Christmas and New Year’s Blog Hop

Welcome to another Di’s Country INKers blog hop in which we are featuring Christmas and New Year’s projects.  If you’ve hopped over from Di’s post, welcome!  We’ve got lots of stops for you this month…

My project today was completely inspired by fellow demonstrator Kathryn Simpson from the UK.  I was so bowled over by it that I had to re-create it for myself!  Have a peek…

This Christmas Village was made with the Stampin’ Up! Hometown Greetings Edgelits Die set and Whisper White cardstock.  The background was heat embossed with the santa & reindeers, stars, and the crescent moon stamp from the Hearts Come Home stamp set, then sponged over with Marina Mist and Night of Navy ink.  Each row in the village was done by making an initial die cut, then sliding the die left or right as needed and making a second die cut to complete that row.  LED fairy lights are adhered with glue dots beneath the houses to illuminate them.  Foam adhesive strips were used to adhere the layers and create spacing between the rows.  The final touch was lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  (Yes, I sparkled for days!)  The scene was then mounted inside a shadow box I found at my local craft store.  

Everyone I’ve showed this to had the same reaction as I did – Wow!!  In fact, I’ve gotten a few orders for them already – can you guess what I’ll be working on this weekend?

Thank you so much for stopping by today – I hope you enjoy the rest of the projects on today’s hop. If you get lost, the list of hoppers below will get you back on track.  Now, off you go to see what my dear friend Ellie has to show you today!





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October Challenge (a bit late!)

So, even though my (fabulous) upline, Di Gibbs, is thousands of miles away, we still have a very strong connection via phone, text, emails and Facebook.  Each month, we have an online Facebook meeting so that us out-of-towners can still interact with each other and be an active part of the team.  Works pretty well, actually!  Diana begins our meeting with a Facebook Live video presentation where she shows us how she made that month’s make-n-take project.  This is what she demonstrated in October…


Di then sends a packet of ‘card guts’ (all the pieces) for that month’s project.  We can then make the card exactly as she has done, or we can use them to create a different project.  While Di’s cards are always sweet just as they are, I like to put my own spin on them, so this is what I came up with this month.  What do you think?



I’ve been using the Cable Knit embossing folder on as many projects as I can – I just love it!  I was blown away when I first saw the deep 3D impression it leaves in the cardstock…  The Warmth & Cheer washi tape makes an equally strong statement on projects as well. 

All the ingredients I used to make my card are listed below.  If you’re so inclined to shop (wink, wink) just click on the photo and you’ll go right to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great Thursday!


2016 Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

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Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s blog hop time again and this month we are featuring projects made from the 2016 Holiday Catalog that went live this morning!  Di’s projects are always adorable and this one is no exception.  Hope you can hang with us for the whole hop – there’s some great stuff coming up!

Don’t know how they do it, but year after year, Stampin’ Up! manages to wow me with their Holiday Catalog products.  One of my absolute favorites for this year is Cookie Cutter Christmas with a matching Builder Punch.  I had my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack class last week and one of the cards was done with this bundle.  What do you think? 9-1-16

We started with a Crumb Cake base layered with a Real Red embossed panel using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  It puts an extra deep impression in the cardstock and really makes it look 3D – very cool!!  Next we added a strip of Whisper White and another strip of DSP from the Candy Cane Lane pack.  Three Gingerbread men were stamped with Soft Suede on Whisper White, punched out and popped up with dimensionals.  Finally, we stamped and punched the bow ties with Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock.

We are on baby watch around our house – my second granddaughter will make her appearance any day now.  Part of the Cookie Cutter stamp set has a darling little teddy bear in it – it’ll make a perfect addition to the gift I’ve got prepared! And, if you think the Christmas version of the Cookie Cutter set is cute – wait till you see the Halloween set that also matches the same punch!  Even more bang for your buck..

Ok kids – off you go to see what Mary has to delight you with.  I want to thank you for hopping with us.  Make sure you get a copy of this latest Catalog – if you need one, please holler at me and I’ll get you taken care of, Ok?

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In case you get lost:


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Creative Circle Gift Card Combo Box

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Welcome to the Creative Circle December Blog Hop – I’m so glad you are here!  So tell me, are you completely in love with Sandy’s project?  I know I always am!!!

This month we are working with a very unique box that Liz has created.  It’s both a box and a gift card holder – great timing with the Holidays upon us!  Traditionally, we make three cards to be enclosed in the boxes we work with.  This month, however, I decided to turn my box into a hostess gift with an accompanying card.  Here’s my project: 12-5-15A little background on my choice of color schemes.  Last week we had a doozy of a snow storm blow through.  We got about a foot of heavy, wet snow that piled high on everything that wasn’t shoveled.  That night, the temps dropped and hard froze everything.  As severe as mother nature sometimes is with us, she also shows us some pretty beautiful stuff, and the next morning the sky was impossibly blue and all the hard frozen snow was glistening in the sunlight.  White sparkle with blue sky is one of my favorite things about winter, and served as the inspiration of my project.  My box is made from Pool Party cardstock and has a layer of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, another layer of Pool Party cardstock, and a top layer of the snowflake motif from the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. It’s accented with Whisper White 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Silver Cording Trim,  a Tea Lace Paper Doily, and a white-embossed Snowflake Element.

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And then when you open it – not only does it have a place for a gift card, mine also contains some sweet treats!!  Perfect to bring with to one of the many holiday parties I will be attending this month.  The greeting on the inside is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set and the stamped snowflakes are from the Project Life Hello December 2015 set.  The corners were done with the Curvy Corner Trio Punch with some Rhinestones for 12-5-15B

The pattern for this box is available in Liz’ online store, and the video tutorial for assembly can be found here. The cut files are just $3.99 and you can use them with your e-cutter, or you can get them in a .pdf format to use as a template for manual cutting. Why not make some lovely gifts for your hostesses!

Oh! One last bit of eye candy… Liz gifted each of us with a cut file for some miniature boxes, and I built my own Advent Calendar with them. Of course, the Blue Snowflake theme was carried through this project. The DSP I used is, unfortunately, retired, but I thought it went well with today’s post! 12-5-15D


I didn’t give you much of a look at the matching card for today’s project, but if you’ll stop back next week, I’ll have more details for you!  Now, off you go to see what awaits you at Fran’s blog.  I hope you have a great weekend, and don’t forget to take some time off from all the holiday preparations to create something.  You’d be surprised at how much more productive you can be when you have a little mental vacation!!December 2015 Blog Hop Button






In case you get off track, here is the order of this month’s hop:


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Christmas and Holiday Blog Hop

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It’s the first of the month and that means another blog hop with Di’s Country INKers!  This month we are featuring Christmas and Holiday projects.  How about that project that Di had for you?  Did you like it or what… 12-1-15

From the moment the Holiday catalog was released, I just fell in love with both the Cozy Christmas stamp set and the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  It only seemed fitting that I should work with them for this month’s project!  I just can’t seem to get enough of this DSP – each time I look at it, it makes me think of Christmas celebrations at my Grandparent’s house when I was little.  My Grandma had a little sitting room at the front of the house that was decorated in shades of deep olive greens with gold accents, much like the mistletoe pattern I used here.

For this card, I began with a base of Mossy Meadow which was layered with Very Vanilla and an additional piece of Mossy Meadow.  A strip of Gold Glitter ribbon was adhered with Fast Fuse.  Next, I created a 2 1/4 x 4 1/4 panel of Mossy Meadow which was topped with a 2 x 4 panel of the mistletoe DSP.  The top layer started with a piece of Mossy Meadow cut with the Circle Framelits and the greeting was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Very Vanilla and punched with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The greeting was accented with a bow made from 1/8″ Gold Ribbon and a bit of Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.

I hate to stamp and run, but I’ve got a wish list to make for the upcoming spring mini catalog!  It goes live on January 5th, but one of the best perks of being a demonstrator is being able to see the new catalogs AND order from it as early as December 3rd!  Wanna see it now and get your hands on some gorgeous product ahead of everyone else?  Get in touch and lets talk about signing you up!

It’s time to send you off to see what Crystal has to show you.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Remember to take some time away from holiday preparations and stamp a little – its therapeutic!





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In case you get lost, here are this month’s hoppers:


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August Big Shot Blog Hop

August Blog Hop Button-ResizedWelcome to our August Blog Hop!  You may have hopped over after seeing Diana’s cute project, but if you’re just joining us, please take a minute and see what the rest of the Di’s Country INKers have for you!

This month, we have chosen to highlight the Big Shot and the ‘Buy a Big Shot Get a Bundle’ promotion. Through August 31, get an exclusive Framelits and Stamp Set Bundle for FREE when you purchase a Big Shot. Or, if you already own a Big Shot, get a 15 percent discount on select bundles. Check it out here!

One of the perks of attending Convention this year was that we were able to buy and take home product Blog Hopfrom the Holiday Catalog.  One of the first things I jumped on (and will be available as one of the promo freebies!) is the Bright and Beautiful Stars bundle.  The stamp set is called Bright and Beautiful, and it coordinates with the Stars Framelits – here’s the first card I made with the set.  I started out CASE-ing the sample from the catalog, but remembered that I wanted to try Blackberry Bliss accented with gold and red in some of my Christmas cards this year.  I’m loving it!  I started with a base of Brushed Gold cardstock layered with Blackberry Bliss.  I did some heat embossing over Brushed Gold and Shimmer White cardstock for the stars and colored the rhinestones with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker.

I experimented a little with the embossing powder and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to white which is what I used on the bottom and top stars.  It’s hard to photograph sparkly stuff, but this might give you the idea… Blog Hop 2Photos, of course, just can’t capture all the sparkle and shine.  You’ll just have to come over and see the card for yourself…

Thank you so much for stopping by -it was lovely visiting with you today.  Now, off you go to see what Kathya has made!

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I’m not allowed just yet to show you the Bright and Beautiful stamp set, but for the rest of the supplies used, just click on any of the pictures below and you can shop online:
















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