Monthly Holiday Card Stash: Happy Holly-Days

keep calm christmasCan you believe it, we are just 6 months or 19 Fridays from Christmas? How does the time fly by so fast? I still remember those days when I wished I was older, now I don’t wish that any longer. I want my days back as a youth, and for time to stand still for awhile!

With getting back into stamping more and perusing the ‘net looking for all the great ideas that are out there, I happened to land on a website/blog I had never visited before. And, boy did I lose track of time wondering around her site. Have any of you ever visited Catherine Pooler’s website? It’s phenomenal, and quite the inspiration (in more ways then one). I lost track of time looking at all her fabulous ideas and watched several videos on techniques and various card layouts. In fact came across two I marked down to do as part of my holiday card series, I liked them that much.

So, this months card is a CASE of a Catherine Pooler card found here. While Catherine’s card follows a very clean and simple style, I decided to copy the look, but bling it up a little…it is the holidays, you know!

Since I didn’t have the same stamp set to stamp and color the piece of holly and berries, I decided to use a die cut I had along with a button to represent the holly berries. So here we go…

As, I had attempted to do last month, I set my supplies up and tried to put together 10 cards in 20 minutes. It is much harder than it looks, and I don’t know if I’m just trying to do more in that time as far as card design or if I’m just a really slow stamper. But, I can’t do it…I can not put together 10 cards in 20 minutes. But, I will perfect the speed and eventually get there. It ended up taking me about an hour to put all 10 cards completely together.

Here’s the details…

Card base: 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″ to create a top-fold A2 card in whisper white.

HCS_Happy Holidays getting started

Front Layer: Stamp greeting in cherry cobbler onto whisper white layer cut 4″ x 5 1/4″. Attach a 2 1/2″ x 3/16″ strip of Stampin’ Up! Champagne glitter cardstock under the greeting butted up to the right hand edge of the layer. I used Score Tape to adhere the strip.

HCS_Happy Holidays greeting

Next, I die cut holly leaves from old olive using the Holly & berry die from CC Designs (which unfortunately appears to be no longer available) and attached them just above the top left corner of the stamped greeting. Thread a button with cherry cobbler baker’s twine and attach to card with a glue dot.

HCS_Happy Holidays buttons

Attach the stamped layer to the front of your card with dimensionals. At this point the card is finished, but like I said I had to bling mine up a little, so I added three rhinestones to the front.

HCS_Happy Holidays dimensionals

Lastly, I stamped an old Hero Arts Christmas sentiment inside and added a small piece of the glitter cardstock underneath the greeting to finish off the inside.

HCS_Happy Holidays x10

And, there you have it the next stack of 10 Christmas cards finished and ready to add to my stash to send out in November. Twenty down, thirty more to go!

Thank you for stopping by and please come back and visit on July 25th for the third installment of my Holiday Card Stash.

Stampin’ Supplies ~

Cardstock: whisper white and champagne glitter cardstock (retired); Ink: Cherry Cobbler; Stamp Set: SU Joy to the World(retired) and Hero Arts greeting; Accessories: CC Designs Cutters – Holly & Berry die (retired), Papertrey Ink holiday mix buttons, cherry cobbler baker’s twine, Score Tape, dimensionals and rhinestones.

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