Merry Christmouse

Merry Mouse on Candy Cane Lane

Today I have another card featuring the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper along with a cute mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday catalog. It was lots of fun coloring this little guy with the Stampin’ Write markers!

BONUS:  The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale this month!

photo of a Christmas card featuring the Merry Mice stamp set and Candy Cane Lane paper from Stampin' Up!


Card Base: Crumb Cake card stock, 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card
Peppermint Layer: Candy Cane Lane DSP, cut to 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Large Square: Early Espresso card stock, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ square
Smaller Square: Very Vanilla card stock, 3″ x 3″


  1. Stamp the mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, close to the top of the 3″ square. Stamp the greeting from the same set in Real Red ink, centered below the mouse.
  2. Color as desired – here are the Stampin’ Write marker colors we used:
    • Ornament – Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers.
    • Mouse’s shirt – Soft Sky Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s pants – Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s nose – Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write marker. You could also color the inside of the ears if desired.
    • Tree branches – Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write marker.
  3. Add a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape over the star on the mouse’s tail.
  4. Layer the peppermint DSP about 1/2″ from the left side of the Crumb Cake card base, then layer your square on top.
There you go! A few pieces of paper, some ink, markers and adhesive, and you’ve got a cute card ready to put in the mail!

Merry Candy Cane Lane

Merry Candy Cane Lane Houses

The Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper is so cute that you can let it be the star of the show on your Christmas cards this year!
photo of Merry Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Lane paper
Create this simple card with just a few Stampin’ Up! items.
Here’s how:
Card Base: Whisper White Thick Card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
Embossed Layer: Whisper White Card stock,
3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″, embossed with the Big Shot and Festive embossing folder.
Houses: Candy Cane Lane paper, cut to 2-3/8″ x 5-3/8″, so that there are 3 houses on each piece.
Die cut ‘Merry’ with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits from Real Red card stock.


  1. Adhere the embossed white layer to the top of the card base, leaving a 1/2″ wide un-embossed area at the bottom for the sentiment.
  2. Center the Candy Cane Lane houses over the embossed layer, closer to the top so there’s space for the ‘Merry’ greeting on the embossed layer.
  3. Adhere the ‘Merry’ greeting with the Fine Tip Glue pen, or sponge Tombow multi-purpose glue on the back side of the lettering.
  4. Stamp ‘Christmas’ from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set in Early Espresso ink near the right side, in the 1/2″ un-embossed area at the bottom.
Make one, or make a bunch so you’ll have your Christmas cards ready to go out after Thanksgiving!

It’s Time to Deck the Halls with Stampin’ Up!

It’s Time to Deck the Halls

This card layout is a great way to use up your tiny pieces of pretty paper. The 1″ square punch is on the clearance rack right now for just $9.60! The Merry Mice stamp set is also on sale – see details at the end of the post.

Photo of Deck the Halls card
How to Make It:
  1. Cut a Cherry Cobbler card base
    5-1/2” x 8-1/2” and fold in half.
  2. Cut a Very Vanilla layer, 4-1/2” x
  3. Cut a Garden Green layer, 4-1/4” x
    3” and set aside. (These 3 colors of card stock are also available in the This Christmas combination package, which includes 8 sheets of each color.)
  4. Use the 1” punch or a paper cutter
    to cut 6 – 1” x 1” squares of This Christmas Designer Series Paper.
  5. Glue the 6 squares evenly spaced
    onto the Garden Green layer. HINT: attach the two end squares, leaving a ¼”
    margin at top & sides, then center 1 square between them in the top row.
    Then do the bottom row so the squares are ¼” from the bottom of the Green layer
    and lined up with the top row.
  6. Run the Garden Green layer and
    squares through the Big Shot with the Lovely Lace embossing folder.
  7. Now attach the embossed Garden Green
    layer to the Very Vanilla layer.
  8. Add the Very Vanilla piece to the
    Cherry Cobbler layer.
  9. Stamp the banner from the Number of Years stamp set in Cherry Cobbler Ink.
  10. Stamp the sentiment, It’s Time to Deck the Halls, from the Merry Mice stamp set in Garden Green ink on the banner.
  11. Cut the banner out, using the Big Shot and the Large Numbers framelits.
  12. As an alternative, stamp the Merry
    & Bright or Christmas Joy stamp from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set in
    Cherry Cobbler ink on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and cut the banner out with the Big Shot and Bunch of Banners framelits.
  13. Attach the banner to the center of
    your card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  14. Add 3 random rhinestones wherever they look best on your small squares.

NOTE: the 1” square punch used to punch the square for this card is currently on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack, while supplies last. The original price is $16, on clearance for $9.60. It’s a great tool for cutting small squares to use up your small scraps, as these small pieces are difficult to cut with the trimmer.The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale as part of the Stitched from the Heart promotion. You can see the new Stitched Shapes framelits dies and the stamp sets that are on sale only in November here.

Oh Christmas Tree

Casing the Holiday Catty

When you’re looking for stamping inspiration, start with the Stampin’ Up! catalogs! They’re full of ideas for color combinations, card layouts, gift packaging and more. Last week we were inspired by this simple and elegant Christmas card on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday Catalog:
Photo of a Totally Trees card sample by Stampin' Up! on page 48 in the 2016 Holiday catalog
Of course, we changed it up just a bit, and this is our version:
Photo of Totally Trees Christmas Card inspired by Stampin' Up!
How to Make It:

**HINT: If your card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, you won’t be able to tie the ribbon around the card. So just cut it long enough for the front of the card and attach it with a couple of mini glue dots, then make a separate bow and attach it to the ribbon with another mini glue dot. Ask me how I know this 🙂

How will you be inspired today? If you need a Holiday Catalog, contact me!

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season Card

Just a few pieces of pretty paper, some ink and a stamp set are all you need to create this quick card from last week’s class. Or you can step it up a notch with the Stampin’ Up! Festive embossing folder!
Photo of 'Tis the Season card
NOTE: The Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler card stock is also available in the This Christmas pack, with 8 sheets of each color!


  • Adhere the Cherry Cobbler piece to the center of the card base as shown.
  • Stamp ‘Tis the Season from the Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Pines stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink in the lower right corner of the
    card, and stamp the snowflake 3 times in the upper left corner.
  • Use Snail or your favorite adhesive to attach the This Christmas paper to the 3-1/4” x 3-1/4” Garden Green paper.
  • Adhere this square layer at an
    angle on top of the Cherry Cobbler embossed layer so that the distance from the
    top and bottom, left and right edges of the card are equal.
That’s it – a simple and mailable card!
Just click any of the links in the directions above to order your card supplies and start creating!


Reindeer Tag

Christmas Tags for All Your Gifts

Here’s a quick little tag that will add a cute touch to all of your Christmas gifts!
Photo of the Reindeer gift tag

How To Make It:

  1. Cut Whisper White card stock to 2″ x 3-1/2″.
  2. Punch one end of the Whisper White piece with the Scallop Tag Topper punch.
  3. Stamp the ‘To: From:’ stamp from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, near the bottom of the tag is Real Red ink.
  4. Cut a 2″ x 2″ piece of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhere it to the card, centering it between the sentiment and top of the tag. Today, October 31, is the LAST DAY OF THE BUY 3 GET 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!! Be sure to get your order in today!
  5. Stamp the Reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.
  6. Punch the reindeer out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Don’t forget you can bundle the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and save money!
  7. Punch out a red glimmer bow with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.
  8. Attach the reindeer to the tag with 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Attach the bow with a mini glue dot to the antler for a girl reindeer, or as a bow tie for a boy reindeer.
  10. Cut Real Red ribbon and tie it through the punched hole to finish your tag. Now you’re ready to finish off your gift wrapping!

This Christmas

Season of Cheer Card

When we gathered earlier this week for the Shimmer and Shine Christmas card class, we made this card featuring the Stampin’ Up! This Christmas Designer Series Paper and the greeting from the Jar of Cheer stamp set. There are lots of layers, but it’s quite easy to stamp and assemble!
  1. Cut the following:

  2. Fold the Mint Macaron card base in half.

  3. Adhere the Garden Green layer in the center.
  4. Center the 4″ x 4″ DSP over the Garden Green layer.
  5. Cut the two Cherry Cobbler squares in half, corner to corner, to make triangles. Then adhere the triangles to the corners of the DSP to create a frame.
  6. Round the corners of the 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ Mint Macaron square with the Project Life Corner Rounder punch.
  7. Attach this square to the center of the DSP as shown.
  8. Die cut a Basic Black 2-3/8″ circle with a framelit and layer it in the center of the Mint Macaron square.
  9. Stamp ‘Wishing You a Season of Cheer’ from the Jar of Cheer stamp set in Garden Green ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock.
  10. Punch the stamped sentiment out with a 2″ circle punch and adhere it to the center of the black circle and your card is complete!
We hope you’ll give it a try! The ‘This Christmas’ Designer Series Paper featured here is a great option for all of your Christmas cards. There are 24 double-sided sheets in a package, and they’re thinner than most of the DSP. So you can make a LOT of cards with just one package and even with the layers, they are not too heavy for mailing! Come back tomorrow to see another sample!

Merry Little Treat Bag

Christmas Tag for a Treat Bag or Card

Today I have a little treat bag for you that we made last week at our Holiday Crafting Open House. We’re lovin’ the new Stampin’ Up! Copper Embossing Powder and Holiday Catalog!
  • Cut a 2” x 3.5” piece of Whisper
    White regular or thick card stock with the Paper Trimmer.
  • Punch one end of the tag with the
    Scallop Tag Topper punch.
  • Stamp the ‘Merry’ sentiment from
    the Jar of Cheer stamp set in the middle at the bottom of the tag in Cherry
    Cobbler ink.
  • Stamp the Solid Xmas tree shape
    stamp in Mint Macaron about ½” above the “e” in Merry, and let it dry.
  • Rub over the tag with the
    Embossing buddy.
  • Use the Xmas tree branches stamp
    & Versamark ink to stamp the tree branches over the mint macraon background
    you just stamped.
  • Cover the Versamark image with
    Copper embossing powder. Tap off any extra powder.
  • Heat the embossing powder with the
    teat tool until the powder melts. Do not overheat!
  • Stamp the small star in Cherry
    Cobbler at the top of the tree.
  • Tie a 6” piece of 5/8” Organza
    ribbon through the hole at the top of the tag.
  • Fold the top of the polka dot gift
    bag back along the score line.
  • Attach the tag with 2 Stampin’
    Dimensionals to the green banner that has been cut using the Big Shot and
    Banner Framelits dies.
  • Add the banner to the bag with
    Stampin’ Dimensionals.


NOTE: The polka dot bags have been discontinued, but there are Kraft and Glassine bags on p.176 in the Annual Catalog that could be decorated and used instead. The tag could also be used on a card front.
Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
AC = Annual Catalog; HOL = Holiday catalog
All of these items can be ordered by clicking HERE to go to my online store.
Item #
Paper Trimmer (includes Cutting & Scoring blades)
Whisper White card stock
$9 (40 sheets)
Or Thick
White Card stock
$7 (24 sheets)
Scallop Tag Topper Punch
Jar of Cheer stamp set
Clear Glass Blocks
$4-$12 each or bundle
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Totally Trees stamp set
Mint Macaron Ink
Embossing Buddy
Versamark Ink
Copper Embossing Powder
Heat Tool
5/8” Organza Ribbon
Stampin’ Dimensionals
$4 (300)
Big Shot
Banner Framelits
This Christmas Designer Series Paper
$13 (24 sheets)
Kraft or Glassine Bags
Hope you enjoy the treat bag and make one of your own!
Happy Stamping!


Holly Jolly Gift Card and Envelope

Have a Holly Jolly Gift Card & Envelope

Last week at our crafting open house we made this cute little 3×3″ gift card and used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching Crumb Cake envelope.
Photo of Holly Jolly Gift Card & Envelope
  1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 3” x 6”.
    Score at 3”.
  2. Stamp the sentiment “Have a Holly Jolly
    Christmas” from the Stitched With Cheer stamp set in Cucumber Crush ink, near
    the bottom of the card front.
  3. Stamp the hat pieces in Real Red using the Jolly
    Friends or Cozy Critters stamps set.
  4.  Punch out the hat pieces with the Jolly Hat
    Builder Punch.
  5. Adhere the hat to the center of the card front,
    then add the hat brim and pompom with small pieces of foam adhesive strip.
  6. Stamp the 3 stars stamp from the Jolly Friends
    stamp set in Crumb Cake ink randomly on the card front.
  7. Add a piece of 1/8” gold ribbon and tie in a
    knot, then trim the ends as needed.
  8. Add 2 jingle bells with glue dots.

For the envelope:

(Stampers had a choice of Stampin’ Up! envelope paper in Cucumber Cursh (retired) or Crumb Cake cardstock for their envelope.)


  1. Start with a piece of crumb cake card stock or
    green envelope paper, cut to 5-1/4” x 5-1/4”.
  2. Align the left edge of the card stock on the
    envelope punch board at 2-5/8”.
  3. Punch and score.
  4. Rotate the paper, line up the score line on the
    score guide. The edge of the paper should again line up at 2-5/8”.
  5. Punch & score.
  6. Rotate the paper and repeat punch and score two
    more times.
  7. Round the edges using the back side of the
    envelope punch.
  8. Adhere the envelope together with tear &
    tape adhesive, leaving the paper on the adhesive for the open edge, until
    you’re ready to add the card and seal the envelope.

October Stock Up On Paper Sale


Candy Cane Lane Paper Sale Image
How about you?
Do you need one too?

Here’s the deal:

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Fun!

September 1st the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog made its debut! Have you seen it?
It’s full of new products for the upcoming season with ideas for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and even New Years!

Today I have a quick fun video sharing a few of the great new products:

Take a peek at the catalog (pdf)


Bonus Days Reminder and Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Did you earn Bonus Days Rewards In July?

If you participated in the Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Rewards in July, be sure to redeem your coupon codes before August 31st!
Consider using your coupon codes for this versatile Thoughtful Branches bundle available until the end of August, or while supplies last. The bundle contains both the stamp set and Thinlits Dies and you save money by ordering them together (and you’ll really want both!)



Save $$$ by getting them in a bundle:
While you’re waiting for your goodies to arrive,
See lots of Pinterest ideas for using this set 
Here are just a couple of ideas for fall and Christmas that you’ll find on my Pinterest board:


Here’s how to redeem your coupon codes:


1. Add merchandise to your order.
2. Enter your coupon code in the Coupon Codes box and click the “Apply Coupon” button. Repeat this step if you have
multiple codes.


3. If you want to remove a coupon code, simply click the “Remove” button.

4. Before you close your order, verify that your discounts have been applied.

Something For Baby Made With Love

New Babies are So Much Fun!


I love to create cards, buy gifts and attend baby showers to celebrate a new baby! The gifts and cards don’t have to be complicated either. The Big Shot and dies do most of the work on this one.This little card uses the Stampin’ Up! Baby’s First Framelits to cut out cute images from the Something For Baby Stamp set.

The card base is Crumb Cake. Next is a layer of Very Vanilla with a onesie die cut from the middle of it. Put your favorite paper behind this die cut.
Stamp the stacking toy from Something For Baby on Whisper White and color it with markers. Stamp the duck on So Saffron, or just cut it out and add an eye with a black marker. Use the matching framelits from Baby’s First Framelits to cut them out.
The little turtle on the onesie is snipped from a piece of Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper (retired). You could easily substitute any other stamped or snipped small image here.

Stamp the sentiment from the Made With Love stamp set in a coordinating color. Pop up the duckie and stacking toy on dimensionals.

Stamp the Baby banner from Celebrate Today and cut it out with the Balloon Framelits and you’re done. Not a lot of stamping, since the framelits did most of the work!

This card is for the SUO Challenge #155 – Cute and Cuddly!

Is Paper Pumpkin for You?

Have You Tried Paper Pumpkin?

If not, what are you waiting for?
There’s a great deal going on at Stampin’ Up! right now if you haven’t subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet!
Right now you can buy one month of Paper Pumpkin and get the second month FREE! Use promo code BOGO at and select me (Carol Gleason) as your demonstrator. Offer ends October 10.
If you subscribe between now and September 10, you’ll pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free. If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.
Here’s a little peek at the August kit:
The Fine Print:
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Pick Two – Which Ones Will You Choose?

Did you Know?

The 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is full of beautiful stamps for all of your creative projects 
during June you can get two stamp sets FREE when you purchase the Starter Kit?
That’s right! The Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit is always a great deal: Purchase $125 (US) of any products in the catalog for $99, plus shipping is FREE!  With the addition of two free stamp sets in your Starter Kit in June, it’s a FANTASTIC DEAL!
Which sets will you choose? Alphabets, flowers, greetings? Here are a couple of ideas:
See more stamp sets on my 2016-17 SU Annual Catty Stamps and Samples boards.
Pick your two favorite sets and add them to your Starter Kit to join the fun before June is over! You have just a few more days left.