Friday in New York...high temp for today is 22 Degrees!

Hi Everyone!

Our vacation is a little more than half over and we are having a fantastic time. Waiting at our place right now for my cousin to come visit. Poor guy is on a mandatory overtime schedule right now and works two split shifts every day but Friday. I feel bad for him but he is used to it and accepts it!

Even when you are on a vacation you can usually figure out a way to get some crafting in. I knew being in a cold climate and being indoors a bit would make it easy for me to carve out a little time for crafting, but I also knew that it would be tough to pack a lot of heavy items like paper punches, paper trimmer, etc. So I just went ahead and pre-stamped a few things and punched out some shapes that I thought I might use. Here is what I brought:

What you see is about 20 pre-punched (with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch) 4 inch tags, about 20 or so Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer-stamped shapes, some adhesives (Mini Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, and Stampin' Dimensionals), my old faithful mini scissors from years ago, and some pre-punched shapes with the Scalloped Circle and an old Curly Label punch I had. Some scraps of red and silver glimmer paper and a spool of red Baker's twine (from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack) and I was all set. I made sure it all fit into a large zip lock plastic bag and just threw it into my checked baggage. It didn't take up much room and certainly didn't weigh much. I had some assorted scraps and mini labels punched out that I brought as well just in case I could find a spot for them.

Here is what I have made so far:

Mainly assorted gift tags (which I will definitely need when I get home on the 19th and need to finish wrapping everything! There were a couple more of these that I finished here as well, having brought the components already pre-cut to fit my pieces:

I'm telling you, you can never have too many gift card holders around the holidays. Even if you forget someone and all you have around is a small Starbucks card for 10 bucks or even a McDonalds or In & Out Burger gift card, the recipient will appreciate you thinking about them more than you will ever know. The one gift card holder I eventually went with is a trifold design and so simple to put together that you can do quite a few without breaking a sweat. The fun part is figuring out how to embellish the bellyband tag. It can either be whimsical like the cool Santa I have up there or glitzy or glamorous with glimmer paper. Whatever you want to convey, it is easy to do with this design. The only thing I can say to remind everyone of is that you need to make sure you do NOT make your belly band too tight. It needs to be able to slip on and off easily so that your recipient doesn't have to struggle to remove it. These can be hung from your Christmas tree or you can easily made a custom sized envelope with the Envelope Punch Board based on the overall dimensions of your gift card holder.

Before I go (it is time for us to go to my favorite Italian market, Uncle Giuseppe's to get the fixings for tomorrow night's family dinner!) I want to tell you about a couple of SUPER great deals happening right now. Especially for some of my newer stampers who don't have a ton of stuff yet to make things with. There is a great Year-End Clearance going on right now on my Stampin' Up! page and my two picks for today are the Cupcake Builder Punch (only $10.80) and the Layering Circle Framelits Dies (only $17.50). This is a great deal for these two items (many more are listed in the section for closeouts) but in these two - the Cupcake Builder punch is 40% off its regular price and the Layering Circles are a whopping 50% off! Both of these items are things you will use for a LONG time and can be useful in so many ways. While it is true that you need the Big Shot for the Layering Circles, at some point you should really consider purchasing the Big Shot anyway for your regular crafting needs. It will definitely open up some new and wonderful projects when you do!

Now I must go, but before I do I just want to mention that I will be having one more giveaway before Christmas! Yes, it was so much fun celebrating my promotion to earning Bronze Elite status that I will be doing it again!! Tune in tomorrow to see what we are going to be giving away!!

Until then, have a fantastic night!



  1. love the tags and gift card cute. I need to make a bunch of gift tags I always say I am going to make a bunch of gift tags after christmas for the next year but It never happens.. lol

    1. Did you ever get any of the Tag Topper punches? I think there are two right now; the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and the Ornate Tag punch (on clearance) but either one are SO helpful. I have the scalloped one and use it so often you wouldn't believe it. Well worth the investment! :)


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