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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper

If you need a last minute idea for a Thanksgiving card or treat, try these from past years on my blog! All you need is the idea and you can use whatever paper, supplies, creativity you have!

Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving

Quick and easy wine bottle topper to take to your host or decorate your own bottle or beverage.

Flourish Thinlits Dies Thanksgiving Card

A lovely Thanksgiving card with the Flourish Thinlits Die!

Embellished Pumpkin Box

A Thanksgiving Pumpkin Box, easy to make with oval punches or dies!

Thankful Friends Thanksgiving Gift Bag

Make a quick and easy gift bag to take your gift or treat to your hostess at Thanksgiving!

Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Card

What could be more fun than this Thanksgiving punch art turkey?! Use whatever paper you have!

Don’t work too hard today! And if you have a few minutes, don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza going on this week!

Remember, all these ideas are  interchangeable and you probably have enough materials at home to make any of them! Who wouldn’t love that turkey candy bar at the top?!

Try these last minute ideas for whatever Thanksgiving cards, treats or bags you need.


Little Thanksgiving Turkeys

Little Thanksgiving Cookie Turkeys

I think I have posted these little Thanksgiving turkeys before, but in case you need some fun little Thanksgiving favor or something, these are something I have made for years!  These would be great to put at each place at the Thanksgiving table or take along to your hostess where you are going!

You will need chocolate Kisses, candy corn, caramels, and fudge-striped cookies.

Put a few caramels on a plate and just barely heat in your microwave.  You want to just soften them, not melt them.  Do a few for a test and see how your microwave operates.  I did mine about 10 seconds or a tiny bit longer. You can probably do about 4 at a time and still make them all before the caramel hardens again.

Soften the caramel (take off the wrapper first!). Have the Kisses unwrapped also and candy corn and cookies handy.  As soon as the caramel squares come out of the microwave, press the caramel on top of a Kiss for the base. Then smoosh the fudge-striped cookie up against the back of the caramel until it sticks.  Take the candy corn and smoosh it into the caramel as you see in the photo. This is supposed to look like a turkey!

Someone taught me how to make these a million years ago!  There are other versions out there but these are super simple.  I used to make them for preschool Thanksgiving lunches and on to elementary school for the kids, as well as our own dinner.  It’s always fun to have a Thanksgiving favor for everyone at the table or to take to a party!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza is underway!  The stamp sale is over, but plenty of select products are available for 10% – 40% off!  And a to-be-announced FLASH SALE of something next Monday!

Online Extravaganza HERE!

Make a Thanksgiving Wine Topper

Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Topper

If you are going as a guest somewhere to a Thanksgiving dinner, perhaps you will be taking along a bottle of wine or some beverage as a hostess gift, so why not make a special Thanksgiving Wine Topper to personalize the gift?!

This is really simple.  Basically, just cut a piece of cardstock that will be the correct width and length for the wine bottle.  Add the extra section that will go over the neck of the bottle.  Punch a hole in the top.  For mine I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch.  Then just decorate the front for whatever occasion!

For mine, I used a scrap piece of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper for the background.  Since I had a stamped and cut out sunflower stamped with the Painted Harvest Stamp Set I used that and just punched some leaves out of Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive Cardstock with the Leaf Punch.  The greeting is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.  For just  a little bling, I added some Metallic Enamel Shapes.  Very simple and easy to do!

Here is a wine bottle tag I made last year in this post.

When you are invited out and want to take a hostess gift, think about making an easy wine topper like this one for Thanksgiving.

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Painted Autumn Card For Thanksgiving

Painted Autumn Card For Thanksgiving

One of the best sources for inspiration when you want some is to look in any of the Stampin’ Up! catalogs, even past ones!  This card, however, is from the Holiday Catalog on the page with products from the Painted Autumn Suite. I didn’t copy it exactly, but pretty much!  Usually once you get started, even if you think you are going to copy exactly, your own creativity takes over and you see ways that YOU want to create your card or project!  I even cut extra pieces for more cards while I was at it.  Better to do it as you go along and make cards assembly style than to start over completely each time!

This card base is Garden Green Cardstock, which I would think that I don’t use very often, yet my package is empty and I have a new pack coming in my order today!  But any other color of green would be fine too. Some of the other cards I plan to make will be in Old Olive. This card has the Garden Green layered on the Garden Green card base.  You could have another color, like Very Vanilla, for the card base.

To begin, I stamped the fern-like image randomly on the card layer in the same Garden Green color.  You could also use Versamark Ink.  The strip of designer paper is Painted Autumn, some of the most beautiful paper we have had, in my opinion!  I hate to see the fall season end.

For some texture, I added a piece of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, which wrapped around the designer paper strip and the card layer. The piece of Baker’s Twine is Crushed Curry.

The greeting is stamped from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set, as well as the leaves and acorns.  Although there are no dies to use to cut out these pieces, we do have a fun punch, the Leaf Punch.  You can even save 10% by purchasing the Bundle with the stamp set and punch!

I”m sure you have a few people you would like to send or give Thanksgiving cards to in gratitude. Look in the Holiday Catalog if you need ideas for the stamp set you want to use.  I’m sure you will get ideas and you can change it up to make it simpler, faster, or easier than the sample in the catalog.  Or if you have time, go ahead and take some crafting time for yourself and enjoy making a deluxe card for someone special!

Check out the Painted Autumn Suite for Thanksgiving card ideas!



Quick and Easy Fall Treat Bag For Candy or a Gift

Quick and Easy Fall Treat Bag For Candy or a GiftIf you need a quick and easy fall treat bag for some candy or a gift, making this little bag out of some pretty designer paper or cardstock is about as easy as it gets!  It uses half a sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper and then is scored and cut, folded and glued.  Leave it open at the top or tie shut with a ribbon or something else and you’ve got a cute little treat bag. Make it for any occasion by changing the paper and the greeting or decoration.

Start with a 12″ x 6″ piece of designer paper or cardstock to make this bag. I used a piece of the beautiful Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper  (I love this paper!!). Place the paper lengthwise in the Stampin’  Trimmer or Simply Scored board.  Score at 2″.  This will make the bottom of the bag. Next turn the paper the other way to score four times:  at 1″, 3 3/4″, 6 1/2″ and 9 1/4″. Fold and crease all the score lines with the Bone Folder. It really helps to get a good crease.

Now starting at what will be the bottom flaps of the box, the 2″ scored section, cut those four score lines up to the original 2″ score line. So you will have one little section that is 1″ wide and the rest are 2 3/4″ wide. Cut off the little 1″ section. This diagram isn’t drawn to scale but it gives you the idea! (And I learned a new skill!)  Cut out the light blue portion and cut up on the short score lines at the bottom to the horizontal score line to make the bottom flaps.Box Diagram

Put adhesive, something strong like Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape on that remaining 1″ strip. If you have the paper flat on the table, you can just fold over the opposite end and adhere it to that 1″ portion. Do this instead of fumbling with it in a box shape in your hands.

Punch two holes in the top, if you like and tie with a ribbon.  I used the Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon.  The greeting is stamped from the Labels to Love Stamp Set, stamped on Whisper White in Lemon Lime Twist Ink. Then it is punched out with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. The background is a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock punched with the Pretty Label Punch. I adhered the greeting on to this label, popped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals on to the bag, and added some Gold Faceted Gems for some bling!

This is a very quick and easy treat bag you can make for fall or Thanksgiving or any occasion for a small gift or a candy treat!  Leave it open or close it up.  It will only take you a few minutes to make and the recipient will think it is fantastic!  If you think your friends would be interested in this blog post, you can share by clicking the buttons below!

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Enjoy Some Stampin’ Up! Holiday Videos!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!  You can view it online and order from it! Start enjoying all its gorgeousness!  It really is time to begin thinking of the holidays and all the cards and projects we want to make.

Click HERE to View the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to See the Holiday Catalog Products Online in the Store!

Summer has ended and now it is almost fall, at least that’s what Labor Day weekend tells us! Here in Houston we still have plenty of hot weather to go, although after the wrath of Hurricane Harvey last weekend, I think we are going to be treated to a little bit cooler weather for a few days. It’s hard to believe a week ago we’d had 3″ of rain with another 32″ to go by Sunday morning. And even as I write this post, people are still being evacuated from places that are still flooding and from places east of Houston where Harvey’s path took it after it hit here. By some grace of God, we are still fine in our home.

That’s why it is so good to have something to help us relax and take our minds off the troubles of the world for a little while. That’s why we say “Stamping is cheaper than therapy!” Of course a lot of stampers and other Demonstrators are still trying to save their stamps and papercrafting supplies from the flood or will have none left when this is all over with.  Stampin’ Up! has already stepped up to help some of those people.

Here are some Stampin’ Up! videos for you to enjoy and to get a better feel for some of the products in the Holiday Catalog!

When you look through the catalog, when you see that little “play” arrow near a product description, that means there is a video for that product or suite of products.

If you do not have a Demonstrator and would like a Holiday Catalog, it seems that our mail service is back up so I can send you a complimentary copy.  Email me at with your contact information and let me know if you would also like a copy of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Be sure to order your favorite products as soon as you can as some could go on backorder temporarily as we have seen in the past!  If something is backordered when you want to order it, I always think it is best to go ahead and add it to your order anyway rather than wait until the stock is resupplied because Stampin’ Up! will send it out to you as soon as they have it.

To check out some other Stampin’ Up! product videos, look at THIS POST.

Enjoy your Holiday Catalog and enjoy your Labor Day weekend!


The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Live Today! Sept. 1st!

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2017 Catalog is LIVE today! Finally the day is here!  Can you believe it? Time for stampers and papercrafters to get going to get ready for the holidays!

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog 2017

Click on Photo to View Catalog!

Click HERE to View the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!

Click HERE to See the Holiday Catalog Products Online in the Store!

If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and want a Holiday Catalog, email me your contact information at  As of this moment, I don’t know when our regular mail service will be restored after Hurricane Harvey so it might take me until next week to find an open post office and know that it will get out of Houston! The airports opened yesterday so maybe mail will start coming in and out as far as planes are concerned, and by truck as more and more roads completely open up!

And during September and October, Stampin’ Up! has this special Host Promotion! If  you have your own large order or gather some orders from friends, if your workshop or order total reaches $300 or more, you will receive this FREE exclusive stamp set, Merry Patterns!  This is in addition to your normal Hostess Rewards benefits!

SU Merry Patterns Host and SampleMore information on my blog post yesterday HERE.

SU Merry Patterns Stamp SetGo ahead!  Start enjoying the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  Ordering begins today, September 1st. Get your favorites right away before they are backordered!

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New Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog 2017 Starts Friday, September 1st!

SU Merry Patterns Host and Sample
Merry Patterns Host Stamp SetFinally the day is coming!  The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog begins tomorrow, Friday September 1, 2017! If you have already received a Holiday Catalog, you have probably been pouring over it since you opened your mailbox! If you do not have a catalog, you will be able to view the catalog online or visit the Online Store HERE at this link.  If you click that link tomorrow, you will see all the Holiday Catalog products in the store, but they are not there yet today!

One exciting thing that will start tomorrow is this special promotion from Stampin’ Up!  If you host a party or gather some orders together with friends or make your own big order (not just from the Holiday Catalog) that total $300 or more, you will receive this free, exclusive stamp set called Merry Patterns.  This stamp set is only available through this promotion and the promotion lasts through October 31.

Catalogs and Hurricane Harvey:

I have a few extra Holiday Catalogs here, all untouched by Hurricane Harvey! Even if it was a wet copy I’m sure you would enjoy it!  If you need a Demonstrator and a Holiday Catalog, please just send me an email with your contact information at I will get one out to you as soon as we have mail again! If you also want the main annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog if you don’t have one, I’d be happy to send you a complimentary copy of that, too.

We haven’t heard yet when the post offices will open and when we will have mail delivery. It’s not even just about the local post offices, its about the main office and the transportation bringing mail in and taking it out, all of which is disrupted. Just haven’t heard much about it yet.

We were fine at our house, no flooding, no power loss, but of course such a huge area of Texas is affected. I’d advise getting your car filled with gas wherever in the country you live as gasoline prices will go up since several refineries in Texas got hit by Hurricane Harvey. They say last year from January to August we got around 50 inches of rain —- during Hurricane Harvey over a few days most areas got 50 or more inches! We think we got about 35 inches at our house since Friday when it first started raining and it didn’t stop until Tuesday evening. Almost constant during that time, whether drizzle or heavy bands of rain for hours. But we are fine which is an incredible blessing to be home!

Here are a few Stampin’ Up! videos to get a taste of some of the new products in the Holiday Catalog!

Of course you can shop at Stampin’ Up! today if you want to, but if you wait until tomorrow, September 1st, you can order any of the products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I will have a link to it on my blog tomorrow!

You can click this link today or tomorrow to shop. If you click it tomorrow, you will see the new Holiday Catalog products in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store!


Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving! 

I am thankful in my stamping world for my stamping customers, my downline, my subscribers, my blog readers and all the friends I have made through this wonderful hobby and business of ours!!  I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving Day (and eating lots of turkey and pie!!).

Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving

Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving

If you are taking a bottle of wine or another beverage to your Thanksgiving dinner for the host or even if you just want to fancy up your own wine bottle, make a tag to decorate the bottle, something like this Wondrous Wreath Wine Bottle Tag for Thanksgiving.  It is so easy and won’t take you more than a few minutes to make a simple one. Of course you can embellish it to your delight, but if you are short on time, just make the tag and stamp something simple on it. That’s it!  Your host or hostess will be thrilled!

To make the bottle tag, cut a piece of cardstock 9″ x 3″ and score at 2 1/2″. Punch a hole in the small portion using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. Add a Very Vanilla layer to the tag base of 8 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and stamp or decorate.  I used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and die cut with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies. To get the multi-colored fall colors, I first stamped the wreath in Crushed Curry and then took Stampin’ Write Markers to color in various leaves randomly with Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and a little Cherry Cobbler, I added a bow of Peekaboo Peach and popped the wreath up with Stampin’ Dimensionals,  The greeting is stamped from the Suite of Seasons Stamp Set (on sale now, 25% off!). I’m so glad I purchases that stamp set for myself on the sale because I have used it many times already!

If you aren’t taking a bottle of wine, perhaps your hostess would enjoy a few cards that you made and are hoarding in your craft room!  Put them in a cello bag and tie on a ribbon or make some easy pretty presentation!

Don’t forget about the Online Extravaganza during the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Stampin’ Up! Online will be open all through Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper

Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper

If you want a quick and easy favor for your Thanksgiving dinner, try this Thanksgiving Punch Art Turkey Candy Bar Wrapper. Just get some chocolate bars and wrap them in designer paper.  I used this generic sheet from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper.

To make the punch art turkey to fit on the candy bar, I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch for the body and the 1″ Circle Punch for the turkey head. The feathers were cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies  and Big Shot, but you could also use an oval punch. The turkey feet are punched with the feet of the Owl Punch!  What would we do without the Owl Punch?! The eyes are also punched with the Owl Punch but I just colored in the pupil with a black marker. The red waddle on the turkey is the little heart from the …..Owl Punch! Just cut the beak freehand.

The Thanksgiving greeting is from the ever-useful stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with the Classic Label Punch.  I still love and use the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set a lot.  It has almost every greeting in it that you could possibly need.

Just a fun punch art turkey to make for a  Thanksgiving candy bar wrapper or you could make the same one on a Thanksgiving card. Play with the idea and make something fun!

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The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 21! There’s a Flash Sale on Monday, too!  Don’t miss it!

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Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor

Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor

This Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor is not made with stamps, ink, or paper but it still is one of my favorite things at Thanksgiving! I think I found the idea in a family magazine way back when my kids were little and I made lots of them for preschool parties and elementary school or Scouts or whatever at Thanksgiving. There are similar ideas out there, usually involving Oreos, candy corn and frosting as glue. Those are cute, too, but I always thought these were the easiest to make and so cute!!

You will need Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies, Hershey Kisses, candy corn and Kraft Caramels (or whatever similar brands you find at your store).

Unwrap several Hershey Kisses and have them sitting on a plate or napkin so they are ready, with a cookie and candy corn handy also. Put a caramel on a plate nad microwave it just a few seconds until it is slightly soft, but not melted or too soft. When the caramel comes out of the microwave, plop it on top of the Hershey’s Kiss. Immediately “smoosh” the cookie against the backside of the caramel until it sticks. Take the candy corn on edge and stick it into the caramel! There you have a turkey!

These turkeys are so fun to make for Thanksgiving! To make multiples, just have your ingredients ready to go. You can soften several caramels at a time on a paper plate in the microwave, maybe about six. You want to be able to work quickly when the caramels come out of the microwave so you can stick everything together. Have extras on hand because there will be some broken cookies! And you will need to kind of test your microwave and caramel softening factor to get the timing right. So just have extra ingredients on hand. And of course you can eat any malfunctions or leftover ingredients!

You can place these at each setting at your Thanksgiving table. If you want to add a placecard with someone’s name, can probably do that one way or another. My, how I used to like making placecards for family dinners when I was little!!

Pick up these ingredients at the store and try your hand at these Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favors! Something different for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Candy Turkey Cookie Favor Side

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza starting Monday, November 21!  Lots of products and special bundles on sale up to 40% off all week plus a Flash Sale on Monday ONLY, plus another Flash Sale on the last day, November 28. Get your wish list ready this weekend so you don’t waste time on Monday! You may be cleaning and cooking, but you deserve a break and some shopping!

Download the Online Extravaganza List HERE.

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(On Monday when you click the store link you will undoubtedly see a banner about the Online Extravaganza but it’s not there today yet.)


Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza 2016

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Shop with Karen


Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza only happens once a year, so be sure to take advantage of it. For one week only, November 21-28, you can save up to 40% on select products. To sweeten the deals, Stampin’ Up! will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion,featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future holiday catalog retiring list. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!


Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Product List Flash Sale Nov 21

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Product List Flash Sale Nov 21 Part 2

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Weeklong Products Part 1

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Weeklong Products Part 2

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Weeklong Products Part 3

Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza 2016 Weeklong Products Part 4


Stampin' Up! Online Exravaganza 2016 Flash Sale Nov 28



• Promotion period: November 21-28, 2016
• Discounted items/bundles available on all order types (customer, demonstrator, workshop, starter kit, and online).
• You must use the bundle item codes provided. Discounts will not be applied if individual item numbers are entered separately.
• Some bundles have been created exclusively for Online Extravaganza and will not be available after the promotion ends.
• There is no minimum purchase required in order to receive the discounted price.
• Additional products from current catalogs may be purchased on the same order.
• Discounts range from 10-40 percent and may vary per market. Note: While some retiring holiday products may be discounted during the retiring list promotion in December, no discounts will be greater than the discounts being offered during Online Extravaganza.
• During Online Extravaganza, a selection of past Paper Pumpkin kits and refill kits will be available to both subscribers and non-subscribers.
• Online Extravaganza includes two 24-hour sales.
• The first 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 21 and runs
through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.
• The second 24-hour sale begins at 12:01 AM (MT) on November 28 and
runs through 11:50 PM (MT) that same day.

Paper Pumpkin kits and products on the future holiday catalog retiring list, except stamp sets, are only available while supplies last.
• All products that are while supplies last have been noted in the Online Extravaganza deals list.


Stitched Framelits and Stamps Flyer

Remember, these stamps are on sale and available through the end of November.  You can add them to your Online Extravaganza order! Remember, too, that the very popular Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies will be unorderable starting Monday, right now are backordered. I think that if you ordered those before Monday you would receive them sooner than if you wait until they are orderable again. Either way, you won’t be able to combine the dies with an Online Extravaganza order.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! November Stamp Sale HERE!