Tree Advent Calendar

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry I’m a bit late today, I spent some time with my grandson AJ yesterday who turned 17! Wow, they grow up fast. On the other hand, I also spent time with my youngest granddaughter Lori … she’s just 4 months. It was a busy day!

While checking out the “Get Inspired” blog by Stampin’ Up! I ran across the cutest project for Christmas. It was created by Allison Okamitsu 2014–2015 Artisan Design Team. I just had to share this one with you ….

Tree Advent Calendar

Christmas will be here before you know it, my friends, and what better way to celebrate the days leading up to it than an advent calendar?!


Tiny Treat Boxes (item #135829) make an adorable advent tree. I’ve covered each of the boxes with patterns from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper (item #139592)—what fabulous nostalgic designs it has! And the Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack (item #139654) has some great stickers numbered 1–25 for each box lid. The boxes are the perfect size to hold a treat, love note, or coupon for each day of December until Christmas day.


You’ll want to assemble your tree in layers, with seven boxes on the bottom layer, followed by layers of six, five, four, three, and one. The box on the very top of the tree isn’t meant to be opened, but it sure looks lovely as a topper. Using hot glue, I also adhered a double bow with long, whimsical tails using two yards of Mossy Meadow 5/8″ Striped Cotton Ribbon (item #138419).


Whether you’re counting down until Christmas with little children at home, grown children at university, or your spouse, this Tree Advent Calendar will be a lovely addition to your holiday (or dorm room) décor!

Allison Okamitsu  2014–2015 Artisan Design Team

Don’t you think that is the most adorable? What a fun project to make with your kids!

Thank you for stopping by today, I’ll be back tomorrow with fun Halloween card!

Have a wonderful day ~


Simply Sunday: Reason for the Season

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

First …  I’d like to wish my nephew Artie a Happy Birthday!!

Today I have a simply beautiful card to share with  you from our Holiday Catalog … you should have yours by now. Don’t you just love it!!

I have been patiently waiting to bust open my box of goodies … needed to organize my stampin’ area before I added more, but I could wait no longer!!


Now that’s a box of FUN!!  I had a hard time picking out something out to make our card today! So I decided to create another card using the “Home for Christmas” Designer paper that you saw yesterday. I just love this paper and it’s so easy to keep it simple when the paper is so pretty.


I added the greeting from the “Reason for the Season” stamp set. I just adore it when they use the nostalgic fonts, it just screams Christmas. I used the Venetian Crochet Trim to maintain the nostalgic feel.

For a pop of color I added the pretty little poinsettia button from the “Home for Christmas” Designer Buttons and tied a little bow using the Old Olive Bakers Twine.

I would love to hear what your favorite items are in the new Holiday Catalog.  Don’t have one?? If you are in need of a demonstrator I would be happy to send you a catalog.

Thanks for visiting with me today.

Have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy it’s simple pleasures.




Sneak Peek Cozy Christmas Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A quick post today and a sneak peek from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

At our Stampin’ Up! Convention we (the demonstrators) had the chance to see many Christmas card ideas using products from the Holiday Catalog! We also had the opportunity to create this card using Cozy Christmas stamp set and Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.

I love the retro feel … What do you think?


The delightful Santa was snipped from one of the patterns in the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper. Tucked behind Santa is a piece of Very Vanilla 1-1/4″ Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon … oh so pretty! This would look great on gifts as well.

I love when everything coordinates. Stampin’ Up! Home for Christmas Designer Buttons are the perfect compliment to the stamp set and paper.

All of these wonderful “sneak peek” holiday products shared today will be available when the Stampin’ Up! Catalog begins Sept. 1

Thank you for poppin’ in today …

Hope your day is a great one!