New products from the Mini Catalog!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which I’m taking a short pause from Christmas crafting to share with you some NEW products from the upcoming 2020 Mini Catalog! Stampin’ Up! may have changed the name of the Occasions Catalog to the Mini Catalog, changed the layout of the Mini Catalog, but they have not changed the AMAZING products you will find! I was one of the few lucky people that were chosen to be given this beautiful new background stamp set, Breathtaking Bouquet. This was actually an “extra stamp set” that was part of a Prize Patrol from OnStage, and the Prize Patrol winner was to give this stamp set to a complete stranger. I thought what better way to honor this random act of kindness, than to create a beautiful card to share with you and to try out the “whitewash technique”!

The base layer is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the background stamp in Versamark ink, and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder:

Since there is a lot of detail with this stamp, I first used my Aqua Painter with Whisper White Craft Ink on the flowers and then used my Aqua Painter with Petal Pink and Lovely Lipstick inks. Tip-you can clean the craft ink off the aqua painter by squeezing the water out of the brush onto a paper towel. You can also “lift” the ink directly from the ink pad to color the flowers. I repeated the process with the leaves and colored them with Granny Apple Green ink:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Enough Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon to tie into a bow around the base layer.

2. Stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Moments in Lovely Lipstick ink on Whisper White cardstock, punch out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

3. Punch another Tailored Tag piece from Crumb Cake cardstock to layer under the sentiment.

To assemble the card:

1. Tie the ribbon into a bow around the lower portion of the base layer.

2. Adhere the base layer to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, with dimensionals.

3. Trim the sentiment piece down slightly with paper snips, adhere to the Crumb Cake cardstock layering piece, and then adhere over the ribbon with dimensionals.

4. I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of three flowers.

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick ink:

Isn’t this a beautiful background stamp? Whether you want to color this in or not, this is a beautiful stamp to make as your feature on a card, just a sentiment! How about that ribbon?? It is actually a champagne metallic edge and there are also Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels to coordinate! This is part of the Parian Blossoms Suite from the Mini Catalog!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Add a little shimmer and texture to your card!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cut winter themed card featuring the Snow Front stamp set! Adding a bit of shimmer with the Wink of Stella pen and some texture with Shimmery Crystal Effects is a great way to accent to your Christmas cards. Keep in mind, that when you use Shimmery Crystal Effects, you need to set your project aside to let it dry. But, don’t let that deter you from using this awesome accessory from the Holiday Catalog!

To make the scenery with the Snow Front stamp set:

1. cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 2 ¾” x 4”. 

2. The mountain, snowman, and both tree stamps (first, second, and third generation stamping) are stamped in Gray Granite ink.

3. The cardinals are in Cherry Cobbler ink.

4. The lake is in Balmy Blue ink, stamped off once. 

5. I used the Light Gray Granite Stampin’ Blends around the lake and the Light Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends around the mountain tops and side of the snowman. 

6. The sky is filled in with an Aqua Painter and Balmy Blue ink.

7. The lake is filled in with Shimmery Crystal Effects. Set this aside for an hour or so, which you can go about making some other cards, take a shower, clean your house, take a nap or ?? LOL

The base layer is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D EF, spritzed with water first. The next layer is this design from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, cut at 3” x 5”. You will need enough Gray Granite Textured Weave Ribbon to tie into a bow around the embossed base layer:

Adhere the DSP to the embossed base layer, high enough to allow room for the ribbon to be tied into a bow:

Once the Shimmery Crystal Effects is dry, adhere the cardstock to the DSP with dimensionals. I then used some Wink of Stella on the mountains, cardinals, and snowman:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink, and adhere a ½”x 6” strip of DSP along the bottom, trimming off the excess:

Don’t you love the added element of crystal effects? While it does take a bit to dry, you can easily do this part first, get the rest of the card cut and assembled, and then just add the scenery. Another thing, the way I cut this DSP, 1” off one side, turn 90 degrees and cut at 3”, and cut the 1” piece in half, will give you cut DSP for two cards out of one piece of DSP. 

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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More fun Christmas card making with 6 x 6 DSP!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a fun, but simple card made with the Wrapped in Plaid 6” x 6” Specialty DSP and the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle! This week I’ve shared some simple cuts to get the most out of your 6” x 6” DSP and today I’m adding some additional elements with four different punches. The cut for the DSP is the same as my previous blog post, so you can make four cards out of four pieces of DSP. Itty Bitty Christmas is a must if you are looking for a variety of sentiments and the detailed dies that are a part of the bundle can add a simple, but elegant, detail to your card. 

With this design from the DSP, you can cut the design any which side and it will not matter if your card base is landscape or portrait. You start by cutting ¾” strip off one side, turn the DSP 90 degrees, and cut at 4”. You will end up with 3 pieces measuring 4” x 5 ¼”, 2” x 5 ¼”, and ¾” x 6”. This will be your base layer:

For the card front:

1. Use the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink.

2. Use the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch on a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, this will be layered under the sentiment piece.

3. Use the detailed star die to cut out of a piece of Gold Foil Sheet. You will also want to use the single star die to cut a piece from the Gold Foil Sheet for the inside of the card.

4. For the 2” strip of DSP, use the Banner Triple Punch on one end and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch on the other end.

5. Cut a piece of Braided Linen Trim long enough to tie thru the top of the tag top of the DSP.

The card base is Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 4” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. Adhere the DSP to the card base, tie the linen trim thru the tag top, and then adhere the tag to the middle of the DSP base layer:

Adhere the gold foil star die cut out to the DSP layers using your Fine Tip Glue Pen, adhere the scalloped layers together, and use a dimensional to adhere on top of the die cut stars. I used three of the 6mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to add some extra gold to the card front:

For the inside of the card, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink, adhere the ¾” strip of DSP along the bottom and trim off the excess, and adhere the single foil star with the Fine Tip Glue Pen:

Lots of elements on this card that are easy to make! If you are looking for a stamp set bundle that easily coordinates with DSP, Itty Bitty Christmas is definitely worth looking at! Lots of sentiments and you can change up the look with the coordinating dies. If you have the Big Shot Precision Base Plate, I highly recommend using this to cut out any paper, makes it much easier to get those little pieces out! I hope you have enjoyed this week of 6” x 6” DSP cutting, since this is my only DSP for my holiday card making, I will always share how I cut this paper. Keep it simple and DSP can be your friend, no matter the size! 

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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6 x 6 DSP-Are you warming up to it yet?

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is another fun Christmas card made with the Wrapped in Plaid DSP! On Monday, I shared with you some of my thoughts and tips regarding 6” x 6” and how to get the most out it for your cards. Today’s card will show you how I used one design of DSP to make one card, which if you use all four sheets you will make four cards, and only have a small scrap of DSP to discard, or keep, that is up to you!

In last year’s Holiday Catalog, the Dashing Deer stamp set and coordinating Detailed Deer Dies were a huge hit with crafters, so I thought I would show you how to make a fun and simple card with this stamp set and DSP from this year’s Holiday Catalog. This design coordinates perfectly (to me at least) with the stamp set and dies, but you could really use this set for any of the designs from the DSP. My first cut of this DSP is along the bottom at ¾”, this is to make sure that the deer design is going the right way as this will be adhered to the inside of the card. Turn the DSP 90 degrees and cut at 4”. This will give you one piece at ¾” x 6”, one piece at 4” x 5 ¼” (the base layer), and one piece at 2” x 5 ¼” (layered on top of the base layer):

For the card front you will need:

1. Use the deer die to cut a piece out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

2. Tie a piece of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon into a small bow.

3. Use the smallest Stitched Rectangles layering die to cut out a piece in Shaded Spruce cardstock and stamp the sentiment in Golden Glitz ink. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment, I found that you have to stamp an image more than once to get a nice image and use your heat tool to dry the ink completely.

To assemble the front:

1.Adhere the smaller strip of DSP to the middle of the base layer DSP.

2. Adhere the deer to the middle strip of DSP and use glue dots to adhere the ribbon to the lower portion of the deer’s neck.

3. Adhere the sentiment with dimensionals.

This completed base layer is adhered to a Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. I added three of the 4mm Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to the deer antlers:

For the inside, I again used my Stamparatus to stamp the inside sentiments, in case I needed to stamp the accent stamp again in the gold and stamp the sentiment more than once in Cherry Cobbler ink so you can see it thru the gold ink. The ¾” x 6” piece of DSP is adhered along the bottom of the cardstock, trimming off the excess:

Isn’t this a fun and quick Christmas card to make? If you did not want to use the 2” strip of DSP as another layer, you can easily combine it with another 2” strip design and use a piece of ribbon to cover the middle where the two pieces meet, giving you another four cards! Even though these cuts for the DSP are simple, you can easily dress up the card with die cuts and embellishments, there’s no limit to the possibilities!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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6 x 6 DSP-Love it or Leave it?

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cute Christmas card made with the Wrapped in Plaid 6” x 6” Specialty Designer Series Paper! When I started planning what products I wanted to purchase for each holiday, I chose the Wrapped in Plaid DSP because I felt it was so versatile and would coordinate with the stamp sets and dies for my cards. Now, for some people, they steer clear of 6” x 6” DSP and it’s usually because they don’t feel they can get the most out of this size of DSP, versus 12” x 12” DSP. I will admit, I was the same way for the longest time, until I sat down and figured out a few measurements that worked for my card making needs and I felt I was getting the most use out of the paper with very little (if any) scraps left over. I used to keep every little bitty scrap, NOTHING was discarded, on the hopes that I would someday find a use for it. That only left me with a ton of scraps that I never, ever, used. So, it was time to think smarter and to really let go of those little pieces, you know what I mean- ½” x 2” will not find a future use, so is it really worth keeping??

The Wrapped in Plaid DSP comes in 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs), so you could make as few as 48 cards or as many as 192 cards, with very little scraps if any, and it really depends on how you cut the cardstock. For today’s card, I cut one piece of DSP that I was able to make two cards out of and to achieve that, I first cut a 1” strip of DSP off one side, turned the paper 90 degrees, and cut in half at the 3” mark. So, you have two pieces measuring 3” x 5” and then I cut the 1” piece in half at the ½” mark, now you have two ½” x 6” strips, which are used for inside the card.

The base layer is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder (don’t forget to spritz with water first!), and then spritzed with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. The next layer is this design from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, measuring 3” x 5”:

Additionally, for the card front you will need:

1. Enough of the Shaded Spruce/Gold Striped Ribbon to adhere across the DSP, at least 6”.

2. Use the Starburst Punch to punch out a piece from the Gold Foil Sheet.

3. Use the 2” Circle Punch to punch out a piece from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the cabin image in Crumb Cake ink and then stamp it again on masking paper, fussy cut out, and cover the cabin before you stamp the tree. Stamp the smallest skinny tree in Shaded Spruce ink and then keep stamping (without re-inking) to fill in the tree area around the cabin, remove the mask when done stamping.

4. Use the tree die from In the Woods to cut out of Shaded Spruce cardstock. I used puff paint around the popped-out parts of the tree and then around the sides. The easiest way to do this, is to do about half of the popped-out part first, then the other half, one side of the tree, and then the other. Since this is a lot of heat setting with your heat tool, I have an old bamboo cutting board to protect my work surface that I use. After I completed setting the puff paint, I used a few of the Holiday Rhinestone Jewels to look like lights or ornaments in the tree.

Adhere the ribbon to the middle of the DSP and then adhere the DSP to the embossed cardstock card base:

Adhere the layering circle images together and adhere to this and the tree to the DSP with dimensionals. This completed piece is adhered to a Crumb Cake cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”. Stamp the sentiment from Winter Woods in Cherry Cobbler ink and the same tree stamp from the card front in Shaded Spruce ink three times (there is enough ink on the stamp). Finally, adhere the ½” x 6” piece of DSP along the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock, trimming off the excess DSP and yes, discarding:

Isn’t this an awesome Christmas card?? You could use this exact card for almost all of the DSP, maybe change up some ribbon if you wanted to use another color (Cherry Cobbler, Gold, Whisper White) that you have on hand. Think about it, if you cut all of the DSP the way I did for this card, you could make 96 Christmas cards! Now while I don’t need to make 96 cards, my goal this season is to use up this ONE pack of DSP, one card at a time!! 

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas Holiday Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Stamp it Group’s Christmas Holiday Blog Hop! My name is Christina Miller and you are visiting my blog, Christina’s Creative Corner! Whether this is your first stop on the blog hop tour or have hopped over from another blog, thank you for letting me share my creation with you today, so let’s get started!

My Christmas card that I am sharing with you is very easy to make, but will make such a “WOW!” statement! When I saw the Itty Bitty Christmas Bundle in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I just had to have this for my cards. I just love the sentiments and the coordinating dies and when you add your favorite DSP, ribbon, and embellishments, your cards are sure to be treasured this holiday season.

I first started with the snowflake die, cutting out two pieces from a Silver Foil Sheet. I then used a Stampin’ Sponge with liquid glue to spread the glue on half of the die cut snowflakes, sprinkled Ice Stampin’ Glitter, and then repeated the process on the other half of the die cut snowflake. TIP-I protected my work surface by placing the Silicone Craft Sheet under the die cut when sponging the liquid glue and sprinkled the glitter over the die cut snowflake with a scrap piece of paper underneath, to easily pour the excess glitter back into the container. Set the two die cuts aside to dry:

The base layer is this design from the Mercury Acetate Sheet, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the next layer is this design from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP, cut at 3” x 5”:

For the rest of the card front you will need:

1. Two of the die cut snowflake pieces with the Ice Stampin’ Glitter

2. Stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink and cut out with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Die.

3. Use the second smallest Stitched Rectangle Die to cut a layering piece for your sentiment out of Night of Navy Cardstock.

Adhere the DSP to the Mercury Acetate Sheet and then use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to place dots of glue in strategic places on the back of the die cut snowflake pieces to adhere to the DSP:

Adhere the Stitched Rectangle Die cardstock pieces together and then adhere to the card front with dimensionals, one on each end. This completed piece is adhered to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, and then use your Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two Night of Navy cardstock snowflakes. This ties the snowflakes from the card front to the inside, you can always cut a few more to add if you like:

I chose to adhere the glitter to the snowflake pieces to really give them that look and feel of snow, and I just love how it turned out. I did first try using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the glitter, but that was a little daunting, so I then tried with a sponge and liquid glue and that worked so much better! I also used a small paint brush to gently brush off any excess glitter before adhering the die cut snowflakes to the card front. If you are on the fence about Ice Stampin’ Glitter, I really like it! Sure, it’s a little messy, but it’s not your typical glitter that gets all over the place by just opening the lid! Lol 

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog! 

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products.

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

This month’s giveaway:

The winner from last month’s Thanksgiving Theme Blog Hop:

Don’t forget to scroll down to leave your FIRST and LAST NAME and a comment with #stampitcontest and keep on hopping to the next name on the Blog Hop Tour:

1. Tami White  
2. Pam Nichols  
3. Luly González  
4. Tina Wardell  
5. Christina Miller  
6. Danette Herrera  
7. Lori Mueller  
8. Kim Quade  
9. Shannon Lorenz-Hatch  
10. Linda Cullen  
11. Karen Page  
12. Gigi Melone

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OnStage in Portland!

Hello and welcome to my special blog post sharing my OnStage attendance in Portland, Oregon! When I found out in April that one of the OnStage locations would be in Portland, I just knew that is where I was going! My mother lives in Portland, so planning a trip to visit her was a must, and we were able to take a short trip to visit my younger son, Cody, in Hawaii before he leaves early next year. So, first and foremost, I will share my day of stamping, new products, and making new friends, and then I will also share a few pictures from Hawaii!!

Representing Team Stamp It in Portland, Oregon

Can you believe that there were 12 of us representing Team Stamp It in Portland?? Out of these 11 lovely ladies, I only knew one from last November in Orlando, but I had an absolutely wonderful time getting to know every single one of them! Some of us where able to get together for dinner the night before (Friday), we all were able to meet up on Saturday so that we could get tables together, and then all went out to dinner afterwards. While getting the new Mini Catalog (f/k/a Occasions Catalog) and Sale-A-Bration catalog was definitely a highlight, making new friends at a Stampin’ Up! event far from home made the event so much more rewarding!

Waiting for the doors to open and get the Stampin’ Up! party started!!

Here are some display boards featuring products from the Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, giving you a sneak peek before the catalogs are available to customers and goes live on January 3, 2020:

I just love this suite, the DSP is gorgeous!
Do you have any golfers in your life? I do and this suite is a MUST!
Oooh-la-la! Champagne Rhinestones and Petal Pink Ribbon with Champagne Metallic edges are a couple of the new embellishments.
Is this birthday suite just so stinking cute or what??
I LOVE this suite and it is perfect to use for scrapbooking my trip to Hawaii! There is a new StaZon Ink Pad in Saddle Brown!!
Of course you need this sweet suite in your life! The stamp set comes in a bundle with TWO different heart punches!! There are even Heart Foil Tins for your Valentine’s Day treats!
Oh My Goodness!! A suite that includes a stamp set and dies for heels, parfume, and lipstick?? Yes, one of the dies makes a mini purse!
Here are some of the stamp sets with their coordinating dies or punches!
Here are a couple of the card kits from the Mini Catalog, everything you need to make that special card!
Here are the Sale-A-Bration items that you can earn in January, with either a $50 or $100 product purchase!

Here are the “make and takes” from OnStage and stamp sets I came home with!

From L-R: Peaceful Poppies Suite, Timeless Tulips Bundle, and Forever Blossoms Bundle
Three mini cards made from the Best Dressed Suite.
This stamp set was included in our goodie backpack!
Our number was called for Prize Patrol and I was over the moon to win Timeless Tropical!
This is a new background stamp from the Mini Catalog, it was given to some demonstrators as part of a prize patrol, but they had to give it away to a complete stranger! This was given to my by a very sweet lady
Who doesn’t love FREE DSP?? This pack of Country Club DSP was an all attendee prize patrol.
I was able to score this stamp set at the end of the event, we split up the products we used to make our make and takes.

While I can’t share with you the inside of the catalog, I can say that there are so many awesome new products! My “wish list” is entirely too long, but I am so excited and can’t wait to share what I create with you!

My quick trip to Hawaii!!

When I suggested to my mom that we make a quick trip to Hawaii, she was so for it! Neither one of us have been to Hawaii, so this was the perfect opportunity to go and visit my son Cody. No, four days was NOT long enough (lol) and I could definitely keep going back to find new experiences. We made the most of the trip, attended our first Luau, did a zip line tour, toured Pearls Harbor (the USS Arizona memorial, USS Bowfin (a submarine), and the USS Missouri), drove to different beaches, watched the sunrise on the east side of the island, watched the sunset on the west side of the island (right outside our hotel), experienced local culture and food, and toured the different bases on Oahu. We had the absolute best time, which I know my mother needed, and I dubbed us “Three Peas in a Pod” because we just laughed the whole time!

My mom, son Cody, and me at Climb Works Keana Farms
The USS Missouri on the left and the USS Arizona memorial on the right
Sunset on Waikiki Beach
Malasada’s (Português donuts) are delicious, especially hot off the Malasada Truck!
View from the airplane, until next time Hawaii!!

Thank you for stopping by today for my special blog post! If you have any questions or concerns about Stampin’ Up!, please let me know! Stay tuned for my next post, which will be the Team Stamp It Christmas Theme Blog Hop!