Friday, February 24, 2017

Elegant Hand Stamped "Love" Card and Matching Gift Boxes

Last week I participated in a blog hop challenge using black and white, (If you missed it, see it here.) I decided to do something similar this week using navy and white. I think navy and white are just as elegant as black and white.

My card is a standard A2 size card measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, and is top folding. I hand stamped the white layer in navy ink using a stamp from Deep Red Stamps called "Flourish with Leaves." I cut it down to 4 x 5-1/4 inches, tied a piece of sheer navy ribbon around it, and attached it to the navy card base. (Hint: When you are stamping your own design on paper, it is easiest to stamp on a larger piece and then cut it down to the size you want.)

I then die cut some hearts using Die-namics dies from My Favorite Things (the large navy stitched heart) and I cut the smaller hearts using Momenta dies that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. The word "love" is also from a Momenta die cut set. I added some rhinestone embellishments to finish the card.

For the boxes, I used the same method of stamping out my white cardstock using the same stamp as the card, and cutting it to the size needed for the boxes. I used the Stampin' Up sweetheart punch for the hearts on the boxes. I again used navy cardstock for the box base and tied sheer navy ribbon around the boxes, tying on the hearts with silver thread.

The boxes are constructed using directions from Sam Hammond Donald, a/k/a Pootles Papercraft. She gives fantastic tutorials on box construction. Rather than me trying to repeat those directions here, I will link you to her video on You Tube. She is a great crafter to follow! She taught me everything I know about box construction. Once you know the basics, you can make simple boxes in a lot of varying sizes! I made the original box she shows and one a bit smaller. You may become addicted to box making!

I hope you enjoyed these projects. I will be back next week starting some spring cards and projects! Thanks for taking the time to visit today!

Link to Video from Pootles Papercraft
Link to Written Directions with Pictures from Pootles
Link to Deep Red Stamps Flourish with Leaves Rubber Stamp
Link to Die-namics Stitched Heart dies from My Favorite Things

Other Products Used:
Night of Navy cardstock - Stampin' Up
Whisper White cardstock - Stampin' Up
Night of Navy ink - Stampin' Up
Sweetheart Punch - Stampin' Up
Heart dies and word die - Momenta from Hobby Lobby
Sheer navy ribbon - Walmart
Rhinestones and Silver Thread - Stampin' Up

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stampin Friends February Blog Hop - Black, White & Whatever You Like

Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a guest hopper! This month's theme is "Black, White, and Whatever You Like." We could also use gold or silver as an accent. If you're following along the hop, you've arrived from Lynn Streifert's blog.

With black and white as the theme this month, I immediately thought "elegant." That led me to think of weddings! So, I created this card for the newlyweds using black and white, with pink as my accent color, and a touch of gold. What says love more than hearts? The card is A2 size in black, layered with pink, black, and then black and white heart patterned paper. The hearts are die cut using stitched hearts from MFT Stamps. The heart stamped inside the white heart is from the You're So Sweet stamp set by Stampin' Up.  The "For the Newlyweds" stamp is from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up. 

For my 3-D project, I decided to decorate a pre-made favor box. You can buy these at a very reasonable price, or there are a lot of dies available to make your own. The styles of boxes vary and are simple to decorate as little thank you favors. I layered black cardstock and the same heart patterned paper to the front of the box and used die cut ovals from Stampin' Up stitched shapes, the small oval punch, amd some hearts die cut using the same MFT Stamps dies. I added a little gold thread for accent and tied a bow using some black sheer ribbon. The "thank you" sentiment is from Endless Thanks by Stampin' Up. 

Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to click the "Next" button below to continue on the hop with Raquelle Clifton's blog.

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  14. Bibi Cameron
  15. Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You Warm My Heart Valentine Card

I have an extra post this week because it's Valentine's Day! This is the card I made for my husband. We have a weekend routine of sitting and having our hot drinks together in the morning. I have coffee and he has hot cocoa or tea. Even though he doesn't drink coffee, he still sits and drinks with me!

The directions are the basic 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card with a black card base, a white layer and a red layer using last year's DSP Valentine stack from Stampin' Up. I also cut the cups with papers from that stack. The cups are die cut using dies from My Favorite Things (Hot Cocoa Cups). The "You Warm My Heart" is stamped with a My Favorite Things stamp set that coordinates with the Hot Cocoa Cups. The coffee bean heart and "steam hearts" are stamped from a set by Sugar Pea Designs called Caffeine Addict. I cut the coffee bean heart out using a stitched heart die from My Favorite Things, and I punched out the steam hearts using a Martha Stewart heart punch.

"I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)"
From Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Monster Hugs Valentine Cards

These cute little monster cards were inspired by Angie Juda of Chic 'n Scratch. Click here to see her card. I don't have the stamp set she used, but I do have some monster cuts in my Cricut cartridges. These are from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.

I used the Stampin' Up Have a Cuppa DSP stack from last year, using Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay as my coordinating colors. For the monsters I used some Martha Stewart Valentine paper I've had for a long time. I also used a Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder and a "hugs" cut from a Momenta word die set from Hobby Lobby. Monsters don't have to be just for Halloween, especially cute ones!

  • Card Base is 4 x 5-1/2 inches in white.
  • Heart layer is from Have a Cuppa, cut to 2-1/2 x 5-1/4 inches.
  • Melon Mambo layer is cut to 2-7/8 x 4-1/2 inches.
  • White embossed layer is cut to 2-5/8 x 4-1/4 inches.
  • Monster is found on p. 70 of the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge and is cut at 3-1/4 inches. The antennae are cut at 4 inches and layered together. Feet can be found on p. 41, blackout feature, also cut at 3-1/4 inches. I used pink for one monster and blue for the other one. I added some blue colored eyes and a pink nose on each. 
  • The foam heart was purchased in a package at Dollar Tree and was added with a dimensional dot.
  • The "hugs" is a die cut word from a set by Momenta that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.
  • Before adding the layered monster piece to the card, I punched a small hole through the white and Melon Manbo layers and added some Bermuda Bay ribbon.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Little Fox Valentine Treat Boxes

Last fall I shared a Little Fox Treat Box that I created.  This time, I changed up the colors, added some hearts, and created these Valentine versions! Here is the link to the previous box with all the directions: Click here

Finished size is 4 x 5 inches and is 1-1/2 inches deep (at the bottom, tapering up). The face acts as the flap to open the box, and is held closed with either a magnet or Velcro dot under the nose.  If you are giving these to children, you will want to use the self-adhesive Velcro dots instead of magnets. The Velcro dots are easier to attach, but the flap is a little harder to open than using magnets.

Which little Valentine fox is your favorite, pink or blue?!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine Truck Treat Box

Valentine Truck Side View

Valentine Truck Side View #2

Valentine Truck Back View

Valentine Truck Front Viiew

Last year I made a Valentine wagon, so I decided to make a Valentine truck this year. Finished size is approximately 4-1/2 x 1-3/4 inches and is big enough to hold a few chocolate candy hearts, etc.  I made the truck using the Cricut Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, some circle punches, and a simple box construction.

  • Cut 2 trucks found on p. 71 of Everyday Paper Dolls at 2-1/2 inches to get a 5 inch long truck. (The 2-1/2 inches represents the height of the truck.) I cut the truck front away from the truck bed by hand just behind where the door ends at the window frame and shortened the bed by about 1/4 inch on each truck. The truck in the cartridge is a safari truck and I wanted more of a pickup. Attach the two pieces back together, overlapping the pieces by approximately 1/4 inch to get a 4-1/2 inch truck. (Make sure you do both truck pieces the same.) This also gives it a more realistic look because it looks like the door could open, though it doesn't.  
  • To make the box to attach the truck pieces to, start with a piece of matching cardstock cut at 3-1/2 x 6 inches. Score at 1 inch on all 4 sides. Cut up to the score line on the 2 long sides, fold in the tabs to create the box. Secure with heavy duty adhesive, score tape, etc. Attach truck pieces to each long side of box, keeping them even so the truck will be freestanding. 
  • For the tires, I punched out four 1 inch circles in black. For the insides of the wheels, I punched out four 1/4 inch circles in gray.  
  • For the fenders, I punched out 2 more 1 inch circles in red, cut them in half, and attached them onto the truck above the wheels to resemble fenders. I added them with dimensional dots. 
  • For the "metal" trim pieces on the truck, I used a silver striped washi tape, but you could also use strips of silver paper or gray cardstock. 
  • I added two 1/4 inch punched out red circles for the taillights and two 1/4 inch gray circles for the headlights. 
  • I used a gray marker to color the edges of the truck where it looks like the headlights are and added a small mark on each truck door to resemble handles. 
  • In order for the candy to only go inside the bed of the truck, I added a piece of cardstock inside the truck. I cut a piece of red cardstock 1-1/2 x 4 inches, scored it on the short ends at 1 inch, folded it, and placed it loosely inside the truck. You could attach it if you want to, but it actually fits inside and stays in place without doing so. That way you could hide another little goodie under this piece of cardstock. I added some punched out hearts on top of this piece. 
  • I added a few punched out hearts onto the side of the truck on both sides, along with a Valentine greeting on one side. I made the greeting on my computer and printed it out.
  • Add some paper shred and candy to the truck bed. 
There are a lot of steps involved, but it isn't really that hard to make. I think any little boy would love it, maybe even a husband! Instead of red, you could make it the color of his truck!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sending Love Valentine Cards

"Sending Love"

My first Valentine card is made with Stampin' Up supplies from the "Sending Love Suite." That then led me to create the "Mailbox Sending Love" card below using a Cricut cut and paper from the "mint to be fab" 12 x 12 paper pack from the Paper Studio. The supplies I used are detailed below.

Mailbox Sending Love

Valentine Card #1 - Sending Love:
White Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
White Stitched Layer: 4 x 5-1/4 inches, cut using "Bundle of Stitched Shapes" by Simon Says Stamp
Red Square Layer: 3 x 3 inches
White Square layer: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches
Patterned Paper Layer: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches, cut using "Stitched Framelits" by Stampin' Up. Paper is "Sending Love DSP" by Stampin' Up.
Mini-envelope and liner - "Love Notes Framelit Dies" by Stampin' Up.
Greeting: "Sealed with Love" by Stampin' Up.
Red Heart: Stampin' Up punch

Valentine Card #2 - Mailbox Sending Love:
Black Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
Black & White Heart Layer - 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio 
Black & White Love Layer - 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches "mint to be fab" pack from the Paper Studio
Mailbox - Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge, p. 67, cut at 1-1/2 inches. I cut the shadow layer, the mailbox layer, and layer 1, cutting away the smiley face. I also cut the red flag (Layer 2). The post is a handcut 1/4 inch strip. I attached the flag to the mailbox with a small brad so it actually moves up and down. I added a small punched red heart to the front of the mailbox. I layered the Layer 1 cut on top of the mailbox cut, and then attached those layers to the shadow layer with dimensional dots.
"Love" die cut: Set of word dies from Momenta - Hobby Lobby
Mini Red Envelope - hand cut using a 1-inch strip of paper, folded and trimmed to resemble an envelope. I added a small punched out black heart as a seal.

Stay tuned until Valentine's Day for more Valentine projects and cards!

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Coffee Solves Everything" Card

Coffee may not really solve everything, but it sure helps! I love my coffee! Today's card is a reflection of that. The coffee stamps are from Sugar Pea Designs called "Caffeine Addict" and the "Happy Place" stamp is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set called "Celebrate Everything."

The card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" in crumb cake. I added a white layer and then a layer of patterned paper from the "Serene Scenery" collection by Stampin' Up. The coffee cup is from a die set by Sugar Pea Designs that matches the "Caffeine Addict" stamp set. It is called "Sugar Cut - Coffee to Go Cup." I've used these stamps and dies several times. They are a great set!

I added a brown layer of cardstock (Early Espresso) across the bottom and stamped "Coffee" onto a strip of the patterned paper. I stamped "solves everything" onto white cardstock and banner cut it to go across the bottom. I also added a couple of enamel dots in Early Espresso.

 I hope you enjoyed this coffee card. It's going to be an icy weekend where I live so as long as the electricity stays on, I'm going to stay warm with a cup of coffee, or two or three!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coffee Card - "For You"

Today it's 10 degrees where I live and it's coffee drinking weather! I love my coffee but especially enjoy it when it's cold outside. Today's card is a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card in black, with a layer of patterned craft cardstock and other embellishments.

The patterned cardstock comes from a 6 x 6 cardstock pad from Hobby Lobby by Canvas Corp, Canvas Home Basics. I found a swirly cut on the Accent Essentials cartridge by Cricut, p. 50, cut at 3-1/2 inches that mimics the swirl in the patterned layer.

I cut a 2 x 3-1/2 inch tag from the same cardstock pad and added the "for you" die cut from the Stampin' Up Mini Treat Bag Thinlet Dies. The coffee cup stamp is from a darling coffee stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs. I punched it out with a 1-3/4 inch circle punch and layered it onto a 2 inch circle punched in black. I added some sheer black ribbon to the hole in the tag. I love black on cards and think this turned out rather sophisticated looking!

I have another coffee card planned for next week's post from the same Sugar Pea stamp set, so I hope you will come back then! I'm also planning a Valentine card using the same set. Stay warm!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Snowman Thank You Cards ... Using Wrapping Paper!

Christmas is over and now it's time to send out those Thank You's! Here are the ones I created this year using.......wrapping paper! I got the idea from a video I saw on You Tube by Nina-Marie Trapani for Simon Says Stamp ( link here). Hers are precious and a little more elaborate, but I loved the idea of using wrapping paper, so these are the cards I created.

First you need to glue a piece of the wrapping paper with the image you want onto some plain cardstock. I used a glue stick. Then I ran that piece through my Sissix Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies from Stampin' Up. I then cut another larger circle using the next size up in the Stitched Shape Framelits and glued one on top of the other.

The stamps I used are from a snowman set by Maymay Made It. I added a strip of Stampin' Up washi tape from the Pop of Pink collection.

I made 6 cards and it took me about an hour, but I was getting faster as I went along. These are pretty simple and a good way to use up some of that cute wrapping paper you have left!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Quick Christmas Cards Using Store Bought Tags

If you need some quick and easy Christmas cards, here is an idea for you. I found these cute tags at Walmart, really too cute to use only for tags, so I decided to turn them into Christmas cards! The top two are the simplest. I embossed the white card base and then added the tags. I did add a cut-out sentiment to the candy cane card, but I decided to let the stocking speak for itself.

The bottom two cards are a little more work, but not much. I added the Santa tag to a white card base, stamped a greeting, and added that piece above the Santa tag. To hide the hole in the tag, I added a bow.

The black deer on the deer card is really the reason I bought this set of tags. I just loved them! I used a black card base, then layered a piece of white cardstock and then a black and white checkered patterned paper on top of that. I added the deer and a sentiment and the card was done!

These were so fast and easy I just had to share with you. My color scheme for my tree and presents this year was black, red and white, so these worked out perfectly! Try this idea with whatever tags you may have.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Truck Cards

I was inspired to make these truck cards by the cute bags and decorations I have seen this year featuring trucks! They are so cute that I thought I would try to recreate them in card form. The only truck cut I had was in the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. It is the red truck in the card on the right. I wanted a more vintage looking truck, so after cutting out the green truck, I cut away part of the truck bed to shorten it. I added fenders, etc. to both. It was a fun process!

This card is the one using the original cut from Everyday Paper Dolls Cartridge, p. 71, cut at 2" in real dial size. The card base is 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 in Garden Green, top folding. The patterned paper is from an American Crafts paper stack called All Wrapped Up. I cut the truck 3x to get the red, silver and black layers. The truck is cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. To make the fenders, I punched out 1 inch circles and cut them in half. I inked the edges of the truck and fenders in Cherry Cobbler.

The trees are from the Paper Doll Dress-Up cartridge, p. 73, cut at 1-3/4 and 2" in Garden Green, inking the edges in white (left tree) and Garden Green (right tree). The gifts were hand cut from a piece of patterened paper in the same American Crafts paper stack. The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin' Up.

The white snow bank is made using dies from Lawn Fawn called Stitched Hillside Borders.

The card base for this card is the same, also in Garden Green, with DSP from the Warmth & Cheer stack by Stampin' Up. The truck is cut from the same Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge, p. 71, cut at 1-3/4" real dial size, except I cut away part of the truck bed to make a shorter, more vintage looking truck. I again cut the truck 3x, in green, black and silver, to make the various parts of the truck. I just trimmed down the pieces to fit on the truck. I again added the fenders cut from a 1 inch circle, cut in half, and inked the edges of the truck and the fenders.

The tree is cut in Garden Green from the Everyday Paper Doll Dress-Up cartridge, inking around the edges in white. I cut some more gifts from the American Crafts paper stack. The greeting is from the Candy Cane Lane stamp set. I just used the top part of the stamp. I cut it out using the Stitched Shapes dies from Stampin' Up. The snow bank is from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders dies. 

These were a little time consuming, but I like the way they turned out. Sometimes it's worth the extra time!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reindeer Card and Gift Box/Bag

This week's projects include a card and gift box. The reindeer on the card is made with punches and die cuts, and you can create the reindeer box/bag with a piece of 8x11 inch cardstock, some circle punches, and some branch cuts from your Cricut or dies.

The card is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, top folding, in crumb cake (or kraft cardstock). The stitched white layer is 4 x 5-1/4" created with the Bundle of Stitched Shapes die by Lawn Fawn.  The patterned paper is from the Candy Cane Lane DSP by Stampin' Up, cut at 3-3/4 x 5". I put the paper on upside down to resemble reindeer noses instead of gum drops.

The oval layers are from a set of dies. Red oval is 3-1/2 x 2-7/8" and white oval is 2-7/8 x 2-1/4". The banners are cut with the Banners and Bows Thinlets by Sissix and the greeting is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set by Stampin' Up. I curved the photopolymer stamp when placing it on the block and then stamped it onto the banner.

The reindeer is made as follows:
Head - small oval punch from Stampin' Up (1-3/4 x 7/8")
Antlers - branches from Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge, p. 57, cut at 3-3/4" (or you could use the Tree Builder Punch from Stampin' Up. They will just be a little smaller.)
Ears - 1/2 inch circle punch, cutting circle in half
Eyes - 1/4" circle punch x 2
Nose - Gum drop stamp by Stampin' Up, cut out. Mine is from an old stamp set, but there is also one in the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set.
Bow Tie - Sissix Thinlets Banners and Bows by Rachael Bright or hand tie a ribbon bow.

The reindeer box is a simple construction using a piece of 8 x 11 heavyweight cardstock. On the 11 inch side, score at 4-1/2 and 6-1/2 inches. On the 8 inch side, score at 2 inches and 6 inches. Fold and cut on the score lines to create your box.

I decorated the face using circle punches (1/2 inch for eyes and 1 inch for nose). The antlers are branch cuts from p. 40 of the Cricut Straight from the Nest cartridge, but you could use any branch cuts you may have.The ears are a 1-1/4 inch circle cut in half. I added a 1/2 inch strip of red cardstock around the bottom to create a collar. I created the buckle by punching out a 1/4 inch square in silver paper with a punch, and then hand cut around it to create a buckle. I glued some little silver jingle bells to the collar. (Note: I inked around the edges of the box and the ears in the same Early Espresso color as the box to give it a little "life.")

I didn't add a handle to my bag, but you could if you want to, either attaching a 1-1/2 inch wide strip of cardstock, or a strip of ribbon. I just liked the bag look with the tissue paper coming out the top.

The stamped peppermint candies are from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up and the greeting is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set, also by Stampin' Up.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gingerbread Man Card, Treat Bag, Tag and Box

I think this is my favorite Christmas project! I love the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up so much that I had to create as many projects as I could using it! (Note: I'm not a demonstrator.)

First I made the card. The card base is 4-1/2 x 5-1/2 in red cardstock, top folding. I added a layer of brown which is die cut using the Simon Says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes. I added another piece of DSP from the collection, and another brown layer. I added white stitching by hand on this piece using a white gel pen. I then added the ginerbread man paper layered on top of a white piece of cardstock, for a total of 6 layers! I usually don't add this many layers, but I kind of went crazy with this one!

I cut the gingerbread man using the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination cartridge, p. 55, cut at 3 inches. I cut the gingerbread man in crumb cake cardstock and then the silhouette piece in white. I added some punched out circles for the buttons and his smile, added a small red bow (cut from the Create a Critter cartridge, p. 36), and he comes to life! I wanted it to look like he was "running" off the card. The greeting is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Then I created the treat bag:

The treat bag is 5-3/4 x 5-3/4 inches and open on both sides so you can slide in a cellophane bag. If you are worried about it coming out, you can add some adhesive to the bag before sliding it in. The bag is created with a 5-3/4  x 12 inch piece of brown cardstock. On the 12 inch long side, score at 5-3/4 and 6-1/4 inches. This gives your treat bag a 1/2 inch bottom.

For the topper, cut a piece of patterned paper at 5 x 5-3/4 inches and fold in half. Adhere the topper to both sides of the brown cardstock with glue or adhesive tape, front and back. Punch a couple of holes in the top and thread through some red ribbon for the handle.

The front of the box is embellished with several layered squares using the Stitched Shapes Framelits from Stampin' Up. I added a stamped candy cane stripe (Candy Cane Lane Christmas stamp set, Stampin' Up) and a die cut star from the same SSS Bundle of Stitched Shapes. The greeting is from the same stamp set.

I cut another gingerbread man in crumb cake cardstock, this time at 3-1/2 inches, and again added the white silhouette piece, buttons, red cheeks, bow tie, and a hand-cut candy cane (stamped with same stamp set) to go in his hand. I hand cut a 3/4 inch wide banner to go across the bottom of the patterned paper piece.

Here is a side view of the treat bag. The items you put in your cellophane bag need to be on the thin side. I used a row of 4 snack size Hershey bars. You could use hot cocoa packets, a large cookie, note cards, etc.

Side View of Bag

Then came the tags and a box to hold them. The tags were cut using the Cricut Plantin SchoolBook cartridge, p. 78, but there are a lot of different tag options on other Cricut cartridges or Silhouette. I cut the red tag at 4-1/2 inches (not the width of the tag, but the length) and layered the white tag on top of the red one. I cut the white tag at 4-1/4 inches. I added some DSP from the Candy Cane Lane set and cut another gingerbread man from the same Cricut cartridge at 3-1/2 inches, this time in dark brown. I also cut the shadow in white to add behind him, and made white hand stitching marks with a white gel pen. I cut some thin red strips to add to his arms and legs, red "buttons", dots for his smile, and a bow tie. I again cut out a candy cane for him to hold. The greeting is from the Oh, What Fun stamp set, stamped on a banner cut in white. I added red ribbon to the top and tied it with some red and white baker's twine.

The cute little box is not my creation. It is by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She made it as a box to hold small note cards, so that is another idea for you! Click here to see her video. The tags I made also fit perfectly inside the box! I added the same ginerbread man to the front of the box as on the tags.

I hope you found something in this post you would like to recreate for your Christmas gift giving. I will be back next week with more projects! I may run out of posting time before Christmas, so I think I'm going to have to pick and choose, or post more than once a week. Happy Christmas crafting!