Holiday Catalog Unboxing :-)

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On August 3rd the July – December Mini Catalog goes live!!! It is jammed packed full of great ideas and products for your holiday season crafting projects.

As a Stampin’ UP! demonstrator I get to see the catalog ahead of time and to pre-order my choice of goodies. My order arrived and I spent some ‘happy time’ looking at those choices and decided I would share with you to spark your creative juices!

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Christmas In July ~ Ink . Stamp . Share Blog Hop

Once again  I am thrilled to be taking part  in the Ink . Stamp . Share blog hop,  we are a group of Stampin’ Up!®️Demonstrators from around the globe here to bring you inspiration through creativity!

You will have either arrived from Libby’s  post or starting here ~ either way WELCOME . This month our theme is Christmas in July! I must say thinking of Christmas at this time of year is a bit of a challenge as we are dealing with temperature hovering in the high 90’s here in North Texas!!

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Elegant Happy Christmas Card

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Today is Christmas Eve – as my great- niece would be telling her Daddy today ‘ one more sleep until Father Christmas gets here’. I am spending my day with final preparation for tomorrow’s lunch and then settling down in front of the fire to watch some Christmas movies!

They say that less is more ~ not entirely sure I agree with that when it comes to card making but today I used a ready made card base from the Gold Cards and Envelopes Pack. It is Very Vanilla and has gold foil decoration on it, so that was my color choices decided, then a little dash of red to finish off! And, you know it was surprisingly quick to create all of the 10 cards that were in the pack!

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Christmas Gift Bow Fun Fold Card ~ Video Tutorial

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Today I am sharing the card I sent to all my customers who attended my classes or shopped for their Stampin’ UP! goodies with me this year. I truly appreciate their enthusiasm and support in what has been a weird year for us all.

Because I loved the fold I also used it for my Christmas Card Stamp Camp in November using alternate colors and stamp set just to show how versatile this fold is, scroll down to see that one, as well as the video on how it all goes together.

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Merry and Bright Holly Leaves – Card Idea

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Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent when the Angel’s Candle is lit, which represents Peace. I hope all my readers are able to find some peace in their day as we look forward to the coming week of festivities.

My card today features the Joyful Holiday Stamp Set in traditional reds and greens, those holly leaves with the curlicues are just so lovely and the ‘Merry and Bright’ greeting warms my heart.

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Christmas Ornament Contemporary Card Idea

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This time next week it will be Christmas Day!!! After a year of everything being turned on its head I am determined to hold onto some of my Christmas traditions, I have my trees decorated, lights on the outside of the house and a traditional (English) Christmas Lunch planned!

But sometimes I like a little ‘non-tradition’ to creep in, so I have a tree in my hall that is decorated in purples and pinks and chose to use similar colors for today’s card, Blackberry Bliss and Rococo Rose, to create this ‘lazy Z fold card’

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Little Log Cabin Christmas Card

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I have a card buffet every month, one of my ladies asked if we could do a Christmas card with a ‘little house’ So I scanned the catalog and found the Rustic Retreat Stamp set had the cutest little log cabin ~ it turned out to be the most popular card in the November card buffet!

This stamp set was designed by SU demonstrator Mary Polcin who was given the honor when she achieved a Million Dollars in sales! It has some great images and greetings for Christmas, Birthday, Thinking of You and while I have used the Christmas themed ones, there are a few others that would work just great for a masculine card!….. watch this space for when I work out a design for one of those!

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Joyful Christmas Holly Christmas Card ~ Video Tutorial

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When the August – December 2020 Mini Catalog was released one of the first stamp sets I set my heart on was Joyful Holly – I just loved all the ‘curlicues’ which are so graceful and elegant. So understandably I have used it on quite of cards this year, including todays card.

This is quite a simple card, some paper, stamps, ink and a couple of punches, with a little bling of course, you cannot have a Christmas card without some sparkle, can you?

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