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Fun, Festive, and Easy Homemade Holiday Projects You’ll Love!

I love the holidays! Some of my favorite memories revolve around making things, whether it was baking dozens of Christmas cookies with my Mom or the annual family “Make It” gift exchange. The joy of creating something to give to others is just such a special part of the season for me. And this year especially I think we can all do with a lot more joy! That’s why I was so excited to partner with my friend and fellow Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Vicki Hevener at Stamp with Vicki. Over the last week, Vicki and I have created a series of videos showing some fun and easy projects you can create with your family and friends to capture that homemade holiday spirit I love!

On Day 1 I shared Stampin’ Up’s Christmas Countdown Project Kit. This kit goes together so easily and you can use it for years to come. This year, my family used the boxes to put in notes of fun things to do throughout the season. Things like bake Christmas cookies, write out Christmas cards, watch a holiday movie, or go see Christmas lights – you get the idea. You can watch my video here and order your own kit here.

Day 3 of Homemade Holidays was all about gift boxes! I demonstrated how to make a gift box from a half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock. You can see the video here. As a bonus, when you place an order of $50 or more on my website, I’ll send you the PDF tutorial for all my Homemade Holiday projects! When you make all three sizes, you can stack them up to make a fun gift box snowman. You can order all the supplies you need here!

Day 5 was all about a quick and easy gift bag and let’s face it – we need gift bags all the time not just at the holidays. This gift bag goes together in minutes and with one package of our beautiful Designer Series Paper you can make 6 gifts bags for less than $2 a bag – now that’s a great deal. Check out the video here. You can find all your supplies here.

On Day 7 I shared two projects – a cute little ornament for your tree and a little desk calendar you can make to mail to loved ones far and near. You can see the video here and order your supplies here.

I hope you’re inspired to try your hand at some of these projects. I know you’ll have fun making new memories with your loved ones! And if you would please subscribe to my YouTube Channel – every subscriber helps widen my audience exposure and would make me so happy! Whatever you celebrate my very best wishes for a Happy Holiday season and a New Year filled with joy, good health, and love.

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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 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

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You’ll adore the delightful Playful Pets Suite

Ok I’ll admit it – I am the crazy dog lady – after all I have five! I love all my fur babies and the joy they bring on a daily basis. So when I saw the new Playful Pets Product Suite in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! annual catalog I just KNEW I had to get it. The Suite includes everything you see in the picture and you can order it with just one item code – #154136 or you can order each item separately. Check out my online store for more information.

Playful Pets Product Suite includes the Pampered Pets Stamp Set and matching dies, Playful Pets Designer Series Paper, Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack and Playful Pets Trinkets

While the product suite is perfect for casual and avid stampers, beginning stampers can also have a lot of fun with just the stamp set, card stock, and designer series paper. Check out this cute card I made just using stamps, ink, and paper. It’s #simplestamping at its best!

#simplestamping featuring the Pampered Pets stamp set and Playful Pets Designer Series Paper

To really step it up you can use all the products in the product suite to create unique, one of a kind cards for all the pet lovers on your list!

All the elements in the Playful Pets Product Suite can be used to create fun cards for kids of all ages!

And don’t forget to add some pizzazz to the inside. The little paw print die is just perfect for adding a bit of personality to the inside.

You can check out my YouTube video tutorial for instructions on how to make these cards, including dimensions for cutting card stock and designer series paper. You can order the supplies you need from my online store.

Here’s a gratuitous picture of my fur babies! Love them all. Happy Stampin!