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Posted by on Nov 1, 2019 in blog hop, Blogging Friends Blog Hop, Christmas Card, November 2019 | 5 comments

Christmas Cheer for Blogging Friends Blog Hop


I’m super excited that today is the Blogging Friends Blog Hop! Christmas Cards are one of my favorites to create! But, even more, exciting is that my friend Ann Murray, a fellow Inking Royal, is hopping along!!!  She is super talented!  I know you are just going to love her almost as much as I do!!

There is a huge resurgence in fiber arts.  Macrame, knitting, punch art, and cross-stitching are all Super popular. Wich only makes sense in all things the ’80s are back.  I grew up in the ’80s and I had friends who grew up doing these awesome crafts.  I learned to cross-stitch at a friend’s house. She helped me with my very first cross-stitch.  My mom made cross-stitch ornaments that I still hang on my Christmas tree each year.  The new found love of fiber arts was my inspiration for today’s creation.  That 80’s cross-stitch pattern…

Countdown to Christmas is one of the pretest stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog! Not only is it pretty, but it is also very versatile!  I can completely see using this set for envelopes, adding small accents to cards, and creating gift tags!

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to Christmas stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

I completely love the vintage feel of this set!  It is classic yet modern. Just like today’s take on the fiber arts.  The two border-style stamps were just perfect to create a graphic background that is reminiscent of modern and vantage cross-stitch patterns


  • The pattern was created using the two border stamps and inks Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow
  • The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set
  • The layers bring the card together

The second card takes the same stamp set and basic card idea but, yet creates a completely different card!  I have been itching to make a background using the greenery.


  • The colors are classic Christmas Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green
  • The stitches rectangles add just the perfect touch of detail
  • The Itty Bitty Christmas getting stamp set really just perfect something for every card!

I completely enjoyed creating these cozy Christmas cards for you guys today!

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

  The hope line up is below so you can hop and see all the awesome Christmas Cheer we are sharing today!  Be sure to share some blog love along the way!  And please give my friend Ann a big welcome to the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

Fountain Pen Day

I just wanted to take a moment to recognize Fountain Pen Day!  I have been pen enthusiasts for years. And this year I add fountain pens to my pen collection. Fountain Pens are such a fun way to add a little something extra to your daily routine. There’s just something wonderful about picking and choosing the right ink for each handwritten letter to add to your handmade cards!  They definitely make addressing envelopes fun with all the different ink choices!  I have come to love my preppy ($5).  The Preppy wrights no matter what or who is using it!  I recently purchased a Diplomat magnum and it is my current favorite!  Both of these pens I use every day and the Cafe while helping customers!  They definitely get put to the test.  Check out all the Fountain Pen day fun over on Instagram at #fountainpenday and #fountainpenday or  and Goulet Pens.

 Peace my creative friends-




  1. I adore the craft resurgence. Your cross-stitch pattern card hits a chord. It’s perfect. Keep creating!

  2. I love the vintage feel of your cards. Great idea for this stamp set.

  3. I love both of these, but the sweater pattern is gorgeous! ♥ I LOVE when you have time to stamp.

  4. I love that you were able to create two different pattern paper with one stampset. I love the vintage feel. The cross stitch steals my heart.

  5. Both your cards are lovely. Love the vintagey look. Not a stamp set that really appealed to me, but maybe I have changed my mind now.

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