We are delighted to have you join us again as we forge ahead with our Holiday DIY December event. This next project from Melissa Phillips redefines 'mittens' in a whole new way and takes pocket making to the next level. They are some of the most charming mittens we have ever seen!
Hello and Merry Christmas! Welcome to another fun Crate December DIY Creation. I hope you're jumping on board and planning to share your DIY projects with us. I loved creating something gold, glittery, and festive for my most favorite time of year, Christmas.
I created a trio of die cut mitten pocket tags using some of Crate Paper's beautiful vellum printed paper. This first mitten uses the Open Book 'Newspaper with Gold Foil' vellum as my first layer and with Open Book 'Memoir' paper as my second layer. I adhered the top layer to the bottom layer on three sides only, leaving the top of each mitten open to form a pocket. I then sprinkled white, opaque, and gold sequins into each pocket. I love how they create movement in each mitten, not to mention vellum combined with sequins is beautiful! I added an Open Book layered tag to my first mitten...perfect colors, and perfect sentiment for winter.
I added Open Book Label Maker Phrase & Word Stickers to this mitten, topped with die cut flowers from the Floral Ephemera Flowers & Leaves collection. These are so beautiful and unique. One of my most favorite Open Book elements.
I topped each mitten with vintage trim or pom pom trim from my stash and attached a tag to each mitten to carry through with the holiday theme. This tag comes from the Open Book Ephemera Pack and I just added a bit of stamping to the bottom of it and embellished it with a vellum and gold heart from the Open Book Vellum Shapes package.
I used the Stripes with 'Gold Foil' vellum for this mitten and layered it over Open Book 'Clippings' paper. It is embellished with the same elements as the first mitten, with the addition of a Glitter Foam Thicker.
My last mitten uses all of the same Open Book products, but just new combinations of them. My favorite thing about Open Book is that it is versatile enough to take on a variety of styles, including my favorite, soft and shabby.
I love the Layered Tags and Glitter Foam Thickers...just so sweet, don't you think?
Merry Christmas once again! Treat yourself to some holiday DIY crafting and come back and share it here!
The clock for this week's Crate Holiday giveaway has officially ended and the winner has been chosen. Congratulations to...
To claim your prize Nicole, forward your email to firstname.lastname@example.org We will gladly forward your CP goodie bag once your info reaches us!
And to everyone–we are grateful to hear your wishes and hopes for the season. Peace and Happiness to all!
We bring this week's festivities to a close with this easy-to-make wreath from CP Gal, Lisa Dickinson. Make sure to rejoin us next week for another giveaway and even more Christmas DIY ideas! There is still lots to celebrate!
As crafters, I think we always put pressure on ourselves to include lots of handmade projects in our holiday celebrations. But sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the season doesn't allow much time for crafting. For me, keeping things simple is key! And it allows me plenty of time to enjoy what I've created during this celebratory time of year.
This simple star wreath is a project that you complete in less than 45 minutes. It's festive enough for the holidays, but can also adorn your house well into the new year without looking out of place. (So if you don't have any time to create until January, that's OK!) Here's how I created this easy project!
Gather your supplies. In addition to a grapevine wreath (available at most craft stores), I selected several neutral papers from Crate Paper's Open Book, Notes & Things, and Open Road collections. I focused on gray/tan/white patterns, but you could select a more colorful palette if you wish! You'll also need some paper-wrapped wire, scissors or die cut machine, a scoring tool, a hot glue gun, and some ribbon.
Cut out the stars. Using a template (or die cutting machine), cut out several stars ranging from 3 inches to 4 1/2 inches wide. I used 20 stars for this 18-inch wreath, but you can use more or less depending on your wreath size and preference.
Score each star. Using a scoring tool and straight edge, gently score a line from the point of each star to the corresponding valley.
Fold the stars. Using the score lines to guide you, fold each star as shown, with the valley folds going down and the point folds going upward. The result is a 3-dimensional star.
Glue the stars in place. Using a hot glue gun, apply glue to the back side of each star and arrange them around the wreath. I also added small pieces of paper wire (wrapped around a pencil to acheive the spiral look) and inserted these randomly amongst the stars.
Add ribbon. Select a few pieces of ribbon that coordinate with your paper selections and tie a simple bow. Glue to the bottom edge of wreath. Hang anywhere you want for a touch of handmade love this holiday season!
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is the gift of photo sharing. There are numerous ways to embellish upon this common practice, but because we're 'paper connoisseurs" here at Crate Paper, we think today's feature from Stephanie Bryan is a brilliant alternative to the typical framed photo gift. See for yourself!
Giving a gift card or monetary amount as a 'present' under the tree needn't be boring. These petite and charming Notes & Things envelopes are a great alternative for gifting smaller items. It's like two presents in one!
Hello Everyone, Wida Miller here presenting my very last post with Crate Paper. I have loved every collection release that has landed on my desk this last year, and have greatly cherished my time with Crate Paper. It's been my dream team! I adore the brand with all of my heart. It has been an honor to showcase their gorgeous products with you. Thank you especially to Christine Middlecamp for the wonderful support!
First, I gathered some 12 x 12 sheets of paper from the Notes and Things collection and die-cut them to make a selection of small tri-fold gift cards or money holders. This style of die cut is readily available at the Silhouette store in a variety of sizes.
I loved them so much that I made a bunch!
Inside, you can put a note, dollar bills, or a gift card. The papers are so pretty that not much else is needed to embellish them. Of course, I had to add a few tiny items.
I tied this gift with a pretty ribbon and attached a tag from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection. On the tag, I die cut the word "love", another collection feature. Isn't the font gorgeous?
Because I couldn't stop there, I made a card, too. Keeping with the same theme and feel, I used red cardstock, ribbon, and floral patterned paper. Isn't it striking? The paper does most the work.
We are changing tradition this year with the premier of a new Crate Paper holiday gathering variety and introducing a multi-week presentation of DIY holiday projects galore from the one and only, CP Gal Team!
These gals have put together an amazing array of great DIY holiday ideas using this year's favorite Crate Paper collections. From now until Christmas, we'll shine a spotlight on each of their creations while offering a random mix of gift-worthy CP giveaways–just in time for Christmas!
To help you get in on the fun and excitement, Crate Paper has arranged a special December DIY Challenge. Take note of the details:
- Create a never-before-seen holiday DIY project from your much coveted Crate Paper Stash.
- Project must be at least 75% Crate Paper; items such as cardstock, ribbon, sequins, paint and other general materials are allowed.
- You may submit one altered item of your choice. Groupings are considered "one item"; wrapped gift assortment, Christmas trees, tags, stationary, etc.
- Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 31st.
- 1st Prize: Large assembly of Open Book and Notes & Things, and full disclosure of project at the Crate Paper blog and Facebook page.
- Runner-Ups: If we love your creation, we will share it here and elsewhere. Full credit included.
- Please submit your challenge entry to email@example.com–include your full name, any personal social media links and at least TWO project photos.
We present our first December DIY Creation; cozy snowman cookie bags from CP Gal artisan, Marie Lottermoser.
I always like to make something homemade for the neighbors during the holidays. But with how busy things are this season, this year I went with a semi-homemade gift. I bought pre-decorated snowmen cookies from the coffee shop, and then made my own packaging using the Open Book collection to make them more personal.
I started out by placing the cookies in a vellum envelope, and then cut out a band of patterned paper to wrap around the outside. I held the band together with some string and then slipped a candy cane through the center knot for a festive touch.
The tags came together in no time since the pink ruffles were already pre-sewn. All it took was adding a few embellishments and I was done.
All that's left is to deliver them to the neighbors along with their favorite latte and it makes a fun holiday treat!
Might your stocking benefit from a Crate Paper surprise or two? What about a nice mix of brand new Maggie Holmes Open Book products?
Tell us what you want most from the holiday season. Whether it's time with family or a sparkling new sewing machine, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your comment by Thursday, December 11th (8:00PM Central Time). We'll announce the winner on Friday, December 12th!
We have exciting news to talk about today–starting Monday, December 8th, Crate Paper is celebrating the holidays in style with decked-out DIY creations, weekly giveaways, and a fan-based DIY challenge. The event host will be this year's CP Gal team and they have lots of ideas in store for you. We expect the inspiration to be festive, jolly and down right fun!
The almighty holiday event also includes a DIY project challenge! That's right, we're asking you to put your crafting cap on with Crate Paper products in tow and to create an original DIY something or other that is charming and holiday worthy. We'll post the challenge details on Monday, December 8th. Stay tuned!
Finally, who doesn't love to receive crafty presents under the Christmas tree? We have a pile of Crate Paper prizes awaiting Santa at the AC Warehouse–if you would like for an extra crafty gift this year on behalf of CP, then check in daily. We're giving away an assortment of new Crate Paper goodies from now until Christmas!
We hope you'll join us - there will be lots to admire and enjoy. Mark your calendar accordingly. Happy Holiday!
When it comes to color, there isn't always an obvious direction to go. CP Gal, Wida Miller, discovers this first hand and finds a solution that perfectly suites her card and design mood.
Finding color combinations can sometimes be a real challenge, but more often than not, it can be the one motivating factor to push forth a really great project idea. Color can make all the difference in the world when it comes to project output. For example, the card awaiting you today is one I created with the help of Pinterest. While there, I discovered a color palette that is bright, inviting and full of charm. It literally saved my project!
To begin, I embossed a section of white card stock using the floral patterned Open Book embossing folder. It produces a subtle design that is timeless and has infinite possibilities!
I then moved forward with the addition of Open Book's woodgrain paper and a gold & black ephemera piece. It was here that I hit a wall. I hadn't a clue what to do or which colors to use and so, I sought out Pinterest for color inspiration.
Looking to push the composition envelope in an edgier, more modern direction? Then check out this latest COMP installment from CP Designer, Adrienne Alvis!