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\twahl\ a damask love blog holiday publication




welcome to toile ‘tis the season to be crafty

2013 has been an incredibly blessed year for Damask Love. Back in January, I set goals for the blog and all have come to fruition. I’ve seen increased readership and had the opportunity to work on some incredible collaborations with other bloggers and brands. With less than two months left in the year, I’m excited to round out 2013 with a project that I’ve wanted to tackle for quite some time. Every year , holiday guides pop up around blogland, but I have yet to find one that speaks directly to my crafty, paper-loving, shopaholic, DIY-er soul! And with that in mind, Toile (pron: twahl) was born.

Toile is a labor of love. For weeks, the craftroom has been strewn with more craft supplies and projects than that scene where Buddy the Elf redecorates Gimbel’s for Santa’s arrival.Thanks to Toile, I’m now on a first name basis with the UPS delivery person and I’ve worn a track between my house and Michael’s Craft Store. All that to say...it’s been crazy up in here. As you flip through Toile, you’ll find tons of creative holiday inspiration including gift ideas, tutorials, recipes, printables and even a guest appearance by Mr. Damask Love himself...because, he just can’t miss out on a good time. Before you start flipping through, here are a few pointers:

HOW TO READ TOILE: • Get comfy and grab a cup of tea...or coffee...or egg nog...or vodka...or all four (no judgement here). Don’t try to tackle it all at once! There’s alot here, so come back and read when you have time. • Have a notepad and pen handy. And make sure it’s a cute handmade notebook. I would expect nothing less of you! There will be lots of items you’ll want to jot down onto your wishlist. • Get your mouse hand ready for some clicking. Toile is an interactive guide which means there are clickable links throughout. You’ll find “hidden” tutorials, pingbacks and reviews that you don’t want to miss. And, if you’re itching to spend some money, all the supply lists and gift suggestions are linked to their appropriate online retailer. • Feel free to forward! I love my husband...but let’s be honest, the man knows absolutely nothing about craft supplies! If you’re in the same boat, go ahead and send Toile to your husband, wife, friend, boss, baby daddy & Oprah. (I mean, she did give out cars...maybe she wants to hand out stamps and cardstock this time!)

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Can you ever really have too many crafting supplies? Probably not! We crafty types have quite a knack for coming up with long wishlists of fun creative supplies, and when the holidays come around these lists grow exponentially! I’ve come up with pages of gift suggestions that will make most any creative’s heart go pitterpatter. If you are a gift-giver looking for the perfect gift to bestow upon your crafty loved one, then there’s a good chance you’ll find it here. If you are a creative person hoping to add a few more goodies to your wishlist. Look no futher. I’ve got you covered!

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you can click any image to purchase or learn more! EK SUCCESS HONEYBEE NON-STICK SCISSORS www.ellenhutson.com :: $12.00

hero arts wood block stamp sets

www.ellenhutson.com :: $ 9.45 and up

Amuse STudio pigment ink pads

www.amusestudio.com :: $5.95/each

teflon bone folder

www.ellenhutson.com :: $22.00

A stamp without ink is like Miley Cyrus without shameful behavior. Pigment inks are a great for all types and stamps and paper. They are also great for a beginner stamper! Amuse Pigment Inkpads are available in 60 shades, so your toughest task will be selecting your favorite colors.

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scrapbook Adhesives dimensional adhesive www.ellenhutson.com $3.00

Martha stewart folding ruler www.amazon.com :: $7.99

Every crafter needs a top-notch paper trimmer. This trimmer from Fiskars provides a smooth, consistent cut every time thanks to it’s self-sharpening blade that never needs replacing.

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I can’t tell you how many novice crafters I meet who are intimidated by the idea of building their craft stash. The task of choosing the best supplies can deter many people from diving into the creativity and fun of crafting. FOR THE GIVERS: Give your crafty loved one a boost of creativity with the best in crafting basics. If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, consider purchasing a few stamps, some pre-cut cards and an inkpad or two. Make them special, by packaging it all in a cute tote or gift basket! FOR THE RECEIVERS: If you’re a crafter in need of a few staples, be sure to put the Fiskars Procision Paper Trimmer on your wishlist! I’ve owned mine for a few months and it only gets better with time. The blade doesn’t need replacing, which means you save a little money!



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It’s a miracle that I haven’t been rushed to the ER for hot glue gun injuries. Who knew that papercrafting could be such a dangerous activity! Recently, I’ve avoided burns by using the genius tools included in the Hot Glue Gun Helpers kit. These tools help you manipulate hot glue and make sure you apply it perfectly...all while staying a safe distance away.

hot glue gun helpers www.amazon.com :: $17.99

Letterpress is an incredibly hot trend in paper crafting and you can create it at home with this bundle. Be sure to check out the awesome & beautiful letterpress plates that are exclusively available through Studio Calico. lifestyle crafts L Letterpress BUNDLE www.studiocalico.com :: $59.99

click the image to view a past blog post using Craft-a-Board left: Ellen hutson craft-a-board www.ellenhutson.com :: $10

right: Clear & simple hybrid ink www.clearandsimplestamponline.com :: $7

Hybrid Ink from Clear & Simple Stamps is a must have! My go-to colors are Rouge Ruffles , Coral Necklace and In the Limelight. And did I mention, you can use it to stamp on fabric!?


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SAVVY CRAFTER If you’re a savvy crafter, you probably have a respectable stash of the basic supplies needed. This means you get to stock up on some of the fun stuff!

watercolor paper

www.ellenhutson.com :: $6

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gelatos gift set

www.ellenhutson.com :: $60

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Fiskars stamp press www.amazon.com :: $14

click this image to see past posts using Gelatos I’ve gotten lots of questions about the pink crafting mat that you see in many of my videos. The magnetic mat from We R Memory Keepers comes with a magnetic ruler & posts that are great for keeping projects in place.

We R Memory keepers magnetic craft mat www.ellenhutson.com :: $30

FOR THE GIVERS: Special supplies like PanPastels and Faber Castell Gelatos are great for sparking a higher level of creativity! The Ellen Hutson Watercolor Paper is the perfect add on item for either the PanPastels or Gelatos and will give your crafty loved-one everything they need to get started using these supplies!

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This rolling cart from Ikea is perfect for organizing crafty odds & ends like pens, paper clips, paper and adhesives. Make it an extra special gift by assembling it beforehand! This way it’s ready to use right away!


I wish I could tell you that I’m an incredibly organized crafter, but then I’d probably be struck by lightning.

ikea raskog kitchen cart www.ikea.com :: $49.99

Every crafter dreams of a perfectly organized space, and these tools provide plenty of options for getting your supplies into ship shape. I especially love the Tab paper punch from We R Memory Keepers. With it, you can easily create tabs on folders or labels to organize your stash.

faber-castell craft caddy

www.fabercastell.com :: $19.95

The colorful, customized planners from Erin Condren are perfect for keeping up with every part of your life, including all those craft projects! erin conDren life planner www.erincondren.com :: $50


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dorothy parker journal set www.katespade.com :: $19.95

clyde ipad satchel

www.clydebags.com :: $98

To make sure those bloggers have everything they need to keep on creating, I’ve found a few gifts that are right up their alley! Of the items on this list, I have a special love for the Clyde iPad Satchel which I received this summer. The back of the satchel has a plushly lined pocket perfectly sized for your iPad or MacBook Air.

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When you finish reading all those crafty blogs you may want to sit back and enjoy a book that will inspire some more creativity. above: custom bookplate stamp www.paper-source.com :: $29.95-39.95

left: all things paper www.amazon.com :: $12

As crafters and creative people, sometimes it’s nice to relax and flip through actual pages rather than swiping on our tablets. FOR THE GIVERS: Books always make for a great gift. Personalize them even more by including a personalized bookplate stamp.

Dictionary Ipad Case www.katespade.com :: $125

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www.amazon.com :: $19

martha stewart’s encyclopedia of crafts www.amazon.com :: $24

This book sits on my craft desk, within arm’s reach at all times! I use it for inspiration when I’m out of ideas and for learning new techniques when I’m feeling adventurous

If your crafter prefers digital reading, the Dictionary iPad case is a whimsical gift option!

add some creativity to your suit & tie

ipaperpad notepad set www.amazon.com :: $5

thomas pink socks www.thomaspink.com :: $33

Before you can get out there and brush the haters off, you'll need to brush off your suit. Dry cleaning is terrible for your clothes, especially suits. Quality wool suits should be dry cleaned sparingly, so I use this wool brush as the finishing touch before I put on my suit for the day

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creative guy curated by mr. damask love

While I might not spend my days toiling over a Cuttlebug, I do consider myself somewhat creative. I put a fair amount of attention into fashion, music, and design. Amber asked me to give a little guidance for those looking to find a great gift for the dude(s) in their lives. FOR THE GIVERS: 1) No more cheap tools and cologne 2) I get all of the ESPN I need for free. I don't need a book about ESPN or a subscription to ESPN Magazine no matter how many free pull-over fleeces come with it.

Redecker suit brush www.crateandbarrelcom :: $40

Google nexus 7 tablet www.amazon.com :: from $200

Maybe my favorite gift Amber has ever given me. This bag continues to get better with time.

saddleback leather company classic briefcase in tobacco www.saddlebackleather.com :: from $568

In general, look to keep it simple. See what he already uses and try to offer an upgrade or an addition to a collection. I own more Air Jordans than I have room for. Do I want more Air Jordans? Most definitely. I am sure my coworkers would love to see me storing shoe boxes in my office.

MEMORY BOX LARGE aLPHABET DIE www.ellenhutson.com :: $46

click the image to see a video tutorial using these dies

Every crafter needs a set of alphabet dies. These Alphabet dies are available in large and small uppercase making them ideal for creating professional looking monogram designs.

click and watch me make a quick holiday card with this die!


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Dies are thin metal shapes that allow crafters to cut delicate, precise shapes . They are inexpensive and always a great addition to a crafters collection! I have a soft spot for tags and simple shapes that can be applied to a large variety of projects.

clear & simple stamps gift card inset dies www.clearandsimplestampsonline.com

I can’t get enough ampersands and this die is perfectly sized. Measuring in at about 3� , it takes up a large portion of a standard A2 card making it a great focal point.

kelly purkey ampersand die www.simonsaysstamp.com :: $10

This tag set provides 7 different sizes, providing plenty of options for creating the perfect handmade accent to your gifts. MFT STamps traditional tag stax die-namics www.mftstamps.com :: $26

HERO ARTs chalk background

www.ellenhutson.com :: $11.00

Click for a chalkboard card tutorial with this stamp!

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wplus9 woodland wreaths

www.ellenhutson.com :: $21.00

I’m really into handwritten sentiments! Together, these sets from Avery Elle, Hero Arts & Amuse are perfect for any occasion or project MAMA ELEPHANT Hustle www.ellenhutson.com :: $15.00

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AVERY ELLE handwritten notes www.ellenhutson.com :: $15

HERO ARTS SKETCHBOOK LETTERS www.ellenhutson.com :: $16

amuse studio It’s A wonderful life www.amusestudio.com :: $18

Nothing makes me feel more creative than sitting down with some stamps, ink and cardstock. I gravitate toward stylish sentiments, floral designs and buildable images. If you share my preferences, you’ll want to be sure that these sets are on your holiday wishlist...especially the chalkboard background stamp...I love it and have been using it non-stop!




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I love the look of large sentiments that fall off the edge of a card. It’s a simple detail that adds so much sophistication to your handmade designs. Sadly, I was unable to find sentiment stamps that fit this need, so I decided to create one of my own. I’m excited to introduce “Over-the-Edge:Joy” a holiday-themed stamp set that can be used on it’s own or combined with the stamps that you already have in your stash. “Over the Edge: Joy” is an extremely limited stamp set that will only be available until sold out.

The oversized “Joy� sentiment is designed in a font reminiscent of handwritten script. This font translates beautifully onto all types of projects including large tags, chalkboard themed cards and simple holiday stationery. Here, I stamped the sentiment onto the largest tag in the Traditional Stax Tag set from www.mftstamps. The two work perfectly together.v

You can stamp this large off the edge sentiment without many other embellishments and the results are beautiful!

Over the Edge: Joy works wonderully with your other stamp sets to create nonholiday cards. Here, I paired the large sentiment with small floral images and an accompanying sentiment that makes a perfect wedding day card.

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I love handmade gifts but let’s be honest, it’s always a challenge to come up with a GOOD handmade gift! Something that you actually want to receive! Something that you won’t stash away until next year and try to regift to the next unsuspecting recipient. Well, I think I may just have some suggestions that you’ll like. I’ve got a group of handmade projects that are totally doable and totally giftable for just about every recipient you can think of. Tip: Be sure to make extras of everything, because you may want to keep a few of these for yourself!

pancake breakfast gift basket

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Syrup is delicious on almost everything...Buddy the Elf might have been onto something! This beautiful breakfast ensemble will make any hostess smile and the printable tags are a guaranteed laugh. You can add a little handmade touch by stamping a tea towel with holiday images. Just be sure to set the ink with an iron set on dry heat!

WHAT YOU NEED • high-quality maple syrup • pancakemix • 8 oz or 12 oz syrup bottle from www.specialtybottle.com • wooden berry basket • adhesive paper • pancake breakfast printable • scissors • scalloped edge scissors • ribbon • kraft coffee bag from www.etsy.com

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SUPPLIES: Dee’s Distinctively Dies Pine Sprig from www.ellenhutson.com | Red Baker’s Twine | May Arts Striped Ribbon | Corrugated Cardboard Wrap from www.etsy.com| Kraft Cardstock INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Wrap loaf basket with corrugated cardboard. 2. Trim kraft cardstock to 2.5 x 11” and wrap around. 3. Tie bow and add printable tag 4. Die cut pine sprigs and adhere

SUPPLIES: Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 2 Die | Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 2 Stamp Set | Martha Stewart Doily Edge Punch | Clear & Simple Stamps Kraft like a Rockstar buttons | Patterned Paper | Cream Cardstock | May Arts Twine INSTRUCTIONS: 1.Trim patterned paper to 2.5 x 12” 2. Punch edge of cream cardstock and adhere to the edge of patterned paper 3. Die cut and stamp Mat Stack and adhere label 4. Thread buttons with twine and tie on Mat Stack label SUPPLIES: Amuse Studio Silky Crush ribbon in Fern from www.amusestudio.com | American Crafts Mini Clothespin | Papertrey Ink Doily Die | Burlap cloth | Corrugated Cardboard Wrap INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Wrap loaf basket with corrugated cardboard. 2. Die cut doily and gently crinkle it to give a distressed look. 3. Place doily on cardboard and wrap around burlap and secure. 4. Gather silky ribbon into a medallion shape and stitch onto

SUPPLIES: Studio Calico Happy Holiday Joy Paper from www.studiocalico.com| Red cardstock | Red Baker’s Twine INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Wrap loaf basket with patterned paper. 2. Use a scoring tool to create a medallion and mount printable label onto medallion. 3. Add a small baker’s twine bow to the top of the label.

SUPPLIES: Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Houndstooth | Chalkboard patterned paper INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Stamp a wide strip of cardstock with houndstooth pattern 2. Trim a thin strip of chalkboard patterned paper. 3. Wrap both around loaf basket 4. Adhere printable label.

the mini loaf baking pans fit perfectly into the rectangular pint-sized berry basket! Both are available from Think Garnish


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peanut butter puppy treats & tags

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I have a few close friends who are true dog lovers, so it’s nice to send them a little something for the pup when Christmastime comes around. This project is beautifully presented in a swingtop jar that serves as a small token for the “human”, who can use it for storing other yummy treats in the kitchen. Be sure to keep these homemade treats refrigerated before delivery to maintain their freshness. What you do

WHAT YOU NEED • Papertrey Ink Come All Ye Faithful Stamp Set • Papertrey Ink Come All Ye Faithful Die Set • Papertrey Ink Come All Ye Faithful Additions all above from www.papertreyink.com • My Favorite Things Traditional Tag Die Set from www.mftstamps.com • Clear and Simple Stamps Circle Plus Stamp Set from www.clearandsimplestampsonline.com • 30oz Swingtop Bale Jar from www.specialtybottle.com • Dog Bone cookie cutter from www.amazon.com

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diy solid perfume tins

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These solid perfume tins are perfect for toting around in your purse and applying throughout the day when your nose needs a little pick me up! You’ll need a few specialty supplies to complete the project, but once you have then on hand, the project is incredibly easy to do...and you will love the adorable printables that coordinate with this gift!




WHAT YOU NEED • 1C Beeswax Pellets from www.amazon.com • 1/4 C Coconut Oil or other carrier oil (e.g. olive oil) • .5 - 1 ounce Fragrance oil safe for cosmetic use from www.naturesgardencandle.com • Screw top tins from www.specialtybottle.com • Solid perfume printable

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Once you’ve mastered the french knot you can create a lapel pin in every color imaginable! These make perfect gifts for guys who want to add a little color to their suit or maybe as a thank you gift for groomsmen in a wedding. Check out www.tadaastudios.comfor a huge selection of 100+ felt colors!









HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH KNOT 1. Die cut a small flower from felt 2. Double thread the needle and pull through center of the flower 3. Once through, wrap thread around needle twice 4. Pull up the a portion of thread closest oto the eye of th needle

5. Pull the portion of thread that you pulled over the front of the needle. 6. Tug the thread to create a knot. 7. Go back through the center of the felt flower 8. Apply a dot of jewelry glue and place a pin on top. Allow this to dry overnight to ensure durability.

homemade peppermint mallo cups

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It’s not Christmas until your stuffing your face with chocolate and peppermint. Truth be told, I sort of hate the mint & chocolate combination, but these marshmallow treats are absolutely delicious...and super easy to make. Be sure to download the printable for these candies, which will make your homemade treats that much more impressive.



assembling mallo cups 1. Pour melted chocolate into baking cups. I’ve found that aluminum ones are easier than paper cups when peeling the cup off. 2. Use a pastry brush to bring melted chocolate up the sides. You may need to repeat this step to create thick enough sides to hold the marshmallow cream. 3. Pipe peppermint marshmallow cream into cup. 4. Pour melted chocolate on top and sprinkle with crush candy canes. Allow to cool at room temperature until hardened, then peel away baking cup.



customized holiday notebooks



Notebooks are a great gift for any recipient and these holiday themed notebooks are a fun way to keep your up with the hustle and bustle. If you’ve been a Damask Love reader for a while, you may have joined in on Bookbinding University; a series of posts teaching the details of bookbinding from beginning to end. I was thrilled to find lined signatures that add a new level of professionalism to your handbound projects.

Click here for adorable notebook label printables and don’t forget... Save 20% off these lined bookbinding signatures from Novel Tease with code DAMASK20


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for last minute crafters

You know that saying about the cobbler’s children...how that don’t have any shoes. Well, I think something similar could be said about the cardmakers friends. They don’t receive any cards! You’d think that all my friends and family would be swimming in handmade cards, but the truth is that I am terrible about sending out the projects I make. Well, this Christmas I’m gonna make ...and send cards if it’s the last thing I do (which it may very well be). As long as I’m going to tackle Christmas cards, they should probably be simple and easy to mass produce. Let’s get started...

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Use a gentle touch when swiping the dauber. They contain a lot of ink and too much pressure can result too much ink.

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instructions 1. Stamp fir image in black ink. 2. Swipe green dauber over image then fill in the right side leaves with white gel ink 3. Stamp sentiment in red ink.

1. Hero Arts Ink Dauber in Field Greens 2. Hero Arts Banners & Messages Stamp Set 3. Hero Arts Pen & Ink Fir Woodblock Stamp 4. Uniball White Gel Pen

4. Optional: Add baker’s twine bow.


snowy woodland deer



Use your white gel pen to draw falling snow. Be sure to allow it to dry completely to avoid smears!

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instructions 1. Die cut deer from white cardstock 2. Adhere to woodgrain cardstock layer then adhere layer to white cardbase.

1. Memory Box Woodland Deer Die 2. Woodgrain Cardstock 3. Uniball White Gel Pen

3. Use white gel pen to add falling snow, by drawing more dots at the top of the card and fewer dots as you move downward.

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Add dimension to flat stamped images by drawing an outline in light grey ink. I like to use the T3 copic marker for this.

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instructions 1. Stamp deer image 2. Stamp sentiment 3. Adhere gemstone 4. Outline deer image with a light grey marker.

1.Clear and Simple Stamps Oh Deer Stamp Set 2. Clear and Simple Stamps Nutcracker Holiday Stamp Set 3. Hero Arts Gemstones in Red

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You can create a slightly larger 4x4 trifold card by trimming 4” strips from a 12x12 piece of cardstock and scoring at 4“ and 8”

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instructions 1. Cut cardstock to 3.5 x 10.5” 2. Score cardstock at 3.5” and 7” 3. Die cut a square in the front panel of the card. 4. Adhere patterned paper to the inside panel of the card.

1. Nestabilities Spellbinder Square Dies 2. Kraft cardstock 3. Uniball White Gel Pen 4. patterned paper of your choice 5. holiday theme stickers

5. Close card and draw white border. 6. Adhere sticker.

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A stamp press is great for this large sentiment stamp. It helps with alignment and distributing even pressure for a perfect impression.

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instructions 1.Stamp Joy sentiment, allowing both sides to hang over the edge of the card. 2. Stamp holly leaves in two shades of green 3. Stamp berries in red ink 4. Add Stickles to berries and allow to dry.

1. Over The Edge Limited Edition Stamp Set 2. Memento Luxe Multimedia Pigment Ink in Love Letter, Olive Grove and Pistachio 3. Ranger Distress Stickles in Barn Door

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Paper punches and basic dies can take you a long way. I’m a big fan of stretching your buck by coming up with creative ways to use all those supplies that are piling up in your craft space. These projects will have you looking at your supplies in a whole new way and hopefully get you excited to pull them out!

felt holly leaf twist ties


SUPPLY LIST •Felt squares from www.tadaastudios.com • 20 gauge floral wire from www.etsy.com • 1 cm felt balls from www.tadaastudios.com • Craft Glue







• Glue Dots

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Pierce felt ball with floral wire 2. Add another felt ball. (Placing felt wire into felt ball may take some wiggling. Work slowly and carefully and the wire will work it’s way through the felt ball). 3. Cut out or die cut a holly leaf and place it on the end of the floral wire 4. Place glue dots on top of the wire and apply craft glue around the edges of the felt leaf, then place a second leaf on top. 5. Repeat this on the other end of the felt wire and allow to dry as shown. 6. Wrap twist tie around a gift bag filled with holiday treats!

paper punch poinsettias


SUPPLY LIST • Red, yellow, and green cardstock • Assorted Circle Punches • a doily punch or similar from www.amazon.com








1. Punch five 2” red circles, five 1.75” red circles and three 1.75” green circles 2. Create pointed oval with all shapes as shown. 3. Fold all pointed ovals in half 4. Punch a notch at the top the red circle cuts. 5. Repeat step 4 on the other side to create the shape shown. 6. Adhere petals as shown with larger ones on the bottom and smaller ones on the top

INSTRUCTIONS (con’t) 7. Punch pointed oval shapes from green circles 8. Use a 1/2� circle punch to create notches along the edge. 9. Repoeat on the other side of the leaf shape.



10. Adhere leaves to the bottom of the flower. 11.Use a doily punch (or something similar) on yellow cardstock. 12. Gather the tiny dots from the doily punch and sprinkle onto glue in the center of the flower.





circle-cut petal gift card envelopes




SUPPLY LIST • Cardstock • Scoring Tool • Circle Cutter from www.ellenhutson.com • Gift Card Insert Die from


• Pretty Poinsettia Stamp Set from www.ellenhutson.com

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut four circles using circle cutter. 2. Score circles down their center (e.g. if you cut 4” circles, score at 2”) 3. Using an over-under pattern, assemble circles as shown and adhere together. 4. (not shown/optional) add a giftcard slot to the inside of the envelope and stamp floral design.


PanPastel Poinsettias


SUPPLY LIST • Poinsettia Die-namics from www.mftstamps.com • PanPastel Art Pastels from www.ellenhutson.com Permanent Red Extra Dark 340.1 Permanent Red Shade 340.3 Permanent Red 340.5 Bright Yellow Green Extra Dark 680.1 Bright Yellow Green Shade 680.3 Bright Yellow Green 680.5 • PanPastel Knife & Covers • Pink, Mint Green & Yellow Cardstock • Yellow Ice Stickles from www.ellenhutson.com • Craft glue • ModPodge Clear Acrylic Sealer from www.amazon.com

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Die cut poinsettia petals from pink cardstock, cut leaves from light green cardstock and cut center from pale yellow cardstock 2. Blend PanPastels onto petals and leaves, starting with the lightest color and ending with the darkest shade. 3. Spray blended shapes with ModPodge Clear Acrylic Sealer 4. Crinkle all petals and leaves then adhere petals and leaves together at the center using craft glue. 6. Adhere yellow center with craft glue and apply yellow Stickles.

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Most people enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the spa or a fun trip to the movies. Me? My idea of heaven is having a hour or so of uninterripted shopping at the Container Store. Yeah. Weird. I just love packaging and all the possibilities for dressing up gifts with some handmade flair. Even if you never create handmade packaging, the holidays are the perfect excuse to break that habit. In this section, you’ll find ideas ranging from super simple to a little more advanced. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to create something pretty for under the tree.

embroidery loom tags






SUPPLY LIST • Mini Embroidery Ring from www.etsy.com • 4x4 Squares of Felt from www.tadaastudios.com • Green & Red Felt • Papertrey Ink Holly Jolly Die from www.papertreyink.com • Papertrey Ink To You From Me Stamps from www.papertreyink.com • Embroidery Floss

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Stamp onto a strip of cardstock and adhere to the bottom portion of the felt square 2. Place felt square and paper strip into embroidery ring 3. Close ring and trim off excess paper and felt 4. Die cut holly from felt and stitch into place.

creatively covered gift bags



SUPPLY LIST • small paper bag • patterned paper • embellishments (ribbon, tags)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Trim down the paper bag to the height you desire for your final gift bag 2. Cut a piece of patterned paper to the same height and width of your paper bag. 3. Cut another piece of patterned paper that is the same width as the bag and 1 1/2” inches taller. Score this piece of paper at the same height of the bag. 4. Adhere the smaller paper to the front and longer paper to the back and fold over to close gift bag.



box bottom treat bags


cut out and place adhesive


remove adhesive


place cellophane

download++ template & instruction

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felt notebook wraps






SUPPLY LIST • Large piece of felt from www.tadaastudios.com • Pinking Shears • Button • Elastic • Sewing Machine

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Fold felt over notebook as shown, then stitch edges and cut off excess felt. 2. Use scissors to cut slits at the fold 3. Slide pencil into place to ensure good fit. 4. Close cover and wrap elastic around, then stitch into place with a button to cover where elastic ends meet.



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pancake breakfast basket printables

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pancake mix



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diy solid perfume printables

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handmade solid perfume

handmade solid perfume

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handmade solid perfume

handmade solid perfume

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notebook cover printables


making a

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christmas THIS Is MY

notebook (no peeking)

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“it’s not fruitcake” mini loaf recipe & printables Kitchen Sink Cookie Bread 1


2C all purpose flour 1C quick cooking oats

1C milk 1/4C melted unsalted butter 2 eggs 1/2C white sugar 1/2C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350.

Add flour and oats to wet mixture.

Combine ingredients in a stand mixer or bowl and mix until well incorporated


1/2C semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4C white chocolate chips 3/4C sweetened flaked coconut 1C dried cranberries 3/4C chopped pecans

Mix in all the yummies until just combined. Pour batter into mini loaf pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yields: 5-6 mini-loaves


i made you something

YUMMY enjoy.


Don’t Worry


it’s not fruitcake

just for you






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candy bar wrapper printables



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mallo cups

holiday calories


ENJ Y homemade peppermint mallo cups

•peppermint mallo cups•

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box bottom gift bag template

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peanut butter puppy treats recipe

peanut butter puppy treats 1


1C whole wheat flour 1/2C all purpose flour 1/4C quick cooking oats

2 eggs 1 tblspn olive oil 2 tblspn honey 1C chicken broth or stock


1C creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350. Combine wet ingredients in a stand mixer or bowl and mix until well incorporated

Incorporate dry ingredients into wet until well combined

Stir in peanut butter until well incorporated. Pour batter into a 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once cool, turn out and cut out bone shapes with cookie cutter. Yields 8-10 treats.

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Toile: A Damask Love Blog Holiday Publication  

Toile is a holiday gift guide just for crafters and creatives.

Toile: A Damask Love Blog Holiday Publication  

Toile is a holiday gift guide just for crafters and creatives.