Before I begin today, I want to give a shout out to the Book Club at Memories in Bloom!  They invited me to speak at their monthly meeting last night and it was so fun!  I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Thank-you, ladies!  Now on to the countdown!

I think that just about every stamper makes an attempt to create their own holiday cards every year.  One thing that can be difficult to find is a great interior sentiment to finish the card right, and make less work for you later in having to add your own personal note by hand.  I decided to be sure and create a set with just this purpose for this release. 

The entire set is created with the same fonts, so you will see what you get in the following project sample!  I love the combination of these two fonts and think they are versatile enough to coordinate with whatever style your card cover represents.

I thought it would be fun to use the sentiment stamp on something other than a card.  I decided to turn our smallest round clear top tin into an ornament for the Christmas tree!  The lid can be removed to reveal a special mini-book containing holiday pictures from the past.  Here are the supplies I used to make this quick & easy project…

091207_supplies-Papertrey’s 2.5 oz Round Clear Top Tin

-Prussian Blue Palette ink Pad

Mega Scalloped Circle Punch OR Scalloped circle Nestabilities Dies

-ribbon (mine is from American Crafts)

091207_first_adhesiveDecorate your cover as you like.  I used our new interior stamp set for the sentiment and a snow flake from the treats set to decorate the background paper.  Adhere your cover and three additional scalloped circles along your piece of ribbon.

091207_second_adhesiveFlip the ribbon over.  Apply adhesive to the back of each of your scalloped circles.  Adhere a second scalloped circle to the back of each previous circle, therefore "sandwiching" the ribbon and making the mini-book secure.  Add a few small-scaled pictures and your book is complete.

091207_cropadileTo turn the tin into an ornament I recommend a Crop-a-dile.  (If you haven’t tried this tool yet, I highly recommend it.  It cuts through metal like butter!)  Just insert the wall of the tin into the Crop-a-dile and squeeze, therefore punching a hole.

091207_ribbon_loop Thread both ends of a second piece of ribbon down through the hole you just created.  Tie ends in a knot INSIDE the tin, to prevent the loop from coming back out.

091207_family_friends_ornament Now insert your book into the tin and put on the lid!  All ready to hang on the tree!

091207_tin_openHere is what the book will look like when open.  You could make these as little gifts for your parents & siblings, containing photos from childhood Christmas mornings, as I did here.  Or you could add pictures of your family doing special holiday activities with neighbors or friends, and give them the ornament as a handmade gift.  If you didn’t want to use photos, you could also write memories or blessings for the recipient on each page.  Don’t forget you could make these in a multitude of colors as well.  I think I may make a few of these for my own tree.  My kids would LOVE to open the ornaments and look at the pictures every year as we decorate the tree. 

As I wrap up this post, I wanted to share one additional tidbit.  Papertrey now has it’s very own chat room set up for a special release party on Friday night, beginning at 10pm EST.  I’ll be there counting down the minutes and I hope you’ll join me!  You can find the chat room HERE.  Please be sure to visit the link and register yourself before Friday so you can participate in the chat! 

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