Yes, I am brave enough to talk about Christmas in February, however, I am talking about Christmas 2018 so feel no pressure at all to start thinking ten months ahead. I just held an online (through Zoom) creative gathering with members on my Stampin’ Up! team who are not local to me and I was talking about the project my local team members created in December. They all wanted to see what they had missed out on (don’t feel bad for them they made something amazing tonight) I had this blog post started, well all the photos loaded and I am trying to post more on my blog in 2019!
You can just table the idea for much later in the year.
I love making off the page project, don’t get me wrong cards are great but I like doing something different and at the end of year gathering I like to really spoil my team. Late last year I was walking through Kmart (I love that place) and I spotted the cutest Christmas decoration, it was a mailbox with a letter to Santa on the front. What is a girl to do but buy 30 of them! I had a loose idea of what I wanted to do with them, they just needed a little bit of Stampin’ Up! magic.
I wish had taken a before photo. I started by lightly sanding the surface of the tin, I wanted the letters to Santa to stand out more. I painted Cooper Shimmer (which is sadly now retired) paint over where I had sanded and once it was lightly dry I rubbed off some of the paint to create a distressed look. A little ribbon was added, twine, a tag and metal star embellishment to complete the exterior look.
The heart of the project is what we created for inside, a set of Christmas tags. We made 12 in total, 4 for 3 designs, it was a lot of stamping on the night, I kept the colour palette very simple, Real Red, Basic Black and Crumb Cake with cooper accents.
Here are the three designs, we did stamp the backs but I did not take a photo of them.
The messy part was splattering cooper paint over each tag.
And I even used the tags myself on gifts, 12 was not enough for all my shopping however.
Just to give you an inside look to the night, I made everyone name tags and clipped it onto their make and take bags. They also received a bon bon that had a little Stampin’ Up! treat, which no one opened on the night as it was too pretty to open! I just love when we get together, I always
make encourage everyone to bring something for show and tell, every time I am blown away by the talent and wellness to share within the group of amazing ladies, show and tell in a highlight for all.
Now I kind of hope they don’t kill me for sharing their photos!
This is a little look at what we started making tonight, the ladies will need to add their own photo to this accordion album. I will post the completed album after the second group make their project in March.