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Add a little joy everywhere you go!

I love this time of year. People in general just seem to be in a happier frame of mind. We’re looking forward to seeing friends and loved ones, getting together to share a good meal and make more memories and just have fun! Let’s face it – after the last year and a half we could all use a little more fun and joy in our life!

That’s why I am so excited about today’s project – it’s fun and easy rolled into a sweet little package that is sure to bring a smile and joy to everyone! I mean who doesn’t like chocolate? I sure do! My favorite is the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint squares – delish!

With just a little imagination, some cardstock, and adhesive, you can turn a Ghirardelli Chocolate Square into a Grinch (for those on the naughty list) or Santa (for the nice list kids). These are so quick and easy to make and will look so fun on your holiday table. Or keep a few on you to hand out to servers, cashiers, valets, and just about anyone you see this holiday season.

The possibilities are endless! Think elf, snowman, reindeer, penguin, or just about anything you can think of! So what are you waiting for? Watch my YouTube tutorial (and subscribe to my Channel – thanks!), grab some cardstock and get crafting! I promise you it will bring a smile to your face!

Santa or Grinch Chocolate Squares
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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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Countdown to Christmas – Shaker Ornament

Hello! It’s been a while since I have posted but I am trying to get better at it! I’ve just started my weekly Live@Lunch Countdown to Christmas series so my goal is to do a blog post to go along with my video!

Today I kicked off the series with a fun little shaker ornament. It’s easy to make and one box of Mason Jar Shaker Domes is enough to make 5 double sided ornaments or 10 single sided ornaments.

To make this ornament cut a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer series paper in half. Hold the 3″ x 6″ pieces of DSP together with the same side (design) facing out and punch with the Mason Jar Punch. Trim 6″ length to about 3 1/2″ to 4″. If desired you can trim the 3″ width to about 2 1/2″ by trimming 1/4″ from each side

Next, punch the Penguin Body with the Penguin Builder Punch. Stamp details on white body part and attach to black body part.

Punch out penguin body parts with Penguin Builder Punch

Now comes the fun part! Place the penguin body in one of the Mason Jar Shaker domes and add some subtle shimmer sequins. Remove the adhesive covering from the back of the Mason Jar Shaker Domes and carefully align the domes, creating a full jar effect. Remove adhesive covering from the front of one of the domes and align DSP over it. Flip the ornament and repeat the process on the back side, adding some liquid glue along the edges of the DSP.

Add elements to Mason Jar Shaker Domes

Punch a hole in the top of your ornament and thread about 8″ to 10″ of ribbon through hole. Tie ribbon ends together in a knot, trimming ends if necessary. Hang your ornament on a tree or add to a gift box or bag for a little extra “WOW”.

Finished 3D Shaker Ornament

Check out my YouTube video as I show how to make one of the ornaments. You can order all the products necessary to make these ornaments by clicking on this link https://s.tamp.in/2NvOvT

I hope you enjoyed the video and are excited to try making your own 3D Shaker Ornament. I’d love to see what you make so be sure to post a picture of your creation. Happy Stamping!

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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’