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Altered Gift Bag

  • MM papers
  • Ribbons from May kit
  • Kaiser and unknown flowers
  • handmade flower

Apple of My Eye Layout

  • Cosmo, October Afternoon, and Sass Lass papers
  • AC and Cosmo letters
  • Ribbon and trim from May kit
  • unknown stickers

Mini Envie Make and Take Project

  • Mini envelopes
  • Ribbon from May kit
  • MM papers
  • MS punches

My Little Princess? Layout

  • MM papers
  • May ribbons and trim for SNS kit
  • Cosmo and AC letters
  • Heidi Swapp sticker
  • MS punch
  • MS micro beads

Altered Cricut Case Pencil Box

  • October Afternoon papers
  • Ribbon from May kit
  • SIS tape
  • AC letter
  • handmade flower

Super super simple and cheap last minute gift!  All you need is a candle in a glass jar (the dollar store is a great place to get these!), rubons, ribbon (optional), and a rub-on tool or bone folder.

Just place the rub-on where you want it and rub it on.  Tie ribbon around the top and you’re done!

Here’s another tutorial from the Savvy n Sassy Christmas Crop for y’all. This project is so SUPER easy and can be made totally out of scraps. A great way to dress up those gift cards at the last minute. Sorry for the bad photos, I tried to get good ones in the dark, but it just didn’t work out very well. 🙂

Arrow cardstock scrap approx 8″x3 3/8″
Arrow Christmas patterned paper scraps
Arrow ribbon scrap 4″-6″
Arrow hole punch and/or eyelet setter
Arrow eyelets or brads
Arrow embellishment for front of tag (chipboard, flower, paper cutouts, or whatever)
Arrow ink or paint (optional)

1. cut corners from top of cardstock rectangle to make a long tag shape

2. fold up approx. 2 1/2″ from bottom of card

3. cut paper scrap to fit and adhere

4. ink edges of paper and cardstock if desired
5. punch holes in (a) top of card for ribbon (b) through both layers of cardstock on corners in the middle of card. it should look like this:

6. add eyelets or brads

7. embellish front of pocket as desired and add ribbon to top

8. slide gift card into pocket and there you go!

For today’s tutorial, I’m going to link you up to a new tutorial I just did for the SavvynSassy blog!

Remember this little book?

I sold the original in my Etsy shop, but I also created a tutorial for the Savvy n Sassy Christmas crop, that I’m going to share with you here.

Merry Christmas!
Arrow 3-5 coffee sleeves
Arrow sheet of felt (i used the embossed kind, but any kind will work)
Arrow 1 sheet of Christmas paper or various coordinating scraps
Arrow stickers and coordinating embellishments
Arrow ribbon (about a foot and a half)
Arrow 2 1-inch binder rings
Arrow crop-a-dile or hole punch
Arrow eyelets and eyelet setter
Arrow felt or ribbon glue
Arrow embroidery floss
Arrow paper punch and large needle

1. Cut one coffee sleeve along right hand perforated edge for cover of book

2. trace shape on felt, cut out, and adhere to cover using felt or ribbon glue

3. use crop-a-dile or large hole punch to punch a hole on either side of the center line of the cover

4. set large eyelets in holes through both the felt and the cardboard sleeve

5. using paper punch, punch holes all along top and bottom edges of cover. then use needle and embroidery floss to stich around the edges.

6. glue ribbon to front of cover, being sure to leave enough ribbon on each side to tie a bow.
7. trim edges of inside pages to fit (you can either cut the sleeves apart for this or leave them intact to make “pockets” that you can slip tags into–i cut mine apart)
8. use the holes in the cover as guides and mark the holes on the inside pages. then punch holes on the inside pages.

9. embellish as desired (I covered some of the pages with paper and left some alone, because I like the corrugated cardboard look. I also added 2.5″x2.5″ mats for photos to add later.)
10. when finished, insert binder rings through eyelets and holes in all the pages to bind. then tie the bow.

Here are some pictures of the inside of the finished original book:

I’ll be posting a few recipes for cookies a little later this month, but wanted to give you this ahead of time.  If you get all your hangtags and toppers done in advance, it makes the whole baking/packaging/delivery process so much simpler!  (Now, if only I could follow my own advice on that!)

First, gather your supplies.

You will need:

  • coordinating cardstock-weight patterned papers (some at least 8.5 x 11)
  • ribbons and trims (this is a great use for tiny scraps)
  • scalloped circle punch (around 2.5 inches across)
  • pen
  • sharp scissors
  • glue stick and tacky glue
  • stapler
  • hole punch or crop-o-dile
  • cellophane goodie bags that measure approx 4″ across
  • 3D adhesive foam dots or squares*
  • bakers twine*
  • mitten template here: mitten template

Step One: Print mitten template on back of an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of patterned cardstock, adjusting printer settings as needed.  Using sharp scissors, cut out all the mittens along the lines. (if you have trouble, I can email you the pdf file as well, for a limited time)

Step Two: Choose other patterned papers in coordinating colors and cut into 4×5 inch rectangles.  Then fold them in half to make cards that measure 4×2.5 inches.

Step Three: Punch out scalloped circles from co-ordinating cardstock using a scalloped circle punch approx 2.5 inches across.

Step Four: Using your pen (I love my extra-fine sharpie), doodle stitches around each of the mittens and circles or stitches around each scalloped circle.

Step Five: Using tacky glue, apply a scrap of paper to the “wrist” of each mitten for a cuff. You can use ricrac, ribbon, or whatever trim scraps you have on hand.  I LOVE the pompom trim from savvynsassy for this.

Step Six: Attach the scalloped circle to the folded card.  You can add more ribbon here if you like.

Step Seven: Using 3d adhesive, attach the mitten over the scalloped circle.

Step Eight: put your cookies in the baggies and fold over the top of the bag.  Slip the topper over it and staple on each side to hold shut.  Now go give them away!

Hang Tags: if you want hang tags, just make the mittens and scalloped circles.  Punch a hole in the top and run bakers twine or ribbon through the hole.

My little elf delivering baskets to the neighbors

Big thanks to my friend Kimmy for drawing the mittens for this template-thank you!

I’m going to apologize for all the photos for this (and the last few) tutorial(s).  We’ve been having some really dark rainy weather lately and I just haven’t been able to get very good pictures.  Finally have some sun this weekend, so maybe the ones I get photographed now will be a little better.


  • heavy patterned paper
  • glue gun
  • wide lace (mine is a vintage estate sale find)
  • ribbons and trim (check out SavvynSassy for great pompom and other trims)
  • scissors
  • pen
  • dinner plate (to trace)
  • rosette (make your own or check out luckygirlgoods on etsy for the ones i used here)


1. Trace half of dinner plate onto patterned paper.

2. cut out semi-circle of paper.

3. Start at one side and roll the paper into a cone shape.

4. Once you have a cone shape, you can cut off the excess paper or just keep rolling.  (I roll it up the rest of the way)

5.  Apply hot glue along the edge and glue to cone.

6. You may want to add just a dab of glue on the inside edge as well, to keep in from moving around.

7. You should now have a finished cone shape.  Now for the fun part – embellishing!

8. Using hot glue at just the top of the lace, carefully apply just below the top edge of the cone, wrapping the lace all the way around. Start at the back, so that the raw edges won’t be visible.

9. Trim excess lace.

10. Carefully glue pompom or other trim just overlapping the top of the lace. (This should cover up any visible hot glue, too.)

11. Add a dab of hot glue inside on each side and attach ribbon or seam binding for hanging.  You could use staples instead if you want.

12. Create a rosette or purchase one and affix it to a scalloped circle of paper.

13. Attach rosette to front of cone and fill with goodies!

Here is another one I made with a rosette handmade from tulle and cardstock:

Today’s project is altered letters!  These make great Christmas gifts.  While Christmas-themed words are great, you can also do monograms or other words in non-Christmas papers for gifts or decorations to be used all year round!  Like the look, but don’t have the time?  Check my etsy shop HERE for letters you can purchase.


  • scrapbooking papers in co-ordinating colors
  • letters – paper mache, chipboard, or wood (mine are 8″ chipboard)
  • crinkled seam binding or ribbon (mine is from bluebirdlane on etsy – she has the prettiest color selections and beautiful packaging!)
  • gluestick
  • hot glue gun or tacky glue
  • sand paper or emory board
  • fabric flowers (precociouspaper on etsy has beautiful ones in lots of colors and designer fabrics!)
  • DistressInk*
  • sheet music*
  • paper or fabric leaves* (mine are paper cut out with a sizzix)
  • 3d foam adhesive*
  • scalloped circle punch*


Supplies for fabric flowers if you are making your own:

  • fabric
  • felt
  • buttons
  • embroidery floss
  • sizzix and flower dies

Altered Letter Tutorial

Step One – Flip your letters upside down and trace on to the wrong side of your patterned papers.

Step Two – Cut out letters from and use gluestick to adhere to the front of your chipboard letters.

Step Three – Use sandpaper or emory board to sand edges of paper and smooth down. Then ink edges if desired.

Step Four – Punch circles from sheet music using scalloped punch (ink if desired) and attach adhere to letters with gluestick.

Step Five – Layer leaves (inked if desired) and flowers partially overlapping the sheet music circle.  Adhere leaves using gluestick or 3D adhesive foam.  Adhere flower using hot glue or tacky glue.

Step Six – Tie on seam binding and arrange as desired.  Use a little hot glue or tacky glue to secure it in place.

Making the Fabric Flowers

  1. Using sizzix flower die, cut flowers from felt and coordinating cotton fabrics.
  2. Stack fabric layers up, alternating types of fabric.
  3. Using a large-eye needle, sew a button on the top of the flower, being sure to pass through all fabric layers so they stay together.
  4. Knot and trim floss.

Frosty and Cold

So Ida finally moved along and I was able to get pictures! 🙂 I loved using the Frosty and Cold ribbon kit! Just click the above image to purchase.


Altered Christmas Notebook

  • trim and ricrac from SNS Nov kit
  • various paper scraps
  • vintage sheet music
  • cardboard
  • MS glitter
  • various inks
  • CI sticker
  • hand-crinkled seam binding


More Altered Notebooks

I like the first one so much, I made four!


Handmade Tags

along the same theme as the ones on the notebook, I made these tags from:

  • October Afternoon, 7Gypsies, and Fancy Pants papers
  • SNS ribbon and trim from Nov kit
  • MS glitter
  • vintage sheet music
  • Staz-on ink
  • cardboard
  • crinkled seam binding


Summertime Layout

this kit is so versatile – it works just as well for Christmas and Beach projects!

  • SNS ribbon and trim
  • Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon papers
  • Hybrid title/journaling block (by kimmy)
  • Pop dots (tons of them)
  • Staz-On ink

August SNS Projects

I was excited to work with this kit. I especially love all the gorgeous brown trims-yummy! Click on the image above to purchase in the SNS store!

Sweet Bracket Mini Book




All these pages are handcut from the Pebbles “My Girl” Creative Pad and embellished with the BG Bittersweet chipboard I recieved as an RAK from Paula. Thanks, Paula!! Ribbons and trims are all from the kit pictured above!

Cherry Frame



This super simple frame is covered in Cosmo Cricket papers and embellished with mini ricrac from the Sweet Cherry Pie kit and a handmade flower.

Assorted Tags


Tags made with scraps of various Cosmo Cricket papers, Martha Stewart labels, Technique Tuesday stamps, and ribbon and trim from the My Sweet Cherry Pie Kit.

Groovy Mushroom Magnetic Clip


Paper pieced mushroom from Nikki Silvis papers attahced to large magnetic clip. Ribbons from the My Sweet Cherry Pie Kit.