Friday, September 16, 2016

CUTplorations christmas release blog hop - day 3

Welcome back for day 3 of our Christmas Release blog hop. If you missed the beginning (or are looking for the Flash Diecut Linky Party) you can find day 1 here. Remember to leave comments here and over at the STAMPlorations blog for your chance at some awesome prizes.

Today we are introducing some wonderful word dies, just perfect for creating Christmas projects. I love these things. Again today, I kept my projects simple and easy to recreate. I pulled out a couple STAMPlorations stamp sets. And I used up some PP stash! Sound good? Let's have a look.

Use fun color combo PP with a cute stamp for a fun feel...

using Santa is Here

Use traditional colors (red, gold or green) with more traditional stamped images for a more serious feel...

using Christmas Bells Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year and Oh Christmas Tree

using Joyful

Take it all up a notch by using gold pigment ink and gold CS for a more elegant feel ...

using Born to Roam and stars from the new Christmas Reindeer

Can you imagine how quick and easy the above designs would be to reproduce with a MISTI?!?!?!?! The most time consuming part is adding glue to the die cuts! TIP: add enamel dots OR some twine along the top edge OR dry emboss a frame into the cardbase if you want to add "something more" to the design.

The next card is a little bit more time consuming, but perfect for those friends who don't celebrate Christmas. I used the die to cut a foam stamp from craft foam and then randomly stamped my BG with pigment ink!

using Christmas Reindeer and Oh Christmas Tree
 Don't ya just love how a red bead is the perfect size for the reindeer's nose?

And finally, please meet the new ATC/Gift Card Envelope die. I cut it from kraft and stamped it. Topped it off with some baker's twine and a tiny tag.  This envie and its contents could be yours... just keep reading.

using Joyful and Christmas Reindeer

If you'd like to win the envie filled with the die cuts you see above (each word die I used in today's post cut 1x from PP and 1x from white) follow me on instagram and leave me a comment there telling me how you might use this envie die. I'll pick a winner from those comments on Sept 21!

Whew! That was a long one. But hop along. Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here. Thanks for coming by.


  1. Dang, girl! You are on a roll! These are just fabulous! With this batch, I'd say you are well on your way to finishing your Christmas cards. LOVE these die cuts, and your designs are amazing. I can't wait to see what you create next! Have a great weekend. Bev

  2. Fabulous cards! I love that reindeer one!! You girls have been busy burning the midnight oil for this fantastic hop!

    1. I forgot to tell you how awesome the Jolly is cut out of the patterned paper!

  3. Delightful set of cards! Love how you used the die cut words with patterned papers! Fun look! Love the reindeer card with the stamped background words.. great idea!

  4. I absolutely LOVE the "be jolly" in the paper you used - gorgeous! Lots of cute cards today. :-)

  5. Love your clean and simple style. What an array of cards. Brilliant use of these new product. My favorite is the one with the black reindeer. To me, it's just perfect.

  6. The different styles of the dies looks incredible.

  7. Amazing how everyone has used the same products with such different results, I love them all

  8. Love how you have used these fun dies - so many great Christmasy ideas - THANK YOU:)

  9. love the print on that jolly, it just pops! and the gold one is awesome too! thanks for the inspiration!


  10. These cards are all
    so fun and simple.
    Love the first card,
    so fun!
    Carla from Utah

  11. Oh.My.Goodness. Maria! You have been busy creative! I love them all, excellent work and all so unique! My favorite one is the first one because I actually do think I could do that one! LOL Hugs!

  12. Oh, these are all so wonderful, Maria! I love the new reindeer set, such a whimsical and modern feel!
    The new words die for!

  13. What fun. Love the stamped bg. Hugz

  14. Amazing work. Love all of your cards. Great job!
    Valerija xx

  15. Fun cards! Love your different techniques!

  16. From one delight to another in this array of CAS-ilicious gorgeousness, Maria! Talk about lighting my festive spirit! The Be Jolly and little Santa image pairing: ACK! Love them allllll! Can't wait for my order of 'newcomers' to arrive, because I see a couple cards here (okay...nearly all!) that I'd love to case. The reindeer with this bead nose...whimsically adorable! And the ATC envie die...want!

  17. Fabulous! Who knew a reindeer would look so cool in black? With that fab die-cut-stamped background.
    Loving the sun-dappled backdrop :)

  18. WONDERFUL cards Maria!!!
    LOVE the variety of designs from SHIMMERY and ELEGANT to SUPER CUTE and FUN!!!
    It's impossible for me to choose a favourite, as all the stamps & dies are FABULOUS. I give lots of gift cards as gifts and always struggle with making them become more special, so I think the envie die would make it much faster & easier to do it. Not sure if I would secure them inside a card or tie them onto the card envelope, like a little tag.
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION :)

  19. Wow, more gorgeousness, Maria ... and more genius! These are all fantastic ... I'm especially taken with the santa sitting on the y in the 'jolly' and with that cool black reindeer with his delicious red nose ... oh, and I do love 'Joyeux Noel' (of course!). Hugs, Anita :)

  20. Fantastic cards.
    Love the colorless stamping.
    Really sets off the design.
    So many wonderful ideas.
    thanks faor sharing.

  21. Wow, fab cards! Love the way you have incorporated the fab dies with your stamping! xxx

  22. Your Christmas cards are sooooo stunning, cool and amazing :) love them all

  23. It is wonderful what you did with these amazing sentiments. Stunning.

  24. Awesome cards, Maria! I especially love the one with the red scripty background - really love it!!


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