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Blogging Friends August 2022 Blog Hop - Here They Come Again

Hello and welcome to my blog; today is the first Friday of the month and that means it’s time for the Blogging Friends Blog Hop. This month our theme was Here They Come Again. You may be wondering what that is referring too. Well, we are focusing on the products from the July -December Mini Catalog that are Returning Favorites. These are the products that were out in last year’s Holiday Mini that did not make a comeback until now. I hope that you have a fun time hopping along with us today, and you find a little inspiration for products you may already own and some that you may decide you want to get.

Returning Favorites:

For my returning favorites I picked the Merriest Moments Stamp Set and the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder. One because I think they are both fabulous and two because I never got a chance to use the last year after I had purchased them. So, they were my number on pick to use when I came up with this month’s hop theme. Here’s a look at the project I created.

By using the Merriest Moments Stamp Set you can send your loved ones some Christmas Cheer and create wonderful Christmas cards. With this set you can create your very own Christmas bouquet . . . on paper! For example, the bouquet of Poinsettias that I created on today’s card using Polished Pink and Crushed Curry Inks. This set will allow you to play with colors, dimensions, imagery. You can let your creativity take the lead in making unique and festive cards for the merriest time of the year! Get it now, I promise you; you will not regret it!

image copyright by Stampin' Up! 1995 - present

When you pair the Merriest Moments, Stamp Set with the unique and festive frames that you can create with the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder you will be the envy of all your friends and family. It comes with one embossing folder and one set of dies. Perfect for card making, this hybrid embossing folder will add a unique touch to your Christmas and winter cards. The dies fit around the embossed image in the folder (see the Basic Black Cardstock layer on my card), allowing you to emboss and cut with one run through the machine. Or choose to use the folder and the dies separately, which is what I decided to do today. But the choice is yours!

image Copyright by Stampin' Up! 1995 - present

With the Merriest Moments Stamp Set and Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder it’s easy to make a great impression! Just place flat cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through a Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, and out comes cardstock with a bold textured design. Hybrid embossing folders come with one embossing folder and a set of dies. Use the dies to cut out the textured designs. You can use the embossing folder alone, with the dies, or use the dies separately. The options are endless.

image Copyright by Stampin' Up! 1995 - present

Tips & Tricks:

Now, let’s get into the nuts and bolts about the project I designed for the hop shall we. After picking the products I wanted to use today; I cut my card base. I went with a very untraditional color combination for my card. I used a piece of Granny Apple Green Cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” for my card base. Onto the card base I layered a piece of the Celebrate Everything Designer Series Paper (a Host Exclusive product). I then layered the DSP that was cut at 4” x 5 ¼” onto the card base.

I then took a piece of 4 ¼” x 5 ½” Basic Black Cardstock and embossed it with the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder and then used the coordinating die to cut it out. I know I could have saved a step and done both the embossing and die cutting at the same time with the Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder, but I have to be honest I was a little freaked out doing that. I should have acted with courage and just done it anyway, but It still turned out perfect in the end.

Next, I did all my stamping for the card. I used my Stamparatus and stamped each layer of the poinsettia onto some Very Vanilla Cardstock in Polished Pink Classic Ink. I then stamped all the holly leaves. Here I alternated between Shaded Spruce Classic Ink and Granny Apple Green Classic Ink. I then stamped the branch with the berries in Crushed Curry Classic Ink. I then used the matching dies to cut each piece out, before attaching them to the card front with either Stampin’ Dimensionals and Multipurpose Liquid Glue and sometimes even both.

Finishing Touches:

To finish off the card I added some of the Silver Metallic Edged Cotton Ribbon, which I wrapped around the card front before adding the die cut pieces and tied into a flat knot. And that was the only embellishment that I added to the card. I wanted the sentiment, stamped images, and die cut pieces to me the focus of the card. To tie in the card to the envelope I stamped the same images on the front of the envelope in the same exact colors.

Blog Roll:

Below you will find all the other Blogging Friends that are hopping along today. I hope that you find a lot of inspiration from their projects as well. Make sure to leave comments on everyone's posts, because we always love to hear from you.