Last Thursday night I was privileged to conduct a fabulous Holiday Fun Class in Dublin at Jen’s home.  Jen and her 6 guests had a great time creating some gift tags (as a warm up), a gift box (with a treat from me) and finally, a shadow boxed Merry Christmas Décor Elements gift for themselves or a loved one.

We started off with these two tags created using Stampin’ Up! Two Tags Die and the Big Shot:


Stocking Tag Single

Stocking tags


  • STAMP SETS:  Winter Post, Tiny Tags
  • CARD STOCK:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • INK: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches:  Stocking Builder, Jewelry Tag, Snowflake–retired; Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Hemp Twine, Dimensionals, Crop-a-Dile, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stamping Sponge


Noel Angels
Inside is the “to/from” on the top and Merry Christmas on the lower half.


  • STAMP SETS:  Many Merry Messages, Winter Post, Pennant Parade
  • CARD STOCK:  Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • INK:  Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
  • ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Punches:  Petite Pennants Builder, Cupcake Builder, Butterfly, Dimensionals, 2-Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Early Espresso 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon


Details for how to create the angel tag can be found here.  We made them in November at my cousin’s Christy’s Christmas Fun party.

KRAFT GIFT BOXES from the Holiday Mini:

The Holiday Gang and their gift boxes!
L >> R, back row:  Melissa, Carol, Carol’s daughter’s Jen and Amy; Jen was also making another set of projects for her sister Stacey who got a ‘bug’ and couldn’t come.

L >> R, front row: Melissa’s Mom, Peggy, my daughter Andrea and neighbor Christine

I provided each of the gals with a Kraft Gift Box filled with 4 pieces of 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ Holly Berry Bouquest Designer Series Paper and 1 piece of 3-1/4″ square DSP(each box had a different pattern inside), and a strip of Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Fabric, the brown print—with the option to use either of the other fabric prints if they so chose.

This was a really easy project:  sponge all edges of all 5 pieces with Chocolate Chip Ink and a Stamping Sponge wedge.  Then attach all five pieces to the box. 

I had baked (not real successfully) a batch of Shortbread Cookies using the Sweet Press Cookie Press and the snowflake image.  I’m going to try the Sugar Cookie recipe next time. 

I thought it would add color to use some green sugar sprinkles that I had on hand.  Bad idea.  Not recommended.  So I switched to plain white sugar before pressing the cookies.  I had already rolled the balls in the green sugar.

1-Cookies ready to bake

2-Cookies in the oven

Does anyone want to tell my son-in-law that his wife would LOVE to have a new oven for Christmas!? Not only is theirs quite dirty, it bakes quite unevenly.  🙂

3-Well baked cookies

Anyway, I wrapped several up in plastic wrap since I forgot my cello bags, and handed one to each guest to place in their Gift Box.  Then the Gift Boxes were tied with the fabric ribbon for a vintage look.  We didn’t make the tag because I knew we’d need the remaining time to create the Shadow Boxes.

Kraft Gift Box


I’ll be back tomorrow with our shadow boxes using the Décor Elements (Merry Trees), Designer Series Papers and various embellishments.  It was so much fun watching each person’s box develop!




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