Thursday, November 19, 2020

Stampin Friends November Blog Hop - Happy Holidays/Winter

 Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop!

Well we’ve made it through a whole year of blogs…the end this wonderful journey today’s blog will be about Winter/Holiday.  If you are following along the hop, you have arrived from Steph Jandrow’s blog. Be sure to read through my blog, comment below and continue to Lisa Ann Bernard’s blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of Blog Hoppers at the end of each Blog. ENJOY!


Wow, what a year it has been!  I am excited that I was able to participate in this fun and amazing Blog Hop!  I can’t wait for next year to start the journey once again.  I know it is only November, but we’ve decided to take a break in December so we can gather our creative ideas for 2021.  With this being our last month, we are focusing this month’s theme to Holidays/Winter.  I have done a little of both.  My card feature’s a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set that I never got around to using.  My project, on the other hand uses a plethora of stamps, dies, paper, ink etc.  I’ve decided to jump out of my comfort zone and tackle a Winter Sampler frame, YIKES!  Please continue on to see the details of my card and projects!

As mentioned earlier, I decided to use a retired stamp set for this card.  When “Christmas in the Making” first came out, I just had to have it.  Then as with most of my ‘have to have’ stamps it sat and then the Holidays were over.  So, I decided to bust it out and have fun with it. (that was another thing I was trying to accomplish this year, use sets I have used before). OK, enough rambling, let’s get to some stampin’ fun!


Christmas in the Making Greeting Card


Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Christmas; Christmas in the Making (r)

Paper: Whisper White CS (8 1/2”x5 1/2”); Real Red CS (4”x5 ¼”); Heart Warming Hugs Designer Series Paper (DSP)(3”x3” & Scraps); Shimmer White CS (4 ¼” x 5”, ¾ ”x2 ¼” ) Whisper White CS(large enough to stamp image on)

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Black Momento

Tools/Accessories: Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder; Frosted Frames Thinlits; Clear Embossing Powder; Heatt Gun; Big Shot; Dimensionals; Rhinestones; Colored Pencils

  1. Dry emboss the real red cs with the stylish stripes embossing folder and adhere this to the front of the card base.
  2. Layer onto the card base, the 3”x3” DSP in the upper right hand corner.  
  3. Die cut the frosted frame out of the shimmer white cs. Adhere this in the center of the card base overlapping the dsp.
  4. Stamp one of the images of the women, and using the scraps of dsp paper piece either all of her clothing or just part of it.  In my card, I only paper pieced the lower portion of her dress.  Color the rest of the image and adhere to the frosted frame with dimensionals.
  5. Lastly, stamp your “holiday” phrase in mossy meadow ink onto a piece of scrap shimmer white cs.  Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set. Trim down to your desired length.  This keeps the phrase from smudging since we are stamping a colored ink onto a shimmery cs.
  6. Now the very last thing (which I do not recall stating in any of my other posts) be sure to stamp the back of your greeting card with a personalized stamp.  Another must, is to stamp your envelope with a coordinating stamp.  It doesn’t have to be anything big, just enough so you are not sending out naked envelopes!

It was fun to do some paper piecing, I always forget about some of these simple yet amazing techniques!!  

Now onto showing you my project for the month!  As stated in the beginning, I struggle with these and hope you like what I have come up with.  I used a 12”x12” frame with a 10”x10” opening. I’ll also try my best to include EVERYTHING I used, but if you see that I missed something, please leave a comment.


Winter Sampler Frame


Stamp Set: Spirited Snowmen (r); Playful Penguins (r); Scentsational Season (r); Warm Hugs; Poinsettia Petals

Paper: Pool Party CS (10”x10”); Holiday Fancy Foil DSP (10”x10”); Smoky Slate CS (7 ½”x7 ½” & scraps ); Whisper White CS (2-2 ¼”x 2 ¼”; 1 ¾”x 4 ¾” ; 2 ¼” x 2 ¾” ); Petal Pink CS (2 ¼”x 2 ¼); Crumb Cake CS (2 ¼”x 4 ¾”); Pear Pizzaz CS (2 ¼”x 2 ¼”); White Glitter, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP (scraps)

Ink: Black Momento; Gray Granite; So Saffron; Smoky Slate; Early Espresso; Mossy Meadow

Tools/Accessories: Winter Snow Embossing Folder; Subtle 3D Embossing Folder; Wooden Planks Embossing Folder; Sleigh Ride Edgelits; Alpine Sports Thinlits; Perfect Pines Framelits; Playful Alphabet Dies; Pointsettia Dies; Holiday Collection Framelits; Beaded Pearls, Wink of Stella; Basic Pearls (colored with a red sharpie); Silver Embossing Powder


Wow, that’s a lot of things!!  I won’t bore you with details, but I will show you an image of how I brain stormed and went about putting this frame together.  When you have a ton of stampin’ supplies, it can quickly get overwhelming with deciding what to use on your frame.  The key is to decide what type of sampler you are trying to achieve.  For this frame, I did not want to have anything Christmas related.  I want to have this hanging up all Winter long, so finding things that wasn’t Christmas related was quite difficult.  Another thing to keep in mind was color scheme.  Once, I decided on the background, I tried to find coordinating card stock.  For this frame I did not want monotone (something that is very difficult for me to do on such a large scale).

Here it is without the frame to see it better.

I hope you enjoyed my projects throughout the year and especially this months!  I had a lot of fun participating in this Blog Hop and sharing my creativity with you all. I would really appreciate a comment of any kind (well hopefully a nice one, lol) and then when you are done be sure to hop on over to the next blogger on the list!

Steph Jandrow (US)

Tiziana Milano (US) – You Are Here

Lisa Ann Bernard - Queen B Creations (US) –

Katja Ettig (GER) -

Teri Pocock

Sue Vine - MissPinksCraftSpot (Australia) –

Jean Bolen Beaulieu

Kim Lamos

Heidi Collins (US)

Kim Quade (US)

Maureen Rauchfuss (US)

Barbara Welch (US)

Anne Marie Hile (US)

Melissa Thomas (US)



  1. I have done that--buying a stamp set and not get around to using it! Your sampler and card are wonderful. I am going to try a sampler one of these days.

  2. Thank you for sharing - love how you used that vintage set with the paper piecing!

  3. Love the card and the winter sampler. Thank you for sharing

  4. Adorable projects! You know, I need to get that stamp set out and ink it up, too. The paper pieced dress is just too cute. Love that fun winter sampler. Thank you for the awesome creative inspiration. Hugs!

  5. I'm glad to see Vintage Stamps used, as I have a lot, I was too busy using while working. Now, that I'm home due to Covid, I'm using more Vintage Stamps. Thank you for sharing Christmas In The Making.

  6. Wow, I love the winter sampler you created. Those would be perfect to change out each season. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I had forgotten about that stamp! It's fun to get some of those things out and use them. Awesome projects!

  8. Both your card and Sampler are gorgeous. The Sampler would make a great scrapbook layout too!