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:
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  • 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.

Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Deal Ends Tonight!

One Day Deal – Going Soon!

The May Paper Pumpkin kit is very versatile. Here are some Father’s Day cards, and a couple of birthday cards made from this kit, along with some Designer Series Paper and a few embellishments. You can customize the projects in the kit as much or as little as you like!



Watch the video on the May Paper Pumpkin kit to learn more:

If you want to get in on the fun, there’s still time to grab the $5 June kit! The monthly kit is normally $19.95, so it’s a great price at only $5. But don’t wait too long – this deal ends TONIGHT at 11:50PM (MT)!

Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” today at to try it out!

Graduation Cap Curvy Treat Box

Celebrate Grads!

Do you have someone in your circle of friends or family who is celebrating a graduation soon? These little boxes are perfect decorations to hold a small treat for the party!
Curvy Keepsake Box Graduation Caps
  • They are made with the Stampin’ Up! Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die and the Big Shot. Simply use the die twice to cut two pieces of cardstock in black, or the color of your choice.
  • The stamps used here are from the March 2016 Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit. Each kit always contains exclusive stamps available only to subscribers, and the March set is perfect for the graduation boxes! Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are available as either a monthly subscription, or a prepaid 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription. Click the Paper Pumpkin kit link above for the prepaid subscriptions, or find information on the monthly subscription option here.
  • Cut a piece of 2-3/4″ square Basic Black cardstock for the mortarboard. Using an Xacto knife, or your Paper Piercer, and the Curvy Keepsake box die, line up the slit with two of the corners and cut it. You may need to use a paper snips to cut a sliver of cardstock away so that the opening is large enough to fit the box handles through, but not too loose.


    Cut a slit for the tassel
    • Stamp the year with Whisper White Craft ink and the Back to Basics Alphabet stamps for the white box. For the black boxes, the year was stamped in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Of the two samples, the Craft ink method was quicker, but the embossed dates stand out more.
    • The Back to Basics Alphabet stamp set is retiring and will only be available until May 22, or while supplies last. So if you like the size of this alphabet set, order it soon!
    • On the black boxes, stamp the Hooray Grad! greeting in Versamark ink, sprinkle it with Heat and Stick powder, heat it with the Heat tool, then sprinkle it with gold glitter.
    • To create a tassel, cut a 1-1/4″ square of cardstock, either in black, or a color that coordinates with the box. (Perhaps the grad’s school colors.) I scored one side at 1/4″, then used the Fringe scissors to cut from the opposite side to the score line. Use Tear and Tape adhesive on the scored edge, and roll the tassel around a piece of Thick White Baker’s Twine. Knot the other end of the Baker’s twine and pull it through the slit in the mortarboard.

  • There are Hershey Kisses inside, but you could substitute your grad’s favorite small treat.
  • See my Curvy Keepsake Box Pinterest board for more ideas using this versatile Thinlit die.
Happy Graduation Celebration!

Mother’s Day

Painted Blooms for Mom

May will be here soon, the temperatures are climbing, and flowers are bloomin’! So it’s Mother’s Day in my craft room. This Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms paper (sadly retired) is one of my favorites for Mother’s Day cards. Good thing I still have some in my paper stash!
Stampin’ Up! Products to make this card:
Strawberry Slush Cardstock (retired); recommend Rose Red
Painted Blooms DSP(retired)
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (retiring soon) *
Ovals Framelits (retiring soon!)*
Itty Bitty Punch Pack (retiring soon!)*
April 2014 Paper Pumpkin Stamp set
Blackberry Bliss Ink (retiring soon) *
Visit my online store to purchase *retiring products (some discounted up to 50%)! Stamps are available until the end of May, but all other items are while supplies last.

Butterflies for Mom

Mother’s Day Butterflies

Mother's Day card with glimmery Butterflies Thinlits Dies
Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. When I go out in the yard and see the hyacinths, tulips and daffodils blooming, I’m in my happy place! So naturally, my spring card creations often feature flowers and butterflies. They’re a great combination for celebrating both spring and mothers!
To create this card:

Graduation Paper Pumpkin

Pocketful of Cheer for Graduation

Graduation is a great time of year, and cause for much celebration! I had a few pieces of the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer left over, so I used them for one more graduation card. This one is most appropriate for someone who is beginning a career.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Graduation card in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
To create this card:
  • Card base – Coastal Cabana cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • March Paper Pumpkin – Pocketful of Cheer for the graduation cap, green pearls, Bermuda Bay ink, striped cardstock and white square and Hooray Grad! stamp.
  • Coastal Cabana ink
  • Metallic Silver Baker’s twine for the balloon string.
  • Whisper White cardstock, Balloon Bouquet punch, Bermuda Bay Candy Dot, and Silver Metallic Foil (It looks like black ink for the bow, but it’s not, trust me 🙂 ) for the balloon.
  • Basic Black ink for the graduation caps and Real World part of the sentiment
  • Handpicked Framelits or scissors to cut out the bow.
  • Welcome Words stamp set.
Make your card, then go celebrate graduation! Yay!

It’s A Good Day

Look Out the Window!
When you looked out the window this morning, what did you see? Here in Wisconsin, I saw snow! I’m ready to see green grass and flowers blooming everywhere. So I created this little spring scene in my stamp room.
Once the scene was complete, I needed a little sentiment, so I chose ‘it’s a good day’ from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Home set.
What do you think? Is it a good day? Every morning that I wake up and can get out of bed is a pretty good day!
Enjoy your life today!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Easily Adapt Paper Pumpkin

All in the Family Baby Paper Pumpkin card
I love my Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kits, but I rarely make all the projects exactly alike. It is so easy to make the pieces provided in the kit uniquely yours by adding a few small touches. The March kit had 4 small gift cards and 4 large gift cards.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Small Gift Cards
I made three of the small gift cards and one of the large gift cards following the instructions included in the kit.


March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Large Gift Card
Check out this quick Stampin’ Up! video to see how to create these gift card projects.
Since I didn’t need all of these gift cards right now, I turned a couple of them into cards for other occasions.
First up is a baby card using the baby from the retired Stampin’ Up! All in the Family set, stamped in Soft Suede.
Stampin' Up! March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Baby Card
Stamp the baby on one of the self-adhesive circles. Cut one of the small gift cards in half. Adhere the half circle to the plain white half of the gift card. Stamp the greeting. Add the gift card envelope piece.
All In the Family Baby
Use the other half of the small gift card for this graduation card. Add some Cucumber Crush balloons and Basic Black caps, and stamp the sentiment on top with the Stampin’ Up! Bravo stamp set.
March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Graduation card
Add a tea lace doily and cut one adhesive circle in half to create a different version of the birthday card. The “birthday” greeting is from Celebrate Today.
March 2016 Alternate Paper Pumpkin Birthday card
See how easy it is to use a doily, a different ink pad, or another stamp you already own to turn a Paper Pumpkin kit into your own project!
Join the fun and get your Paper Pumpkin subscription started today! Did I mention there’s a fun surprise in the April kit?
Free Stamp Set
March is a big month for Paper Pumpkin–it’s our third birthday
and we just shipped our ONE MILLIONTH kit! To celebrate, we are sending an
exclusive stamp set called All about Everything in ALL of the April Paper
Pumpkin kits. We’re keeping the artwork a surprise, but we are sure you’ll
love EVERYTHING about it! Sign up by April 10 to get in on the fun.
See the Paper Pumpkin ordering page for details on how you can subscribe, either on a month-to-month basis, or by ordering a prepaid subscription for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.