A Foxy Friends Christmas for PPA

Linda Callahan is hosting this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge, and I couldn’t have been more excited to break open my Foxy Friends bundle (this is the first time I’ve used this super-cool bundle) to make a fun and festive Christmas card.  I decided a holly-festooned racoon would be adorable.  Here’s my card:Foxy Friends, Fox Builder Punch, Flurry of Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA312

And here’s Linda’s sketch that inspired my card:

PPA312Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Foxy Friends.  Foxy Friends is Stampin’ Up!’s bundle of choice if you really want to get creative and make furry friends of all sorts.  The Annual Catalog features a fox, a deer, a raccoon and a cat. There are so many more options – a skunk, a mouse, a rabbit, a koala.  Just look at all the little pieces to see if you can create something super-fun with this bundle:

    Foxy Friends Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Foxy Friends Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Snow Place, Perfect Pines, Flurry of Wishes.  While all of the images on this card come together cohesively (I think each element looks like it comes from the same bundle),  there are several different products in play.  Here’s a quick rundown of the elements in this card:
    • The Foxy Friends bundle (the racoon and the coordinating punch) are pretty easy to spot.  The tree comes from the same stamp set.
    • The tree is cropped with a coordinating Framelit from the Perfect Pines Framelits Dies, which also coordinate with the Peaceful Pines stamp set.
    • The sentiment on this card is featured in Flurry of Wishes, a snowflake set that’s filled with gorgeous winter-themed images.
    • You’d reach for Snow Place stamp set and the coordinating Snow Friends Framelits Dies if you wanted to create that little pop of holly on the raccoon’s head.
    • The soft background of bold stripes is found in A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack.Foxy Friends, Fox Builder Punch, Flurry of Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA312
  • Christmas Colors.  There are so many great combinations of green and red available to us.  I love the way the richness of Emerald Envy plays with the brightness of Real Red.  What a gorgeous combination for the Christmas holidays.  The two are tempered with so much Smoky Slate on this card – it really helps to tone down the two traditional colors.  If you like this combination, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Smoky Slate, Real Red, Emerald Envy

Stamp Sets:  Foxy Friends, Snow Place, Flurry of Wishes  Papers:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, Smoky Slate, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White Inks:  Smoky Slate, Archival Basic Gray, Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Emerald Envy)  Accessories:  Fox Builder Punch, Perfect Pines Framelits Dies, Snow Friends Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals

More Foxy Friends Inspiration.  Want to see more inspiration for great ways to use the Foxy Friends bundle?  My searches kept bringing me back to the amazing creations by Lysette van Eekelen, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in The Netherlands.  Look all of these fun options:

Foxy Friends Bundle, Stampin' Up!, projects by Lysette van Eekelen There are so many more creatures she’s created with this punch, including zoo animals, farm animals and Pokemon characters.  To see more inspiration, check out Lysette’s blog here.

I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Love the raccoon with the festive holly. The red stripe across one of the gray stripes is very clever. Just an all around cute Christmas card.

  2. Too cute. Thanks for sharing Lysette’s blog for more possibilities.
    You’re an Inspiration Brian.

  3. Freaking ADORABLE!! And a little freaky since I linked to the same blog today…..

  4. Oh Mr Brian, that lil Racoon is just too cute! A delightful Christmas card that I may just be needing to CASE, thankyou for sharing and inspiring good sir xox

  5. Love this idea for a Christmas card! TFS. And also thanks for the connection to Lysette. The Pokemon characters are amazing, along with all the rest of the sets. She is so kind to share her info on the blog.

  6. Simply genius- perfect addition of the red stripe to finish off all the other design elements you used! It is no surprise why you are the KING of stamping:)

  7. holly-festooned racoon . . . genius

  8. Love the color choices! Brilliant design, especially the red stripe!

  9. Brian, it just doesn’t get any cuter than this! The pop of RED says it all and of course the little guy 😄.

  10. What a adorable little raccoon! The little holly bow just adds so much! You always think of everything 😍

  11. I should look so adorable with holly leaves on my head! Fabulous holiday card – love every sweet thing about it!

  12. LOVE!! Great card Brian (especially fun Christmas card while we are all waiting for our preorders…..) Hope to see you in ATL some day!!!

  13. Too dang cute Brian! You must have taken a “think cuteness” pill when you made this card. I especially liked the holly on the raccoon’s ear. Definitely a unique Christmas card from a very unique designer. Love it!

  14. This card is over the top adorable, this punch and stamp set is just as versatile as the Owl Builder Punch, the possibilities are endless!!

  15. Chris R. from Iowa

    Had to smile at your comment super-cool bundle with being a Christmas / holiday card with it being so hot out! Love the holly on the raccoon. Smoky gray with the real red and emerald envy is a great combination, very fresh looking. Thanks for Lysette’s cast of characters. Positively amazing ! I love seeing holiday cards early!

  16. Great color combinations. Love the crisp look of your card!

  17. You’ve inspired me to pull this set out, Brian! Love the striped background for your card. The red stripe really packs a punch with the fox! Adorable. Thanks for joining us at the PPA this week!

  18. Love this card-so cute. Shows use for the holidays.
    Thanks for sharing

  19. I really appreciate the humour in your hollied-up raccoon, even if we don’t have raccoons here. The thing think works really well for this card is the wide border that contrasts so well with the busier centre panel. It’s fabulous!

  20. That little raccoon is just the sweetest thing! I love the holly in his hair. Makes him so festive. Awesome Christmas card.

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