DIY Advent Calendar: Project Life

Hello & Happy November! It’s time to start decorating for Christmas and get working on those Christmas crafts. One of my favorite traditions and holiday crafts is the advent calendar. I love that it gives you a chance to slow down daily and reflect.

My idea of a traditional Advent Calendar has a scripture reading each day.  Last year I made an advent calendar with the Project Life Hello December Cards and it was a perfect fit. This year, I have adapted the style and cards and done the same.  I have created Printable card with the Scripture readings for you! The cards coordinate with this year’s Hello December Project Life cards from Stampin’ Up!.

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While I haven’t uploaded the photos of the Advent Calendar yet (I will this week!) I wanted to give you a head start on the reading and scripture cards.  You can print them out to coordinate with your Hello December 2016 Project Life cards.

Here is a preview of the cards: Days 1 through 6.  Below, I have provided a few different options for download: Red & Emerald, all Red, all Emerald, and B&W.  The cards are sized to 3 x 4″: Print on thick card stock and trim on the dotted lines.

DIY Advent Calendar with Stampin' Up! Hello December Project Life cards from Stampin'

Are you ready for the Free Printables? Here are the four options. All are the same size with the listed color variations.  As always feel free to print these and use them for personal use.  Please do not reproduce or make copies.  You amy link back to this post to share the copies.  Thank you!

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Red & Green

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Red

Advent-Scripture_Printable: Emerald

Advent-Scripture_printable B&W

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You can easily add these scripture cards into an album.  Here are a few photos of my Hello December album which I will be adding photos and scripture cards to reflect.

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SUPER SALE Starts Today!!


hello crafty friends,

I wanted put out a reminder that the Online Extravaganza Sale is starting today.  It kicks off with a special 24 Hours sale as well as items at 40%- 10% off.  Things go quickly so make sure you get them now if you are eyeing items.  Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack because a ton of product has been added and deeply discounted.

Also, If you loved my Project Life December album, make sure you grab the Hello December Cards and Accessories today, because they are 40% off and will probably sell out this morning!

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How to Put Together a Project Life: Hello December 2016 Album

Hello December

Each year I take a few minutes to document December: the cool weather, Christmas lights, family traditions, favorite recipes, and how we remember Christmas.  Luckily, Stampin’ Up! makes this awesome set of Project Life cards (called Hello December) as well as a mini 6″ x 8″ album to put it all in one place.  I love this year’s colors and theme: Emerald Envy and Real Red are the highlighted colors and it has a light, fun wintery theme.  I am so excited to share this year’s project!

First, I want to give you some tips on how to get on board with Documenting December.  Then I’ll show you my album and notes on how I will to complete it.

Documenting December:

  1. Prepare the album ahead of time.  I prep mine in early November.  I place all of the cards in the order I want, as well as the photo pocket pages.
  2. Leave room to write down feelings, traditions, memories, and thoughts.
  3. Pick a theme for each day.  You can follow along with a photo a day challenge or come up with your own list of things to document.
  4. Put post it notes in the album to remind yourself what you will document.
  5. Take pictures throughout December and at the end of the month, print them out and pop them into the album.
  6. Share the album with family and friends and enjoy for years to come!!

Alright, are you ready to see my 2016 Hello December Album? [I’m going to leave some commentary in between the photos – mostly because you won’t be able to read my handwriting, but also to give you ideas of how to make your own.]

Page 1: Title Page

I like to use a 6 x 8″ title page. I will add this card to a White background with a red border and embellish the page. I am planning on snapping a photo of a wreath, or stamping one onto the white page as well.

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Page 1: Calendar

I like to start the December album with a calendar.  I will remember what days of the week things occurred and it helps me plan the album.

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Page 1 & 2 Spread

Part of my documenting December experience is reflecting on the year, the close of 2016 and the start of 2017.  I want to share a quick blurb on my 2016/2017 journaling.  I have chosen “In Love” to be my focus for 2017 because:

Matthew 22:37 says, “Jesus replied“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  

With tensions being high in our Country, with this election season, within the Christian community, and with those around us, I have strong biblical convictions rooted in this verse that we must love our neighbors as ourselves.  We must first love God, but then we love our neighbors and if our focus shifts outwards from ourselves to Christ and those around us we can impact the communities around us in an amazing way.

I have journaled about this on my opening page for December.  I am also printing this passage out and placing it where I will see it every day in 2017 so that I will be intentional and prayerful about doing all things ‘In Love’.

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Page 3 & 4 spread

I haven’t decided what I will say on day 2, but I have room to write about things we do together as a family.  I want to add a photo of our weekly bonfire and my favorite Target shopping decor.

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Page 5 & 6 spread

Decorations!!  I’ll add a photo of our tree and tree skirt, the stockings hung from my newish stocking holders and the christmas lights on the house.  I’ll journal about my favorite Christmas decoration, my German Windmill (nativity pyramid).  I plan to finish off the bottom of the page with glitter and sequins.

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Page 7 & 8 spread

Baking.  Most of the year we eat clean, paleo, but I do love to bake Christmas cookies and make paleo truffles.  I will add a photo of me and the little one baking and the recipe for my favorite Buckeye Brownie Cookies will go into the full page sleeve.

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Page 9 & 10 I somehow missed.  Page 10 & 11:

Every Friday night we have family movie night.  I am sure we will watch a Christmas movie.  Also, mom and me like to knit so I would like to document that on day 10.

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Page 12 & 13 spread

By now the tree will be up (we put it up around Thanksgiving) and I’ll add photos of ornaments and journal about sentimental ones and traditions surrounding the ornaments we buy and give.

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Page 14 & 15 spread

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Page 16 & 17 spread

Starbucks.  Starbucks plays a huge role in my life.  I love coffee and I love the atmosphere of Starbucks.  It is my relaxing place.  So, I’ll document this year’s cup, the coffee sleeve and my favorite drink.

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Page 18 & 19 spread

In December we go to the local park and see a drive through light display.  I can’t wait to add a picture of this year’s lights.  Good wine and food are going on day 18 & 19.

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Page 20 & 21 spread

These two boxed cards are going to be great for making lists.  I can’t wait to list my favorite things & traditions for December.

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Page 22 & 23 spread

This week in December is Christmas Eve dinner prep.  I clean, make a menu, shop and decorate the dining room.  That will all go here on page 22 & 23.

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Page 24 & 25 spread

Christmas Eve Dinner!  My favorite meal of the year. We host this every year and I can’t wait to fill the next three pages with photos of family, food and fun from our Eve festivities.

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December 25

Ive devoted 3 pages to the 25th to journal, add photos and make lists of favorite things from this 2016 December.

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I hope you found these notes helpful and encouraging for creating your very own December Album.  I really enjoy making this album each year and preparing it ahead of time relives the stress of putting it together during a busy season and it ensures I’ll actually get things finished and it won’t be another unfinished project.

You can see the list of supplies here.


Merry Little Mice

Do you ever feel stalled for creativity?  I often find with the overload of Pinterest images and the love of all things, it is hard to pick one theme to focus on for a project and I am left coming up with nothing.  When I feel overwhelmed or lack any creativity, I turn to a card sketch to help get things jump started.

This week I headed over to Freshly Made Sketches, FMS261, to create a clean and simple card.  I knew I loved Merry Mice, and I love love love the new Emerald Envy paper, so I went with it.

Are these mice not the cutest things ever??!?  Plus this little bows are my favorite.  They are so cute and shiny!!

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

The inside bottom corner has a cute sprinkling of stars to match the Emerald Envy card stock.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

And finally, instead of being on a traditional card base, I made a single piece of Emerald Envy at 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and mounted a folded white card to it. It makes for a special opening.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Paper Star Ornament Tutorial

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Hey Crafties,

It’s April here from and I’m going to reintroduce myself for my new readers! I’m a paper crafting fool from Williamsburg, VA, married and have a 3 year old son, Silas, and let me tell you, I LOVE paper (I abandon housework just to get in a little crafting time).  I know it’s bad.  But here’s the good news, YOU get the benefit of my crafting addiction today.

I have this amazing, elegant star ornament that I am going to teach you how to make.  I have a photo tutorial, directions, and even a little video to show you how to put it together.  The finished star is approximately 6″ x 6″, so it’s no tiny ornament.

It is the perfect handmade gift for your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and even grandma.  It is quick an d easy enough that you can make many to gift and a few to keep.  You can customize this beauty with whichever patterned paper you choose. So grab your supplies and get ready to make an Eight Point Star Ornament.


  • Home for Christmas Patterned Paper
  • Gold Cording
  • Red Pom Pom trim
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue/Crystal Effects
  • 1/16″ Hole Punch
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer


  1. Cut your Patterned Paper into two (2) 6″x 6″ pieces.
  2. Fold in half both directions.  Fold diagonal in both directions.  You now have four folds.   *Tip: Use a bone folder to create crisp fold lines.
  3. On the straight edge folds, cut a line 1 1/4″ up towards the center on all four sides.
  4. Begin folding each slit inward to the diagonal score line, so that the corners form a point.  Repeat on all slits (8 folds).
  5. Once all corners are folded, lightly fluff the flaps.  Using liquid glue on one side of each corner triangle (I love crystal effects for this- it’s strong and dries quickly), fully overlap the triangle fold onto the one next to it in that corner, forming a 3D cone.  Here would be a good place to watch the video, as it is easier to show than write. Repeat with the next 3 corners. You will now have a 3D star with a hole in the back middle.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the second 6″ x 6″ square of patterned paper.
  7. Apply glue to the back “V’s” of one star and hold the other star diagonal to it and adhere.
  8. Using the 1/16″ hole punch, punch a hole in the tip of the top point, string twine thought the hole and tie into a knot.  Embellish with Red Pompom trim.
  9. Enjoy!

Paper Star Tutorial at

Here is a close up of the finished star ornament! I love how adorable those deer are.

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What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do? Comment below and show us some love.

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Woodland Baby Shower + Gift Favor Tutorial

I love party planning and I had the honor of planning my best friend’s baby shower.  To say I was excited is an understatement. I was STOKED!!  And, on top of it, we were going with a Woodlands theme for the new baby girl. I started by hitting Pinterest and looking at ideas for throwing a great shower.  Combined with the ideas I had floating around in my head, I’ll show you what I came up with, give you a list of basics for throwing a Woodland baby or bridal shower, and a how to on the baby shower gift favors.

I started out with a menu.  We both love food- all the food.  I wanted a simple menu, but filling enough to keep everyone happy and have a little leftover for momma so she would have snacks on hand for the next few days! Let me just say that I had plenty left over, except for the chicken salad on apples.  It went like crazy and I put out two batches.  (See recipe below).


  • Almond Chicken Salad, on granny smith apple slices and on hawaiian rolls
  • fruit platter
  • veggie cups with quartered cucumbers, celery, carrots and ranch dressing
  • cheese board (water crackers, gorgonzola, aged cheddar, alluette spread)
  • some premade trail mix in a bowl
  • ‘Smores mix (Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • cookies (baby & woodland themed sugar cookies & choc chip cookie sandwiches)
  • vanilla vanilla cake (8″ four layer, from walmart- aaaamazing)

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A quick list of things that make a super easy, super chic baby shower are:

  • cute invitations
  • burlap or ribbon bunting/banner
  • craft paper roll for a table runner
  • menu or food tent signs
  • drink menu, clear cups/mason jars, ice, juices & sparkles (ginger ale, lemon lime soda, Welch’s sparkling white grape)
  • party food: cheese platter & crackers, apple slices topped with chicken salad, veggie cups, sweets, cake
  • handmade tag for favors

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Here is a close up of the favor table.  I punched 2″ circles of Crumb Cake, gold embossed the backs with a stamp, used Blushing Bride for the Foxy Friends punch and stamped eyes and nose.  Really simple, but super cute.  I tied them with gold cording to ruffled ribbon around the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from

Another way to make this baby shower special was to be strategic about the “games”.  Who likes baby shower games?  No one. {I literally asked this question at the shower, and the response was accurate.}  So, instead of the eat candy out of a diaper, taste baby food, what’s in your purse, how huge is the momma run of the mill standard baby shower games, we painted onesies.

Let me take a minute to talk about this.  I’m going to be brutally honest, as a mother and a party planner.  I have seen hundreds of tutorials.  I have read a thousand articles.  I have been to baby showers and decorated diapers with sharpies, I have painted burp clothes with puffy paint, I have painted onesies with markers.  I have had these given to me. You know what I did with them? Here’s a secret- I cleaned with them. I tossed. I did not keep and I certainly didn’t put my sweet newborn baby in them.

Moms aren’t going to keep these handmade masterpieces where you can’t tell if its a turtle or a goat painted on it in bright, bold kindergarten colors.  {On a quick side note, we did hand cut fabric on iron on backing and those I kept and my sweet babes wore. Totally acceptable).

But, I have a solution.  Painted onesies.  But you just said no one likes them and moms throw them out.  Not if they are done right ladies!  I have a specific ingredient list to make this work.  Don’t deviate, it won’t work.


  • Craft Paint (five colors in a similar palate)
  • Foam brushes
  • 1 pack of detail brushes
  • 6 little paint cups (one for water)
  • fabric paint medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Onesies – cotton, in multiple sizes (NB, 3 month, 6 month, 9-12 month)  Be aware of the season and what is appropriate for that age/season. Long sleeves for winter, short for summer.
  • Cardboard to go in between onsie
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette cutting machine


  1. Wash onesies & tumble dry low.
  2. Pick outline silhouette images for your theme.
  3. Using Silhouette machine, cut them out of freezer paper (leaving the outline and negative space open). One or more for each onsie. Remove from cutting mat. Cut freezer paper to size of once. {See detailed Silhouette Instructions below; you’re welcome.}
  4. Heat iron, lay the freezer paper image on the onsie waxy side down. Cover with a tea towel.  Iron for 20-30 seconds or until freezer paper is bonded, including all edges. Repeat with all onesies and stencils.
  5. Put paint and medium into cups. Add a water cup for cleaning brushes. Lay out a tea towel to dry brushes.
  6. Mix medium and paint well.
  7. Choose a onsie. Unsnap and insert cardboard to middle for firm surface and to protect from bleeding.  Paint onsies. Lightly. Not to heavy.
  8. Let dry. (About 20 minutes)
  9. Peel off stencil freezer paper.
  10. Admire.
  11. Air dry overnight. Wash on gentle.

** I explained how to paint them to my guests and that there were plenty to paint one or two each. That they should grab a drink and some food and half could be painting while the other half were snacking. This worked really well so that it was not too crowded and everyone, including the mom to be got a chance. I also bought mom a t-shirt to paint.

** I stuck with my woodland theme and choose gold, light peach, light mint green, light brown (fawn), and a magenta.

** Mix the paint with fabric medium 1:1, meaning half paint, half medium.  I squirted the paint in the cups, then the medium and swirled around with a foam brush.

** It was easy to paint with more than one color on the onesies & add detail with the smaller brushes.

Detailed Silhouette Directions

I tried this by trial and error. I read many directions, but non that were specific enough to actually work. I almost quit. I tried cutting with a blade or exacto knife- a straight blade doesn’t cut curves. Lesson learned. Stick to the silhouette.

** To make the stencils, I imported dark, solid silhouette images into Silhouette Studio. > Click the trace box. > “Select trace area” and make a box around the objects. > Deselect high pass filter. This will turn the image all yellow, making the outline cuttable. > Click “Trace”. > Go to the Cut Settings tab. > Style: Cut. Cut settings: 2 for the blade, type: heat transfer material. > “Send to Sihouette”. > Make sure you actually ratchet the blade down to 2.

Here’s where you can purchase the products to make these adorable onesies!


Onsie Painting sign handmade & Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from

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So what do you think? Isn’t this the sweetest baby shower?  XOXO




Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your favorite card kit
  2. Make your payment with PayPal include your mailing address
  3. On the 15th and 30th of the month the packages will be sent out directly to you!
  4. Make, Craft, Gift!


This month’s card class to go is Wrapped in Warmth.  You’ll get the awesome stamp set full of Holiday sayings, cute jingle bells, and sweater weather in a card.  The cards mirror the Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Delightful Dijon from the Warmth and Cheer matching paper. Add a little bit of my gold twine and your friends will be loving your handmade Christmas cards!

What you’ll get:
  • Wrapped in Warmth Clear Mount stamp set
  • Cardstock and DSP to make 4 handmade cards
  • Embellishments
  • Envelopes
  • PDF with measurements and directions to make your own
  • Supply List
  • Video Tutorial for any new techniques

Wrapped In Warmth Card making Kit from Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set included in card class.  Here are the stamp images:


Recommended ink needed:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler.

The Fine Print:

* The kits will contain all of the precut & embossed pieces to complete your cards/projects, as well as envelopes.
* No images will be stamped on the card kit pieces. You will use the featured stamp set to complete the cards.  You will also need adhesive and ink.
*Card Kit:  Card kits will be mailed on the 15th and 30th of each month depending on the date you ordered (i.e. if you ordered on the 10th, it will ship the 15th).
* The PDF tutorial will be emailed to you on the 15th and the 30th.  Keep an eye out for the email which will contain the link to download the PDF and a video to help you complete the projects if it’s a new technique.
* Please do not copy, reproduce, or share the PDF without my written permission. You may use the projects in your classes, but you must produce your own samples as the guide.
* REFER A FRIEND:  I truly appreciate your business!!  If you refer a friend who purchases the Stamps in the Mail, email me and I will give you a $5 discount on your next Stamps in the Mail order!

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