Hello again, stamping friend!  Sorry I seemed to have ‘dropped off the grid’ for almost a week, there!  I was keeping busy, though – preparing for my annual Christmas Card Buffet!

It was another success, I think – everyone had fun, and did a fabulous job at putting their cards together, with only minor mishaps, and items forgotten by me!  (even when I think I’m prepared, there’s always something I’ve forgotten to put in a kit, or on the table!)

Here’s a couple of pictures of  how it looked before-hand;

xmas buffet The kits are each in their own basket; each person picks up the whole basket for that kit, plus the sample card, and instructions are included!

xmas buffet work table

The table is set, tidy and ready to go! The Grid Paper is excellent for not just protecting  your work space and stamping off, but also for writing down the name of your favourites that you used, plus lining your cardstock for straight stamping!


I had a little Christmas display on the coffee table, showing off some of the non-card things you can make with your Stampin’ Up! products!  Everyone loved the luminaries, and the Curvy Keepsake Boxes decorated like Santa tummies and Snowmen 🙂

all cards

These are the 5 cards that everyone made; they made 2 of each card, for a total of 10 cards each.

We did all that, plus had a yummy lunch and dessert – of which I forgot to take pictures!  I guess I was too hungry 😉

The 1st card on the left was made by die-cutting the snowflake shape from the middle of the Soft Sky cardstock (I used the retired Festive Flurry Framelits), then running it through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  The image from Happy Scenes was stamped onto the Whisper White card base in Night of Navy ink, and the snowflakes stamped in Soft Sky ink.  Silver Cording Trim was wrapped around the die cut piece, the sentiment added below the cording, and then it was attached to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here is a close- up picture of the card:

happy scenes snowflake

The next card looks so fun, with Santa inside the window, placing the presents – but boy, did it ever take me a long time to hand cut all those presents, Santas and trees for everyone!  It was worth it though, don’t you think?

santa thru the window

The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock, with a panel of Smoky Slate that has been embossed with the Brick embossing folder, laid on top.  The Santa, presents and tree were cut from the super-cute Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper; it has such a retro feel to it!  These pieces were all attached to a background of Timeless Elegance DSP (some of those patterns work great as stand-in’s for wallpaper!), then the Hearth & Home window frame was attached on top.  The sentiments are from last year’s special hostess set, Good Greetings, stamped in Real Red and layered on banners of Real Red cardstock.  The pine tree, from the Lovely as a Tree set, is stamped in Mossy Meadow, cut out & placed outside the window.

I’ll share some more details of the rest of the cards with you later; right now I have to stamp some more Christmas cards for my wonderful customers!

I’ll also be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals, and another new Design Team card for the newest Paper Craft Crew challenge!

Until then – happy stamping!

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P.S. – don’t forget – the Holiday catalogue will be ending on January 4th, so be sure to get your order in soon, if you don’t already have what you want!  To receive your order in time for Christmas, please place your order by December 17th!!  Remember – I also sell Gift Certificates, if you’d like to surprise someone with a wonderful treat that they can choose for themselves! (the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration start on January 5th!)

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

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