Gift Boxes

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza and a Stamps-N-Lingers Ordering Special Starts Today!

It’s finally here folks!  Online Extravaganza has started!  This sale will bring you up to 40% off selected products for seven savings-filled days. Check out all the deals below and right here at my Online Store.  

On days 1 and 7 (21 Nov and 28 Nov) – there are additional sales good for just 24 hours!

And – since this is Monday, 21 Nov – here’s what’s on this first 24 hour sale!

As it happens, I made a little project for you today using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Embellished Ornaments stamp set, Delicate Ornaments Thinlits, and the Metallic Enamel Shapes!  Coincidence?!?

I think not!

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Stampin’ Up! Presents and Pines Box-in-a-Bag for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

Mornin’, y’all –  welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  This is color week – and I know there are going to be a lot of great projects for you to see this week, so….be sure to check out all the offerings of the Ladies-Who-Hop!  

Here are the colors we used – a pretty good color palette for a Christmas-time project, don’t you think?

My project also played nicely into this week’s The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  Check the bottom row! 🙂


This weekend is the OnStage Local event – which just so happens to have a venue in Atlanta!  Handy, huh!?  And the day before that, Brian King and Pam Morris are hosting a World Card Making Day event (a little later than the actual WCMD – but nicely aligned with OnStage!).  And, they’re doing a 3-d project swap.  So…today’s share is one of the projects I made for that swap!

At least – that’s how it started out – now I’m not sure I’m going to give it away! 😉  Only time will tell!

I used the Presents and Pinecones DSP and some Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Added in a Holly Jolly Layers sentiment and made…this.  Take a look-see:


This is a “Box in a Bag”!  Fun, right?  And really easy to make!  My friend Jari Francis made one a few days ago, and I decided to try it for myself.  She – and I – used the great tutorial by Diana Gibbs on SplitCoast Stampers.  You can check it out right here!

Although you can’t see it, the inside box is made from a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, put together exactly like the tutorial shows.

I used the pretty pine cones design from Presents and Pinecones for the “bag” part of the project.  Just like the tutorial stated, I ran a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive along the bottom and one side of my 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of DSP, then I pulled off the backing paper from the bottom strip.  I “rolled” my paper around my box.

But – I sort of messed up.  I started the paper – in the middle of the box as instructed – but I started with the edge that had the Tear & Tape on it.


Start with the edge that does not have the adhesive.  That way, when you get to the end, you’ll be all ready to stick everything together.  If you do it my way, you’ll have to stop and add another piece of adhesive, and you’ll have a “leftover” strip inside your box.

Like mine! 🙂

But, it worked out and I had my bag!  So it was time for some decoration.

I cut a 1″ x 11″ strip of Crumb Cake card stock and ran it a few times thru the Pine Bough TIEF.  That added a little texture and interest, and broke the fibers of the card stock a little, making it easier to roll around the bottom of the bag.


Which I did, using more Tear & Tape Adhesive.  When you do this – just take your time.  The most persnickety piece is making sure that the bottom of your strip stays aligned with the bottom of the bag/box.

At this point, I “designated” a “front” to the bag (I put the bag seam on one side, and the bottom strip seam on the front – knowing I’d cover it with my decorations.

I decorated the bag with Pretty Pines Thinlits pine boughs, cut from Garden Green card stock.  I cut several of each length and adhered them oh-so-artfully around the bottom of the bag, using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  I wrapped some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine three times around the bottom of the bag, adhering it with a Glue Dot at the front of the bag.  Before I stuck the final end down, I ran two Mini Pinecones embellishments thru the twine – and used the final Glue Dot to stick them in place.


Next I cut some pine cones, all using Crumb Cake card stock.  For two of them, I cut “backer” pine cones from Copper Foil, and adhered them with Liquid Glue.  I also cut a couple of berries in Cherry Cobbler.  Using more of the Liquid Glue, I adhered it all to the bag.

The bow is tied from three pieces of Bakers’ Twine – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Gold – and adhered with Liquid Glue.  I left the tails long and used more Liquid Glue to stick them to the box.


With that all done, I addressed the top of the bag.  First I used my 1/2″ Circle Punch to cut holes in the top for my Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (which I’ll use to close the bag after putting my gift or a few pieces of chocolate inside!).

I made my tag by stamping the round image from the Host-exclusive set called Holly Jolly Layers (Holiday Catalog) onto Whisper White card stock.  I used my Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp directly.  Then I cut it with a scalloped die from the Circles Layering Framelits.  I punched a hole thru the top with my 1/8″ Handheld Circle punch and then ran three strands of Baker’s Twine thru the hole.


I tied the label into one of my 1/2″ holes at the top of the bag, tying a final bow and….the bag was done! 🙂

This is a fun sized bag – it would easily hold a small (lightweight!) gift – socks?  Tie?  Action Figure? Candy?  And it’s really easy to get the box-in-a-bag part put together so that you can get to decorating – which is the fun part.  Hope you like!  And that you’ll give one a try yourself! 🙂


Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page.  And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!




Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog!

Stitched Shapes Framelits Die Set and Matching Stamp Set Sale

These are new Circles, Ovals and Squares Framelits – 12 dies in all – that cut your shapes while simultaneously creating a hand-stitched look for your card-making projects! These will be “officially released” in the 2017-2018 annual catalog, but we get to buy them right now!

On top of that, SU! has a great 25% sale off coordinating stamp sets from 1 – 30 November! Click here to open up a PDF with the list of stamp sets that are on sale.  Or – you can go right to them in my Online Store….here! 🙂

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets sale ends 30 November, you’ll still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date! Cool, huh? 🙂


  • Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning today! (will continue to be available through the 2017-18 Annual Catalog!)
  • 1 – 30 November 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
  • Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets): 30 November 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

FYI, here are the measurements for the full cutout pieces for the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies:

  • Circles:
  • Squares:
  • Ovals:
    1-3/4” x 13/16”
    2-1/4” x 1-5/16”
    2-3/4” x 1-13/16”
    3-1/4” x 2-5/16”

The stitched embossing is approximately 1/16” from the edge of the cutout. So the dimensions are approximately 1/8” smaller than the cutouts.



Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (box inside the bag)

Crumb Cake Card Stock:  1″ x 11″ (strip around bottom of bag); Pretty Pines die cuts

Garden Green Card Stock: Pretty Pines die cuts

Whisper White Card Stock: Holly Jolly Layers tag

Copper Foil:  Pretty Pines die cuts

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!

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Stampin’ Up! Totally Trees Thank You Notes and Gift Box

Good morning, ya’ll, on this three-day weekend!  Hope you’re dry and getting ready to have a great Holiday!  We are supposed to have some nice temperatures this weekend – tv weather just said the morning temps should be in the high 60’s!!  Whooooooo-hoooooooo!!  I hope I feel the need to have a little shiver!! 🙂

For today, I went back to the new Totally Trees stamp set.  This is another one that I’m really loving – it’s got so many possible combinations to fuel your creativity!  I used the set to make some little, tiny thank you notes, so I borrowed a little sentiment from One Big Meaning, too.  I made a bunch of them, and also took a quick minute to make a custom gift box to hold the little notes.  Take a look-see:

Totally Trees Note Card Box 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers

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Stampin’ Up! Going Places Mini Murse in a Box

All my bags are packed (sort of)…..

I’m ready to go (mostly)….

I’m standing’ here – outside your door (no – don’t go to the door, I’m not really there)….

Already I’m so tired-of-traveling I could cry-ai-ai… ai…. 🙂

No – I don’t intend to quit my day job and take up singing or song-writing!

But, I am getting close to being ready to head out.  I mailed home three boxes today – so heavy I could hardly carry them (thank goodness for if-it-fits-it-ships pricing!) and even threw my back out (why not?!?) and I’m still worried about how heavy my luggage will be.  I think if I’m going to keep doing this travel-around-for-work thing, I’m going to need a motor home, specially equipped with a stamping room! Whatcha think? 😉

So, today’s post is quick.  I’ll be adding a tutorial over on the Tutorials page (seems like a good place to put it, yes?) with the details on making these cute little treat boxes.  I got the idea from Kristi Gray, a fellow Happy Stamper, who shared her little treat boxes that she’d made after seeing a tutorial from Sam Donaldson, in the UK.  I was tickled to see them – cuz they use 6″ x 6″ paper!  Which is about all I had here in Arizona.  And – you make them with the Envelope Punch Board, which I’d carefully carried all the way here and never used.  Cuz I didn’t have any paper big enough to make an envelope with – yes, pretty awesome planning!

As soon as I saw them, I got the idea to make a little bag in a box for the folks in my team here.  I used Going Places DSP – cuz it’s mostly guys!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Reason for the Season Treat Holder

Well, here I am.  It’s Tuesday night and I’m readying my post for the morning.  I’m in Savannah, GA.  Arguably a very food-y city.  Home of Paula Deen.  And….other chef-people.  And seafood!  Lots and lots of fresh seafood!

I arrived around 4:30, tired – not a terribly long drive but one that was undertaken in a rental car that’s annoying.  And smells like an ash tray.  A feature I didn’t notice – for whatever reason – when I picked it up on Monday evening.  After a morning where things just didn’t want to work right as I tried to get out the door.  Fortunately, Bo remains “good”, so that didn’t come into play.  Just not a great morning, okay?

So, I get here tired.  And hungry.  And find out I’m in what appears to be the only Hampton Inn and Suites on the planet with no mini-fridge and microwave in the room.  Wondering what to do with the bottle of froo-froo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer sitting in my cooler.  And watching it start to rain – buckets.

I solved the creamer issue – they brought a teensy mini-fridge.  Done.

I start to look for suitable dinner ideas.  I’m not far from really anything.  I look thru the “This is Savannah” pretty picture book in the room.  Seafood restaurants.  Steak.  BBQ.  The Savannah Sweet Shop.  So.  Many.  Options!




Final answer – a medium Pepperoni/Sausage pizza and some hot wings from Dominoes.  In my slippers.  In the dry room.  And, because it’s been a crappy kind of day and I don’t want to be here, I self-medicated to take the edge off.  Just a little.

With Cinna-Sticks and frosting.

I am a party animal.  There’s no doubt about it. 😉

But – here’s what I brought along to share with you guys for tomorrow.  Which will be today when you read this.  All Hail the ability to schedule posts to go out the next day!  There’s no telling what kind of gibberish you’d get if I actually typed the posts in the morning!!

This is a great little treat box – using a SU! Tag-a-Bag gift box (like I used for this cute Halloween box) and the Reason for the Season stamp set and bundled Festive Flower Builder punch.  Take a look-see:

Reason for the Season Treat Box 3 - Stamps-N-Lingers

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Stampin’ Up! A Little Something Cute Personalized Gift Card Holder

Just a quick little project for you today.  We’re headed into the gift giving season – and most of us have a few folks on our list who just sort of….befuddle us….when it comes to what to get for that person.  For some reason, most of those people on my list are guys!  Hmmm.  Not sure why – but there it is.  I always kind of hate to do a gift card – somehow it seems like a cop out.  On the other hand – a gift card always fits, is always the right color, and is usually something they want! I do try to pick gift cards that are suited to that person.  Bass Pro for my hubby (usually in addition to other gifts), Amazon for the twenty-something boys/men who are in college and starting a career.  None of them want a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card, or a Williams-Sonoma card! 🙂

The Gift Card holder I’ve made to share with you today was a requested item.  My friend has a friend (yes – more than just me!) who has found herself in the unenviable position of having a house full of mice.  Not a couple.  Not even a few.  Apparently – it’s an “infestation”, that she found one evening when she “heard a noise in her kitchen and when she turned the light on, there THEY were”.  The poor woman has spent thousands and thousands of dollars getting rid of the mice and replacing everything she fears might have been “touched”.

So, Jan is giving her a gift card (Bed, Bath and Beyond maybe?!) to help her replace some stuff.  And she asked me for a gift card holder.  With maybe a….mouse…. on it.  She assured me her friend will find it funny!

I’ve put up a Tutorial to show you how to make the basic Gift Card holder using the Envelope Punch Board.  It’s so easy it’s ridiculous.  Check it out here!  So, I made that holder, and then I decorated it according to her request!  Take a look-see:

A Little Something Gift Card Holder 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers

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Stampin’ Up! Joyful Season and Vintage Leaves on an XL Pillow Box!

Good Sunday morning to you all!  We’re getting a little taste of Fall here in the A-T-L.  We slept with the windows open last night – first time this season and it was wondrous!  Hopefully we’ll get an actual “Fall” this year – fingers crossed!

I have a share today that combines quite a few of the wonderful new products in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  I wanted to try the new Square Pillow Box Thinlits – but I wanted to do a large one like we’d done at our Amy’s Inkin’ Krew meeting a few weeks back. And, in the catalog, they’ve got a sample Pillow Box in which they’ve incorporated one of my favorite new things – the Woodland TIEF.  So, it was kind of a shoe-in, really!  Add in some embellishments with Vintage Leaves and Leaflets Framelits, and a sprinkling of Joyful Season….and, well…take a look-see:

Joyful Seasons Vintage Leaves Pillow Box 1

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