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Countdown to Christmas – Mini Gift Bags

In continuing my Countdown to Christmas series this week was all about mini gift bags. These little gift bags go together so quickly and are a great alternative to the flat, generic gift card holders. When my kids were little it was so easy to shop for them for Christmas – big boxes with little price tags. As the kids got older, the boxes shrunk but the price tags went up! Now that they are grown and flown, I will want to have some gifts under the tree for them but it gets harder and harder to buy for them and often times a gift card is what they want the most.

Well these mini gift bags fit my need perfectly! I can “wrap” up the gift cards in a pretty little bag and still have presents under the tree! Check out my video tutorial

You will need two 6″ x 6″ pieces of Designer Series Paper, paper snips and liquid glue to assemble your bags. Once assemble you can embellish any way you want. Add a tag and you are all set! Here’s a list of all the products I used to create these mini gift bags https://s.tamp.in/b2KzPl

I hope you have as much fun making these mini gift bags as I did! Happy Crafting!

Mini Gift Bag
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Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons

We’re all guilty of it. Every single paper crafter is guilty of paper hoarding! We love our pretty paper and no matter how much we have, we want more! It’s just the nature of the beast. Well I am on a mission to use my stash (to make room for more of course) so this week’s Countdown to Christmas Live@Lunch was all about paper bows.

Paper bows are nothing new but it’s been a while since I’ve made one. When looking for an idea for this weeks video I can across an old instruction sheet and had a light blub moment! Paper bows are easy and fun to make. All you need is some paper, a paper trimmer, and some glue. Best of all, you can make them for any occasion by just switching out the paper.

Paper Bow

To get started you will need some Designer Series Paper (DSP), a paper trimmer, silicon craft sheet, and liquid glue. You can order all the supplies you will need here https://s.tamp.in/_EUNmg

Once you have all your supplies assembled you will need to cut 8 strips of DSP to 5 1/2″ long by 1″ wide and 5 strips of DSP to 4 1/2″ long by 1″ wide. Once you have all your paper strips cut, watch my video tutorial to assemble your paper bow.

Paper Bows Video Tutorial

I hope you have fun making your own paper bows. Let me know how you did! Happy crafting!

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Create sunshine with Flowers of Friendship

Every so often a stamp set or bundle comes out that just makes you smile. The new Flowers of Friendship bundle is one that makes my heart happy and makes me smile. As soon as I saw it in the catalog, I knew I had to get it and design a class with it. This past weekend I held my monthly card class featuring the Flowers of Friendship bundle and what a great time it was. I love the camaraderie of these events and how even new participants are made to feel welcome. Stampers are some of the friendliest people I know and are so supportive of each other.

The highlight of the evening was getting to create 8 beautiful cards (two each of four designs) that are sure to bring a smile to all who receive them. The Flowers of Friendship stamp set and coordinating punch make it so easy to create fun, colorful cards that pop. When paired with the Hand Penned Designer Series Paper (DSP), there is no end to the colorful creations you can make; the only limit is your imagination. Here’s a peek at my designs.

What I love most about this bundle is the simplicity of the different elements. You can start out very simply with just stamps, ink, and paper and then add elements such as die cuts, embossing folders, embellishments, and more to really step up the designs.

For the Basic White card, I started with an 11″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Thick Basic White cardstock (scored at 5 1/2″). Then I stamped the largest floral image (the one with three flowers) in Evening Evergreen and added the sentiment, also in Evening Evergreen. I than stamped three large flowers and one small flower on the Hand Penned DSP and punched out the images with the coordinating punch. Once the flowers were punched, I used Stampin Dimensionals to place the three large flowers over the stamped image. I used a mini glue dot to layer the smaller punched flower over the large flower in the center and added 2021-2023 In Color Jewels to the center of each flower for a little pop of bling! Quick and easy but oh so pretty!

If you want to create cards like the ones above you can order the supplies from my on-line store – https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2184563 – check out the supply list below. If you order the Flowers of Friendship bundle, I’ll send you the class tutorial for free as a thank you gift! And be sure to join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group to stay up to date on all the happenings at Stampin with Crafty Klock.

Flowers of Friendship Class Supply List

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The time is now…….don’t wait any longer!

Stampin’ Up! released the new 2021-2022 annual catalog on May 4 and it’s full of fun stamp sets, beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP), and gorgeous new In-Colors. I’ve spent hours looking through it and have a wish list as long as my arm. Do you have a big wish list too? Want to know a little secret?

Well it’s really not a secret but it is the BEST deal in the catalog and through the end of May it’s an even better deal! Yup – I’m talking about our fabulous starter kit. If your wish list is more than $99 this is the deal for you because right now you can get $155 in Stampin’ Up! products for just $99 plus tax (and FREE shipping) when you sign up. That’s $56 in FREE merchandise. AND you can continue to get a 20% discount on all future purchases as long as you stay active.

How does this work you ask? It’s easy – first you pick out the products you want (up to $155) then just click on this link https://www.stampinup.com/join?demoid=2184563 and sign up! Not only will you fantastic Stampin’ Up! products you’ll also be joining the Crafty Foxes family. We’re a group of stampers who like to have fun and support each other through life’s up and downs.

Some members of the Crafty Foxes team having fun at OnStage!

So you may be wondering what a starter kit looks like. That’s the beauty of Stampin’ Up! You can customize your kit with products YOU want, not products we pick for you. Here’s an example of a kit you could put together:

Sample Starter Kit

So what are you waiting for? Join us today – we’re waiting for YOU! Happy Stampin’

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Playful Zany Zebras are sure to bring smiles to all

Everyone once in a while I find a stamp set that just makes me smile and Zany Zebras does just that! These adorable images are whimsical and playful, creating cards suitable for all ages! I had so much fun playing with this set that I created a class to go featuring these Zebras!

Last week I did a quick YouTube video to introduce this stamp set and demonstrate how easy it is to create birthday cards for everyone on your list.

My March Class to Go highlights the Zany Zebras with four fun designs. Class fee includes a goodie bag with over $20 in new Stampin’ Up! products, all the card stock and envelopes to create 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), color tutorial, Zoom class, and priority shipping to get your class kit to you. This class will introduce our water color pencils and is suitable for all experience levels. You can register for my class here.