Holiday Gifts and Projects

Chalkboard Vinyl Craft BoxBy
Judy Stark Bosskut Design Team

Some projects are just too much fun some days than others. This is one of those projects! My almost 5 year old Grandson (Cash) loves to craft and I made this for him as a gift. I used a 10 inch by 8 inch cigar box and covered it with cardstock. The cardstock I used is heavy 100 wgt already coated. I cut my top, sides, strips, tag, title and monkey using my Gazelle. I used the Bosskut Monkey available at monkey.aspx and glitter paper from . The knobs are from a local hardware store.

Now to the inside. I used the heavy wgt chalkboard vinyl available at Bosskut (by the sheet) 12 by 24 inch sheet for $ 5.99. You can do a lot of projects with this size and this IS NOT the thin weight chalkboard vinyl!

I measured and cut the chalkboard area with my Gazelle. The vinyl is self adhesive, by the way. Framed around it in ribbon and done! I made the chalk case and little goodie bag with his picture, using the print and cut feature on my Gazelle. I am sure Cash will cherish this for years.

Faith Pine Cones Frame
by Lori m. Bosskut Design Team

Using one 12×12 frame, some black vinyl from, one very pretty 12×12 paper from K &Company, one Faith quote and another finished gift.
The Pine cone file is by Judy Stark, available at

Editors Note: This pine cone and leaf pattern is beautiful and so versatile. You can resize it to very very small size, cute it out of vinyl as Lori did here, Use all the layers of the Pine Cone as you will see in other projects or use it as a Print and Cut and color it yourself.

by Debbie Grommet – Bosskut Design Team

I did this layout using my Gazelle to cut the die cut patterns, frames and title.  The little Carolers paper piecings were designed by Karen Taglia and are available on


Floating Snowflakes Card
by Linn Cole Bosskut Team

I decided that I would make “pretend snow fall” since I live in East Tennessee and don’t get much snow (that’s fine by me) I love pretend snow though!! I used Green Card Stock for the card, some clear acetate for the spiral that holds the snowflakes and the New Christmas and Winter Diecuts Snowflake #2. .  I used glue dots to adhere the snowflakes onto the acetate spiral, but 1st you want to cut a circle about 3″ diameter then cut a spiral out of it. Use heavy doubled sided tape to adhere it in the place you want it inside the card. Before adhering it make sure when you close the card the snowflakes don’t stick out! Glue both ends of spiral down and glue as many snowflakes as you wish on different places on the spiral. When you open it the Snowflakes will look like they are falling! Love it… On the front I added 3 more snowflakes with a rhinestone in red in the center of each snowflake. I also used a White Gel Pen in place of the Blade Holder and wrote on the inside and outside of my card! You can get the supplies for this card at As long as it’s snowing from my cards I LOVE IT! This is a fun project and doesn’t take alot of time! Enjoy…

Happy crafting,

Etched Personalized Home Decor
By Katie Piotrowski Bosskut Design Team


Are you looking for a fast, easy and inexpensive gift?! Aren’t we all. ;) My husband and I don’t usually exchange gifts but we just had our first set of professional family photos done and we are working on making a collage of those pictures for our foyer. I had seen etched glass frames and knew it was just what I needed to bring my photo collage together.

Glass etching may sound daunting but trust me, it really is easy! And your Gazelle does all, well almost all, of the work for you! I set my project size to the size of the glass insert for the frame, 8×10. Then, I chose my font and entered my text for the monogram and centered it where I wanted it. Then, I chose a second script font and entered the ‘est.’ and year and adjusted it’s placement. Be sure you are using a vinyl blade when working with the vinyl. You don’t want jagged edges or tears…especially when using it for glass etching. After changing out my blade, I loaded my vinyl on my mat and cut it out. So easy! It doesn’t matter what color vinyl you choose because you’re just using it as a tool this time. Scraps work great for this type of project. After cutting the vinyl, I had to “weed” out the parts I didn’t need. In this case, I wanted the negative so I weeded out the actual letters. Here’s what it looked like when I was done…

The next step is to get the vinyl onto my glass. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use transfer paper. When you’re adhering the transfer paper to your vinyl, be sure you are burnishing it good all the way around so you don’t have any bubbles or gaps. Then gently pull the transfer paper toward you, starting from the farthest corner, ensuring you’re getting all the vinyl as you go. Here’s what it should look like…

Now you’re ready to apply the vinyl to the glass. Now, I cut my vinyl piece to 8×10 as well so I wouldn’t have to worry about centering it on the glass. So I started by setting the vinyl along the very top edge of the glass, making sure my corners matched up perfectly. As I laid the vinyl, I burnished it as I went, like using a squeegee on your car windows then carefully removed the transfer paper, ensuring I didn’t pick up any of the small pieces that fill my letters. I applied the Etch All Cream according to the directions on the bottle, waited about 15 or so minutes, rinsed and removed the vinyl. That’s it!!

This would be a great project for a childs room, a perfect wedding gift or an easy accent for your own home decor! Katie

by Phyllis Parkins

Coasters are a quick and easy gift and always something you can not have too many of.  I make a few sets of these each year just to have on hand for a last minute gift.

I save coasters from restaurants when we go out.  Sometimes if you ask  they will just give you a stack or sell them.  The beer distributors will give them to you too.  So I have a nice stash.

First I trace around the coaster to get my size then scan it into Gazelle software and trace it with the magic wand to get my cuts lines.  If you don’t have a cutter you can always do this by hand.  Next I pick my papers and then cut two for each coaster.  Next step is to attach the cut paper to your coasters. I usually just coat the coaster with matt modge podge and also the paper and then put together. Be sure to really smooth down the paper so you dont get bubbles and that the paper is flat and smooth.  If it is easier for you, you can apply alittle tape runner or glue to the to the coaster to hold your paper down while you modge podge them.

I have already cut my embellishments or made my paper piecings and words before I start assembling anything.  After I get the paper attached and let it dry then I apply my decorations. I usually put a spot of glue on them to keep them in the position I want and then after they are all applied then I give the whole coaster top another coat of modge podge.  I use a foam brush for all my modge podge work.  Let dry and I usually add a couple of more coats just to be sure everything is sealed. I go around the edges too to make them water proof.  Let dry really well then coat the back of your coaster with 2- 3 coats of modge podge.

This picture was enlarged so you can see the detail
I used my new snow flake digital diecut for this years coasters. I cut them out of glitter paper and wanted to show you how detailed our Gazelle can cut. The small snowflake is only 2.75″ tall and wide. Notice how smoothly these cut.

These Coasters were covered with some old holiday paper (great way to use up scraps), and I used some of our Boss Kut dies for the embellishments and the words are some of Boss Kut’s expressable dies. I assembled the embellishments before I added them to the coasters. You could use card stock stickers or even rub – ons .  To give as a gift I just stack them all and tie with a pretty ribbon and add a handmade tag.  These make great teacher gifts.

Dies available at
Digital die cuts available at
Scraps of medium weight scrapbook papers
Modge Podge available at Walmart or craft store




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94 Responses to Holiday Gifts and Projects

  1. Francine Howard says:

    I’m am super duper late on the blog and missed a few days of the blog hop. Love all the different ideas. :)

  2. Rita Barakat says:

    Oh my gosh the snowflakes floating is brilliant! All your projects are lovely!

  3. Love the coasters! thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

  4. The etching project looks so professional! thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

  5. Tonya Turvold says:

    Another SPECTACULAR line up of creations! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that craft box that Judy made for her grandson Cash. It is too cute. I am sure he will love it. Handmade goodies are so much better than purchased goodies any day.

    The snowflake coasters and the etched decor, you guys are just blowing my mind. So much creativity and inspiration here, I can’t help myself!

  6. Another day that I don’t know where to look!!! These projects are amazing!!’
    The framed pine cone and leaves, coasters, falling snowflakes, etc etc etc they are all amazing!!!! You all did an amazing job!!

  7. Janet A Smith says:

    I have some cigar boxes around here somewhere so now I need to find them and get busy, loved your idea, so creative. I love it when restaurants give me coasters, you bet I will go back there! HA!

  8. Deb Long says:

    Fabulous projects – thanks for the inspiration!

  9. bobbie dovin says:

    I love all of the projects!!!! the Coasters are really neat

  10. Rufus says:

    Bet that box is a big hit. The glass etching is lots of fun. love the snowflake coasters, how pretty!

  11. Erika Bardo says:

    I love glass etching! Wonderful projects!

  12. charlene says:

    these are cute–love the box and the snowflakes and the coasters–talented people on this blog!

  13. Alice Teslo says:

    Love all your projects done withthe Gazelle. Wish I had one!

  14. Jeneen Odendahl says:

    I really love the craft box. What a cute idea!

  15. f lynn rush says:

    nice little box of goodies for a busy child. i can’t wait to see what the rest of the folks did!

  16. kacee says:

    oh wow! Love the vinyl!!! So cool that chalk board vinyl is sooo fun!!

  17. Patti Jo says:

    Can’t believe how many different projects everyone has done! Such great ideas and so well done!!!

  18. Eunice Brown says:

    oh my, what a creative design team you have. The chalk box is very clever and I love the snowflake card. Thanks everyone.

  19. Sharon Peele says:

    Wow you blog and design team has so many creative projects!! I love the idea of the chalk board box, it’s a perfect gift!! And the coasters are beautiful!! really enjoyed visiting your blog!!

  20. Leona says:

    Great projects.

  21. Judy Tesla says:

    I love all of the projects done! GREAT job Mrs Bosskut (Phyllis) and your Design Team Members!

  22. Wendy Westmoreland says:

    Tis the season layout is awesome!

  23. DB says:

    Love all the projects! My granddaughter would love that craft box.

  24. Pati L says:

    What fun projects! The decorated craft box is a great gift idea for kids. I love the fun layouts of the scrapbook pages and I love all things with snowflakes!!

  25. Gini Cagle says:

    Another day of fun projects!

  26. Cheryl Briggs-angeland says:

    Great projects. I especially loved the chalkboard project.

  27. Linda Carson says:

    Love that cigar box for the grandson! Each project is so creative and unique!!

  28. Chris Mead says:

    Another great day of projects!! Loved them all!

  29. Judy O'Brien says:

    Love the coasters and the carolers!

  30. Gerlinde says:

    Thanks for all the great project ideas! I especially like the falling snowflake card.

  31. Linda Milroy says:

    All are awesome but the box is my favorite. Thanks so much for the great inspiration.

  32. Rita S says:

    LOVE all the projects! And I will definately buy some of that chalkboard vinyl!

  33. Jeanne says:

    Love the projects especially the coasters.

  34. Wendy Crowe says:

    I have a few cigar boxes laying around. Now I have some inspiration to make them into something! Thank you!

  35. Melissa says:

    The altered cigar box is a cool idea!! Great projects!

  36. J. Jones says:

    Wonderful inspiration on the blog today! I’m lovin this hop!

  37. Sherry Murphy says:

    Beautiful projects! Thank you so much for sharing!

  38. Miss Cooper says:

    I adore the cute little monkey!!

  39. Keesha says:

    Stunning projects as always!

  40. Renee Schoch says:

    I really like the coasters

  41. Caroline D. says:

    ALL of today’s creations are outstanding, but that monkey on the upcycled cigar box is just too cute! Thanks for a fun hop and for sharing so much inspiration!

  42. Celeste Weber says:

    Great projects! I love the “grandma box”. Cute idea.

  43. Becki Wagner says:

    Love the Faith sign! So beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing!

  44. Carolyn McCravy says:

    Love these projects….the coasters are my favorite….

  45. Tammy W says:

    Love them all, especially the monkey box, the coasters, and the layout. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Marla H. says:

    I love the projects especially the ones that use the chalkboard where you can write with chalk!!

  47. Peggy Allen says:

    Great projects. Love the craft box and singing carolers. Adorable!
    Christmas blessings,

  48. LorraineN says:

    Oh wow, what great and inspiring creations!

  49. debb says:

    What a wonderful post of so many beautiful projects! Thank you.

  50. Susan M says:

    What a great assortment of inspiration. I particularly loved the floating snowflakes.

  51. Britt says:

    That popup card is AWESOME and I love the carolers on the double layout! Thanks so much for all the fun inspiration!

  52. Shannon Corbin says:

    So far, this day is my favorite! So many fabulous ideas!!! I love etching, it was surprisingly easy!

  53. lisa808 says:

    The monkey box is darling. So many great projects.

  54. BJ says:

    Love the monkey box. I’m going to try the etching and snowflake card.

  55. Efrat S. says:

    Great projects. Love the monkey box – so cute :-)

  56. McStamper says:

    Great projects. Especially love the coasters.

  57. Lynda says:

    Awesome projects…especially love the falling snowflake card!!!

  58. Marda Frie says:

    When I read the word monkey, I read it as money and thought BK was giving money away………ggggggggggggg

    Love the projects!

  59. Wonderful projects. My son would love that altered cigar box.

  60. Ruza Rebel says:

    Great projects! The altered cigar box is awesome! TFS!

  61. Trisha says:

    Your designers are incredibly talented today. Love the box with the blackboard lining. What child would not love this. In fact, I would love it myself. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  62. I love the snowflake/snowfall card! It’s so clever and I can see that technique being used for so many things!

  63. Susan B says:

    What a cute little box. Your grandson is going to love it!

  64. Betsey in SC says:

    All Great Projects! I love the falling snowflakes, since we don’t get much snow here either.

  65. rosanne says:

    The craft box and coasters have peaked my interest.

  66. Alice Carman says:

    Thanks for the great ideas today. Can’t wait to see what your doing tomorrow.

  67. DH says:

    Gosh just loving every idea here!

  68. Naomi Hanson says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

  69. Raven says:

    Oh my another day of great ideas. Love the chalk vinyl idea. I will have to get some ordered. The coasters are a perfect little gift to have on hand for that last minute gift or as a great little add on giftie.

  70. Elin L says:

    Great snowfall!!!

  71. Micah Gullikson-Poteraj says:

    So pretty and traditional.

  72. Natasha G.P. says:

    I really need a die cutting machine. I could make lots of neat goodies.

  73. b. poteraj says:

    So many cute elements to look at. Thanks!

  74. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    LOVE the falling snowflakes–must try that! LOVE the coaster–great gift idea. Thanks for sharing!

  75. Denise says:

    So many great projects!

  76. Sharon Gullikson says:

    So many cute ideas! Thanks for showing us. I like them all.

  77. Beverly U says:

    That craft box is adorable.

  78. TX JennyWren says:

    Oh my so many wonderful things to comment on. LOVE the glass etching. ON my list now to do… Great coasters you made. The layouts are cute too. TFS

  79. Love the monkey box…what a cute idea for a little one.

  80. AMAZING projects!!! I’d done a card years ago similar to the snowflake card & MUST do one of those — hope I find time today!!! TFS! LOVE the coasters and the etched monogram idea is FABULOUS too!!!

  81. Amarilys says:

    Love the coasters and those falling snowflakes!

  82. Polly says:

    The falling snowflakes is a MUST do thing! can’t wait. Thanks for super idea

  83. I love the snowflakes up the middle!!

  84. Sharon Hiller says:

    You have a lot of great ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

  85. Pam Ramesh says:

    The projects are lovely every day. I espeically love the cash box and the layout. TFS

  86. Sharman says:

    All of them are just perfect. I love the floating snowflakes. Would love to try that one…

  87. Miriam Prantner says:

    What great projects! The floating snowflake card is really neat, and I love the simple, easy etching project. Also, that first project is a great gift from Grandma! Kids love to have little spaces to hold their things!

  88. Great projects!! That floating snowflake card is so creative! LOVE the carolers on your layout Judy! And Phyllis, the coasters are a great idea! TFS!

  89. Jan Schultheis says:

    Very nice project.

  90. Chris F says:

    Monkeys are a favorite! Thanks for the giveway!

  91. Joe says:

    Great idea having coasters around for gifts.

  92. Cyndee Scholet says:

    Glass etching? Oh my – would not have thought of that. Loved the coasters! What a cute project with the portablen chalkboard!

  93. Lori m says:

    Beautiful Everyone, I am enjoying all the new ideas and best of all, plenty of time to get them done. Hugs, Lori m

  94. Sara Tanner says:

    I love those coasters they are totally cute! And the Carolers layout is just awesome!

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