Pals Paper Arts 16: Christmas Cheer

Stampin up just beclause christmas card

Generic Ho Ho Ho!  Need a nudge to get your holiday cards in gear?  The Pals Paper Arts Design Team centers today's Thursday challenge on Christmas Cheer (PPA16).   Plus there is BLOG CANDY!!! 

I chose the stamp set "Just Beclause" (be sure you don't miss the pun) from the Holiday Mini Catalog for my interpretation of the challenge.  It has a fun, retro feel but worked perfectly with the traditional style of the Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper (Holiday Mini Catalog) I used (4 different patterns for these projects–woo hoo!). 

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Stampin up just beclause A2 card

Stampin up just beclause sentiment  STAMPIN' PRETTY TIP:  The Stampin' Up! Oval Punches nest perfectly together for the sentiment on this 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card (A2).

Stamp Set:  Just Beclause (116640, Holiday Mini Catalog)
Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770, Holiday Mini Catalog), Real Red (102482), Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Small Oval Punch (107304), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)
The Perfect Touch:  Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109052), Vintage Brads (109109, Black), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Stampin up simple snowflake card 

  • Stampin up styled silver hodgepodge hardware Did you notice that the Simple Snowflake stamp (p. 208 of the Catalog) coordinates impeccably with the Jumbo Snowflake Punch?

  • FYI:  The Jumbo Snowflake Punch takes some elbow grease to squeeze.  The trade off is extraordinary detail!

  • The sentiment was cropped with a Designer Label Punch.  This fits neatly inside the Styled Silver Label Holder from Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware.

  • For an added pop, I replaced the center ornament with a red Circle Rhinestone Brad.

  • This 3" x 3" card will tuck neatly into Stampin' Up!'s  3 1/8" x 3 1/8" Whisper White Mini Square Envelopes (107309).

Stampin up simple snowflake punch Stamp Set:  Just Beclause (116660, Holiday Mini Catalog), Simple Snowflake (115554)
Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper (116770, Holiday Mini Catalog), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  Jumbo Snowflake Punch (116628), Designer Label Punch (107590)
The Perfect Touch:  Clear Button (105447), Circle Rhinestone Brad (109110, Fire), Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (111325, Label Holder and Brads)

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So how far are YOU on your homemade holiday cards?  Let me know with a comment below 🙂


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Just beclause


  1. Love the snowflake card. I’m done making cards. This is the first year I made 3 designs to send out. I have been making all handmade cards for about 5 years now but in years past I only made one design. Since I love making Christmas cards soooo much–I decided to mix it up this year. Now I’m making glittered ornaments for friends and family. I love those! I’m a demonstrator so I have all the colors of reinkers. :-))

  2. Love those cards… love that hardware too. Hugs,

  3. Linda Callahan

    These are definitely full of Christmas Cheer – I really like the touch of black as well!

  4. Great cards, Mary – love the colors, too!

  5. oh, super cute m!! love the colors and that santa is so cute…fun!!

  6. Love the cards Mary. I was just looking at the stamp set Just Beclause. Great color combinations on the second card. Snowflake adds the finishing touch.

  7. Love the cards Mary. I was just looking at the stamp set Just Beclause. Great color combinations on the second card. Snowflake adds the finishing touch.

  8. I always love looking at all the details in your cards. The more you look at the cards the more you notice something new. Awesome challenge.

  9. Cute, cute, cute! I love how sweet and cheery these cards are!

  10. Hi, Mary

    The snowflakes on your banner’s flower are a really nice touch! 😀

    Love both of those cards – they are really elegant! This is one set that I think is really cute and know I don’t need… haha!


  11. I’m loving the vintage feel that these images lend to the cards. I never noticed the snowflake image and punch coordination, very cool!

  12. These cards are terrific! Love them both sooo much! Great job!

  13. Love your cards today! That crazy Santa looks great in black and white, and the HH Designer Label is gorgeous with that clear button!

  14. I didn’t know about the stamp and snowflake punch! I might have to have the stamp set now. Darn! I love that little gift card with the classy frame!

  15. Melissa Young

    I love that you added black paper to this – really sharpens the look! Great cards, as always!

  16. A perfect color combo on this one, Mary! I love that jolly Santa. Super cute!

  17. Ho-ho-how fun!!

    I love how you kept the images simple in black ink. What a fun set.

    As for my Christmas stamping, I have multiple different cards created. Would like to send out handmade cards this year!

  18. I love that snowflake!!! Cute cards and the colors are marvelous together!

  19. Colleen Kramer

    Great color combo and perfect details…fun!

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