Be “Inspired by Color” & Pretty Pines


Today’s holiday card features the Christmas Pines photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  The color choices are from my “Inspired by Color” mix below. More yummy color ideas on my NEW Inspired by Color board on Pinterest.Inspired by Color Stampin Pretty

What do you think of today’s “Inspired by Color” mix?  Please let me know with a comment HERE.


  • The Christmas Pines stamp set consists of 22 stamps including uber cool sentiments.  Couple the images with the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies for unlimited holiday card designs. Buy them together as a bundle for an additional 10% savings.
Christmas Pines Pretty Pines

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  • The A2 card base (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) is Smoky Slate with a Night of Navy layer on top.
  • The plaid pattern from the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack works beautifully with today’s Inspired by Color combination.


  • The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy ink on Smoky Slate card stock.
  • Best results . . . Using the Precision Base Plate along with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine makes cutting the pine branches a snap.
  • Look at the detail of the pinecones cut in Early Espresso card stock!
  • A solid baker’s twine bow in Night of Navy “ties” it all together!


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  1. Barb Hendrickson

    I so adore this color combo for a warm and inviting holiday card. Just lovely, mary.

  2. Great card, Mary. I love how you used the plaid DSP. I need inspiration to use those pretty plaids in this year’s collection. TFS

  3. Nancy Farrell

    Mary, I love the colors together. They look very warm.
    Sorry is didn’t read all the comments before repeating the suggestion,

  4. Elizabeth Kent, demonstrator and mother of Kelly DeTommaso

    Mary, The color choices are outstanding. I love the background DSP and the Baker’s Twine to pull the colors together.

  5. Robbye Hamilton

    A very interesting choice of colors were used to create this beautiful card. Somehow it just works.

  6. Kris Boydstun

    Love it!

  7. Oh MsMary, what a beautiful card , love those colors together, lovely ,
    And you used my favorite set, that is my fav for this year !!
    Hugs Frenchie

  8. Thanks Everyone! I will try the dryer sheet next!

  9. Great reminder about running the dies through several times. I do that as well!

  10. Oh Mary, that’s it!!! you just sent me over the top and into getting this set IMMEDIATELY!!!!! I adore this card and all the others you’ve shown using this dies, goodness!!
    Now, if this helps Judy Tuttle…..I’ve read that, if you grab a dryer sheet like Bounce or Downy or any brand you use for your dryer, and fold it in half and run your die several times on the Big Shot, the stuff in the dryer sheet will kind of give your die a waxy coat, then your card stock will loosen up a bit easier.
    I’ve tried this method with the Botanical Builder die set, the one with the sprig was a bit hard to get without messing it up.
    I hope this helps 🙂
    Thank you Mary for sharing your gorgeous card and thank you also for the amazing Inspired by Color boards on Pinterest, what a magnificent collection of wonderful color combinations.

  11. I think the colors are sophisticated. I had trouble getting some of my more intricate dies to come out. Did precision plate, wax paper, shims, bristle die brush. You name it, I tried it. I did find that putting the sandwich through 3 times greatly improved my chances. You may want to try that on the more intricate dies. (Easier on my electric Big Shot).

  12. Kadie in Arizona

    FANTASTIC card Mary. This is one of my favorite bundles in the holiday catalog.

  13. One more suggestion . . . do you have the bristle die brush, Judy? It really helps to dislodge the detailed dies. I know . . . one more thing, right? Wax paper should work well . . . you may want to try it a few more times just to get the die “waxy” (and slippery). Thanks for your sweet comments!

  14. Mary, I love, love , love this card and the pretty pines set. However, I am having a terrible time getting the pine boughs out of the die even with the precision plate. I have even tried using wax paper and paper bags as a shim between the die and paper. Any thoughts? I want to use this set more often but I struggle with the boughs tearing on me when I try to get them out of the die. Oh, Also I use the brush as well. Could mine be defective?

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