Handmade Holiday Helping Ideas

Do you wish there was an easy way to create handmade holiday greetings cards and gift tags?

Do you feel you aren’t creative and/or don’t have the energy to make your own cards?

Is there a creative child or adult on your Christmas shopping list?

Would you like to spend some quality time crafting with your loved ones?

Stampin’ Up!’s kits can check off all of the boxes above! Read below to see all of the options.

Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

There's  Kit for That

Imagine your kiddos (or grand-kiddos) peeking in the little boxes each day, while you witness the joy on their faces when they discover what’s inside.
 
Get ready for Christmas with this hand-crafted advent decor, the Christmas Countdown Kit. Decorate the boxes and then fill with small treats. The kit includes enough supplies to decorate 25 mini boxes, plus it comes with a sturdy outer box to hold them all. Size is approximately 11 x 11.
 
When the holidays are over, decorate the reverse side of the mini boxes with any designer paper and you’ve created a unique and pretty storage solution.
 
This kit is just $30 + tax and shipping. (Think about adding a Stampin’ Seal + and Stampin’ Dimensionals if you don’t have these at home.)
 
Watch this quick video below to get a peek at what this kit offers.
 

Joy of Sharing All-Inclusive Card Kit

There's a Kit for That

 
Do you want to send handmade Christmas cards but don’t have the time to design and make your own? Let the Joy of Sharing All-Inclusive Kit come to your rescue!
 
This kit includes a stamp set, mini ink pad, acrylic block, envelopes and the ingredients to create 15 handmade cards — traditional or photo.
 
The cost for this kit is $35 + tax and shipping.

Tag Buffet Project Kit

Create your own cute handmade gift tags with the fun Tag Buffet Project Kit. It costs $30 (+ tax and shipping) and makes 30 gorgeous tags.

You’ll also need a stamp set. Stampin’ Up! recommends the coordinating Tag Buffet set ($18) as well as Stampin’ Dimensionals and Garden Green, Real Red, and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Pads.

Grab some kits for you and your friends and have a fun gathering. (Buy four kits from me, and I’ll send you the stamp set! Contact me for additional details.)

Watch this video (a Facebook Live replay) to see the details of this great card kit.

 

Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit

There's a Kit for That

Are you looking for a fun and creative gift for a craft lover in your life? Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit contains the ingredients to make 15 handmade greeting cards. This bright and cheery kit includes a photopolymer stamp set, mini ink pad, stamping block, envelopes, and embellishments.
 
The sentiments include: Just a Note, Way to Go, Hello Sunshine, and Thanks for Being You.
 
This kit is just $32 + tax and shipping.

Looking Up All-Inclusive Card Kit

There's a Kit for That

Check another gift off of your list with Stampin’ Up!’s Looking Up All-Inclusive Card Kit. It has the ingredients to create 15 handmade greeting cards. The kit includes a photopolymer stamp set, mini ink pad, stamping block, embellishments, and envelopes.
 
The sentiments include: Happy Birthday, I Hear a Congratulations Are in Order, Feel Better Soon, I am So Very Thankful for You, Thanks So Much.
 
This kit is just $29 + tax and shipping.

Paper Pumpkin Monthly Crafting Kit

Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin offers a one-stop box for creative success! Each monthly kit comes with the ingredients to make a special project — from greeting cards, to treat packets, to gift card holders, and more.
 
Kits are designed for anyone who wants to quickly and easily achieve beautiful, handcrafted projects — anytime and anywhere! You (or the receiver) will get a new project every month.
 
There are two ways to subscribe:
 
1. An ongoing month-to-month subscription. This option costs just $22 + tax per month (shipping is included). I’ll provide you a card to give to the recipient.
 
Click here to begin the subscription process. Subscribe by December 10 to receive the first kit in December: Beary Comforting.
 
2. A 1-, 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription. Costs vary. For example, a 6-month subscription is $114 + tax and shipping. Purchase a prepaid code, and the recipient just needs to activate their account to begin getting the fun kits in the mail. Visit the online store to learn more. I’ll provide a gift card to go with it!
 
Or contact me. I’ll help you choose the right option. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Gift Certificate/Wish List

Let your favorite crafter choose their own products by giving them a gift certificate. I can provide certificates in any amount. Contact me to get started. The certificates are redeemable directly through me, and not Stampin’ Up!
 
Or, create your wish list, send it to me, and I’ll let your family know which products would make a great gift for you. Here are some easy directions for you.
  1. Go to: kimquade.stampinup.net
  2. In the upper left corner, make sure it says: Shopping with Kim Quade
  3. If you don’t have an online shopping profile with me, you may need to create one.
  4. Select an item from the store.
  5. Click the “heart” Add to List.
  6. Click “Create a New List.”
  7. Name your list: Wishlist for Kids, Wishlist for Hubby, etc.
  8. When you’ve added the desired items to your list, click the heart at the top of the page.
  9. Your list and the selected items should appear.
  10. Click “Share List.”
  11. Copy provided link.
  12. Send that link in an email to the person purchasing the gift.
  13. When that person receives the email, they click on the link to view your wish list on my store.
  14. They can then select and pay for the items they wish to purchase.
 
Contact me at: kimqksards@gmail.com or 402-617-7955.
 
Thanks for visiting my blog today! Please let me know how I can help make your holidays easier, more enjoyable, and handmade!
 
Kim
 
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Stamparatus Reflection Technique Video

Join me for today’s video. I’m creating a Thanksgiving card using the Stamparatus reflection technique.

Stamparatus Reflection Technique Video

Do you send Thanksgiving cards? It’s almost time to get those in the mail. I decided to feature fall trees for one of my card designs. The Stamparatus comes in handy for this.

Stamparatus Reflection Technique Video

Stampin’ Up!’s stamp positioning tool lends itself to a variety of fun techniques. Today’s card and video feature the reflection technique. (Other fun uses include hinge-step stamping. See a related video here.)

Card Details

  • Basic Black card stock base — 11 inches x 4 1/4 inches, scored at 5 1/2 inches
  • Whisper White – 2 pieces cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches (one is for the inside of the card)
  • Basic Black – 4 inches x 5/8 inches
  • Whisper White – 4 inches by 1/2 inches
  • Tree from Rooted in Nature Stamp Set
  • Sentiment from Banner Year Stamp Set
  • Ink colors of Memento, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot, and Pumpkin Pie
  • Sponge Daubers and Sponge Brayer
  • Holiday Rhinestone Assortment

Stamparatus Reflection Technique Video

This video, a Facebook Live replay provides a step-by-step demonstration of how the card comes together.

Thanks for stopping by today. Please let me know if you have questions about how this card was created. If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to help you in your paper crafting journey.

Kim

Products Used to Make this Card

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Heartwarming Hugs Free Tutorial

I’m offering a Heartwarming Hugs Free Tutorial today as well as a video.

Heartwarming Hugs Free Tutorial

I love a lot of things about this card. It:

  • Showcases the Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper.
  • Is festive!
  • Features the Gift Wrapped stamp set and coordinating Gift Bow Builder Punch.
  • Goes together very easily and can be adapted to a variety of papers and sentiments.

Heartwarming Hugs Free Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Gift Wrapped Bundle (155155)
  • PAPER – Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper (153492), Pear Pizzaz (131201), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
  • INK – Real Red (147084), Mossy Meadow (147111)
  • OTHER – Gold Cord-Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack (153537), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

 

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score at 4 ¼”, 3” x 3” scrap
  • Real Red Card Stock – 5 1/4” x 4”
  • Whisper White – 4 ½” x ¾”, 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper – three varied designs – 1 ½” x 3 ¾”
  • Gold Cord – 8”

 

Instructions:

  • Fold the 8 ½” x 5 ½” Pear Pizzazz Card Stock in half at the score line.
  • Using Stampin’ Seal, afix the three pieces of Heartwarming Hugs DSP onto the Real Red piece, equally spaced.
  • Adhere this piece to the Pear Pizzazz base.
  • Stamp the “A Very Merry Christmas” sentiment with Real Red ink on the Whisper White 4 ½” x ¾” piece toward the right-hand side, leaving space to add the bow later.
  • Adhere the sentiment to the front of the card with Glue Dots.
  • Stamp a bow from the Gift Wrapped stamp set with Mossy Meadow ink onto the 3” x 3” Pear Pizzazz scrap.
  • Punch the image using the coordinating Gift Bow Builder Punch.
  • With Stampin’ Dimensionals, place the bow on the card front, on top of the sentiment piece, to the left of the print, as shown in the photo above.
  • Create a bow with the Gold Cord. Attach to the top of the paper bow in the center with a Glue Dot.
  • Attach the 5 ¼” x 4” Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

Heartwarming Hugs Free Tuturial

Thank you for stopping by today! Please let me know if you have questions about this card or any other paper crafting project. I’d love to be you Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Kim

Video Directions

List of Products Used

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How to Use Ink Refills

Join me today as I show you how to use ink refills and baby wipes. There’s even a video at the end of the post.

How to Use Ink Refills

Stampin’ Up!’s ink refills serve the primary purpose of reinking Stampin’ Up!’s Classic Ink Pads when they become dry after many uses. However, the refills can be used for other crafting projects such as water coloring and the baby wipe technique. (I recommend purchasing the refill with the pad so you have it on hand. It’s a great value for $3.75 per bottle.)

The baby wipe technique isn’t new. But it’s a fun one to reintroduce each year, especially in the fall. I love the way the colors can be used to mimic the changing foliage.

How to Use Ink Refills

For this card, I used the coordinating and rich colors of: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blackberry Bliss, and Cherry Cobbler.

I squirted a little bit of each color onto a folded baby wipe (be sure to protect your table with wax paper or an Acrylic Mat). Watch the video below for visual instructions. Press your stamp (I used a leaf from Stampinin’ Up!’s Rooted in Nature Stamp Set) into the ink on the wipe. Then stamp the image onto the card stock. You can change the color of the leaf by moving the stamp around on the baby wipe ink pad.

Here are the paper measurements:

    • Blackberry Bliss: 8 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches for base, a 4 x 3 piece, and one cut with the Layering Ovals Die
    • Very Vanilla: 5 1/4 inch x 4 inch for inside
    • Cherry Cobbler: 5 1/4 x 4 inch, embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder
    • Shimmery White: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches and 3 x 2 inches
    • Linen Thread: 30 inches

 

This fun technique works with a variety of colors and stamp sets. Experiment and have fun. Please let me know if you have questions about this technique or other paper crafting cards. If you aren’t currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to be a part of your creative journey. Post a comment on this post or email me at: kimqskards@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Kim

List of Supplies

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#simplestamping Using Designer Series Paper

Showcasing #simplestamping using Designer Series Paper.

#simplestamping using Designer Series Paper

#simplestamping

Recently, Stampin’ Up! has focused on #simplestamping: the art of creating a handmade card with just rubber stamps, ink, and paper. After all, these provide the underpinnings of paper crafting. It allows us to focus on the basics of the craft, and we realize we can make beautiful projects with a handful of supplies. It’s a great place to start for beginning stampers, and it challenges seasoned stampers to step away from the extras.

Each month, Stampin’ Up! issues a #simplestamping challenge. For October, it calls for using rubber stamps, ink, paper, and ribbon with a thank you card.

Designer Series Paper Sale

I combined the challenge with the Designer Series Paper sale effective through October 31, 2020. Fifteen of Stampin’ Up!’s double-sided, patterned papers are 15 percent off. It includes selections from both the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog. See the PDF here, or click on the photos at the end of the post to check them out and shop.

#simplestamping Using Designer Series Paper

I love this card design because it showcases both sides of the paper. That’s often the most difficult part of crafting: choosing which side to use! Note: It uses the Playing with Patterns.

Here are a few cutting details. (Be sure to watch the video below showing how this design goes together. See other cards using the paper currently offered on the sale.)

  • Card stock for the base: 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, scored at 1 inch on the 5 1/4-inch side.
  • A piece of patterned paper cut at 5 1/2 x 4.
  • Complementary ribbon.
  • A sentiment.

 

Thanks for stopping by today. Please message me or leave a comment if you have questions about today’s card or the paper sale. Click here to begin shopping. If you’re not currently working with another demonstrator, I’d love to help you with your card-making and memory keeping projects.

Join me Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time for a Facebook Live on my Facebook business page. I show fun and easy stamping projects.

Kim

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