Good-Bye to Holiday Favorites

Good-Bye to Holiday Favorites by Natalie Lapakko.

Good-Bye to Holiday Favorites

Happy New Year, everyone! The holidays are over and it’s time for new beginnings. I’m really excited for the new Occasions catalog that is coming out on January 4th from Stampin’ Up, but there are also several of my holiday favorites that are retiring. I wanted to make just one more card using some of my favorites from the holidays.

The holidays are always a busy time, filled with visits from friends and family. I got to spend the whole week at home with my husband and two year old son, but we had something going on every single day until today. I missed posting, but it was also a good mental break.

Here are five, FIVE, new card ideas using some of my holiday favorites. These are only available for a few more days, if you want to order them for yourself, but they are also on sale!

Pinning Reminder

I just wanted to remind you that you can use the buttons on the left side of your screen to share the images from this post. If you click on the Pinterest P, you’ll also see some hidden bonus images designed especially for pinterest that combine two card photos and a color scheme. It’s kind of like a summary of the card details in a visual format.

Cozy Critters Sympathy Card

I have had a special place in my heart for foxes ever since we decided to decorate my son’s nursery with woodland animals. He now has fox stuffed animals, a fox hat, a fox book… the list goes on.

I knew as soon as I saw it that I needed to get the Cozy Critters stamp set. I’m sad to say good-bye to it, so I made this one a sympathy card. Since the fox himself already looks a little wistful, I added a little rhinestone tear to his cheek.

Good-bye as well to Candy Cane Lane and Paisley and Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Papers! I’m also proud to have used the last few inches of my Mint Macaron ribbon on this card and the following one.

Sympathy card with Cozy Critters stamps and Candy Cane Lane DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Materials

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Cozy Critters, Flourishing Phrases (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, Flourish Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Metallic Thread, Mint Macaron Ribbon (from the Ribbon Trio Pack)

Sympathy card with Cozy Critters stamps and Candy Cane Lane DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

A Note with Petals and Paisleys

Often times there are paper packs where I really like some of the papers and the other ones are kind of… just meh. That is not the case with Petals and Paisley Designer Series Paper. I love every single design.

This Rich Razzleberry paper is especially gorgeous. The lighter patterns on the paper match up with Sweet Sugarplum perfectly, even though that isn’t one of the officially listed colors.

I used both Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum in the petals of a rose made using Rose Garden thinlits and my Easy Stained Glass Technique. This rose was actually already made and ready to go in my Basket of Lost Dreams; I figured the new year was a good time to start clearing out some of the scrap pieces that never quite made it onto a card… until now!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with Rose Garden Thinlit Dies and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Materials

Cardstock: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper, Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Lots of Labels Framelit Dies, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Mint Macaron Ribbon (from the Ribbon Trio Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Card by Natalie Lapakko with Petals and Paisleys DSP and Rose Garden Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

Jolly Moroccan Hats

I have had this idea to make just a pile of Designer Series Paper hats using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch since the very beginning and hadn’t yet had a chance to make it.

This same exact design would look great with just about any geometric patterned papers. I had originally set a bunch of green papers (such as Moroccan and Festive Birthday Designer Series Papers) set aside to punch out tree shapes for tags then didn’t end up needing them. After my Tag-Stravaganza, I had plenty to get me through the holiday. Imagine that!

Anyway, these green papers work great for hats, too.

I left this card sans-sentiment in part because the hats took up all the room and in part because having an all purpose masculine card around is never a bad idea.

Masculine card with Jolly Hat Builder Punch and Moroccan Nights DSP from Stampin' Up! By Natalie Lapakko.

Materials

Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper(c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Delightful Dijon (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches: Jolly Hat Builder Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Clear Embossing Powder

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring the Jolly Hat Builder Punch and Moroccan DSP from Stampin' Up!

Petals and Paisleys Wedding Card

This pattern is the quintessential pattern of the Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper. You don’t have to do a lot to it to make it look amazing. I basically just framed it, and added a sentiment and one die cut shape.

I had a bunch of other stuff I could have added to this card; I was all ready with ribbon and metallic thread, but it was too much. It was much better to just to hold back on the embellishments and let the paper be the star.

This isn’t just a holiday favorite of mine, it’s an all-time favorite and I’m sad that it was available for such a short time. I hope Stampin’ Up! offers more paisley papers in the future!

Wedding card by Natalie Lapakko with Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Papers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Suite Sayings (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Paisley Framelit Dies, Lots of Labels Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Gold Embossing Powder

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!

More Sympathy with Petals and Paisleys

This card pairs up both of the specialty papers from the Petals and Paisleys paper stack. Can you see why these are part of my holiday favorites? Both have copper designs on them and both are absolutely gorgeous. I hadn’t yet made a card with either one, because… well, they were just too pretty.

I got these as part of a paper share, so I only had a 6×6″ sheet of each one. If I messed it up, there was no back up paper. Scary, right?

I was going to use the Night of Navy paper on a different card and actually cut out the Lots of Labels shape… and then it didn’t work with that card in the end. Oh the drama! That shape was sitting in my Basket of Lost Dreams, and I was determined to use it. I was NOT going to let it go to waste.

Sympathy card with Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Materials

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Paisleys and Posies, Better Together, Gorgeous Grunge (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Lots of Labels Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Paisley Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Copper Embossing Powder

Sympathy card by Natalie Lapakko with Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up!

This has been such an awesome year! I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Sympathy card by Natalie Lapakko with Cozy Critters and Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up! Color combination: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Silver. Card by Natalie Lapakko with Rose Garden Thinlit Dies and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Color combination: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Copper. Masculine card by Natalie Lapakko with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch and Moroccan DSP from Stampin' Up! Color combination: Emerald Envy, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla. Wedding card by Natalie Lapakko with Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Color combination: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla, and Gold. Sympathy card by Natalie Lapakko with Paisleys and Posies stamps and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, and Copper.

Other Cards You Might Enjoy

These cards use some of my other holiday favorites. I didn’t feel like I needed to make one more card with them, though, because I used them all up!

Click on a card to view the post about that individual card.

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko with Pretty Pines Thinlits and Tin of Tags stamps from Stampin' Up!Christmas card with Presents and Pinecones DSP and a puppy made using the Fox Builder Punch from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Christmas card with Pretty Pines Thinlits and Petals and Paisleys DSP from Stampin Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko, with Fancy Frost DSP and the Vintage Leaves stamp set.

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