National Christmas Card Day – Dec 9th

Today – December 9th – is National Christmas Card Day.  You would think that it would be something I already knew since I make cards but no.  This is the first time I’ve heard of it. 


Each year around this time, friends and families begin mailing their holiday cards. Christmas Card Day serves as a reminder to get your stamps, envelopes, and cards together so you can share your holiday cheer.  Are you making your cards this year?  I did not get cards made this year – well I got some made but not enough to send out to everyone.  Since we moved I’m working on a photo card instead.

These days everyone mails a variety of cards at Christmas time. In our modern world of social media some just post online or send emails and messages but cards are still around too.  There are handmade cards, store bought cards, photo cards, Christmas letters, post cards, business cards and even New Year’s cards. Just remember it’s a way to say “I’m thinking of you” no matter what form it comes in.

Here is a fun set of cards that I made with products from our Mini Catalog.  These were really fun with non-traditional colors.  Some of these products are on the LAST Chance List – so be sure to order them now before they sell out.

Happy Holidays to you!

♥ Monika

Supply List

Stamps:  Whimsical Trees, Peaceful Deer, A Wish for Everything

Ink:  Smoky Slate

Paper: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Mossy Meadow, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake card stock; Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper; Silver Foil

Embellishments: Wonderful Snowflakes, Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon, White Glittered Organdy Ribbon

Tools: Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Christmas Trees Dies, Give it a Whirl Dies, Word Wishes Dies, Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder, Label Me Fancy punch, Everyday Label punch, Double Oval punch, Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals (regular & mini)

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New Kit Available Today!

Christmas Whimsy is an adorably festive card kit with a modern design! Santa’s elves might be hard at work in the North Pole but with this all-inclusive kit, the hard work is done for you! All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The simple steps of this kit are perfect for beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two and gather around for a simple Christmas activity that everyone will enjoy. The kit contains everything you need to create eight elf-centric Christmas cards including printed card bases, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set, a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot, and more!


The Christmas Whimsy Card Kit is available starting today Sept. 8, 2021.  Item #158166 and it is $19.

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Would you like to gather together with a group of friends either in person or virtually to make this kit (or one of the other kits) let me know.  I’d be happy to hold facilitate a crafty party for you. 

Want to see how to put this kit together – watch this video –

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Year End Close Out Happening Now

The Year-End Closeout is happening now at Stampin’ Up!  Stock up on your favorites from the Aug-Dec Mini Catalog (all the holiday stuff) before it retires.  Some items are on sale up to 50% off – the Tag Buffet Project kit (one of my favorites) and the Christmas Countdown Project Kit (use for storage or other holiday or celebration countdowns).  And the Clearance Rack has been updated – so there are some amazing deals out there right now.

Click below to download a PDF with the Year End Closeout & Retiring Items.  Or look under the tab in the online store.

Year-End-Closeout-retiring-AD-US by page number

Are you in need of some quick Christmas cards – order the Tag Buffet Project kit, the Tag Buffet Stamp set, the ‘Tis the Season 6×6 Designer Series Paper Pack, some Thick Whisper White card stock for card bases, and medium Whisper White Envelopes.  You can make 30 cards in no time at all like I did below. 

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All orders over $40 receive a free Tutorial Bundle from me via email.  This month it includes 15 projects that are perfect for Stocking Stuffers and Last minute gifts.  Here is a sneak peek.

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Merry and Bright Cards & Sale

Today I have two Merry & Bright Cards to share with you AND the Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza Sale is TODAY!  It’s a one day sale on Tuesday, November 24th only.  Almost everything in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is on sale for 10% off.  Stamps, dies, cardstock and paper, tools, ribbons and embellishments!  Don’t Miss it!

There are some exclusions to the sale and you can see those below.

Speaking of Merry and Bright I have these two cards to show you today.  I featured these on my FB Live yesterday – 11/23/2020 – on my FB page.  See it here.


Supply List

  • #155167 Peace & Joy Bundle (Peace & Joy stamp set + Joy Dies)
  • #150653 Stitched Stars die
  • #140272 Thick Whisper White card stock
  • #146976 Regals 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock Assortment (Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Shaded Spruce)
  • #153074 2020-2022 In Color 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock Assortment (Bumblebee, Just Jade)
  • #121045 Basic Black cardstock
  • #100730 Whisper White cardstock
  • #132708 Memento Black ink
  • #150457 Holiday Basic Jewels
  • #144108 Mini Dimensionals
  • #152344 Adhesive Sheets
  • #103579 Paper Snips
  • #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • #127853 Silicone Craft sheet
  • #149653 Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • #149655 Take Your Pick Tool
  • #102300 Bone Folder

The first one was in the Regals colors which are your more traditional holiday colors.  This second one is the same card using the Brights collection. I swapped out the card stock colors to #146975 Brights 8-1/2 x 11 Cardstock Assortment (Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape) and the bling to be #152477 Artistry Blooms Sequins.  Everything else was the same.  And if you want to use this same design for a birthday card just switch out the words!

I hope you like these fun colorful cards.  They are the perfect design for using up thin scraps of cardstock – these are 1/4″ strips. 

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Joy to the World

Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. This month our kit is – Joy to the World. It’s a special kit that will be offered globally in all of our markets.  So Stampin’ Up! friends around the world will be able to enjoy this kit. 

This kit makes 8 beautiful Christmas cards.  And includes die cut pieces in three languages – English, German and French.  That means you can easily create cards for friends and family around the world that might speak these other languages.  My family is from Germany and my mom would love to send some of these out.  I have a kit saved just for her. 

I created some variations on these cards using the pieces in the kit.  One I added a different stamp set so it didn’t need to be a Christmas card.  The design and colors of the kit make it easy to use for holiday thank you and birthday cards too.  You’ll notice the size of this card is different – it’s what our European friends use as a standard card size.  Enjoy trying something different.

Wreath Card

This card uses the pieces from the kit just in a different combination.  I tied the twine directly around the wreath for a nice bow.  And I didn’t use either of the embossed pieces – just stuck with the gold banner and white label for my greeting. It’s a super quick idea.

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • none – everything was in the Paper Pumpkin kit

Thank You Card

For this second card I decided the pieces would make a pretty non-Christmas card.  I pulled out a stamp set called Beautiful Autumn from the Aug-Dec Mini Catalog and used the Thank You on the white tag.  The die cut flowers are beautiful and since there were two per card if you use only one on a card that means you can make double the cards.  The Embossed piece looks like the retired Cable Knit embossing folder we used to have – so if you have that in your craft room you could create more pieces for additional cards – or substitute something else.

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set


I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. I’m late to the party – our power went out early this morning and I planned to write my post then.  I had to wait on the power to come back on.  Thanks for waiting on me. 

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. 

Coming in November – Jolly Gingerbread!  It’s going to be a sweet kit for sure so don’t miss it.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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12 Cards of Christmas – Card 3

So I’m a little behind.  March just kind of blew up with all this virus mess.  Which means I’m only on card 3 of my 12 Cards of Christmas.  But I’ll catch up at some point.  I’m continuing with my plan to get ahead on Christmas cards for December.  If you want to read more or see card 1 – go here.  And if you want to see card 2 – go here.  This is card 3 and I used the brand new Ornate Garden Suite! Yep I turned that flower filled suite into a Christmas card and I hope you like it.

For this Christmas Card I wanted to try using the Ornate Garden Suite and the designer series paper with the gold foil in it.  In order to make it a Christmas Card I paired it up with the Merry Christmas to All stamp set.  Everything I used on this card is current – but the Christmas stamp set I used is on the Last Chance list so grab it before it’s gone.  And the Ornate Garden Suite is an early release from the new catalog so you can order that now too. 

How I made it

The card base is Thick Whisper White with an Old Olive Layer that was embossed with the new Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. The next layer is a piece of Gold Foil that I cut with the new Ornate Layers Dies.  I cut a piece of the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series paper to fit just inside the ornate frame piece.   

The words are stamped on a piece of Whisper White that was die cut with the So Sweetly Stitched Dies.  I stamped 3 flowers from the Ornate Style stamp set. And colored those with Stampin’ Blends in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler – then fussy cut them with my Paper Snips.  I also cut some Gold Foil paper with one of the border dies in the Ornate Border Die set and used the delicate negative leaves to tuck under my flowers.  The flower centers are the Gilded Gems from the new suite. You can order all the products that I used for this card in my online store – the supply list is below.


Supply List

  • #152572 Ornate Style stamp set (part of Ornate Style bundle and Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #147702 Merry Christmas to All stamp set (Last Chance list)
  • #152726 Ornate Layers dies (part of Ornate Style bundle and Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #152724 Ornate Border dies (part of Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #152488 Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (part of Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #151690 Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • #152725 Ornate Flower 3D Embossing Folder (part of Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #140272 Thick Whisper White card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #100702 Old Olive card stock
  • #132622 Gold Foil Sheets
  • #107301 Medium Whisper White envelopes
  • #147114 Early Espresso classic ink
  • #144597 Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Combo pack
  • #144598 Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends Combo pack
  • #152478 Gilded Gems (part of Ornate Garden Suite)
  • #104332 Snail Adhesive
  • #103579 Paper Snips
  • #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • #144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you like Card 3 of the 12 Cards of Christmas Challenge.  It is possible to use spring/floral products and create holiday cards!  I’m going to try to catch up in May and get two sets of cards done.  We shall see.  

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