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Welcome to my spot on the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop where our theme is nature.  Our aim in this blog hop is to inspire you by cards and projects featuring nature.  Although we are an international group, nature and its beauty are truly global.  I chose to share a Christmas card with the iconic image of mistletoe--which grows prolifically here in South Texas. Banners for Christmas-Stampin' Up!

I love, love, love the Banners for Christmas stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog with its many words that fit into various sized banners as well as two large, beautiful, classic Christmas images:  mistletoe and a candy cane.  I already have the Banners bundle (from the main Stampin' Up! catalog which means I already have the framelits).  I love the amount of product "crossover" in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog which increases the amount of products that work together and saves me money:)

This quick and easy card takes a very traditional Christmas image--mistletoe--and adds some modern flair with my gray and green color scheme of Smoky Slate and Emerald Envy.  I'm officially in love with Emerald Envy:)  If you have a lot of Christmas cards to make or hold Christmas card classes, this is a great card for you!

All the Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Now, hop on along to the next person on the Thailand Achievers Blog Hop and be absolutely spoiled with creative paper crafting inspiration


Tin of Tags Stamp Set-Stampin' Up!

The Tin of Tags Stamp Set is designed for the...Tin of Tags kit in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!  I know, that's pretty obvious.  But versatility is king with Stampin' Up!, and this stamp set has so much life beyond the kit.  With 16 stamps, this is a largish stamp set.  Almost all the stamps are words, and again, there is great versatility here.  Although 6 stamps--like the one shown here--are specifically for Christmas, 10 of the stamps can be used year-round.  That makes Tin of Tags stamp set extremely versatile and a real bargain.

Tin of Tags stamp setAlthough full-on Christmas cards are a must during December, I think it's lovely to send fun little notes as well.  Enter the seasonal note card. This would also be perfect for adding to a gift when you want to say a little something more than you can fit on a tag. The Stampin' Up! Note Cards and Envelopes are a perfect size for this (5 x 3-1/2)--their smaller size is perfect for notes and mail for a single stamp.

I'm really happy with the way this little note card turned out, and it beautifully showcases that other Stampin' Up! staple--amazing product coordination. Yes, the Candy Cane Lane DSP, Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine, and the Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape are all on this card making design work a cinch.

The Candy Cane Lane DSP is one of 8 on sale this month, through October 31.  Full details with all the Designer Series Papers in the sale are here.  


Large Letters Dies and Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper

This is one of the swaps I received at my monthly Stampin' Up! demonstrators team meeting. It's a non-stamping card--that's right!  There is no actual stamping--just Big Shot work with the Large Letters Framelit Dies.  Jeanne Cook made this gorgeous Halloween card (equally useful as a fun, seasonal card "just because") as her swap for the October meeting, and I love it!  Simple, snazzy, cute, and bound to bring a smile to ANYONE who receives it!  Jeanne Cook is part of my team, the Southern Sweet Stampers, and we are a friendly, welcoming creative community with both in-person, live monthly meetings and virtual support through a closed Facebook group and email newsletters. We have so much fun together! 

This Halloween card features my favorite Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog item--Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper--as well as Halloween Night DSP (Designer Series Paper).  That is a specialty paper with so much to love for Halloween!  But the "flip side" of each sheet has a less Halloweeny design:)  You cannot beat Stampin' Up! for versatility--I love that my package of Halloween Night DSP will take me through Halloween effortlessly.  And if I happen to have some paper leftover, it will work handily for Thanksgiving and even masculine projects well after the fall season.  

Boo Card

This Halloween card also beautifully showcases the Large Letters Big Shot framelits.  You can see the scale and size on this card.  They are also great for scrapbook pages, making banners and bulletin boards, home decor items, and more.  There is a coordinating stamp set for the Large Letters dies as well.  

That's it for today.  A quick and easy Halloween card made very, very special with the Large Letters Big Shot dies, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and Halloween Night DSP.  Truly, using fantastic products makes all the difference with the production as well as the results.  The Stampin' Up! supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so very much for stopping by!


Banners for Christmas-Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Banners for Christmas in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog caught my eye the first time I pored over the catalog and is one of the first stamp sets I purchased during our demonstrator preorder (1 month before the catalog goes live for the public).  Here are the reasons I think this is a great purchase:

  • LOTS of useful words that I can customize.  Although this is a Christmas stamp set, I used one of the words and banner frames in a fall card here.
  • The candy cane stamp!  OMG!  It's gorgeous!
  • The mistletoe stamp--so pretty:)
  • The crossover value--I already have the Banners for You bundle, so the framelits were already in my Studio.  I love the value I get when I purchase a bundle and then another stamp set that coordinates with the things I already have:)

Banners for Christmas-Stampin' Up!Okay, so there's my pitch for why I think this is a great value.  Now onto the creative part of this Christmas card.  I absolutely adore all things traditional and classical Christmas.  Reds and greens are my favorite Christmas colors for all things Christmas.  Although I like other Christmas color schemes--the blues, the purples, the golds, the silvers...I always come back to red and green.  That is probably rooted in my childhood and comfort:)

This card is one of SIXTEEN projects we made at my recent Training Event (aka Stamp Camp in San Antonio), and it was one of the favorites.  The fact that the framelits cut out the banner and the stamps are photopolymer means that this comes together quickly.  And although the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine CAN be threaded through the mini jingle bells, I simply tied the twine the way I wanted it and then stuck the bell on with a Mini Glue Dot.  Quick, easy, and done!

Save the date, January 14th, for my next Training Event aka Stamp Camp in San Antonio.  You don't want to miss it!



Christmas Pines-Stampin' Up!

I promised you a second card by my talented team member Susan Jones featuring Christmas Pines from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and I'm proud to share that with you today.  This is another of the projects we made at my recent Training Event aka Stamp Camp in San Antonio.  I host these all-day stamping events quarterly.  While aimed at Stampin' Up! demonstrators, they are open to all stampers, and we have fun! Save the date for the next one, January 14th.

Okay onto today's card.  Featuring the Christmas Pines Bundle, this card is much prettier in person with its bold, high-contrast color scheme paired with subtle texture and shine.  I'm not sure it comes through on the photo, but the middle layer on this card is dry embossed with the Holly Embossing Folder, and then the raised images are touched with Wink of Stella for subtle, elegant shimmer and shine.  

Noel Card

Susan's cards are always high on little details that make a big difference.  I love how the pine branches are stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and then also heat embossed in silver.  Subtle loveliness!  This actually comes together quickly with the Big Shot making quick work of those very detailed pine cones that bring texture and shine and the dry embossed layer that delivers even more texture.  Stunning, Susan!

Again, please save the date for the next Quarterly Training Event (January 14, 2017) where we will be highly focused on the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration.   Yes, there is life after Christmas!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All Stampin' Up! products used are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Ta!