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Hello, Friends!!


It’s time again for the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store design team to show off our wares.   This month our focus is on packaging and gift ideas.   So, if you’ve arrived here from Linda’s blog, then you are in the right spot!   If not, I suggest you start back on Sharon’s blog (the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store blog), so you can find out how to win this month’s kit!  See it up there in the header?  Isn’t it fantastic?!



Fall happens to be my favorite season.   I love the cool mornings, warm or crisp days and the changing of the leaves.   I’ve lived on both coasts and a couple of states in between.   I can tell you that fall is different in every region of the country.   One of my favorite things that comes with fall is the start of my seasonal crafting.


Not long ago I found this amazing recipe for a Cake in A Cup.   The recipe can be found HERE.   Now I live at a high altitude, so I added a bit more sugar and milk, but it was amazing!   What a great way to have a warm dessert in just a few minutes!



The ingredients are so easy and stuff you would have in your house anyway.   Just make sure you use a microwave safe cup!




Ok, so it’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but with the chocolate syrup drizzled on top….YUM!!!




As part of my project, which will be a gift, I added a 6 x 6 recipe card.   The mug is a $1.25 at Walmart and it’s a good stoneware cup.  It comes in several colors, too!




And because I like a hot cup of cocoa to wash down my cake, I mixed up a batch of cocoa and put some in serving size packages.   I used the cellophane envelopes that we stampers put our cards in.   It has a sticky strip at the top to hold it closed.   The topper is just  a folded over piece, decorated with Just Rite’s A Little Caffeine and Celebrations Demi Phrases.  I added a couple peppermint sticks, just for good measure!




Of course, my set would not be complete without a card to present it with.   I love the warm colors of the Kay & Co. Blue Awning designer papers.




All my recipient needs to do is add an egg and a bit of oil and microwave their yummy cake!




Here are my deets:


Stamps:   Just Rite’s A Little Caffeine, Celebrations Demi Phrases, Special Occasions monogram kit, Cherish the Memories nested set


Colors: Night Of Navy, GP White, Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, K & Co. Blue Awning designer Paper


Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Night Of Navy, Chocolate Chip, Tim Holtz’ distressing ink in Tea Bag and Antique Photo


Accessories: 1.25″ Silk ribbon (sapphire and antique gold), 1/8″ silk ribbon (sapphire and antique gold)sapphire rhinestones, Label 13 nesties, Fancy Tag Shapeabilities, Label 4 nestabilities, Label 8 nestabilities, corner rounder, circle punch, hole punch, scor tapebow easy, dimensionals, mug, candy makers bags, twist ties, white gel pen, swirl punch, sponge.


For the latest in the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:


The Stamp Simply Kaisercraft Utopia KIT can be seen here, along with all other KITS available.


The Verve stamps can be seen here.


The Prima Roses can be seen here.




Now it’s time to send you off to Michelle’s blog!  You can bet she has something for you to drool over!   And just in case you get lost (ha!), here are a list of all the blogs involved in today’s hop:


Sharon Johnson (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Deb Saaranen

Linda Duke

Holly McMillen

Michelle Woerner

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!  I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit.





118 Responses to “~ Stamp Simply Ribbon Store – September Wrap it Up Hop! ~”

  1. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:06Sandra

    Yum! That looks good.
    Love the card – thank for sharing!

  2. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:19Kelly Massman

    Great post! I have made those microwave cakes many times! I almost wish I didn’t know how to do it!!! 🙂 lol
    Anyway, love your cards! TFS and for the recipe for those who didn’t know how to make it!

  3. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:20Mary W

    What a delightful gift idea!! Love this!

  4. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:24Linda

    My favorite things — stamping and chocolate!!!

  5. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:35Donna VW

    What a great idea – such a beautiful and thoughtful gift!

  6. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:38notimetostamp

    Holly, it’s first thing in the morning and you are making me want chocolate SO BAD!!!! LOL!!! This gift idea is absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE the deep and rich colors — that cake in a cup is a GREAT idea and it looks SO fab on that plate with the drizzle!!! And I LOVE how you used the dies on your coffee cup tag — FAB PROJECT!!!

  7. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:41Mary Anne K.

    That is an amazing little gift idea! The perfect little indulgence!
    The colors you used just make this grouping more rich and inviting! Bravo!

  8. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:42Karen H

    What a wonderful idea Holly. I love the cake and chocolate is always magnificent. What a lovely treat for a lucky recipient. Your projects are all wonderful. I love the colors.

  9. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:53Debbie Fisher

    What a lovely gift! My g’ma gave these all as gifts one year (with the dry mix for us to make). Each of the grandkids and great grandkids rec’d one. My boys LOVED this!

    My oldest is in his first year of college and I think this would be fun to give him and his roommate. Thank you for the lovely memories this post brought me. Ü

  10. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:54Lillian Child

    Holly – this is outrageously fabulous! Can I be your recipient of this beautiful gift? :0) And I love that you’ve linked us to the cup cake recipe … definitely going to make a few of these for my scrapping friends for our next gathering! And your “yummy for the tummy” sentiment just made me smile. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  11. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:55Bev J.

    Yummy looking-will try that cup cake! Neat ideas. tfs

  12. on 14 Sep 2010 at 06:59Monika/buzsy

    YUM is right! Love it… the packaging is perfect and the colors are fabulous! :o)

  13. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:02Michelle Kasban

    Yummy! I love these colors together. Great ideas from a great artist. Elle

  14. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:02Valarie Florer

    What a great gift!

  15. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:05julie bergs

    YUM! now I have to go and make a snack! Great cards.

  16. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:07Robbie

    What a wonderfully, beautiful set!! Thanks for sharing the recipe, too.

  17. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:12marilyn

    What a wonderful gift –that cake sure looks yummy and the card is stunning . Thanks for a chance to win.

  18. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:15Glenda Brooks

    What a wonderful gift! The card is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:25Debbie Marcinkiewicz

    Simply wonderful .. what a great gift!!!

  20. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:26Sandy

    What a fantastic idea. THe cake may not ‘look’ as elegant as your label, but hey, it’s chocolate, who cares??? Thanks for the idea and chance to win:)

  21. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:31Edna Rhea

    What a clever idea! I may have to try this soon.

  22. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:32Lynne

    What a great gift idea. I can’t wait to try this.

  23. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:34Barbara

    OMGosh, what a great post! Love the treats, the colors, the card ~ all of it! I am going to make up a few of these as gifts ASAP. Thanks for sharing.
    Barbara in SC

  24. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:41Rita

    I luv your project, it’s such a fabulous gift idea that anyone would luv! The colors are so beautiful!

  25. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:43Tara Prince

    Fabulous gift set!!

  26. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:52sharon d

    What a great gift! Love the colors on the card. Thanks for sharing!

  27. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:56sharon l

    I love Blue Awning. The paper looks perfect with the mug you chose. That bow is the icing on the cake! Tee hee.
    Sharon L

  28. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:59KathyK

    Great idea! Autumn is my favorite time too and this is a perfect gift!

  29. on 14 Sep 2010 at 07:59Sabrina aka okimom2girlz

    OMGosh, Holly, this is so awesome!!! I love this gift idea and those papers you’ve used are perfect!! Hugs, Sabrina

  30. on 14 Sep 2010 at 08:50Marisa

    How fun and what a wonderful idea. Great card to go with the gift too.

  31. on 14 Sep 2010 at 08:59Catherine Kraft

    I love your special gift package you’ve done and you’ve given me a wonderful idea for my husbands co-workers Christmas gifts this year. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do this year. I love the deep, rich colors you have used.

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  32. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:09Catherine Kraft

    What a fun, beautiful gift……..thank you for the recipes and ideas as I was trying to figure out what I’d be giving to my husbands co-workers this year and this is perfect.


    [email protected]

  33. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:09Betty Townsend

    Wow!! Beautiful!! This is a fantastic idea. Love it.

  34. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:10Katie Skiff

    Beautiful! I love the color combo, but this is also a fabulous gift set!! I would surely enjoy it if you want my addy! 😀
    Great job Holly!

  35. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:11Michelle Woerner

    This is gorgeous Holly! Perfect in all the details!!

  36. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:14Susan G

    Great little gift idea. The rich colors are perfect with the chocolate goodies inside.

  37. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:41cristinoel

    Love it! must do something like this …

  38. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:43Cindy

    Great idea and beautiful colors. Love your work.

  39. on 14 Sep 2010 at 09:47Debbie S

    What a great gift idea. Oh, it is making me so hungry!

  40. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:10Charlette

    What a wonderful gift idea! Your choice of colors just great.
    I will be making this for some friends during the holidays. Thanks for sharing.

  41. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:17Deb Saaranen

    What an extra special project Holly! The end result looks so yummy as well!

  42. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:21Mary Harris

    What a wonderful gift idea and boy it looks so good too!! Love the idea!!

  43. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:37Shirley R

    What a fun hop this has been…lots of great ideas

  44. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:39Terre Fry

    I love your gift idea, your rich colors are warming to the heart and yummy to the tummy I am sure. Thank you for sharing this wonderful treat idea.

  45. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:56Lynne Phelps

    What a sweet and thoughtful gift, beautifully presented. LOVE the colors and especially the way you used the fancy tag ends as embellishments!

  46. on 14 Sep 2010 at 10:59Mary Smith

    Beautiful card! Great gift idea, too.

  47. on 14 Sep 2010 at 11:12Sue D

    This is a wonderful gift idea–I would love to receive it!

  48. on 14 Sep 2010 at 11:25Lynda Hill

    Love your gift idea, and the colors and embellishments that tie everything together are gorgeous. I would LOVE to be the recipient of this gift. Thanks…

  49. on 14 Sep 2010 at 11:52Carla Suto

    Awesome gift set, Holly! I love the papers and embellishments you used! What a great idea! Thanks for the recipe link, too! I had it at one time and haven’t been able to find it!

  50. on 14 Sep 2010 at 12:06Holly AKA KopyKat

    Wow, what a fabulous gift set and now I am hungry, lol. Love the colors and your design

  51. on 14 Sep 2010 at 12:14Jeanne Szabo

    This is a great gift set! I make my own hot cocoa mix and give as gifts during the winter, but this gives me a whole new way to present it! Thanks for the recipe!

  52. on 14 Sep 2010 at 12:33Elisse S

    Holly … let me pick up my jaw from the floor! What a beautiful, beautiful blog! I drooled and drooled over your projects. That blue ribbon on your gift and cards looks stunning – it pops! Makes me wish I could be so creative to make something like this for someone – what a lucky recipient! I’m certain it will be a WOW moment to receive this! Great work, and thank you for sharing.

  53. on 14 Sep 2010 at 12:34yvonne

    All looks yummy!

  54. on 14 Sep 2010 at 13:04Mary Harris

    What a great gift idea!! Thank you for the recipe too. It looks deadly to me!! I would have to add some whip cream to it!! 🙂

  55. on 14 Sep 2010 at 13:09Linda C.

    How special & beautiful! Thanks for the details and inspiration!

  56. on 14 Sep 2010 at 13:33Shirley N

    What a fabulous and beautiful project! Anyone would just love this gift set! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  57. on 14 Sep 2010 at 14:16Mary Friederichsen

    What a Gorgeous set and yummy too!!
    I can see a trip to walmart or the dollar store in my near future!

    Thank you for sharing and for the links to the recipes!

  58. on 14 Sep 2010 at 14:57Lana Edwards

    What a great gift idea BUT you have truly tested my wt loss resolve!!!! I am lossing the battle I tell ya LOL yum!!!

  59. on 14 Sep 2010 at 15:25Luanne Ford

    Gasp! What a wonderful project! Now I need chocolate…LOL Love everything, especially Sharon’s gorgeous blue ribbons. Thanks for the link to the recipe too!!

  60. on 14 Sep 2010 at 15:58Laurie P.

    This is an absolutely perfect gift for just about everyone I know! Of course, I’ll have to try the cake out personally a few times just to make sure it’s as awesome as it looks : )
    Thanks so much for posting such a great project idea.

  61. on 14 Sep 2010 at 16:13Karen

    Oh my! I’m going to have to try that. Looks delectible. Love the card!

  62. on 14 Sep 2010 at 16:25jan m

    These bows are fabulous!

  63. on 14 Sep 2010 at 16:41Mary Kunze

    Love your project.

  64. on 14 Sep 2010 at 17:08Lynn

    Uh oh, I think I just gained 5 pounds! Wonderful project, perfectly done. The crystal accents add just the right amount of bling.

  65. on 14 Sep 2010 at 17:24Lynda K

    Great idea,,,and I am certain they are calorie free! Your color combo on your cards are stunning.

  66. on 14 Sep 2010 at 17:33Tosh

    YUM Holly!! Not only is your card and decorations fabulous and full of delicious details, but the cup-cake makes a fantastic gift! LOVE this!!

  67. on 14 Sep 2010 at 17:50Kim Thorne

    I love your color combination and that cake in a cup would be a great teacher gift. Bet they wouldn’t mind the mug gift then. A new twist on an old stand by teacher gift! I would love to win the blog candy from Stamp Simply!

  68. on 14 Sep 2010 at 18:00Leigh

    Well I’d be overjoyed to receive this gift. It’s gorgeous. Love that card.

  69. on 14 Sep 2010 at 18:48Pat Schwartz

    What fun and gooey! Your card design is beautiful. Thanks for another way to use Fancy Tags.

  70. on 14 Sep 2010 at 18:48Rebecca Ednie

    So pretty! I love the cake in a cup idea. I’ll have to try your recipe because I made one once and it wasn’t too great.

  71. on 14 Sep 2010 at 18:57Betty Goodson

    Wow, three gifts in one, all just fabulous! I love the colors in this DSP, so rich. My fave is the card, but I bet the cake would win hands down from most.

  72. on 14 Sep 2010 at 19:00SueB

    sweet project – pun intended – TFS and thanx for the blog candy opp!

  73. on 14 Sep 2010 at 19:02Beth Greco

    Oh that is SO perfect for co-workers etc. It looks so yummy too! That blue ribbon is so rich and is so perfect with your DP. Thanks for sharing a great Halloween card!!

  74. on 14 Sep 2010 at 19:20Peggy Allen

    Great idea. I love the whole ensemble.
    God bless!

  75. on 14 Sep 2010 at 19:26Barb(GrandmaUpNorth)

    Love the whole idea. And I really loved the card you made. Love your colors!

  76. on 14 Sep 2010 at 20:08Eleanor

    Wow! That cake looks so yummy! I love your card and the whole ensemble is gorgeous!

  77. on 14 Sep 2010 at 20:26Janet L.

    Yum, yum, now you’ve got me salivating for chocolate cake! The whole set is just simply beautiful. The card is really outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

  78. on 14 Sep 2010 at 20:34Theresa Q

    Love this gift idea! I’m thinking of trying it myself! Thanks!

  79. on 14 Sep 2010 at 20:42Marilyn

    WOW!!! Talk about a comfy gift to give, I feel all cozy just looking at your beautiful pictures! Beautiful work!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  80. on 14 Sep 2010 at 22:27Linda Duke

    BEAUTIFUL!! love the colors, and all the details Holly. I’m going to make this for Christmas gifts this year.

  81. on 14 Sep 2010 at 22:28Joan Ervin

    What a fabulous gift idea, Holly….your card is sooo gorgeous and I just love the cup full of cake makins…sooo cool!!!!! I’ll have to give the cake a try!!!!

  82. on 14 Sep 2010 at 23:33Nancy

    Great gift idea beautifully presented!

  83. on 15 Sep 2010 at 00:15Irene

    Holly! Beautiful cards and a wonderful gift idea!
    Hugs, Irene

  84. on 15 Sep 2010 at 02:32Pamela Heck

    What a nice and thoughtful gift. Who doesn’t like chocolate. And the card is so elegant. This is a very gorgous gift.

  85. on 15 Sep 2010 at 02:34Jean

    Holly, I just love what you have done here with your project! I always have adored Blue Awning and that ribbon is gorgeous! Thank you too for the link to the chocolate in a cup! What a great Gift idea!

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  87. on 15 Sep 2010 at 05:16Carol

    Now this is one GREAT Gift!! I have made this but have never thought of giving it as a gift!!!
    Clever! Clever!
    Love the colors you used…Thanks so much for sharing with us..

  88. on 15 Sep 2010 at 05:49Kathy E

    Your card and giftie are simply beautiful! And the recipe is amazing–I’ve never even heard of this little cake. What a great gift idea!

  89. on 15 Sep 2010 at 06:09Hilda

    Your card is gorgeous… LOVE those colors! Great gift packaging, and who doesn’t love a gift of something chocolate?

  90. on 15 Sep 2010 at 06:27lynn legge

    what a lovely gift anyone would treasure… you are very creative.. i love the muted colors .
    great job!!
    big ladybug hugs

  91. on 15 Sep 2010 at 07:06Colleen Dietrich

    Holly, I like all the thought you put into this nice gift for someone. You made each piece of the gift with love and elegance.

  92. on 15 Sep 2010 at 08:21Noni

    I really love the deep rich colors on your card. I love those microwave cakes as well. It is a lovely gift.

  93. on 15 Sep 2010 at 08:47Becki Bertuccelli

    I absolutely LOVE that color ribbon. What a gorgeous project. YUM!

  94. on 15 Sep 2010 at 10:00conniemelancon

    What a great gift. LOVE the colors Beautiful!

  95. on 15 Sep 2010 at 10:57elena

    Beautiful gift set; love the soft look of it! Thank you for sharing a recipe!

  96. on 15 Sep 2010 at 11:59Marilyn B

    I love the colors and the cake sounds delish! What could ever be wrong with chocolate!

  97. on 15 Sep 2010 at 12:54Sylvia/LittleTreasures

    OOOOOOOOhh so lovely..Really love the color combo and what a great idea…would make anyone’s day feel special.
    It could be one of those “Priceless” moments.

  98. on 15 Sep 2010 at 13:51JenMarie

    Fabulous! …and YUMMY!

  99. on 15 Sep 2010 at 14:33chaun

    Very clever! would be great for a college kid living in a dorm or apt.

  100. on 15 Sep 2010 at 14:49Anne G

    Looks yummy! What a great gift idea!

  101. on 15 Sep 2010 at 19:59Serena

    Wow! I want to be on your gift list 🙂 Great gift idea and beautifully done!

  102. on 15 Sep 2010 at 21:05Amy J

    What awesome ideas! Thanks for inspiring us!

  103. on 15 Sep 2010 at 23:03Bonnie

    What a lovely gift idea, and your presentation was so beautiful.. I agree with your about the papers,,,,,perfect!

  104. on 16 Sep 2010 at 03:53Joni mastronardi

    What an awesome gift Idea!

  105. on 16 Sep 2010 at 07:04Nancy

    That is a wonderful gift idea!! Love the papers you used!

  106. on 16 Sep 2010 at 07:28NanaBeth

    This really is just perfect. And your colors are perfect-my new favorite by the way. I need to start making up some of these to have on hand for the coming holidays=thank you so much for such wonderful inspiration.

  107. on 16 Sep 2010 at 07:51Donna Sue

    Great idea–always looking for something different. Nice colors too. Great work!

  108. on 16 Sep 2010 at 09:56Lori C

    Great gift idea – I think I’m going to make one for myself right now! LOL Thanks for sharing!

  109. on 16 Sep 2010 at 11:05Stephanie Muzzulin

    Omg such gorgeous projects and like looks so good!!!!!

  110. on 16 Sep 2010 at 13:35Beate

    Such a cute card and such a sweet gift!


  111. on 16 Sep 2010 at 15:10Aga

    This looks yummy! love the idea!

  112. on 16 Sep 2010 at 17:19Ann

    Hey there Holly! What a great project! Hope we can get together soon-either I can come up or you can come down! I will have to look up your phone number and call you!

  113. on 16 Sep 2010 at 17:43Kelly G

    Looks very yummy!!

  114. on 16 Sep 2010 at 21:49SJ

    Nice gift package.

  115. on 17 Sep 2010 at 01:43Pat Austin

    Boy glad I am not hungrey very yummy and the card is great too.

  116. on 17 Sep 2010 at 02:34Meda

    Awesome gift! I have always loved the look of this kitchen gifts with a little papercraft magic. Well, I hate cooking so I guess I won’t make one. Love the big blue bows. Again, not a color I usually work with but it looks fantastic on your project. I should remember the color combo for future use.

  117. on 17 Sep 2010 at 06:51Donna M.

    What a great post! I know all of us are pressured with time (trying to squeeze in vital things like stamping). Your project turned out great, & I want to case! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art!

  118. on 17 Sep 2010 at 18:46Jackie Watson

    You had me at Chocolate. I love this, for a chocloate freak like me this is an awesome gift idea.

    Your projects are awesome, I love them all. I hope you don’t mind if I cas them this Holiday season.

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