November 2nd blog hop!

I’m sorry ladies… you can certainly check out my blog post for the blog hop, however, I have not had power, due to a severe storm here in CT that has had most of the state without power since Saturday.  Because I have not had power I’ve been visiting a relative here and there to check email, warm up, etc. and set my post below to schedule from this morning, however the scheduling didn’t work and I missed the window to join the blog… or I should say, I was taken out of rotation by the moderator because I missed the posting deadline. She could have EASILY put me back in when I explained my situation and confirmed that I had posted but she chose NOT to include me so the connecting blogs will not work in my post below. If you would like to see what the other blog hop participants posted you can go to the moderator’s blog first by clicking on “Samantha’s blog” below and follow the links she lists at the end of her post…


Welcome to the November 2nd Blog Hop!!  I’m so excited to be a part of this creative experience and hope you can get some great ideas out of this, not only from my blog but from others as well…

If you are participating in the blog hop, you should have come from Chelsea Comer’s Blog and if not, then you should start from the beginning with Samantha’s blog until you come to my blog.

These are the goodies I have to share today—

winter holiday paper-crafting ideas

From left to right I will describe the projects in the photo above—-

At the very top of the photo is a snowflake ornament hanging on a little tree, below that to the left is a clear pillow box that I got from Clear Bags and I filled it with three more snowflake ornaments and wrapped it in ribbon with a tag to give as a gift, next is a gift card holder, behind that is a winter holiday card and finally, to the far right is a box-bag for small goodies like gift cards, candy, a piece of jewelry or anything else that’s no bigger than a deck of cards.

For all of the items above I stuck to an A|S color palette of sugar, winter sky, eucalyptus and french roast woodgrain. I used polka dot organdy in sugar and sugar cardstock to create the snowflakes using the A|S Snowflake Trio Die Set in the holiday catalog (page 20). I used the dies to cut snowflakes out of sugar card stock on my Big Shot die cutting machine, and highly recommend the Big Shot as a die cutting tool. There are no electronic components, just a handle that you crank yourself and although it has some weight to it, I find it relatively easy to transport. I keep it out on my workshop table and use it very often in my paper-crafting and I’d bet that if you had one, you’d use it too…the assortment of dies offered by A|S are extremely useful!

I’m going to show each of the projects in a little more detail…

This is the ornament I made, using the largest of the three snowflakes in the die trio. This large snowflake measures 2.75″ across. I cut three for each ornament and glued them together using my glue pen. Gluing three of them together  makes the ornament more sturdy. I then punched a tiny hole in the top, to thread a piece of french roast twine and last, added some A|S twinkle stickers in clear on both sides of the ornament to give it some sparkle. My tree looks so sweet covered in these dainty ornaments…

This next project  to the right is a trio of the ornaments!  I made three of them—two in sugar with twinkle stickers and one in winter sky using pearl stickers.  I cut a piece of kraft card stock into a rectangle measuring 1.5 x 3″, layered on some paper shreds in kraft and then added the three ornaments to overlap a bit before sliding them into the pillow box. I then tied a piece of polka dot organdy/sugar around the box and added a eucalyptus tag with a smaller snowflake glued to it.  A perfect gift for a neighbor, babysitter, or co-worker to name just a few!

This item to the left is my favorite in the group photo—-a darling gift card holder!  The  first photo is the gift card holder closed and the second photo shows the inside.  This item measures approximately 3.5″ square. The template came from Julie, a staff member at A|S, and I will share it with you HERE so you can create this sweet little project too!  You could use any combination of colors, stamps and embellishments to really make this project your own and for any occasion!  Make up a few to have on hand for last minute gifts, just add the gift card!

As you can see, the gift card tucks right into the flap on the inside. When you attach the ribbon you can wrap it around the base piece and attach it to the base with tape runner adhesive before layering on your theme design.  If you wanted to get even fancier you could print up a little panel for the right side that lists To/From and Amount—-or you could just write it along with a holiday message in that blank space.

The holiday card shown below I created with inspiration from an old issue of PaperCrafts magazine. The layout of the design featured a double-pointed strip that works well in the french roast woodgrain paper with the large snowflake.  Its a very simple card design and would be very easy to reproduce if you were making lots of them to send out with your holiday greeting.

  The final project I’m showing you today is the A|S Box-Bag, another sweet little creation    from the staff of A|S.  The template for this project can be found HERE. This would make a  cute gift for a teacher—-you could put some apple/cinnamon tea bags inside, maybe a gift  card to your favorite bookstore or and then add a couple of No. 2 pencils to top  it off!

I hope these projects inspire your creativity and make gift-giving this holiday season a little  bit easier….feel free to leave comments!

Now on to your next stop—-Chelsea Beck’s blog!

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  1. These are SO gorgeous Kris….I want to make them ALL!!

  2. Your projects are beautiful! I love the blue & brown colors that you put together with snowflakes. Very nice!!