Wednesday, November 17, 2021

November Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Happy Holly-Days Stamp Set and Bundle

Hello, my crafty friends. Welcome to the December Paper Crafting Blog Hop! I am participating in this blog hop with fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators from across the globe! You might be starting the blog hop right now, or you may be coming from Joy Nelson's blog. Great project, Joy! Welcome one and all.

The theme for this month's blog hop is December Holidays. Recently, I have been gearing up my holiday cardmaking to get those Christmas cards ready to mail. The card I am sharing today uses the Happy Holly-Days Stamp Set (p. 27 of the July-Dec 2021 Catalog) and the Holly Border Punch (which is bundle priced during this catalog).

The card base is a top fold, landscape A2 (8 1/2" x 11" sheet, cut in half at 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") in Shaded Spruce cardstock. On Basic White cardstock (cut 5 1/4" x 4"), punch the row of holly using the Holly Border Punch along the bottom edge twice. (Tip: Line up the outer edges by viewing from the back side of the punch.) Layer onto a slightly smaller piece of Real Red Cardstock. And it is hard to see from this photo, but I punched out the leaves and stems in scraps of Shaded Spruce and paper pieced in the holly leaves and stems. The red berries were too many different sizes for paper piecing, and that is why I used the Real Red cardstock layer. 

The bird is stamped in Early Espresso and the beak is colored with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. The 1/2" strip of Shaded Spruce cardstock hides my birds feet. You could move the bird up a "smidge" (a really technical term for just a bit) so the bird's feet rest on the strip, but I felt the bird needed a "resting" place.

A simple Red Rhinestone adds a festive splash!!

How are you doing so far with your holiday cardmaking? Hope you are closing in on the finish line. After the Thanksgiving holiday (U.S.) next week, I plan to move onto gift tags and packaging projects. Come back anytime to see what I am working on.

So, now it is time to check out the great project by our next blog hopper, Maureen Rauchfuss.

Here is a list of our blog hoppers this month:

(Date: TBD)
If you follow me on Facebook, I will let everyone know as soon as I figure out when we will be able to get together next.

Keep motivated and crafting this month - I am so looking forward to seeing your creations. Take a picture of the cards you make and share with us all in the comments during my Facebook Live. For everyone that places an order of $25 or more using the monthly host code (see the sidebar), I will send you the following month's (December) workshop card kits in advance of the workshop.

Hope you were able to subscribe in time for the October Paper Pumpkin kit. Be sure to Like and Follow my Facebook page for discussions with other Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Not a subscriber already? No problem. Contact me and let's get you signed up by November 10 in time for the next kit so that you do not miss out any more!
(November 4, 2021 - November 30, 2021) 
There’s no better time than November for you to transition into a Stampin' Up!! demonstrator. This program is designed to start your Stampin’ Up! business strong with big savings! If you have been thinking about it, message me for details. 

Check back next week for more details, but you do not want to miss this 3-day sale of select product - just in time for your holiday shopping.

(Shop Now & Save!!)
Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack every week for great opportunities to collect retired/discontinued Stampin' Up! product. New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. If you need more information about the Clearance Rack, send me a message. Here's my pick for the week - Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Card Pack!!

(August 3, 2021 - January 3, 2022)
If you have placed an order from me over the past year, should have received a copy of the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog (formerly called the Holiday Mini Catalog) in the mail. Message me for a copy. (Click the link on the sidebar for a virtual copy.)

(May 4, 2021 - May 2, 2022)
If you do not already have a copy of the 2021-22 Annual Catalog, and do not already have a  demonstrator, it would be my pleasure to be your enabler (er, I mean demonstrator) and send you a copy of your very own! (Click the link on the sidebar for a virtual copy.)

As always, if you have any questions, or need any assistance, contact me in your favorite method of communication. :)


  1. Very cute - that Holly punch is my favorite!!

    1. I agree - I think this is my favorite punch too!

  2. Love the paper piecing for the holly border - you are so patient!! Just lovely!!

    1. Thanks! The paper piercing was fun!! It didn't take too long. :)

  3. Lots of detail. I hope the person who gets this card appreciates it!

  4. Thanks, Joy. Fun card to make, for sure!

  5. Great project! I'm starting to think about Christmas cards but haven't started my production line yet. Thanks for sharing!