Hello, friends! I am thrilled to be joining Alex Syberia Designs for their Christmas in July blog hop and giveaway! Alex Syberia Designs is giving away two £15 gift cards to the Alex Syberia Designs store, as well as one full release bundle, valued at £366 ($400) in total! 

This release has so many fun and unique offerings. As usual, I made quite a few cards, played around with quite a few color combinations, and even tried some new techniques. Let’s get started!

Note: all supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this blog post.

My first card features several new products, but front and center are these adorable critters from the new Falala Friends Stamp Set.  I stamped them with alcohol friendly ink and then colored them with a combination of Copic and OLO markers. I cut them out with the matching dies. I also stamped and die cut a bunch of the musical notes and snowflakes from the stamp set. For my background, I used the fun Sunrays Hot Foil Plate from last month’s release. I love this plate! I foiled it with white opaque foil onto green card stock. I then cut the detail layer from the new Snowflake Layering Die set in both white and green card stock. I offset the two and glued them to my card panel. I then adhered my critters on top. My sentiment is the new Falala Die. I cut the shadow layer from white card stock, and the detail layer from glossy black card stock. To finish the card, I added a few highlights to the critters with a white gel pen

Because I can’t get enough of this adorable Falala Friends Stamp Set, I made a couple tags using the Signature Tags Die Set. For the background of one of the tags, I reached again for the Sunrays Hot Foil Plate. This time I used Skybright hot foil on white card stock, and then I colored it with the matching Sunrays Stencil Set. I used Twisted Citron, Salvaged Patina and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Inks for my coloring. I love how versatile the stencil set is – you can use one of the stencils, all of the stencils, or any combination you want. After adhering the adorable ice-skating bunny to the tag, I added my sentiment, which comes from the new Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set. I white heat embossed it onto black card stock and then cut it out with the matching die

For the other tag, I used the new Elegant Stripes Hot Foil Plate. I foiled it with Teal foil onto white card stock. Because I wanted to color stripes in between the foiled lines, I had to figure out how to mask off the lines without pulling up the foil, as any tape or other material with adhesive would do. I used my new Waffle Flower grip mat and its carrier sheets to do this! For my sentiment, I again used the Falala Die set, but only the shadow layer. The word itself is hot foiled with the new Falala Hot Foil Plate and teal foil. I love how the Falala die set does double duty with the matching hot foil plate. 

My next card uses the same Snowflake Layering Die that I used for my first card. I again used the detail layer of the die set and cut it from a silver satin metallic card stock. My background is an alcohol inked background that I created a month or so ago. When I use alcohol inks, I like to make a lot of backgrounds at once and then put them in my stash for a later time. I knew I was saving this one for a wintery theme, and these snowflakes were perfect! I finished the card with a sentiment from the Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set that I heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I just love the matching dies for this sentiment set because I was able to perfectly tuck it into that open space on my background. To finish the card, I added some pearl embellishments to the snowflakes. After testing out silver, white and blue pearls, I decided to use all three colors, since snowflakes are all supposed to be different. Right??

My last card (and tag) feature two more new products – the Sparkly Flakes Cover Die and the Jingle Bell Joy Die Set, both of which are gorgeous! The card also has the new Pretty Bows Die Set. There are two different sized bows which can be layered together or used on their own, like I did with the larger and smaller bells. Both the card and tag also have a sentiment from the same Christmas Sentiments Stamp Set that I used on some of my other cards. I’m not going to go into detail on how I made these cards because I have a video coming out in a couple days on my YouTube channel, and you’ll be able to see the really cool technique that I used to make the background!

Giveaway Details:

Alex Syberia Designs will pick the three winners from the comments left on each designer’s blog post in this hop before midnight BST on July 23rd, 2023. The winners will be announced on the ASD Release Blog Hop post on July 24th, 2023.

You should have arrived here from Aditi’s blog. Your next stop is Ardyth’s  blog.  

Full hop list:

I hope these cards put a smile on your face today. Be sure to check out all of the other amazing products that are part of this release at the Alex Syberia Designs shop!  Enjoy hopping – there is so much inspiration from all of the talented designers. Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop! As always, I appreciate you visiting my blog today.

Wishing you all a crafty day,



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  1. Yes, Allison – very big smiles, and one ohhhhh that’s pretty – I adore your last card, the colors, and all that gorgeous greenery!

  2. You did such a great job with the new products. Your animal tags are delightful. And I’m totally in love with the sparkly cover plate.

    1. Well you have been a busy bee haven’t you? 😂. All your cards and tags are brilliant. I especially love the critter ones, they really are cute. The sentiment that says ‘ Choose Joy Everyday’ is the nicest sentiment ever ❤.

  3. These are all just wonderful. The critters are just adorable. I love the colors you chose, and how you colored them in. And the card with bells is amazing. I just love all of the dies you used, and the rich colors.

  4. Love all the cards and tags! But the falala friends is by far my favorite with the spiral Stencil used behind them is so fun

  5. I love all of your samples. The card with the bells and the sparkly flakes cover die stands out as my favorite.

  6. Wow, all your cards and tags are wonderful. The critters are fun, the snowflakes on their own or behind the critters are great and the bells on the sparkly snowflake cover die are stuffing. Thanks for sharing all you cards.

  7. Wow! Just as with the release itself, it’s really hard to pick a fave! I adore the tags you’ve shared…. and the card/tag made from the burgundy and evergreen cardstock are GORGEOUS. I was drawn to them right away on the AS site before I even knew whose they were. I also LOVE the snowflake card. Great work!
    Lori S in PA

  8. Your cards and tags are amazing! While the snowflake & bell cards are very pretty, I just love the whimsical card and tags with the critters. Great job!

  9. I love the tags and cards with characters. The make me smile and the sentiment choose joy if right on the dot.

  10. Wonderful tags and cards! I love the adorable critters! Beautiful snowflakes, bells and greenery too! Awesome release!

  11. WOW ! You definitely had fun with all these designs didn’t you, they are all stunning. My favourites have to be the cute card & tags with those cute animals on, love the fun & brightness you did with these. Thank you for inspiring me to stretch myself more .

  12. Love love love the Falala critter card & tags! So fun & festive! But the Bells card is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  13. All of the cards are wonderful. The critter cards are fun but then the greenery cards are so amazing.

  14. Wow! All of your designs are fabulous! I love the cute critters and the texture on the bells card!

  15. Your projects are all lovely and so festive! I especially love all the tags you made! I would like to make my own gift tags this Christmas and appreciate the inspiration!

  16. The tags are such an amazing idea! They are so cute, AND it gives one more chances to play with the products! Thanks for the amazing ideas, you did such a beautiful job!

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