Squirrels Gone Nutz: November

Hello and welcome! It’s again my most favorite time of the month: our Squirrels Gone Nutz hop! Your previous stop should have been the sweet Karen 🙂

This month’s theme is “Holidays” and the randomly selected supply: vellum. We are a group of crafty friends, the Squirrel Squad, and every month we create projects following a theme with a randomly selected supply/technique. The most important part is that we are using older supplies, something never used or forgotten (squirreled away).

The vellum that I have is not only too thin to be die cut but also all of the sheets in the pack were quite damaged on transport. I managed to find a small piece with with just a few imperfections and then gathered barely used supplies to create my card 🙂

I started with a stitched rectangle card panel of white cardstock, die cut an oval opening at the center and then used Echo Park’s Christmas Snowfall embossing folder. On another rectangle panel I ink blended Distress inks to create background. Then I used a die from oldish Tonic Craft kit (houses) and glued colored in yellow scraps behind the windows. I wanted to have a snowy scene so I took my snow marker that I use once a year (I keep forgetting about it), made lots of dots on the background piece and at the base of the houses and used my heat tool to make the puffy snow. I stamped, colored and die cut a snowman and few ornaments from different Lawn Fawn sets. I wanted to add a Christmas tree for the snowman to decorate but I had too big or too small ones so I went for a sentiment instead. It’s actually a newly bought stamp set (a little bit of cheating) with Finnish Christmas/New Year greetings with two versions of the word “Christmas” with matching dies: plain and snowy. I chose the snowy one and paired it with the word “white” to form “White Christmas” (or “Valkeaa Joulua” in Finnish). I again used the snow marker to add more details to the letters and the snowman’s hat.

To assemble the card, first I adhered the houses behind the dry embossed panel. Then I added the vellum piece and the background panel. Lastly, arranged the die cuts. I added clear Wink of Stella all over the houses and the sentiment (not sure if the camera picked it up).

Here is a closer look:

A closer look.

Next stop on this hop is the fabulous Marie, but please, check all the stops, it’s just 6 of us so it won’t take you long. Plus, you get to see lots of Holiday inspiration 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Bory, this was the perfect use of your damaged vellum!!! I love the peaceful scene (I’m so hoping for snow this winter!!!) and the embossed panel around it! The snow covered font/sentiment was the perfect touch for this snowy card! Good job working around the challenge with the vellum!

  2. I love how this card turned out! Thank you for translating the Finnish! I love sentiments in a different language! I also love your use of vellum and and the snow embossing powder (and folder!) Amazing job as always!!!

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