Two Amazing Ornaments from Two Amazing Women

One of the highlights of my Stampin’ trips (OnStage or incentive trips) is seeing my friends I’d, otherwise, never get to see. Early on in my Stampin’ Up! journey, I met Mary Polcin and Judy Prahl, two incredibly talented and ridiculously kind sisters from Wisconsin. How could I have ever met these two ladies them without Stampin’ Up!? Mary was Stampin’ Up!’s first Million Dollar Sales Achiever (and recently became a Two Million Dollar Sales Achiever). How crazy is that?!

Here’s a picture of us from 2015:

Judy Prahl, Brian King, Mary PolcinThat’s Judy on the left and Mary on the right. I’m the tall one in the middle. I can get to the end of events and totally miss saying, “hi” to some people, but Judy and Mary always seem to be in the same place as I am. I was able to see them multiple times in Orlando.

Judy and Mary were each kind enough to bring me a gift in Orlando. Each made an ornament for me, and I’m excited to share these projects with you. They are both so special and so unique.

Judy’s Peaceful Poinsettia Ornament

Before I show you Judy’s ornament, here’s the box it was delivered in:

Farmhouse Christmas Gift Box by Judy Prahl, Stampin' Up!Judy wrapped the Mini Pizza Box with a band of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper and then layered a sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas on top of that. She used a 2″ Circle punch to crop the background sentiment and layered it with a scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits Dies. The stitched banner with “Merry Christmas” is cropped with the Farmhouse Framelits Dies. What a gorgeous and simple way to wrap a gift!

As if the wrapping wasn’t special enough (I thought that WAS the gift), here’s what was inside:

Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle, Ornament by Judy Prahl, Stampin' Up!Judy found a round, two-sided ornament and filled it with images from Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle and a sentiment from Wishing You Well. A lot of love went into making this ornament – while the poinsettia and leaves are colored with Stampin’ Blends and cropped with the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlits Dies, multiple layers of the flower have been stamped, colored and snipped out to give beautiful dimension. Even the background circle is embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for added dimension. Here’s another look at all the layers inside this ornament:

Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle, Ornament by Judy Prahl, Stampin' Up!Now that you see how much time and effort went into making this layer of the ornament, I’m going to blow you mind by telling you the same images are built on the other side of the ornament. She made TWO of what you see here for each of the ornaments she made. You can’t say she “threw something together” quickly with a gift like that!

Mary’s Signs of Santa Spoon Ornament

Mary also gave me an amazing Christmas ornament, which also involved a lot of coloring and cutting and amazing detail. She used the Signs of Santa Bundle to make this spoon ornament:

Signs of Santa Christmas Spoon Ornament by Mary Polcin, Stampin' Up!Please…pick yourself up off the floor so you can finish reading my description of Mary’s project. Mary colored and cropped Santa and the North Pole pole with great detail. She added some Shimmery White Embossing Paste to the tip of the spoon (mimics snow or icing – I’ll take either one!) and a beautiful sentiment with holly from the Peaceful Poinsettia Bundle. She topped off her spoon with Real Red 3/8″ Mixed Satin Ribbon. How cute is that?

Here’s a closer look at Santa:

Signs of Santa Christmas Spoon Ornament by Mary Polcin, Stampin' Up!I asked Mary where she got the spoons – she picked them up at a Dollar store. It doesn’t have to be fine dining silver to make a gorgeous ornament for the tree!

How super-fun and creative is that?! I couldn’t be happier than to received such thoughtful gifts from such thoughtful women.

Here are links to the key products Judy used on her project above:

Here are links to the key products used in Mary’s project above:


Thanks for stopping by today! I’m so happy I could share these amazing ornaments from Judy and Mary with you. Please leave a comment below to let them know how much you appreciate them, too.


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  1. Where did she get the round ornament. Love that idea.

    • Yeah….been looking all day for that type of ornament on line !
      LOVE IT

    • I called Mary (I don’t have Judy’s phone number), and she told me that Judy purchased the ornaments from IKEA. I seem to recall seeing them at our IKEA store but wasn’t able to locate them. It’s a fun idea, isn’t it?!

  2. Talent attracts talent for sure. What creative and perfectly executed projects! Lucky you to receive such amazing gifts from such inspired friends. Thanks for highlighting their incredible work.

    • I’m thrilled to be able to share them, Linda – was happy they both gave me permission. Their projects are amazing, and their smiles (and hugs) are as contagious. <3

  3. How fun! I will be on the lookout for that type of ornament. Probably have to wait until next year. But, the wait will be ok as I love ornaments and enjoy making special ones. I wonder if the pig image would fit in one? Anyway, love both. The spoon one would be fun to make or receive. Special ornaments by special friends. Gotta love that!

  4. Absolutely Awesome. Those are two patient as well as talented ladies. How on earth did they come up with those ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Like you, Brian, I love the friends we make through Stampin’ Up! It’s a huge, world-wide peace movement for sure! The ornaments are great, thanks for sharing.

  6. You are a lucky guy! These are both beautiful ornaments and the grifters obviously love you! ❤️

  7. What if I’m still on the floor?? THANKS A LOT MARY 🙂

    • Hahaha! I’m glad you were able to make it back up to your keyboard to type that message. I’ll send help right away. Aren’t these projects crazy wonderful?!

  8. These are wonderfully creative, unique ornaments. Paper crafters are the nicest people. Those ornaments will look terrific on your tree and will be a reminder of these special friends. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  9. WOW and WOW! How lucky are you to have such talented and generous friends! Oh wait, I need one more WOW for the box. How could I forget?

  10. Love those beautiful smiles and ornaments. The spoon is so clever and cool!

  11. Oh Brian – you are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends who love you to pieces. What amazing gifts and how gracious of these ladies to make them for you. I love anything hand made and these ornaments are no exception but instead are exceptional. Thank you so much for sharing their talents.

    • I’ve never denied how fortunate I am to have such wonderful people in my life. These are wonderful and great to have. So happy they shared these with me. <3

  12. Oooooh, Brian, I love those so BEAUITFUL, I love the spoon, how did she make the hole on top , Love love them , and your friends are lovey ♥️♥️
    Tfs ♥️
    Hugs and more hugs ♥️♥️♥️

    • Isn’t that spoon fantastic?! I want to say that the spoon she found had a hole already in the design. If there’s not a hole, you could drill one with the right tools (but I can’t give you advice on that). 🙂

  13. Omg these are gorgeous. I have been trying all morning to find the ornaments can you find out where she got them?? I’d love to make these for teacher gifts for the holidays!!

    Inky hugs,

    • I called Mary (I don’t have Judy’s phone number), and she told me that Judy purchased the ornaments from IKEA. I seem to recall seeing them at our IKEA store but wasn’t able to locate them. It’s a fun idea, isn’t it?!

  14. Wow what fun gifts. Two million. . . My oh my, taking about long hours paying off! My hats off to her.

  15. Such talented ladies. Do you think Judy would share her source (link) for the ornaments? I would love to make something like that for my family’s tree. Thanks for sharing, Brian.

    • I called Mary (I don’t have Judy’s phone number), and she told me that Judy purchased the ornaments from IKEA. I seem to recall seeing them at our IKEA store but wasn’t able to locate them. It’s a fun idea, isn’t it?!

  16. margaretann hammond

    These are both unique and cleaver. I love what she did with the spoon.

  17. Adorable ornaments! The spoon one is sooo clever…and cute!

  18. Those are incredible gifts!! Love the spoon idea! Who knew??

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