Holly Jolly Greetings for The Crazy Crafters Blog Hop

I’m thrilled to be hopping along with the Crazy Crafters, Kylie Bertucci’s amazing team of stampers in Australia, for their November Crazy Crafters Blog Hop.  What an honor to be asked!

crazy craftersWelcome to the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop for November.  This month we are excited to show off our “most used stamp sets”.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  You may just be starting the blog hop here or may have come from the person previous to me in the list.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Holly Jolly Greetings definitely qualifies as my most used stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog.  Most of my favorite cards feature the amazing words from this set.  Here’s my card for the Crazy Crafters Blog Hop:

Holly Jolly Greetings, Jolly Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Holly Jolly Greetings.  There’s a reason the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set was selected early-on as my favorite item in Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog.  This stamp set has truly been my go-to stamp this Holiday Season.  For this card, I matched up a variety of sayings and stamped them in rows along this 4″ x 4″ panel of Crumb Cake.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig and Post It Tape to make sure everything was lined up perfectly.

    Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Black Band.  I have been actively working on this card for weeks.  I’d pick it up in between projects and move things around to get it right.  The “thing” that brought it all together is the 1/2″ black band that runs through the circle.  I cut two 1/2″ strips of Basic Black – one fit perfectly across the card front.  I embossed the “believe” sentiment on the other strip and cropped it with a Circles Collection Framelit.  I positioned the circle exactly where I wanted it along the black band.  Cool effect, huh?
  • Color Combination.  Every time I struggle with making a neutral color combination work, I hear Lydia Fiedler say, “Add some black to the mix.”  She’s right every time.  For this card, I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Basic Black.  The neutral background really helps the white embossed deer and sentiment to pop.  If you like this combination of colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Basic Black, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake

Stamp Sets:  Holly Jolly Greetings, Jolly Christmas  Papers:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Black  Inks:  Soft Suede  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stamp–a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Want more inspiration for this stamp set?  Here are some other projects I’ve posted using the Holly Jolly Greetings stamps (you can click on the pictures to see the original posts about each project):

Peaceful Wreath, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM169

Wonderland, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, FMS200

Holly Jolly Greetings, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, MM170


Wonderland, Holly Jolly Greetings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

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Thanks for taking part in the Crazy Crafters monthly blog hop. Make sure you make your way around all the blogs as everyone has put so much time and effort into their projects – plus there’s a lot of amazing inspiration. You won’t want to miss one! Remember that you are currently on my blog – Brian King – so check the blog hop line up list below to see who is next in line. We would love it if you could show the Crazy Crafters some blog love and comment on the creations you love!

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  1. You have been very busy Brian, just love all your cards. So awesome you joined us this month. Angexx

  2. OMG Brian, your stamping is so amazing – I would love to see a tutorial on how you lined up all those semtiments so perfectly by using the stamp-a-jig and post-it tape

  3. Hi Brian and welcome to our Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us this month. I love your creations.

  4. Thank you so much for playing along with my team this month Brian. You are so incredibly talented I feel humbled that you said yes. You are so supportive and kind.

  5. Wow what wonderful cards Brian….loving your work

  6. Awesome cards Brian, as always! I love this stamp set also. Your projects are always so beautiful and I always look forward to seeing what you’ve been doing, and watching your videos. Thanks so much for being apart of our Blog Hop, it was such an honour to have you join us. xx

  7. Love your card Brian. The layers on this card frame it so beautifully. Thank you for joining us for this month’s Crazy Crafters Blog Hop.

  8. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing this awesome card! It’s so detailed and I love the colour combination.

  9. Love your work Brian and thanks for taking the time to join us 🙂

  10. Gorgeous card Brian, and how kind of you to show us your support from all the way across the world – craft has no barriers!! Thank you for coming along on our Aussie hop with all us Crazies (boing boing).

  11. Love it Brian! Thank you so much for joining in our blog hop – we were so excited to have you!

  12. This is such a wow card Brian! The background is crazy creative and the black band is brilliant! This is a great stamp set!

  13. Love the black band . . . it was definitely the perfect touch! I also like how you shared past products for further inspiration.

  14. Clever !!! This is a great example of card wizardry ! Love it !

  15. Brian, your card totally ROCKS my world! I totes adorbs it! {hope you can understand that…LOL} Love the background, your black stripe and the way it all makes the deer pop.

  16. Beautiful Brian. I like how the deer is larger than your circles making him look like he is leaping off the card

  17. Wow!! Your creativity really shows through on this card with the unique stamping technique (a video of it would be great), the circles and the deer. All the other cards are beautiful as well. It’s nice to see the grouping using one stamp set and how versatile it can be. Congrats on joining this group.

  18. Oh my, all of this cards are so beautiful, love the black band with the crisp white embossed sentiment on the deer card, looks fantastic.
    Congratulations on being asked to join this group Brian, it’s not surprising at all.

  19. Your reindeer card today is a masterpiece! Well done! love every detail!

  20. What a awesome cards. Love it. I am not surprised you were asked, your work is amazing. Congrats

  21. Oh Brian:

    The way you combined pieces to make the black band couldn’t be more perfect. You are so right – add a little black, it brings everything together. What a gorgeous card.

  22. Wonderful card, Brian! Thanks for all the info and the black looks terrific!
    All of your other cards are super pretty.

  23. You are truly amazing and no wonder that they asked you to join their hop….fab cards, Brian!

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