Stampin’ Up! Warm & Cheery Holly Jolly Layers

Good morning, y’all!  Yes, it’s true – it’s Friday again!  This week has flown by, hasn’t it?  Not sure why, but…it really has!

I have a new….friend.  Well.  Friend could be an exaggeration, since I’ll likely never see her again.


I came across Maggie (named for the Ancho Magnifico peppers she’s cozying up to!) this morning as I picked a peck of non-pickled peppers.  I was able – just barely! – to keep from squealing like a girl (the ponies were watching – there’s an image to uphold, dontcha know?) and just casually greeted her.  And then really watched where I picked next!  She didn’t so much as wiggle!  She’s kinda cute, huh?  Doubt she’ll be there next time – will be off doing whatever frogs do!

My card today channels Outlander.  Do y’all watch that on Starz?  Or – better – have you read the series?  My mom introduced me to Outlander many years ago.  Once I got into that first book – which took me a minute – I read the entire series voraciously!  They.  Are.  Wonderful!  Dianna Gabaldon – the Outlander series.  If you’ve got a Kindle, you can get the entire set on Amazon.

Anywho – card.  A friend asked me what I’d do with the new Mini Tassels.  I hadn’t really figured anything out yet, just sort of figured it would be some kind of Halloween Card.  But when I started making this card….I started to think of the flashes used to hold up kilt hose.  Thus began my card with it’s artistically-licensed kilt-hose-flash!  I used the Holly Jolly Layers host-exclusive stamp set, some Warmth & Cheer DSP, and…a few little surprises.  Take a look-see:

See the Mini Tassel? 🙂

The card design hails from the Pals Paper Arts design sketch #318:

This is a square card – so I also made a custom envelope!

The first step was to mat a square of the pretty plaid Warmth & Cheer DSP paper on a double mat of Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler.  

Then I SNAILd that to the front of my 5″ square Whisper White card base.

The sentiment, from Holly Jolly Layers, is stamped on Whisper White in Emerald Envy ink, and cut out with a Circles Layering Framelits die.  I dabbed a little Cherry Cobbler on the berries with my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used the back of one of the 2015-2017 In Color Doilies, and turned it from White to Black with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment to the doily.

The next step was to build my flash.  I first heat embossed – in Silver – one of the smaller circle images from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, and cut it with its matching die in the Paisleys Framelits.  I rounded it up with my stylus on the back of the circle.

Holly Berry Happiness also lent a hand – I stamped a couple of small holly leaves in Versamark on Emerald Envy, heat embossed them in Silver and cut them with the Holly Builder Punch.

The last piece to cut was a short pine bough with my Pretty Pines Thinlits, cut in Silver Foil.

I built the flash with two lengths of 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon – one each in Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Emvy.  I used my Handheld Stapler to secure them together and some Liquid Glue to add the Silver pine bough and the two holly leaves.  Then a Glue Dot to add the Mini Tassle and a Stampin’ Dimensional for the silver “medallion”.

I used a Glue Dot to add the flash to the card front, then another Glue Dot to nestle a Mini Pinecone into the decoration.  Finally, I made some “berries” with Cherry Cobbler Enamel Shapes.

I added the sentiment with more Liquid Glue – and the card front was done!

On the inside, I used a layer stack of Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Whisper White, and added a Basic Black-matted strip of the Warmth & Cheer DSP plaid across the bottom.

I SNAILd it into the card and that was that!

I made a custom sized envelope with a piece of White Envelope Paper (this color is retired now – sorry!).  You can see my Tutorial on how to do this right here.  I used the dimensions for a 5″ x 5″ card on the Envelope Punch Board – plus 1/8″ to accommodate the embellishment on my card – to make a square envelope.  When you add the additional 1/8″, still use the score line measurement that’s on the Punch Board.

I ran a strip of the plaid Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape across the front…

…and added some more of the Warmth & Cheer plaid paper to the envelope flap!

Et Voila!  Or….er….Aye!  I may be a Sassenach, but….if you squint your eyes, I think it’s possible that a self-respecting Scottish lad might wear this flash to keep his plaid kilt hose up where they belong.

Maybe… 🙂

Regardless – hope you like!

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Whisper White Card Stock: 5″ x 10″ (card base, scored and fold at 5″); 1 7/8″ circle (sentiment); 4 5/8″ square (inner liner)

Cherry Cobbler Card Stock:  3 1/2″ square (mat for DSP on front); 4 7/8″ square (mat for inner liner)

Basic Black Card Stock: 3 3/8″ square (mat for DSP on front); 4 3/4″ square (mat for inner liner); 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ (mat for inner liner strip)

Warmth & Cheer DSP:  3 1/4″ square (DSP on front); 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ (inner liner strip); envelope flap

Silver Foil:  Pretty Pines bough

Emerald Envy Card Stock: Holly Berry leaves

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16 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Warm & Cheery Holly Jolly Layers

  1. I love it Mary! What a cool embellishment you’ve created…I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with those tassels too. Thanks for the idea! Cute frog…hope that Maggie will be hopping through the non-pickled peppers again tomorrow. 😉

  2. Elisha

    Wow! What a great card! You are so creative! And Maggie is so cute! Your ancho peppers look great too – yummy!

  3. This is just too creative-I am loving the square card and all of it’s wonderful embellishment! Love how you used the tassel and introduced me to a flash! Now, the frog is a different story, it is cool looking but creepy feeling if one hops on you-YUCK, it makes my skin crawl thinking of it! 🙂

    • Hence the almost-squeal-like-a-girl! If she’d announced herself by jumping on me – I might have levitated! As it was, she was being very polite! Thanks much, Jari! 🙂

  4. Mom

    Ah…bonnie! Love the whole concept. Wish I could like the Outlander series. Too enamored of the images the books allowed me to conjure, I guess. If I didn’t have so many things waiting to be read, I think I would start over and read them all again.
    If frog brains are smarter than goose brains, Maggie will likely hang around.

    • Apparently they’re not! She was gone this morning…. The series is good, I enjoy it. But not as much as I liked the books. Thanks, Mom! 🙂

  5. Karen L.

    Geez, an educational card!! I learned what those “things” are called that holds up those Scottish hose!! Thanks. BTW-love the card. Maggie is really pretty…..she most have a taste for the zesty life!! 🙂

  6. Ellie Peckler

    Mary, you have done it again. Amazing card. Your “friend” says thank you and hopes you will use the white tassle soon! – Ellie

  7. Beth Beard

    Gorgeous! I love everything about it; the plaid DSP, the tassel, mini pine cone and silver medallion. Thanks for playing along with us this week at PPA.

  8. Thanks so much, Beth! 🙂

  9. What a gorgeous card!

  10. Thanks a lot, Patti! 🙂

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