Welcome to the Pals September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Holiday”.  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter holidays.

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Memories and MORE for My Favorite Holiday

I’ll admit I’m really not into scrapbooking.  Whatsoever.  I have to say that Stampin’ Up’s easy pocket memory keeping system looks like fun…. I just don’t have any photos to go with the card packs.  Like, none.  My husband and I hate having our pictures taken.  We have no children or pets….so yeah, no scrapbooking. However there is a reason Stampin’ Up calls it Memories and More.  Today I’m going to showcase just how much MORE you can do with these card packs.

I think it’s petty obvious that my  favorite holiday is Christmas.  It’s also my busiest holiday.  I didn’t just make 14 cards (actually 28 since there are two of each) for the hop – I’m prepping for Christmas card sales already!  And thanks to the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More card pack, whipping up a few dozen cards was a snap!

I used some stamps and die cuts from the Carols of Chirstmas bundle as well as Pretty Pines dies and a few other embellishments to add a little extra punch.  For the most part, I let the lovely card pack designs speak for themselves.

Featured image:  Card base is 5 x 7 with Merry Little Christmas DSP, gold embossed trees from Card Front Builder dies and gold Foil Snowflake.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I had a leftover stamp cutout that matched the kraft and white holly card.  I layered it ontop of a Cherry Cobble cardstock embossed with the Dynamic Cable Knit.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used the Pretty Pines dies and an embellishment from the Christmas Around the World assortment to dress up the card.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I took two cards from the pack, one small and one large, for this layout.  On the smaller card I stamped the sentiment from the Carols od Christmas stamp set.  Added a bit of Merry Little Christmas DSP.

I know black is a non-traditional color choice for Christmas, but I love how these three cards pop with the silver and bold graphic images.

Left:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I used silver embossing powder with a sentiment from Carols of Christmas on one of the cards with printed black trees.  I layered Basic Black cardstock and silver embossed vellum to complete the look.

Middle:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  This card was super quick with silver embossed vellum on a Basic Black card base and a few of the silver stickers that came with the card pack.

Right:  Card base  4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Another easy card.  Layered on old DSP and added a little Whisper White bakers twine and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

…. Can I rave a moment about these new Foil Snowflakes?  They add sparkle to any card and have so many versitle design uses!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  I layered the “Ho, Ho, Ho” card from the Memories and More pack on Whisper White background embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  A gold Foil Snowflake and linen thread complet the look.

Middle:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card from the pack didn’t need much to make it pop.  A little Old Olive cardstock, a silver Foil Snowflake cut in half and presto!

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  I am loving vellum layers on my cards this season.  The sentiment on this card, “Dashing  through the Snow”, called for a flurry of foil snowflakes!

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  More vellum and silver sparkley snowflakes.  I used a sentiment from the new Season to Sparkle stamp set.  The sentiment fit perfectly on one of the stitched shapes framelits which also happened to center nicely into the  pre printed square on the card from the Memories and More pack.

Right:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a bit more going on with the Smokey Slate Gingham ribbon, snowflakes die cut in Smokey Slate with dies from Seasonal Layers and silver stickers that came with the card pack.

I saved my favorite two for last!  I am loving the black, white and olive color combination of the Merry Little Christmas mega suite this year.

Left:  Card base 5 x 7.  This card has a Basic Black base, a  layer of Merry Little Christmas DSP and die cuts from the Card Front Builder.

Right:  Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I cut down the “Oh what fun” sentiment from one of the cards in the pack and cut out the tree from one of the patterned pack cards as well.  A Basic Black die cut with Swirly Scribbles acts like a modern, bold wreath.

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds”. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our Favorite Holiday.  By the way, what’s your favorite holiday?