Sneak Peek... Country Time Christmas

Today we're back with snowy slopes, country crisp temperatures, and a cozy house waiting for Christmas decorating. This set, illustrated by Lauren Pope will have you heading for the hills in search of the perfect tree. This earthy and scenic image is paired with five different sentiments and a flurry of snowflakes swirling in the winter sky. Set measures 4" by 6". The Design Team created some wonderful country Christmas designs to show off to you in our Blog Hop today.

Hello fellow stamp lovers!  Today we're showcasing the fourth new amazing holiday inspired stamp set called "Country Time Christmas".  For you today, I decided to step a little out of the 'paper' box and go a little wild and make a clay ornament for the tree.

For my little decoration, I flattened out a small ball of Premier Light Weight Stone Clay.  I rolled it thin and flat until I achieved my desired thickness.  Then I cut the clay into an oval shape using a Spellbinder die as my template. I quickly poked a hole in the damp clay for tying a ribbon on to once dry. I threw my clay oval onto my cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cooked it for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees until it was light and dry to the touch.

After letting my clay cool, I applied a layer of white acrylic paint, let that dry and stamped my cowboy image in Memento "Rich Cocoa" ink.  I then coloured my image with Copic markers.  NOTE:  This Premier Clay is SO light when it's dry that it will hang quite nicely on a holiday tree.

I tied a pretty bow of blue plaid ribbon and Silver Metallic String and I even stamped a sentiment on the back...

I made a simple box to fit my decoration just perfectly.  I used some sturdy "Kevin Burlap" cardstock from the Color Made Easy "True Blue" collection as my base cardstock.

For the final pièce de résistance, I made a card to accompany my gift set. I made a simple A2 card base using the matching "Kevin Burlap" cardstock again and then stamped the super "Antique Map" stamp on another matted piece of light blue cardstock.  I inked and distress the edges for an antique effect.  I die cut an oval shape from my paper and stamped another cowboy image on Flourishes Classic White Cardstock to peek out from underneath!
To colour all of my projects today, I used the following Copic Collections:

I hope you enjoyed my little gift set today.  I hope I've inspired you to create something with stamps today!

Don'€™t forget to look for:
 Mystery Blogger Graphic 
Hidden among the Design Team'€™s blogs today is our Mystery Blogger of the day. Comment on her blog and you could be chosen to win today'€™s set! The more you comment, the better your chances of winning.


If you would like a chance at winning all five of our soon-to-be released September sets':
  • You can play in our Get in Shape Challenge we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is FRIDAY September 13th at 5 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • Play along in our Timeless Tuesday Challenge Make a Good Impression, you can win our entire new release in this challenge as well! See link for rules.
  • All five of our September sets can be pre-ordered now, even before you see them all! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all five sets together in a bundle. This discount will be available for only 1 week following the release.
  • All sets will be live first thing Friday morning along with the coordinating cut files for this release.
  • Come back to the Flourishes Blog Saturday for the Winner'€™s Circle where we'€™ll announce all of our winners of this weeks'€™ challenges!
Our last set tomorrow will wrap you up in celebration!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps: Flourishes (Country Time Christmas, Antique Map)
cardstock:  Flourishes (Classic White, True Blue Collection), Bazzill 
ribbon, twine, string, button:  Flourishes
patterned papers: Authentique
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink: Memento, Copic
stone clay:  Premium
glitter tape:  Micheals
stars:  BasicGrey
other: thread.


  1. These are wonderful, I love the whole set!

  2. Great card. Reminds me of our hunt for a Christmas tree when I was a little girl.

  3. What a gorgeous gift set. I really love the rustic colouring of the box topper and the card.

  4. Amazing card! Love the ornament!!

  5. Wow this is gorgeous, I love this masculine image and your cards are amazing

  6. Beautiful set! The ornament is wonderful, thanks for the tutorial! Such a beautiful image! TFS

  7. Absolutely fabulous Ally! Love this gift set, especially like the card, nicely done.

  8. What gorgeous projects!

  9. Gorgeous!! Amazing coloring of this fabulous image and I love the beautiful die frame you chose!!

  10. Gorgeous Ally! Amazing gift set and the map is a great pairing with this image. Wonderful work.

  11. Allison, this is amazing. I mean truly inspiring! I need to learn to make these!

  12. Wow--what a nice gift set and thanks for sharing how you made this.

  13. WOW indeed! Your clay ornament is beautiful! I've not seen this done! The cards are gorgeous in rich colors and design!

  14. Ally I love every element of this gorgeous set! Amazing work, and the way the card showcases that oval off centre is amazing. I really need to take a look at that clay too - awesome ornament!

  15. All I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow! Love your ornament-what a fantastic and creative idea! I really need this set and I think I need this clay!

  16. Total perfection!!! Love the ornament and the box and the card!!!

  17. Wow!!! That's all I can say! lol. What a great idea to use this set to create an ornament. it looks so amazing! And that card is awesome! I love the map paper mixed with this image. So rustic and manly!

  18. Love all the ways you used this image, what a great stamp.

  19. how cool is your ornament. very cool. i also really like how you pulled it out of the map. wonderful talent.

  20. I love the map looking effect under this amazing stamp. I've had SO much fun with this Flourishes Stamps Blog Hop & Release and have enjoyed all the inspiration along the way. Thanks for being part of this and for so many great ideas.
    Karen Letchworth

  21. I don't know if that map background is a stamp or paper, but I LOVE it so much and would love to use it like this. Great job showcasing Country Time Christmas. You've got me completely loving this entire new release, and I thank you for your inspiration!
    Sierra Winters

  22. OH my your gift set is wonderful. Someone is going to be very lucky to get these. TFS.

  23. Love the color combo.

  24. YOWZA!!! How fantastic is your clay ornament? Egads I am going to have to make some of those! Oh and your card ain't too shabby either. lol Such a beautifully paired set! Love it and thank you so much for the inspiration! I have a ton of clients I can make these for! THANK YOU!!!

  25. Love the clay ornament! And the cards are beautiful too. Great projects!

  26. This is absolutely beautiful, Ally! What a fabulous gift! I love you combined the map stamp with this set too. Fantastic job!

  27. Beautiful, Allison! Your ornament is stunning and the card to match looks just as pretty. :)


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