Signs of Santa Gift Card Holder/Money Holder

I needed some gift card holders and some money holders for my family because I give all the adults cash so they can get just what they want.  As soon as I saw the Santa's Signs stamp set and the matching Designer Series Paper, I knew they would be perfect for gift card holders.

To make the money holder:


  • Whisper White Thick, 6-1/4" x 9-3/8", scored at 3-1/2" and 7"
  • Poppy Parade, 6" x 3-1/4"
  • Whisper White scraps for the sentiment
  • Poppy Parade Scrap for the scalloped oval

I stamped the sentiment on the front in Poppy Parade and cut it out with the Stitched Shapes Dies (Oval) and backed it with the poppy parade scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Dies.  I cut a slice off the top of the inside piece to create a pocket and then used Tear & Tape to hold the long side together.   I stamped the inside sentiment from Signs of Santa and the "Happiest Christmas Wishes" comes from the Dashing Deer stamp set. 

And the Gift Card Holder:


  • Poppy Parade, 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2 and 9
  • Whisper White, 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Scraps of Whisper White for the sentiments
  • Scrap of Poppy Parade for the scalloped circle

For the front, I first cut the Designer Series paper 3-1/4" x 4" and adhered to the front piece. I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade on whisper white and punched out with the 1-1/2" Circle Punch.  I backed that with the Poppy Parade Scalloped Circle and put on the card with dimensionals.  

For the inside,  I cut a piece of the DSP to fit the pocket front (4" x 2-1/4") and adhered it.  Using the 1" circle punch, punch out half of a circle to make it easier to get the gift card out. I used Tear & Tape on each side to create the pocket.  The sentiment for this part of the card comes from the retired BYOP set--this set is ideal for gift cards and was designed for that purpose.  I stamped them on whisper white and die cut them with the new Rectangle Stitched Dies (#148551) from the Occasions catalog.  The "Ho Ho Ho" comes from the Labels to Love Stamp Set and was stamped on the far right side of the inside.  I left plenty of space to write a note and it will be hidden from view when the card is closed.

These money/gift card holders are really easy to make and you can use whatever pretty paper or stamp set you have for whatever occasion!



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Craft & Carry Bag for the Stamparatus

Now available for purchase is this cute Craft & Carry Bag for your Stamparatus.  


The Stamparatus is really the best stamping tool out there!  I know because I have several of the others (purchased before Stampin' Up! brought out the Stamparatus) and they simply don't compare.  Being able to use both sides of the stamping plates and being able to move them to different settings to stamp makes this tool really versatile.  I really love how I can set mine up with several stamps and not have to change them when I am making multiples of a card.  And if I don't ink up my stamp enough and don't get a clear image, I can ink it up again and stamp over and over until I am satisfied with my image.  No more halo images!

Don't have a Stamparatus yet?  Now's a great time to ask Santa for one!  You can get one bundled with the bag.  And don't forget to add the accessories!


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Snowflake Showcase Sales end Tomorrow 11/30

Sales for the Snowflake Showcase end tomorrow night at 11:50 MT or until supplies sell out.  Some items are already gone.  So if you love snowflakes as I do, you really don't want to pass these up! And the Happiness Surrounds stamp set makes great all-occasion cards year round!

The dies fit both stamp sets and make absolutely beautiful cards!  You can check out my Snowflake Showcase Pinterest Board for more great ideas!



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Online Extravaganza Starts Today!

Online Extravaganza starts today with 3 different sales--all saving you 10% on the annual catalog.  

First up is a sale on paper and embellishments.  This sale ends at midnight on the 24th.  As always, supplies may be limited and there are always some exclusions

These sales are a great way to stock up on supplies!  

Beginning at midnight on the 24th is the second sale on Stamps and Kits!  It will end at midnight on the 25th.  Check the exclusions in the link above.  Bundles are NOT included.

And the last sale begins at midnight on the 26th and it's for Tools and Ink!  Unfortunately, the Big Shot and Stamparatus are NOT included in this sale.  This sale ends at midnight on Wednesday, the 28th.

You really don't want to miss out on saving 10% on most everything in the Annual Catalog!

Want to save even more?  You could grab a Starter kit at $99, choosing $125 worth of products, and then when this sale starts, you could purchase them at an additional 20% off!  In your starter kit, you could add the Stamparatus, its new case or the new Craft and Carry Tote!



There are loads of options for things you could add to your Starter Kit.  Contact me to let me help you choose!  No further obligation is required!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  

I wanted to let you know that I am thankful for my family, friends, and my health.  As you may know, I am a colon cancer survivor and I am thankful each and every day that my tests continue to come back clear.

I am also thankful for YOU!  My friend, my follower, my customer.  Without your support, I'd have no business and I wanted to let you know that I appreciate YOU!

Swaps from OnStage

I wanted to share with you the swaps I made for OnStage as well as the ones I received.

Here are mine:





Here are photos of just some of the swaps I received--I have many, many more but don't want to overwhelm you with all the photos. ;)



But I do want to showcase one particular swap I received from fellow demonstrator and teammate Mary Walk.  She lives in Florida and created a fantastic card/luminary.





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OnStage Gifts

One of the great things about attending OnStage are the gifts--to team members, roommates, friends. I created a gift bag that I filled with a card, an Altoids tin, a Starbucks coffee holder, and a wooden ornament.

Here is the gift bag.  It was so easy to create!  I purchased the white bags at Dollar Tree (3 for $1!) and then decorated them.  You can do this for your holiday gifts as well.  I cut out some Designer Paper (this was 6 inches across and I cut it at 4"--Normally I would have done 6x6 but I didn't have enough paper for that.)  I scored it in half and then used the ClassicLabel punch to punch out the center of the score lines so that the handles would fit through it.  I had to punch a little more than once to get this.  You just punch a portion of that score area so that it is not so large.  I created the tag using the glimmer paper.  I stamped the sentiment "For You" in poppy parade ink on whisper white and then it out using the Stitched Labels Framelits.  You could use a circle punch to get the same effect.  I layered that on a scalloped circle of Poppy Parade.  Mrs. Claus was diecut from the designer paper using the matching framelits.  I attached them to the tag with dimensionals.

Now for what was in that bag:  

I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock (cut 8.5 x 3') to create the holder for the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha coffee and rounded off the edges.  I stamped the sentiment using Cherry Cobbler ink on whisper white and cut out with the Coffee Cafe framelits.  The "whipped cream" was cut out of glimmer paper. I used a little Tear & Tape to hold the sides together.

I created Wooden Ornaments using some wood slices I purchased on Amazon.  I stamped them with various stamps using Stazon ink and let them set for a few days.  I then colored them in with Stampin' Blends.  Here is one of my ornaments


I used our gold cord to create the hanger.  

Here is the card I created for this gift bag:


I'll share the swaps I made for trading and the swaps I received in another blog post.


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Many Holiday Catalog Items Selling Out

Many of the items in the Holiday catalog are selling out and may be gone as early as next week.  Stampin' Up! always tries to forecast what will and won't sell and this year the Holiday catalog was wildly popular.

If you want any of these items, you need to order them IMMEDIATELY!  There is no guarantee these items will be available later in the month.

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Stampin' Up! has told us these items are running low due to a communication problem in their inventory system and are working to get that system fixed so this will not happen again.  All items in the Holiday catalog are "as supplies last" but they never expected for this many items to run out.