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Blog Blitz Begins Today- With Prizes!
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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Awesome card! I live in the Evergreen state, on the other side of the country. But I love pine cones and pine trees and the mountains. The die set is so great! Good for Christmas, but also summer, with all the camping and backpacking. Thank you for the inspiration.

What a unique die. I love how you put the pinecone together. It's really cool!!! Thanks for showing us how!!!

Gorgeous card!!! Love the new Pinecone Stackers die!!! Can't wait to get this one!!! I love all things "pinecone"!!!

Fabulous card and
thanks for sharing
how you put it together!
Carla from Utah

Lots of layering with different papers! Love it. Also a great hint to keep elements separate.

Perfectly festive and wonderful card! I love the plaid and variety of textures.

The pine cone stacker is very interesting!

Love the layered pinecones and the two colors you used to make them appealing. the branch I cool on the card and perfect with the plaid paper. Nice job!!

That pine cone die looks fantastic! I love the completed look with that pretty plaid background!

Love the way you put the pinecones together! Genius! Awesome, lovely card.

This card makes me want to put on a ski hat and get bundled up - excellent!

Beautiful pine cone dies, and that plaid paper is wonderful :)

Wonderful card!
LOVE this die, would make lovely Christmas cards and Winter themes too, the possibilities are endless.

Wow, awesome cards. Love the pinecone stacker. Fiddly, but fabulous. Hugz

Love the pine! Beautiful card!!


Lovely card with this fabulous new dies, LOVE the pinecones stack and great idea colouring them separately to add dimensions!! Thanks for sharing the idea and the process!

Wow! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a die like this pine cone. It is just lovely! What a pretty card.

That is the most beautiful pine cone I've ever seen. This card is lovely and the plaid is great for a Christmas card.

Fabulous die to make pinecones dimensional! Great tip too!

These layered pine ones give such depth to the card!

Love the pine cones made with all the shades of brown- thanks for the tip for putting them together! Lovely card and love the added touches to the inside! Thanks for sharing!

Wonderful card! Love this festive release!

wow, I love the new plaid paper and that amazing pinecone die!

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