Good morning! The day is finally here! I'm always so excited about holiday kit release time. Christmas crafting is my absolute favorite, and the release of my big holiday kit is something I look forward to every year. I've been working on it for what seems like forever, so I'm excited to finally get to share all of the details!!
First, some details before I get into the projects. This year's kit is called Wonderland. There is the main kit...
a Trimmings kit...
And a few things that will be available to purchase separately. The separate items include some full-sized A2 stencils (set of 3), patterned paper refills, and three different size cloches. All of these items will be available beginning tomorrow (October 1st) at 10pm ET from Papertrey Ink. This is a LIMITED EDITION kit, but will be handled a bit differently this year. It will be available for purchase from October 1st through December 1st, at a minimum -- longer if there is stock left, but not guaranteed past that December 1st date. Hopefully this helps with a bit of the release night anxiety! Crafty shopping should not cause anxiety! Too much fun for that! ;-)
So my goal with the holiday kits is always to try and hit all of the things that I like to create for the holidays...treats, wraps, cards, and tags...and I think this kit fits that bill. So, whether you are strictly a card and tag maker, or love making those other things, too, like I do...you'll have plenty of options for all of those things. I put together a short, fun video that gives you a quick preview of everything included in the main kit.
Let's get on with the projects! I will make note of anything I use that's not included in the kit, and those items will be linked in one big supply list at the bottom of this post. Nichole will be posting complete kit content lists, prices, and lots of detailed kit content photos, so visit her blog HERE for that.
So first, let's start with what kicked off the inspiration for the whole kit...these adorable mini cloches! I love making little scenes, so these are just a dream come true! There are three scene/backdrop dies in the kit that are designed to coordinate with the cloches -- trees, snowflakes, and a city scene. I give a quick tutorial in the video above for assembling these...how the dies work, etc.
In previous years I've shared that I always do something special for Christmas Eve dinner, complete with treats at each place setting. These are this year's favors. I printed a name to go on the banner on each cloche. The banner die is included in the kit.
The cloches are filled with the scene dies, as well as some 3D dies included in the kit. Thee are dies for the tiny pickup truck and the two deer. I just love how they look, and they're simple to put together, too!
Each one also has a bit of snow, which is included in the Trimmings kit. This little pickup might be one of my favorite things from the kit!
I put together a short video, showing how the truck goes together...
The city scene is so fun, too! Here I paper-pieced the scene to give it lots of color. The little skater is skating on a frozen pond, for which there is a die in the kit. The base of each cloche is also embellished with items from the kit - this one uses the pretty floral border. There is a die for this, as well as stamps. There are pre-printed borders in the patterned papers for quick projects. Here I trimmed the floral border in half lengthwise to create a narrower border, stretching my supplies.
Here's a good view of that pretty floral border. It's sized to go around the cloches, but it's so pretty for cards, too. It measures about 9" long, so one border is enough to go across a vertical A2 card twice, or a horizontal card with a good bit of excess.
The border is stamped by repeating the same motifs multiple times across the length of the border. I put together a video to show you how I use my MISTI to make this so easy!
So, back to those cute cloches! I mentioned above that there will be three different sizes carried in the shop. There are two cloches included in the main kit, both are the larger round cloches, which coordinate with the scene dies. The other two options that will be included in the store are a smaller round, and an oval. The smaller round and oval are great for housing the deer and pickup from the kit, and look so cute when they're all grouped together!
I put a pair of white deer in the oval cloche...
And here's the smaller round one with the cute pickup...
There are lots of other uses for the cloches, too. So cute for baked treats, goodies, candy, and more. These use the larger round ones.
Another of our Christmas Eve traditions is to have apple dumplings. I might change it up a bit this year and make these pretty apple roses. They were actually pretty easy to make, thanks to this recipe, courtesy of Pepperidge Farm. Yummy, too!
The cloches are great for mini cupcakes, too. There is a floral bouquet stamp and die included in the kit, which is perfect for cards and tags, but also doubles as a topper for the cloches.
There is a small die that's designed to cut out the center of the bouquet so that it can be slipped over top of the knob at the top of the cloche. There is a hole in that knob so that you can add an ornament string, or here I added some holly leaves from the Trimmings kit.
The cloches can be used with their accompanying bases, or if you'd like you can switch things up a bit and use wood slices for a more rustic look. The Trimmings kit includes a few wood slices for this purpose.
Another fun idea for the wood slices is to create stamped ornaments. Here I stamped the floral bouquet from the kit directly onto the wood, which I wasn't sure was going to work, but it worked great! I didn't do anything special, just stamped with my Papertrey ink pads.
I added banner diecuts to each, stamped with the year. There are several year stamps included in the mini sentiment stamp set, which is included in the main kit - yes! You get a full two-sheet stamp set, plus a mini sentiment set!
So, what about some other ideas for the scene dies, besides using them in the cloches? There are so many options! They look cute on top of just about everything! Here I recycled some paper towel rolls and turned them into birch logs, topped with cute scenes and filled with candy.
I used the scalloped circle die from the Limitless Layers: 1-3/4" Circle set to cut the circle to go at the top and bottom of each tube. I used a small circle punch to punch a half-circle on each side of the scalloped circle to create a notch for the ribbon so it wouldn't slide off. For the topper, the ribbon is sandwiched between the circle base from the scene dies and a scalloped circle so that everything stays in place and the ribbon can be untied to get the treats out, without wrecking the cute container.
I added a skating rink for my little skater, coating the pond die from the kit with some Glossy Accents for a realistic look. Each scene also has a banner, stamped with the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the kit stamps. The ribbon is some paper curling ribbon from the Trimmings kit.
The Kraft Tubes that Papertrey carries are also perfect for using with the scene dies. They fit perfectly on the plastic lids that come with the tubes.
I glues a bit of the snow from the Trimmings kit to the base of each scene. I also added matching pre-printed tags to the front of each tube. These are quite a bit larger than my paper towel tube treats, so they're great for larger treats. I found that I was able to fit a pair of knitted fingerless gloves, which is one of my favorite gifts to give to special teachers and such, so that is definitely on my knitting to-do list!
You can choose to top these with a cloche too, if you'd like...the domes just fit on the plastic lids - just put a bit of liquid glue around the bottom edge of the dome to secure it in place.
The scene dies are so fun for 3D scenes, but they're designed to work equally well for flat projects like tags and cards, too! The kit includes a scalloped oval tag base, that matches perfectly with the scened dies when they're left flat.
Here I diecut the oval tag base from this really neat birch paper ribbon that's included in the Trimmings kit. I love this stuff! So rustic and fun. It diecuts nicely, although I'm not sure it would work well to cut something extremely intricate -- it has kind of a jute backing. I created a pretty scene on each tag using stamps and dies from the main kit. The mini sentiment stamp set included in the kit has several sentiments designed to fit in the half-circle area at the bottom of each scene die.
I layered the birch tag over a cardstock tag and stitched them together at the top, punched a hole and added some gold string, also from the Trimmings kit. The bottom tag was stamped with a to/from from the kit stamps.
The birch paper ribbon I mentioned above is so fun -- I used some more paper towel rolls and covered them with it to create some birch logs with a bit more rustic feel.
I embellished each with elements from the main and Trimmings kit. There is some birch print paper curling ribbon included in the Trimmings kit and I just love that stuff too! It adds such a fun touch. It's fairly wide, so I ended up pulling it apart into narrower strips so I would have more to use - lol. I like the narrower width anyway, so win-win! This one has a pretty paper rose and a ice crystal sprig - both of which are from the Trimmings kit.
I filled the tubes with Lindor chocolates, and closed the ends with circles diecut from vellum. This one has a tag clipped to it with a cute clothespin from the Trimmings kit that was embellished with a diecut deer and a bit of ribbon. The tag was cut using a die from outside the kit (Tremendous Tags).
Speaking of that cute clothespin, I decided to make a whole set of embellished clothespins. They're cute for clipping a tag to a package, or add a magnet to the back of each, and give a whole set as a fun gift.
I covered the clothespins with the birch curling ribbon from the Trimmings kit. I used a paper rose and a mini bottle brush tree from the Trimmings kit to embellish a couple of them, and the other two were embellished with the 3D pickup and deer dies from the kit. You might recognize the box they're in - it's the matchbox from the older All Through the House holiday kit.
I covered the bottom of the box with patterned paper from the Wonderland kit, and also added a strip of paper to attach the clips to. The corner was embellished with the floral cluster and banner from the kit.
I always need some ideas for presenting gift cards, too. Here I made some quick and easy gift card envelopes using the Gift Card Envelope die that was released last year, along with the pre-printed envelopes that coordinated with last year's Post & Parcel holiday kit.
The oval tag is the perfect size to fit on the envelopes. I embellished them with some curling ribbon, holly leaves, and roses from the Trimmings kit.
Next, I have several card ideas. The Wonderland scene dies are so pretty for focal points on cards, too. Here I used the city scape, which I diecut from one of the pre-printed tags.
The oval tag behind the city scene was stenciled with the Tag Stencils included in the main kit. I used texture paste on the snowfall stencil. I added several small floral and greenery pieces to the scene too.
The snowflake background was done with one of the full-sized Wonderland Scene Stencils, which are being offered as a separate purchase, outside of the kit. I sponged over it with Aqua Mist ink, and added some clear sequins (not from the kit) for a bit of sparkle.
This next card also uses that snowflake stencil. This time I placed it over a panel of watercolor paper and ran it through my diecut machine with the embossing pads, then used some reinkers to watercolor around it.
I stamped a cluster of flowers and greenery and layered them over a snowflake diecut (not from the kit - from the Silver White Winters set). I used a marker to add the snowflake centers.
The sentiment is also from the kit stamps, and there's some sparkly tinsel along the top edge, which is from the Trimmings kit.
My next card combines elements from the Wonderland kit with the Cloche Quarters stamps and dies...what a fun match-up!
While the dies from the kit weren't designed to work exactly with the Cloche Quarters stamps and dies, they do work pretty nicely together. I used the tree scene die here, and just trimmed off the half-circle bottom and also trimmed away the excess branches from around the edges of the cloche. I put the little pickup inside -- there are dies so that you can use the pickup on flat projects too, not just the 3D version -- and turned it into a shaker. The base of the cloche was cut from the birch paper in the trimmings kit, and stamped with the Cloche Quarters stamps.
The oval tag behind the cloche was stenciled using the Tag Stencils from the kit. The trees in the background were embossed using the Wonderland Scene Stencils (sold separately). I love the plaid paper along the bottom, which is from the kit papers!
My next card features an inset scene, made with the scalloped oval tag die from the kit. I embossed a panel of cardstock using the tree stencil from the Wonderland Scenes stencil set, and added the tree detail by sponging gray ink over the tree detail stencil.
I embossed the tree tag stencil onto the inset, and also sponged Aqua Mist ink over the stencil, then stamped with the tree detail. I added two pine trees, the flower cluster, and a deer.
I finished it off with a strip of birch print patterned paper to the bottom.
I love the color scheme of the next few projects...a mix of pretty greens with gray and cream. There's something fresh and wintery about it!
I embossed the snowflake stencil in the background, then cut the birch ribbon using the Brushed Off: Rectangle die - the perfect rustic pair (Brushed Off die not included in the kit). I diecut two of the tree scene dies, placed them side-by-side and overlapped them, along with some stamped pine trees to create a mini forest. I added a couple of deer to the scene, too.
Along the bottom, I added some birch curling ribbon and a stamped floral border. I also added the small sentiment banner from the kit.
I stamped another floral border in those same colors to wrap around this birch box from the Trimmings kit.
I topped it with some curling ribbon and crystals from the Trimmings kit.
I couldn't quit with this color scheme, and created another card, this time with the floral cluster as a focal point.
I snipped apart one of the crystal sprigs from the Trimmings kit and tucked the pieces around the flowers. The birch ribbon in the background was again cut using the Brushed Off: Rectangle die.
The background was embossed with the tree stencil from the Wonderland Scenes stencil set.
SO much info! So many projects! I'm impressed if you got all the way to the bottom of this post. That wraps it up! I'll be doing a live Periscope of the kit tonight (Saturday, October 1st) at 7pm ET on the Papertrey Twitter/Periscope, so be on the lookout for that - let me know what you'd like to see or if you have any questions you'd like answered!
You can check out many more projects using the kit by hopping around to the other designers' blogs...
Supplies not linked, but available on October 1st at 10pm ET from Papertrey Ink: Wonderland main kit, Wonderland Trimmings kit, large round cloches, small round cloches, Wonderland Scene Stencil collection