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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza!

During the holiday season, crafters and non-crafters alike are in the market for crafting supplies to make cards, decorations, create packaging, or even to give away as gifts. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I have the resources to meet those needs! The Holiday Extravaganza will focus on four main areas relevant to the holiday season: card making, decorating, gift giving, and packaging & tags. I would like to provide you with information to make the most of the holiday season!
Card Making
Everyone loves a hand-stamped card, and the holidays are a perfect time to send them! Stampin' Up! has hundreds of beautiful samples in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog and Holiday 2008 Mini Catalog that you can share with family and friends. With so many samples to choose from, all you need to do is pick a few favorites and start stamping!
During the holidays, many people are excited to decorate! You'll want to start early so that you can have your decorations on display throughout the holiday season. Here are some suggestions:

* Holiday ornaments using the Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments Kit
* Country Living projects
* Christmas garlands using the Sizzix Pennant Bigz XL Die
* Holiday party favors that could include any of the following:
+ Treat boxes/candy bowls as centerpieces (holiday Rub-Ons work great here!)
+ Holiday-scented candles decorated with your favorite Designer Series paper
+ On Board Trinkets Ornaments Kits decorated and used as ornaments on garland
+ On Board letters, in any shape and size, to add a fun touch to party favors; just choose a favorite holiday word like snow, santa, or cheer
Gift Giving
Stampin' Up! offers products that make great gifts, whether they're intricate projects for dearest family and friends, or smaller gifts such as party favors or gifts for neighbors. Our products offer you endless options--for any budget or recipient. And for the stamping, paper crafting, or décor enthusiast, Stampin' Up! product itself makes a great gift! Here are some ideas:
* Ornaments using the Star Bright Designer Series Paper Ornaments Kit or the On Board Trinkets Kit
* Handmade wrapping paper or gift tag collection
* Country Living Kit items
* Hand-stamped calendars using the Creat-A-Calendar '09 Kit
* Scrapbooks (Simply Scrappin' kits work great!)
* Journals
* Home Décor items: framed art or holiday decorations
* Card sets
* CD with CD holder
* Gift boxes filled with treats
* Stampin' Up! products
Packaging & Tags
Do you remember looking under the Christmas tree during the holidays and seeing that one special package that you hoped was just for you? The one with the perfect wrapping paper, the bow tied just right, and the extra special tag? With so many perfect products for creating that beautifully-packaged gift, your won't need to go anywhere besides Stampin' Up! to wrap up your holidays this year!
* Use wheels to create your own wrapping paper. With several wheels (i.e., Christmas Chatter, Bold Snowflakes, Santa's Lineup, Snow, and So Swirly) and multiple colors to choose from, Stampin' Around wheels are the perfect way to create personalized wrapping paper.
* When creating tags, be sure to use punches (i.e., Tag, Small Tag, Scallop Circle, Scallop Square, and Curly Label punches) that coordinate with tags in your favorite stamp sets. This makes it easy for you to create beautiful gift tags!
* If time is an issue, try the Season to Share Accents & Elements tin offered in Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Kraft instead of stamping and punching your tags. This is a great way to include creative tags on packages without spending a lot of time. Another option is to choose a favorite holiday stamp set and then stamp on our metal edge tags for a classic and simple look.
* The Sizzix Top Note Bigz die, one of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive dies, easily creates both bag toppers and tags. Check out the Holiday Mini for ideas.
* Beautiful holiday Designer Series paper, such as Holiday Treasures, makes great wrapping paper for smaller gifts.
* The Simply Sent Handmade Holiday Card Elements kit and I Wish Simply Scrappin' kit include self-adhesive die cuts that are an easy way to add that extra touch to packages and tags.
* For extra special packages, create tags using Hodgepodge Hardware and the Crop-A-Dile that will really step up the style.
* Gift and cello bags are a simple and stylish way to personalize gifts for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers. Simply tie some holiday ribbon (check out Alpine Ribbon Originals or 1-1/4" Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla striped grosgrain ribbon in the Holiday Mini) at the top and add a festive tag!
* Chipboard always adds great flare; the Onboard Trinkets Ornaments kit dresses up any gift package.