Pals Blog Hop: Anything But a Card!

Welcome to the Pals November 2017 Blog Hop featuring “Anything But a Card”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals wow you with projects like home decor items, gifts and 3-D items. Maybe even some card sets.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Box Champagne Foil - Peggy Noe - stampinup

A pretty box is just what we need for holiday gift giving! As paper crafters, we have the ability to actually make an easy small box.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Gift Box Champagne Foil - Peggy Noe - stampinup

For this box I used a beautiful Champagne Foil Sheet ~ isn’t it gorgeous? To decorate the top of the box I added an additional piece of Champagne Foil that was embossed with the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Do you see how it has the pattern of a snowflake? And the box opens easily at the front so that you can slip in the little gift!

Stampin' Up! Champagne Foil Holiday Box - Prettypapercards - stampinup

The Cherry Cobbler Double-Stitched Ribbon was slipped under the embossed piece and then tied up in a bow on the top. It’s the perfect finish to the blingy box!!

Stampin' Up! Champagne Foil Holiday Foil Gift Boxes - Prettypapercards - stampinup

You can use all kinds of different papers to make boxes. I made a second box using Cherry Cobbler card stock and the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. For this box I cut pieces of the designer series paper and adhered them on all of the sides of the box.

To make the box:

  • Start with an 11″ x 7″ piece of card stock
  • Placing the card stock in a horizontal/landscape position, use the score blade on your Stampin’ Trimmer to score at 2″ – 5″ – 7″ – and 10″
  • Turn the card stock to the vertical/portrait position and score at 2″ and 5″
  • Hold the card stock in the vertical/portrait position, with the smallest scored section at the top (1″)… you will see three scored sections along the top. Trim away the left and right sides, leaving a 3″ wide x 1″ deep tab. This forms the tab which is part of the lid of the box.
  • Turn the card stock back to the horizontal/landscape position and cut up from the bottom of the card stock at each vertical score line just as far as the first horizontal score line.
  • Flip the card stock around so that the side you have just cut is now at the top. Again cut up from the bottom of the piece at each vertical score line just as far as the first horizontal score line.
  • Fold and burnish each score line. Form the box with the tabbed lid at the top. Trim the sides of the lid to 1″ deep, to match the tab.
  • Put the box together, adhering the sides with Tear & Tape or Fast Fuse
  • Run a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of card stock through the Big Shot inside of the Winter Wonder Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (see how to get it FREE below!).
  • Tie ribbon around the embossed piece, making a bow at the top. Adhere to the top of your box.

I will be posting a video tutorial with instructions on how to assemble the box later this week. All of the supplies I used are listed at the bottom of this post.

I’d sure love to hear what you think of this box and my video. I’m trying to get better at them 🙂 Please leave your COMMENT HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today! Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on December 13, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. 

Free Embossing Folder!

Place an order for $75 or more in my online store, and use my Monthly Host Code for November QHJE9JVE, and you will receive from me as your FREE GIFT the Stampin’ Up! Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder used in the box above! This embossing folder will add beautiful texture to all your holiday projects! CLICK HERE to learn more!



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Black and White Birthday and Ways to Save!

Prettypapercards Stampin' Up! Birthday Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Black and white plaid is so classic, who doesn’t like it? It can be casual or elegant, and that’s what makes it good for any occasion. Today’s card pairs it with the beautiful Berry Burst for a birthday card!

Prettypapercards Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Pretty Pointers:

  • Pair a bold color with a contrasting bold for a real WOW! Here the Basic Black and the Berry Burst play off of each other for a bright card.
  • Remember to decorate your envelope. It makes your card much more of an “experience.”
  • Soften a geometric. Here the doily and the curvy lines of the flourish die cut really soften the square pattern.

Prettypapercards Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

The cute little flower in the lower left corner of the oval was stamped and then colored with Berry Burst and Powder Pink ink and a blender pen.

Prettypapercards Stampin' Up! Happiest of Days Flourish - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Ways to Shop and Save at Prettypapercards:

Be sure you take advantage of all the ways to shop at save at Prettypapercards! How can you do that?

1. Pretty Paper Rewards – get rewards for shopping with me! FIND OUT HOW HERE!

2.My Monthly Host Code Gift to You – for your order of $75+ and you use my monthly Host Code, you will receive a special gift from me! This month you can win the beautiful Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! FIND OUT MORE HERE!

3.Earn the Color Me Happy Stamp Set – during the month of November I have an exclusive offer! When you order the complete set of the new Stampin’ Blends from me, you will receive the Color Me Happy Stamp Set FREE from me! ORDER HERE


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Last Day: Don’t Miss These Great Specials!

My End of October Special!

My favorite stamp set for October is the beautiful Count My Blessings set (shown below). And, as my special gift to you, if you order this set from me today, October 31st, I will email you three (3) FREE tutorials of cards designed by me using this set! CLICK HERE to place your order for this great set!

Count My Blessings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Item No. 144790


Designer Series Paper Sale!

This sale only comes around once a year! I just ordered my own Designer Series Papers. I got some of the Be Merry paper for the holidays, and some of the Just Add Color paper to use with the Stampin’ Blends that are available TOMORROW!!! This is the last day for this great sale! Order by clicking the graphic above!


Exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set!

Today is the last day to get the exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set with your order of $300 or more! There is no other way to obtain this great holiday set. If you have a wish list, order it now and get this FREE EXCLUSIVE set! Item No. 144973.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Embossing Paste Leaves!

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous Birthday Card - Peggy Noe - stampinupI absolutely love the new leaf punch! There is so much you can do with it! For today’s project, I used it as a mask for embossing paste!Stampin' Up! Birthday Gorgeous Birthday Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

Today’s cards are the ones we made at our one-day retreat, Create the Day Away, and I couldn’t wait for you to see them! One of our demonstrations was on using embossing paste in different ways.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Gorgeous Birthday Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

For this card we created a “mask” by punching a piece of Heavyweight Card Stock with the Leaf Punch. We laid the punched piece of card stock on top of the thin card stock panel and covered it with Embossing Paste. Lift up the mask and you are left with the embossing paste leaves!

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous It's Your Day Card - Peggy Noe - stampinup

We made both of these cards so that we could use a different arrangement of the card elements and a different sentiment on each card.

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous Birthday Cards - Peggy Noe - stampinup

What do you think? Do you have any preference? Different options, different stamps, different combination of colors…and all quick and easy!

Give it a try! Punch your own leaves and use the punched piece as a mask for embossing paste. Send me a picture of your project ~ I’d LOVE to see it!




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A Preview and a New Challenge!

I have some really exciting news ~ there’s a new challenge in town! I love card challenges! They make you think outside of the box! I’m a bit competitive and when I see a challenge blog it calls out to me and says “Can you do this?” That’s all I need to start my mind whirling 🙂

Well, this Thursday, June 8th, is the debut of a brand new card challenge called the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. How do you play? Each week there will be a tic tac toe board with card elements in the squares. You look at all the different squares and chose three elements to use on your card. You chose squares to win tic tac toe ~ 3 across, 3 down, 3 on a diagonal. Easy, right?

And I’d like to encourage YOU to play along! I’m honored to be one of the designers for this challenge, so you will be seeing my cards over there! In fact, I’m leading off the first challenge with a tic tac toe board designed by me! Yikes!

My card is made and I’m ready to show it to you this Thursday! Now you know I can’t reveal my card yet, but….today I’m giving you a tiny tiny preview. It gives you just a bit of a taste of what you’ll see on the 8th.

You can pop over the the challenge page now and check it out at And then get ready to take the challenge yourself starting this Thursday! I’d sure love to see you over there!

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Basic Tools: My First Facebook Video!

Hi there! Well, I tried it. I went for it. I did it. Yes, I went on Facebook Live and made a video!! It was my first time trying it, and I was a bit nervous (teeth chattering!). So I thought you might like to see it! Here it is. Now it’s not perfect, I have a lot to learn, but here you go.


Basic tools are SO important, I’ve learned that. Today’s video is about scissors and why good quality scissors make a big difference in your cards. I’m going to pop on Facebook Live at least once a week (I hope to get bette at it) and show you some other basic tools that are super important in card making.

Do you follow me on Facebook?  I’d sure love to have you join me there! Click here on my FACEBOOK LINK and it will take you straight to my Facebook page. Be sure to “like” my page so that you get my regular posts.

And, I’ll tell you a secret 🙂  I try to post on there at least once a day and sometimes twice. You’ll be able to see more because I sometimes post photos of what I’m doing and what I’m crafting that day. I think you’ll like it!

Now, back to the scissors. The Stampin’ Up! scissors are called Paper Snips. They come with a nice protective cover over the blades (they are sharp!) which is especially nice if you have small children around.

Don’t forget: there’s not much time left to shop from the Retiring List. After May 31st the items will officially be retired! Things are going fast! Don’t miss out!

Thanks for stopping by today!