Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be here for this month's Keeping Christmas Blog Hop that we hold on the 25th of each month except in December.  I am the last stop on the hop but here are the links to everyone who is participating.

Broni Holcombe (Off this month due to "Florence")
Vicki Finger (You are Here)

I have been having so much fun playing with a variety of stamp using the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder Templates.  I have gotten the Fall or Winter Stamps yet so I've been using what I do have.  I was playing around with the A2 version of this to make a full-sized card and learned a few tricks along the way so that if you don't have the templates, you can still do a few things to help give the appearance of the Wreath or symmetrical design using a Misti.  For some things. I still like using the templates, so I cut my cardstock down to 4 x 5.25 inches.  

You can find a video on the Stamp TV YouTube Channel here in case you are interested.  I like the little square cards but if you put them in a square envelope, it costs more to mail them so I like to still have the normal A2 Sized Card base without having to cut my stamped panel.  So with some help from Gina K's video, I have been doing a lot of experimentation and finding what works for me.

Here is a similar design with a little bit different color.  I used Dusty Rose and Plum Punch here in a similar style.

Both of the decorative stamps sets I used for these cards are no longer available, but it's always good to find new ways to use older products and the little holly and berries from the Enclosed: Bell is a long time favorite.  In fact, I've never even used the Bell Die at all.  The other stamps were from Holiday Photo Finishers and the Sentiment is from Deck the Halls which is still available in the Papertrey Store.

Because I used Gina K Designs Inks, I wanted to use the coordinating cardstock for my card bases. This is Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White, Cherry Red, and Fresh Asparagus.

As a little bonus, I made several Christmas Cards using the same Holly Stamps from Enclosed: Bell and posted these yesterday on my Instagram Account.

These cards feature products from Papertrey Ink including the Scallop Stackers Large and Medium Dies along with Basic Bookmark #3.  I always create the bookmarks by die cutting one from white cardstock and the other from whatever other paper I wanted to use.  I glue them back to back so that they are finished on either side. In this case, the paper was from a Mat Stack that I got during Black Friday and Cyber Monday last year.  It was a perfect fit for the little Holly Leaves.  The embossed center piece is from Holiday Photo Finishers.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy hopping around to all the blogs and seeing their Keeping Christmas projects.


  1. Wow! What a beautiful assortment of Christmas cards! I'm loving all of those gold scallops! Absolutely gorgeous!❤❤❤

  2. wow...so many wonderful cards, so beautiful and elegant!

  3. Wow, gorgeous assortment of cards. Love them all. Thanks so much for sharing.


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