Pals December Blog Hop: Last Minute Gift Ideas

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is Last Minute Gifts/Cards to inspire you with your holiday list. We really hope that you will be enjoy all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! As you hop from blog to blog, we would love for you to leave a comment. You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

We have a fun little Secret Santa exchange in our family, using gifts we make ourselves, and this year, I drew my oldest daughter Katie’s name. She works from home for an online university, and has recently remodeled her home office. We have a ‘budget’ for our Secret Santa gifts, and I had a few $$ left, so I decided to make a last-minute addition to my gift for her.

I had ordered a few of these white double-sided standing frames that can go in a work area, on a kitchen counter, wherever! You can find them HERE at Amazon, and I’m sure at many other places. I wanted something for Katie’s office in the same red that she has painted on an accent wall.

My palette was a 6″ by 4″ Basic White panel of card stock that slides down into the white frame from above. I built a background of warm yellows and reds using the watercolor-like floral stamp from the Artistically Inked stamp set. I stamped the large flower in Bumblebee, So Saffron, and Cherry Cobbler on the bottom of the panel and along the left side, “stamping off” in some areas as well. In addition, I added some ink onto the Water Painter and spritzed onto the flower background to make a more abstract scene.

On a separate scrap of Shimmery White cardstock, I stamped a large sunflower in Bumble Bee. Then I used my Water Painters to paint the sunflower in shades of Cherry Cobbler and Bumble Bee inks. I just kept adding layers of color until I got the effect I wanted. I cut out the sunflower using the outline sunflower die. I then cut a detailed sunflower out with a sheet of Gold Foil. I adhered the foil to the top of the watercolored sunflower, and adhered the entire flower to the front of my white panel. I used my snips to cut a little of the sunflower off the left side to make it fit when I put it in the frame.

Finally I used Cherry Cobbler ink to stamp my sentiment. I realize this stamp is retired — it’s from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. But I HAD to use it for Katie. It was perfect for her office, to remind her to JUST BREATHE, even when she’s in a stressful work situation. By the way, I did cut the long sentiment of the stamp in two, so I could put one word on top of the other.

That was it! I hope you’ll consider this gift idea in the future. The sky’s the limit as you create a 6″ by 4″ masterpiece of your own. Wouldn’t these be nice for teachers’ and caregivers’ gifts? Below you’ll find all the products used in this project. I wish you Peace and Happiness as we move closer to the holidays!

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. The Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop on January 11th when our theme will be Sale-A-Bration Time. The design team will showcase projects made from Sale-A-Bration items.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  3. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Jill Loveland at Simple Stamping
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’ —————-You are HERE!
  10. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  17. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  18. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  19. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose


Stampin’ Up! is doing free shipping on orders of $75+ on Thursday, December 15 only!  Thursday is a great time to pick up those last few retiring items and clearance rack items that you’ve been wanting…or to stock up on essentials from the Annual Catalog!!

This incredible deal lasts for 24 hours only, so get your orders of $75+ submitted on the 15th and get free shipping!

Stampin' Up! Free Shipping - December 15

Here are the details:

  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount has been met.
  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $75 or more (before tax).
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period the promotion is live; this means that the order must be opened and closed on December 15, 2022.
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.
  • Prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are eligible for FREE shipping under the same rules as all other Stampin’ Up! items during the promotion.
  • The free shipping promotion does not cover the additional cost for expedited shipping.
  • Due to increased shipping times and possible shipping delays during the month of December, Stampin’ Up! can’t guarantee delivery before Christmas.
  • Free shipping begins at 12:01 AM MT on December 15, 2022.
  • Free shipping ends on December 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM MT.

Click HERE to start shopping with me!

If you make an online order of $50 or over with the host code below, I will send you a free sampling of NEW Designer Series Papers from the Jan-May Mini Catalog — right after January 1! If your order if more than $150, DO NOT use the host code — instead, use the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself in the form of free product. I will still send you the new DSP as my gift to you!

BZDTRZX2 is the December Host Code!

Please let me know if you have any questions. And be sure to join my Up North Stampin’ Gang Facebook page. We are having SO much fun over there! We post, we share, and just enjoy life! Here’s the link to request to join:


Product List
Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set
Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set

8 thoughts on “Pals December Blog Hop: Last Minute Gift Ideas

  1. Absolutely stunning, Mary! Wow, I love your beautiful sunflower and the frame is so great. Thanks for joining the hop this month – Happy Holidays!


  2. Such a lovely gift idea Mary! I love that it’s something that can sit around and be treasured all year long. Beautiful!!


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