Wednesday, November 11, 2020

{Christmas In The Air} Christmas Inspiration by Nancy and Monika

Happy Wednesday, STAMPlorations Friends! November is certainly the time to make some Christmas cards, gift tags and any other festive makes you might need. Should you be looking for inspiration, our Christmas in the Air blog feature with STAMPgirls Nancy and Monika will hopefully get your creative mojo going.

Make sure you comment on this post, as we'll be drawing 7 winners of $15 gift code each from all the comments left on posts published here on the blog for the month of November, as well as on designers' blog posts. Let's have a look at their festive makes.



Here is a more detailed look:

My STAMPlorations teamie, Monika and I are happy to share our November Christmas in the Air Feature Projects. We hope our projects will inspire you to add to your Christmas Stash.

I used CRAFTplorations Raw Shapes and Bases CRAFT Products for all Three of my Christmas Tags!

Instead of showing photos of the step by step process, I am sharing photos of the finished tags with the main supplies that I used.

1st CRAFT Tag: Coffee Mug 3mm MDF Large 3" Tall
STAMPlorations FA-LA-LA-LA-Latte Clear Stamp set.

I covered the 3" Tall Large 3mm MDF mug with Versamark and sprinkled with Distress Embossing Glaze: Vintage Photo and heat embossed for a beautiful shiny 
dark brown tone.

Then stamped "Fa-La-La-La-Latte" poinsettia tag onto Strathmore MM paper and heat
embossed with clear EB Powder. Colored with Kuretake Gansi Tambi W/C paints and trimmed to fit mug.

Stamped and heat embossed sentiment from same stamp set. Attached poinsettias image and sentiment with Connect Glue to tag. Added ribbons and Done!


2nd Craft Tag: Christmas Bauble #1 3mm Baltic Birch.
STAMPlorations Holiday Mocha Feels Clear Stamp Set.

I stamped the "Holiday Mocha Feels" coffee cup image, which includes the coffee beans and beautiful poinsettia Winter flowers with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear eb powder onto Strathmore MM paper.

Next watercolored with the Kuretake paints. Stamped sentiment from same set, then fussy cut cup, saucer and flowers and attached to baltic wood bauble with Connect Glue. Added ribbon and Done!


3rd Craft Tag: Christmas Bauble #1 3mm Baltic Birch.
STAMPlorations FA-LA-LA-LA-Latte Clear Stamp Set.
Clear Stickers: Just Caffeinate

I covered "Christmas Bauble #1" with White Gesso. Let dry then Watercolored with Kuretake Gansi Tambi Metallic Gold paint the entire wood bauble. When dry stamped the poinsettia cup image using archival jet black ink using MISTI.

Watercolored with paints and when dry added Clear Sticker and Done!

I was very pleased with all 3 of my tags, which will be added to trays of cookies and could be used as ornaments for friends or family:-)
The new Christmas coffee sets images were the perfect size for all the tags.

Enjoy and we would love if you hopped along with us and added your comments.


Love & hugs


Monika's Christmas Card's

Well, what can I say? The days are getting shorter around where I live, it's most certainly time to make some Christmas cards.

Today I'm sharing a couple of projects made for November's Christmas In The Air feature. In this special feature my teamie Nancy and I are sharing a couple of Christmas projects each.

Both of today's cards are using backgrounds involving pigment powders to show off the new festive coffee themed stamp sets, Holiday Mocha Feels and Fa-la-la-la-latte.

My first card uses both sets in combination with the Confetti #1 Slimline Stencil.
Here it is ...

So how did it come together, probably easier than it looks. The speckled background was started off by sprinkling Golden Sands Infusion powder onto my craft mat, spritzing with water and mopping it up with a piece of card. I then added some stencilling (Confetti #1 Slimline Stencil) and stamping (Fa-la-la-la-latte stamp set) using Thé Izink ink before blending around the edges.

Next I stamped around the edges by only inking up the floral spray from the large coffee cup stamp (Holiday Mocha Feels).

TIP!: Using part of a larger focal point stamp in the background creates a cohesive look and helps you get more out of your stamps.

My focal image was coloured with metallic pencils and the sentiment stamped with Roasted Coffee and Red Brick Prism inks.

Here are my affiliate links to the products used from the STAMPlorations Store:


My next card uses the Fa-la-la-la-latte set in combination with a sentiment from the Christmas Sentiment Dies and one of the Bloomdala Bliss Festive Dies. Here it is ...

Inspiration for my card came from Christmas Markets and Mulled Wine or Glühwein as I would call it.

The background was created on photo paper/card using Violet and Sea green Brusho powder with a touch of Iridescent Gold SprinkleIT spritzed with water.

TIP!: Using photo paper/card give you this nice richly textured look and the colours keep more of their intensity once dried.

I really liked how the purple seemed to have an almost Christmas Tree shape.

Sadly, it was impossible to capture the beautiful shimmer on a good photo, but you'll be able to get a sense of it from the close-up below.

My image was coloured with a mix of watercolour, pencils and white gel pen, fuzzy cut and layered with a die-cut Bloomdala Bliss Festive shape. The sentiment was cut twice, once from Elegant Eggplant card and once from withe card before being layered. I finished my card off with some white stars from my stash.

Here are my affiliate link to the products used from the STAMPlorations Store:

STAMPGIRLMONIKA 20% discount code

Hopefully Nancy and I have inspired you to add to your 2020 Christmas stash.
Wishing you lots of fun hopping along.
Monika ❤


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 December 8.
We'll announce the winner in the November winners post on December 10.

If you enjoyed today's Christmas In The Air feature post, Nancy and Monika will take a little break before being back in February for some early festive crafting. Keep your eyes peeled!

During November selected stamps, dies, stencils and stickers are on offer at 15% to 40% off Check out our Current Promotions page for a full list and details.

And select Christmas- and holiday-theme products are 10% to 20% off instantly.


  1. Beautiful creations, y'all. Christmas projects are probably my favorite to create. If you're not ready by the day after Thanksgiving you could be in trouble. Especially with the way the mail is moving lately. [Bunny]

  2. I love the mug tag and the gorgeous backgrounds

  3. WOW! Great tags and cards! Thanks for sharing. :D

  4. Really pretty card and tags great job on them thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration

  5. Great projects! I just started using my 'just caffeinate' and 'coffeeology' stickers and they're awesome. Being a coffee lover, of course I am just loving all the delicious projects today.

  6. Love these coffee-themed Christmas cards! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Beautiful tags, and great tutorials on both the tags and cards!

  8. Coffee-themed projects always make me smile! These are all beautiful! Love the mug tag!

  9. What amazing projects and techniques
    by Nancy and Monika! I can’t pick a favorite!

  10. Love the darling
    tags and the inking
    on the cards is just
    Carla from Utah

  11. Nancy's tags look like so much fun to make and thank you both for the wonderful inspiration x.

  12. Great look at how to complete the projects. I like the backgrounds created.

  13. Fantastic Christmas creations especially love the tags.


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