Good morning! Today I’m joining a group of fabulously talented stampers to bring you the Taylored Expressions Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop! There are 22 designers featuring Christmas and winter stamp sets from TE with projects ranging from cards to gifts and more. We want to inspire you to get your holiday crafting in gear and you won’t want to miss one stop along the hop! I’m starting off the hop today and from here you’ll want to head to Margie’s blog to check out her amazing project. Of course, if you get lost along the hop you can head back here for the full list of participants. And be sure you stick with me to the end of the post where you’ll find a coupon code for 25% off holiday stamps at TE!

The stamp set I’m showcasing is Moka Betty from our most recent October release. This is the perfect stamp for all of the Betty Baker’s out there. I certainly don’t profess to be a Betty Crocker, but I have been wanting to host a holiday cookie exchange for years and Moka Betty gave me just the push I needed to make it happen this year!

I started by printing the details of the invitation on the computer. Then I stamped in the images and sentiments from the Moka Betty set and colored them with Copics. I needed to include the rules for the Sweets Swap which made me re-think the design of my invitation. I started with a regular A2 size card and then cut off a portion of the front of the card leaving enough of the card front remaining in order to stamp Moka Betty on the left. As you can see below, the left Betty panel flips up and reveals the rules for the Sweet Swap.

As I was creating for this hop I started thinking back to all of the fun holiday projects I’ve done in the past and I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you too. I love creating my own gift tags for Christmas presents. It’s that special touch that I like to add and it always receives a “You made these tags!?” from my gift recipients. Last year I designed the stamp set Tag You’re It with my own gift giving in mind. I wanted something quick and something cute. Here are the tags I made last year along with the little container that still holds my leftover tags to use this year:

So…. are you feeling inspired to stamp!? You might also want to check out the 12 Days of Christmas video series that I recorded last year. I shared lots of fun gift ideas like calendar stands, canvas totes, card sets, recipe boxes, gift card holders, journals, display art, pins, barettes, magnets, and much more! Click the link below to watch the series!

Now who loves a SALE!? Ummm… I do! Use the coupon code HOOPLA2011 to get 25% off the following holiday stamp sets (released in 2009 & 2010) now through November 2nd:
The coupon code is case sensitive. Follow these instructions to apply the discount to your order:
1. Add the desired items to your shopping cart.
2. Insert the coupon code into the Promotion Code box. 
3. Click the Update Cart button. Your discount should now be applied to the appropriate items. 
4. Proceed to checkout to finalize and submit your order.