Top 10 Retiring Holiday Products

It’s hard to believe that December is here and it’s time to wish 2017 a fond farewell. The good news is that we are celebrating with a Stampin’ Up Year-End Sales Event; and you won’t want to miss it. You’ll be smiling over the fabulous deals on select retiring products which are only available while supplies last.

The Year-End Sales Event is happening now through January 2, 2018. Supplies are limited and customer favorites are likely to sell out quickly.  If you have had your eye on a product, please place it before it’s gone!

Shop now and be one of the first to get your hands on the Year-End Sales Event deals!

Here are some of my personal favorite Top 10 Retiring Products in alphabetical order:
Beach Little Christmas
Black Rhinestone Jewels
black rhinestones
Carols of Christmas (bundle – stamp & dies)
Foil Snowflakes
 foil snowflakes catalog image
Merry Little Labels (bundle – stamp & punch)
Season Like Christmas
Snowflake Sentiments (bundle – stamp & dies)
Spooky Cat
Watercolor Christmas
Winter Wonder Embossing Folder
 winter wonder EF image
All of these items and more are available for purchase while supplies last through my online store.  Just click here and happy shopping!
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Holiday Gift Giving with Stampin’ Up!

I just love the holiday season, but it’s easy to for time to slip away as we get caught up with decorating, holiday parties and other seasonal events.  To help simplify your gift giving, consider gifting the wonderful kits that Stampin’ Up! offers.  They are fabulous gift ideas for both beginner and experienced crafters, of all ages.


One of my favorite kits is Paper Pumpkin. It’s creative, unique, great for everyone from pre-teens on up, one-size-doesactually-fit-all, it’s delivered directly to the recipient for you, and you can purchase pre-paid gift subscriptions from 1 month to 1 year, so it fits any budget.  That is an awesome gift!  Just click on the link above to subscribe.

There are several other great kits found in the annual catalog on pages 8-17.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit (which comes with a refill kit) and Oh Happy Day Card Kit are both all-inclusive kits that include coordinating stamp sets, matching card bases and envelops and coordinating ribbons and embellishments.  They are ideal for a stamper who has some stamping supplies, but maybe not a lot of time to design.

The Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit and coordinating Hello Friend stamp set is a wonderful option for the more advanced stamper with a stash of crafting tools and supplies. 

And of course, purchasing bundles and/or selecting items within a product suite will provide you with many coordinating products that are sure to please the recipient!

Thank you for supporting my small business and following my blog.  I truly appreciate your support!  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tags & Trimmings

With the Christmas holiday ahead, buy these two coordinating products in the Tags & Trimmings bundle and save 10%. 
tags & trimmings bundle catalog image
Tags & Trimmings Clear-Mount Stamp Set — with 12 red rubber stamps — will add excitement when you’re wrapping your presents and make your gifts all the more special with handmade tags!  

Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies — with 19 dies — will create die-cut stocking-shaped pillow boxes perfect for treat packaging or home décor using your Big Shot machine.

Here’s a video with Holly from Stampin’ Up! to show you some tricks and tips of paper crafting with this bundle.  You’re going to want to have the versatility of this bundle in your crafting stash.  If the video does not load properly, click here.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Star of Light – 6 ways!

Add elegance to your Christmas projects with the graceful designs and sentiments in the Star of Light stamp set.   You can combine the images and sentiments to create classic Christmas cards and gift tags that have your personal touch.

star of light image

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set so that you can combine individual stamps to create the final image in the colors you want.  Check out these beautiful cards….

There is a coordinating die called Starlight Thinlits.  Unfortunately, it is not offered as a bundle but you’re going to want to purchase it because it creates gorgeous die cuts to embellish your projects.

And, here are two more cards just to tempt you further…

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Seasonal Chums

seasonal chums catalog image

Looking for a super cute card, gift tag or treat bag topper for the holiday???  Check out the Seasonal Chum stamp set.  These double sided images (front and back) of the reindeer and snowman are super fun to color.  And, the stamp set and coordinating die is offered as a bundle — so you can save 10% when you purchase both — after all, you’re going to want both!

 seasonal chums bundle image

Look what happens when you pair the Snowman with Winter Fonder embossing folder (large beautiful snowflake) and Layering Circles Framelits??  Again, so simple.  Yet, super cute!

seasonal chums card sample

And, paired with some designer paper, hot cocoa mix and marshmallows — you have a great gift for a co-worker or teacher.

seasonal chums

Did you notice the gift tag?  Yes, you can create fun seasonal gift tags in record time — simply stamp, die cut the stamped image and fold it.  And hooray, you have a tag that even has a hole for the ribbon!  It doesn’t get any simpler to spread holiday cheer.

The Season Chums bundle is available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click here or on any of the product links provided.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Flurry of Wishes

Just like snowflakes, Christmas cards can be one-of-a-kind when you make them yourself.   If you have always wanted to make your own Christmas cards — here’s your chance!  Send a flurry of warm Christmas wishes with snowflake-adorned cards using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  This is one of my favorite stamp sets, and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch is on clearance for 40% off (regularly $18, now $10.80).  This Snow Flurry punch will add interest and depth to your projects by punching out snowflakes and popping them up with dimensionals.

Believe me, there’s no better or easier way to cut out stamped images than using a punch!  Just stamp on cardstock or specialty paper.  Next, hold the punch upside down (so that you can see the hole punch) and insert the stamped image into the punch.  Align image with the hole, and slowly squeeze to keep the cardstock from moving.  Then snap the punch closed and the stamped image will pop out in your hand.  Easy Peasy!

Here are some gift packaging and card making ideas for using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set and the coordinating Snow Flurry Punch.


flurry of wishes sample

And look how delicate the snowflake images are when heat embossed on watercolor paper or on vellum.

flurry of wishes sample 2

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tag, You’re it!

Merry Little Christmas tag examples 1

This is the perfect craft for this giving time of year:  gift tags!  With left over scraps of paper, cardstock and ribbon, some great Stampin’ Up! punches and Merry Little Labels stamp set — you are in for some fun crafting time.  This stamp set says all the right things for your holiday gift giving!

merry little labels stamps

Merry Little Labels

Merry Little Christmas tag punches

Crafting without punches? Inconceivable! Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects.  And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches.  Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Everyday Label punch and Banner Triple Punch — these punches are one’s that I absolutely use all of the time for stamping and crafting projects.  And the Everyday Label punch is available as part of the Merry Little Label bundle — so you can save 10% when you purchase both the stamp set and the punch together.

And, another great thing about making tags — its doesn’t take a lot of time and it is something that you can do watching TV or visiting with a friend.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Santa Paws

Animal lovers are going to love getting a card made with Santa Paws stamp set.  A cat on a dog on two cats and a dog on a dog on two dogs and a cat on two cats and a dog next to a dog on a cat and a kitten—perfect, right?

santa paws stamp

Here are some more examples that are sure to please.

santa paws example

And, can you hear these fur babies singing “Bark, the hairy angels sing!”  Okay, maybe that is not one of my better puppy puns, but this card is sure to bring a smile to some cat lover or pup parent. 

santa paws

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Lovely as a Tree

If you need a simple and quick Christmas card, then grab one of my favorite all-time stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree.  These timeless tree images will fill any landscape and keep you in tune with Mother Nature.   Besides, the beautiful fir tree image is a classic, that will never go out of style!

lovely as a tree stamp

This stamp set is probably the oldest and dearest stamp set running in the current Stampin’ Up! Catalog.   It debuted in 2001 and was the very first stamp set that I purchased.  Lovely As A Tree is the equivalent of the little black dress in your wardrobe.  It is perfect for every occasion and you receive compliments every time you wear it.

lovely as a tree blue Christmas card.jpg

This card, created for my last Christmas card class, is no different.  Everyone loved it – so simple, so elegant.  Nothing says Christmas like a fir tree that is silver embossed on Whisper White cardstock.  While this card can be re-created in any color and for any occasion, I chose to sponge a halo around the tree in Tempting Turquoise ink, and mat the image in silver foil paper and Dapper Denim cardstock.  The 1/2″ wide banner is also silver embossed using “Merry Christmas” sentiment from retired Come to Bethlehem stamp set and popped up with mini dimensionals.

Do you have this stamp set already?  Is it on your Wish List?  If not, here are some cards to encourage you to purchase this stamp set.  



Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Night in Bethlehem Bundle

night in bethlahem bundle

With these beautiful silhouettes you can recreate the Christmas story and send those around you the powerful message of joy and love in a beautiful Christmas card.  

night in bethlahem catalog sample

These images just come alive in blues, browns and grays, with a touch of silver foil sheets or champagne foil sheets.

night in bethlahem

The edgelit dies are perfect for layering to create depth or for creating a Z-fold cards.

night in bethlahem sample closed

These items are available for purchase using my on-line store, just click on the links provided or the SHOP tab above.  And, I am available to assist you will any of your Christmas card needs.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!