Cyber Monday – FREE Shipping on All Orders

Yes – You read that correctly!  Any Stampin’ Up! order you place tomorrow (Monday, November 27) will have FREE shipping!!!  Get your list together and click on the picture below and go to “Shop Now”.  You’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy FREE shipping shopping!!!

Remember – This FREE shipping offer is ONLY valid on November 27 12:00 AM to November 27 11:59 PM (Mountain Time).


Merry & Bright Gift Tag

I hope each of you and your families had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We certainly did!  After the main meal and before dessert, we have a tradition of a team activity.  This year, we had our own version of the Food Channel’s “Chopped” show.  Two teams had mystery containers and were asked to create desserts.  The ingredients to work with included cream cheese, cocoa nibs, sweet potato tortilla chips, dried cranberries, lady finger cookies, and the team’s choice from six Mexican spices.  As the judges, my mom and I sampled the finished dishes.  It was a lot of fun!

If you’re like me, you’ve turned your attention to getting ready for Christmas.  Whether you’re an in-the-store shopper or an on-line shopper, you’re going to need to make gift tags for all the bargains that you find.  Today’s post focuses on the cute Merry & Bright gift tag pictured in the center of the banner picture and also pictured below.  This tag was inspired by one that Mary Fish posted.

Here are the directions and tricks for making the gift tag:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 2″ x 5 1/2″.
  • Use the scalloped topper die cut from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies to die cut the top of the tag.  This die cut is really cute.  The hole that is cut is in the shape of a heart!  Be sure to save the heart piece.  You never know when you may be able to use it in another project.
  • Grab a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Use your choice of building scenes from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits Dies collection to die cut a scene.  I used the piece that has the church.  Determine which piece of the building scene you want to use on your tag.  Cut the building scene to 2″ wide.  Leave about 1 1/2″ of white space under the buildings to have room for your sentiment.  [Tip:  If there are extra buildings or trees in the 2″ wide section, simply use your scissors to trim out the extra pieces.  I cut out part of the building that was next to the church!]
  • Stamp “Merry & Bright” from the Hearts Come Home stamp set on the bottom of the die cut piece.  I used Garden Green ink for the stamp.
  • To add the scallops underneath the bottom of the die cut piece, I had to scour my die collection to find something that would work.  I used the scalloped edge die from the Window Box Thinlits collection and Real Red cardstock to make the edging.  It is so much fun to challenge yourself to look at your dies and stamps in different ways.
  • To finish the tag, adhere the scalloped edge under the die cut piece and trim any excess from the sides.  Use dimensionals to attach the die cut piece to the tag.  [Tip:  The mini dimensionals are perfect for adhering the tree and church!]  Use a piece of the Quilted Christmas 1/4″ ribbon to add a bow to the top.  And, finally, add your choice of a small embellishment to the tree.

This is the perfect project to work on while you’re watching your favorite show or just winding down from the day.  I bet the tag would also look great on a card front.

Below are the main products that I used to make the gift tag.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


On-Line Extravaganza – Beginning November 20!!

Before the traditional Black Friday, you can get in on some great bargains that Stampin’ Up! is offering as part of the On-Line Extravaganza!!

  • Tomorrow ONLY [Monday, November 20] there will be a 24-Hour Stamp Sale of 20% off specific stamp sets!!
  • Beginning tomorrow [Monday, November 20] and going through Sunday, November 26, exclusive deals will be offered with 10 to 50% savings on selected items!!
  • AND – There will be an additional FLASH sale on Monday, November 27.  Stay tuned for more details as they are announced!!

Click here for the details about the On-Line Extravaganza and get ready to save on some of your favorite Stampin’ Up! products!  You’ll notice that the flyer includes the retail price and the sale price.

Below are pictures of the stamp sets that will be on sale on tomorrow [Monday, November 20th]!  Be sure to get your list together and come back tomorrow to place your order.  You’ll just need to click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Note:  The prices below are the retail price.  On Monday, November 20, you will get 20% off the retail!!

Happy On-Line Extravaganza!!!


Colorful Seasons – Shadow Box Christmas Card

The Colorful Seasons Bundle is a wonderful pair of coordinating stamps and dies that work together incredibly well for all seasons throughout the year.  Pictured below is a shadow box Christmas card that showcases the bundle and mixed metal colored snowflakes.  The Dapper Denim cardstock is the perfect background for this special card.

Here are the main steps and products used to make the card.

  • Start with a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  You can make two shadow box cards from one standard size of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  • On the 11″ side, score the cardstock at at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″. A picture may be more helpful.  [Please note:  This picture is from a prior post and shows Calypso Coral cardstock!]

  • The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together. The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line. Again, a picture may be more helpful.  [Again please note:  This picture is from a prior post.  Please reference it just for the visual guideline for folding the cardstock.  Ignore the die cut circle!]

  • For the Christmas card in this post, stamp “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” from the Christmas Quilt stamp set with Versamark onto the bottom middle of the card front.  Heat emboss the sentiment with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.
  • Use the largest square framelit in the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut a square in the top middle of the card front.  See the picture of the Christmas shadow box card above for reference.
  • Now, it’s time to assemble the shadow box card.  Start by folding the cardstock in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing. [You know what I’m going to say!  Just use the pictures below for a guideline of where to put your glue!]
  • Use the same square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits that you used on the card base to die cut a square from a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then, use the next smallest square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut a square from your choice of cards in the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.  Glue the smaller square into the middle of the larger square.
  • Glue the layered square in the middle of the back of the shadowbox card.  You can easily line up the square with the die cut square on the front of the card.
  • Finish your card with your choice of die cut snowflakes and metal colors.  There are three different snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.  Cut some snowflakes from Copper, Gold, and Silver Foil Sheets.  Adhere them to the inside and outside of your shadow box card.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen really does the trick to get the snowflakes just where you want them.

  • Sit back and admire your work!  Shadow box cards are just plain fun.  They, literally, stand on their own and add an interesting twist to a Christmas card.

Below are the projects we made at our recent Stamp Club!  I’ll share details on the Christmas gift tag in my next post.

Below are the main products that I used to make the shadow box Christmas card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Stamparatus Reservations Open Today!

If you’re planning on reserving your Stamparatus today, take a few minutes to read through the following steps:

  • Reservations will open this afternoon at 4 pm (Eastern), 3 pm (Central)
  • Click here to go to my on-line store.
  • Then, click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow these instructions.
  • You will provide your credit card information with the reservation; however, you will not be charged until the Stamparatus is ready to ship (approximately February 1, 2018).
  • You will receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with further information regarding your reservation.

If you haven’t seen the Stamparatus in action, please take a look at my last post.  You’re going to be very impressed.

Happy stamping,