December 6, 2015


The Sunday before Thanksgiving, my husband and I were wandering around in Michael's and JoAnn's looking for some Christmas decorating ideas. As he perused the outdoor decor options, I, of course, perused the papercrafting aisles. 

Being a devout Stampin' Up! afficionado, I tend to not have too much fun in these stores anymore. 

But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't help but get caught up in all the beautiful options for Christmas crafting. 

Besides purchasing a few ornament/decoration/necklace kits to make over the Thanksgiving break with my granddaughter, Stella, and her mom and aunt, I also made a purchase of a little 6" x 6" pad of Christmas paper. The quality of the paper was exquisite and the color palette was scrumptious. I couldn't resist. I mean, it actually had MY NAME on it. Well, not really. But you know what I mean!

When I got home, I was flipping through the pages again when I encountered a few pages that were simply a composite of small strip samples of all the papers in the pad. I looked at these strange pages, wondering what in the world I could do with them.


I could actually cut these strips apart, and use them separately in making little paper quilts -- Christmas style!

I could have made a few  more with the strips I had (I had never cut up the pieces I showed in the previous photo), but following are the little "quilts" I came up with using this paper.

I fell in love -- ONCE AGAIN. These are so much fun to make! And I dragged out a few other non-Stampin' Up! papers I had in my stash, and cut them into 1/4" strips. And went to work on some more quilts:

Soon I was obsessed with "sewing" these "quilts". And kept grabbing more and more paper. I had to simply force myself to stop. STOP! I had lots of other Christmas tasks that were waiting to be done. And I was starting to stress about not getting finished with everything on time.

Not needing any more of my handcrafted Christmas cards, I STILL wanted to use these darling little paper quilts on some cards. Darn. I can be stubborn. No. DETERMINED. 

I thought little homey touches could be added to the paper quilts with bows crafted from some of the Venetian Crochet Trim. I love this stuff. It is super easy to work with, and looks wonderful. So, I proceeded to make 15 teeny bows.

Initially, when the Paper Seedling to create Christmas cards with these quilts was planted, I immediately thought of the new stamp set, Cozy Christmas (page 9 of the Holiday Catalog). I mean, COZY!!?? What better descriptive word could you come up with for a QUILT. Quilt = Cozy. Synonymous.

I really planned on using the "Have a cozy Christmas" sentiment on my cards. 

But, in my brain, I couldn't come up with a good way to use this in conjunction with my quilts. So, since the "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" stamp has a retro, cozy feel, and was easier to incorporate into my vision of a design, I decided to go with that.

And, this is a sampling of some of the cards I came up with, putting my little quilts to good, cozy use:

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!



  1. I love your cards. Now I have ideas for using my non-su paper pads, thanks!

  2. Your cards are really pretty. I never would have thought to cut them up like you did. Well done!

  3. This is so creative! Caught my eye right away on a link up. A may try it next year to give to family. :)

  4. These cards are beautiful!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  5. OH my gosh...this is so pretty...what a creative idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. OH my gosh...this is so pretty...what a creative idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. Wow these are so cute, I wonder if I have time to make all these for my kids.

    I took on a enormous projects a few years ago making little memory books using Starbucks cups as the covers and filling with pages cut of the same shape, using papers attached by sewing, making pockets and filling with tags, pictures and gift cards.

    Thank you for sharing each week on Oh My Heartsie Girls parties.

    Happy Holidays!

  8. These are so darling! I love how much they really do look like quilts. Thanks so much for linking up to You're gonna love it. I'm sharing on Pinterest. Please link up again next month (Jan 4th) for a chance at being the Featured Business of the Month!

    <3 Kim

  9. Very Pretty looks just like a quilt! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! See you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  10. Such a wonderful idea to use the strips. The cards look amazing! I'm featuring one of them on my blog. Thank you so much for linking up with the Handmade Café. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful cards! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. This is very pretty and will be featured on my blog this Thursday! Thank you for sharing on Idea Box!

  12. This is very pretty and will be featured on my blog this Thursday! Thank you for sharing on Idea Box!

  13. These are FANTASTIC! Pinning these too. Thank you for sharing at Friday Frivolity last week -- I hope you stop by again this week!!