Merry Little Christmas Box

I was so excited when the Mini Pizza Boxes were introduced in the Holiday Catalog and even happier to find out this week that they are on the Carryover List which means that they will continue to be available, at least until May 31, 2018!  These boxes are the perfect size for a small gift and they’re even food safe so a cookie would fit inside perfectly. And best of all, a gift card will fit inside!

Unfortunately most of the products used on my box (Foil Snowflakes, Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper and Christmas Quilt Stamp Set) are currently on the Retiring List which means they won’t be available after January 2nd, if they last that long.  Everything is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST except for the Christmas Quilt stamp set which will continue to be made until December 21st and then it will be while supplies last.

It’s very quick and easy to cover the pizza box.  I used a 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  After gluing that on, I added the Foil Snowflake.  I embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and a stamp from the Christmas Quilt stamp set.  The embossing adds such an elegance to the box. It was cut out with one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are on the back of the sentiment and then attached to the snowflake.  Easy but oh so pretty!

You’ll find all the products I used to create today’s project below.  Just click on any of the products and you’ll head over to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  


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Place any size order using using the Host Code QG26PZB7 and you’ll receive a kit to make all three of the cards below! Orders over $50 will also receive a package of pearls! If you’re ready to place an order, just click here! If you have any questions, please contact me!  For more information about the kit and using the Host Code, click here.

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Stamparatus Update

The Stamparatus is one popular tool! During the first Stamparatus reservation window in November, the maximum number of reservations was reached in just 15 minutes!  Wow!!  Because so many people rushed to get in line to reserve one, Stampin’ Up! has made some adjustments to the reservation process and I couldn’t be happier with those changes.

The second reservation window opens TODAY, as previously announced, at 2:00 pm Mountain Time and will remain open until December 30; however, during this reservation period they will take as many orders as they receive and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open! Yay!!!

  • Beginning March 19, they will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in the warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
  • In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer and one per demonstrator.
  • Because there will not be a maximum number of reservations for the second window, a third window will not be offered. This is your last chance to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.

This process just RESERVES a Stamparatus.  Although you need to enter your credit card information to reserve one, you are not being charged.  Once the Stamparatus arrives in the warehouse, you will receive an email to close the order so that you can verify your credit card number and shipping address. Only then will you be charged.  

I placed an order during the first reservation window and it was a super simple process.  

  1.  First, create a Stampin’ Up! online store account.
  2.  Once the reservation window is open, beginning  at 2:00 pm Mountain Time December 5 until the 30th, go here, and scroll down to The Stamparatus Is Here!
  3. Click Reserve Yours Now and you will be taken to the reservation page where you’ll first need to sign into your online account.
  4. Follow the steps below to reserve your Stamparatus.

Important Reminder:  In order to make your reservation, you must be logged into your customer online store account.

More Information

Stamparatus Q & A

If you have ANY questions, please let me know!!!


Merry Christmas Gift Card Holder

Happy Monday! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend!

On Friday, during the Glitter Queens Blog Hop, I shared a gift card holder and today I have another one with just a few changes. If you’d like to see the one from Friday, along with pictures and measurements, you can read that post here.

This card is fun because the recipient doesn’t expect to open it up and find a gift card! I used Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, which happens to be on the retiring list so if you like it, grab it while it’s still available – it’s while supplies last!  This particular pattern is very colorful and I think it would be great for a man or woman.

The snowman card has a ribbon enclosure but ooops, I forgot to add it before adding my panels so I did the next best thing and added some sparkly tinsel trim.  The Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack is also on the retiring list AND on sale 20%! This really pretty trim would be great on a small packages under there tree!  If you’d like more information about the tinsel trim, you can check it out here.The picture above shows the outside of the gift card.  It isn’t necessary to add the middle panel but I like it because it gives the gift card holder a more finished look.

I used Real Red 12 x 12 cardstock for the base of the gift card.  The Brights Best 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Pack includes 8 sheets of Real Red as well as Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.  You can make three gift card holders out of one sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper!

The sentiment on the outside is stamped in Real Red and is part of the set Snowflake Sentiments.  This stamp set is not retiring (yay!) but the bundle IS.  The bundle includes the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies and when you purchase both the stamp set (available in clear or wood) and the Thinlits, you save 10%.  On the inside, I used a stamp from the set Tags and Trimmings (a retiring set) and stamped it using Memento Black Ink.



Don’t want to use an entire stamp?  No problem! Just cover it up with Post It tape or a Post It, ink up the stamp, remove the paper and stamp! Easy peasy!

If you’d like to give this gift card holder a try, click here for all the measurements and pictures which will show youhow to make the part where the gift card sits.

Please note:  When you click on the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack, you’ll head over to my online store where you’ll see the sale price.

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When placing your online order, use this month’s host code and I’ll send you all the supplies you need to create these three cards! Place a $50+ order and I’ll include a package of pearls.  For all the details, click here!

Host Code Kit & Year-End Sale

The Stampin’ Up! Year-End Sale has begun!  You’ll find discounted items as well as products retiring from the Holiday Catalog.

Year-End Sale Details

  • The sale officially ends on January 2nd and after that date, all Holiday Catalog items will no longer be available.
  • Stampin’ Up! will continue to produce retiring holiday stamp sets until December 21st.  After that date, they will only be available while supplies last. Everything else is while supplies last so grab what you want early!
  • Two items on the discounted list – Gold Stampin’ Glitter & 1/8″ Gold Ribbon – are simply on sale and will still be available at the regular price after January 2nd.
  • All bundles in the Holiday Catalog are retiring although some of the actual products are not. The products will no longer be offered in a bundle after January 2, 2018.  For more information, the key at the end of this PDF will explain it further.  If you find it very confusing (and I would completely understand this), please contact me and I can tell you which products will no longer be available in a particular bundle.
  • Discounted items may be added to the $99 Starter Kit, which is the best bundle of all.  With the $99 Starter Kit, you pay just $99 but are able to order $125 worth of product from any of our current catalogs, with FREE shipping! Really!  Plus, you get the perk that all demonstrators get, you can preorder items NOW from the Occasions Catalog that debuts in January 2018. For more information about the $99 Starter Kit, click here, and feel free to contact me with ANY questions! 

Click HERE to see all of the discounted items in my online store.

Click HERE to see all the Retiring Items from the Holiday Catalog in my online store.

New Host Code

It’s a new month and that means a brand new host code!  When you place an online order using the host code QG26PZB7  in December, you’ll receive three card kits from me.  Bump your order up to $50 (before shipping/tax) and I’ll also send you a package of pearls (when a card looks a little plain, adding a few pearls makes all the difference!).  If your order is $150 or more, please don’t use the host code.  You’ll receive Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up! (free product, yay!) when you place your order.  You’ll still receive your kits and pearls from me!

This month when you use the host code you’ll receive materials to make the three cards below.  I’ll cut, score, emboss, die cut and punch everything.  You will need to provide your own ink and adhesive.  Please note: per Stampin’ Up! policy, I cannot send stamped images to you, so you’ll need to use what you already own or purchase any of the sets I’ve used. 

There’s nothing like seeing products in person and with this month’s kits, you’ll get a chance to play with many Stampin’ Up! products as you assemble your cards.  

Below you’ll find the ink, stamps and adhesive I used to complete my projects but feel free to use what you already own. Click on any of the products and you’ll be directed to my online store.  If you’re ready to place an order, click here, and don’t forget to use the host code QG26PZB7

If you’ve never entered a host code online, it’s really easy! After entering the first item on your order, you are given the option to View the Shopping Bag.  Click that option and the page shown below is what you’ll see. Double check that my name is in the upper right hand corner.  If it is, add QG26PZB7 in the host code box and click apply! That’s it!

If you’d rather have me place your order for you, and you’re comfortable with giving me your credit card information, I’m happy to do that for you.  Once the transaction is completed, your cc information will go through my shredder!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact me!  Thank you for shopping with me!  I appreciate every single order!

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Glitter Queens Blog Hop – Gift Card Holders

Welcome to the Glitter Queens Blog Hop! This month we’re focusing on one of my favorite things to make – gift card holders! I LOVE receiving gift cards and I enjoy giving them too so why not have a really cute way to “wrap it up.”

I used the absolutely adorable stamp set Seasonal Chums (which includes a snowman, reindeer and pumpkin) and colored  the snowman with my Stampin’ Blends.  When you untie the beautiful Metallic- Edge Silver Ribbon, inside you’ll find the gift card and a spot to write a note to the lucky recipient.

Here’s what the back looks like.  The ribbon is added before you add the panels, something I forgot to do on my second sample, and I’ll be sharing that one on Monday!