Merry Wishes With Cookie Cutter Christmas!


I decided to have a little bit of “holiday” in today’s post.  This is another “Quick and Easy” card using a favorite sketch.

The Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and coordinating Cookie Cuter Builder Punch make it so easy.  And what do you think of the little “sparkle” the Glimmer Paper creates?  I think this little guy is quite cute.

  • The Gingerbread Man image is a quick stamp on Whisper White card stock with Early Espresso ink.
  • He is perfectly punched with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
  • I hand cropped the large banner at 2″ X 3 3/4″ with a traditional plaid pattern from the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.
  • The Red Glimmer Paper circle is punched with the 2″ Circle Punch and just tucked behind the banner.
  • The long Red Glimmer Paper layer  measures 1/2″ X 4″.  That thin strip is just what’s needed to anchor my little man and give some color balance.
  • “Merry Wishes” is from the Holy Jolly Greetings stamp set in the Annual Catalog.

Keeping it short and “sweet” today!

So, grab a great holiday stamp, add some red Glimmer Paper and crate something that sparkles!




Presents & Pinecones Gift Card Notes


I always have fun creating 3′ X 3″ note cards.  What a nice little “thank you” gift for holiday giving!  And, I’m using the same Product Suite of supplies I used in my last post.  It’s true that just a little can go a long way!

Assembling these little cards is so easy.  You can make a bunch, group them in threes or fours, package them up and give them to anyone to express appreciation, keeping with the holiday “giving” season. They’re nice to give now so they can be used as holiday gift cards.  How about making a bunch and giving them to your family and friends at Thanksgiving!

So simple and quick:

  • Cut your card stock card base 6″ X 3″ and score at 3″;
  • Pick out your favorite stamp and coordinate it with your favorite patterned paper.  Here, I used the “Christmas Pines” stamp set, along with the Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper.
  • Crop your card layer (here I used Whisper White), to a 2 3/4″ square;
  • Add a 1″ X 2 3/4″ slice of patterned paper to the bottom of the card layer;
  • Stamp your image onto the top Whisper White part of the card layer;
  • For a little embellishment, I wrapper the card layer with some Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine.
  • Inside each card, I added a 2 3/4″ Whisper White layer.
  • That’s it.  You can make a bunch very quickly.


Now for the packaging – oh so easy using a coordinating piece of DSP, the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, and your Big Shot. Three or four note cards and envelopes fit perfectly inside.


I used the 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon in Emerald Envy to close up my mini treat bag, and created a little sentiment tag and embellishment with my 1 3/4″ circle punch, a 4″ piece of ribbon and I hand cropped the Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White banners for the “celebrate” sentiment.

Quick, Easy and a sweet, thoughtful gift to give someone.

So, grab some card stock, a pretty piece of patterned paper, your favorite sentiment – add a pretty bag and create a pretty gift for your special Thanksgiving thank-you!

Check back tomorrow for a Sneak Peek from the up-coming Occasions Catalog.



Big Shot Cutting Machine


Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies



Product Suite Inspiration – Christmas Sparkle!


Today’s card was inspired by a combination of a favorite sketch and the “Presents and Pinecones” Designer Series Paper.  A clean and simple design that I completed in just a few minutes.

Product Suite Inspiration

When I sit down to do some card making, there are times I have no idea what the outcome will be.  I generally have something in mind and, in most cases, I go in a completely different direction.  This was one of those projects.  The “Presents and Pinecones” Designer Series Paper is part of a holiday suite in the 2016 Holiday Catalog, the “Christmas Pines” stamp set and “Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies” are also part of the Suite.


Creating with a Product Suite is simple.  Since each product coordinates with the other, you don’t have to have a large inventory of supplies.  You can invest in one suite and create endless projects.  My first thought for the project today was to crop some pine boughs… well, that didn’t happen!

Here’s how it went…

  • Once I looked at the patterned paper, noticed the pretty tree and soft snow falling in the background, I knew I needed some snow, so I went to my “Softly Falling” Embossing Folder.
  • I cropped a layer of paper highlighting the tree… this was actually my first step.
  • I chose my card stock colors (Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy)  from the patterned paper.
  • Emerald Envy would be my card base since I wanted to replicate the patterned paper as much as possible (remember, this was part of my original inspiration).
  • Cherry Cobbler would be the color for my mat layer since the snow and sentiment layer had to be Whisper White.
  • I chose the sentiment because I liked it and it was a good “sentiment banner” size.
  • It was the word “sparkle” in the sentiment that led me to add my much loved sequins and crop a Gold Glimmer Paper star.
  • Oh, and by the way… this is always my “Go To” sketch design.

So, there you have it.  This is the way I create my projects… starting out with an idea, then just going wherever I’m prompted to go.  It’s a process I enjoy because there’s always an element of surprise for me.

So take a look at some of the pretty Product Suites in the Holiday Catalog.  It’s definitely not too late to pick up a few pieces and create your own surprises.


And RIGHT NOW Stampin’ up! is offering another fabulous promotion. It’s called STITCHED FROM THE HEART and features new Stitched Framelit Dies and 25% off selected stamp sets for the holidays.  It’s a WIN, WIN for you!  … and I wouldn’t be surprised if you start to see some beautiful new projects featuring these framelits.  They really do give your cards and projects that “Stepped Up”, finished look.



…and, The Christmas Pines Stamp Set is one of the specially priced sets.



O Christmas Tree…


As those of you who check in regularly probably know, I'm a resident of Central New Jersey, which gives me easy access to New York City.

Yesterday, my daughter, my sister and me went into Manhattan to see "The Christmas Spectacular" at Radio City Music Hall. It was a wonderful show, the music, special effects and coreography were amazing, as always, and we had lunch at the Cafe right on the famous Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. If this doesn't get the holiday spirit moving in you, nothing will. 

So, I thought I would get yet another Christmas card posted and, of course, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was my inspiration. Oh, I know, my tree doesn't look anything like the one at Rockefeller Center, but it's cute… don't you agree?

Here's the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree… now keep in mind the building in the background is the main building at Rockefeller Center Plaza and the tree hits the the eighth floor of the building… this year's tree is 85' tall. It's hard to imagine it's size in the picture, but when you see the building behind the tree, it puts it in perspective… it's large and beautiful and full of glittering lights.

Rock Center

… and you can see the famous guilded sculpture of Prometheus just below the tree and above the ice skating rink. Prometheus was a Greek Titan god who was believed to have brought fire to humankind. Prometheus is a famous New York City sculpture. It was a fun day.

So, grab some framelits, patterned paper, your favorite "tree", and create something wonderful.



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More Merry & Bright


While I was thinking of what to post for today, I realized that I get so many stampers looking at a card I created over a year ago… the title of the post was "Picture Frame Thank You". You can see it here.

So, that card was my inspiration for this one. A little shadow-box effect sentiment, a quick embellishment and lots of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Very little stamping, some easy "gift" cropping, a little Linen Thread, and an oval framelit. That's all it takes.

Here's my inspiration card…


And, here's a quote from that post…

"I would like to share something I read recently….I don't remember exactly where I saw this, but the author's name is "Cheryl" (no last name given).  Here goes…

"Do you know one of the most important human attributes is CREATIVITY?  We use creativity for our biological needs, to prolong our life, and the lives of people for whom we care, to reduce pain and suffering, and to bring beauty, meaning and joy to our lives. … Nurturing creativity in oneself and others ….."  

I'll add the following….is just as important as …

So, find your inspiration and create something wonderful!


Stampin' Up! Supplies:  Card Stock – Crumb Cake, Trim The Tree DSP Stack, Cherry Cobbler.  Ink – Cherry Cobbler.  Tools – Ovals Collection Framelits and Itty Bitty Accents Pnch Pack. Embellishment – Linen Thread.

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