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Summer is winding down, the kids are heading back to school, and the holidays are right around the corner. (I know—scary, right?) Well, Stampin’ Up! has lots to offer in the new holiday catalog to help simplify your holiday preparations. 

After playing with the new products, our concept art team wants to share with you their favorite things from the holiday catalog. Here are their picks and a project from each of them. There is surely something for everyone!

From Jen:

In the 2013 holiday catalog, there are so many great, new products. A stand-out for me is the A Banner Christmas Stamp Set. I love the bold, clean lines, and the geometric pieces are great for creating borders and backgrounds. I think this set goes perfectly with Season of Style Designer Series Paper

I’ve used “craft on kraft” for both of my projects. I really love how Whisper White Craft ink looks stamped on kraft paper. Here I’ve used the back side of the Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series paper as my tag and card base.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone if my cards, tags, and holiday projects are made with A Banner Christmas this year! It’s my new go-to Christmas set.

From Melody:

I'm a little partial to the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I know its intended use is to build a banner (as the name so aptly implies), but I always have fun finding alternative uses for kits. The stencils in this kit are probably my favorite pieces. They give you such a fun, quick way to add a pattern to anything. Just fill a Stampin' Spritzer with your favorite color of Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill, and a couple of spritzes later—you've made magic! I've found that I get a crisper line when I use some repositionable spray adhesive on one side of my stencils.

I started this project by spritzing the polka dot pattern onto the flag in Bermuda Bay ink. I made a second stencil out of cardstock, the Big Shot, and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and spritzed it in the center of the flag in Crushed Curry ink. I liked the added pattern and texture of the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper, so I stitched a leaf on top after curling it a little with my Bone Folder to make it really pop. I then took a second flag and stitched it to the back of the spritzed flag. I made sure that the eyelets were facing the right direction before I sewed them together; then I used some of the jute that came in the kit to tie a handle onto my treat pouch. I finished decorating the pouch with a few added embellishments: 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, a Naturals Designer Button, Linen Thread, and some Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

Once the cookies are eaten, the pouch could be filled with some potpourri and hung from a doorknob to make your house smell festive—or you could encourage your friends to pass it on to their friends, and the pouch could be a gift that keeps on giving!

From Arika:

The Stamp a Tag Kit is one of my favorite items from the holiday catalog because of its versatility. You can give it as a gift (how cute is that box?), you can make a card, or make tags, and the two stamps that you get are perfect for anytime . . . not just Christmas. You have everything you need in that box to have a little paper crafting fun!

From Angie:

This time I challenged myself. What else can I do with the fabulous Envelope Liners Framelits Dies and the Gold and Silver Foil Sheets—besides making obviously cute envelope liners?

Sample one: the cookie pouch. Just use a Whisper White Medium Envelope, cut the top flap off, insert/adhere the Silver Foil liner—then embellish with your choice of Designer Series Paper and ribbon. I also added an extra touch by embossing a Festive Flurry snowflake in Whisper White Craft ink and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on the Silver Foil, and die cutting it with the Big Shot and the Festive Flurry Framelit Die. This is a quick and easy way to pass out your homemade treats this season.

Sample two: the gift card holder. I used the smallest envelope liner. Line it up, leaving one inch off the bottom end (you'll end up cutting it off anyway, so you may as well save where you can). Do the same thing again, making two envelope liners. Score each along the top where the envelope would naturally fold. Adhere the back pieces together using Sticky Strip. Wrap around the gift card and close with your favorite washi tape. I also used Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp "Season's Greetings" from the Naughty and Nice This and That Rotary Stamp. Stamp down carefully as the ink can slide on the slippery gold foil. Super easy, and it looks fancy!

What are your favorite items from the holiday catalog? We’d love to hear!

Concept Art Team

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