(Not) Going, Going, Gone Hop

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Wednesday Challenge, Thursday Hop! Those Wacky Watercooler ladies are keeping me, well, hopping! This time we’re focusing on Christmas and Hanukkah projects. We’ll be using products from the Stampin’ Up! Annual and Holiday catalogs. We also have the option to include a retired product. (‘Fess up…we all have that one retired product that we’ll never let go of, right?) I’m using my favorite retired bundle so I can use the “going, going, gone” theme without any qualms.

You may have arrived here from the blog of the amazing Jean Fitch. Jean is always thinking outside the box, and she has such fun projects, doesn’t she? If you’re starting with me, though, that’s ok! You can just keep following “next” buttons all the way around until you get back here. Or you can even follow “previous” buttons if you’d rather hop backwards. (Don’t you love circles?) If you get lost, you can always find your way back via the Wacky Watercooler Hop Blog. So – fasten your seat belt! Here we go.

I have projects using “current & continuing” products, “current by retiring” products, and retired products. So let’s start with the current and continuing.

Snow Day, Stampin' Up!

I love the Snow Day bundle. These images are so fun to use, and you can mix and match the “accessories.” They’re kind of like paper dolls, don’t you think? (Shameless self-promotion – I used this set for an AWESOME project for Craft Project Central. Keep checking back in December to see it! I think it’s one of the most fun projects I’ve ever made.)

You’ve seen the penguin “treat holders?” This is the same idea, but I decided to turn them into place cards for Christmas dinner. Cute, right? You can add little candy nuggets in the base to make sure they stay upright – and it’s an extra treat for Christmas! Simply stamp and die-cut one for the front, then cut another for the back. The back doesn’t have to be stamped since it’s the, well, back.  You can also use them for napkin rings. I can’t wait to see the smiles when my family sees these at Christmas!

The Christmas Cuties set is retiring after January 4 (*sad*). I love this set, so I decided to design a whole trio of cuties.

Christmas Cuties, Stampin' Up!

All three cards have the same layout, although the colors and designer series paper are different. Stamp the evergreens from Wonderland (also retiring. A moment of silence, please.) in Mossy Meadow, add a strip of designer series paper (Home for Christmas; Season of Cheer), then stamp, color,  and fussy cut the cuties. Add some snowflakes, Dazzling Details, and a sentiment and you’re finished. Super easy!

And finally, my favorite retired Christmas set! I kept the Holiday Home stamp set and die-cut because my husband Mike is a real estate broker and the bundle works perfectly for closing gifts. This greeting card/gift card holder set is for a closing he has on Friday.

Holiday Home, Stampin' Up!

I’m going to make a bunch of these to have on hand. I’ll make more with “snow,” then several with grass for spring/summer closings. (He’s been keeping me busy this year! I’m so proud of him.) I love having the coordinating card/gift card holder. And the sentiment is perfect. It’s from one of the Paper Pumpkin kits. If you’re a current subscriber, you can order past kits and refills (as available).

Before I leave, I have one more Christmas Cutie for you.

AmeliaWithFlowers

This is Miss Amelia, dressed for fall. And, yes, in Virginia, we have hats and scarves and flowers all in the same day. My granddaughter loves flowers. Mostly, she loves to taste the petals, but I’m sure one day she’ll enjoy looking at and smelling them as well. I can’t believe she’s almost 15 months old. Where does the time go?

Your next stop on the Christmas tour is the fabulous Marie Green. Prepare to be “wow-ed!”

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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13 Responses to (Not) Going, Going, Gone Hop

  1. Pingback: Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop: November Holiday Hop | Rogue Thoughts...Jean's Stamping Studio in the Rogue Valley

  2. Of course the cutest cutie is your granddaughter! Amelia is a doll. But I love your snowmen place cards–I’d like to see them on my table this holiday season! Congrats to your successful husband–your cards for him are great and I’m sure the recipients love them!

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  3. Christine Giuda says:

    Such cute projects. The cutest image is that sweet little girl. I can’t believe she is 15 mos old either. I almost called you last week. DH and I were at the Marriott ranch for a few days for hunting. We plan on going again next year, so maybe we can get together. (I didn’t hunt, I made my Christmas cards and put together a kit of shaker cards.)

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  4. Marie says:

    Buffy, I have to agree about the cutest of the cuties is your granddaughter! Grandchildren are so precious.

    Christmas Cuties is one of my favorite sets because, well, it’s cute! I have to say the retired Holiday Home is also one of my favorites. And…I do love Snow Place! All my favorites! Great projects!

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  5. Miss Amelia is growing up so fast – but is still adorable!! Great projects, Buffy; I love the snowman treat place cards. The Holiday Home set is perfect for Mike’s clients – they’re going to love receiving your cards. (I kept that set, too).

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  6. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Deborah! I can’t wait to get the whole family of place cards finished. My brother and his family are huge Penguins fans (duh – they live outside Pittsburgh), so I guess some of the cards will have to be penguins instead of snow people. And, yes, Miss Amelia is growing up too fast. Everything is “What’s that? What’s that? What’s that.” Except for the really cool stuff, and then it’s “Have that!”

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  7. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Buffy, thanks for having been such an active part of this wonderful blog hop all year. I hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas.

    Oh my goodness! Amelia can’t be walking and sporting such cute winter wear! Fifteen months! No! Where has the time gone? Soon she’ll be stamping with you and she couldn’t have a better teacher. I love your place-card snow-people and applaud the decision to keep them upright using a candy nugget. I agree with your moment of silence for the retiring Wonderland and wonder at that decision. And the closing gift. What a great idea. I won’t get rid of that bundle either. I have no-one in real estate but so frequently friends and acquaintances move and what better products to make a house-warming card?

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  8. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Heidi! It’s been fun!! I can’t wait until Amelia is old enough to play with paper and ink instead of eating it.

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  9. Carol Carriveau says:

    Have to say that your projects are really wonderful, but not as adorable as that very cutie patties grand daughter of yours! Wonderful items

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  10. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Carol! I agree – she is a joy. (And thanks for the comments about the projects.)

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