Becky and Melanie thought it would be great fun to team up for a little Holiday Hop today. We are showcasing Becky’s new set, “Warm Woolen Mittens” along with Becky’s new cut file “Grand Banners” and “Grand Banners – Winter Sentiments” and Melanie’s newest set, “Lots of Letters” as well as some of her other recent favorites.

For my card I stamped one  of the patterns from Pretty Patterns in VersaMark ink on a 3″ x 5″ piece of Neenah Solar cardstock. It was embossed with clear embossing powder and stars were cut and embossed out of the lower half with the two smallest dies from the Star Nestabilities set. I had seen Jennifer McGuire create a card with this technique and had wanted to try that out ever since.

The bottom left corner was rounded before the background was sponged first with Teal Zeal, then with Nautical Blue Memento Ink. The stars were sponged with London Fog Memento Ink while the dies were still on the cardstock.

The card base is a piece of 3 3/4″ x 11″ piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock folded in half. Again the bottom left corner was rounded. The background and the stars were adhered to the card base with adhesive foam squares.  A 1/4″ x 5″  silver glimmer paper (Stampin’ Up!) strip  was adhered to the right hand side of the background. A small star was cut out the same paper.

The word happy is from the stamp set Inspiration Mosaic. It was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a strip of white cardstock. 2013 was stamped behind it with numbers from the new Lots of Letters set. The sentiment was cut out with a Pennant die. The glitter star was adhered to the left of the sentiment and both were adhered to the upper half of the card. Part of a Finesse Rhinestone swirl finish off the card.

Make sure you visit everyone’s blog to leave a comment and be entered to win a clear “I do!” and “Beyond Baskets” stamp set! A winner will be announced Thursday.

Becky Oehlers (Illustrator of Warm Woolen Mittens)

JJ Bolton

Laurie Schmidlin

Latisha Yoast

Michelle Woerner

Richard Breaks

Vera Yates

Tosh Leyendekker


Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles

Today’s Bring Back Beautiful challenge is called The Beauty of Bling. Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creations at the Flourishes Blog. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB18. You have until January 31th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

For my sample I chose the gorgeous Paperwhites Stamp set. The image was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on  Neenah Solar White cardstock. It was colored with Copic Markers (Y11, Y13, Y18, W00, W2, YG21, YG23, YG17, B0000, B000, B00) and cut and embossed with the largest of the Classic Oval Nestabilities. The oval was adhered to a piece of white cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Beaded Oval Nestabilities die (the Beaded Circle and Oval dies are still some of my favorites).

A strip of Venetian Lace was adhered under a 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of October Afternoon Weathervane Paper. The strip was taped to a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of OA Fly A Kite paper. The layers were stitched to a 1/4″ bigger piece of white cardstock. May Arts White Organdy Ribbon was tied around the horizontal layer before everything was adhered to the card base, a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock, folded in half. The bow was topped with an October Afternoon button, tied on with silver cord.

Parts of a Finesse Rhinestone Swirl were adhered to the upper right and lower left of the card front before the image layers was placed over it. Rhinestones from a  72 Count Rhinestone pack were added to the Beaded oval layer. A sentiment was stamped on a piece of cardstock that had been cut and embossed with a Fancy Tag die.

Check out what the rest of the design team has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have time to participate in the challenge this month! It’s’ easy. Who doesn’t like bling? I definitely have a hard time not making a card with at least some bling on it.

Have a wonderful day! Hugs and smiles












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