Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Bennett Family!

 

Merry Christmas 2014 from the Bennett Family!

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 I wanted to share 3 of my favorite Christmas watercolor paintings that my dad painted.. I just love them and it makes them so special that we only put these out during the Christmas Season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

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artwork © Jim Burns

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The painting below is not in our home but was a painting he did a few years ago and had printed as their Christmas card.

O come all ye faithful

Blessings to each of you and your families. May you enjoy celebrating the holidays with your family traditions, or making new ones..  much love from the Bennett home to yours!

 

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Fabulous Holiday Card Ideas

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Quick and Easy Christmas Card Ideas

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Today's post is brought to you by our amazing Luv 2 Stamp Group.. here are a dozen great ideas for you from our recent Luv 2 Stamp Group Stamp a Rama event!!

Enjoy!

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Above card by Cindee Wilkinson

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Above card by Lynne Earnst

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Above card by Lori Goble

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Above card by Ali Leon

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Above card by Alisha

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Above card by Laura Vogt

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Above card by Carol Carriveau

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Above card by Collette Fearneyhough

 

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Above card by Joy Perryman

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Above cards by (left) Heidi Johnson, and (right) Missy Sorg

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Above card by Ellen McCarthy

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Above card by Pat Poudrier

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If you need directions or supplies for any of the above cards, please leave me a comment and I'll be happy to help!

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Bennett Family Elf on a Shelf adventures - 2014

 

Project Life by Stampin' Up! - Hello December / Elf on the Shelf

You still have time to make a Daily December Album!!

Do you remember Carlito from Christmas last year?  Yes, our Elf on the Shelf is back.. he is so much fun.. he gets into lots of silly trouble... and this year I am documenting his antics in our Hello December Project Life by Stampin' Up! album!!

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Here are the other days so far.. enjoy!!

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Above: Day 3 - Carlito was THRILLED to see that I stocked up on the Stampin' Up! Fast Fuse Refills on the One Day Door Buster Online Extravaganza deal in November!

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Above: Day 4 - Carlito found the TV remote and watched a show. :)

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Above: Day 5 - Carlito thought he better bundle up for a walk!

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Above: Day 6: Carlito found a new friend, Roxy the Penguin!

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Above: Day 7 - Our Elf, Carlito found the Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch candies... oh my .. have you tried these?  You can find them at Target!

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Purchase your Hello December Album supplies in my online store here!

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See more info about my Hello December Album HERE and HERE

And watch a video HERE

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 If you have missed any of our Elf on the Shelf antics this year, you can always

Follow Me on Instagram here to see my daily posts. :)

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Stampin UP! Christmas Tree Tag

 

Do you need a Really Simple but so pretty gift tag for your packages this Christmas!? 

Try this one with the Festival of Trees Bundle of products from Stampin' Up!

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HOW TO:

I punched a tag using Night of Navy cardstock (4-1/4" x 2") with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch then ripped Whisper White paper to create "snow" and layered it on the punched tag.

Then I stamped the trees from the Festival of Trees set, punched them out with the matching Tree Punch (don't you LOVE it when there is a matching punch to a stamp!?  I DO!!).

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Punch Tip:

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ABOVE: Remember.. always stamp your cardstock first, flip your punch upside down and center your image in the punch, then punch it out for best results.

BELOW:  how's this for a "double duty" tip for your stamps... use the dot stamp in the Festival of Trees set for some snow!!

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OK>> carry on.. go stamp tags and wrap gifts...

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Festive Designer Kraft Wrapping Paper

 

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Watch a fun video about the Kraft Gift Wrap here!

Isn't this just such cute packaging??!  I received these adorable gifts at the Founder's Circle Retreat in September and knew you'd love to see this great gift wrap idea!

JOY die cut is from the Wondrous Wreath set of framelits found on page 9 of the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, and the Tag and Box are made with the Under the Tree heavy-weight paper on pg 5.  The package below is wrapped with the cute gift wrap!  The box is created with the Gift Box Punch Board (see video here).

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More cute boxes wrapped with Stampin' Up! gift wrap and a star created with the Many Merry Stars kit (supplement #138104).

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Stampin Up! Christmas Tag Ideas

 

True Confession...

I don't know about you, but in addition to being a Gift Wrap-a-holic I am also a Gift Tag-a-holic... I LOVE to make gift tags, buy gift tags, collect gift tags, store gift tags... yep, I even still have Hallmark gift tags from 20+ years ago before I made them!!  whew! :)

So, in that spirit, I thought I better share a few that I've made this year featuring the Cheerful Tags stamp set (pg 5 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog) and the Note Tag Punch from pg 13 of the Holiday catalog (all available for easy online ordering in my online store... click on any of the product photos at the bottom of this post)

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I combined the Cheerful Tag set with the Christmas Bliss set for these fun tags.  I also came up with an idea to create a custom shaped oval tag... stamp the Merry & Bright image in Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock, cut around part of it with your Paper Snips, then slip it into the oval punch as shown and punch... fun!!

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This is such a quick and easy way to make tags!! Just stamp the striped background on Whisper White cardstock, then stamp the trees over the stripes and punch out with the Note Tag Punch! The Trees are stamped in Mossy Meadow (green) but they are looking kind of black in this photo.. rest assured, they are green.

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You can also add tags to cards.. I had 2 left over packets of card supplies from our Stamp a Rama event in Oct., so I just added tags to the embossed card fronts!

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I embellished this Scalloped Tag Topper Punch with some die cut stars!  Trim the Tree Paper was used on the tag and Under the Tree paper was used for the Stars.

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Both cards were embossed with the amazingly versatile Decorative Dots embossing folder... isn't it just perfectly festive for the holidays!?

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Making Spirits Bright - a Toast to the Holidays

 

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Let's toast to a happy holiday season!! Grab your glass with your drink of choice and let's do a virtual "cheers" to a lovely holiday ahead!

{clink} Cheers!

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I love these 2 stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog... Making Spirits Bright from page 48 (available in Wood Mount or Clear Mount) and Holiday Invitation from page 49 (photopolymer set).. so fun!! Don't they make cute Holiday Cards!?

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I die cut Whisper White cardstock with the Apothecary Accents framelits in my Big Shot, and then stamped on those.  I also added pretty ribbons, Silver Glimmer paper and colored with Blendabilities markers after stamping with the Memento Black ink pad.. .all supplies are shown below and can be ordered online by clicking on each item.

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Happy Holidays everyone!

Cheers!

 

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Quick and Easy Double Pocket Cards for Christmas

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You can create these Quick and Easy Double Pocket Card Christmas Cards, featuring Nordic Noel Christmas paper from Stampin' Up! and the Simply Scored Board in just a matter of minutes!

If you haven't seen the "HOW TO VIDEOS" for my double pocket cards, you can view them on my blog:

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I love that you can see both sides of the paper on these cards... since every pattern is really pretty, this is a great way to showcase them!!

I used Project Life by Stampin' Up! cards for the inserts in the pockets.. how fun is that!? see supply list at the bottom of this post for all ordering info online.

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Below are some more designs I created using the Color Me Autumn paper and the All Is Calm paper and the Nordic Noel paper, all from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  See links at the bottom of this post for EASY online ordering!

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Christmas Bag, Box and Tag ideas

 

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DIY Christmas Wrap: Boxes, Bags and Tags

Have you stocked up on all the great packaging options Stampin' UP! has to offer this year?!  See them here!  I love these Cafe Treat Bags.. they are lined so you can put food in them.. they are 9" tall so they hold JUST the right amount, too! 

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I decorated the front of the bag with some Santa & Co. designer paper from Stampin' Up! and then added some stamping on a tag and border with the Christmas Bliss stamp set and the Under the Tree tag assortment.

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  Check out all the packaging options in my online store here!

Below.. here is another option for you .. the Take Out Boxes on pg 10 of the Holiday catalog are great if you need some extra room for goodies!!!

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Make a quick tag, add some ribbon and voila.. perfect treat for a neighbor, friend or family member! I die cut a Whisper White Party Pennant die, then added a banner and tag from the Under the Tree Tag Assortment, and a "paper present" and stars.

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Do you recognize the cute little paper present!? I used them on this Christmas Card in one of my previous posts.

If you missed any of my other Gift Box or packaging ideas, you can see them

HERE >> on my blog

or HERE >>> on my Pinterest board

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Swap Card: Altered Tree Punch Christmas Card

 

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 In preparation for our Luv 2 Stamp Group Stamp a Rama event in October, I was trying to decide which color of star accent border I liked best for my Christmas Card idea.  So I made several samples... can you guess which one I liked best?

 

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I decided I actually liked the yellow one the best.. it's just a 1" wide scrap of Daffodil Delight cardstock behind the punched star border.  (see this VIDEO for tips on using the Confetti Star Border punch).

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Participants in our Luv 2 Stamp Group "Stamp a Rama" (shoebox swap) actually had their choice when they made my card.. they could leave the stars with the red showing through, or add the yellow strip.

I wanted to teach everyone a useful tip, so I taught them how to alter the size of the trees with the Stampin' Up! Tree Punch!

If you missed that tip, you can see my previous post here, or see below.

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Wintertime Happy Winter Card Assortment

 

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Simple Christmas Card Alert! :)

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I challenged myself to see how may different simple Christmas Cards I could make with the "Wintertime" single stamp from Stampin' UP!.  You can find it on pg 23 of the Holiday Catalog or HERE online.

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I grabbed just a few basic supplies like Whisper White cardstock, 1 ink pad (Lost Lagoon), and some designer paper from the All is Calm package and the Santa & Co. package.  I die cut the Happy Winter image with my Apothecary Accents Big Shot Framelits, then added a variety of simple accessories.

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Above: I love the Filigree Frame embossing folder!! #135818

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It's difficult to photograph, but those are all rhinestones and are very sparkly!

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Here are some quick ideas for using Stampin' UP! accessories to embellish your quick and easy Christmas Cards:

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Creative Challenge Club CCC23 My Paper Pumpkin

 

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The Creative Challenge Club Team is happy to bring you another fun sketch in our series of Monday Inspiration... This is the card I made for the CCC23 sketch:

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This card was super quick to create using pieces from my November Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Are you a subscriber? If you are, then I bet you LOVED this kit as much as I did!!  If not, JOIN US>> subscribe here or purchase a prepaid subscription here, to get a kit in your mailbox each month for only $19.95!

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to create the cute Happy Holidays tags, I stamped the dot stamp (in the My Paper Pumpkin Kit) on the white tags included in the kit, then punched out the Happy Holidays letters from the other tags in the kit and layered the 2 together!

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SO EXCITING!!  Existing Paper Pumpkin customers can now order EXTRA Simply Snowflake kits (shown here).. the refill kit with paper goods is available here!

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After I used one tag on my CCC23 card, I made 11 more cards!

I put the cute tags onto Whisper White Notecards and stamped the snowflakes and greeting from the Paper Pumpkin kit onto the cards.

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THEN I made the 8 other cards from the kit... AMAZING.. right!? This kit is jam-packed with value with all these supplies and a STINKIN' cute stamp set!!

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Blendabilities Bloom with Hope Christmas Card

 

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Is it a Christmas Card? or just a pretty flower Card?

When I made this card last summer, my friends all said

"it looks like a Christmas card"..

so I waited until now to show it you you all!

What do you think.. could this be a Christmas card?

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 I stamped this BEAUTIFUL flower from one of the Stampin' Up! hostess sets with the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad, on Whisper White paper, then colored it with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers!  I colored the leaves with the Old Olive markers and cut them both out by hand.  My Blendabilities Video Tutorials are on my YouTube Channel here if you need a few tips for coloring.

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The Gold Fancy Designer Vellum comes in a package with 2 sheets of each design shown at left: stripes, polka dots and hearts.  The sheets are 12" x 12" so if you cut them like I did for the card above at 4" or less by 5" or 5-1/4" you will have enough to make 36 cards out of one pack! 

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I cut the gold striped vellum at 3-3/4" x 5" and layered it onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cut at 4" x 5-1/4" and layered that onto a folded Whisper White card. TIP: be sure to only add your adhesive behind the solid gold areas.. not behind the vellum portion... the adhesive will show there.

 

Finishing off this card is a small strip of Gold Glimmer Paper (#133719) and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon.

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I'm really loving this pretty card!!

So what do you think.. would you make this for a Christmas card!?  If you would like to order any of the products for this project, you can simply click any of the photos below.

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Project Life Hello December Album Cover

 

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Did you enjoy my Hello December Project Life album that I shared with you in THIS VIDEO?  I think there were many of you who did because so many of you have ordered the supplies to make your own! Thank you!  If you have not ordered your album, pocket pages, and Project Life cards yet, you'll want to do that TODAY so that it will arrive in time for you to create your Hello December Album that starts on Dec. 1st! Watch the Video here and see more info here.

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I was packing up my Hello December album to take to our recent Luv 2 Stamp Group event and I decided that the album cover NEEDED to be decorated.. so I pulled out my Star Stencil and my Tree Punch and in a matter of about 10 minutes it was done!

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Tutorial for the star stenciled cover is shown below at the bottom of this post.

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Our Bennett Family 2014 Hello December album will be the keeper of the memories for our Elf on the Shelf photos.  Jason named our Elf "Carlito" .. so we'll be taking pix of Carlito each day and putting them in our album! Need Elf on the Shelf Ideas? Click Here to view my Pinterest Board!

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I used the Trim the Tree Paper Stack and my Tree Punch (both from the Holiday catalog) and added paper trees to the cover.. complete with punched out stars for tree toppers!!  Did you miss my previous post with info on how to make the smaller trees?  Check it out here.

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The star punch is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack and works perfectly as a tree topper for these trees!  I punched the stars out of the "Under the Tree" Designer paper (also from the Holiday catalog).  See all the products used at the Bottom of this post.. click any item to go right to my online store for easy ordering.

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As you can see.. stenciling the cover is really easy with the Star Mask (stencil) and Stampin' Up! Classic ink and a sponge dauber! Use Washi Tape to hold down the mask while stenciling.

 

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Christmas Blog Tour with the Control Freaks

 

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WELCOME to the November 2014

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  Blog Tour!!!

Our theme this month:

Stampin' Up! projects featuring

a Christmas theme

 

   You have probably reached me after visiting Justin's Amazing blog, and if not, be sure to travel backwards on the tour and visit him! :)

Project #1: Gift Box - Get your Santa On Tag

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I wanted to dress up a Kraft Gift Box (found on pg 200 in your Stampin' UP! Catalog), so I cut pieces of Under the Tree heavy-weight designer paper and covered each side, leaving a small border around each piece.  Then I used the adorable new stamp set called Get Your Santa On and stamped it with Memento Black ink and Colored it with Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities markers.  Did you notice the cute little "stitched" images at the bottom of the tag!?  Want to know where I found those? They are in the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set!!  (see pg 35 Holiday Catalog #135188). I created my own 2" x 4-1/4" tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Oh, and Merry Christmas... that's from 2 different sets..I thought that was pretty clever!!  MERRY is from Cheerful Tags (pg 5) and Christmas is from Watercolor Winter Too (pg 37).

I topped it all off with Cherry Cobbler 1" Sheer Linen Ribbon (pg 7) and some Mossy Meadow ribbon #133670 - oh and a Gold Button!

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 Project #2: Santa & Co Winter Wonderland card

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I know that the "Jury is Out" on the Santa & Co. paper and the Visions of Santa stamp set (Pg 29 Holiday catalog), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE these patterns from the Santa & Co. DSP pack... so cheery for winter and Christmas!  I added them to a folded Whisper White card, then tied the new Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon.. the detail in this ribbon is just gorgeous. I stamped Winter Wonderland from the new Project Life December Wonder stamp set (supplement pg 9) then made it in to a banner and added 3 Nordic Noel Buttons to pull together the red, white and blue color scheme.

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  • Kraft Gift Boxes, pg 200 #124106
  • Under the Tree Paper, pg 5 Holiday Catalog #135825
  • Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set, pg 35 Holiday Catalog #135188
  • Cheerful Tags stamp set, pg 5 Holiday Catalog #135065
  • Watercolor Winter Too stamp set, pg 37 Holiday Catalog, #136819
  • Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen ribbon pg 7 Holiday catalog, #135839
  • Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers #130995
  • Mossy Meadow ribbon #133670
  • Gold Buttons, pg 41 Holiday Catalog #133763
  • Whisper White cardstock #100730
  • Santa & Co. DSP pg 29 Holiday catalog #135821
  • Real Red 3/8 Satin Woven Ribbon, pg 15 Holiday Catalog #135840
  • Project Life December Wonder stamp set, supplement pg 9, #136562
  • Nordic Noel Buttons, pg 15 Holiday Catalog, #135836

Please continue our tour this month and visit Melissa Davies fab blog!

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