Stampin’ Pretty Holiday Blog Candy Giveaway

SDC19089-1 125152LThese charming heart cookies were created with the Stampin' Up! Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps (left), a simple sugar cookie recipe and a big dose of love from my favorite baker, my daughter Caroline.  Here's my past blog post highlighting the pumpkin cookie stamp (also part of the set). 

I'm offering the complete Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamp Set to a lucky winner as part of of my Stampin' Pretty Holiday Blog Candy Giveaway.  Keep reading . . .

HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED in my Holiday Blog Candy Giveaway (featured in the photo above):

  • NEW Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps (Value $16.95).  Includes a solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images: a heart, a jack-o-lantern, and a snowflake.
  • Sixty 6 x 6 sheets of Stampin' Up! Holiday Designer Series Paper (Spice Cake, Frostwood Lodge, Letters to Santa and Frightful Sight).
  • A bundle of buttons (includes a potpourri of Holly Berry Bouquet and Spice Cake Designer Buttons.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, leave me a comment at the end of this post with the name of the paper crafting technique you enjoyed the most in 2011.  I'll announce a random winner after the deadline (below) and ship the goodies pronto.  U.S. addresses ONLY, PLEASE.

DEADLINE for comments and blog candy participation is Monday, Dec. 26, at NOON CST. 

LEARN about more ways to use the Holiday Sweet Pressed Cookies Stamps with the videos below. 


Here's a second video with more tips from Sara Douglass of Stampin' Up! on how to combine the stamps with colored sugar, fondant or even molded chocolate!

L3_NA_DemoLowers_Dec15-Jan3STAMPIN' UP! CLEARANCE RACK BLITZ! SAVE UP TO 80%!!!  NOW through January 5, 2012, nearly 200 products (tons of punches, dies, designer series paper, ribbon and more!) are being added to the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack–with some discounted up to 80 percent! These great deals are only available when you purchase on-line and while supplies last.


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  1. I love punches. I am a major collector and I just love all of the incredible and creative ways the punches have been used. Taking a standard punch, and even the really intricate ones (the owl punch), and coming up with a new and inventive ways to use them. Thanks you so much for all of your wonderful ideas. I look forward to reading them every day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Veronica Correa

    Mary – I enjoy everything about your blog and all the techniques you share with us. I especially like how you teach us to create or use new techniques using our punches, like the corner punch. I would have never thought I can use my punches to create a new touch to a card. Thank you!

    Best, Veronica

  3. I have enjoyed heat-embossing. I have also enjoyed embossing with my Big Shot, so I guess that means I love embossing. Thanks for a chance to win!

  4. Amy Turner-Nasset

    My favorite technique this year has hands down been die cutting using the big shot! I love love love how simple it is and how gorgeous the results are whether due cutting or embossing. My customers and friends would rather die cut or punch things out than cutting images out by hand.

  5. wow! there are so many great techniques and tips i have seen this year! however i just absolutely adore the big shot and all of the embossing folders and dies.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  6. I just got a Big Shot and some embossing folders. I am looking forward to trying out some of your ideas. I am a newbie and need lots of help. You give me such wonderful ideas.You have inspired me to do more. Happy New Year to you.

  7. Sheryl Cushman

    Mary, As usual you always come up with inspiring ideas.

    I would say I love the embossing folders and the Big Shot. I definitely makes for a more interesting design on cards, scrapbooking pages, etc.

    Wishing you and your a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.

  8. Mary, I look forward to checking out your site for ideas. You have inspired me to use my big shot more but my favorite is learning to use more DSP in my cards. I can add so much more color with just a little paper. Thanks!

  9. I am not an artist by no means, but with Stampin up I can create anything my heart desires. I am thankful for your “one minute wows”. They have inspired me to be more creative with my cards. I gave each of my friends at work cards and they all enjoyed them. I appreciate all that you share through out your blog and videos.

  10. I love using the embossing folders with my Big Shot. Keep up the videos. Love them!

  11. Evette K. Ciampo

    Love any of your videos using embossing folder of which I have ssssssssssssssoooooooooooooo many. But all of your videos are so helpful. I love using SU products and appreciate your help. [email protected] Would love to win this one!!

  12. Connie Van Hooser

    Mary I think I enjoy my punches and embossing folders the most. Along with the wonderful DSP papers I can never go wrong with my creations.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

  13. Elizabeth Ames

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.i anxiously check your blog every day and thoroughly enjoy your inspirations for my card making.
    I must say that I have many favorites this year. I think the many embossing folders are my most used items this past year.

  14. I have really enjoyed learning all the techniques one can do with a scoring board! So many possibilities… Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I love love love the Big Shot, the embossing folders and dies. It is hard to make a card without using my Big Shot. I also love the punches and coordinating stamp sets. I check your blog everyday. You do an outstanding job. Thank you.

  16. I have loved scoring everything and anything. It’s fun to play around with textured backgrounds. I also love to use my scoring tool for making boxes and envelopes. Love your blog it is a go to for great ideas. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  17. Laura Ozurovich

    I love using clear embossing powder to create subtle backgrounds for my cards. It adds a little dimension and some sparkle to both plain card stock and DSP. The versamark pen makes highlighting all those little details such a snap!

  18. I love all the scoring techniques. So easy and fun to create with perfectly spaced lines!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. I am really loving the MDS program and also I LOVE my Big Shot too. Great tool everybody should have.

  20. For 2011, I have really been trying to add more layers and bling to my cards. I usually love the clean and simple looks, but adding something more to so much better!

  21. My favorite paper crafting technique for 2011 was an assortment of techniques you provided in your Window Sheet Gift Box video. It really is a great gift idea for anytime … very simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Merry Christmas Mary! I have really enjoyed using my big shot for all types of things – cutting and embossing to make quick designs! Thanks for the chance at blog candy.

  23. I guess my favorite is dry embossing with the folders. It adds such a great touch to cards. Thanks for a chance to win a wonderful prize, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  24. I use the big shot with embossing folders the most but I like to learn new techniques or ideas.

  25. Heat embossing is by far my favorite!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  26. Beth Willoughby

    I’ve been doing lots of rock-n-roll this year…one of the first techniques I learned 8 years ago, been having lots of fun with it!

  27. I like the embossing folders. I also enjoy watching your videos. Thank you for the inspiration!! Merry Christmas!!

  28. My favorite paper crafting technique this past year would have to the dry embossing with all the great embossing folders Stampin Up offers.

  29. I LOVE my bigshot machine. It has done wonderful things for my cards. From embossing to die cutting, it adds so much to creating different looks.

  30. Inking the embossing folders to get a pretty reverse with the big shot -love it!

  31. I love all of your ideas. They keep me inspired. For several years now my favorite technique is embossing – wet or dry and the use of brads – they add that extra ooomph taking a card from nice to oooooh.

  32. The scoring technique for making the flowers.
    Your choice of papers makes it whatever you want.
    Vintage, bright, etc. Yours is the site I go to
    every day. Thanks for your hard work.

  33. Mary, it is hard to choose! I have learned so much from your WOW tutorials. The SU punches are just the best, and I love the coordinating stamps. Merry Christmas to you!

  34. One of the newest techniques I tried (and now use a lot) is the inlaid embossing. It is so versatile and can be used for any occasion.

  35. Shell Ann Ondish

    My favorite for 2011 has been the Big Shot and embossing folders.
    I love the way you can add texture to the paper quickly.
    Thank you for all of your posts, ideas and blog candy.I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas:)

  36. Charmaine Babineau

    My demo showed me your site, and I’ve been inspired by many of your cards. My favorite was the uses you put to the Triple Treat Flower punch. I’ve got all the supplies now. Thank you for the daily inspiration, even on Christmas Day!

  37. Looking back at the year, wow… my whole crafty world POPPED with the addition of YOUR inspirations & my Big Shot!!

  38. I received an early Christmas gift from my husband of a Silhouette Cameo and have had a blast playing with it. I’m new to stamping and card making, so even embossing is exciting to me. My kids are grown and out of the house leaving me time to craft, knit and crochet and I’m really enjoying it. I’m new to your website, but am a fan of “One Minute to Wow”. Happy Holidays, Mary ! ~Suzy

  39. Not surprisingly, my favorite technique has been anything to do with the Big Shot — love those embossing folders!! Learning some new folds has been fabulous too though!

  40. Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for offering up such nice blog candy. I love learning new techniques and your recent Wow video of using the Lace Ribbon border punch to make a stunning rosette sent me over the moon ;-). I’ve been making rosettes alot this year and using this punch creates a new delicate look.

    Like many of your other readers, I often use heat embossing, embossing folders and/or dies when creating my cards. Those continue to be my favorite and most used techniques.

  41. I can hardly make a card any more without the Big Shot but the embossing folders are really the greatest. I love how they add so much texture with very little effort. Your 1 minute to wow videos are so helpful, I love them. Thanks for all you do and the chance to win some candy. You have a lot of comments, wow.

  42. I love everything you do and I love everything you create. I love using the embossing folders and the one minute to wow videos have really helped me with a lot of techniques. Thank you for your inspiration and your gift for crafting and teaching us easy and fun things.

  43. I really enjoy using my Big Shot–especially the embossing folders. They add so much to any project. I have learned so much watching your One Minute to WOW videos! Such great tips and done in an easy to understand way. Thank you Mary for all the great ideas!

  44. Mary, every morning I get up, and before I go downstairs for my morning coffee. I have to see what you have whipped up today. Every post makes me have a Ahhhhh!!!!!! moment. Thank you for sharing your talent, creativity with us. Just on doing what you’ve been doing.

  45. Could you please share how she made the design with color? Thanks!
    I love using textured impression folder to make the cards, it was used on almost every card I made in 2011!

    Lauren Y.

  46. Hello,
    I love the punches ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing.

  47. veronica shannahan

    I like learning all the different fancy folds. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into sharing your designs and ides with all of us.

  48. If I have to pick a “favorite,” it is the embossing folders. I’m so glad SU comes out with new ones. I’ve never written to tell you how much I appreciate your posts. They are truly inspiring to me. You are so talented!

  49. I’m not sure if this counts as a technique, but I’ve really enjoyed becoming a S-U demonstrator this year! I signed up to be a hobby demo, but discovered so many friends who were looking for someone to buy from! I love getting the inside scoop, the ability to pre-order from catalogs and the discount doesn’t hurt! Thanks for all of your posts, which mentor all of us!!

  50. Merry Christmas Miss Mary! And bless you for the inspiration you share throughout the year. Embedded embossing, quilting techniques and really anything to do with the Big Shot and the embossing folders have been my favorites this year. Loved the fold ideas too! May your New Year be blessed and joyful.

    Hugs – Jean

  51. I have been embossing everything. It’s my favorite.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  52. Merry Christmas, Mary! I have enjoyed soooo many of your posts! I love the Big Shot ideas and the unique folded cards the most. You have wonderful ideas and I enjoy your visits every day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. I really love using the embossing folders to make background papers.

  54. embedded embossing has been my favorite. thanks for all your beautiful work and inspiration. I’ve asked Santa for a stamp room just like yours! Merry Christmas,

  55. Mary, I joinedSU under you because I came across your website. My favorite tool is the Big Shot! When I saw that I could get a free one, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Now, that you are my upline, I got a raise! A raise of happiness! Thank you.

  56. I have always loved the power of a punch! I love using punches and I don’t think that will change. Embossing also adds a little extra pop for me on my cards! Merry Christmas!!!!

  57. I kept coming back to the WOW video on the ornaments made with the pendant park stamp. It was the first time that I made the connection of a stamp pattern that could be used for more than one thing. I would have never looked at the pendant park stamp and thought Christmas ornaments. Mary, you have taught me to look at stamps and paper from more than one angle and use. A TRUE GIFT of imagination and a way to market SU. Thanks for all the ways to look at products.

  58. In 2011 I enjoyed learning new ways to use my punches to create unique projects. I also use my embossing folders all the time, I love the effect they give to the finished project.

  59. Looking back, I noticed I did a lot of two step stamping this past year. So easy to add color and contrast.

  60. My favorite technique right now is embossing, so my favorite tool is the Big Shot. I’ve really been trying to add to my supply of embossing folders. Overall, I still think my favorite is the heat tool. The pop of color from the embossing powder just never gets old to me :o).

    Thanks so much for the chance at blog candy. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us through the year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!!!

  61. I love the results I get when using my Big Shot. It is hard to pick one way but I also love the cards made using punches to create items, animals, everything. I am always looking for new ideas and techniques to experiment with.
    Sally S

  62. Hi Mary,

    I love my score tool and have used your suggestion of using a series of lines to add a simple elegance to my cards. It’s the little details that really finish the project.

    Christmas greetings from Wisconsin–go Packers!


  63. I love to emboss – both dry embossing for texture and Heat embossing for the Wow facture and the many things you can use along with it. thanks for a chance at some YUMMY looking blog candy. Merry Christmas. Hugs

  64. Hi Mary I love to emboss but since I got my Big shot i really enjoy using it for everything, so it is so hard to choose I love everything stamping up and you provide to make our crafting fantastic. Thank you and merry Christmas to you and yours.

  65. Chresteane Howell

    I think my favorite technique this year are the paper lollies and using my border and lace punch as well. BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the blog candy!

  66. Lynne Hurlburt

    Love your one minute video’s but the one that was the best was the one of your room. WOW WOW Have a good one. Hugs n’ stuff, Lynne

  67. I love your one minuet to WOW videos. Also the embossing folders for the big shot are amazing. Thank you for all your great ideas. Hope you have a Merry Christmas And an even better New Year!

  68. I love vintage, so all forms of distressing techniques are my favorite. And while we are talking favorites…your blog is right there at the top and I am inspired with each post. Thank you for a fun year. Blessings, Diane

  69. Deb B (Debadoo)

    What an amazing blog candy, thanks so much for offering it. With the exception of the buttons, it’s all stuff I’ve wanted but haven’t been able to get. My favorite? Wow, that’s tough, but I think I’ll go with the concensus and say the embossing folders. I can’t seem to make a card or much of anything with them or my punches. Hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Christmas and New Year!!

  70. Neat give-a-away items.

  71. Patty Jo Higgins

    I loved using the Lace Ribbon Border punch to make snowflakes. I also used them to make lapel pins and for “special” Christmas cards. Love all your tutorials! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  72. I enjoy your blog very much but the embossing folders intrigued me the most.

  73. Since I moved and most of my crafting stuff is packed away, right now my favorite technique is stamping direct to paper!

    Thanks for having such a fun blog. I love checking it out!

  74. I have enjoyed so many what to pick????? I do loved how you changed the color of the glimmer paper. That paper has become a staple in my projects lately! I also loved how you showed us the versamark embossed background technique! That was quick and a great WOW factor. Thank you for sharing all your creativity! Happy Holidays!

  75. janet swofford

    I have enjoyed making paper flowers using various punches and dies and making medallions using my score board. So much fun!
    I love your blog and I find so much inspiration from your creations! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this awesome blog candy! I am a baker and would put these cookie stamps to good use ๐Ÿ™‚
    Inky hugs,
    [email protected]

  76. Thank you for your awesome creativity and the one minute WOW! videos. You truly are an inspiration. I’ve been using the big shot so much more this year. I’m so loving all the embossing folders and die cuts. Thank you for offering such a wonderful blog candy and for a chance to win.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  77. Happy Holidays to you and your family Mary!
    Thanks for the chance to win some “blog candy” – what a nice gift!
    I guess if I have to pick just ONE technique I enjoyed the most this year it would have to be…. using my blender pen to color my images…. or maybe using the Big Shot I got for Christmas with my embossing folders…. or… you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Oh, my I can’t even try to give you my favorite tip…although right now i am in the process of using alot of your storage tips…

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  79. Shirley Adiaz

    I have always loved heat embossing but this year I seem to have done it on all of my projects.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us your wonderfully creative ideas. Wishing you and your family a Christmas filled with merriment and blessings!!! =)

  80. This year for me it’s all about the flower!! Love the flower dies, punches and buttons. Merry Christmas!

  81. Lisa in beautiful Southern Oregon

    You’ve inspired me with so many tips and techniques, that it’s tough to choose just one…but one of my favorites, would be inking of the embossing folders before (and even the embossed images after) and also the Versamark background.
    Thank you for the chance to win some “delicious” blog candy.
    Happy Holidays!

  82. I think the technique I enjoy the most is embossing – both with the embossing folders and embossing with the heat tool. Thank you for all your great ideas and Merry Christmas!


  83. I really enjoyed learning about emboss resist from my upline Jackie Martinez at one of her classes. What an easy and beautiful technique!

  84. I love my Big Shot and all the wonderful things I can do with the Top Note die. Thanks, too, for all your videos…so helpful. Merry Christmas!

  85. For my Christmas cards this year I inked up the inside of an embossing folder, then embossed. Not a new technique, but first time I tried it and I fell in love! Mary, have a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!!

  86. I’m a newer follower to your blog but right now I am loving using my die cut machine with dies and embossing folders – it add so much with just a little effort!

  87. Chris R. from Iowa

    I gotta say my punches. I loved making the little box like you did in your video though I think I made 12 of them and that was a bit much. Then the curly ;abel one made the cutest Frankentein and now Grinches! So, I am having fun with my punches. Love your videos and your blog.

  88. Nicole Wellensiek

    Thanks for the chance at some great Blog Candy! I’ve enjoyed the embossing folders. Merry Christmas!

  89. Merry Christmas, Mary. I guess my favorite technique is using the various dies with the Big Shot … and also embossing folders. Thanks for all your sharing.

  90. I, like many, love embossing with folders and the Big Shot. I love the quilted or pieced look with two layers of paper and the addition of Versamark to the folder.. Can’t wait to try the herringbone look with scraps of paper. Merry Christmas and thanks for the daily inspiration!

  91. My favorite item to use is the embossing folders. They add so much to a card. Thanks for sharing all your fabulous tips with us, appreciate it.

  92. {love} your blog, love the simplicity and inspiration! My fave this year was making scored backgrounds to add texture to my cards. Thanks for the tutorials!

  93. The big shot and all the dies are my favorites!

  94. Oh, it is so hard to pick just one! I really love all my embossing folders but also love the embossing powders & heat gun technique. They both really give a card that extra something! Mary, your site is awesome! Love love, love all your wondeful ideas.

  95. Love, love, love anything Big Shot. Embossing folders add so much to any project.

  96. Melody Miller

    I just LOVE those embossing folders. I remember the first time I saw a card with the polka dot one and then I saw how it was made….I was in heaven! I just LOVE how easy it is and how much of a difference it makes in the look of the card

  97. Love the Top Note Die Squared! Your videos are so informative and cards are inspirational… Thanks for sharing with us!

  98. Merry Christmas! I love your daily posts. You do such beautiful work! I have to say, I still love the punch/stamp combinations. That is what makes Stampin’Up special to me!

  99. One of my favorites of your techniques is using a thin strip of coordinating cardstop through the holes of a button. What a simple but powerful tip! Thanks for the chance to win blog candy. Jill

  100. The simply scored tool is simply amazing. I don’t own one yet but it is on my to buy list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. Your blog is absolutely fabulous. It’s difficult to chooe just one technique but since I have to choose one it has to be anything done with the Cuttlebug! I’m looking forward to more of your fabulous projects in 2012.

  102. I have enjoyed learning to make my own envelopes and ideas for dressing them up. Your one minute to wow videos are the best. I check your blog almost every day. Thanks for being a fabulous teacher.

  103. My favorite technique in 2011 was by far paper piercing with patterned paper. I know we have markers, crayons, pencils, watercolors, etc… however, stamping on patterned paper can look so adorable.

    Happy Holidays!

  104. I loved using my scoring tool to make lollies and lots of other fun projects!

  105. HI Mary–I am so happy that I found your blog–I love your style and the creations are aweomse.

    The technique I love the most is using my Big Shot and all of the wonderful embossing folders.

    Thanks so much for sharing and a Blessed Christmas Greeting!

  106. You are so generous Mary!
    My favorite technique of the year would be various fun fold cards – adds a bit of Wow for the recipient:)
    Thanks for all your inspiration throughout the year!! Merry Christmas

  107. I have to agree that the embossing folders are a hit and I love the dimension it adds to paper crafting…..

  108. I really enjoyed your WOW videos – especially the envelope tutorial. I jazz up my envelopes all the time now!

  109. Rosanne Mulhern

    Hi Mary,

    Wow….where to begin? Your blog is so well composed and “crafted”. I am constantly inspired by your creativity. However, it was your Stamping Room renovation that totally impressed me. Thanks for sharing so much with so many!

  110. I enjoy using the Simply Scored. You can do so much with it. I have shared your videos with friends and we love trying your techniques on our projects. Thank you!

  111. Mary – wow, that is a fantastic giveaway. I hope you and your family have a very nice holiday! My favorite paper technique this year has probably been adding speckles using the Color Spritzer tool!

  112. Marge Disbrow

    Besides your big shot techniques, I especially loved your tour of your stamping room. I have watched it numerous times for inspiration. Oh, if I could be as organized as Mary Fish!!!

  113. Love to view your artwork!

  114. I just started stamping last year & have already acquired quite a collection. It just took one Stampin UP party & I was hooked. The stamping itself is my favorite technique, but I have also enjoyed learning how to use my big shot. I just love the assortment of dies & embossing folders & how they add so much to your card, without a lot of effort. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas & a chance at the blog candy!

  115. I learn so much from your blog. I love how you use the new Simply Scored to add embossing to cards. I’ve really been using that “trick” a lot lately.
    Happy Holidays to you!

  116. Using textured impressions folders have been my favorite add to my crafting this year! I got the Big Shot for Christmas last year…and now it’s hard for me to NOT use it on a project!

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!

  117. Chrystal Miller

    I really enjoy how clean and simple your cards are. I sometimes feel that I don’t put enough junk on my cards, but when I see how beautiful yours are, I realize that not everyone has the same style and my cards are beautiful…Thanks for your daily inspiration!

  118. I have been learning so many awesome techniques from you! I just got a big shot this summer and I am really enjoying embossing with all the great embossing folders out there!

  119. Melisa Roeber

    My favorite technique this year has to be paper piecing. I enjoy seeing how you use inspiration from different sources for you cards. Your use of color and DSP is very inspiring.
    Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  120. Embossing powder! Yeah baby!

  121. I really enjoyed the scored background technique. Thanks for the giveaway!

  122. I’ve enjoyed clean and simple this year! Looking forward to new tricks in 2012!

  123. I love the custom envelopes. I love to coordinate! Merry Christmas and thank you for all your inspiration!

  124. I think my fav paper technique this year has been leaning to make the rosettes! So much fun, and they add great pizzazz and dimension to a project! Thanks for the chance at some great blog candy, and thanks so much for your daily blog, Mary!

  125. I love the lattice embossing folder – it turns paper into “fabric” and adds such a wonderful dimension to any project. As I’ve said before, I love your blog – especially the way it’s organized . . . and your craft room is to drool for! Thank you for sharing your talents – have a wonderful holiday season!

  126. I love the embossing folders in the Big Shot! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  127. Lara's Laugh Lines

    One-minute to WOW!! video tutorials.
    <3 love them just a wee bit more than Sneak Peeks.
    *Merry Christmas!!*

  128. Awesome candy Mary! My favorite technique of 2011 was watercoloring with classic inks and an aqua brush! Just so fun! Merry Christmas to you!

  129. I love heat embossing and I guess you call it the polished stone technique – sponging different colors on glossy paper. But I really appreciate your technique videos. I have learned so much!

  130. I really love your One Minute to WOW videos! They are great. Your cards are terrific as I love your clean and simple style. What did we ever do without a Big Shot! I especially love embossing folders. I look forward to your blog everyday! Thanks Mary for sharing!

  131. I love all the techniques you share but the using the Sizzix is wonderful! Thanks for all the ideas and a chance to win great stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. I’ve most enjoyed playing with my punches this year, and experimenting with Copic markers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Mary, your blog is awesome. You’re an inspiration, and, AGAIN, I love your hair!

  133. Hmmm, just one technique?! Hard to do but I really enjoy all of your videos and I love my Big Shot. I use it all the time! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize.

  134. I love making rosettes with the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool!!

  135. Lorrie Freeman

    I enjoyed making rosettes with the Simply Scored. Merry Christmas!

  136. I would have to pick embossing folders, its so simple, but adds so much. Love to check out your blog. Happy Holidays to you!!

  137. WOW! How clever are they. I loved seeing them (especially since I’m just finishing my Christmas cookies). I have really enjoyed the punches I have bought (the owl is in constant use). I have a Cricut but the circle punches are much more convenient.

  138. Love the Big Shot! The die cuts provide such a professional finish to my projects~

  139. I really love heat embossing powders! Thanks for your wonderful blog! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  140. Embossing is my new favorite thing I discovered this year and can’t get enough of it. It really makes a card pop and adds that extra little element to go from boring to dazzling in minutes!

  141. Love your blog and check it everyday. You have many great inspirational things for the rest of us. My favorite technique for the past year was the inlaid embossing. It will change as you introduce new stuff for me to case.

  142. Without a doubt, my “go to” tool is the Big Shot with my embossing folders!! The same cards can look so different with embossing.

  143. Mackenzie Damron

    I love the big shot and embossing! Adds so much dimension to card-making!

  144. I think my favorite new technique this year is the quilting technique using the lattice embossing folder. It’s especially nice for new baby cards. I love all your one minute wow videos. It has lots of good new ideas and hints. I’m always learning more. Thanks for the candy offer and keep up the good work.

  145. I love your blog and especially the one minute to wow tutorials. Merry Christmas.

  146. I love the big shot more than any other tool ever made.. Easy, fun and so diverse.. I have made a lot of paper crafted things with it, but I enjoy the fabric side of it’s usability also. Thanks for the 1 minute to WOW tutorials too. They are AWESOME for someone on the go like me.

  147. I have always been a person that likes to “color in” as far as my stamping goes. This year – 2011 I have turned a new leaf and have been using my Big Shot a lot more and die cutting and embossing on my cards. Maybe I am growing up in my stamping technique.

  148. I have really enjoyed making paper rosettes this year. It’s so fun and easy!

  149. Jennifer McFerrin

    I love the embossing folders. I enjoy your website and look at each day to see what great ideas you have for us.


  150. Hi Mary, your blog candy is so “delicious”…i have been wanting them forever, but have to spend wisely ๐Ÿ™‚
    this year, i am using my Big Shot even more and I sold my first Big Shot Machine this year too…thanks for all the inspiration thru out the year … Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  151. I like the keep is simple but elegant style that you do and I have adopted to my card making style this year.

  152. Embossing is my favorite technique this year! I have loved embossing with the folders and the Big Shot as well with the embossing powders.

  153. Hmmmmmmmmmm – I especially loved using my punches this year. They are such an easy to make a card spectacular.

  154. It might not be considered a technique, but I am so inspired by your color choices and your simple, yet elegant designs! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful paper-crafting talents!

  155. I read your blog EVERY morning while I am having my first cup of coffee-I have used many of your ideas-in fact one of the style Christmas cards I made was the one with the stockings-LOVE IT!!! My favorite tool that I use is the Big Shot-hands down-so easy to use and I really enjoy seeing the results…Happy Holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kim R.

  156. Merry Christmas to you and your family Mary and thank you for the chance to win blog candy! I enjoy using the embossing folders and also the versamark. They are really help in creating a card. Your Wow videos are wonderful and helpful in papercrafting, too! I read your blog every day and you inspire me so much!!

  157. My favorite has to be the stitched stocking stamp with the coordinating punch!

  158. So many great ideas and techniques that it is hard to pick just one. I really enjoyed the tutorial on converting wood mount stamps to clear mount. I have so much more space in my craft room now. Thank you for all of your posts. I look forward to seeing what 2012 brings. Merry Christmas!

  159. Sandra Wingate

    Happy, happy Holidays! My fave technique of the 2011 is using my Score Pal to make those darling rosettes! There are just so many things you can create with them!! Thanks for putting so much into your Blog. It’s one of the first things I read everyday! You inspire me!

  160. Micheline Lueken

    I have enjoyed reading your blog everyday and especially like watching your one-minute to WOW videos. However, I’m really inspired when I see your various fancy fold cards. I always have to try those out. Thank you for your blogs.

  161. Anything you share with us is a bonus. However, I love the ideas using the Big Shot & the larger dies. Boxes are wonderful, especially when they are embellished “your way”.

  162. My favorite technique I have learned this year is to make my own envelopes using DSP. It makes the introduction to any card even more eye-popping. I love your “one minute to wow” videos and all of the great ideas and time saving techniques you share on your blog. Every morning when I view your website I feel like I am getting a little present seeing all of the beautiful things you create and share. A sincere thanks for the daily inspiration and surprise!!

  163. I love your one minute wow videos! They have
    taught me so much. I also like the embossing folders
    and dies for the big shot. Merry Christmas!

  164. The Score Tool is my favorite, used it so much for my Holiday projects this year. Merry Christmas to ALL !
    Susan B.

  165. Katrina Mawhiney

    I have enjoyed learning how to stamp on tissue paper to make candles… but also am enjoying the new embosslits…can hardly wait for the edgelets..

  166. Melissa Ilagan

    I’m still loving heat embossing and playing with sketches. Thanks for the chance to win!

  167. My favorite was that Sweet Shope Box you made recently…

    Love it, I have never worked with acetate before and this motivated me to give it a try.. finally (of course my first attempt was not beautiful… but its a learning process)

  168. One of my favorite ways to make cards is with punches and the big shot!

  169. Wow, to pick just one technique is very difficult. But I would have to say that I always enjoy using my Big Shot and my embossing folders. What a huge “wow” factor they add with very little work. Love them!

  170. My favorite, is making cards with punches!

  171. I am game to try anything new! I love punches. I adore dry embossing and using a heat gun to apply metallic details. I like distressing. I use lots of inking. Merry Christmas! I hope I win.

  172. So many techniques, so little time!!!! I have a number of favorites, but a go to one for semi-quick and cool looking cards is masking. Please add me to the drawing for the fabulous blog candy. I would be thrilled to win this!

    thanks Mary

    Kathy N.

  173. Hi Mary – So glad I found your blog! It has been really helpful. I used my Big Shot for the first time last week and I loved the embossing folders. Looking forward to trying out lots of new techniques in 2012! Merry Christmas!

  174. I liked the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I love the ornament papers in the photo above. Cute as can be!

  175. Merry Christmas! I join the crowd in liking to use the embossing folders in my Big Shot. I especially like creating my own background papers by inking the embossing folder and then embossing.

  176. My favorite technique is inlaying images in the textured embossing folders. It makes it look like the paper is patterned.

  177. I enjoyed learning how to color our Glimmer Paper!

  178. This year the paper crafting technique that I enjoyed the most is the double embossing one. It can get a little messy with the glitter, but at least I am sparkling for the rest of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a chance to win some candy. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2012!

  179. I love the embossing folders and reading your blog every morning

  180. Embossing has been my favourite technique this year…..

  181. I love all the Big Shot items you make, and they have been a great inspiration for my own paper crafting. You have a wonderful, creative blog, and and I look forward to 2012 with your never ending ideas.

  182. Thank you for being such a terrific source of inspiration and information! I have shared your blog with several of my stamping friends and they agree with me that it is one of the best resources out there.
    So, again thank you for your generosity, ideas and encouragement.

  183. For me, the big shot with the dies and embossing folders are a given. They are the best ever! How does anyone live without them? My new favorite is when you taught us how to color the glitter paper! I sure wish that Stampin’ Up! would come out with it in every color! Until they do, I know how to make it myself! Thanks for all you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  184. Merrilee Tibolla

    My favorite technique is watercoloring. I hope you have a stampilicious Christmas!!!

  185. I LOVE to see your 1 minute to WOW presentations. Got to say those are my favs. Little things that make it better, easier, prettier, etc. Thanks for sharing all those tips with us.

  186. DianetheLibrarian

    I’ve enjoyed embossing of all kinds! Thanks for all your inspiration and beautiful cards!

  187. I love seeing your beautiful cards. My things are diecuts, embossing and punches ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Holidays!

  188. Mary,
    I love the technique for making the three foldable Christmas trees into a card. You make things so simple and easy. Thanks for all the great cards, videos, and techniques.


  189. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. LOVE MY NEW SCORE PAL! I still love my Big Shot though. It makes a project so much easier and faster to accomplish. Really love the BLOG CANDY too! Thanks Mary for all you do dear.

  190. I’ve been a paper crafter since I was a teen and love to experiment with different techniques. It’s difficult to come up with just one. The Big Shot opened up a whole new dimension for me with the dies and embossing folders. I can’t live without it!

  191. I’ve become rather dependent on my big shot and my ever growing supply of dies and embossing folders.

  192. My favorite technique this year has been embossing. I’ve done it for years, but I still love the way the ink comes to life right before my eyes when its heat embossed! Happy Holidays!!

  193. Taylor @ The Unfinished Stamper

    How cool! My most recent favorite paper technique…I think I’d have to choose folded paper medallions. They make such a great dimensional focal point. Thank you for the giveaway!

  194. I’ve really enjoyed seeing the beautiful things you made with th Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I can’t wait to get one!

  195. I just can’t get enough of embossing! I love the look it gives! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Mary!

  196. Linda from Huntley

    Love, love, love the embossing folders. In five seconds you can add so much texture to a card…or upgrade a plain background to something really interesting. But my absolute favorite thing on your blog this year was the videos and posts about your stamping studio. I’m both jealous and inspired…particularly by your neatness. My stamping desk looks like a tornado hit it after I made anything. When I stamp, I go from a large stamping surface to something the size of a salad plate in about two minutes. : )

  197. You have do many wonderful techniques that you share it’s hard to choose one !! I really liked the idea of coloring the silver glimmer paper to match your project. Very clever and works so well.
    Thanks for all your great ideas ~ you are so very talented !!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
    Cindy Henry

  198. Linda J Burton

    I really love your one minute to wow videos. They help me with techniques so very much. Blessing this Christmas to you and your family.

  199. Lisa Penland Shults

    I always love your “One Minute to WOW” videos and any video that you share with us :} I have been a “Fish” fan for several years and actually got to meet you last year at convention….yes I was the one from Tennessee….lol! Your gift of color is what captured me but your teaching and sharing is what keeps me. I wish you and your family the most Blessed of Christmas Seasons!
    Lisa S.

  200. I loved your WOW video from 11/18/11 on how to fix a solid stamp with less than perfect ink coverage — with the blender pen and ink….so wonderful! Now I don’t have to start over all the time, I can just fix it. Thanks!!!

  201. I love the Big Shot! There’s so many shapes you can make with it! I also love the embossing folders….they are so neat! Merry Christmas!

    Judy Lucas

  202. I love the Big Shot! There’s so many shapes you can make with it! I also love the embossing folders….they are so neat! Merry Christmas!

    Judy Lucas

  203. I enjoyed seeing your videos using the Big Shot with the Dies & Embossing Folders… Thanks for offering the Blog Candy…

  204. I have learned so much from you! Your one-minute-WOW videos have made all the difference in my skill level. I use my Big Shot and the embossing folders on almost every single card. My very favorite thing I learned from you is how to make the easel & step cards!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with Peace, Love & Joy (And more wonderful blogs/videos for all of your fans to enjoy!!!)

  205. I just started stamping this fall and LOVE using the embossing folders with my Big Shot and Heat Embossing. I’m signing up to be a demonstrator this coming year and am SO excited and can’t wait to get started!

  206. Tricia Barber

    I love my Big Shot! I use it for ever card I make. I love to add texture to my cards. Thanks for such great ideas on your. Blog. I tune in everyday and appreciate the time you take to show us something new and inspirational! Happy Holidays!!!!

  207. Wow! What great blog candy! My favorite technique is punch art; seeing what I can create from various SU! punches.

  208. Mary Campbell

    Wow! Such wonderful blog candy. Thanks for all you share. I drooled over your craft room video. I would love to have a craft room of my own. I love all you share but to pick one would be the viersamark background share. Thanks again.

  209. Only one?? That’s tough! I think my MOST favorite are your 1 minute to wow videos!! That way I know I can make a “wow” card in a short time!! Thank you for all the inspiration this past year (can’t believe the year is already over!?!?!)! And thank you for the chance to win this amazing prize!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  210. This was my first year with Stampin’ Up!, and there are SO many great ideas and things to try! One I really enjoyed was step cards – just changing the fold of the card creates a whole new dimension. Thank you for sharing your ideas and talent! You are a blessing. Merry Christmas!

  211. Judy from California

    I have been having bunches of fun with MDS. My latest adventure was using the vintage overlay download to create distressed DSP images.

  212. Your blog is the best!!! I love using punches with coordinating stamps! Thanks for the chance to win. Merry Christmas!!!

  213. I love learning about the different folds and twists you can do with paper! so my favorite will have to be the center step card this year. So much fun to do..Thanks for your tutorials

  214. I have enjoyed each of your videos and Mojo Mondays. My favoriet post was about quilling.

  215. My favorite technique is making the “lollie or rosette flowers”. I love how they were used to make wreaths and they are so much fun to make and decorate. I can’t wait to get the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die.

    Yoli Gonzalez

  216. I loved when you put the flowers in your hand and just wadded them up. I never would have been brave enough to do that…now I find myself crinkling all the time. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas that you have….it amazes me what you come up with. I hope you and your have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas time. Looking forward to new inspirations in 2012.

  217. I look forward to your blog every morning. I love embossing of both types.
    Thank you for your unselfishness…your cards are amazing. I have shared your site with all the ladies I get together with.
    Have a Blessed Christmas and keep on posting for us.
    Hugs, Teri

  218. Samantha Lisic

    My favorite paper technique is using my Big Shot with the embossing folders. Just adding that little touch of texture can really add a whole lot of character to any project really quick!

  219. I think that my favorite paper stamping technique has been punches, but specifically using punches in other ways. For ez, using the owl punch and turning it into a bat etc. Thinking outside the box!! Thanks for your great website- very inspirational!!!

  220. Merry Christmas Mary. I love that you showed how to color the glimmer paper. No more limitations of red and silver. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more techniques in 2012.

  221. Your Envelope Envy series was great – so nice to see techniques devoted to envelopes! I love making custom envelopes for cards and other projects. They really add a lovely finishing touch. Thanks for showing how creativity can be extended to envelopes, too!

  222. I love the card you used the score board to make your own embossed background. I love all your ideas and techniques you share! Thank you for all you do!

  223. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I seem to use dry embossing and layering the most. Does layering really count as a stamping technique? I think so. Hope I will, and merry christmas!

  224. I have really enjoyed my Big Shot and all of the great uses of Stampin’ Up dies this year!!

  225. Wendy Eberhart

    Thanks Mary for this opportunity! I’ve got to say my big shot has been used a lot this yr. I made stockings & hung them along the cubiles for my entire section and put “dear Santa” notes n several of them & they were a big hit!!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  226. I love the rosettes and your video was great on how to make the snowflake rosette. I just got the punch, so I’m ready to make my own snowflakes. Thanks so much for your videos and great card and gift ideas. You inspire me so much. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas.

  227. Sandy Brandvold

    Since I’m new to your sight, I’ve only seen three videos. However – I was very excited about these cookie stamps …what a wonderful idea. I’m so glad to find your imaginative blog!!!


  228. Merry Christmas, Mary!
    I think my favorite paper technique is double embossing. I love the depth of details, and the punch of the unexpected.
    Thanks for the chance at the blog candy!

  229. My favorite technique has been the different types of folds. I enjoy seeing what colors you pair together and how the twist of one color can make the card so unique.

  230. Dianna Cartwright

    Anything with the Big Shot. Probably dry embossing… I can’t seem to make a card with out getting the dry emboss texture in there soimewhere… LOVE it.
    Thank you for entering me- Merry Christmas!

  231. My favorite technique is to use embossing powders. It is a simple technique but the result is dynamic. It is versatile and adds panache to any project.

    Thanks for sharing your inspirations, tips, tricks, and WOW videos throughout the year. Have a Merry Christmas and good luck to you in 2012.

  232. I LOVE your blog! I get so many great ideas from your cards and projects. Thank you for the inspiration!
    I have really enjoyed my Simply Scored board. I have used it in so many ways to give my cards a 3-D look.

  233. Debbie Mangum

    My favorite is your one minute videos. I can’t begin to tell you how much time I have saved by watching them. It is really hard to pick because everything you do turns out so beautiful. I found your blog by accident and I am so glad I did!

  234. Enjoy checking your site almost daily.
    I like using the scoring board to create interest and contrast on the card.

  235. I love my big shot and embossing folders. Thanks for sharing your great ideas. Happy Holidays.

  236. I’ve loved the embossing folders this year!

  237. Linda Ressetar

    My vote would have to go to the different folds. Such a small thing that makes such a huge difference in the way a card looks. Thanks for your constant sharing of ideas. I would love to be you when I grow up !

  238. kathy amstutz

    Oh, my, what a difficult question! But I must say that I don’t know how I got along without my BigShot and all the embossing folders and dies [is that a paper technique? I hope so]! I’m a rubber stamper at heart and must always do stamping on my projects, though. The papercrafting world sure has changed in the last few years, hasn’t it?

  239. I forget what the technique is called but it involves Embossing Folders and Inking!

  240. Window sheet gift box was my favorite tutorial in 2011. I have many little cousins and they enjoy when I make things like this for them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  241. I enjoy using embossing folders, they can add so much to a card for so little effort! Love your one minute to wow! videos too!

  242. There are so many great techniques that it is hard to choose! I really enjoy texture. So if I have to pick one that I always like to include in a project then it would be the texture embossing folders used with the Big Shot. Happy Stamping New Year!

  243. Wendie Haynes

    I truly enjoy your blog & thank you for these opportunities to win!
    My favorite (& messiest) technique is to create background paper with shaving cream. So fun!

  244. You know that’s not possible to just pick one for my favorite crafting technique. There are the big shot, dsp, and ribbon. I always try to incorporate one of these into my cards. How did you get the “color” onto the cookies???? Very generous of you for the WOW blog candy.

  245. This year it has been the Big Shot. All my embossing folders have really gotten a work out. Thank you for your blog it is the first thing I check each day. Merry Christmas.

  246. I love embossing folders and use them on nearly every project! We all have our signature, don’t we? I love this blog candy – truly a treat! Thanks for your generousity, Mary. Keep the Wow videos coming! Merry Christmas!

    [email protected]

  248. Ginny McCready

    I love heat embossing! It’s so much fun! And I love doing it with friends who have never done it. When they see the powder melt, delight!

  249. If I had to pick one, it would be the embossing folders. I had to get every one of them and just love when they come out with a new one! Thank you for your wonderful blog and sharing your fabulous cards. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  250. Denise Heredia

    Geez! There are soo many favorites to choose from, punches, folders, embossing and the Big Shot, etc… But I also like your One Minute to WOW videos. As soon as something new is developed. I’m there to try it out!

  251. If I had to pick only one, it will be the textured impressions embossing folders. Happy Holidays! LM

  252. Lucinda L. Brown

    We have a “whole home upgrade” for our TV, which enables us to watch even youtube stuff on our regular TV’s. This may sound strange, but I like to watch your demos on TV instead of the computer. You’ve become one of my favorite TV programs! Your demos (especially for the Big Shot stuff) are probably my favorite.

  253. I have learned so much from your one minute to wow! videos. Those are really great…thanks for taking the time to make them! Merry Christmas to you!

  254. I love my Big Shot, especially when I use the embossing folders. I think embossing adds such a special touch!

  255. I am a sucker for embossing! Whether that is dry embossing cardstock with a folder or melting powders with a heat gun, I just think that embossing gives that extra little zing to papercrafting!
    Thanks for sharing all of your lovely tips through out the year Mary!

  256. In 2011 I have loved using MDS to create hybrid cards, calendars and other projects. I’ve even begun to email the digital cards I’ve created.

  257. I really love using my bigshot and all the dies Stampin Up has.

  258. Angela.Cortese

    I love.reading your blog. My favorite.technique is using embossing folders. Again, thank you for being so inspiring! Merry Christmas!

  259. Anything I can put through my bigshot suits me to a T.I look st your blog everymorning before my morning coffee, Thanks for all your inspirations.

  260. Embossing folders are without a doubt the things I use most on my card projects. I love the texture they bring to a project. Merry Christmas! Connie G

  261. I would have to say the embossing folders and dies for the Big Shot have been my favorite this year. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing so many wonderful techniques and projects this year. I hope that 2012 is even better for you and your business! Merry Christmas!


  262. For me it’s a toss up between the punches and using them more ways than once, or it could be the new Simply Scored and making my own envelopes – and if you ask again in 2012, it could have something to do with the Big Shot I finally got!!!

  263. I love any kind of interesting fold. In 2011 I have found you and your blog AND have gone to the next level in enjoying work and blogs by your Design Team. Thanks for all the inspiration ALL of you provide for us.

  264. I enjoy your blog. My daughter is my favorite baker,too. I think I would have to pick watercoloring as my favorite technique. Merry Christmas.

  265. Allison Warrell

    I just found this blog recently and love reading it each morning. A technique that I liked so far was using the versamrk with the embossing folders. I also loved the video on how to change your wood stamps to clear using the heat knife. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

  266. Oh what wonderful blog candy! I love, love, love texture so I have to say that my favorite technique is to use embossing folders. I wish there were a thousand more of them and I would own every one! Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration you give through sharing your projects. If I have a crafting block, I just go to your site and always find the inspiration I need to create. Merry Christmas to you and your family and a special hug to Miss Isabell.

  267. hi Mary
    I am a paper piecer thru and thru. I use die cuts, fussy cuts etc. Love the vibrant colors of patterned papers

  268. Melissa Leach

    Thanks, Mary for the inspiration you provide! I love the emboss resist technique I learned this year.

  269. I received a big shot for christmas last year and have really enjoyed experimenting with all of the big shot dies and embossing folders. It definitely adds dimension to my cards.

    Thanks for all of the hard work you put into your blog!

  270. 2011 favorite technique has been dry embossing with the Cuttlebug. It just makes everything look SO good!

  271. Using the embossing folders to add texture is my favorite technique this year. I see I am not alone! Thank you, Mary, for your blog which is inspiring and helping me with my projects. Your design tips are excellent.

  272. I enjoyed making boxes to hold little gifts like the snowman soup, hand sanitizer, etc. Also vellum cards to put a battery tealight behind. Thanks

  273. patti anguiano

    I love everything you post. If I have pick one item it would be the 1 minute wow videos. I also enjoy the blog hop, again everything.

  274. It would be difficult for me to point to one particular paper crafting technique that I have enjoyed the most in 2011 (Only because there are so many to pick from) …… but I think the one paper crafting technique that I have enjoyed the most in 2011 is “less is more”. Some of my most amazing cards are those that have the clean and simple look to them. Many THANKS to Caroline for making the very attractive cookies…..they simply look good enough to eat! Merry Christmas Mary!

  275. I purchased a Big Shot this year and have used it a bunch! The possibilities with this machine are endless and adorable!

  276. Hi Mary,
    This year I did more embossing than ever before. Sometimes with the Big Shot or embossing powder.
    Always enjoy your blog. Love the 1 minute to WOW videos. Thanks for sharing, I don’t have an upline.
    So I share your tips with my group of stampers.
    Hugs, Happy holidays! Judi

  277. Cindy Linthicum

    For me, I’d have to say my Big Shot. That thing sure has gotten a work out in 2011. Thanks for all of your crafty impression. Merry Christmas!

  278. I’ve enjoyed using the punches – they are so versitile & really jazz up the paper for cards & scrapbook pages.

  279. There are many but I have to say my favorite thing I learned here was the tip to color in an image with a boo boo with your blender pen!! It seems funny I know but for years I have tried doing it so very lightly with a marker which is always darker and this technique works perfect!
    thanks for sharing,

  280. I finally got a Big Shot last year so for me, 2011 was the year for die cutting and embossing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    P.S. Hoe did you get the sugar sprinkles just on the heart? Super cute!

  281. I love using my big shot to create a variety of things. This Christmas I made a number of gift card purses for friends and coworkers to help them with their holiday gift giving. They are so easy to make and wowed everyone.

  282. Mary, your blog and a cup if tea always begin my day. Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity. I almost always use my Big Shot. Embossing folders for texture are my current favorite.

  283. I loved the video where you showed using the versa mark pad to ink an embossing folder. I used the technique on my Thanksgiving cards and it was gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  284. Using bleach technique and also I always love using embossing powders.

  285. I have just discovered the “Creative Embossing Technique” and I must say that I just love it. Anything that can be done with the Big Shot is a sure hit for me!

    Happy Hollidays!

  286. My favorite technique I tried this year was experimenting with DSP, I would stamp images on it and also emboss it taking it up a notch and giving me more options with it. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the sweet pressed cookies. I wish I would have had one for the holidays! Will definitely be getting the spring collection of them. Always love reading your blog each morning.

  287. I love embossing and my next favorite is my big shot. So many possibilities!! Love this cookie press. Made all my holiday gifts and this would be awesome to own. Love sending love to my children in college. They never quite know what will be coming their way. Thanks always for the inspiration and for the chance to win!! Merry Christmas and Cheers to the best 2012.

  288. Hi Mary,
    I have loved the dry embossing technique with the embossing folders, it just adds such a wow to a project! Thanks for the chance to win some awesome blog candy! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  289. I so enjoy the embossing folders and am so glad Stampin’ Up got on the bandwagon. Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever.

  290. I love anything with embossing folders! All of your projects and wonderful and inspiring- thank you!

  291. Hi Mary,
    I am so happy for the day I found your blog! I love reading it everyday and learning the techniques you are so gracious for sharing with us! I had been a so so stamper until I started following your techniques! Now I can’t wait to create! I absolutely love the big shot and all the ways to use!
    Thank you and your team sharing your talents with us! I can’t wait to go back and use the tutorials and read every day of new ways to create!
    Merry Christmas! Donna

  292. Shannon Miller

    It’s so hard to pick a favorite since I tune in to all your videos! One of my favorites is your “One minute to Wow” which has so many great but simple ideas on it. They are all great but that doesn’t take much time and is always inspiring! Thanks!

  293. Anything done on my BigShot!! I love it..dry embossing…using different die much fun!!

  294. I love the new WOW videos! I love all the techniques, but the latest one I’m enamored with is coloring the glitter paper. It’s so fun and the glittery hearts are perfect fot the valentine cards I’m making!

  295. I’ve enjoyed learning to use the punches is lots of different ways. I also LOVE your blog. It’s the only one I keep on my favs bar. Thanks.

  296. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Mary!!!!!! My favorite tool is the Big Shot with the embossing folders they make a simple card a “wow” card. DSP is my next favorite. I love your one minute to wow tutorials. I enjoy getting your daily emails. Keep up the good work.

  297. Oh ms Mary , I love that every day I always fine something to inspire me, if I’m having a no mojo day , I just turn to your blog, and woohoo
    I can always , I mean always get my mojo working , and my juices flowing .
    That’s what I love the most !
    Hugs Frenchie ,

  298. Mary,
    I love the embossing folders. I see different uses for them all the time. I am practicing on the reverse emboss too. Merry Christmas and thank so much for your blog.

  299. My favorite technique is using the Big Shot embossing folders. I just think they add so much to a card. My second favorite, is using Stampin Up’s punches. Thanks for the inspiration you provide us all year long. May you have a blessed holiday season.

  300. Mary,

    I’ve enjoyed using the embossing folders and the stampin up punches that match the stamps. They are awesome. I hope they make more of these! Your blog is awesome.

  301. WOW Mary!!! Great blog candy!!!! I enjoy learning new ways to use punches to create new forms. Your ideas are always a welcome sight on my visits.
    Have a wonderful 2012.

  302. Rebecca Balter

    My favorite technique this year is dry embossing with the help of my Big shot and embossing folders. Awesome:)

  303. I love using the Big Shot and the embossing folders. It is so easy and looks great!

  304. I have to say it’s the Big Shot and all of the embossing folders. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  305. Yours is the first website I check each morning! I love how you always have something for us each day! My go-to technique this year has been clean and simple. I have been learning to love this style of card more and more. I get many good ideas from YOU! Merry Christmas, Mary, and thanks for the generous blog candy ๐Ÿ™‚

  306. Like so many, I just love the Big Shot and your one minute video’s! I enjoy checking each day to see how you top the previous day! Thank you for sharing your talents & have a wonderful Christmas!

  307. I was convinced (by reading your blog) to get a big shot to be able to use cut shapes and embossed papers! I love it! I also learned to use the Scorepal to help me make treats/ folds/ etc… Love SU!!!

  308. Totally using my Big Shots dies and embossing folders! They added so much creativity to my cards. Love your blog and your great ideas!

  309. Mary, Thank you again for all you do! This year, I’ve enjoyed using the embossing folders with the big shot. I still love using all the punches, too!

  310. I would definitely say that I have had the BEST use from my Sizzix embossing folders. My Christmas cards would have NEVER been the same without them!!

  311. Very Merry Christmas Mary! I enjoyed learning how to make boxes of every size and shape. I have loved being able to not only create the beauties that go inside my containers, but making the container itself. Best comment this year? “No, I mean, where did you get the box that these candies came in?” “I made it.” “No, not the candy wrappers, the box.” LOL I had made the lid out of window sheet!

  312. I so look forward to your cards and videos!! I think my favorite technique is using the embossing folders because I love the textures they produce. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  313. Mary, Thank you again for all you do! This year, I’ve enjoyed using the embossing folders with the big shot. I still love using all the punches, too!

  314. I stamp and make cards every day. It makes me so happy. It fulfills a longing in me to make others feel better when I give them a card. I have enjoyed learning how to double emboss and just simplify my cards this year. Thank you so much for being willing to share your ideas so freely with us, Carol

  315. Great blog candy!! I love your 1 minute to wow videos!! They are very informative!! Especially the ones where you use your punches outside the box!! Thanks for all the inspiration and Have a Merry Merry Christmas!!

  316. Karilyn Moeller

    Merry Christmas. i look forward to your daily posts. They keep me inspired. It is hard to pick a favorite technique. Love working with embossing folders. Inking the folder before embossing has been fun. Now, I am inspired by the Herringbone work. I love using scrap paper. Really can’t throw anything away. This is a great way to use all those scraps. Love it.

  317. I love the embossing folders on the Big Shot. The cards are so easy and pretty. Happy Holidays!

  318. Mary, Wonderful blog candy. Its so hard to choose just one. I have enjoyed your “One Minute Wow” videos, using embossing folders, versamark as background and so much more. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  319. Evette K. Ciampo

    Always I have to say that the “Big Shot” has and always will be my favorite machine to use closing followed by my Cricut Expression. Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours and to everyone out there. [email protected]

  320. I will have to say that the Big Shot is my favorite tool.

    I enjoy receiving your blogs and your cards are wonderful and inspiring.

  321. It’s hard to pick one technique as a favorite. I think it might be the card you made using versamark on your embossing folder. It was so beautiful. I haven’t tried it yet but plan to. Thanks for all of your videos. They are so helpful!

    Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

    Cathy A.

  322. Merry Christmas Mary! Thanks for the year of inspiration and all the fun stuff to come.

  323. Karin Menghini

    Mary – thank you for all the inspiration this year! I love embossing and using my Big Shot ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Holidays!

  324. Oh my gosh,…I have learned so much from you, but the one I love to use is the versamark background. My thanks to you and can’t wait to see what designs you and your team come up with in 2012! Merry Christmas, Sherrie Jo

  325. I love using embossing folders…..they just add a special look to any card. Happy Holidays Mary!

  326. Lynne Wascher

    The Big Shot is my favorite tool. I used my stocking accents diecut as tags for Christmas gifts this year.

  327. Marilyn Brown

    I like using the Big Shot, but I also like the DSP and pretty ribbons. I like it all! I don’t have the cookie stamp so please, please pick me. I enjoy reading your blog every day. Merry Christmas.

  328. I love using my Big Shot to make easy but cute cards. I also use my Stampin Up punches quite a bit in my paper crafting. Merry Christmas!!!

  329. – fancy fold cards such as the (easel/step cards)and rosettes/medallions using the new simply scored tool!!

  330. You always have such nice and simple cards and projects psted on your blog. I have enjoyed learning about the different ways to use the Big Shot machine for dry embossing and other applications as well.

  331. Using the Big Shot is one of my favorites. Thanks.

  332. I Loved making the Easel card and the Center step cards. It’s fun to learn something new from such talented people. Thanks for your giveway..

  333. My favorite blog post was the video of your scrapbook room. I watched the video several times, and then dreamed about it that night. Thank you for inspiring us all to create many projects.

  334. Hi, Mary-

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog, and my favorite technique is the heat embossing on Embossed folders backgrunds. With ribbon, it’s the greatest. thanks for your offer, and the opportunity to participate. Happy Holidays!

  335. Mary, this is a great give away! I have enjoyed all the flowers and medallions used this year in paper crafting!

  336. Cheryl McAskill

    I cannot pick one technique. You went over the top with all of your one minute to wow videos. How great and wonderful to share what you know with so many.You live the statement of the heart and I am so glad I found your blog. You have been an inspiration to me and I so appreciate all you have done to encourage me and others to do better as customers and fellow demonstrators. Thanks Mary! Oh I do not want to be entered into the contest for blog candy. I just wanted to express my gratitude to you.

  337. I love learning about the different “folds”…gate fold, horizontal step, etc. And I love using the Big Shot. The products SU comes out with are amazing! Thank you for the giveaway, and Happy Holidays!

  338. I love the shimmer paint and then the Big Shot. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  339. My favorite paper crafting technique this year has been dry embossing with the textured impressions embossing folders. It is so easy now to get a beautifully designed background. Thank you for the blog giveaway!

  340. I enjoy the Embossing Folders so much. I think they add so much to a card. However, I enjoy everything about Stampin Up.

    Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012. Hugs

  341. Mary …. aren’t you kind to offer this wonderful blog candy! I would love to win these items so that I could give them to my 3 little granddaughters who are just beginning to enjoy papercrafting!

    My favorite technique this past year has been to make my own background papers or to stamp on dsp to create my own unique designs.

    I really look forward to your “One Minute to Wow” videos … please keep them coming!


  342. It was the big shot machine and the sizzix die cuts and embossing folders that helped me survive 2011 card projects!!

    Merry Christmas! You are inspirational!

  343. This year I’ve been using more of the matching ribbons and designer series papers. I also purchased a Big Shot and enjoy using it with the embossing folders. Your blog is great and the first one I view with my morning coffee. Thanks for the chance to win.

  344. Like many, I enjoy using the Big Shot with dies and embossing folders. It gives a simple card dimension and charm. Enjoy reading your blog daily and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

  345. It is so hard to pick a favorite but I’d have to say I’ve enjoyed the Big Shot with the cool dies Stampin UP! has … especially the matchbox and the two tags … I love making little gift boxes and fill them with treats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  346. Read your blog every morning. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I like experimenting with embossing. Your videos are so helpful.

  347. In 2011 my Big Shot has been my “go to” tool. I love the dies but especially love the embossing folders. They add an extra special touch to cards. Thanks for your amazing blog Mary. I look forward to more “One Minute to Wow” videos.
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  348. I LOVE your Mo Jo Monday posts. They are informative and inspirational and help me to think about how I use my Stampin’ Up products. Thank you!

  349. Bridget Trefethen

    I’ve enjoyed learning how to make a “joy-fold” card and also learning how to heat-emboss! Thank you for your wonderful blog and helpful videos!

  350. In 2011 I’ve enjoyed using my Big Shot. This time of year the Northern Flurry and Petals-a-Plenty embossing folders have seen a lot of use. Thanks for your inspiring blog. Your cards are amazing.

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