Hello, friends! I’m thrilled to be joining  Spellbinders  today for a blog hop celebrating our favorite 2023 holiday products. When I was asked to pick my favorite holiday product from this season, I knew that it would be impossible to pick just one. There are too many that I love! So for today, I decided to play with some products that I hadn’t had a chance to play with yet – the Merry Mug & Circle Delights Collection. How’s that for circumventing the “rules”? Ha Ha! I will, however, include photos of some of my favorite products that I have used for other cards, in case you’re interested. Scroll down towards the end of this post to see those.

Black Friday Deals

Before jumping into the blog hop details, I just wanted to encourage you to check out the amazing Black Friday deals going on at Spellbinders! There are so many dies, machines, embossing folders, etc at crazy low prices!

Blog Hop

Spellbinders will be giving a $25 store credit to three lucky blog readers! Winners will be selected from the comments on the Spellbinders blog. The giveaway closes on Sunday, November 19th, 2023 at 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced in the Spellbinders blog hop post the following Wednesday. A full hop list can be found at the end of my blog post.

Previous Stop > Daniel West

Next Stop > Bibi Cameron

I have a new video on YouTube sharing how I made today’s card. For today’s video, you can CLICK HERE to view on YouTube or watch it below. 



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

For today’s card, I used the Festive Ornaments set, but I made the ornaments into balloons! I used an older product from last year to hold the balloons – the adorable Surprise Box die set. I encourage you to watch the video to see how this card came together. 

I made two other cards using this collection, both of which utilize the Festive Ornaments and the Whimsical Winter Critters. I will be sharing a video for these two cards tomorrow on my YouTube channel, so stay tuned!

For the green card above, I used the Festive Ornaments set again. I did a play on the Santa ornament and made it into an elf! For the background, I foiled a panel with the Pine Sprays Hot Foil Plate and then ink blended it with three shades of green ink.

For my second card, I used the Whimsical Winter Critters set to make this adorable penguin. For this background, I used the Twilight Sparkle Strip Hot Foil Plate. I again ink blended my panel, this time with three shades of blue ink. For both of these foiled cards, I used the fun Rainbow Confetti hot foil. Check out my video tomorrow to see what this foil looks like. It really is amazing, and pictures don’t do it justice.

That’s it for my new cards today. You can check out some of my favorites from this holiday season below. Be sure to hop along for your chance at a $25 gift card!

Full Hop List:

Spellbinders Blog
Yana Smakula
Tina Smith
Zsoka Marko
Sandi MacIver
Kristie Marcotte
Annie Williams
Nichol Spohr
Daniel West
Allison Frazier >>YOU ARE HERE
Bibi Cameron
Lisa Mears
Jean Manis
Deepa Robbins
Linh Van
Vicky Papaioannou
Heejung Hunsberger
Jennifer Kotas
Mindy Eggen
Joy Wilson
Bonnie Crane
Michelle Short
Lien Leysen


One of my favorite cards this season was made with the Poinsettia Bloom Die Set. This is such a beautiful set. Of course, it was designed by Yana Smakula, so you know it’s going to be gorgeous no matter what. CLICK HERE to see how easy it is to inlay all of those die cut pieces!

Another favorite is from the Layered Joy Tree Stencil set. I love this collection and how easy it is to make a beautiful card. You can CLICK HERE to see the set of masculine holiday cards that I made with all of the different stencils in this collection.

Another favorite collection from this season is the Simon’s Snow Globes Collection. I made three clean and simple snow globes, and you can watch me make them by CLICKING HERE

Last, but not least – who can forget Mr. Figgy Pudding?! Confession: he might be my favorite. CLICK HERE for the video where you can see him dance!

I hope these cards put a smile on your face today! Leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite. As always, I appreciate you visiting my blog and YouTube channel

Wishing you all a crafty day,



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  1. Wow! All the cards are so amazing! I loved the whimsical critters one with the penguin face! So happy and colorful!

  2. Wow! That is a lot of cards. I have collected penguin since high school so you can imagine which card I liked the best. I did really like the balloons and the box, though, very clever!

  3. Wow! What a fantastic variety of cards! I love all of them and I love the filler in the box- great idea!

  4. Awesome. Love how you turned the ornaments into balloons to pop out of the fun surprise box. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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