Tags, Bags, & Treats

Every year I have a class to make some Christmas tags, a few decorated gift bags and some treats. Here are just a few of the things we made this year.

I used some retired DSP for this tag background and then fussy cut the snowmen out of this years Santa’s Workshop paper  which was so popular it sold out quickly. I love fussy cutting so I cut out the snowmen for all of the stampers who came to the class. The snowflakes are cut from the Blizzard Thinlit Die which is 4″ x 5″ so you get a flurry of snowflakes all at once.

The idea for this tag came from Patty Bennett. I made a few changes to make my Santa down the chimney tag. The feet are punched from a retired heart punch, and the bag from the owl builder punch. The stamped tag is from the set Sincerely Santa.

Another set of tags using the Santa Workshop DSP.  Most of the images were die cut using Santa’s Signpost Framelits. There was a little more fussy cutting on some of the images that didn’t have a matching die.

This snowman treat holder is one of my favorites and is done using the envelope punch board and a few punches. He opens up to reveal a chocolate treat. Can you identify all of the punches that were used?

This again uses Santa’s Workshop DSP and 3 of the Tiny Treat Boxes put together with  glue dots.

The center box holds a tea light with one of the wreath embellishments on top.

Making Christmas Bright stamp set was used to make this gift bag which would easily hold a gift card along with a small treat. The string of lights was perfect for stamping on the gold striped bags and markers used to color the bulbs. 

There were a few more projects which I have not photographed yet.

I had a very quiet Christmas. My son and his family are coming from Kentucky. They left yesterday so we decided to have our Christmas today, the 26th. My youngest son was in Jacksonville and my daughter was at her dad’s house. The KY group should have gotten here around midnight but at 9:30 last night my son called and said the car broke down in Georgia. They had actually just witnessed a two car accident so although a breakdown is bad news it could have been worse. They called AAA for a tow and were checking into a hotel. I hope they will find someone early who can fix the car and that it’s not something serious.

Thanks for stopping by

Merry Christmas!

Some of my favorite childhood memories were of Christmas caroling with my family and friends. I grew up in Iowa so it was always very cold with lots of snow. Even though it was freezing I loved it.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas.


Signs of Santa

Only four may days until Christmas. I know Santa is busy getting all those presents ready for delivery.

When I first got the Holiday Catalog I wasn’t planning on getting the Signs of Santa stamp set. It’s cute but you know, can’t get everything! But after I started seeing projects using it I quickly changed my mind. And it became my favorite and most used set from the catalog.

This was one of the cards from my Christmas card class this year. He is just so stinkin’ cute. The embossing folder is Swirls & Curls. I used Stampin’ Blends for coloring Santa and the North Pole. On a sad note, I lost the smallest snowflake die after the first use. The hazards of stamping in a messy space.

This gift card holder was from my regular stamp classes.Again, Santa was colored using Stampin’ Blends. Notice the outline with the light Smoky Slate Blend. It really does add to the image giving it a look of some dimension.

When you open the card the inside piece pulls up the gift card.

While I don’t always do it I love have a coordinating envelope to go with a card. This is my favorite way to decorate the envelope and so easy. Just cut a piece of 6″ x 2-1/2″ piece of DSP and attach it to the back flap of the envelope. Then simply turn the flap over and trim to fit. One of my goals for next year is to have no naked envelopes!

Only a few more days to place an order this month. There are some great buys on the Clearance Rack and the Holiday Retiring List is out with some products on sale. You can order through my online store here and I will give you a coupon to use in January for 20% of the amount of your order before shipping and tax. That coupon will come in handy to reach the $50 amount needed for FREE Sale-a-bration product.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off today to see the new Grinch movie.

Clearance Rack Updated + Christmas Cards

It’s time to shop at a BIG discount!
The Clearance Rack has been updated and there are lots of great, deeply discounted merchandise on there! Plus, the year-end Closeout sale is still going on!

As always…it’s on a while supplies last basis!
PLUS the Year-end Close out sale is going on as well!
Need a last minute gift for your stamping friends? I do gift certificates. No need to go out shopping or pay shipping fees.

An added bonus: Shop online and you will receive from me a coupon to use in January equal to 20% of your order amount (before shipping/tax)
Use the December Host Code below if your order is below $150

Well, wishing for elves to help me finish up all I want to do before Christmas never materialized. I suppose they are just too busy helping Santa. While my house looks turned upside down right now, I am getting things crossed off my list. Stamping, baking, laundry, etc. It’s been a busy day so far. And it was cool enough this morning to have a fire going so all is good.

Since I’ve been a little neglectful in keeping up with posts I hope to catch up this week and share some cards and projects I have been doing in classes. These two cards use the stamp set Making Christmas Bright and the coordinating Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.

The good news is this is not retiring but will be carried over. However the bundle is on the retiring list as Stampin’ Up! never carries over a bundle after the first launch of that bundled price.

That’s all for today but be sure to check back for more Christmas goodies this week.

Bag & Card Combo

I absolutely love this quick and easy gift bag and card project that I learned how to make from demonstrator Rhonda Wade. It uses 2 sheets of cardstock and 1 full sheet of Designer Series Paper. 

1 sheet of DSP

  • Cut a 4″ strip and cut that strip into 3 pieces (4″ x 4″)
  • Cut the remaining piece into 2 pieces 5-1/4″ x 8″

2 sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock

  • Score 1-1/2″ on the both of the long sides of both sheets of cardstock.
  • Score 2-3/4″ on one short side.
  • Cut on the side score lines from the bottom up to the 2-3/4″ score line creating flaps
  • Attach Tear & Tape as indicated by the photos.

Side 1

Attach Tear & Tape also to the underneath side of the two flaps at the bottom.


Side 2

Remove the paper from the Tear & Tape and fold the flaps in creating the bottom of the bag. Remove remaining paper and insert one side into the the 2nd side.

You can see how to put this together in the short video below.

 The bag below is one I made for a friends birthday present. Of course stamping the edge of the tissue paper adds a final wow to  your bag.


I’m just a bit behind schedule but that’s the way I do my best work. (smile) The tree is up with lights, no decorations yet. And the rest of the house isn’t decorated either. It seems my tree is always an issue. I don’t have a big space for a tree so mine is not too wide but very tall. It is about 25 years old and still in pretty good shape although it is leaning a bit which I am working on. I gave up years ago trying to pack it away in a box and so each year I move it out to the garage and wrap some old sheets around it. When it’s time to bring it back in the house I think it won’t last another year it looks so mashed and pretty ugly. But with some fluffing it comes back to life. But the lights are another story. I leave the lights on and every year there seems to be at least one section that doesn’t work. This year it was the middle section. I hate this part of doing the tree. Had to take off that section of lights and add another. Now to find time to decorate. And then it’s on to finishing up my Christmas cards, CD calendars, and a few other projects. What I need is a few elves to give me a hand.

Thanks for looking,

Year End Closeout and Special Coupon Offer

We’ve almost reached the end of the Holiday Catalog purchasing dates. You have until January 2nd to order from this catalog and Stampin’ Up has announced the retiring items, some at discounted prices. These items are only available while supplies last. You can see the list by clicking here.

You can order through my online store. If your order is below $150 use the December Host Code:

Because there will be no workshop or classes the rest of the year I am offering a special for those who put in an online order. I will give you a coupon for 20% of the amount of your order before shipping and tax to use during the month of January. 

Remember that I do gift certificates. It’s a great way to get what you want. Just let your friends and family know. And I am happy to do a special card or wrapping to go with it.

Online Extravaganza – 6 Days Only



For savvy shoppers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true! Some of the biggest sales of the year are happening, which means some of the biggest savings are, too! We hope you are ready to save BIG, because we’re throwing a SPECTACULAR six day promotion with exclusive, limited time deals. Get ready for the Stampin;’ Up Online Extravaganza!!
Online Extravaganza will run for six days. 
During this time, we’ll be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! 
Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

Nov 23-24


  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

    Nov 25-26

10% OFF Stamps and Kits 

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

    Nov 27-28

10% OFF Tools and Ink 

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases
Other things to know: 
  • Promotion includes items from the 2018–2019 annual catalog only.
  • While discounts will be available for most items, some exclusions apply. These non-discounted items include—but are not limited to—the following products:
    • Host stamp sets
    • Paper Pumpkin (prepaids, monthly subscriptions, past kits/refills)
    • Big Shot
    • Stamparatus
  • Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounted pricing may or may not be available for items featured in the promotion throughout the entirety of each 48-hour sale.
  • Click here to see the complete list of exclusions.

You can order from my online store here. Use the host code below if your order is below $150. Additionally I will be placing an order on Monday, Nov. 27th and would be happy to include your order with that. Just let me know.


I actually didn’t make Thanksgiving cards this year but got these two cards in the mail from dear friends. 

From Evelyn Moon

From Debi Stonewall

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Stampin’ Up! OnStage part 3

Today comes the good stuff. Sneak Peeks of some of the upcoming new products from the Occasion and Sale-a-Bration catalogs which will be available beginning January 3rd.

First of all I am starting with my favorite set which I showed you yesterday. In case you missed it, it is called Wonderful Romance and the suite is called Floral Romance.

I love everything in this suite! The embossing folder is beautiful and just look at those framelits. The one on the far right creates such a beautiful die cut edge. The DSP pack is part regular paper and part printed vellum. Here’s a close up of the card:

This is the All my Love Suite which has 2 stamp sets and coordinating dies. The ribbons are gorgeous and next to them are epoxy heart droplets in 3 sizes. And they can be colored with any of the Stampin’ Blends.

Next up is the Happiness Blooms Suite with such bright colors. There’s another great embossing folder and the enamel dots come in 3 sizes and 5 colors.

This suite has that gingham DSP that I am in love with. 5 colors! The white ribbon is white burlap. And there is a new butterfly stamp set with a coordinating punch. It’s on my shopping list.

Notice the new adhesive backed sequins. Half of them are flowers. Again, 5 colors.

For those who are always wanting more masculine sets, this may be one for your list. It’s called Geared Up Garage and has some pretty cool framelits. See that one on the far right? It’s gears, a bunch of gears.

Now here are some random photos I took while there. I didn’t capture the entire boards for these but the samples are great.

Sweetest Thing Stamp Set

Needlepoint Nook

Very excited for this. Rectangle stitched framelits.

Some of the Sale-a-Bration products. The organdy ribbons come as a combo pack of 5 colors. The two black looking squares are actually 2 new foil papers. A combo pack of Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick. And the bottom “Post” cards are from a kit. This is just part of what will be available.

So while I can’t show you everything from the 2 catalogs this sneak peak should get you excited for it. I have already begun my shopping list. How about you?

Stampin’ Up! OnStage Part 2

I suppose expecting up to 8000 demonstrators registering for OnStage was part of the reason they held it in Orlando. I heard that there were about 7000 there and from all over the world. When you have that many it gets pretty crowded and noisy at times.

I’d say try to find me but that would be like looking for the needle in a haystack! And this isn’t even all of the crowd.

Handling that many people and their needs is easier with converted restrooms! #urinals

I was so happy to have these downline demonstrators and friends there with me. It was the first OnStage for four of them. Here with Connie Chandler, Judy Shapley, Karen Knox, Betty Herring, and Carol Hall.

I just recently named my downline team Indian River Stampers and used this in my gifts for them.

The tag was for their convention bag since there were thousands that all looked alike and the copper tea tin was full of snacks.

Everyone gets a numbered pin in their convention bag which is used for Prize Patrol. Over the 3 days everyone will win a stamp set but they are not all the same.

Carol and Betty with their Prize Patrol stamps.

Colette and Judy with their new set.

Karen, Laura, and Christina just won Prize Patrol.

And finally on the last day we won Prize Patrol. And I must say it was worth the wait. It is my favorite stamp set in the occasions catalog. Here I am with Diane Baxter, Connie Chandler, Mary Wesche, Mickey Roberts, and Suzy Flores.

So of course there are framelits that coordinate with the set and the most beautiful DSP. I will showcase that tomorrow.

There were several times during the 3 days that there were all attendee give-aways. This tool case was one of them.

Catherine Harwood and Debbie Easley were my roommates and none of us even snored! At least no one said I did!

After lunch one day we had some free time and it was fun just chatting with my team. One of the things I enjoyed the most while there.

2004 – the year I signed up as a demonstrator. There were boards with photos and information for each of the 30 years.

There are several recognitions during OnStage. Some are simply “stand and wave” while others are a walk across the stage. I was surprised that I had earned 3 of the stand & wave’s and 2 walks. I was most proud to have reached $200,000 in my career sales thanks to my many loyal customers. You may think a walk across the stage isn’t much of a recognition but it’s surprising how exciting and special it makes you feel. And it did come with a nice monetary bonus.

The 2nd walk was for reaching 15 years as a demonstrator. Sandy Mitchell, who did the all day retreat with me, and I joined the same year so we decided to walk out together.

As I mentioned before, this is a good opportunity to meet new people and I met this gal who just happens to be named Beth AND she is from Iowa! I grew up in Iowa for those who may not know that. Small world isn’t it! We had such a lovely chat.

The doors to the main stage presentations with all 7000 of us open at set times but people get in line up to an hour before to get in first and get a good seat. This particular morning top demonstrator from Canada, Genevieve Ko, hadn’t finished her 50 swaps and they needed to be done by that afternoon. So I sat down and helped her. It was a good way to pass the time and that’s what stampers do, support each other.

This is the group from that swap. All 150 of us. It was a closed swap with 3 groups of 50 people. I am in the 2nd row on the right. We are all members of Rhonda Wade’s Creating Success group. She is one of the top demonstrators in the US and just reached 1 million in career sales. That is almost hard to believe that anyone can sell that much. But there are a few now who have. And when they do they get $10,000 plus a trip to the home office in Utah and they get to create a new stamp set with the help of the concept artists. When their stamp set is put into the catalog it is marked with a special emblem and their name. Look for them in the catalogs.

I can’t believe that I didn’t take a photo of my swap. I will have to try to borrow one to get the photo. After making 50 full cards I was tired of it. (smile)

I couldn’t miss out on getting a photo with Rhonda.

She was the inspiration for even trying to do an all day retreat.

All of the goodies I received. Woohoo!


The event ended with all of the Gardner family up on the stage.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 3 where I will be showing you much of the new products that will be available in January.


Stampin’ Up! OnStage Part 1

Most of you know that I was in Orlando last week for the 30th anniversary OnStage celebration Wednesday through Saturday. Old habits are hard to break and I still call it convention. Either way, it is always fun to get away, see old friends and meet new ones. It started out on Wednesday for those of us who are titled Silver Elite and above. There is always a special event for those who have reached that title and this year it was admission to Epcot with a fun get together that evening for music, karaoke, and the most amazing dessert bar. It was unbelievably hot that day and unfortunately the heat got to me and I didn’t feel like eating any of the dessert. Oh well, calories saved.

By this time I had pretty much melted from the heat but couldn’t miss getting another photo with co-founder Shelli Gardner. She must have stayed out of the sun and heat as she looked great.


Another great perk of going to Centre Stage is that they gave us the upcoming Occasions  and Sale-a-Bration catalogs. My shopping list is already way too long! You’re going to love it!

I really should have taken a photo when I first got this catalog. As you can see I have worn it out with looking through it so often already.

You know that during Sale-a-Bration there is always a special for anyone who joins and becomes a demonstrator. And this time there are 2 different options for signing up. The 2nd option includes this “gotta have it” tote.

Of course I will have more information on this as we get closer to Sale-a-Bration which begins January 3rd and runs through the end of March.

We also received a stamp set and a bone folder that night. We stayed for the fireworks and then caught the bus back to our hotel.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part 2. I will share more photos and info.