Pals November Blog Hop: Anything But A Card

2018-pbh-callmeclover 200 x 200Welcome to the November 2018 Blog Hop with Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Holiday card making is well on its way.  It’s time to start on gifts and gift wrap. Let the Stampin’ Pretty Pals inspire you with “Anything But A Card” today.

You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Santa's Workshop Designer Specialty Paper - Nothing Sweeter Bundle - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up! -

My treat holder a combination of old and new.  I found this design a few years ago, created by the Paper Pixie, Julie DeMatteo. (She’s a master of 3D projects AND cards.  There’s nothing she can’t do!)  Since then, I have tried to come up with my own design, but finally decided you can’t change perfection!  Instead, I have updated the project by using fresh new papers and stamp sets. Thank you, Julie!

As a high school teacher, I can only look on with envy when my elementary teacher colleagues receive all these wonderful little gifties from their adoring students.  Fellow teachers, this treat pouch is for YOU!  As a matter of fact, these hot chocolate and marshmallow holders are my best seller at craft shows!

Nothing Sweeter - Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin' - Stampin' Up!

I built the card base by using the instructions below:


  • Crumb Cake base – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored along the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″
    • Make a tick mark at 2-3/4″ along the 5-1/2″ side and cut from the tick mark to where the center score line meets the top edge
  • Santa’s Workshop DSP – 4″ x 5-1/8″
    • Make a tick mark at 2-5/8″ along the 5-1/8″ side and, with the tick mark along the right side, cut from the tick mark to the opposite left corner

The cute trio of trees are all from the Nothing Sweeter bundle.  I stamped with Shaded Spruce on the Seafoam tree, and used the stitched thinlit on the Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce tree.  I popped a sparkly snowflake on one tree from the Snowfall thinlits dies, and some Santa’s Workshop Enamel Shapes on the Mint tree, and adhered them onto the front of the treat pouch.  I ADORE this new stamp set and dies.  The shapes look like Christmas Cookies to me!

Nothing sweeter

The sentiment is from the Picked For You Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I love the special ‘teacher’ messages!

Picked For You

Since we no longer carry the plastic test tubes, I ordered them from Amazon.  You can get various sizes and quantities very reasonably.

Santa's Workshop Designer Series Paper - Close Up - Nothing Sweeter - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson - Stampin' Up!

Click HERE to see a video with information on how to tie the ribbon around the test tube.  Julie makes it easy!

Get more inspiration using the Blog Hop Line-up below. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created. Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  3. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  4. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  8. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  9. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  12. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  13. Sandra Conner at Pretty Provisions
  14. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  15. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  16. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 12, 2018, for the next Pals Blog Hop. It will be a glitzy affair with All That Sparkles and Shines. Don’t miss the fun!

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15 thoughts on “Pals November Blog Hop: Anything But A Card

    1. I ordered them on Amazon — Here’s the description: 30PCS Clear Plastic Test Tubes with Wood Cork Stoppers for Scientific Experiments Party Favor, 15x100mm I hope this helps!


  1. I can see why these are your best sellers, Mary! They are absolutely adorable! When my kids were in high school, we still gave all their teachers gifts like this, because I didn’t understand why only elementary teachers got them. The high school teachers appreciated them even more because they were usually the only gifts they received.


  2. Mary, I love this project. It feels like you could almost dip those tree “cookies” in your hot cocoa from the front. Any teacher would definitely feel appreciated to receive such a fun gift 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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