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by Anne Thompson

This week we are celebrating the new 2020 Christmas release.  You can view all the new products here.  There will be samples and a chance to win a prize each day.  We hope you will stop by from Monday, August 3rd- Friday, August 7th to see the new products and enter to win some of the latest release.



Because I live in the Pine Tree State, when I saw the pine-themed dies in the 2020 Christmas Collection I had to have them all!  I love the pinecone and tassel (Maine's state flower) Merry Christmas card I made for this post.

Materials used

I started this card by die cutting everything multiple times, placing the pieces in each envelope with the die.

My biggest challenge was assembling the pinecones after cutting all of them from three shades of brown cardstock.  Throwing them all together in the envelope was not the best idea.


What I ended up doing was placing each of the pieces from one shade of brown back onto the die and attaching a narrow piece of Scor-Tape down the center to hold the pieces in size order.


I then put another piece of Scor-Tape sticky side up on my work surface and chose pieces from each color to create the different pine cones, working from the smallest at the bottom to the top.

Once I had my pinecones assembled, I took the branch that I had die cut from the brown striped paper and attached just the pine needle clusters snipped from the branch that I had cut using one of the green plaid papers, laying them right on top of the brown ones.

I had already chosen another plaid paper, cut it to 4 X 5 1/4, and adhered it to a top-folded Juniper notecard.  I added the branch and tucked in a small pinecone.


For the sentiment on the card front, I chose gold foil paper which I backed with a large rectangle of Scor-Tape (I purchased some in sheets) and used the Special Merry Christmas die.  That adhered easily in the lower right corner.


Inside the card I added the leftover piece of plaid paper from the front, a larger pine cone, and two Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs.


I think this card will have to go to a native Mainer living in another part of the country as a reminder of home.  This will be a busy month for me as I use the new Memory Box 2020 Holiday Collection to get most of my holiday cards made.  Friends have challenged me to make a card every day in August.  We'll see.  I'm already behind!

Be sure to share your holiday cards with us for this month's Challenge which is posted here.  We love to see what you create!

Would you like a chance to win the new Pinecone Stackers die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!  One comment/entry per person per day. 

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Great die to decorate on Cristmas cards.

Great way to get in the Christmas card making mood.

Beautiful card. I love the layered look of the pinecone!

Pretty plaid paper paired with this pinecone design.

Love this beautiful card! The pinecone die is amazing.

Love this new die and your card! Thanks for the tips!

I love your card, and thank you for the assembly thoughts. This is definitely a plan-ahead kind of die, but well worth doing.

I really love your card. I just ordered the pine cones die and this is a clean looking card. I thank you for the heads up about taping all the pieces together. Good job.

Beautiful card. Love the dies. (Had to laugh at having all the sizes in one envelope. Great tips about assembling.) Thanks for sharing

Such a simple design but it has so much impact. Love the new plaid paper and that amazing pinecone really steals the show. Thanks for sharing!

Even though I am not from Maine I love this pine cone die and the festive card you made.

a fantastic card design for recipients who love a country christmas!

Great card for a New Englander! I have friends in Maine, and relatives in New Hampshire who would like that, too. It also makes me feel cool during this hot weather! Thanks!

Love your card and the pine
cone sits nicely on the branch and plaid paper!

Fabulous card, I love the effect of the layered pine cone. xx

Nice card makes me wish for some cooler temps.

Great card. It was totally worth it to do the pinecone in multiple brown shades. Liked your creative solution for doing the layering. Terrific idea to do the pine needles out of plaid paper.

Beautiful, I love the layering and great detail in the pinecone and like how you used the pattern papers too!

Love the texture and design of the pinecone! Beautiful card, and an awesome die!

Very pretty card. I have pinecone dies but this Pinecone Stacker die is awesome! Love that you can vary your colors of cardstock.

lovely card Anne - those plaid papers are fantastic and made a wonderful background for the pinecones.

The natural elements and the plaid paper is a lovely combination, Anne - I'd love to have those pinecone dies in my arsenal!!

The pinecones really make a statement on the card. I love them.

I have been looking for a pine cone die and this one is perfect! Love your trick on how to easily assemble it

Wow! What a pretty card! Love the papers used, the color cardstock for the pine cone, and the way it’s layered is also fantastic! Loving this die set! Looks so realistic when put together and with all the layering pieces the possibilities are endless!

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