Handmade Gift Box with a Circle Template!

Your pattern for this lovely Christmas box is right in your kitchen cupboard!

handmade gift idea

Yes, its that dish or bowl or anything round! I took a set of three bowls from my cupboard, traced around each of them using the Trim the Tree Specialty DSP, and cut them out. That is the pattern!

stampin up gift box


All of the instructions are in the video below, but I just wanted to share the pictures first.

circle gift box handmade


The tags I added are all from the Merry Everything stamp set and punched out with the Note Tag Punch.

This photo will show that they really are different sizes – actually all three will nest inside of each other.

stampin up boxes


The largest box is from a 10″ circle, scored at 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, turned 90 degrees and scored at 2″ and 8″.

The middle sized box is from an 8 1/2″ circle, scored at 3″ and 5″, turned 90 degrees and scored at 1 3/4″ and 6 3/4″.

The smallest box is from a 7″ circle, scored at 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″, turned 90 degrees and scored at 1 1/2″ x 5 11/2″.

The nice thing about these boxes is that you can choose different score lines, depending upon what you are going to put inside.

How to Make a Gift Box from a Circle!

I came up with idea when Tim had baked some cookies and wanted to take some over to a friend. Since I love papercrafting, I decided to try dressing it up a bit. The Trim the Tree DSP is great for boxes because it is thicker than other papers and will hold a gift item easily.

Have fun with this idea … and remember … Monday is coming! The start of the Online Extravaganza Sale with special doorbusters just on Monday!!!!!

On that day, go to my online store karentitus.stampinup.net

Make sure it has my name on the page as the demonstrator and use the Hostess Code VFYGZHM3 and you will get a fun surprise gift in the mail from me!

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Get Your Santa On! Christmas is Coming…


Get Your Santa On stamp setIt’s time to play Santa with this cute card using the Get Your Santa On stamp set.

Who plays Santa at your house?

Are you almost finished with your shopping or do you do the last minute “standing in line forever” thing?

Does anyone actually dress up and play Santa for your family get-together?

We never did that, but we did have a fun tradition later on Christmas Day. When all the food was eaten, games played, stories read ….. there would come a loud knock on the door! All the kids would run to the door – but no one was there, just a package. We always said it must have fallen off the sleigh! Inside the package they would find candy canes for all!

FMS Final 163-001Today’s card is made for the Freshly Made Sketches 163.






Stamping Tip for using Punches!

stamping tips for punches


Any time you are going to use one punch inside of another (like a flower and its center), punch the inside piece first. Then you can easily put the larger outside punch exactly where you want it!



However and whenever you do your shopping, I hope you can relax and enjoy this busy season ahead… and remember … there is some great shopping right here at my Stampin Up! online store. Let me know if I can help you.

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Visions of Santa’s Paper Pieced Moose!

‘Tis the season to get your long red underwear out in Minnesota!

visions of santa(if only I could look as cute as this adorable moose from the Visions of Santa stamp set)



Today’s card is brought to you by Mojo Monday 372!






Paper Pieced Moose Card Tutorial:

stampin up moose


Stamp the moose on a 2 1/2″ punched out circle and again on Santa & Co. DSP.

Cut out the long underwear out of the DSP.




paper piecing technique

Color the moose with Crumbcake and Baked Brown Sugar.

Add the long underwear.






stamping technique

Layer the moose on one of the Starburst Framelits.

Layer that on a piece of 3 1/2″ x 3″ of Baked Brown Sugar card stock.

Add free hand white lines along the edge of the Baked Brown Sugar to coordinate with the lines on the long underwear.



washi tape on a card

With the Santa & Co Washi Tape, lay down three strips along a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.

Layer that on a base card of Real Red.





visions of santa

Assemble all the pieces, add the stamp “’tis the season to be fancy”, and there you have it: a cute and funny Holiday card for that special person who is going to get a good chuckle out of it!!!!




Let’s start this coming Holiday Season with a little laughter!  … and, by the way, you will see this moose again when I send you the next two projects from my 12 Weeks of Christmas this week. Be sure you have opted in to get those. (on the top right hand side of this page)


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Fix that Ink Pad Cover in Seconds!

Has this ever happened to you? You are working on your project and suddenly, the ink pad cover comes off! You try and try to remember how you put it on the last time ….

this 42 second video is for you!

Just a Minute: Fix That Stamp Pad Cover!

I know that I would often try too hard to figure out how to fix this. I would angle it this way and that and, while my inky hands would show the results of my labor, the ink pad would not.

My real problem was that I was afraid to push the ink pad hard enough to get it to pop back in.

If you can relate to this, you will now remember this quick tip!

That’s it for today. I’m heading out for a retreat for the weekend but wanted to leave you with a quick post first. Have a wonderful weekend however you are spending it.

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All the Pretty Boxes…

… waiting to be “dressed up” for the Holidays.

handmade boxes


All of these have been made with the Envelope Punch Board and the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Papers!

Look at the variety of shapes and sizes! Each of these was made with the directions right on the Envelope Punch Board … and these aren’t even all of the sizes.

Stay tuned for ideas on decorating them … and …



Tomorrow is the start of my 12 Projects for Christmas!

Be sure you have opted into the box on the top right of this page so you will receive them! Each week for the next six weeks you will receive two projects complete with directions and supply lists. I hope you will enjoy them!

Be sure to email me with any questions and if you need any help with ordering! My online store is here.

Did you know that when you order, you receive a card in the mail from me as well as some special projects (including PDFs and videos) online? That’s the way I thank you!

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Wondrous Wreath for a Wondrous Card!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and it’s only November 10!

Wondrous wreath stamp set

I guess we’ll go with a Christmas theme today!


If you have snow out your window too, grab a cup of tea, a quilt and make some Christmas cards while enjoying the pretty view out your window.

I love the simple layout of this card with the smaller piece of Whisper White layered on the red off center. Have you noticed other cards using that basic design?

autumn feathers handmade card


Here is another card I used this layout on.

This card uses the Four Feathers stamp set and the Color Me Autumn Washi Tape.





Back to Wondrous Wreath! The wreath is actually three step stamping! (Thankfully, there are Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies to cut it out with. Buy the stamps and framelits together and save 15%)

It’s raised with dimensionals so it’s easy to slip a little message inside the wreath without attaching it. The Card Stock Vellum gives the message a soft look.

Three Step Stamping with Wondrous Wreath!

This card was made for the holidays, but you could make a similar card for spring, summer, and autumn too! Use it all year round!

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Holiday Home on a Glistening Winter’s Day!

Snow is glistening … a beautiful sight … walking in a winter wonderland. Yes, its Throwback Thursday again, so scroll past the instructions for this card to see the older similar project … and keep scrolling to the end for an important announcement!

Holiday Home Winter card

This is the best part of winter! Those lovely days with a bright sun and fresh snow!

Adding Snow to Your Handmade Cards!

holiday home card tutorial1. Put two of the stamps from Holiday Home on the same block and stamp in Early Espresso.

Color as desired.







how to add snow to a handmade card

2. Squeeze Crystal Effects of the parts of the card you want your snow, and spread it around with the tip.





stamping technique for snow

3. Add glitter and shake off excess!

That’s it!!!





Now, for the Throwback Thursday card: Do you remember Christmas Lodge?

stampin up christmas cardSame layout … same stamping technique to create snow … but a very different look!


Click here to read the original post.




This is the video I did back then too:

and now … the announcement!!!! I prepared projects of all kinds for my annual 12 Weeks of Christmas promotion … and then time got away from me. Did you know there aren’t that many weeks left before Christmas??? We had better get busy, don’t you think?

So … introducing Double Time Weeks Before Christmas! I will be sending out two ideas each week for the next six weeks! You will want to be sure to be on my mailing list so  you don’t  miss these. I won’t be posting these anywhere else!

Just put your name and email in the box on the upper right hand side of this page and you won’t miss a thing!!!

Karen Titus

P.S. almost forgot this:

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