You Warm My Heart

You Warm My Heart

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.  I wanted to share something that shows how much I appreciate you coming and spending time here with me.  Thank you and “You Warm My Heart”.


  • STAMP:  Hug in a Mug, Playful Backgrounds
  • PAPER:  Real Red (and Vintage Textured), Early Espresso, Whisper White
  • INK:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Smoky Slate
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Lots of Labels (interior gift card holder) | Wink of Stella–Clear (Brushed onto Whipped Cream)

Both Derek and I were sick with bad colds so we stayed home and had a relaxing and quiet weekend.  We were sorry to have missed attending our family gathering which includes a White Elephant gift exchange.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Gift Box in a Card – Red Glimmer Joy

Gift Card in a Box - Red Glimmer Joy

This fun card is the third from my October Card Class.  My stampers asked if we could start on Christmas cards a month early.  I was happy to oblige them.  Here is my take on the “Gift Box in a Card” design.  I found Rachel Tessman’s design and knew I wanted to give it a go.  Large Letters Framelits, Gold Glimmer, Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set round out this bright and sparkly design out.  Lol!

BASE:  I had the idea to have the “Joy” floating above the top of the card.  To achieve this I started with a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (long and narrow) card base.  [This is one of my favorites sizes.]  I had just gotten the fun 2″x2″ Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and new they would be great for this.  So I cut a 2″w x 1-1/4″h opening in the center. This allowed for the “O” to fit on the box front and sit perfectly so the “J” and “Y” would float above the card at 4-1/4″ high.  [I know!  I surprised myself thinking of that.  Lol!]

LETTER:  I knew I wanted the letters to be Real Red with Gold Glimmer so I got the work and cut them using the amazingly versatile Large Letters Framelits.  I offset the Gold Glimmer slightly to add just a touch of sparkle.  [smile]  Then I placed them with Dimensionals centered on either side of the opening.  [I did place the box so I could determine where to place the “J” and “Y”.  [Type-A flag flying.  Lol!]

BAND:  I had been designing with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper and had scraps laying about and found this diagonal stripe, AND it fit perfectly!  That gave me my third color (Old Olive).  Woohoo!  I added more narrow strips of Gold Glimmer to tie with the “Joy” and then a final layer of Real Red to tie everything together.

SENTIMENT:  I found this pretty sentiment in the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and Gold Embossed it onto a narrow strip of Whisper White.  I applied it with Dimensionals and cut a “V” in the end to make it pop.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a enjoyed today’s Gift Box in a Card and have a great weekend!


  • STAMP:  Holly Berry Happiness
  • PAPER:  Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Gold Glimmer, Designer Series Paper–Merry Little Christmas
  • INK:  VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Large Letters, Squares Collection (vintage) | Emboss Powder–Gold | 2″x2″ Clear Tiny Treat Boxes


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


World Card Making Day Specials

World Card Making Day Oct 1-10th, 2017

It’s the first of October, and for those who don’t know, it’s the first day of a brand new Stampin’ Up! year!

It’s also the first day of a brand new calendar quarter, which makes today one of the most perfect days of the year to join.  We have quarterly minimums to meet of $300, but when you join, the quarter you join in is a grace period.  So all the new joiners today get a whole 6 months rather than just 3.  How cool is that?  It means that you’re well established by the time the first full quarter comes around.

So if that’s you (and I know that there are quite a lot of you who’ve been waiting for today), click HERE to join or for more info.

World Card Making Day Specials Oct 1-10th, 2017

There’s more going on though……2 incredible offers.  The first is for just 10 days and is in support of World Card Making Day.  World Card Making Day is only 1 day, but our sale offer is for 10 days!  Woohoo!

First, there are 12 stamp sets that are 15% off, and both the Whisper White & Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes are 15% off too.  (Sweet!)

Fast Fuse is also on special.  Buy one, and get 2 Refills free!  Yay!

Designer Series Paper Sale Oct 1-31st, 2017

But wait……there’s more!  Our annual buy 3, get 1 free Designer Series Paper Sale as well!  Yay!  Yes in addition to the World Card Making Day specials!!!  It’s buy 3, get 1 free!  I’m such a paper hoarder, my stash will be overflowing.  [wink, wink]

Designer Series Paper Sale List Oct 1-31st, 2017

This special runs through October 31, 2017.  So you have a little more time.

Here are the links if you’d like to take advantage of either of these specials.



Last Minute Christmas Gift Card Holders

Cookie Cutter Christmas ~ Gift Card Holders

If you need ideas for quick and easy gift card holders, I have three for you.  I had a variety of items left over from previous projects and couldn’t let them go to waste.  The envelopes are easy to make with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die Set.  I used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper color palette to guide my choices for the envelopes as well as the bands and toppers.  Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Girl and Candies make for cute and easy toppers.  Now I just have to get our there and purchase gift cards.  [smile]

ENVELOPE BASES:  I used the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die Set in Crumb Cake, Real Red and Whisper White.  This die is the perfect size to hold gift cards.  The variety of bands help to hold the envelopes closed as well as accentuate the toppers.

BAND TOPPERS:  The Gingerbread Girl and Merry Christmas Candy toppers were left on my table from previous projects.

  • Gingerbread House ~ I fussy cut the Gingerbread House from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  Next I layered it onto Real Red (2-1/4″) and Whisper White (2″) circles.  Then I topped the roof with White Mica Flakes to add a bit of sparkle.
  • Gingerbread Girl ~ I stamped her onto Soft Suede with VersaMark Ink, next I clear embossed then punched with the Cookie Cutter punch.  The buttons were clear embossed and punched with a 1/4″ Circle Punch.  I love the shine heat embossing adds.  Woohoo!  The Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper bow was also punched from the Cookie Cutter Punch.
  • Merry Christmas Candies ~ The Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper design candies were punched with a 5/8″ Circle Punch.  Next I layered them with Real Red (1-3/8″ and Whisper White (1-1/4″) circles.  Finally, “Merry Christmas” was stamped in Soft Suede ink.

I hope you are inspired to give these fun gift card holders a try OR create your own with what you have in your “stash”.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great Friday!


  • STAMP:  Cookie Cutter Christmas
  • PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • INK:  VersaMark, Soft Suede
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches–1/4″, 5/8″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″, 2″, 2-1/4″ Circles, Cookie Cutter | Thinlits–Gift Card Envelope & Trims | Emboss Powder–Clear | Mica Flakes Trio Pack


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Stampin' Up! Year-End Close Out Sale


Gift Card Holder, Tin of Tags ~ Candy Cane Lane DSP

Gift Card Holder ~ Tin of Tags Stamp Set & Candy Cane Lane DSP

Happy cyber Monday.  Lol!  Today’s share is the third design from my November Christmas card class.  It features the Tin of Tags stamp set and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.  I came across this fun fold gift card holder online and modified the size to fit the sentiment as well as the sentiment itself and the designer series paper.  I thought I had saved the inspiration but I spent 30 minutes trying to find it and could not.  Thank you for the inspiration!

BASE:  The base starts with the In Color Cucumber Crush, which adds a fun pop of color.  The interior is layered with Real Red and the Gumdrop design from the Designer Series Paper Candy Cane Lane.

The right fold is layered with Real Red and Crumb Cake.  Then to add the first bit of shine clear emboss the Starlight Candy Design also from the Designer Series Paper Candy Cane Lane and then punch them out.  [TIP:  Yes……you can clear emboss your printed paper to add an unexpected bit of shine.  Sweet!)  The interior right fold is where the gift card sleeve is attached, it is also in Cucumber Crush.

SENTIMENT:  The left fold, which is also in Real Red, reveals the interior where you write your note and the top flap folds partially over the right fold covering just a bit of the candies.  It is layered with Cucumber Crush and Whisper White. The sentiment is from the Tin of Tags stamp set which is stamped onto the Whisper White with Memento Black ink.  The sentiment is stamped again onto Cucumber Crush and fussy cut for the banner that is popped with Dimensionals.

Finally….to add the last bit of sparkle the dots are topped with 1/8″ circles of Real Red Glimmer cardstock.  The shine from the embossed “candies” and Red Glimmer dots give this the perfect amount of bling.  [grin]

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Thank you for stopping by today and have a great Monday!


  • STAMP:  Tin of Tags
  • PAPER:  Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, Real Red Glimmer
  • INK:  VersaMark, Memento Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–5/8″ & 1/8″ Circles | Emboss Powder–Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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