Category Archives: Christmas

Fun Gift Wrap with the Stampin’ Up! White Gift Boxes

Christmas Decorated White Gift Box

Something you might overlook in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog are the White Gift Boxes that can be decorated in so many different ways for Christmas and any occasion! These boxes are 3″ on each side, so a decent size for a gift or treats – not too big and not too little. Leave them plain and just tie on a ribbon and a tag or decorate fully however you like. An added bonus is that they come with acetate sleeves that you can slip over the box. It just doubles the decorative possibilities! The boxes themselves have a rather slick surface so it is best not to stamp directly on the box. If you really want that look, I would just stamp on Whisper White cardstock and then adhere that to the sides of the box.

To decorate my White Gift Box, I decided to cut squares from the 6″ x 6″ sheets of the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper StackOn the top of the lid I adhered a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and made sort of a double-ended banner strip to lay across the top. I glued down the top and the back but left the front flap unglued so the person can open the box!  It stays down with the Kraft Rope Trim. This is a fun kind of “ribbon” to use on packaging and projects – not too heavy and easy enough to tie in a bow!

Here is what the White Gift Boxes look like out of the package!

Stampin' Up! White Gift Boxes

You get 8 boxes for $8.00 and they are food safe. You know right well you will be scrambling for just the right size box for a gift during the holidays, so grab a couple packages of these and have them ready to go.  Even if you don’t decorate them except for ribbon and a tag, they will look snazzy and high quality, especially with the acetate sleeve around them!

Since these boxes are food safe, maybe you would put in a stack of homebaked cookies or candy! You could also put the treat in a cello bag and then into the box. And the boxes aren’t just for Christmas, obviously. Special Halloween treats or a Thanksgiving mix or cookie would be great. Not to mention birthdays and any gift-giving occasion!

For the tag on my gift box, I just grabbed a scrap of Cherry Cobbler and put it in the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I trimmed the Whisper White layer with a scrap piece from the Warmth & Cheer paper to match the box.  The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink with a stamp from the Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Find these White Gift Boxes, paper, ribbon, adhesives, tag punch, stamps – everything you need for gifting – in the Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! If you need help with your order, just contact me.  I’m happy to put your order in for you if you prefer!

Do you need a copy of the spectacular Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog? Email me with your contact information if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products at I have some extra catalogs in stock!

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift Box

Candy Cane Lane Handmade Christmas Gift BoxIf you think this Christmas gift box is cute that I made with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, you will be happy to know you can easily make handmade gift boxes also!

Today I watched a Stampin’ Up! video with Donna Griffith who shows us how to make a square box like this out of a sheet of designer paper for the lid and  cardstock for the box itself. She also demonstrates how to make a rectangular box and explains her formula for making any custom size box. It is really a great video and plenty of extra tips, like how to use Fast Fuse Adhesive!

I’ve made boxes from templates before, but somehow watching this video made it look very easy even without a template! The box I made in the photo above uses a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Real Red cardstock, which you can purchase in the Holiday Catalog if you want a whole package of red!  You probably will want it to use with the darling Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper.

I tied the box with the Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon. This ribbon will be a beautiful embellishment on any packages or projects!

Watch this video and tell me that you do not want to rush right over to your crafting table and make a box after watching Donna!

If you need the beautiful Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Paper that Donna used or the Candy Cane Lane DSP that I used, or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE! I’m also happy to put in your order, too! And while you’re at it, be sure to check the Special Offers and the Clearance Rack.

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Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas Card

Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas CardWhat’s not to love about this Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper with all the cute images and pretty patterns?! Once I had the idea, it was very simple to make this Candy Cane Lane Houses Christmas card mostly by just cutting out the cute gingerbread houses on one of the sheets of designer paper.

The card base is just Crumb Cake and covered with a pattern in the Candy Cane Lane DSP that looks like snow. To look almost like real snow, I cut a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer PaperI measured the width of the card for the strip and then just freehanded the curvy cut. The houses are cut out from the DSP with my Paper Snips and popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Mostly to use another piece of the fun paper, I cut a 3/4″ strip of another pattern to place at the top of the card and tied some Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine (the white with red metallic thread!) around the top.  For the greeting, I needed something small and I found this cute greeting in the Oh What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set.

Here are the Week 2 Special Offers from Stampin’ Up! 

Stampin' Up! Special Offers Week 2

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The Gnomes Sneaking a Peek at Stampin’ Up!

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I hope you will enjoy these Stampin’ Up! videos about the sneaky gnomes trying to get a peek at the new Holiday Catalog products at the Stampin’ Up! Home Office!  You’ll also get to see some sample projects!  We Demonstrators got to see these videos as our sneak peek at the new products right before we got to preorder and now they are available for our customers to watch!  Enjoy!!

And after you are dying to get your hands on some of these new Holiday Catalog products, just click HERE to shop!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Banner

Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!



Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though!  You will love the Enamel Shapes!  Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!

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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Only a Day Away!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2016

Tomorrow!  Tomorrow! The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog comes out tomorrow! And it’s only a day away!! If you have been excitedly flipping the pages waiting for September 1st to arrive, the day is finally just about here!

2016 HOLIDAY CATALOG SALES PERIOD begins at 2:00 AM (MT) September 1st and runs through January 3, 2017.

Online Ordering will be down from midnight until 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1 while Stampin’ Up! transitions the system to the holiday catalog. During this time, no orders can be placed in Online Ordering. You can order products from the catalog starting at 2:00 AM (MT) on September 1.

Please be patient if you experience any computer glitches or slow website, etc. It has happened, maybe all will be fine tomorrow! But from the excitement I’ve heard about this catalog, there could be a lot of ordering going on tomorrow! Please don’t wait to order the things you really want so you get your products right away without dealing with any possible backorders!

And here are a few things you might want to ADD to your order! These Special Offers have taken the place of the old Weekly Deals. Just a few things with a 25% discount. I LOVE the enamel shapes, by the way! There will be two more weeks of new products after this week.

Special Offers Week 1

Thoughtful Branches

When Stampin’ Up!  introduced the limited-time Thoughtful Branches Bundle on August 1, they said it would be available through August 31 or while supplies last. Well, happy day—there is still inventory available! Stampin’ Up! will continue to make the Thoughtful Branches Bundle available while they have supplies; once the inventory is depleted, this exclusive bundle will no longer be available, nor will it be offered in future publications.

The Thoughtful Branches Bundle, as well as the individual stamp set and dies, will all only be available while supplies last and will not be featured in any future publication.

So if you have put off ordering this bundle or whichever piece of it you want, add it to your Holiday Catalog order right away just to be sure you get your set. You really can make many beautiful samples and for all seasons and occasions so you will get a lot of use out of this Bundle.

Reminder:  Tomorrow is the last day to use your Bonus Coupons from July!

Get a good night’s sleep so you will have plenty of energy tomorrow to place your Holiday Catalog order!  The Online Catalog will be available tomorrow.  I will link to it as soon as I can. If you do not have a hard copy of the Holiday Catalog, let me know and I will send you one. If you already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that you are currently working with, please ask them about a catalog. If you are new to Stampin’ Up! I would be happy to be your Demonstrator!

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Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box

Sometimes the best gifts come in tiny boxes, just like this Candy Cane Christmas Tiny Treat Box. There is nothing simpler than this way of packaging a small gift or treat! The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are food safe and acid free and only 2″ x 2″ x 2″ in size! You get 16 treat boxes in a package!

There are limitless ways to decorate and use these little boxes! You will have fun seeing what cute ways you can use these boxes. For this one, I assembled the flat-folded box, added the candy treats inside, and tied with the new Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon (available September 1st in the new Holiday Catalog!). For the little gingerbread house on the front, I found that the smaller ones printed on the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper on one of the sheets fit perfectly after I cut it out with my Paper Snips scissors. That’s all there was to it! Instead of candy, you could put a very small gift inside tucked inside some shredded paper or wrapped in some tissue paper. Instead of being able to see inside so easily, you could wrap designer paper around the outside like a wide belly band. Use these boxes for any occasions! They are great to have on hand!

Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st!  You will LOVE it!

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Do You Like to Stamp? Do You Like to Sew?

Festive Stitching SU

Do you like to stamp?  Do you like to sew?  Now you can do both!  In the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, coming September 1st, you can purchase the Festive Season Stamp Set and Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies in a Bundle! Save 10% and be almost ready to go! Add the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and gold twine for stitching!

The thinlits actually poke holes in your stamped image and you are ready to stitch! Now if you do not want to stitch, you could draw on fake stitches with a fine marker! Who will know the difference when you send the card?! Or maybe even leave it plain and have it look paper-pierced!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below and see how Carrie at the Home Office makes these cards!

Don’t worry!  September 1st will be here before we know it!  Perhaps you have already received your Holiday Catalog in the mail, if you are lucky! If you are new to me and would like a copy, please email me with your contact information!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?!  Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!

This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!

Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear.  But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!

If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at  You will love this catalog!!  It will be online Sept. 1st as well.

If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself!  We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too!  It only takes minutes to sign up!  Join the Stampin’ Up! family!  Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Father Christmas Monochromatic Christmas Card

Father Christmas Monochromatic Christmas Card

I was so excited to receive my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder and get to play with my new products today! This card, stamped with the Father Christmas Stamp Set, has the monochromatic look, which means you don’t have to do all the coloring! I also think it has the old-time Christmas look which I love. I actually got the idea for this card from another Demo in a group I’m in, although hers was larger and a square card. I wouldn’t have bought this stamp set had I not seen her card! A few other things are different on my card, too.

The card base is Real Red cardstock with a layer of the new Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  One of the coordinating colors is Crumb Cake, so I used a thin border of Crumb Cake for a layer under the stamped piece. I stamped on Whisper White because that is the coordinating color with the designer paper, but I think you could get away with using Very Vanilla cardstock if you wanted to. I intended to sponge a little Soft Suede on the card front but I forgot until I had the card all put together! I was going to try to carefully sponge anyway and then I listened to the advice I often give people which is the recipient of this card is not going to throw it down in disgust and say, “Why didn’t she sponge this Whisper White cardstock?!” It looks fine the way it is and no one who gets this card will know there was another choice!  The images are stamped in Soft Suede ink.

I did use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the top and bottom borders placed correctly. I don’t often use this tool, but sometimes it totally comes in handy. Today I was NOT getting that border stamped straight so it was just easier to take time to use the tool rather than waste my effort!

For the side of the card I decided to use a strip of Real Red 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon and tied on a piece of the new Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine, coming in the Holiday Catalog. This is Whisper White twine with red metallic thread twisted in.  Very pretty!

On the inside of the card I stamped a piece of Whisper White with the holly bough stamp in the set in two of the corners with the same Soft Suede ink.

I will also try stamping a coloring a card with this same Father Christmas Stamp Set to see what that would look like!

If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with, I would be happy to help you with Stampin’ Up! products! Contact me and I will send you the new Holiday Catalog when it comes out and the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Thoughtful Branches Coming in August!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

Here is a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches that will be available during the month of August only, while supplies last!  There is also a coordinating set of thinlits to die cut the images, called Beautiful Branches. And you can buy the stamps and thinlits in a Bundle and save 10%!  If you receive coupons from your July orders of $50 or more, you can use those to help purchase the Thoughtful Branches products in August!

This promotion runs August 2-31. Here is the ordering information:

Thoughtful Branches Ordering Info

Here is what you get!

Thoughtful Branches Flyer Images1

Thoughtful Branches Flyer Images2

Remember, these products are not available YET, but they will be beginning August 2, 2016 from Stampin’ Up! Stay tuned!!

Order $50 or more (kind of like Sale-A-Bration) during July and get a $5 coupon  with every $50 multiple of your order to spend during August!  Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are here!

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016

Can you believe it?! It’s January 1, 2016! And if you didn’t know, the Chinese New Year is the Year of the Monkey!  Just think!  A whole new year ahead of us of fun stamping projects, papercrafting “therapy”, crafting with friends, new catalogs, new creative ideas!  I can’t wait!

Happy New Year to You and Yours!!

Handmade Christmas Tags

Handmade Christmas Tags

Christmas may be over, but I bet you still have your Christmas paper and ribbons handy and could make some of these handmade Christmas tags to use for next year! I guarantee you, you will be so happy to come across beautiful tags NEXT year when you go to wrap packages and are in such a rush you don’t have time to make new tags then!  I found some tags I didn’t know I had from previous years this year when I started to wrap gifts and I was so happy to have them! So in just a few minutes I made some of the tags above and others you have seen on my blog (and I forgot to use THIS year!!). Use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, but if you don’t have one, just cut a rectangle for the tag and round the corners or snip off the top corners in a diagonal for a tag shape. Easy peasy and fun to do now that you are more relaxed! If you are not out partying on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, relax by stamping and making tags and things for next year!  Perhaps even a few cards just to have on hand!

Just a quick idea for today!  Use that paper and embellishments so that you can restock next year when the Holiday Catalog comes out and you want all the NEW stuff! It’s a good way to de-clutter! Make some handmade Christmas tags now to enjoy next year!

Last Minute Christmas Ideas for Crafters

Festival of Trees Christmas TagsIt’s down to the wire for Christmas ideas for crafters and stampers and anybody, but there are always ideas for something simple and easy, even if you have just a few minutes!  I still need to make a few gift card holders today!! Here are some easy ideas you maybe can use at the last minute from Christmases past!

Don’t run to the drugstore for more tags – just do a little stamping and glueing and you’ve got tags like the ones in the photo above!

Christmas Candy Bar Wrapper Ideas

Grab a candy bar and wrap some paper around it and decorate as simple or complicated as you want!

Snowman Christmas Tags

Punch a few circles and make a snowman!

All Is Calm Kraft Gift Box For Christmas

Make a box or use a box you have and adhere designer paper to the sides and top and embellish with ribbon and a tag!

Christmas Fudge Candy Wrapper Poem

This was always a favorite!  Print out this poem and stick it on a chocolate bar, preferably one of those big ones!

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Don’t forget Lovely As a Tree makes one of the best and easiest Christmas cards ever!

Merry Christmas!

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift?? Paper Pumpkin to the Rescue!

Paper Pumpkin Box

I love getting mail and I especially love getting my Paper Pumpkin Kit by Stampin’ Up! in the mail every month, so if you need a quick Christmas gift for someone, just give them a subscription to Paper Pumpkin! It’s a papercrafting kit that comes in the mail! Every month is a new surprise and comes with all the materials you need except perhaps adhesive and scissors. You receive a set of stamps, an ink spot and all the materials for the project. Sometimes there are even leftovers you can use another time.  Follow the directions or do your own thing! Paper Pumpkin is good for anyone and I would even hazard a guess that someone who never crafts would even enjoy it.  It might surprise you! And maybe YOU deserve a subscription for a little crafting time every month after all the time you have put in making everyone else’s Christmas a happy one!

For more information, read about Paper Pumpkin HERE!

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Decorate An Easy Christmas Gift Bag

Easy Christmas Tree Punch Gift Bag

We’re getting down to the wire, and don’t forget, you can decorate an easy Christmas Gift Bag on a moment’s notice! If you need more gift bags or run out of wrapping paper, just grab one of the plain shopping bags with handles that you undoubtedly have somewhere in your house! Even if it has printing on it, you can probably cover it with cardstock and make your own personalized Christmas gift bag quickly and easily.

On this gift bag, I just cut a piece of Old Olive cardstock and added some strips of Gold Glimmer Paper to the top and bottom of that cardstock.  You could add just colored card stock or designer paper instead.  Then I just punched out five trees with the Tree Punch from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack and added Gold Glimmer stars, punched with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  I use that star punch SO much! Your gift bag is done! Perhaps add some ribbon to the handle or stamp a greeting on the bag as well.

Easy Christmas Gift Bag Trim

I have had such good luck with these little shopping bags! You can also buy them at the craft store if you want to be sure to have some on hand. But you probably have been getting them at the store and not thinking about how you could recycle them much more creatively!

If you would like some more gift-wrapping ideas, just sign up for my Mailing List and get your free gift, A Dozen Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas. Be sure you watch for the confirmation email and click the link in there to get your free gift!

Check your shopping bags and see if you can decorate  an easy Christmas gift bag for the holidays!

Make an Easy Santa Gift Bag

Easy Santa Gift Bag

I have a quick and simple project for you today. Here’s an idea to make an easy Santa Gift Bag just out of some red paper and a strip of black and a scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper! I used the Gift Bag Punch Board using a full sheet of Real Red 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock. If you don’t have the punch board, just score and fold your paper according to the size you want, making flaps at the bottom. Perhaps you have a red craft sack in your stash somewhere! Then wrap a strip of black around for Santa’s belt.  For the buckle just punch a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper with the Decorative Label Punch. To make it look like a real belt buckle, just cut a scrap of Basic Black to fit inside the punched piece the same width as the belt.

Now this is the simplest version!  I’m very short on time as you probably are.  This version is fine!  But if you want to add maybe torn white strips of paper, or Glimmer Paper, for his fur down the center of his jacket or some buttons or a fur collar or whatever, go ahead.  I opted to just stop with this. This would be super cute as a very small little gift bag too! Put a gift inside and some tissue paper and you have a great Santa’s Gift Bag!

Home For Christmas Santa and Tree Card

Home For Christmas Santa and Tree Card

Here is another Christmas card using the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper using the Santa and the Christmas tree on the paper. Two days ago I told you, in this post, how easy and basic this design was to just make a card with a strip of designer paper on the bottom portion of the card layer, stamp a greeting at the top, and maybe add some ribbon or embellishment across the middle. I did the same thing on this card except I cut out (by hand!) some of the designs on the paper.

The card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock with a Very Vanilla cardstock layer. The ribbon is the cute red stripe that comes with green stripe ribbon in the Real Red & Garden Green 1/8″ Striped Ribbon (on sale!!) The greeting is from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set.

I LOVE this vintage-look paper! If you have Paper Snips, it makes cutting by hand SO much easier. A regular scissors is just too big. The smaller Paper Snips with their sharp blade really make a difference and you can get into the curves and corners so much easier. You can see in the photo below that I don’t cut right on the line of the picture.  I leave a very slim border around the edge, or at least I try to! This is something I learned through Stampin’ Up! and you don’t have to worry about cutting absolutely exactly! Originally I was only going to cut out the Christmas tree – then I decided to add the cute Santa – and then I thought the little packages would add a great touch!  I popped each one up with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Home For Christmas elements

You could also use the poinsettias in the Home For Christmas paper to decorate a card or use as the designer paper.  Just have fun!  So many possibilities! Try the basic layout for this Home For Christmas Santa and Tree Card for a card or perhaps a gift card holder for a lucky recipient!

Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card

Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card

Time is getting short so I thought I would show you a quick and easy card in this Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card. It’s one of the simplest ways to make a card.  Make a card base – in this case – Mossy Meadow Cardstock. Cut a layer of a neutral cardstock – in this case- Very Vanilla. Add a strip of designer paper to the bottom and stamp a greeting in the blank space above. Tie a ribbon or another strip of cardstock across the card at the top of the designer paper.  So easy!

On this card, as I was cutting the strip of designer paper from the Home For Christmas Designer Series Paper in the Holiday Catalog, the other side of the ornament pattern is the red and white stripe!  I had a narrow strip of that left over, so I thought why not put a strip of the stripe at the bottom?! Then I adhered a piece of the Gold Glitter Ribbon (on sale!) across the top of the designer paper (SNAIL on back edges) and tied a little piece of ribbon on for a knot (easier than a bow!). I stamped a greeting from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set and it was done!  Since the card base is a dark color, I also cut a layer of Very Vanilla to put inside and stamped the other greeting from the stamp set for the inside of the card.

If you haven’t made some Christmas cards yet, there is still time, especially if you choose an easy design like this Home For Christmas Gold Glitter Ribbon Card.

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