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!.

Project Life Advent Calendar from

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

© April Waltrip & Stampin’ Fool. For personal use only, not to be copied, distributed, altered or sold. /

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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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

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Hello December & Project Life: Documenting December Daily Guide

Hello December!  It’s here, it has arrived.  December is upon us.  Are you ready for Christmas?  This year we will be documenting our December favorites with a December Daily photo album using the Project Life Hello December 2015 kit of journaling cards & accessories.

To help you get started I came up with a list of 31 ideas for things you can document each day to share how you celebrate December. You can deviate from this list by all means, but it is a great starting point if this is your first round of December Daily.  I’ll give you the down low really quickly so that you know what it’s all about.

But first, I’ll show you my December Album and the first page.


December Daily 2015 Album Cover  at

For the cover, I stamped Flurry of Wishes in Versamark ink and heat embossed with White powder.  I added wood cut stars and framed a Journaling Card from Hello December Project Life cards.  I used the trio corner punch for detail.  After adding a few sequins, both gold and silver, I finished the album off with a gold cording bow and Red pom pom trim.  Love it!

For the inside cover, I used my Heidi Swapp Minc to gold foil a border around the 6×8 page and our name and date.

December Daily 2015 first page at

December Daily 2015 first page at

December Daily 2015 first page at

WHO?  You!  Document what YOU and your kids, grandkids, family, friends, & neighbors do throughout December.

WHAT?  What are your favorite things, what traditions do you have, what is your favorite Christmas movie, wrapping paper, Xmas eve routine, gift, decoration, coffee flavor?  Document it.  You will love looking back  and remembering the special things December holds.  And, the even bigger bonus is that your children and grandchildren will love looking at it too. My little is only 3 and he LOVES looking at my Project Life albums with photos of our family, vacations we took, his birthday, newborn photos- it’s so sweet to see the joy it brings!

WHERE & WHEN?  In a simple 6 x 8″ Project Life Album, right now.  Ok, I have to admit, we are really busy, so I don’t always document each day on that particular day, but each day I take time to check off a photo from the LIST I have made for what I will document.  Then when I get a chance (usually on the weekend), I can print the photo, journal on the card and slip it into the album.

WHY?  Why not! I absolutely love documenting our life.  The little things that mean so much will bring JOY for years to come.  Each time we look back we see how things have changed, how some things have stayed the same and become tradition.  For us, it is decorating the tree and house, cooking a Christmas Eve ham, and drinking fake sparking champagne. I want to remember that. I want to see it in color.  I want my little one to see it.  I want it to be a legacy after I am gone.

HOW?  It is so incredibly easy to document December.  Grab a Project Life album, journaling pens, page protectors & cards and you’re half way done. The other half is taking photos as you go and jotting down your thoughts, ideas, memories, funny quotes, favorites things and the things that make you smile.  You can follow along here for ideas.  My list of 31 things is a great place to start if you don’t know what specifically to document.  It may seem insignificant, but are memories insignificant?  No, they are priceless.


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Here is your free December Daily 31 Prompts for 2015 printable.  To download it, right click and hit save.
This is an 8.5 x 11″ download which you can use to follow along and document December. Enjoy!
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at
One more printable for you:
Here is the 2015 December Daily printable that you can add to your Project Life album behind the title page so that you have a record of your daily prompts.  It is 6 x 8″ and fits perfectly into the 6×8 album for December Daily and color coordinates with the Hello December journaling cards.
Documenting December Daily 2015 prompts at
I hope you enjoyed todays post & I can’t wait to see what you make.  Tell me what you think- post a comment below and let me know if you are loving the Project Life blogs as much as I am!
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Quick & Easy Reindeer Tags for All

Quick and Easy Reindeer Tags -- FREE TUTORIAL from

It’s the end of November.  Christmas is coming.  Are you ready to shop till you drop, wrap a million presents, cook and clean for weeks on end, and then veg out for a few days after the rush?  I am certainly NOT looking forward to ALL that work!  Whew.  This year we are keeping it simple.  Quiet time with family, no mad dash shopping, and cooking a few manageable meals that will provide leftovers for days. We are lucky to be able to have down time this Holiday and not feel the rush.

So for those of you hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and more, I have an adorable quick and easy craft to make your Holiday handmade without the hassle.  These cuties can be made within a few minutes, and you can quickly assembly line a bunch of them for all of your needs.

In addition to making adorable tags, these Reindeer can be added to just about anything to decorate it up.  I call this #partystyling- making everything look like amazing party decor.  I’ll even give you a list of all the ways you can use these Reindeer Tags:

  • place cards
  • on paper napkin rings
  • water bottle labels
  • tags around the neck of bottles of wine
  • add them to neighbor gifts
  • treat bag toppers (cookies, candy, pretzels, reindeer food- oatmeal bags)
  • hot chocolate stirrer toppers
  • ornaments for all the kids to add to the tree in their favorite color
  • & so many more

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, I will show you how simple these guys are to make and give you a quick supply list.  You’re going to be blown away.  Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Whisper White scrap paper
  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Crumb Cake ink & cardstock
  • Real Red ink
  • Holiday Greeting Stamp of your choice
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Tree builder punch
  • Red Pompom trim
  • Gold cording
  • 1/16″ handheld punch
  • Project Life journaling pen
  • Dimensionals
  • Tombow liquid glue


  1. Punch 2″ Circle from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink.
  2. Punch two tree branches from builder punch in Early Espresso card stock.  Cut off half of tree trunk, leaving the branches.
  3. Punch two 1/2″ white circles from scrap paper.  Draw two ovals for the eyes with Project Life Journaling pens.
  4. Cut off one red Pompom from the pompom trim.  Adhere to the bottom center of the 2″ crumb cake circle with liquid glue.
  5. Adhere the eyes above the pompom nose with liquid glue.
  6. Punch 1/16″ circle at top for gold cording. Tie gold cording through the hole.
  7. Cut a dimensional into a third and adhere to the back of each tree punch. Adhere above the eyes, with the branches pointing slightly outwards.
  8. Stamp another scrap of white card stock with your greeting or To/From tag, punch with 1 3/4″ circle,  and adhere to back of tag with liquid glue.
  9. Give, Gift, & Enjoy!


Today there is also an ongoing online Stamp Sale.  Framelits, Dies, stamps, markers and buttons are on sale, so head over to the Shop and check it out & get them while they last.


Quick and Easy Reindeer Tags -- FREE TUTORIAL from

Woodland Flurry Sneak Peek Card Set

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at

Have you seen the New 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! full of crafty ideas, projects, and supplies for everyone from the new crafter to the expert?  I absolutely LOVE the new stamps, paper and Holiday accessories.  I posted a winter Wonderland card yesterday that you will fall for so check that out if you haven’t seen it yet.

I know it’s only September, so I won’t focus too much on Christmas, but I want you to get excited for this year’s HUGE Christmas Card E-Class and Stamp-A-Stack.  I have started making a special set of cards and a coordinating full color PDF tutorial that will be chocked full of never before seen cards, available only here at Stampin Fool just for you!

I am formatting this year’s Holiday classes in a new way. First, I will have both LIVE and TO-GO classes available.  Local classes will be held, kits with instructions will be mailed, and a PDF only download will be available for crafters and demonstrators alike.

The main change to my classes this year is that I will feature ONE stamp set used MANY ways.  This cuts the cost to you, as you will only need one stamp set to complete every card in the tutorial!  I will have additional classes with a variety of cards using multiple stamp sets like in previous years.

So what’s in store? Here is a quick preview of a few bits and pieces that will be included in this year’s Flurry Class.

Flurry of Wishes card class preview at Stampin Fool

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at


Do you want to know how to make this Wintery card above?  Here are the directions and supplies you’ll need from the new Holiday Catalog.


  1. Cut Soft Sky card base to 4 1/4″ x 11, score and fold at 5.5″.
  2. Cut Whisper White card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Cut Silver Foil paper to 4″ x 3″. Emboss with Woodlands embossing folder and Big Shot.
  4. Stamp small connected snowflakes in Soft Sky onto White layer. (You’ll want to order the stamp and punch bundle to save 15% and use the punch for punching snowflakes!)
  5. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink in the bottom right corner of the White layer.
  6. Adhere the Silver embossed layer to the White layer.
  7. Add a strip of 6″ White Glitter ribbon or Silver Sequin trim to the top layer with SNAIL adhesive.
  8. Adhere the White and Foil layer to the Soft Sky card front.
  9. Embellish the snowflakes with Dazzling details.
  10. Ta-Da! WOW your friends with this awesome card!!

 STAMPIN’ UP Supplies Used:

Fall In Love With The Newborn King

Fall In Love With The Newborn King

By now you probably know that I am in LOVE with The NEWBORN KING stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  It embodies what Christmas is about, Christ.  It doesn’t talk about Santa, or presents, or the Tree, or lights, or even cookies and Christmas dinner. It shows love, peace, and joy.  It shows sacrifice, adoration, and hope.

This is SO much more than a stamp set. This card truly means the world to me.  It is an everyday reminder of how great God is and what an amazing life we have because of Christ.

So, for my personal Christmas cards, I knew I wanted to use this special stamp set to share the amazing story of Christ with others.  Alright, without further chatter, here it is:

The Newborn King gold embossed card at Stampin FoolStampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Stamps: The Newborn King
  • Ink: Versmark, Old Olive blendabilities, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Early Espress marker
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Gold embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones, aqua painter, Big Shot, Filigree Frame embossing folder, 1/8″ Bermuda Bay ribbon


  1. Stamp the Nativity scene with versa mark, add Gold embossing powder. Tap off excess powder and set with heat tool until shiny and smooth.
  2. Use aqua painter to paint background with Lost Lagoon.  Watercolor tree trunks and clothing with Crumb Cake and aqua painter.  Color two trees with Old Olive blendabilities. Use Early Espresso marker to color stable.
  3. Add rhinestone to star.
  4. Layer Whisper White onto Lost Lagoon card stock with rounded corners.
  5. Emboss Filigree onto Crumb Cake base with Big Shot. Adhere layers to card base and tie Bermuda Bay ribbon across top of card.
  6. Stamp the inside with the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.

I hope you enjoyed this card!



Three Ways to Be Merry!

Three Hand Stamped Cards that Will Make You Merry

I recently had a Stamp-a-Stack Stampin’ Up! style for my customers to make 24 Christmas cards at once and get them mailed out to their friends and family.  I wanted to design simple cards that were still nice looking and had more than one layer.  While my friends were stamping away, I was alongside them stamping the same cards as quickly as I could, so that I too can mail out cards.  (Still haven’t put them in the mail, eek!)  I’m here to share them with you today, with a quick supply list in case you are a last minute crafter like me.

Seasonally Scattered & Nordic Noel

Seasonally Scattered and Nordic Noel by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Stamps: Seasonally Scattered (MERRY), Endless Wishes (Christmas), Bright & Beautiful (inside greeting)
  • Paper: Real Red cs, Lost Lagoon cs, Whisper White cs, Nordic Noel DSP
  • Ink: Lost Lagoon, Garden Green
  • Accessories: White twine

Seasonally Scattered and Nordic Noel by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

Ornamental Pine Card

Ornamental Pine by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Stamps: Ornamental Pine
  • Paper: Soft Sky cs, Garden Green cs, Whisper White cs
  • Ink: Old Olive, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Soft Sky (for sponging)
  • Accessories: Sponge

Ornamental Pine by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

Joyful Pine Tree

Stampin’ Up! supplies:

  • Stamps: Ornamental Pine
  • Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White
  • Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon
  • Accessories: Dazzling Details (on the pine branches for glimmer)

Ornamental Pine by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

BONUS: White Christmas

  • Stamps: White Christmas
  • Paper: Soft Sky cs, Garden Green cs, Whisper White cs
  • Ink: Momento Black, Garden Green, Soft Sky (for sponging)
  • Accessories: Sponge

White Christmas by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

Merry Christmas Card Classes

I have prepared some amazing Holiday card making classes for December.  Make sure you sign up now, prepay to reserve your spot, and tell your friends too!  You won’t want to miss out on making special handmade cards.  Bring your list of addresses and I’ll even provide the envelopes to mail cards.

How to register:
– Pick the Card Set you want to make;
– RSVP and prepay by choosing the desired class.
– Show up and craft!

Things to remember:

* I provide all of the supplies, stamps and ink to make the cards.

* Everything is pre-cut and prepared to make it quick and easy; all you do is stamp and assemble.

* Bring your own adhesive.


Friday, Dec 12 at 7:00PM

Sunday, Dec 14 at 2:00PM

Click the date above to RSVP for the classes.


Merry & Pine Tree Card Class $30

24 cards, includes a bolt of White Baker’s twine, and envelopes.

image-1Endless Wishes Tree Class $30

20 cards, includes Endless Wishes stamp set, envelopes and 24 sheets of Trim the Tree Paper stack.image-2

Endless Wishes & Washi tape Class $30

20 cards, includes Endless Wishes stamp set, 5 rolls of washi tape & envelopes.image

Penguin Party with Oval Framelits



How ADORABLE are these penguins?  I was asked to help make decorations for a wintery baby shower and penguins became the theme.  I Pintereste’d some ideas and found that the Oval Framelits would be a good size to make large penguins to add to a banner and as table decorations. These cute little guys stand at a whopping 5 1/2″ inches tall.

Are you ready to make these cuties?!? Grab your Big Shot and Oval framelits and let’s get started.  For each penguin, you will need one half sheet of Black card stock and one half sheet of White card stock.  You will also need Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Pumpkin Pie scraps for the nose, feet, and penguin scarves.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Oval Framelits
  • Big Shot
  • Curly Label Punch
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Coastal Cabana card stock
  • Real Red card stock
  • Pumpkin Pie card stock
  • Googlie eyes
  • Solo cup to trace the head shape

Below I have created a graphic to show you which Ovals you will need to create the penguins.  I have also numbered them from outside (1) to the innermost, smallest oval (7).  The penguin body is the third larges, his belly is the 4th largest and the face also uses framelit 4, cut to fit the circular head.  The wing is made from framelit number 7, cut down the middle vertically.

While you are at it, you will need to cut out 2 curly labels, one for the feet (cut it in half and you have both feet) and one for the nose.  To make the nose, cut from the pointy center point to the other pointy center point (the one straight across) in an arc, to form an rounded nose (See diagram below).

Body: Adhere White Oval size 4 to the body, Black Oval size 3. Adhere feet to back of penguin.

Face: To form the face, trace the bottom of a Solo cup onto Black card stock and cut out by hand.  Slim down the white oval for face and adhere.  Use liquid glue to adhere the googlie eye to your penguin. Attach nose behind penguin’s face.  Adhere face to body, slightly overlapping.

Scarf: To make the scarf cut a 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ strip. Break down the fibers by rolling the strip against a bone folder.  Wrap the scarf around the neck and fold one side forward.  Adhere on front and back and cut fringe on each end of the scarf.

Wing: Lastly, adhere the half Black Oval size 7 to the body with the straight edge facing outward (away from face), tucking it slightly under the wing.


penguin PicMonkey Collage
Here are the sweet penguin babies on the adorable banner made with Oval Framelits and the retired sweater trim, as well as snowflakes.

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Easy Peasy Handmade Christmas Gifts

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it’s time to start with the gift giving preparation.
It’s really special to be able to give handmade gifts to those who you love, care about and impact your daily life. But it’s also a lot if work, so to cut down on time I’ve come up with the cutest treat bags that I will fill with cookies and cards.
1. Cut glimmer paper to 1/2″ x 4″ strips. Adhere near bottom third of Polka Dot Bag (10 to a pack for $3.95).
2. Use Big Shot to cut the two second and third to largest Star Framelits from Under The Tree designer series paper.
3. Adhere stars to one another and adhere the top third the the folded over bag, as a topper.
4. Stamp the flourish tree from Festival of Trees in Crumb Cake onto Vanilla cardstock, cut and adhere to stars.
5. Fill with treats or handstamped cards.

Happy Crafting!!

Advent Calendar Stampin’ Up! Style

One of my favorite parts of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Confused?  Let me reword that, I love the samples and ideas that come along with the Holiday Catalog and this one is no exception.  They displayed an Advent calendar using the mini boxes and I thought, Hey, that’s a great idea, Let me jazz it up.

So that’s what I did.  I created a cute little- and by little I mean TWO FEET tall- advent calendar to count down the days in December.  That’s almost as tall as my end table. Although it uses the Tiny Treat Boxes (25 included in the pack!) it’s no tiny treat holder.  Each box measures 2″x 2″x 2″.  After assembling the boxes, I stamped the numbered days from 25 Days stamp set in Momento Ink onto alternating Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive card stock. I punched them out with 1 3/4″ circle, 2″ circle, Label Bracket punch, and hand cut a few for added effect.



I added touches of Gold Glimmer paper, gold sequins and doodles with the White Gel pen to highlight areas of the calendar.





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