas Gift Giving!
Nendy Kerr

Winter Boots Card

Winter weather is here and time to get out our Winter Boots in most parts of the country!  I made this card for my daughter’s birthday which was just before Thanksgiving.  She loves her boots!  Enjoy making this card!
Bootiful Occasions Winter Card

Stamps:  Bootiful Occasions  w#131967  c#126597
Card Stock:  Real Red
Whisper White
Ink:  StayzOn Black
White Stampin’ Chalk Marker #132133 or Whisper White
Big Shot:  Deco Label Framelits #130102
Northern Flurry Embossing Folder #120902
Other:  Paper Snips or Scissors
SNAIL Adhesive

1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Cut your card front from Real Red card stock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
2.  Run your card front through your Big Shot using the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  Color your Snowflakes white using your Chalk Marker OR a sponge dauber with Whisper White ink.  Adhere your card front to your card base.
3.  Stamp your Winter Boot twice on Real Red card stock.  Color the fur with your Chalk Marker.  Cut out both boots with your paper snips.
4.  Choose the Deco Label size that your boots fit in nicely and cut it our of Whisper White card stock.  Place your boots in the desired position and adhere the top boot to the lower boot with Dimensionals.  Use SNAIL Adhesive to attach the bottom boot to the Deco Label Framelit die cut.  Adhere Deco Label to card front with Dimensionals.
5.  You can also emboss some Snowflakes on your envelope flap to coordinate with your card.

Happy Winter Stamping!
Nendy Kerr