Wednesday, May 13, 2020

{Christmas In The Air} Christmas Inspiration By Nancy And Monika

Happy Wednesday, STAMPlorations friends! Crafting is keeping us all sane right now. Should you be looking for some festive inspiration, our Christmas in the Air blog feature with STAMPgirls Nancy and Monika will hopefully get your creative mojo going.

We'll also randomly draw one lucky winner of a $15 gift code from all the comments left on this post, on Nancy's post and on Monika's post. Let's have a look at their festive makes.



Here is a more detailed look ...

My teamie, Monika and I are sharing our May Christmas in the Air Feature Projects.
We would love to have you comment on our projects!
Hope you are inspired to add to your Christmas card stash too:-)

I used the Christmas Icons "Christmas Tree #2" Die.

I made a shaker card, which I had not done in fun! I took extra photos to share my steps.

The 1st step was to make a Brushos and Bisters watercolor background on Strathmore Mixed Media watercolor paper.

Sprinkled Leaf Green and Emerald Green Brushos and Green Bisters on paper and spritzed with water to activate the pigment crystals.

Next I used the Christmas Tree die to cut out a tree from the background.
Then used the ATC Tag Builder Die to die cut around the die cut tree.
Notice the little stack of pieces to be used later.

Now for the shaker steps!

I die cut a piece of Acrylic Sheet using ATC die. Attached sheet to back and added dimensionals.

Mixed a bit of 2 Shaker Blends: White Frost and Sparkly Greens sequins.

Carefully poured into shaker tree. Attached another ATC die cut layer.

To finish the shaker card I placed card front in MISTI and stamped sentiment from "Trendy Christmas Trees".

Attached shaker tree to card front.

I saved the paper towel that I used to wipe up the excess Brushos and Bisters and spritzed liberally with water and then blotted onto card frame and Done!

For my 2nd project...

I made a card using the die cut pieces of the tree that you saw in the 3rd photo above.

First I die cut another tree out of ATC die cut Mixed Media paper  and saved the tiny white pieces.

Added 3M double sided tape to the back of ATC for pieces to stick to. 

Turned over and carefully placed all the tiny tree pieces using Marvy Jewel picker.

Stamped sentiment in MISTI and attached to card front, which I blotted  with ink soaked paper towel like my shaker card.

Could not waste the tiny white pieces so made a 3rd card:-)

Since I had the method down pat I ended up with 2 more Christmas tree cards.

My stash and I are very happy:-)

Monika and I would love to have you hop along with us. 

It has been so much fun adding to our Christmas 2020 stashes:-)



Hello Crafty Friends! This month I thought I'd expand a bit on what I did for last week's Spotlight Project here. I used the 'off the edge' technique on tent fold rather than a side fold card.

My first card features the Kathryn And Christmas set with a little more complex off the edge cutting. Here it is ... 

Whilst I am always saying it is best to use a stamp one can easily cut around, I couldn't resist turning this cutie into one of today's cards, fussy cutting or not.

When I was positioning and stamping my images, I already had in mind how I might be able to cut around them without having too many loose ends going off the edge.
I like to have a certain stability given that I find it easier to use a lighter weight card for fuzzy cutting. 

I used the lines on my cutting mat to align my card and ruler before cutting with my craft knife through both layers of my card as shown.
I then opened my card up and cut a straight edge off the backing layer using the already cut bit as a guide.

Next I trimmed around my image ...

... before colouring with my metallic pencils and adding the stamped stars to finish.

Next up is a much simpler card using Three Kings ...

Cutting around the kings was certainly easier than on my first card. I simply coloured them with my little eye shadow applicator brushes and inks.

Once the finished card was standing up, it really looked as if the kings were walking off it to come and join me in my craft space.

Hope Nancy and I have inspired you to add to your 2020 Christmas card stash.

Wishing you lots of fun hopping along.


Monika xxx


For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here and on the designers' blogs (Nancy's blog here and Monika's blog here) by June 8. We'll announce the winner in the May winners post on June 10.

If you enjoyed today's Christmas In The Air feature post, Nancy and Monika will be back in July with more festive inspiration. Keep your eyes peeled!

This month we are having a Spring Fling Sale. Check out the details of all our promotions on our store's current promotions page here.


  1. Awesome cards, but I can't think of Christmas yet!!

  2. Awesome Christmas Inspiration! Pretty cards from Nancy and Monica.
    I've actually been working on some Christmas cards too. Planning to be ahead of the game by the time December rolls around!

  3. I love making a couple Christmas cards every month so that I am not behind when Christmas actually gets here. These are so lovely! Love the tree shaker (& I have that tree die!)

  4. Fab cards! I do love that tree die (which I own), and I like the idea of stamping and cutting off the edge. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Great examples for the stamp and die use. I like the ideas for multiple cuts.

  6. Ooooo I love the spray technique with tree! These are fabulous Christmas Cards!

  7. Thanks for the Christmas inspiration. Cute trees and I like the Wise Men.

  8. I love both of these cards, but I have not seen a tent fold off the end work as beautiful as Monica's. Just beautiful. I cant wrap my head around making Christmas cards while planning my garden... looks like I'll be last minute Lulu again this year, but I want to do this design for sure! Thanks for the idea... at least that parts done tee hee! ... and please stay safe and crafty!

  9. What great inspiration to begin planning ahead for the holidays. tfs-stay well.

  10. Oh I love Christmas cards and these cards turnrf out fantastic
    I like the technique Monika did with her cards...well done and tfs

  11. Wonderfully done
    cards. The many
    trees look fun
    and love the
    cut outs on the
    last cards.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Great Christmas cards! I need some summer first though. LOL Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  13. Such great inspiration for Christmas cards!

  14. wonderful cards, and I am so enjoying those off the edge cards
    Stay safe

  15. Great cards. I like making Christmas cards year round. [Bunny]

  16. These are all just wonderful. I love the 3 kings!!! And the Christmas tree cut out of cool inked paper is nice. I really love that. I didn't notice it much until I saw the close up shot. NICE!!

  17. Yeay for Christmas cards!! I like to make them all year round, otherwise it's crazy at Christmas time!

  18. Fabulous cards and thank you for the step by steps....Marvellous inspiration, thank you x.

  19. These cards are awesome! I am loving the 2 wise men! :)

  20. Beautiful Christmas inspirations! I'm liking Monika's cutaway design idea.

  21. I like making Christmas cards all year long so thank you for the inspiration! I'm heading over to their blogs to get a closer look!

  22. Wow.. love this wonderful Christmas inspiration by both Nancy and Monika..

  23. Beautiful cards! Love them all....esp the gorgeous shaker. Thank you, ladies, for sharing!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  24. Fabulous cards :) Thanks for wonderful inspiration. :))


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