Happy Holly Days

Hi readers! Happy Monday! We’re so pleased to be welcoming back guest designer Jocelyn Olson with this adorable Paper Smooches holiday card to give you some ideas for your own holiday crafting! If you haven’t already, be sure to bookmark Red Balloon Cards for consistently great crafting ideas and tips!


Hi! I’m thrilled to be guesting and sharing some Paper Smooches today! I love how Kim at Paper Smooches designs products so you can use old and new stamps and dies.  I mixed some holiday products from last year and this year to create a cheerful holiday card:

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I started by creating the pine branches. I die-cut the Paper Smooches Wreath Builder die out of October Afternoon Under the Tree paper. Next, I painted the edges of the branches with Gold Modeling Cream. The texture and gold shimmer on the branches is a lovely detail!

Next, I die-cut the larger Paper Smooches Mason Jar die out of watercolor paper and silver glitter cardstock. I lightly watercolored the jar and stamped a sentiment from the Holly Jolly set. I finished the jar with a few dots of Stickles and Lawn Fawn twine.

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I couldn’t resist adding the adorable Cool Dudes snowman! I colored him with Copic markers and die cut him with the Cool Dudes Icons die. To finish the card, I cut a panel of the Under the Tree paper.

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Thanks so much for letting me share some Paper Smooches today!


Thanks so much for reading today, and thanks to the fantastic Jocelyn for making this adorable holiday card to inspire us!


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  1. Joclyn, your card is fabulous!! Love how you paired all these elements to make this wonderful card that just makes me smile! Love the touches of gold on the branch, the smiling snowman peaking out behind the jar! Great job!

  2. Such a cute holiday card I plan on using the brand new pkg. Of canvas paper I found at the thrift store for some of my Christmas cards. Thank you for providing the incentive and inspiration sometimes it gets so hard to say I’m going to sit down and make a card and push away all the responsibilities that need to get done. :-)

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