Christmas is my favorite time of year, not just because of all of the fun activities, the crafting, the gifts, the food, etc, but because of the real reason for the season. A time to remember our Savior's birth and the hope that brings to all the world!
We have a special Papertrey Ink group post for you today, in honor of the true meaning of Christmas. Heather, Dawn, and myself have each designed faith-based holiday sets that will help you create special projects and share the Hope of the World with your loved ones.
Before we get to the projects, I have something I want to share with you. One of the sets we're showcasing today is this month's installment of my Inspired series. The word this month is Jesus. In the time I spent working on this set, I felt the Lord nudging me to do something special with it -- to use His name to help bring joy and the Good News to others. In answer to that nudging and with some thoughtful prayer, I have decided that I will be taking my portion of the sales of both the stamp set and the coordinating die, and will match it with my own funds. That money will be used to put together shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. If you're not familiar with Operation Christmas Child, you can read more about it HERE. They deliver shoeboxes filled with toys and gifts to children around the world, along with the Good News of Christ, and the opportunity to learn more about Him. I'm sharing this with you today, not so it can be a look-at-what-I'm-doing kind of thing, but rather with the hope that we can join together and do something wonderful together in Christ's name! I'm excited to get my kids involved and make it something we do together as a family. National collection week for the shoeboxes is November 14-21 and I'll be sure to post some photos here on my blog!
Ok, thanks for reading and letting me share that! Now let's get on with the rest of the product introductions and projects!
Besides the Inspired: Jesus set being shown today, we're also showcasing a gorgeous sentiment set by Dawn called "Thrill of Hope", and a pretty set by Heather called "Christmas Faith".
All of these sets, along with anything else I mention as "new" in today's post will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern on September 15th from Papertrey Ink.
Let's start with Heather's Christmas Faith set. You all might have noticed my love of Scandinavian-inspired design...it's always been a favorite of mine! I decided to use the Christmas Faith set to stamp a pretty design inspired by that look. I started with a Tag Sale: Quilted diecut as my base, and used a pencil and ruler to lightly draw some lines and mark the center point of the tag. I started with the birds, which I diecut and stamped, then just placed them on the tag where I wanted them to go eventually, but didn't adhere them so that I could scoot them out of the way so as not to get ink on them while stamping the rest of the design.
I used Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Mint Julep, Saffron Spice, Cocoa Bean, and Stormy Sea inks to stamp my design. I added just a small line detail to the holly leaves using a brown marker. When I was finished stamping the tag, I sponged some Pale Peony ink onto a Stamper's Select cardstock panel, working from the top down. I stamped the "let heaven & nature sing" sentiment from the Christmas Faith set below the tag using Saffron Spice ink (I LOVE this color!).
Supplies not linked, but available for purchase on September 15th from Papertrey Ink: Christmas Faith stamp set and coordinating dies
Up next is a card that uses one of the sentiments from Dawn's new Thrill of Hope set paired with the church from my new Winter Village set, and a sunburst from the new Shine set. I started off with a white cardstock panel and an In the Meadow hill diecut. I stamped one of the Shine sunbursts and heat embossed it with gold powder, then sponged just a bit of Aqua Mist ink behind it.
The church was stamped with Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, and Smokey Shadow inks. I also added snow to the roof using the little die included in the set (there's one for each of the different buildings in the set!). I diecut several different trees from the Winter Village set and stamped those with Smokey Shadow and Stormy Sea inks. I tucked everything behind the hill diecut and used foam adhesive to give some of the diecuts a little more depth. I stamped the snowdrifts from Winter Village using Aqua Mist ink. The pretty sentiment from the Thrill of Hope set was stamped in Stormy Sea ink.
Supplies not linked, but available for purchase on September 15th from Papertrey Ink: Thrill of Hope stamp set, Winter Village stamp set and coordinating dies, Shine stamp set
My next card uses a couple of new sets -- Inspired: Jesus and Shine, along with a few older sets - Holiday Folk and Destination. I started by diecutting a circle from gold shimmer cardstock, then stamping and embossing it with the globe from the Destination set (now in the vault - sorry!). Before adhering it to a Double Ups Rectangle die, I stamped one of the Shine sunbursts twice using Saffron Spice ink.
For the sentiment, I used the Inspired: Jesus die cut from Pure Poppy cardstock and adhered it to the globe. I embellished it with some stars and greenery sprigs from the Holiday Folk mini kit. A few clear sequins add a bit of sparkle. I adhered the finished panel to a Rustic White card base, which was sponged with some Saffron Spice ink.
I finished off the inside of the card using one of the sentiments from the Inspired: Jesus set that goes perfectly with the globe on the front. I paired it with the "merry Christmas" sentiment from last year's Christmas Cheer set. I also stamped a few more of the same little Holiday Folk greenery sprigs.
Supplies not linked, but available for purchase on September 15th from Papertrey Ink: Inspired: Jesus stamp set and coordinating die, Shine stamp set, Olive Twist ink
Before I sign off for today, someone's been poking at me the whole time I was writing my post...impatient, I tell you! And hungry for cookies, apparently.
Will you help? Please? ;-)
Supplies not linked, but available for purchase on September 15th from Papertrey Ink: Elf Sentiments, Dress Up Dolls: Elves stamp set and coordinating dies
That's all from me today, but there's so much more to see! Click around to the other DT blogs to see what they've created using these wonderful new faith-based holiday stamps and dies...