Pals Holiday Blog Hop!


Thank you for joining us for the Pals August Blog Hop.  Even
though it’s only August, we want to provide fresh and creative inspiration for your
upcoming holiday projects. This month’s blog hop will showcase new
products from the 2013 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy
seeing how we use the new holiday stamps, punches and other innovative accessories!

You should have just left stop number 7 on the Pals Hop – Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping.  If so, you are in the right spot.
If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along
from blog to blog so you can see all of the amazing creations.

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My holiday card for today’s hop uses the Stampin’ Up! Joyful Christmas stamp set.  It’s a holiday classic!  Click here to see Joyful Christmas stamp images.

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This pretty poinsettia bumps up the WOW! factor when heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on white vellum.  Sandy MacIver’s pretty card inspired me to emboss the poinsettia on vellum.  I embossed the flower twice, snipped and layered the smaller portion over the larger for a 3-D effect.  Candy Dots in Cherry Cobbler (Regals Collection) add punch to the flower center and sentiment!

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The sentiment was heat embossed in Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I love that Stampin’ Up! has so many coordinating products.  Really simplifies the brainstorming process for me!

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Tucked inside is the second sentiment from Joyful Christmas.  It was heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Cherry Cobbler card stock.

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The final polish is adding a liner to the envelope.  I used the Season of Style Designer Series Paper and the new (gotta have ’em) Envelope Liners Framelits Dies.  My 1 Minute to WOW! Video proves how quick and easy it is to cut perfect envelope liners with these dies.

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My layout was inspired by this pretty card and envelope set in a stationery catalog.  Envelope liners are so distinctive and a classy way to package handmade cards.


Stamp Set:  Joyful Christmas (Wood-Mount 131802, Clear-Mount 131805)
Paper:  Season of Style Designer Series Paper (132340), Brushed Gold (102935), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730), White Vellum (101856)
Ink:  VersaMark Pad (102283)
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool (129053), Paper Snips (103579), Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (132172), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
The Perfect Touch:  Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109129), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Emboss Powder (122949), Regals Candy Dots (130932), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Other:  Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

The next stop is Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds, stop number 9 on
the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting ? and I hope to see you next month!

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Thanks to the talented Nicole Watt for creating our blog hop badge and buttons!

Blog Hop Line Up List: 

  1. Colleen Mollema at My Crafty Habit
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Angie Blake at Angie’s Musings
  5. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  6. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  7. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty   YOU ARE HERE!
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Laurie Chilton at Stampin’ Ink
  11. Penny Nichols at Sierra Stampin!
  12. Amy Williams at Stampin’ on the Range
  13. Shannon Jaramillo at Ezpeasycards
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  15. Nancy Gleason at MyStampinSpace
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  20. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  21. Brian King at Stamp With Brian
  22. Nicole Picadura at Scraps & Stamps
  23. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  25. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin Mojo
  26. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works
  27. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stampin with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  30. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit


  1. I love what you have created and I’m rethinking purchasing this set now. Fabulous.


  2. Spectacular Mary! What a beautiful look that vellum gives!

  3. What a fantastic idea to use vellum to enhance this stamp. I love it!

  4. One word says it all….ENABLED (yet again)

  5. Mary, you never disappoint in your classy gorgeous style. I can’t wait to try to CASE this card.
    Michelle G.

  6. Simple and gorgeous!! You do this so well, Mary!

  7. That is one gorgeous card, Mary! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Fantastic Mary! I know at least one person that will be casing this one. 🙂

  9. I didn’t look twice at this stamp set in the catalogue because the card didn’t do it justice but this is amazing! Thank you for the inspiration – this might just be my card for Christmas this year!

  10. Well Miss Mary….once again, what is there not to love!

    Clean, sophisticated,just beautiful! Your work continues to inspire so many!

    Loved the gold embossing in the inside – that is an “out of the box for me” but you have encouraged me to give it a whirl! WOOT-WOOT for a great hop

  11. What Debbie Crowley said! Elegance profound!

  12. What a nice idea to use this stamp.

  13. Beautiful, elegant, and simply perfect!

  14. OMGoodness….I would have thought the vellum would melt using a heat tool! How neat! AND, Gorgeous poinsettia. I love the sentiment and the placement of the candy dots. Perfection! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  15. Oh you are rockin’ that heat gun! This is one gorgeous flower!

  16. Hi Mary, Thankyou for sharing all the ideas!

  17. Love all your creations! This is so clean and classic!

  18. A holiday classic…..Embossed poinsettia on vellum is GORGEOUS!

  19. Love the poinsettia in vellum.

  20. Diane Roberts

    “WOW” doesn’t capture it here. This is such a special card. Absolutely beautiful!

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