17 November 2023

Spellbinders | 2023 Holiday Blog Hop

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Spellbinders today for a fun blog hop. This blog hop celebrates the 2023 holiday releases. I have loved all of the releases this season but two really stood out to me - Classic Christmas and Merry Mug & Circle Delights. I have used both of these collections already but wanted to create another two projects using them today.

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I started off my card (Classic Christmas Collection) by die cutting the elements from the Spellbinders Christmas Bird Poinsettia Etched Dies from cardstock. I used Spellbinders Crimson, Beeswax and Graphite for the bird, along with white and Hero Arts Peony for the hat. I cut the poinsettia from Hero Arts Peony Cardstock and the foliage from white cardstock. The holly leaves were cut from Spellbinders Peridot and Rainforest Cardstock. The candy canes were cut from white cardstock and Spellbinders Crimson Cardstock

I foiled the 'Christmas' sentiment from the Spellbinders Christmas Die & Glimmer Sentiments Hot Foil Plate & Die Set onto white cardstock using Spellbinders Silver Foil Hot Foil. It was cut out using the die and then the 'merry' word cut from Peony Cardstock and adhered on top. 

I adhered the candy canes and foliage onto a US A2 sized white card base with Bearly Art Glue. The poinsettia was adhered on top, followed by the bird (with a little thin foam tape). The sentiment was then adhered below for the bird to perch on. To finish off, I added a few Spellbinders Silver Mix Color Essentials Gems

My next project uses the Merry Mug & Circle Delights Collection. I made lots of tags using this collection already (which you can see here) but I saw that Rachel Alvarado made a pig from the sets and since pigs are my favourite, I had to make one too! 

The base is made using the Spellbinders Festive Ornaments Etched Dies cut from Hero Arts Peony Cardstock. The snout was cut using Spellbinders Everlasting Circles Etched Dies and one of the oval dies in the Spellbinders Santa's Festive Circle Crew set (from Hero Arts Ultra Pink Cardstock), which is also where the ears are from. 

The hat is also from this set, cut from Spellbinders Crimson Cardstock and Spellbinders White Pop-Up Die Cutting Glitter Sheets. The eyes and mouth, from the Spellbinders Whimsical Winter Critters Etched Dies, are cut from Spellbinders Onyx Cardstock. The scarf is also from this set and was cut from Spellbinders Purple Mist and Lilac Blossom Cardstock. 

All of the layers/parts were assembled and then adhered using Bearly Art Glue. The holly (from the Spellbinders Festive Ornaments Etched Dies) was cut from Spellbinders Rainforest and Crimson Cardstock and adhered to the hat. To finish off, I added Red Stickles to the berries and Crystal Glaze to the snout. 


As mentioned, this post is part of a fun, inspirational blog hop with prizes. For the hop, you should have arrived here from the amazing Bonnie Crane. Next on the hop is the fabulous Lien Leysen. If you get lost along the hop, or want to start from the beginning, please head over to the Spellbinders Blog


To celebrate this release, Spellbinders are giving away a $25 gift certificate to 3 lucky blog readers – selected from the comments on the blog. Giveaway closes on Sunday, November 19th, 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced on the Spellbinders blog the following Wednesday. The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties, and taxes. Please note, store credit (gift certificate) cannot be applied to Club Subscriptions. Store credit can be applied to shop past Club products, Club extras and regular releases.



Here are the links to what I have used on the projects. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day! 


  1. Such a cute little piggy! Great job!

  2. Love how the colors pop against the stark white. Love the ornament tag, very cute!

  3. What a cute Christmas piggy! My mother had pigs as house pets when we lived in the Congo in the early 70's. They were in the peace corps. It was a male and female and my mother named them Hide and Seek.

  4. Love the little piggy. Card is super cute too

  5. Great projects. That little bird is so sweet. But that piggy. OMG how adorable!

  6. These are gorgeous Michelle, the little pig is so sweet, but that beautiful bird and poinsettia has my heart! I love the combination of red and pink, so pretty!

  7. Fantastic projects! That pig tag is the cutest!

  8. Love the poinsettia, bird and candy canes! So pretty! And your pig ornament makes me smile.... adorable!


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