I’m super excited because the new holiday collection from Stamp of Approval has arrived! This year’s holiday collection is called Candy Cane Lane and was, as always, curated by Catherine Pooler. As soon as I saw her first sneak peek for this collection, I knew I would be buying it and that’s exactly what I did! LOL
The collection went on sale to StampNation members at 9am ET Wednesday (10am ET for non-StampNation members). I love the perk of being able to order early as a StampNation member! I had my order in and completed by 9:02am ET and it arrived at shortly after noon PT on Friday, so the entire process from ordering until delivery only took approximately 50 hours. Considering that included a cross country trip from North Carolina to California, that’s pretty amazing if you ask me!!
Since I’m on vacation right now, I was home and got to start playing right away. Before the afternoon was even halfway over, I created this card.
I started by creating a top-folding A2 card base using Real Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up!® I decided to go with a tone-on-tone look for the background, so I used Real Red ink to stamp the front of the card with the Peppermint Stick Background stamp included in the collection.
I used another piece of the Real Red cardstock to create a tag for the front of the card. I cut a strip of cardstock to 2 x 3.5 inches. I created the top of the tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch then rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Round punch, both from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the stag from the Hip Holiday stamp set in the SOA collection using Versamark ink then heat embossed it using white embossing powder. To finish the tag, I created a twisted cord using some Real Red and metallic gold baker’s twine, both from Stampin’ Up.
For the focal panel on the card, I used Whisper White cardstock from Stampin’ Up cut to 3.75 x 5 inches. Cutting it to this size allowed more of the striped background to show. In the upper right corner, I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Hip Holiday stamp set using Versamark ink then heat embossed it using gold embossing powder. To help ground the gold a bit more, I used a Versamarker to add a tiny edge of embossing ink around the edge of the panel then heat embossed it using the same gold embossing powder.
I adhered the panel to the card base using my Xyron Mega Runner with 1/2″ adhesive. I then added the tag at an angle using some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I adhered a white panel inside the card to use for a signature panel and that completed the card.
If you want to get your hands on this box of awesomeness, there are still some available for purchase as of the time I’m writing this late Friday night (Sept. 23). These collections rarely last more than three or four days before they sell out, so now is the time to get one if you want it. All of the products included in the collection will eventually be available for individual purchase in Catherine’s online store, but it won’t be for several months, and will definitely be after the holidays.
Until next time …