Gift Packaging for the Holidays, Stampers by the Dozen November Blog Hop

The holidays will be upon us before we know it so we have chosen Gift Packaging for the Holidays for the November Theme in this months’ Stampers By The Dozen Blog Hop. I make many home made gifts and I love wrapping them in beautiful hand made packaging to make them extra special, don’t you?


Our Striped Treat Bags (#144255) help make your gift packaging come together quickly while making those smaller gifts feel special. I used Versamark Ink and Gold Embossing powder to emboss the “No Peeking” from our Merry Little Labels stamp set.






I dipped the tips of our Green Sprigs (#144627) into our Embossing Paste (#141979) to look like snow. Add a 1/4 Foil Snowflake, and a bow made from our Red Tinsel Trim (#144636) and you’ve almost got your packaging finished. I attached the foil Snowflake & Green Sprig onto the tag with a staple, the bow with a glue dot & put the gift inside, folded over the top of the bag and clipped the tag on using one of our Gold Library Clips (#144130).





Just imagine these sitting on a table, with greenery and white lights, ready to give to friends as they stop by during the holidays!




How about making the gift everyone wants a little extra special this year? This is a quick Gift Card holder and card in one! You could give a gift card in the simple,plain folder you can get with it at the store but why not make it special? I used the Carols of Christmas stamp set (#144804) and our Be Merry Designer Series Paper (#144111). The colors of ink are Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green with Cherry Cobbler cardstock as the card base.


I will be sharing a video on how to make this holder Tuesday so be sure to come back to see how you can make these and have them ready to fill. I know your friends and family will be in awe when they see all your hand made gift packaging under your tree this year!

Be sure to check out Susan’s project!

  1. Rachel Pine
  2. Karie Beglau
  3. Judi Anderson  (you are here)
  4. Susan Simpson
  5. Tricia Butts
  6. Lyndsay LaRae Carara
  7. Courtenay Heuston
  8. Tashana Lundy
  9. Carly Middleton
  10. Sharleen Luciano
  11. Vicky Thompson
  12. Anastasia Radloff

Don’t forget our Online Extravaganza begins on November 2oth! Click the image above to check out the list.

Use Hostess Code #FTYTZ4WM when placing your order and you will receive a hand made card from me along with a special gift.

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Almost time to reserve your Stamparatus!

It’s almost time to reserve your Stamparatus!

When: 2:00 PM Mountain Time

Where: Click Here for my Online Store



When you log in you should see a link/banner that will say, “Reserve your Stamparatus” .  Fill out the form. You will be notified via emailwhen you may go back into your account to place the order (around February 1, 2018).


PLEASE let me know you have reserved a Stamparatus (the only way I will know) so I can keep you informed. Before it’s time to order, I will send you the Hostess Code, to use, so you can:

  1. Receive my special gift

  2. Receive the link to my FREE, Exclusive online class with project ideas using the Stamparatus

    . . . just for ordering it through me!

Don’t forget, if you log in before 2:00PM Mountain Time you will have to refresh/ log out and log back in before you will be able to reserve it. 

I am as excited as you are to receive the Stamparatus and change the we stamp!!!

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How to reserve your Stamparatus on Nov. 16,2017

As promised, I am sharing how you can reserve your Stamparatus tomorrow, Nov. 16,2017. You will need your credit card number but it WILL NOT be charged to it until you place the order, when notified at a later date.

Here are bullet points on how it works:

  • You may reserve 1 Stamparatus during each of the following windows
    • Nov 16-30,2017                              
    • Dec 5-30,2017                          
    • Jan 15-30,2018         
  •   You need to go to MY ONLINE STORE             
  • You need to sign in to your profile
  • You will now see a link that says, Reserve your Satmparatus, click on it
  • You CAN NOT add other products at this time
  • Fill out the form completely

At a later date:

  • You will receive either an email or text when it is ready to be ordered
  • Go back to my Online Store, sign into your profile
  • Order your Stamparatus & if you choose, you may choose additional products at this time
  • Be sure to add Hostess Code that I post on Jan 25, March 1, April 1) to receive a special gift from me
  • I am NOT notified that you have reserved a Stamparatus so please let me know so I can keep you up to date with any communications


Our Online Extravaganza begins on Monday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov 26th!

Watch for details coming soon!

November Hostess Code: FTYZ4WM


Stamparatus, the tool you’ve been waiting for!

Stamparatus, positioning tool

I am happy to let you know that I am one of 2000 Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that helped to design the Stamparatus, the tool you’ve been waiting for! As part of the LDL Team, we are sworn not to share anything we work on or hear about. Believe me, it was hard not to be able to tell you about the Stamparatus these past 4 years. Yes, it took 4 years to design & test this amazing positioning tool. We wanted to get it right and to give you the best on the market. I. like you have watched and wanted to get a positioning tool but am so happy I held out, you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!! I am loving the unique “hinge stamping” technique you can accomplish on it. Watch the video below to see how you can position 4 different stamps at one time!!!!

Now that you’ve watched the video, leave me a comment below to let me know what you think.

Here is the information on how you can reserve yours so you can be one of the first to use the Stamparatus.

With the launch of this tool, we’re trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.
  • Customers may participate in multiple reservation windows (order 1 per window).
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
  • Reservation Windows Available to Ship
    November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
    December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
    January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

I will be posting details on how to reserve your on November 15th, the day before the reservation period begins! (It will not work until the 16th)

Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know if you are as excited as I am!

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Country Livin’ makes a great masculine themed card, SBTD October Blog Hop

Masculine themed cards seem to be tough for most people and that is why we chose it for our SBTD theme this month. To get your juices flowing I recommend starting with a stamp set like Country Livin’  and then move on to other sets you have. By using more masculine papers you will be amazed at what you will soon be creating!

This is exactly what I did when creating for this months’ blog hop. Country Livin’ has been on my shelf for about 3 months and this is the first time I took it out to play. I needed a masculine card for someone who loves to hunt so I looked through my papers to see what I had. I thought of flannel and bright orange because that is what my father-in-law used to wear when he would go out. Now to find what I have that would fit either of these two criteria. You will find this pattern in the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (#144621) but it isn’t red & black. This is what it looks like,  white & black ( the trend for this holiday season). I wanted to make it look like a flannel shirt so I grabbed my sponge brayer and used it to layer Real Red ink over the paper. What a difference~it even looks like real flannel!!

I paired the flannel look with the truck from the Country Livin’ set. I decided to give my new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers a try to color the image. I colored the entire image and background with them & just love how it turned out! It was so easy to get the effect I was looking for with these new markers. I know exactly what you are thinking, “Where can I find these Stampin’ Blends?” You will be able to order them on November 1st!  If you would like to try to win a whole set of the Stampin’ Blends, head over to my Facebook Page. As a demonstrator I was able to order them early to begin playing with them. 

It is hard to tell from the photo but the sky isn’t solid but looks like it has fluffy clouds throughout it. I finished the card off by taking a black Sharpie marker and coloring 3 small Perfect White Accents. I know the recipient is going to love this card.

Once I got going I couldn’t stop so I made a second masculine card using the Up,Up, & Away stamp set and Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper(#144629), also from the Holiday Catalog. I was thinking of using Night of Navy with the Lemon Lime Twist when starting this card but switched to Basic Black after choosing my Designer Series Paper.

As you can see, once you get going on creating masculine cards it can be quite fun!

Be sure to check out what Susan is sharing this month by clicking below. . .

Rachel Pine      

Karie Beglau     

Judi Anderson  – You are here!

Susan Simpson 

Tricia Butts  

Lyndsay LaRae Carara   

Courtenay Heuston 

Tashana Lundy 

Carly Middleton    

Sharleen Luciano           

Vicky Thompson 


Check out our Designer Series Paper Sale going on now through Oct 31st here.

Be sure to sign up for my Monthly Newsletter, you don’t want to miss out on the rest of my 12 Weeks of Christmas ideas that will have your friends envious of you!


I hope you are enjoying our SBTD Masculine Blog Hop this month. I urge you to look for some masculine pattern paper, even seasonal papers work, a masculine set like Country Livin’, and you will be on your way to creating some cards for the men in your life! 

                                       Until we meet again,

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Sprinkles of Life leftovers

Continuing on my journey through my leftovers I came across these leftover packets and remembered I used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set but couldn’t remember the layout. The designer series paper has since retired but they are already cut to size so I was determined to figure a card with all the pieces. I began by separating all the pieces and then chose the Lots of Love stamp set to use. By the way, you can save 15% on this stamp set through October 10th as part of National Card Making Day. The colors I had to work with were, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral. I pulled out my Petal Burst embossing folder to give texture to the Whisper White mat. This is the card I came up with.

The packets that I found also had different colored card bases which I remembered used the colors I used on the original card. I felt the background could use a pop of color but I had already embossed it so I decided to leave it. I then remembered that the Sprinkles of Life card had polka dots as a background that I made with sponge daubers in the 3 colors. I started digging through my samples and I found it! 

It is a bit cheerier ( is that a word?) and does have some of the pieces I didn’t use on this leftovers card, maybe I should add a tiny Daffodil Delight banner coming from the right side of the smaller mat, what do you think?

 I have been having fun going through my leftovers and have come across a stack of 1×3 strips of holiday designer series paper from last year. I’m going to see what I can pull together to share with you on Monday.

While both of the cards I shared with you today use the same colors they have a totally different feel to them. It was fun playing with my Sprinkles of Life leftovers and hope you are enjoying seeing what I come up with.

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What do you do with your leftovers?

You are cleaning your work craft space and you find leftovers. These are pieces that you cut for projects but didn’t use. What do you do with them? You have several choices; First, you could separate all the cardstock and put the pieces with your scraps. You could try to figure out what your original project looked like and duplicate them to help fill your stash of cards. You could throw them away- oh no! Don’t do that! Or, you could do what I did, take the pieces and create cards with new sets giving these leftovers  new life.

Over the next few days I will share some ideas that I come up with using leftover pieces I have found when cleaning out my stamp studio yesterday. I will have extra project pieces from my classes and events so I stick them into a leftover bin. As you could imagine, this bin is currently spilling over the sides of the bin. Time to decide what to do with these pieces!

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Now, onto the projects. . . . This first group of leftovers were found together in envelopes making it easier to put the cards together. The Whisper White layer had already been embossed using our stars embossing folder. The Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay stars, and Whisper White label had been pre-punched. The Real Red label had also been cut out using the Chalk Talk Framelits. Many of the items used for this card were recently retired from our 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. My memory recalled (somewhat) what the original card looked like so all I had to do was choose a stamp set or two to finish the card. My choice(s)?

Bella & Friends was my first go-to set. I quickly water colored the pup using Crumb Cake, Real Red & Bermuda Bay inks and my Aqua Painter. I decided to make two cards with this cute guy.

Bella & Friends

Pretty Kitty was my second choice. I couldn’t leave out my cat lovers! She is colored using Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette & Real Red inks and Aqua Painter.

The boat from the Swirly Scribbles stamp set fit just right onto the label. I just love the solid, bold images of this two step stamp.  This card lends itself to any occasions, birthday, baby, congratulations, way to go, to name a few.

I finished the cards up and started digging into my next group of leftovers when I found my original card!

I guess this old gals memory isn’t too bad, I was pretty much on mark with duplicating it, don’t you think? These cards came together quickly, after all, it was all cut, punched, and embossed for me!

Do you have leftover pieces that you need to clear out? I challenge you to take those pieces and create a card or two from them. I am sure you will be surprised at what you come up with when using up your leftovers.

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A few more days left to earn Alaska Trip

I have let many of you know I made it a goal to earn our Alaskan Incentive ,with Stampin’ Up!,  as a gift to my husband for our 40th Anniversary. With only 3 days left ( until 11:59PM mountain time,Sept 30th) to earn it I thought I would put out this final update.

  • I am less than 5,000 points away from earning this fabulous trip for 2! This is how you can help me.
    • Share my ONLINE STORE with all your friends, family members and anyone you know who crafts. I earn points for every dollar, on every sale that is purchased through my store.

I am also giving my September Card Kit to each person who purchases through my online store between now and Sept 30,2017. What is in my Card Kit? Materials to create 3 cards and a sample for you to follow. This Card Kit is usually for those purchasing $40 or more but I will be sending them to everyone who helps me bring my husband to Alaska.

Alaska is gorgeous in the spring and this trip will take place in July of 2018, we can only imagine the beauty that would await us on this trip. We are even thinking of adding on a few days to see more of this beautiful land. It has been a dream of ours to take the train ride into the inner passage and this trip is visiting the inner passage!

We both truly appreciate your kindness and generosity in helping us EARN this wonderful Alaskan vacation by September 30,2017.

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Painted Harvest Card in non-traditional colors

This Painted Harvest card is made in a color combination that is non-traditional to sunflowers. The Painted Harvest Bundle was my Stamp of The Month which means I featured projects using it in all my classes this month. I held several 3/$10 Card Classes on the Road along with the 5/$20 classes in my studio All cards used the Painted Harvest stamp set showing its versatility. I included at least one project from this bundle in my Birthday 6/$25, Framed Art Sampler, and Hostess Clubs.

I wasn’t sure how this particular card would be received because of the color combination of Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, & Soft Sky. Not that the combination isn’t a great one, just that you probably wouldn’t think of using it with this particular set.

I was jumping for joy & happy to let you know that everyone LOVED it!! WOO! HOO!

What do you think?

It’s gorgeous isn’t it?

Here is a close up of the flower

My customers also love to (as they say), “Learn what the heck to do with washi tape.” This card will help you use up those smaller pieces left on the roll. Don’t worry about cutting the ends, just tear them for this look!

I probably could have used this card for our SBTD Blog Hop this past weekend but wanted to share it with those taking my classes. ( I was actually nervous on what people would think of the color combination). If you missed our Hop you can check it out here.

This is what you get when you purchase the Painted Harvest Bundle.


The gorgeous Painted Harvest stamp set that includes a variety of 13 photopolymer stamps that feature the 2-Step Style.

The NEW Leaf Punch.

AND you save 10% when you order the bundle using #146021 !


Don’t forget to use this month’s HOSTESS CODE: PVJUKP6V    When your order is *$40 or more you will receive my Exclusive Card Kit. If your order is over $150.00 please don’t use the Hostess Code because you earn Hostess Dollars!!

*Total before Tax & Shipping.

The otherr products in the Painted Autumn Suite can be found on page 49 of the Holiday Catalog. Don’t miss out on these, they will make your creations look so professional without much work. The Painted Harvest Bundle is a must-have for your fall projects. (You will be able to use them into the spring and summer too!!)

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At Home with You Bundle SBTD Hop 9/2017

The At Home with You and Colorful Seasons Bundles were shouting my name as the morning air is crisp and and the fall colors are beginning to show earlier than normal this year. I felt these bundles were perfect for this month’s SBTD Blog Hop Theme, Leaves and Trees. We are 12 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world bringing you assorted projects each month. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post to watch a video about the At Home With You Bundle!

At Home with You Bundle #145351

Colorful Seasons Bundle #145348















My card base is Very Vanilla cut to 5 1/4″ x 8″ and then scored at 4″. I used the leaves from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to create a background paper for the 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ paper strip. The colors I used for the leaves are Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Crushed Curry and Early Espresso for the veins. I backed this strip with a piece of 2″ x 5 1/4″ Early Espresso cardstock.

I felt the card needed more texture so I added the splatter image from Swirly Bird in Crushed Curry along the tip edge of the card and opposite corners of the image mat. The bouquet of sunflowers in the bucket from the At Home with You Bundle was my inspiration for my card and make the perfect focal point. Sunflowers are my favorite fall flower and I continued the color theme when water coloring them. The bucket is colored using Crumb Cake for the bucket and Smokey Slate for the metal rings. I added a bit of sparkle by adding Clear Wink of Stella to the rings. I then cut the image out using the Seasonal Layer Thinlit Dies, gotta love thilits! I then popped the image up with our new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I felt the image needed grounding so I cut a branch from Early Espresso by using the die from the Colorful Seasons Bundle. The Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive 1/4″ Stitch Ribbon are a perfect touch.

The verse I chose is also one from the Colorful Seasons stamp set however, the At Home with You set also has verses that could be used for this card that can be used for an assortment of fall occasions.

Now to see what Susan has created for you this month!

Rachel Pine

Karie Beglau

Judi Anderson – You are here!

Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts

Lyndsay LaRae Carara

Courtenay Heuston

Tashana Lundy

Carly Middleton

Sharleen Luciano

Vicky Thompson

Anastasia Radloff

I though you might enjoy this video Stampin’ Up! made showing you all about the At Home with You Bundle.


Be sure to use this month’s HOSTESS CODE (PVJUKP6V)! You will receive my exclusive Card Kit FREE with a $40.00 minimum order when you do!!

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