Thursday, November 19, 2020

November 2020 - Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! We share on the third Thursday of every month with fun projects from all around the world! If you are following the hop, you arrived here from  Barbara Welch’s blog. Weren’t her projects gorgeous? Now, if you are starting the hop here, I have linked all of the Blog Hop Participants below, so be sure to stop by and visit everyone to say hello.  

Hello, I’m Anne Marie Hile and I live in San Antonio, Texas in the United States. I’m so happy you stopped by today! This month, our theme is “Happy Holidays and it is actually our last hop for 2020. I hope you enjoy hopping with us this month and find lots of creative inspiration. 
Ready or not, Christmas is right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying to get a head start on some holiday shopping. It never fails, every year I *think* I’m ahead of schedule and then I’m scrambling to get things sent out. 2020 has been a crazy year, so I’ve vowed to do my best and if everything gets to its destination by the new year, I’ll consider that a success. 
Today’s projects feature a few of my favorite things from the Stamping’ Up!® August - December Mini Catalog: the Cherish the Season stamp set, Sounds of the Season Dies, ’Tis the Season Designer Series Paper and the Red & Green Foil Paper. All of those elements together create festive holiday projects with traditional colors. 

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my projects below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post. 

Color Combo: 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Shaded Spruce Card Base: 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” 
  • Red Foil: 4” x 5 1/4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”, emboss using Scripty 3D Embossing Folder
  • ’Tis the Season Designer Series Paper: 2” x 5 1/8” 
  • Gold Foil: die cut 4” x 2 7/8” scalloped rectangle from Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 3 5/8” x 2 1/2”, emboss using the polka dot pattern from Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders
  • Red Foil: die cut three bells using Sounds of the Season Dies
  • Green Foil: die cut three of the larger sprigs and two of the smaller sprigs using Sounds of the Season Dies
  • Adhere some gold trim to the back of the bells using a glue dot, then adhere bells to the Whisper White panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Adhere sprigs to the top of the Whisper White panel using glue dots, then adhere the red sheer ribbon bow to the center of the cluster of sprigs using a glue dot
  • Accent the largest bell with three rhinestones
  • Whisper White Cardstock: 3 1/2” x 1/2”, stamp sentiment in Real Red ink and punch a banner on either end using the Tailored Tag Punch
My coordinating project came out of necessity actually. I picked up a few of these awesome sparkly pens for as holiday gifts for some of my friends who are obsessed with pretty office supplies, like I am. I purchased them online from a fantastic company here in Texas: PenGemsYou can find the link to the online store HERENot only are they gorgeous pens, but they have a really good weight to them in your hand when you write. “Pen People” back me up on this. All pens are NOT created equally. Haha! 

Long story short, these beautiful pens are packaged in acrylic boxes. However, I think someone at the post office sat on my envelope because when they arrived, the boxes had seen better days and my envelope was pretty banged up. The pens were in perfect shape, thank goodness. I thought about contacting the company, but just decided that we all have WAY more important things to worry about than smooshed packaging. So, I decided to just take meters into my own hands and created a little box template that fit that pretty pen perfectly. Bonus points because the end result is already wrapped and ready to give, too. 

Pen Box Measurements and Details: 

  • Shaded Spruce Cardstock: 2 1/4” x 7 1/2” 
  • On the short side (2 1/4” side): score at 1/2”, 1”, 1 1/2” one 2”
  • On the long side (7 1/2” side): score at 1/4”, 3/4”, 6 3/4” and 7 1/4” 
  • Trim box as shown in photo below: 
  • ’Tis the Season Designer Series Paper: 3/8” x 5 7/8” (4 pieces, adhere to outside of box as shown in photo
  • Use liquid glue to on the long 1/4” strip to adhere the box together, put pen in box and close up the ends of the box
  • Whisper White Cardstock: die cut the 2 1/4” x 1 1/8” scalloped rectangle from Stitched SO Sweetly Dies, stamp sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink
  • Red & Green Foil Sheets: die cut one small bell (red) and one small sprig (green) using Sounds of the Season Dies
  • Tie a bow using Real Red Sheer Ribbon and adhere top left corner of tag using a Mini Glue Dot
  • Adhere tag to box using a Stampin’ Dimensional

I hope you enjoyed these projects today! Please continue to hop along to see the awesome projects the rest of the Stampin’ Friends team have shared for the blog hop. From here you will visit the beautiful projects created by my friend (and fellow Texan), Melissa Thomas.

November 2020 Stampin' Friends Blog Hop: 
Thanks for stopping by! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a HAPPY day today! 

-Anne Marie

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  1. I am always looking for pretty packaging! Just added your pen box idea to my craft fair idea filw......there's always mext year!

  2. Great projects! love that pen and box

  3. I love everything about this Anne Marie! The card is stunning and so is the beautiful gift box!

  4. Beautiful card and great box for those lovely pens. Love the red foil bells and the design of your card. TFS

  5. I love your card and that adorable little box for the pen. I also am a lover of fun office things. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love all the detail in your design (I love elements and layers), everything combines just beautifully, just gorgeous Anne Marie

  7. Love, love, love that card. Those bells look almost real. That pen box is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Those ornaments with the foil are beautiful!

  9. I am a PEN PERSON and I so know what you mean!!! Love stamp set used for the projects and I especially LOVE the pen box!!!


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