Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to October's Stamp of the Month blog hop! This month we are featuring Home For the Holidays, a set of 7 stamps perfect for your Christmas projects. If you've arrived here from Sheila Bennett's blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. I have a complete list of hoppers right here in case you get lost along the way - you can open it in a new window now and continue the hop on this page.

You are in for a treat today with all of these great projects from everyone! I will freely admit that, with Halloween not even here, I was not really feeling it when it came time to work with this stamp set. But as soon as I started, the ideas just kept coming...

 I will start by letting you in on one of my favorite organizational and secret-keeping tips for Christmas. We have three Christmas celebrations, so I use one color scheme for gifts to go to my family and one color scheme to go to the hub's family.

For our own house, I get sneaky. I assign each kid a tag color and nobody knows whose is whose.  I can wrap and put gifts under the tree without waiting for Christmas Eve and there is very little chance of sneaky people figuring out what their gifts are.

I stamped tags in multiple colors and punched out the center circles of half of them. I then popped it up on foam tape over a contrasting color tag.

A little length of twine through the hole is a simple addition to these cute tags.

This other tag style in the stamp set is super cute on its own or as part of a card. I stamped the entire image in Cranberry on a tag, then in Slate on a scrap.  I cut out the house portion of the gray image, using an X-acto knife to cut the window, and adhered it over the Cranberry image on the tag. I colored in the wreath with an alcohol marker.

Finally, I made these two easy greeting cards. They took very little time, and I just love the way they turned out!

For this card, I cut the coordinating ornament shape once from White Daisy cardstock and twice from patterned paper from the Snowhaven paper pack. I stamped the ornament image in Cranberry on the white ornament, and in Glacier on a scrap.  I cut out the inner image and popped it up on foam tape. I sponged the ornament edges with Slate ink and adhered them to the card front over a piece of pattern paper and Silver Shimmer Trim.

This final card features that oh-so-cool polar bear stamp.  I cut the coordinating Cricut shape from White Daisy and stamped the image in Glacier ink. I then cut the frame from Cranberry cardstock using the Layer feature key on the Cricut cartridge. After sponging the frame edges with Cranberry ink, I adhered it over the stamped image.

Finally, I stamped the image again in Cranberry ink on a scrap of White Daisy and cut out the scarf portion. Again, I sponged the edges with Cranberry ink and adhered it over the complete image. I layered a pattern paper mat and a Cranberry mat on a white card base, then adhered the image, Silver Shimmer Trim, and some Red Enamel Hearts.

I hope my projects got your creative juices flowing today! When you're ready to hop along, we can head over to see what Dawn Ross has created this month. Or, if you'd like to shop first, I have a list of everything I used. The links open in a new window, so there's no fear of losing your place in the hop!

Snowhaven paper pack
Art Philosophy Cricut collection
Silver Shimmer Trim
Red Enamel Hearts
Stamp Pads in Cranberry, Glacier, Black, and Slate

Baker's Twine
Sponge Daubers
3-D Foam Tape
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors


  1. Color-coding your gift tags is a great idea. Your cards are beautiful.

  2. I like your color-coded tag idea. Very clever. Cute projects too.

  3. I love the tag idea, how fun! The tags turned out really cute with the date popped up.

  4. Such a clever idea to color code the cute tags! And great cards too!

  5. Tags are simple yet purposeful. Love that and the cards.

  6. great tags and cards...love this paper collection!

  7. As my kids get older I might have to use your color code idea. Great work.

  8. I live the idea of colour coding ! Brilliant. Gorgeous work

  9. I love the overlay of ornaments!


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