Fall-i-Days Christmas Blog Hop: The Llama’s November Edition

Welcome to the hop!

If it’s 6 o’clock on the West Coast the hop has started!!

We’ve set aside the Fall part of Fall-i-Days in order to enjoy the Fa La La of Christmas for this November edition of our monthly hops.    If you’ve  arrived looking for Fall or Thanksgiving take a look at past hop entries found here or here

Hopefully you’ve arrived safely on your cyber sleigh from Jackie’s sparkling holiday hop page – if not, as always, you can join the Hop at any stop along the way since it circles round and round.  If you get lost click on one of the Home Buttons or banners to get you back to the Llama Hop Home Site and you can pick up the Hop once again.

I know it’s only November and you may not be ready for carols just yet but thought just in case you were, you could set this version of Deck the Halls by James Taylor playing while you scope out what’s on offer.   It’s the whole Fa, La, La thing right?

My first project is one some of you might recognize if you were at the Rogue Stampers last Stamp a Stack.

When the Holiday Catalog came out I saw the set First Christmas and knew immediately that it would be my first purchase from this wonderful catalog.   Also knew it would figure into my own personal Christmas card plans.   In keeping with the simplicity of that first Christmas (hm…do you suppose that’s where SU came up with the idea for the title?) I’ve kept the colors and the design simple.  It seemed that the flecks in the Naturals Ivory as well as the linen thread reflected the desert culture Jesus was born into.    I also incorporated another favorite set, Welcome to Bethlehem, into the design.  I know the embossed silver might be considered anything but simple but the wise men did come bearing gifts right?

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

All images copyright Stampin’ Up!

Here’s a slightly better look at the interior that shows off the illuminate ink a tad better:

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This pic also shows you how this might work if you switched the First Christmas to the outside of the card.   Don’t you love how the sentiments from First Christmas and Welcome to Bethlehem work together?  With these two sets you are good to  go for any number of cards just using their texts.  

Color Scheme: Midnight Muse, Naturals Ivory, Silver


 Stamps: Come to Bethlehem, First Christmas (Holiday Catalog)

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark, Illuminate Glimmer Ink (Holiday Catalog)

Paper: Naturals Ivory, Midnight Muse Cardstock (2-1/2” x 4” – 2 pieces per card)

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponge or dauber, Linen Thread (24” per card), Embossing Buddy

In case you’d like to create a few of your own here’s the instruction sheet I shared at the last Stamp a Stack where we made the same card.    Come to Bethlehem – single card version

Edited to Add:

When making multiples our Clear Mount Blocks are the perfect tool if you buy your stamps in Clear Mount format.  As you can see in the picture I created a collage that let me stamp multiples with ease and with the spacing I wanted between the star and baby Jesus.   Makes getting to the embossing part of the process quicker too!


Continuing the Midnight Muse and Silver theme here are a couple of other quick embossed creations.   I think except for the heat embossing you’ll agree that these are simple cards that anyone can create for pennies (fewer than 30 to be exact).  Luckily embossing powder goes a long. long way.  And I’ll note that Pewter or Gold works just as well (possibly even White) and adds just a slightly different flavor.    And…with all that lovely silver no other embellishments are really called for…unless of course you really want to take it over the top.  LOL.  Makes for easy mailing too!

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To me this card design has a bit of a Middle Eastern flair to it that had me thinking it would work for my friends in Israels Hanukkah card (sh…no peeking Becca)  or even possibly one of the Muslim holidays some of my other friends around the world celebrate.   Or even as an all purpose holiday or general occasion card.   I love how the silver gives the snowflake a real presence all on its own.    Now if only it didn’t reflect the light quite so much in my camera.  The Midnight Muse is actually quite a bit darker in person.


 Stamps: Mixed Medley (Holiday Catalog), Trust God

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark,

Paper: Midnight Muse Cardstock

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

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Tap into your own midnight musings and create your own scenes mixing up the star & text from Evergreen with the images from Rejoicing with You and Mixed Medley.   If this doesn’t say Christmas…I don’t know what does!  I expect to hear carols when I open the card to the inside.  LOL  😀    And best of all…it took all of 10 minutes to make including the heat embossing time.


 Stamps: Mixed Medley & Evergreen  (Holiday Catalog), Rejoicing With You

Ink:  Midnight Muse, Versamark,

Paper: Midnight Muse Cardstock

Other: Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

Can you tell I’ve decided Midnight Muse is my In Color for Christmas?  😀    And I think I’ve gotten just a tad addicted to heat embossing the last few weeks.  Ah well…Tis the Season…right?   Well…almost anyway!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of a Hanukkah card using the new Jewish Celebrations set from the Holiday Catalog.   This is  from an upcoming hop with another group of SU demo’s that starts Sunday.   Check back then for the details.

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Now that you’ve discovered it’s alright to be blue at Christmas (as long as it’s Midnight Muse) it’s time to remount your cyber sleigh and send Rudolph hopping on to Kathe’s inspiring edition of our Fa, La, La  Fall-i-Days Christmas Hop.


11 Responses

  1. Lovely cards Jean. I don’t have those sets, so really appreciate your projects.

  2. Love the midnight muse mode. Love how you used the illuminate for the star beam, genius! Thanks for James.

  3. Beautiful cards, Jean. I love how simple they are to make, but have the look of someone taking the time to makes something special.

  4. Thanks for the music! Loving all this blue and silver. I’ve been on a red and green kick, thanks for reminding me to include this gorgeous combo in my holiday preparations as well.

  5. Oh so pretty and I LOVE the color combo. The illuminate glow looks so beautiful with the midnight muse. Each card was even more festive with the music. Thanks so much. hugs.

  6. Very nice, Jean! I love what you did with the illuminate glimmer ink, and it was nice to see a Hanukkah card!

  7. Beautiful cards, Jean. I love blue and silver and these are all fantastic!

  8. Beautiful cards! I think my most favorite is the angle in the sky with the stars and snowflakes….TFS! The illuminate actually turned out well on the first card with the big star….I have it but have used it little, but now seeing it like this, I may use it differently.

  9. I love the combination of stamps on your first card! I will be CASEing!

  10. That angel is quite wonderful. I would love to be able to get it as a single stamp. Beautiful work with midnight musings!

  11. […] should probably also mention that the Come to Bethlehem set I used in this recent post is also 50% off!   So why are you still sitting there…time to hit the sale entries in my […]

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