Holiday Madness Blog Tour Day 1

Welcome to the Holiday Madness blog tour!  Are you ready to see some fun, new, exciting projects?!  I made a card to share with you today and then I stepped up the card to make it even more exciting!  Here’s the first version.

Bells & Boughs stamp set

We actually made this at Laura’s party in Stewartstown, PA yesterday!  Everyone liked the card and enjoyed making it I think!

Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper

We used the Deck the Halls DSP found on page 18 of the Holiday Mini Catalog as well as the Bells & Boughs stamp set on page 19 of the mini catalog.  Of course embossing is always a big hit and it brings out the bells so beautifully.  Oh, and the Brushed Gold cardstock also adds a beautiful accent!

As I was making the card I kept thinking of more and more accents I could add but I needed to keep it simple for the Stampin’ Up! party.  So, after creating this card I decided to make another adding some of those extra accents.  Let’s see what I did.

Stampin' Up! Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink

As before, I embossed the bells with gold and colored the leaves with an Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write Marker and the berries and bow with Bravo Burgundy.  This time, however, I decided to use our new Gold Lamé Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink to color the bells.  I also used Moonlight Pearlized Accent ink to color the inside of the bell.  Very fun!

There was one other step with the bells.  After cutting them out I adhered them onto Bravo Burgundy cardstock and then cut another layer.

Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

Another change came for the sentiment.  I decided to use the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set along with the Modern Label punch and some gold brads to spice it up a bit.  Once again I cut an additional layer out of Bravo Burgundy cardstock to make it stand out more.

With some additional layers to the card, in Early Espresso, I was finally satisfied.  It pretty funny.  I can tell a difference in the cards just by the weight.   I definitely added some to the new version!  I still think it would be find for going through the mail with one stamp though.  Would you like to see the new version?  (Do you know how tempting it is to say “well come back tomorrow then . . . . I’ll be nice though!)

Hand stamped Christmas card

Here we go!  I think both cards turned out beautifully and I’m excited to send some of these out myself!

I hope you will take a moment to leave a quick comment and then continue on to the next stop of the blog tour to visit Laurie.  If you are not familiar with blog tours, simply click on the link below and it will take you to Laurie’s blog where you will find another great holiday project.  At the bottom of her post will be another link and on and on until you finally circle back around to my blog.  We will each have a new project to share with you every day of the upcoming week so plan to come back daily to make your rounds.  Have a great trip!


  1. I’m having trouble choosing which I like better. I finally figured out that the section of DSP is different and I really like the portion in the first sample better than in the second… although I like what you did to the bells and the greeting better in the second, Lovely card and thanks for showing it!!!

  2. gorgeous cards! thanks for sharing.

  3. I really do like both cards. Beautiful!

  4. Both cards are great but I like the piece of dsp you used in the first. This paper is wonderful for Christmas and so versatile.

  5. So beautiful and elegant. TFS

  6. Really, really pretty. I love how elegant it looks and yet goes together so easily.

  7. I love this card, Becky, especially because of the music notes! It was a lot of fun to make at my party yesterday! I highly recommend a Stampin’Up party to all! It was so much fun and we learned a lot! Thanks Becky!

  8. I love both of your cards, especially the first one it reminds of that song Silver Bells. I haven’t bought Bells and Boughs yet and I think I am adding it to my order. I see it everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Very pretty – though the 2nd one is my fave! :0)

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