Somehow I was led to the Freshly Made Sketches, and couldn’t stop myself from taking the challenge. There is so much excitement surrounding the unveiling of the Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog, I wanted to use the set I pre-ordered, Carols of Christmas.

My starting point was a vision of white and gold, inspired by Stampin’ Up’s first video. I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that neat, diagonal strip in the sketch. I ended up cutting a 1 1/2″ X 7″ strip, placing it on the base card, marking it on the back, and snipping the corners to make it fit. Math isn’t my strong suit, so if there is an easier way, I’d love to hear from you. 

Since I was going with just two colors, I thought this clean and simple card could handle some texture. I embossed the Thick Whisper White card base with Oh My Stars, and the diagonal strip with Softly Falling.

I used our new Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies for the three Gold Foil trees and deer. If you were wondering how the tiny deer would look cut from foil, wonder no more. He’s adorable! TIP: Without the stamp set, Carols of Christmas (I didn’t use it for this card) you would miss out on the deer’s detail when cutting from cardstock. This is especially noticeable on his hindlegs. After gluing the gold foil pieces to the strip, I raised it on dimensionals.


I found the sentiment in the Christmas Pines stamp set, which is in the current annual catalog. I heat embossed it with Gold Powder, and cut it out with the perfectly sized Stitched Shape oval die. “May the simple joys of the season be yours” was just what I wanted to say on this clean and “simple” card. 

Thank you for the inspiration, Linda, and Freshly Made Sketches.