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This is a fun “trash to treasure” project perfect for Christmas!  Following is the list of supplies I used, but you can adapt this to whatever you have on hand, as long as you have cardboard, glitter, and glue.


  • Corrugated cardboard box or sheet
  • Martha Stewart glitter in various colors
  • Liquid glue
  • Various patterned papers
  • Pop dots or other foam adhesive
  • Vintage sheet music
  • Ribbon and trim (I used ribbons and trim from the SNS Nov kit) and/or crinkled seam binding (mine is from etsy)
  • Tag shapes to trace and cut out or die cut tags of varying sizes
  • Distressing tool (or use scissors edge)
  • Eyelet and setting tool
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Scallop Punch
  • Distress Ink

1. Start with corrugated cardboard.  If yours has paper on both sides, just peel off the paper on one side.  As long as it’s not printed, you don’t have to get it perfect.

2. Draw rough tree shapes on the back of the cardboard.  Again doesn’t need to be perfect.

3. Cut them out.

4.  They should look about like this when you flip them back over.  Ink the “trunk” part of the tree. (I forgot to take a picture of this.)

5. Spread with liquid glue and sprinkle with glitter.  Keep in mind that the more glue you have on it, the more glittery your tree will be.

6. Play around with lots of colors!

7. Trace and cut out  (or die cut) several tags, so that they are slightly different sizes.

8. Distress the edges and stack them up with 3d foam adhesive between the layers.

9.  Punch and distress scalloped circle and add to tag.

10. Add some ribbon/trim/seam binding and attach eyelet.

11. When glue and glitter are completely dry, add tree to tag.

12. Add ribbon through eyelet.

13.  Use as is for a gift tag or attach to the front of a card or altered notebook for a gift!

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Do you like BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT?!  Then you will love this kit!

{click image above to buy this kit}

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Cosgmo PP & Diecuts, Love Elsie PP, Colorbok CS, Bazzill CS, Staz-on Ink, Autumn Leaves stamps, Marvy Corner Rounder, Paper Salon brads, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies:  Basic Grey PP, Bazzill CS, Marvy Corner Rounder, Zva Flower, Fiskars Circle Punch, Staz-on Ink, Studio G Stamps, Stickles, misc. pop-dots & rhinestones.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Heidi Swapp PP, Zva Crystals, Studio G stamps, Marvy corner rounder, Stickles, Paper Salon brad, Bonanza Bag of Buttons Citrus button, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, DCWV PP, Love Elsie PP, Stickles, Doodlebug alpha stickers, Prima sprites, Zva pearls, Autumn Leaves stamp, misc. paint & pop-dots.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Cosmo Cricket PP, Making Memories PP, Stickles, Ranger Glossy Accents, Paper Salon brad, Glimmer Mists-white marshmallow, Fiskars circle punch, Studio G stamp, Staz-on ink, Making Memories Flower, Marvy corner punch, misc. pop-dots.

Supplies: Colorbok CS, DCWV PP, Basic Grey Pearls, Fiskars border edge punch, Zva flower, Fiskars circle punch, Marvy corner rounder, misc. pop-dots, chipboard, & joy button.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Sam’s Club Paper Stack, Stampendous stamp, Staz-On Ink, Marvy Corner Rounder, Stickles, Prima sprites, Bonanza Bag of Buttons Citrus button, Basic Grey pearls.

Supplies: Bazzill CS, Colorbok CS, Sam’s Club Paper Stack, Miss Elizabeth’s sticker, Doodlebug alpha stickers, Fiskars circle punch, Fiskars border edge punch, Zva flower, Pressed Petals chipboard, Stickles, Marvy corner rounder, misc. rhinestones & pop-dots.

Supplies: Gerber baby food jar, Target Spot card kit Peace metal rimmed tag, Bazzill CS, Scrapworks (?) PP, Prima sprites, Glimmer Mists-white marshmallow, misc. paint.

I altered this little jar to fill with candy as an extra little gift for someone on Christmas. It’s really hard to photograph the effect Glimmer Mists really does on here.  It’s more sparkly sheer versus the opaque white that is showing in this photo.

Thanks for checking out my creations!

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I was pretty happy to get the Henry’s Brilliance August Ribbon Kit.  I love blue!  This coordinates with the new Nikki Sivils papers.

Bazzill, American Crafts, Scrapworks Papers  .  American Crafts Thickers, Colorbok tags, Doodlebug alphas, Bazzill Blossoms, Prima Sprites

This is a faux embroided wall hanging.  I traced around an S chipboard letter to look like stitches and added the threaded needle to make it seem more realistic.  Making Memories Paper

This is the pull out from my son’s Highlights magazine.  I added a cover and ring to make it more durable for my son to look through. Colorbok cardstock, Bazzill Sizzix Flowers, Making Memories Paper, Basic Grey alpha stickers.

Just a cute little journaling tag.  Tons of paper piecing, stickles, and diamond glaze on this one!  DCWV, Love Elsie, American Crafts Papers.  Autumn Leaves, Kolette Hall, & JRL Designs Stamps with Stazon.

Christmas Journaling Tag.  American Crafts & Paper Studio Papers. 7 Gypsies Tag.  Hobby Lobby Stamp inked with Stazon and glittered up in Stickles.

Trying out doing a non-traditional colored Halloween card here in blues.  Stapled the polka dot ribbon in X’s to give it a more punk look to go with the skull.  American Crafts & Love Elsie Papers. Marcella by K sticker.  Making Memories star brads.  More Stickles, Stazon ink, & Pink Paislee stamp.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween project, or want to get a head-start on Christmas decor, this is a great, relatively inexpensive project to decorate your house or give as a gift!

The only things I had to buy for this project were black paint, black glitter (LOVE the Martha Stewart glitter) and some Halloween papers.  All the fabrics, ribbons, lace, buttons, etc. came from my stash.  (A lot of the vintage lace and other items are picked up at yard, rummage, and estate sales for practically nothing!)


-medium to large corrugated cardboard box OR roll of corrugated cardstock OR plenty of heavy cardstock and a paper crimper

– tulle (or wide ribbon)

-patterned paper with coordinating stickers or other embellies  (The Halloween Kit from SavvynSassy would be GREAT for this project!)

-coordinating lace, trim, and ribbon scraps

-stapler (NOT the mini-stapler….you’ll need a good office stapler) and staples


-coordinating glitter

-Large alphas (I traced large chipboard letters onto cardstock and cut them out, but you could use chipboard, stickers, words printed from the computer, etc)

-scalloped cardstock OR scalloped punch OR deco scissors

Optional Supplies:

-sewing machine

-sand paper or distressing tools

– stickles


-googly eyes 🙂

-embroidery floss and large needle

-circle cutter or something to trace


Step 1 – Prep

A. Prep your cardboard

Tip:I started out with a used cardboard box, and pulled most of the top layer of paper off to reveal the corrgated layer.  But it takes a lot of time, so you may want to use a roll of corrugated cardboard or cardstock and a crimper instead.  The benefits of using an old box though–it’s cheap and it adds a lot of character, since you can tear off part of the top layer and leave some of it.  It results in a very cool vintage/distress look after paint.

B.  Trace the pennant pattern onto the box and cut out.  Mine was 5 1/2 inches across the top, and 6 3/4 inches on each side.  If you want, you could do a circle, square, etc.

C. Cover your workspace with plenty of newspaper for protection

D. Trace and cut out letters if desired.

Step 2 – Paint and Glitter

A. Paint with a generous layer of acrylic paint and allow to dry.

B. While paint is drying, prep your letters.  I chose to trace and cut mine out of cardstock, but you can use just about anything.  I covered mine with a layer of glue and then covered with silver glitter.

Tip: If you use this method, make sure to put foil or waxed paper under them, so they come up without tearing.

C. When the first layer of paint has dried, apply a thin second layer and make sure that they are fully covered in paint.

D.  Working quickly, dust glitter over the entire surface of the wet paint.  Make sure you get the glitter on while the paint is still very wet, or it won’t stick.

E. Allow letters and shapes to dry completely.

Tip: Overnight works great!

Step 3 – The fun stuff!

A. Add a scalloped edge to the top of each shape.  I punched a border on black cardstock, then cut it off and glued the strip to the back of each shape, with the scalloped edge showing over the top.

B. Embellish to your hearts desire!  Here are some ideas I used:

-cut circles from patterned paper to layer your letters on.  Distress the edges, then sew for a vintage look

-cut images from pattered paper

-add flowers, buttons, and ribbons along the top of the shape

-search for templates online and create cute creatures from felt to add to your banner (I did a google search for a bat template and got tons of results

C. Add letters to your shapes

D. Add more glitter!  I used stickles to embellish my embellishments.  Here are some ideas:

-create a spiderweb on your patterned paper

-add glitter to stickers, felt, and other embellies

E. Allow everything to dry.

F. Attach to tulle or wide ribbon for hanging.  While you can punch holes and thread the ribbon or tulle through, I found it easier to turn over each piece and attach to the bunched tulle with a stapler.  I then covered the staple ends on the front side with a button or other embellishment.

Tip: If, after attaching to the tulle or ribbon, your shapes don’t want to hang flat, try gluing a flat marble to the bottom back of each one to act as a weight.

Using these same techniques, you could also make a single pennant banner!  Here are some other completed projects, using the same idea:

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