Nature Sings, Christmas Pines & More

The Online Extravaganza continues today with Annual Catalog Stamps & Kits and so I thought I’d share some holiday cards made with sets from the Annual Catalog.

This first group uses the Nature Sings stamp set (143653/144406) and contains beautiful nature images so I’ve used it for my guy friends too.

Looking for something a bit more traditional? How about these cards using the Christmas Pines stamp set (142049)?

Or the Hearts Come Home stamp set (145413/145416)?

You know me with snowflakes. LOL! The Snowflake Sentiments set (144817/144820) is filled with great sentiments too and has a wonderful coordinating Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies (144678).

And of  course one of my favorite things – coffee! Here are a couple of cards using the Coffee Cafe stamp set (143677).

I love this set for gifts too!

And today’s final card uses the Ready for Christmas stamp set (144823) and coordinating Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies (144679)

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Season Like Christmas

This tree was calling me when I saw it – after all there is nothing like a evergreen this time of year. And I have some wonderful memories of planting hundreds of blue spruce saplings with my father as a small child on our piece of property in Wisconsin. I was a very proud 3 year old helping him!  He’d drop the tree in the hold, pour the water and put the dirt back and it was my job to stomp that dirt down tightly. He was putting them in so we could have a tree farm, unfortunately that never came to pass. The last time I saw my childhood home there is a woods where that once empty field  – and seemed the trees touched the sky!

So this card was inspired by that time with my father and I really like the way it turned out.

What do you think? Want to know how I created the soft forest of trees for the front of this card?

I took a couple of pictures for you to show you how I did it. I used a simple masking technique for this project.

  1. Take some large post it notes and create a frame on the card front. I used my grid paper to make sure the lines were straight. I simply laid my card stock down on the grid paper, used a ruler at the measurement  I wanted and then stuck the sticky note down. The grid lines make lining things up easy and keeps everything straight for you – LOVE my grid paper!

2. I used my Stampin’ Sponge and Soft Sky Classic Ink to lightly sponged the area inside the sticky notes on the card front.

3. Next I stamped the tree image using the Soft Sky Classic Ink. To create the softer trees in the background I didn’t reink in between, but instead stamped multiple times before reinking.

4. I then removed my sticky notes and stamped the tree in Wild Wasabi and Garden Green Classic Ink.

5. Added the trunk and the sentiment and then put it onto the card front.

Voila! A wintry woods.

Here is a printable tutorial for you!

Season Like Christmas Tutorial (printable PDF)

The Season Like Christmas stamp set is part of the Retirement List for the Holiday Catalog. So if you love this set too and would like one you’ll want to get yours soon. They are guaranteed to order through today and then after today they are while supplies last!

And last but not least here are some more wonderful cards that I’ve been wanting to share with you.

All these wonderful sets can be found in our Holiday Catalog that ends on January 2nd.



Stamp Set: Season Like Christmas (144860)

Inks: Soft Sky (131181), Wild Wasabi (126959), Garden Green (126973), Chocolate Chip (126979), and Real Red Classic Ink (126949)

Paper: Whisper White Thick Card stock (144237), Real Red (102482), Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Stampin’ Sponges (141337) and Grid Paper (130148)

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