Monthly Archives: December 2011

Have a New Year’s Drink on Me!

Happy New Year 2012-001

I'm not sure what this drink is, but I created it in the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio program and it has a big old green olive in it so it has got to be good!!!

As usual, I started with a design already in the My Digital Studio software and then changed out the colors and papers.  I took off the flower and added a punch art glass filled with "Pretty in Pink" bubbly!  I didn't know what I was doing, I just played around, so there you go….anyone can do it!

Join me in a toast to a safe and Happy New Year

and to lots of fun stamping in 2012!

Decorating Lunch Box Tins

Lunchbox Tins Gifts

I've had these lunch box tins in my stash for quite awhile and decided to decorate them with some of my stash of retired designer series papers, rub ons, and ribbons for gifts!  The initials are cut using the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439 and the Serif Essentials Alphabet #113464.  I find that it is easiest to use the Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 on a project like this.  The rectangular tip fits right into the corner of the paper.  I always apply glue sticks to both the tin and the paper for a better adhesion.

While you are on Christmas break, why not look around at your craft supplies and see what you can make with what you have!

Need a Boost After Christmas??

Are you all tuckered out after the Christmas preparations??

Did the gifts you got not live up to your expectations??

Did the nightgown, the blouse, the slippers not fit right??

Don't want to hit the mall with the crowds at the after-Christmas sales??

Stampin' Up! is here to help!  You deserve better!  You deserve more! You deserve stamping supplies!!!

Just go to my Online Store and choose what you REALLY wanted for Christmas and nobody listened!  You can even get some good deals at the Clearance Rack Blitz!  Check it out, order online and have it sent straight to your house.  In a few days, the stamping smile will be back on your face!

If you need help, just contact me!


PS:  When you are looking at the Clearance Rack, on the right side click on "Show:  ALL"  Very easy to view everything that way.  Otherwise, when you get to page 10, keep on clicking the arrow for the next page, even though it seems like you are at the end.  There is more!

Don't forget…..the Holiday Mini ends on January 3, 2012….and the Stocking Punch is not being carried over!

Christmas Ideas from Christmases Past

I'm busy and you're busy, but I thought if you were looking for more Christmas ideas for cards, gifts, tags, bags, whatever….I would make it easy for you to search.

Please click HERE or click on any of the Categories in the right-hand column for Christmas….or any others that interest you…OR click on the Archives for probably mostly December in the past years!  After you scroll through the page that comes up, just hit the small green words at the very bottom of the page "More Posts from Karen" or "Older Posts from Karen" to go to the remaining pages.

Oh my!  I just looked back in the "Archives" all the way back to December 2006….and there was my son's calculus project in Christmas colors back when I started my blog!  He's ready to graduate from college now with a degree in Engineering….I guess the calculus and my stamping materials paid off!


And back in December 2007, here are some of those mailboxes that were decorated for gifts for my nieces and nephews!  And there's good old Frosty!! (a very old, popular stamp!)



Oh No! No More Stampin’ Up! Stocking Punch!

Stocking Card and Stocking Punch Reindeer

Stampin' Up! has announced the Stocking Builder Punch #124095 will not carry over from the Holiday Mini Catalog. Stampin' Up! demonstrators and stampers alike have thought up so many creative ideas for using the Stocking Punch, so it really took us by surprise that this punch would not be continued!  In fact, once the supply of punches is gone, that will be it.  So if you have been thinking about getting this punch, or hoping it would be in the next catalog, you better place your order soon! Here is the link to my store.  And don't forget to check the Clearance Rack Blitz!

Three Stocking Card

Stocking Builder Punch - by Stampin' Up!

Stocking Builder Punch #124095    Holiday Mini Catalog page 34

Get it while you can!!

New My Digital Studio Downloads

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New My Digital Studio downloads available this week!  Just click the images above!  For more information about My Digital Studio, the great digital papercrafting software from Stampin' Up!, just click HERE!

Also, for a last minute gift…..try My Digital Studio!!  Either purchase the software, some downloads….or purchase THIS download and print out a family tree for a gift!  Frame it and you have a lovely gift in minutes!

Christmas Cards, Christmas Cards!

Christmas cards 2011

If you're still needing Christmas card ideas, here are mine!  It's an assortment of recently made ones and ones I've made for my blog hoping to get ahead of the game and other ones I've made along the way.  It's really more fun this way I think that to have just one design to send! Many of these have been inspired by ones I've seen online by other demonstrators and some I might have made up myself!  In spite of being way behind on Christmas preparations, I decided I was going to relax and enjoy making and sending my Christmas cards!

I hope you have time to make a few for some special people!  They have to be "worthy", you know, to receive one of your special handmade cards!


Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz

Take a few minutes of your busy weekend to look over the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack because I hear some items are going fast!  That's why your order must be an Online Order (rather than through me) so that the computer will know if an item is still available at that moment.  But let me know if you have any questions!

I've heard that some items sell out from the time they are put in an order (maybe you start an order but don't finish it) until the order is finalized so I think when you finalize an order you may get a prompt that a certain item has sold out.  That's why it is urgent that you choose what you want SOON!  Santa wants you to be happy!

Tip:  I found it is best when I get to the Clearance Rack to choose "Show: All" over on the right side….that's the easiest way to get to see all the items on sale.  I find that when I just use the default number of items it doesn't take me past page 10 and there really are a LOT more things!! Or else you have to keep clicking the arrow even though no extra page numbers are shown.  If you do "All" items, then you don't have to keep clicking next to go to the next page…..just keep scrolling.

Good luck and have fun shopping!!


Tangerine Tango Snow Swirled Christmas Card

Tangerine Tango Snow Swirled Christmas Card

Why would I make a Christmas card using Stampin' Up! Tangerine Tango card stock?? It's because Tangerine Tango is quite an important and newsworthy color! Pantone has chosen Tangerine Tango as its top color for 2012 for fashion, beauty and home!  And Stampin' Up! already has it! Pantone Color Institute creates color standards that we all use everyday.

So I wondered, in light of this news, if I could create a Christmas card using the unlikely color of Tangerine Tango.  This is what I came up with using the beautiful Snow Swirled tree and the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder for the Big Shot.

Maybe we'll be seeing a lot of Tangerine Tango in the New Year!

Did you know you can sort by color when you go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store?  In the left column at my store, just click "Shop By Color", then choose the color group and then the specific color if you want.

Don't forget to check the Clearance Rack Blitz going on now until Jan. 5!!

Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Blitz Starts Today!


Click on the image above or the highlighted link to go directly to the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack on my website to check out the new additions!  Nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail–while supplies last!

  • Only online orders qualify for this promotion. Orders can include non-Clearance Rack items, as well.
  • The Clearance Rack Blitz includes old-body style punches.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin' Rewards.
  • Clearance Rack Blitz items are only available while supplies last. There are no refunds or exchanges on Clearance Rack items.

Here are some things that jumped out for me…..LOTS of punches (a few new style), Silver Tinsel Trim (use it this Christmas or any time!), beautiful Botanical Gazette Designer Paper, Candy Cane Big Designer Buttons (and others!), and the Design a House!

Go check it out HERE!!  Because it is the Clearance Rack, it has to be an online order, but let me know if you have any questions.

Remember, it's only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Season of Joy Christmas Tree Gift Bag for the Holidays!

Season of Joy Christmas Tree Gift Bag

Using this tree from Season of Joy #110384 and the Top Note Die to decorate a gift bag for Christmas is one of the quickest projects I have ever done.  Use those shopping bags you accumulate from stores and decorate with your own creative touch!  Fancy gift bag for free!

  • Ink tree from Season of Joy in Old Olive.  Wipe off star at top and use Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker to color in. "Huff" on stamp to remoisten and stamp on Whisper White Top Note die cut. Stamp greeting in Cherry Cobbler ink.
  • Cut along scored border to trim die cut and layer on Cherry Cobbler Top Note Die cut.  This makes a border in the same shape!
  • Adhere a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon across the bag using SNAIL in the center.  Tie the sides with Linen Thread.  Trim ends and adhere with Mini Glue Dots.


  • Adhere Christmas Tree piece over ribbon using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Add some Rhinestone Jewels to the tree if you like or to the star on top!

If you are still looking for Christmas ideas or ways to wrap those Christmas presents, try this gift bag idea with whatever stamps, ribbon, and embellishments you have on hand.

If you need some stamping supplies, you can always go to my Stampin' Up! Online Store 24/7 and choose whatever you need!

Special Offer: Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!

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I am able to offer you a special opportunity to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator…..tomorrow and the next day….December 13 & 14 only!!  This offer is not available through all demonstrators.

Sale-A-Bration begins later in January and this recruiting special will be offered!  However, through me, you can get an early start Dec. 13-14.

Over a month before Sale-A-Bration begins, and for two days only, you can join Stampin' Up! early! Yes, you read that right! On December 13-14 only, you can take advantage of this exclusive Sale-A-Bration recruiting offer, including:

  • A $125  Starter Kit (standard or Digital+)—$50 off the regular price of $175!
  • A FREE package of Designer Series Paper OR a FREE digital download every month in 2012 (excluding January)—a total value of up to $120!

Can you believe you will get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper each month (except January) during 2012 if you sign up during this special??!  AND save $50 on the Starter Kit!!

Please email me at if you might be interested or want any questions answered.  If you feel sure of your decision and feel more spontaneous, you can just go to my website and sign up in minutes. No password or anything needed. Just click on the "JOIN NOW" button to go to the demonstrator agreement and order form for the Starter Kit of your choice.

Click HERE for more information about the Starter Kits.

Click HERE to see the order form for the Starter Kit.

What a way you'll be able to start your New Year to say you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, enjoy your passion and be able to make money at the same time…..and no better time of year than when a new mini catalog is available and Sale-A-Bration starts when everyone gets free stamps with a $50 order.

Remember…..the special sign up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator begins tomorrow December 13 and only lasts two days…Dec. 13 & 14…and is only available through qualifying demonstrators.

I'm happy to answer any of your questions!

Pines & Poinsettias Z-Fold Christmas Card

Pines & Poinsettias z-fold Christmas Card

I'm hoping to enjoy stamping some Christmas cards today, so I started with this Z-Fold card using the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set and the beautiful Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty Designer Series Paper. Today is even Christmas Card Day! The day celebrates Sir Henry Cole, who marketed the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843. So jump on board and let's make some Christmas cards today!

Here is the inside.  You can see that the top cover of the card folds back, creating the "z".

Pines & Poinsettias z-fold Christmas Card Open

I got the idea from a card I saw on our demonstrator website and I changed mine a little bit with the design.

Having the Simply Scored Tool made the scoring real easy on this card.

  • Cut a piece of card stock 4 1/4" x 11".
  • Score at 5 1/2" and at 8 1/4".
  • Fold on score lines to make the "Z".
  • Decorate as you like!  Very fun!

If you need any stamping supplies to make some Christmas cards, just visit my Stampin' Up! Online Store.


Stampin’ Up! Holiday Shipping

Stampin' Up! Distribution Center Aug. 2009

The elves at Stampin' Up! are very busy getting orders out as quickly as possible for holiday shipping!  One demonstrator said the other day that her order shipped so quickly she thought the whole distribution team must have been standing there just waiting for her order to come in!

Here is what Stampin' Up! has to say about Holiday Shipping….

We recommend you place your holiday orders by Wednesday, December 14, 2011 to receive your orders before Christmas.  Delivery times will vary depending on where you live; if your personal experience indicates that it takes longer for packages to reach you, you will want to allow a little extra time for shipping during the holidays.

All orders we receive by December 14, 2011, will be picked, packaged, and delivered to our courier in plenty of time to arrive by December 24, 2011.  But as you know, we cannot control delivery times; holiday mail volumes are high, and our delivery services encourage customers to ship as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Did you know there is also Expedited Shipping available, just in case?  It costs a little extra but sometimes it is what you need.  Ask me about it.

Shelli Gardner on the TODAY SHOW 2011!


Here is the clip of Shelli Gardner on the TODAY SHOW today with Kathie Lee and Hoda! I'm pleased they didn't seem to rush her as much as in the past!  And wait until you hear what they said to her at the very end!! Also, notice her local fan club in the background!!  :) Shelli always makes us proud!

Read about Stampin' Up!'s participation in the Today Show Holiday Toy Drive HERE.





Petal Cone Die Santa….Cute, Cute, Cute!!!!

Petal Cone Die Santa

Is this Petal Cone Die Santa not the cutest thing??!!!!  There are many versions online and I copied one of them.  We made this in our stamp camp this past weekend and I think everyone loved it.  Just imagine having one at each place setting at your holiday dinner either as a place card or filled with candy or treats as a Christmas party favor!

The box is made with the Petal Cone Die #121810 with Real Red card stock.  His beard is another cut with the Petal Cone Die but I trimmed just one triangle section and then embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I cut it off about half way so that some of the red box would show for Santa's hat.

The moustache is from the Bird Builder Punch #117191 (the wings!) as are the green holly leaves with part of the stem cut off. Just punch some small circles for the berries and a larger one for Santa's nose.

The Silver Glimmer Paper #124005 hat fur is a little tricky.  First punch a little bit out with the Scallop Oval Punch #119856 to get the bottom part, then punch with the Scallop Punch #119854  to get the top edge. Place it on Santa's head where it fits the best.  His face is Blushing Bride card stock cut with the Large Oval Punch #119859. I chose to just color in his eyes with a black marker and add the little highlights with our Signo Gel Pen #105021.

The little pom pom on top of his hat is punched from the Boho Blossoms Punch #119858.

Once you sit down to make this Petal Cone Die Santa, you will see that he is very easy and fun.  You can change up a lot of the design to make it your own or substitute for what supplies you don't have.

If you need any of these supplies, just contact me or visit my Online Store for all your Stampin' Up! supplies!  Still time to get them before Christmas!

Have fun!!!

Shelli Gardner on TODAY today!!

Shelli Gardner, Founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!, will appear on the Today Show December 6th during the fourth hour (check your local listings) to talk about Stampin' Up!'s participation in the Holiday Toy Drive.  Be sure to watch if you can!  Perhaps I will be able to post a video of it later.

I see Shelli says on her blog her appearance will be between 10-11 am ET…so whatever time whichever part of the Today Show comes on at your house!