PaperVine Christmas Gift Giving Ideas

Hi Everyone and Welcome to the last of three posts leading into our Christmas Countdown, featuring tons of Christmas inspiration, giveaways and fun.
Here are some fun Gift Giving projects from last year.

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Baby Clothes and Printed Fabric

Use some digital scrapbook papers to crate fun, unique baby clothes. You just need some t-shirt transfers and an iron!

Edible Neighbor Gift and Christmas Bark

I bet your neighbor would love a fun Christmas jar of goodies! This post includes a tutorial on how to cover jar lids with paper.

Wine Tags

Suitable for any bottle – these tags make a lovely decorative touch to a present and also a little extra special twist on a Secret Santa gift.

Tomorrow we start a week of BRAND NEW Christmas Inspiration - with a great giveaway EVERY DAY!


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PaperVine Christmas Home Decor Projects

Hi Everyone and Welcome to the second of three posts leading into our Christmas Countdown, featuring tons of Christmas inspiration, giveaways and fun.
Here are some fun Home Decor Holiday projects I created last year.
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Decor Frame

Great to give as gift, these frames can hold photos or just be a decoration you can use year on year. Fun to make and easy to complete in an evening

Advent Calendar


Maybe you bought one of these and haven’t made it yet – there’s still a bit of time! Grab a glass of wine,  drag your crafting supplies in front of the fire, put on an old movie in the background and get cracking!

Mini Album


Dig out those pictures from last year and create a mini album for a loved one who may not be spending Christmas with you this year.  


Check back tomorrow for some more Holiday inspiration - tomorrow we are sharing Gift Giving ideas.

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PaperVine Christmas PaperCraft Projects

Hi Everyone and Welcome to the first of three posts leading into our Christmas Countdown, featuring tons of Christmas inspiration, giveaways and fun.Here are some fun papercraft Christmas projects I created last year.
 
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December Daily


Create a December Daily quickly using a combination of patterned paper and printed digital elements from the same collection. Echo Park makes this super easy. See all their paper collections here and their digital collections here.

Stepper Card Tutorial

This post includes a picture tutorial showing how you can very simply create the card base for this visually striking technique. The card folds flat for posting too!

Christmas Albums / Notebooks


Create some fun mini albums or blank notebooks from copier paper with this simple technique. Full color step-by step tutorial included – great to get the kids involved and make some gifts for Grandma!

Merry and Bright - Simple Cards


Break out your spellbinders to create some shaped cards and super simple matching tags. Great for using up small stickers from your supplies.

Check back tomorrow for some more Holiday inspiration - tomorrow we have Home Decor ideas


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Mrs Rudolph Reindeer and Echo Park Winner

Hi Everyone

A quick post today to share a
Christmas project using the Very Merry Christmas Collection from Echo Park and to announce the winners of the Blog Hop last week.

Mrs Rudolph
This little reindeer would look great on anybody's holiday table!


Detailed instructions and a lot more pictures are available for FREE download on the Echo Park website here.


Winner
The winner of the Collection Pack from the blog hop here is Auror Willow. Please email me as soon as possible to claim your prize.
 

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Advent Treats Bowl (My Mind's Eye)

Hi Everyone - A quick post today to show you a project I created for the 100 Days of Christmas Wonderful at Design Dazzle. It incorporates a couple of ideas I have used several times before - just a new little twist, and I have detailed tutorials showing how to create both the bowl and treat favors.
Advent Bowl



This Advent Bowl is created using a simple Paper Machie technique - and you can see a full tutorial here if you want to make your own. You can of course use any bowl to hold these paper containers, and they are absolutely one of my favorite things to make. I have made 24 and the kids will open one each day and see what treat or activity is inside.


Once you know this technique, you can use them for party favors or just as unique packing for little gifts. You can  make them any size and below you can see my full tutorial showing how to create them. All of the papers and embellishments I have used for this project are from the gorgeous "All is Bright" Collection from MME. This festive collection is fun, bright and modern with a big twist of vintage!

 

After I created the containers, I just used matching tape, brads and buttons to decorate - but you can use anything you would like. Lets the kids go crazy with glitter, stickers - whatever you have on hand. You can use ANY paper to crate these - and if you have been storing your kids artwork all year - cut it up and make a bowl full of treats for the Grandparents - fill each container with a chocolate and I guarantee Grandma will thrilled!


Sour Cream Container Tutorial



  1. Cut paper into 3” x 4” rectangles (7.5cm x 10cm)
    You can get 12 of these from one sheet of scrapbook paper
  2. Place very strong double sided adhesive tape along the two long and one short sides. I used JEJE Extra Sticky Tape
  3. Remove the backing from the tape
  4. Form a cylinder, joining the 2 shorter sides together with the adhesive. Press adhesive very firmly
  5. Pinch one end of the cylinder together.Press adhesive firmly and fill with little treats. Use a paper crimper or scoring tool to really seal edges
  6. Pinch other end of cylinder together at right angles to form this shape - repeat the crimping process

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Shadow Box Advent Calendar (Echo Park and Kaisercraft)

Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won my prize here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop - you can see a complete list on the Echo Park Blog.

Advent Calender

 

This Advent Calendar looks so festive decorated with the This and That Christmas Collection. I tried to pick papers that gave it a Nordic feel, with lots of paler colors and splashes of red. The calendar base is from Kaisercraft and is easy to put together. If you follow this short video here on YouTube you can construct the frame in about 10 minutes.

To cover the boxes in paper I glue each box individually then cover the 2 sides and back of the box with one strip of paper, cutting a separate piece for the front face. Other people have quicker ways of doing this but I do not think they give as nice a finish. You just need to try and see which works best for you.


This particular calendar has a shadow-box central area  which is a great place to create a Christmas Scene. I have used elements from the digital collection so I could resize and print certain images the right size, but the paper collection offers heaps of lovely embellishments you could easily use.


To create the woodgrain effect, I inked the edges with Distress Ink and used a woodgrain stamp over the top with brown ink.

Supply List: This and That Collection (Echo Park Paper), Number Stickers (Simple Stories - 25 Days of Christmas), Advent Calendar (Kaisercraft Shadow Box Drawers SB2204), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Brown Ink (Stayzon - Timber Brown) Woodgrain Stamp (Kasiercraft CS837) Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes – Various.

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Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial and FREE Template

Hi Everyone

Welcome to my Butterfly Easel Card tutorial.  I have provided step-by step instructions below on how to create the card base plus a free downloadable .svg cut file for those of you who like to use digital die-cut machines. There are also a couple of hints for Cameo users who may be new to using files not purchased in the Silhouette Store.


If you do not have a digital die cut machine you can download a pdf file here and create a hand-cut template - sizing instructions included.

Note: Please see below as to why you will need the Designer Edition of Studio to use this file and why I cannot provide it in a .studio format. Also, you can see all the details and supplies I used to create this card in my original post here.

Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial

Download the .svg template here or pdf template here and cut the following pieces.
Note piece g) is a pre-cut Pink Paislee Chipboard Butterfly
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Next - you will need to complete the following steps: 

  1. Score and fold the large cardstock butterfly in half at the centre.
  2. Score and fold the top layer at the centre of the wings as shown
  3. Glue the large front face butterfly to the lower half of the folded cardstock base 
  4. This step is optional - but it gives a lot of structure to the card. Glue your liner large butterfly onto your cardstock base - you will need to trim the tips of the wings to accommodate the folded area
  5. Repeat all the above steps for your small butterfly pieces
  6. Glue the small butterfly base onto the large butterfly base - approximately one cm above the centre of the wings.
  7. Trim away areas of the small butterfly base which overlap over the large base for a neat finish
  8. Glue two pearls or rhinestones onto the card base to give the small butterfly some support when standing.
You will now have your card base and may decorate it however you choose. I have used a chipboard butterfly from the Pink Paislee Artisan Collection on the front - for further details of products used - please see my original card post here.

I strongly suggest you trial making this card with some scrap papers for practice - even cutting from copier paper will allow you to become familiar with the construction before you cut into your patterned paper supplies. 

Tips and Tricks
When you go to the link - here is where you can download the file.


Save it to your hard-drive and then open in Studio - remember to change the drop-down box to svg file type and the images will be imported into Studio.

The images are sized all ready to go - depending on your version of the software - you may need to go to the Cut Style Box and define the cut lines


This is my first time offering a download file and I would love to hear about how this works out (or doesn't work out!) for you - please email me here and I will try and incorporate all feedback into creating a better tutorial. I have tried and tested all the files - and they definitely work  - but please understand I am not able to offer you individual support on how to use your Cameo machine!



Note: Due to Silhouette's very restrictive licensing policy, I am not allowed to offer this as a .studio format download - I am sorry. It is my understanding you will need the Designer Edition of Studio to use .svg files, however - please email me if you have any questions :-)

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Fun Fall Owl Card & Pink Paislee Winners

Hi Everyone

A super-quick post today to share a fun card and also to announce the winner of the two Pink Paislee Giveaways from last week.

Fun Fall Owl Card


This Fall Fever Collection from Echo Park is a lot of fun. Like all the Mini Themes each pack contains 6  papers (3 double sided designs - 2 sheets each) and a 6" x 12" sticker sheet. Perfect for those time when you want a great value, co-ordinated collection for just a couple of projects.


Pink Paislee Winners
Thank you SO much to everyone who entered. Designing with Pink Paislee was at the top of my "want to do" list and I am so thrilled at the response to my projects.

Main Giveaway Winner
There were a total of 162 comments on the post. I posted onto random.org and it came up with 18. I double checked this person had followed the rules (YES - she is a blog follower!)so CONGRATULATIONS to Renee. Please email me here with your mailing address.

NZ Giveaway Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to Beverley who left the comment below.
Please email me here with your mailing address.


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Pink Paislee Butterly Easel Card

Hi Everyone

Please note there is now a full tutorial and free .svg and pdf template for this project available here.

Butterfly Easel Card
I do not consider myself much of a cardmaker – but I do like to create dimensional cards that kind of do all the work for you! I adapted this design from a few ideas I saw online.


The Mistables papers from Pink Paislee form the perfect base for this card which folds completely flat for mailing and fits into a standard square envelope. I used crimson paint to color the butterflies – though I applied it very lightly and rubbed the excess off with a damp cloth – which resulted in a delicate orange finish . 


I really had to resist the temptation to add more to this card – but sometimes less IS more! The butterfly on the front is colored the same way and is one of the new exciting pieces in the Artisan Collection.

Since this card was published, I have been asked a few times for a tutorial showing how to create it. I will be creating a tutorial soon as well as hopefully sharing a cutting file in several formats so you can easily create one with your digital die-cut machine - however it is also easy to recreate with some scissors and a little patience! Please become a Pinterest, Facebook or blog follower to see when this post is published.

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