95 posts categorized "2019 Holiday Collection"


Fri 27

Feeling Grateful
by Michelle Bala

Hello there!  Michelle here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10

Today I used the stamp sets Grateful Autumn and Winter Greenery and designed a card for a friend who is always there for me :) I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder and colored them using Copic Markers.  I used shades G40, G43, and G46 for the base and added some dots with W7, and G28. Trim and set aside.

I inked up the background using distress oxide inks in shades tumbled glass, shaded lilac, and chipped sapphire. I splashed some white and gold paint spaltters. After the paint dried, I stamped the background using the Winter Greenery stamp set with black ink. 

I adhered the embossed leaf cluster with foam tape and added some clear stickles glitter glue. Lastly, I embossed and trimmed the sentiment and added some gems.

Thank you for taking a peek! Hope you have a great day!

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Mon 23

Hanukkah Gift Tags
by Anne Thompson

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. It also celebrates a miracle that happened during this time, where just a day's supply of oil allowed the menorah in the rededicated Temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days.  --Wikipedia

Hanukkah this year began at sunset on Sunday December 22nd and the first candle was lit on the menorah.  Families celebrate by lighting one candle the first night, two on the second and so forth during the eight days of Hanukkah.  They recite prayers, sing songs, children play a game with dreidels (a spinning four-sided top), and gifts are exchanged.  And there's chocolate (gelt) and latkes and other delicious foods.


Sun 22

Merry & Bright
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone, I can't believe Christmas is in a few days!  I have my final Christmas card for 2019 for you today! Inevitably, we always need one more card.

To make this card, I placed a piece of painters tape across the middle of a piece of white cardstock.  Using a blender brush I applied green distress inks to my cardstock.


Once the ink was dry I stamped my image with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  While the tape was still in place I sponged the edges of the paper with Forest Moss distress ink.  

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Next I peeled off the tape and spattered it with white ink.  I adhered this to a red glitter cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.  

I die cut the word merry from red glitter paper and glued it to my card front.

I stamped the sentiment "and bright" on black cardstock and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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I hope you enjoyed this final Christmas card of 2019!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!






Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, I’m still working on my holiday cards. 🙈  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  


Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter “A”. 


This wraps up my first year as a designer here. 😉   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!





Tue 17

Making Spirits Bright Ornament
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone, today I have a quick last minute ornament for you to make!

I started with a birch slice circle and dry brushed a little white acrylic paint on it. I didn't cover the ornament completely with paint so that some of the wood grain shows through. When it was dry, I lightly sanded the ornament to make it smooth.

Next I stamped my image on the ornament using black pigment ink, then heat embossed it with black embossing powder.

I colored in my stamped image with colored pencils and spattered the background with white acrylic paint.


To finish the ornament I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  

I tied a piece of twine to the ornament for a hanger.


That's it!  I told you it was easy.  That's for stopping by today and Merry Christmas to you all.







Mon 16

Silverdale Branch, Joy, and the last of my Dashing Stripes and Dots Papers
by Anne Thompson

What to do with the last few pieces of my DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS papers PP1002?  Those grays?  And the strips on the packet cover?  I just had to use every last smidgen!  I cut them into smaller pieces, backed them with black cardstock, and placed them on black or gray notecards.  On one card I added a white cardstock panel covered with the TWAS THE NIGHT WASHI TAPE WT501.  I die cut the SILVERDALE BRANCH 94306 and the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from red and green foiled cardstock and added those to create these three holiday cards.


I made another card using the dark green striped paper with die cuts from silver glitter paper. I really like all of the layers on the front of this one.

My other notecards all had white interiors but this one was black, so I added a piece of dark gray striped paper and a white rectangle on top of that to the inside.


I have really loved the Memory Box 6X6 Dashing Stripes and Dots and Dashing Holiday papers for my cards this year.  And I think I finally have enough cards made to start putting them in the mail this week!  

Happy Crafting!

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002

Twas the Night Washi Tape WT501

Silverdale Branch 94306


Joy Airy Script 94325


Sat 14

Merry Christmas Wishes
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an easy CAS design. I used the die Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline die and cut it several times on gold foil paper. I adhered the pattern onto white cardstock.  I used a glue pen to apply glue. It's less messy;)                                                                                                                    1

Next, I cut the Merry Airy Script die with red cardstock and added some shimmer with red stickles glitter glue. Lastly, I embossed the sentiment from Tidings Wreath with gold embossing powder. Adhere your sentiments and add some sequins.                                                                                                              That's all! Simple and sweet!

What do you think? I hope you like it!

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Thu 12

Watercolored Joy and a Mistletoe Swag by Jean Okimoto

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Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over the Mistletoe Swag for a new look combining two special holiday designs.  The bold Joy Airy Script - watercolored to match the berries - and clear gem stickers add the final touch.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card of a very quick and busy year.  Mistletoe isn't usually bright green with pink berries...but it is today.

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Stamp the large swag from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set on watercolor paper with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Paint it with diluted inks from the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor inkpad. Yes, fruitcake!  Dry the inks, then cover it with a layer of Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the large Stylish Frame.  Diecutting the tape-covered paper or cardstock leaves a smooth,beveled edge - it's a nice finishing touch on your cards.

Attach the frame to a 5-½" square white card. add the stamped circle - layer it over one of the delicate sections on the right side.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the pink used for the berries.  Dry the ink, the cut it with Joy Airy Script.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.   Attach the greeting to the card.  Tiny dots or slivers of ScorTape or Couture Creations doublestick tape will attach it to the washi tape.

Add clear gem stickers.

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Layering Twas the Night wide washi works with all of the Holiday 2019 clear stamps.  I wish I had used this technique sooner!  It's a great technique for tags too - the tape reinforces the hole punched for the cord or ribbon.  

If you're in Seattle - join us for the Whittle, Scribble and Stack class at Impress on December 14th.  We're making 6 everyday cards  - two each with the Poppystamps Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and stacking dies from Birch Press Designs.  We'll use several items from the Memory Box and Poppy 2020 Valentine Collection.  You'll love the new designs - and the wide range of heart-styles.  There's a heart for everyone!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...







Wed 11

Northern Lights Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Inspired by this month’s challenge, I have another holiday card to share today.  One of my favorite Winter scenes to create is the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.  It’s simple to do, and yet it gives the most “wow” factor.   There are many different mediums that could be used, but my preference is ink blending.  But before I got inky, I did some partial die cutting with the Pine Tree Hill die to create the row of trees from black cardstock.


Laura did a post on partial die cutting and essentially, anything under the cutting plate will cut.  


Used scissors to connect those partial die cut trees and create the front row of trees.


Partial die cut the double trees twice to create the back row of trees.


Forgot to take a picture, but these lined up to create the row of trees as seen on the finished card.  Now onto the Northern Lights... but be forewarned, it’s going to look like a hot mess before things come together in the end. 😂


Started by adding streaks of Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks (di) to a piece of Bristol paper using the edge of a mini blending tool.


Next applied Chipped Sapphire di in between the colors and Black Soot di around the edges... and that pretty much completes the background.  I know it still doesn’t look that great, but persevere till the end and it will turn out. 😉  For sone sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).


Adhered the trees to the bottom, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Die cut the Peace Airy Script sentiment three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension to finish.


Hope you will give this a try.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a great day.






Tue 10

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone, today I have a holiday card for this month's Memory Box challenge.  

To create this card I applied Twas the Night washi tape to a piece of white cardstock.  I cut the paper at an angel and adhered it to another piece of white cardstock for my card front.  

Next I die cut the word merry from red cardstock and glued it to the card front. I die cut the snowflakes from kraft cardstock and glued those to the card.  


To finish the card, I stamped the word Christmas and added pearls to the center of the snowflakes. That's it! 

Thanks for stopping by today!