Hi Stampers.  I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!  It was a hard one for me.  We are in Northern California and my daughter is in New Mexico, my son in Nevada…  Finances and busy schedules kept us all apart this year. It’s just not the same without having the kids around!

I’m trying to get off to a fresh new start with the new year coming right around the corner.  I have a few more Christmas ideas I didn’t get a chance to share with you before  – so I’m going to combine them here.
lost-lagoon-starThis was one of my favorite cards this year.  It’s so simple, yet so beautiful!  It starts out with a Lost Lagoon card base 8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25.  Next is a layer of Whisper White 5.25″ x 4″.  I ran it through the big shot with the tiny triangles embossing folder.  I let about 1.75″ stick out the end of the folder, so that part was NOT embossed.  I then ran a strip of Lost Lagoon ribbon around the layer and used glue dots to adhere it on the back side, before adhering it to the card base.  This hides the ends. I then stamped two of the stars in Lost Lagoon ink onto Whisper White card stock and then cut them out with the Stars framelits.  I cut an additional star with the framelits and silver glimmer paper.  I stacked the stars and added them to the card. A small strip of ribbon folded in half and tucked behind the stars and a rhinestone on top, finishes it off.
scallop-christmas-tagsThe scallop tag topper punch, some retired washi tape added to some stamps, ink and cardstock made for some super cute gift tags.  These were a little time consuming due to the coloring. But they are still fun!
envelope-punch-board-snowman-2The snowman is something that I made last year that was super popular.  It starts with an 11″ x 2″ piece of whisper white card stock, scored at 5 3/8″ and 5 5/8″.  I used the envelope punch board to notch both sides 2″ from either end (this makes the neck).  I adhered two Hershey Miniatures on the inside and folded it together adhering the two ends together and wrapping the ribbon around the neck, I tied a knot and adhered the ends to the body with glue dots. for the hat, I used a 2″ x 2″ square of basic black.  I notched the top of the hat and rounded the top corners with the envelope punch board. The brim of the hat is a 2.5″ x  .5″ strip of basic black card stock rounded on the ends. (This step is optional – some people liked the square ends). I wrapped washi tape around the had and used my mini accents punch pack and a rhinestone to make the flower.  The mouth is the notch that was cut out of the hat with the envelope punch board and the eyes, nose and buttons are all candy dots.
envelope-punch-board-snowmanfrom the side you can see the candies I have inserted inside…

Have you checked out the clearance rack lately?  It’s been updated with lots of new stuff from the 2014 holiday catalog – that doesn’t even end until next week!
year end closeoutsThis weeks “weekly deals” from Stampin’ Up! are:
weekly dealsHappy Stamping and shopping my friends,
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