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Holiday card with non-holiday stamps

Hi everyone! It’s Ria here today.

I’m excited to share a holiday card project using non-holiday stamp set ūüôā

I don’t have a large collection of holiday theme stamp sets and its nice to do Christmas cards using stamp sets that you may already have that are non-Christmas-sy in theme. A good way to stretch your stamps isn’t it?

Here I used the Small Things stamp set, a general hello, everyday stamp set type. I used the fox as my main focal point and used more traditional Christmas color like red and greens. Here, I used buttons to create the Christmas holly.


I also add texture in the green tag paper by stamping the Woodgrain background stamp.

There are other small elements that I used like these stamped circles, again keeping my red and green colors for consistency.


For the background, I created my own by stamping the circle with white ink, it looks like snow using the white ink pad ūüôā

and here the full card.

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If you‚Äôre interested in the products that I used on this project, you can check them at the inLinkz below this post ūüôā

A2Z Scrapbooking store is offering a 15% discount on your purchase at the A2Z store. You can use the code RIA15 at checkout, a great time to grab the new  Hero Arts Handmade for Christmas 2014 release and some more great products on Sale!

Don’t forget to check the challenge for this month too: Must use two (2) Hero Arts Products. The time is now to get those Hero Arts supplies and materials working. So come and join in the challenge for a chance to win.


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Warmest Wishes….

Welcome! ¬† It’s Lisa, (ThePurplePlace), ¬†here today and I have two new cards to share in hopes that I can inspire you to take part in this month’s “Fall or Christmas” themed challenge and also to help you with some ideas for your own Christmas or Winter cards this year. ¬† You can link directly to the challenge from our side bar, ¬†——>>>>>

I love to create all my own handmade cards each year and one of them favorite themes is often snow related, even through I dread it when it’s actually bitterly cold and snowy here. ¬†The only day I love to see a fresh new coating of snow is on Christmas morning and if that was the only day it snowed all year, that would be fine with me. ¬†I’m a summer girl by heart, but do also very much love the Christmas spirit and season. ¬† ¬†I also love to use what I think would be considered non-traditional Christmas colors on my cards and did that on both of these, using a mix of the lovely shades of Teal and Aqua that Hero Arts has in their wonderful ink and spray line.

I’m also excited to be sharing some of my newest Hero goodies, along with a mix of some of my Hero Stamps from previous years. ¬†In my opinion, you can never have too many “Christmas Stamps” and of course the matching elements that go along with them. ¬† When I saw the new combo stamp/die sets in the new “Handmade for Christmas” catalog, I knew that I they would be a perfect addition to my Christmas stash and I put them to good use right away in making these two new cards.

My first card started a with a pretty soft pool card base and I used my new “Let It Snow” Stamp n Cuts”¬†set to¬†cut a window directly into the front of my card. ¬†Next, I took the matching stamp and inked it up in a Hero’s Ocean ink and¬†carefully stamped it directly through the window to the inside of my card. ¬†I then chose a selection of snowflakes and randomly stamped them all over my card, in shades¬†of teal and white. ¬† I die cut a second snowflake, stamped it in Versamark and then heat embossed it in white and used foam tape to pop that one up off my card. ¬† To finish my card, I used a variety of Hero’s gems, pearls and snowflakes, with a few¬†Prima Crystals to embellishthe center of each snowflake. ¬†I really love that extra sparkle that “bling” adds to any card.

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My second card is also another fun Snowflake themed card, also created in these shades I love. ¬†You can however change them to be any color or create with the more traditional red and green that so many of you love. ¬† The fun part about stamping is that there are so many fabulous ink colors now available, that we can basically create with any color of the rainbow. ¬†I have a love of Hero’s Shadow Inks and am very happy to now own every color. ¬†I even love the wonderful little cube sets that are now available so that you can try new colors, and not necessarily have to buy the large pads, until you know you love a color! ¬† I actually used Versamark as my ink on this next card and then heat embossed each of the snowflakes in Hero’s White Embossing powder¬†directly onto a strip of “Snow Day Patterned Paper” from Lawn Fawn. ¬† ¬†I finished off this¬†card by adding some¬†Sequins and a Prima Crystal, along with my Sentiment which is from an older Hero Arts Sentiment Set called “Holiday Sayings”.

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I have shared links each of the products I used on my cards, below. ¬†Most of which are available over at the a2z Scrapbooking Store. ¬† Please feel free to use my Design Team Promo Code for any shopping you may be doing at the store. ¬† ¬†Simply enter LISAH15 – during the checkout process to save 15% off of any orders of $25 and up (Excluding shipping). ¬†The code will work for all products including our Exclusive Hero Arts Digital Line, the brand new “Handmade for Christmas” products, and even all the goodies currently ON SALE! ¬†If there is something you are looking for and can NOT find it in the store, please let us know — we are happy to find it or do a special order for you. ¬†¬† Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see your “Christmas and Fall” project in our Inlinkz Gallery soon.

Michelle will also be posting the WINNER of the August “Encouragement” themed challenge, later today, so please stop by again and in the meantime, have a crafty and creative day!

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Guest Designer Paper Picnic

Hello Crafty Friends,
We have a special treat today, a Christmas card by our very talented Guest Designer Paperpicnic.  I just love her use of the ombre blues! And while I am not ready for snow yet, the thought of those cooling snowflakes feels very good in this miserable heat!




Supplies are located at the bottom of the post.


Be sure to leave Paperpinic some love in our comment section.

Our linky party this month is “Anything Goes”. A $25 gift certificate is up for grabs:)

Hmmm….I feel like singing Christmas songs now. LOL Have a wonderful week!


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