Stampin’ Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a great color challenge to work with and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table – I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

The color challenge screamed BOUGHS OF HOLLY to me, so…never one to ignore a screaming challenge – I pulled it out!  And I matched it up with its coordinating Leaves of Holly stamp set and bundled Holly Berry Dies.  Plus…some pretty texture from the pine bough folder in the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders set.  Take a look-see:

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

And here’s the screaming color challenge!

Cuz I’m needy, I also borrowed the layout – this one is from the sketch side of the FUSION challenge.

I started by embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock in the pine-bough Wintry 3D Embossing Folder.  It’s a “mini” folder so I ran the panel thru twice – moving the folder to get the whole panel.  It leaves a light seam – but…it was easy to cover with the layout of my card.

Next, I took some Boughs of Holly DSP and tore it down to about a 1 1/2″ wide strip to go across the card front – adhering it with Liquid Glue.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to an Evening Evergreen mat.

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Using the fourth-from-smallest Deckled Rectangle Die, I cut a piece of the Boughs of Holly DSP – which I cut down to be about 2 1/4″ long.  Then I adhered it with Liquid Glue.

On a piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the Leaves of Holly sentiment in Real Red and cut it out with the next-to-largest Stylish Shapes circle die.  Then I adhered that with Liquid Glue, too.

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Using the Dark Evening Evergreen Stampin’ Blend, I colored the stems of two Textural Elements.  Then I used the white Pearlized Enamel Effects to add large drops onto the berries.  Tip:  You ought to do this first thing when you start making this card – it takes a hot minute for these “berries” to dry.  Also?  Move them out of the way so that you don’t drop a piece of cardstock or something on them while they’re still wet.  Guess why I told you that?! 🤦‍♀️

While I was waiting for the berries to dry, I pulled out my Paper Snips and – brace yourself! – fussy cut one of the poinsettia bunches from the Boughs of Holly DSP.  I did a “hard” cut – meaning I didn’t leave a white border.  I also did NOT try to cut out all the little red berries.  I’m not totally cray cray!! 🙂

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Once the berries had dried, I used Liquid Glue to adhere them to the card front.  Then I added a Double Loop Linen Thread Bow with a Glue Dot.

I adhered my fussy cut poinsettia with a few double-stacked Black Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

I stuck in a few Gold Holly Leaves and a couple of boughs cut with dies from the Holly Berry Dies from Evening Evergreen Glimmer 12″ x 12″ Specialty Paper using Liquid Glue.

Finally, I added a Red Rhinestone Jewel to the middles of the flowers – and around the card front and sentiment and the card front was done!

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

On the inside, I stamped a second Leaves of Holly sentiment in Real Red on a Basic White panel.  In the corner I stamped the small detailed holly leaf from the Leaves of Holly set twice in Evening Evergreen.  I stamped the fill image in stamped-off-once Evening Evergreen.  Then I used my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker to add some dots around the stamped images.

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop


I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to an Evening Evergreen mat and into my Cherry Cobbler card base, popped the card front on with Black Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Basic White Medium Envelope got the Leaves of Holly leaves and Real Red dots on the front…

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

…and more of the Boughs of Holly DSP on the envelope flap.

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Et Voila!  The Boughs of Holly DSP is about the prettiest paper ever, don’t you think!?  It’s such a wonderful starting point for a Christmas card – what’s more Christmas-y than poinsettias and holly?  Well – maybe pine boughs…oh, wait – the Holly Berry Die set has THOSE, too!  Wow!  Add in the images and sentiments from Leaves of Holly – and a little pine-y embossing from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder and…winner winner!!

Stampin' Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

I hope you like!

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Now that you’ve seen my card, take a minute to hop thru all our projects today.  If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Kristi’s page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!


Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage – This is me! 😎

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Akiko Sudano

Karen Ksenzakovic

Tara Carpenter

Terry Lynn Bright

Carol Buckalew

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Boughs of Holly DSP: 1 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (torn strip on front); Fourth-from-Smallest Deckled Rectangle die cut (on front – trimmed to 2 1/4″ long); Fussy cut poinsettia; 2 1/4″ x 6″ (envelope flap)

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16 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Boughs of Holly for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

  1. Gorgeous card! I love all of the texture!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! That’s stunning Mary! Love this design so much! 😀

  3. Beautiful Mary 🙂 I absolutely LOVE this design.

  4. When I saw your card, I immediately heard Carly Simon singing “nobody does it better”…you’re welcome 😉 You are truly the Queen of Collage in my book!

    • stampsnlingers

      LOL – thank you for the earworm…. 😉 And the eye-worm cuz I’ve ALSO got the Bond movie intros flashing in my head! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ Thank you so much, Karen! 🙂

  5. So pretty!! Love all the details! 😊

  6. Karen A.

    Wow. When I saw the poinsettia, I wondered why there was no die to cut it out….but you amazed me with your fussy cutting.
    Such a beautiful card.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much – it was a little fussy to cut but…I love how it turned out! 🙂

  7. Linda Callahan

    Your floral grouping is gorgeous! This is beautiful for the holidays! Glad you joined us at Fusion~

  8. Awesome card Mary. Love your use of the different DSPs and those wonderful 3D poinsettias. Thanks for joining us at the Fusion Card Challenge.

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