Quick & Easy Reindeer Tags for All

Quick and Easy Reindeer Tags -- FREE TUTORIAL from StampinFool.com

It’s the end of November.  Christmas is coming.  Are you ready to shop till you drop, wrap a million presents, cook and clean for weeks on end, and then veg out for a few days after the rush?  I am certainly NOT looking forward to ALL that work!  Whew.  This year we are keeping it simple.  Quiet time with family, no mad dash shopping, and cooking a few manageable meals that will provide leftovers for days. We are lucky to be able to have down time this Holiday and not feel the rush.

So for those of you hosting Thanksgiving, Christmas and more, I have an adorable quick and easy craft to make your Holiday handmade without the hassle.  These cuties can be made within a few minutes, and you can quickly assembly line a bunch of them for all of your needs.

In addition to making adorable tags, these Reindeer can be added to just about anything to decorate it up.  I call this #partystyling- making everything look like amazing party decor.  I’ll even give you a list of all the ways you can use these Reindeer Tags:

  • place cards
  • on paper napkin rings
  • water bottle labels
  • tags around the neck of bottles of wine
  • add them to neighbor gifts
  • treat bag toppers (cookies, candy, pretzels, reindeer food- oatmeal bags)
  • hot chocolate stirrer toppers
  • ornaments for all the kids to add to the tree in their favorite color
  • & so many more

Now that I have your creative juices flowing, I will show you how simple these guys are to make and give you a quick supply list.  You’re going to be blown away.  Enjoy!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Whisper White scrap paper
  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Crumb Cake ink & cardstock
  • Real Red ink
  • Holiday Greeting Stamp of your choice
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • 2″ circle punch
  • Tree builder punch
  • Red Pompom trim
  • Gold cording
  • 1/16″ handheld punch
  • Project Life journaling pen
  • Dimensionals
  • Tombow liquid glue


  1. Punch 2″ Circle from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink.
  2. Punch two tree branches from builder punch in Early Espresso card stock.  Cut off half of tree trunk, leaving the branches.
  3. Punch two 1/2″ white circles from scrap paper.  Draw two ovals for the eyes with Project Life Journaling pens.
  4. Cut off one red Pompom from the pompom trim.  Adhere to the bottom center of the 2″ crumb cake circle with liquid glue.
  5. Adhere the eyes above the pompom nose with liquid glue.
  6. Punch 1/16″ circle at top for gold cording. Tie gold cording through the hole.
  7. Cut a dimensional into a third and adhere to the back of each tree punch. Adhere above the eyes, with the branches pointing slightly outwards.
  8. Stamp another scrap of white card stock with your greeting or To/From tag, punch with 1 3/4″ circle,  and adhere to back of tag with liquid glue.
  9. Give, Gift, & Enjoy!


Today there is also an ongoing online Stamp Sale.  Framelits, Dies, stamps, markers and buttons are on sale, so head over to the Shop and check it out & get them while they last.


Quick and Easy Reindeer Tags -- FREE TUTORIAL from StampinFool.com

Farewell Holiday Stamps

The list has arrived a little early this year, our HOLIDAY RETIREMENT LIST.2015 Holiday Retiring Stampin Up! Products

Grab your 2015 Holiday Occasions Catalog and check off the list below.  Make sure you order everything you have to have be January 4, 2016, when they are gone for good!

A Few Notes:

  • Stamps will be guaranteed available until December 28th, 2015
  • Accessories- ribbon, buttons, designer series paper will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, and may sell out before January 4th.
  • So, if you are in love with accessories, get them NOW, while you still can.
  • US_HolidayRetiringList_ENG Here is a PDF of the Retiring List.
  • US_HolidayRetiringList_ENG Here is an Excel list you can sort of the LIST.

2016 Sprint Occasions Catalog

Tomorrow, Tuesday night at midnight (I’ll wait until Wednesday), I will be able to show you the cover of the brand new 2016 Spring Catalog.   As a demonstrator, I had the perk of being able to see it early, play with some of the products in it, and win free stamp sets at a local event Saturday called On Stage.  I will also share a ton of Holiday card samples that I swapped with other demonstrators, so stay tuned for that.

Upcoming Classes

  • Christmas Stamp-a-Stack
    • You will have the choice of 12 cards or 20 cards & I will include a BONUS of 2 birthday cards, because people still have birthdays in December!
      • December 4
      • December 5
      • December 11
      • December 12
  • Advent Box Calendar
    •  Get your Holiday Decor on with this beautiful Advent Calendar that you can fill with treats, activities or scripture readings.  I have included 25 days of reading, mostly from Luke 2. You won’t want to miss out!
    • Friday, Dec 4th or Saturday, December 5th

Woodland Flurry Sneak Peek Card Set

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at StampinFool.com

Have you seen the New 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! full of crafty ideas, projects, and supplies for everyone from the new crafter to the expert?  I absolutely LOVE the new stamps, paper and Holiday accessories.  I posted a winter Wonderland card yesterday that you will fall for so check that out if you haven’t seen it yet.

I know it’s only September, so I won’t focus too much on Christmas, but I want you to get excited for this year’s HUGE Christmas Card E-Class and Stamp-A-Stack.  I have started making a special set of cards and a coordinating full color PDF tutorial that will be chocked full of never before seen cards, available only here at Stampin Fool just for you!

I am formatting this year’s Holiday classes in a new way. First, I will have both LIVE and TO-GO classes available.  Local classes will be held, kits with instructions will be mailed, and a PDF only download will be available for crafters and demonstrators alike.

The main change to my classes this year is that I will feature ONE stamp set used MANY ways.  This cuts the cost to you, as you will only need one stamp set to complete every card in the tutorial!  I will have additional classes with a variety of cards using multiple stamp sets like in previous years.

So what’s in store? Here is a quick preview of a few bits and pieces that will be included in this year’s Flurry Class.

Flurry of Wishes card class preview at Stampin Fool

Woodlands Embossing, Flurry of Wishes Stampin Up Holiday Card Set at StampinFool.com


Do you want to know how to make this Wintery card above?  Here are the directions and supplies you’ll need from the new Holiday Catalog.


  1. Cut Soft Sky card base to 4 1/4″ x 11, score and fold at 5.5″.
  2. Cut Whisper White card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Cut Silver Foil paper to 4″ x 3″. Emboss with Woodlands embossing folder and Big Shot.
  4. Stamp small connected snowflakes in Soft Sky onto White layer. (You’ll want to order the stamp and punch bundle to save 15% and use the punch for punching snowflakes!)
  5. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink in the bottom right corner of the White layer.
  6. Adhere the Silver embossed layer to the White layer.
  7. Add a strip of 6″ White Glitter ribbon or Silver Sequin trim to the top layer with SNAIL adhesive.
  8. Adhere the White and Foil layer to the Soft Sky card front.
  9. Embellish the snowflakes with Dazzling details.
  10. Ta-Da! WOW your friends with this awesome card!!

 STAMPIN’ UP Supplies Used:

From Land to Sea: Simple & Stunning Thank You Cards

Cards always look better in sets.  It is a fact.  You can take a card that you like and add it to a collection of similar cards and the WOW factor goes up.  As you know, the new Stampin Up 2015 Annual Catalog recently came out and I have been eyeing a few stamp sets.  The stamp set From Land to Sea has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now and I haven’t had a chance to play with it.  I have been so preoccupied with things going on at home (the Hubs is running for State office in Virginia. You can check it out here: www.brandonwaltrip.com or our FB page here: BrandonWaltrip) that I haven’t devoted any time to crafting.  Last night after everyone was in bed, I went to my craft cove.  I grabbed the Land to Sea stamps and came up with a simple, easy to reproduce card that could be made assembly line for the hundreds of Thank You cards I will be needing in the near future to send out to donors, customers, and friends who have been an invaluable help to us.


From Land to Sea Single Layer Thank You Cards at StampinFool.com

Here is what I came up with- a 2″ x 4 ” Soft Sky sponged block with the images stamped in Early Espresso stamped images.  I used one of each large image from the stamp set and added a Thank You sentiment from One Big Meaning. (The supply list is below for your convenience).

Tips for sponging:  I took a piece of black scrap card stock that measured 3″ X 5″ and measured in 1/2″ on each side and cut out the center to form the negative space that I would sponge.  I started with the 3″ side along the top of my Stampin Trimmer. I started the blade at 1/2″ and cut down to 4 1/2″ and stopped. I then flipped the card stock over to its back and repeated.  You will have two vertical lines. Turn the card stock 90 degrees so that the 5″ side is along the top of your trimmer and connect the two cut lines which start 1/2″ from the top. Flip the card stock to its back and connect the remaining two lines.  This gives you a sturdy template to sponge within on each card.

From Land to Sea Single Layer Thank You Cards at StampinFool.com

And finally here is the entire set, because again, card sets are amazing!  How beautiful did these turn out?!?  The simplicity of this card makes it easy to duplicate and because it is a single layer, it goes even faster.

Tips for making a set: Score all Whisper White paper at 5 1/2″, then cut all pieces at 4 1/4″ first.  Then sponge each card front (I did 20 at once) and set them in a pile.  After you have sponged every card, stamp the image on each card (I started with 4 of each image, i.e. stamp four turtles, stamp four jellyfish, etc.).  Lastly, stamp the sentiment on each card. Ta-Da! You’re finished.

I know I would love to be on the receiving end of one of these handmade cards.  Would you!? Comment below for a chance to win a set of these beauties. 

From Land to Sea Single Layer Thank You Cards at StampinFool.com


As promised, here is the supply list.

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Paper Pumpkin Deal


Think you want to try Paper Pumpkin? Now is the time- you can receive two months at half off- only $10/mo to try it out! Don’t delay, try it now

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Say Hello to the New 2015-16 Annual Catalog!!


I am so excited that the NEW 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is finally live, released, and available for you to view.  I have a list of things to enhance your NEW Catalog experience below!


Click here to view the PDF Catalog (It will take a few minutes to load the entire thing).

RSVP to my NEW Catalog Party (if you don’t live here, no worries, join the Facebook Party- Click LIKE, then Events to RSVP to the event)!

Today is the LAST DAY to order the retiring products from the 2014 Catalog!  Get your favorites before they are gone!

Here is a photo of the cover of the NEW Catalog.  Isn’t it beautiful!  I just love the colors. It features a card kit that will be available in July which includes the card tin, card kit, and dividers!

2015-2016 New Stampin Up Catalog


Stamps in the Mail- June 2015- Sprinkles of Life


The Sprinkles of Life card kit is now available on my Stamps in the Mail page.  It is all inclusive – the stamp set, a matching punch, and all the parts to make the cards and card box.  All you will need is ink and adhesive to do the stamping.  It will include envelopes and a card box tutorial, as well as instructions for making the cards.

See a video here:

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 Paper Pumpkin SALE

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Stampin’ Up! Sprinkles of Life Rainy Day Video

I’ve been raving about how much I like the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and coordinating punch.  Here’s a quick and easy card for you using this adorable stamp set.

Tips for making this card:

  • Jot down the dimensions, pause the video and cut your paper, then follow along.
  • Emboss the clouds with Silver embossing powder for extra pizzaz!


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Stampin’ Up! 2015-2016 Catalog Sneak Peek


Are you ready to see a few samples made from BRAND NEW Products from the upcoming 2015-2016 Stampin Up Catalog?  I had the opportunity to get some products early (one of the demonstrator perks!) and here’s what I came up with!

Meet Mint Macaron & Watermelon Wonder- a new IN COLOR.  Another favorite is the Cherry on Top DSP stack, which now comes in 6×6 sheets.

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Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and Tree Builder Punch-  This stamp set is our exclusive Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set- $3 from EVERY purchase goes straight to RMH- which provides free or almost free housing for parents with long term hospitalized children.  It is a great charity and this stamp set is the perfect way to support it!  You’ll have to have it.

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Meet the New In Colors 2015-2017

Starting from the bottom of the Candles working my way up the NEW In Colors are:

  • Mint Macaron
  • Waltermelon Wonder
  • Cucumber Crush
  • Tip Top Taupe
  • Delightful Dijon (flame)

What do you think?  Don’t you love them!!  I just adore the bright Watermelon and Cucumber!


Paper Pumpkin Deal

For the next two months, Paper Pumpkin is on sale for NEW subscribers.  I love Paper Pumpkin so much that I am offer a free sample to you.  So all you have to do is Fill Out this Form and I’ll send you a project sample so that you can see what it’s all about.

Paper Pumpkin 50% OFF at stampinfool.com

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2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! NEW Catalog Preview!!

2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! NEW Catalog Preview!!

You heard that right! I’m here to show you a sneak peek of the BRAND NEW upcoming catalog.  You will be able to order from it starting June 2, 2015.  I will be hosting an Open House Party for the new catalog, both in home and online, through Facebook, for those of you who want to participate from afar.

There will be games, products, samples, prizes and fun to be had.  I will post more details as the date gets closer!



If you follow me @stampin.fool on Instagram, you saw this photo of my box of goodies right before I dug into all of it.  But, I have something even better for you today!  I filmed a quick video of the contents of the box- so you will see a selection of new products!!  Here’s the video and enjoy the fun!!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 10.40.40 pmDon’t forget that your favorite Retiring products can still be purchased online here.


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What do you think?  Have you ordered yours yet?  Do you need more ideas for how to complete it?  If you want to step up the projects there are simple ways to use the bits and pieces to make them truly amazing.

Ready to give it a try and join the Paper Pumpkin club?

1. Go to www.paperpumpkin.com and click one of these three links:

. “Join Here” (middle of the page)
. “Join” (top right of the screen)
. “Subscribe” (top middle of the screen)

2. In the “Quantity” field, enter 1 (or more) and click “Continue.”
3 .Enter your general information and click “Continue.”
4. Enter your payment information and click “Continue.”
5. Select a demonstrator – April Bailey (Waltrip)

That’s it! You are official. You will receive an e-mail that invites you to come back to the site to create a password. You will need that if you ever want to change your information, skip a month, or cancel Paper Pumpkin kits.

Or you can go to http://www.stampinup.com/

After you order, you’ll receive a code via e-mail to redeem your subscription at PaperPumpkin.com.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will be delivered to your door each month and ships by the 15th. It will have everything you need to complete the projects- stamps, ink, clear bock for stamps, cards, embellishments and adhesive dots. It’s awesome and you’re going to love it!

Click here to order online: http://bit.ly/1JoL6f1

Learn More:
Email: aprilwaltrip@gmail.com


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