Winter Wonderland Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Webster’s Pages Winter Wonderland Blog Hop. We are SO excited to have you join us as we celebrate the holidays with the official launch of our brand new Webster’s Pages/Unity Stamps Holiday Stamp Collection!

If you are joining me from inspireME, I am so happy to see you here. If not, you might want to start here so as not to miss a single detail of all the fun we have in store for you.

To say that I was beyond thrilled when I heard about our new stamp release is a bit of an understatement. I began my paper-crafting venture years and years ago as a stamper, and to this day, I still love them. And the new Webster’s stamps hold a near and dear spot in my heart. You are going to love working with these. Made out of high quality, etched red rubber, these stamps are sure to become a must have for your growing Webster’s Pages product collection!

I used several images from the holiday sets, along with beautiful papers from the Sweet Season Collection, to make a festive card for design team member Jaz Lee.

I love the colors of the Sweet Season Collection, and used lots of layers of color here to add depth and detail to my design, just perfect for a fun Christmas flair.

A simple cream cardstock base lends a sense of calmness to the color palette, and works well with the lacy paper doily and neutral patterned paper. I love stamping directly on patterned paper as a fun alternative to plain cardstock, like I did here with the framed tree and sentiment. The little bit of pattern adds even more subtle detail to the overall design.

I absolutely love the classic elegance of this framed tree stamp from the Merry Christmas Home set, and used it as the main focal image in my design. I applied two colors of ink directly onto the image using small cat’s eye ink pads, specially designed for ideas like this. Added lots of icy sparkle with ultra-fine crystal clear glitter. I even added some subtle blue snowflakes around the tree using the same set. It’s easy to do by just inking the snowflake portion of the stamp using the small cat’s eye ink pads.

I created the sentiment by cutting out the Merry Christmas greeting from the Christmas Delivery stamp set. I added more glittered detailing and a sweet bow made from our Vintage Inspired Netting and an Olive Bloomer.

I hope you love the new stamps sets as much as I do! Are you interested in winning one? Simply leave me a comment telling me which new set is your favorite, and it could be yours. The winner will be announced Monday, Dec 13th at 6pm PST/9pm EST! at our LIVE CHAT and here on my blog on Tuesday. And don’t forget, each design team member along the hop is offering a free stamp set. That’s 10 chances to win!

Next stop along the hop is Jaz Lee! I can’t wait to see what she has done with the new stamps. I know it will be just amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone.

Enjoy!

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Hello everyone!  Decided to go ahead and mess up my scraproom a bit this morning.  I’ve been so busy with cleaning and organizing, that I’m going through withdrawals on scrapping and creating.  And we can’t have that, can we?

Playing along with CPS #148 and my favorite Webster’s Pages goodies to make another much-needed thank you card.  Used the gorgeous Nature’s Storybook line of papers, die-cut cardstock stickers, and Whimsy Threads.  Also used the Coco Lace trim from the Classic Trim Kit and the Plum Drop Lace from the Botanical Trim Kit.

Ran a very loose zig-zag stitch around the edge.  I’ve always loved the look of zig-zag stitching, and now I’m really into enlarging the stitch settings on my machine for a new look.

Cut the birds directly from the patterned paper and popped them up on some sticks I scavenged from the yard.  Made a small “thank-you” tag using more patterned paper and my go-to rub-ons from Pebbles, Inc.  NEED to get more of those.

I’ve now got my house super-duper scrubby-dubbied.  Feels so good to start off the new year with a fresh start. Feels good for us, and will hopefully be most welcome to a new addition that we are anxiously awaiting.  I am so excited to share the news with you all that we are looking forward to adding to our little family.

We are working with this group here to rescue a special pup in need. 🙂  We are beside ourselves with excitement waiting to bring our new baby home.  For now, we are proudly and anxiously “expecting”.

Besides all the cleaning, I’ve also been turning our house from Christmas Central into our little Winter Wonderland. I’ve got tons of photos to share over the next few days. 🙂  For now, I thought I’d start with this little group of snowpeople that are sitting right here next to me at the computer.  All were handmade for me by my sweet-pea Nik at one time or another.  I cannot help but get a big smile on my face whenever they catch my eye.

The small one in the front with the red hat is a wooden piece that Nik painted for me way back in preschool.  The two behind it are both created from white socks.  Nik made both versions in school during several years.  So fun to see the different teachers’ take on the old sock snowman.  And the last one, of course, is one of Nik’s pipe cleaner creations.  That girl is a Cracker Jack with those pipe cleaners, I tell ya.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Always great to hear from you!

Countdown to Christmas- Day 7

Hi everyone!  Here we are one full week into December already, and if you’re anything like me, then the holiday preparations are in full swing at your house.  My latest push has been to get some of the shopping done, which always seems like the biggest project on my list.  Went out this morning briefly, and you can definitely tell it’s Christmas by the size of the crowds in the parking lots and stores.  I still have quite a bit more to do, but each day I am slowly checking a few items off. 🙂

I am also slowly pulling out all my Christmas decorations and getting my house all ready for the holiday.  This year, I’ve gone with a silver and white theme for my dining room table.

Lots of glass and shiny silver pretties.  Love all that sparkle at the holidays.  I added a bed of fresh greenery from my tree clippings in place of a table linen.  The stars are a garland I made for Webster’s Pages last year using their older holiday lines and shimmer papers.

I cut three sizes of stars from templates I downloaded from the internet and sewed them onto felt backings, leaving an opening to insert polyfill fiber before sewing closed.  Edged the shimmer stars with pearl trim and added a beaded berry cluster and ribbon tie to each.

I also made a bunch of these stars as individual ornaments for my tree.  Every year I try to add a homemade ornament to my collection.

And speaking of ornaments, here is one I made this year.

Papers and rub-ons are Making Memories and Webster’s Pages.  Cut a tree from the MM paper and popped it on the edge with a few added mini gems for some shine.  Edged the Santa image with silver tinsel stem and added a silver bow and a couple of bells.

Thanks so much for stopping by for my countdown to Christmas!  Hope to see you all again tomorrow!