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You’ll WOW them with this beautiful gift box

Every year my sisters and I exchange “October 21st” gifts – a little something to celebrate the birthday of our mom and all she meant to us. It’s just something we do to keep her spirit alive even though she is no longer with us. Our mom was a crafty sort and she loved to sew. She had an incredible talent for sewing – she could look at a dress in the store, go home and recreate it, making it even better than the original. I know my sisters and I get our love of crafting from our mom.

While mom was a genius with needle and thread (and made sure all her girls knew how to sew), over the years I’ve fallen in love with card making and paper crafting. So for the past few years, I’ve turned to paper crafting to create my October 21st gifts for my sisters (and yes I know it’s closer to December 21st then October 21st – but hey it’s been a different year). For the past two years I’ve created a monthly calendar as my gift with a different design for each month. My sisters loved it (at least they said they did) so this year I upped the game and added a fancy little book box to store the inserts in when they are not in use.

This box goes together fairly quickly and will absolutely wow and amaze anyone you give it to. Just by changing out the Designer Series Paper you can make this box for any occasion. Check out my YouTube Video for the tutorial and measurements.

Create your own Book Box

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Add Sparkle and Joy This Year with Handmade Holidays

To say 2020 has been a year unlike any other is the understatement of, well, the year! We’ve had to regroup and adapt to a new way of doing things but perhaps the hardest has been social distancing. We are a social people by nature and at this point I think even introverts like me have had enough. We want to gather with our loved ones and celebrate the holidays but again 2020 has thrown us a curve ball! So, if we can’t be there in person to celebrate together, we can at least create handmade items to send and share with our loved ones to let them know how special they are to us.

Handmade doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate – sometimes simple is best. And I’ve got a super easy gift box you can make from just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock. Just a few scored lines, some quick snips, fold and glue. Viola! you have an adorable little gift box to use for gift cards, cash, sweet treats, or any little trinket you want. Your family and friends will be impressed with your creativity and touched by your thoughtful kindness. And let’s face it – we could all use a little more kindness this year.

Quick and Easy Gift Box

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You’ll love this sneak peek at the new Curvy Celebrations!

I don’t know about you, but growing up birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and just about any special occasion was a big deal. These events would bring the whole family together to celebrate and they were always filled with lots of laughter, good food, and above all love! My mom always went out of her way to make these celebrations special. I know I get my love of creating special gifts and cards for my family and friends from her.

I don’t know why but the new Quite Curvy Bundle just reminds me of my mom and all the special times we had together. Maybe it’s because the curvy dies make me think of how she loved to sew and could create beautiful clothes for the children and grandchildren in the blink of an eye (and lots of late nights). It might be because of the whimsical trees in the Curvy Christmas stamp set but most likely it’s because she really was “One in a Million” as the sentiment from the Quite Curvy stamp set says. No matter the reason, this bundle just brings joy to my heart and so many fond memories of celebrations with my Mom. Take a look and I’m sure you will find it makes you smile too.

The card on the right is a great example of #simplestamping – just stamps ink and paper. Card base is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. Layers get consecutively 1/4″ smaller – so Designer Series paper is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and the top layer is 5″ x 3 3/4″. Measurements are the same for the pink birthday card with the exception of the top white layer, which is the same width as the green layer it sits on but only 3 1/4″ high before being cut with the curvy dies.

You can check out my YouTube tutorial here. Please be sure to subscribe to my channel and then click on the bell so you can be notified when I upload new content. You can also order your own Quite Curvy Bundle from my store – just click here.

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You’ll love the classic beauty of Celebrate Sunflowers

When I was younger I didn’t much care for sunflowers – I just thought they were an ugly flower. However, as I’ve grown older (and hopefully wiser), I’ve come to appreciate the simple beauty of sunflowers. To me the are a symbol of joy; with their vibrant yellow petals and lush chocolatey center they bring a smile to me whenever I see them.

Stampin’ Up! has captured the simple beauty of sunflowers in their new Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. The large sunflower image contains rich details that show so well in a variety of ink colors. The image is beautiful just stamped with ink or stamped and colored with any of our coloring tools (watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write Makers, Stampin’ Blends).

You can watch my tutorial on YouTube channel (thanks for subscribing!) where I show you how easy it is to make the cards below. I’m also featuring this stamp set for my October Class to go. You can get all the details from my Facebook Event page

These cards were so simple to make using just a few supplies. Both cards are 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. The Misty Moonlight card just has three (partial) sunflowers stamped with Misty Moonlight in on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. A .75″ x 3.74″ banner cut from Bumblebee card stock (ends punched with Lovely Labels Pick a Punch) with sentiment stamped in Bumblebee ink completes the card design. The Bumblebee card features a 3.5″ x 5″ layer of Soft Suede topped by a 3.25″ x 4.75″ layer of Whisper White. Add Bumblebee ribbon to both layers prior to attaching them to the card front for an elegantly simple card. The “Hello” sentiment is from the new Life is Beautiful stamp set.

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You’ll love it when you discover this little secret!

Actually it’s not a secret at all but I do believe it is the absolute best deal in the whole catalog.  The Stampin’ Up! starter kit is a great value at just $99 (plus tax) for $125 in Stampin’ Up! products.  What is even better is that you get to customize your starter kit to get exactly what you want and need.  You will never get stuck with a stamp set or paper that you do not want or like since you get to choose what is included.

Suggested Starter Kit Items

But the benefits do not stop there.  As a Stampin’ Up! independent demonstrator you will always get at least a 20% discount on all your supplies (no coupon needed thank you very much) with the opportunity to increase that to a 25% discount as long as you stay active as a demonstrator.  Who does not like a good discount?  I know I sure do.  And let’s face it, if you are into crafts you are going to spend money on supplies. Why not support your habit while saving some money AND have a chance to make a little money as well.

As long time Stampin’ Up! customer I loved their color coordination (makes it so easy to be successful) and the quality of their products.  When I finally took the plunge and signed up as a demonstrator I wondered what had taken me so long.  In addition to getting my discount on all my supplies, I get to pre-order new items before they are available to the general public.  It’s always fun to be one of the “cool kids” who gets to play with the new toys first!  I can also participate in various incentive programs offered by Stampin’ Up! as well as attend Stampin’ Up! events (darn you COVID-19 for wreaking havoc this year!), qualify for incentive trips, and bonuses.  But the BEST part of being a demonstrator is all the wonderful new friends I have met through our love of papercrafting.

When I first started this journey I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I thought I would just give it a try for a few months and see where it led.  I never in a million years would have thought it would bring me so much joy – it has truly been a blessing.  My Crafty Foxes team is one of the best teams around – we always have so much fun when we get together.  We are more than friends – we’re like a family – always there for each other to celebrate the happy times and offer support in the hard times. 

As I continue on this journey I would like to invite you to travel the road with me.  If you like to have fun, craft a bit, laugh a lot, and just enjoy life I’d love to have you join the Crafty Foxes team!  We are always up for answering your questions so drop us an email at craftyklock@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you.  If your ready to join right now, click here and welcome to the team.

Members of the Crafty Foxes Team at the 2019 Stampin’ Up! On Stage event