September 8, 2018


This blog post will go in a little different direction than usual. 

You do realize that the premise of my blog, Paper Seedlings, is "planting creative paper ideas", right? The blog is now six years old, and I think I've been holding up to that promise fairly well. Don't you agree?

Well, in this post, I am counting on all of YOU to help plant those Paper Seedlings. 

The 2018 Holiday Catalog went live a few days ago, September 5, to be exact. I love the contents of this catalog! Outstanding products, ideas and projects all around. 

A set, Winter Woods, found on page 27, especially intrigued me. Tanner Smedley, from the Stampin' Up! home office, gives some interesting details about this set, the Framelits that coordinate with it, and the history behind this and other tree-dedicated sets in THIS SHORT VIDEO, if you'd like to watch it. Interesting stuff.

Anyway, as I've said, I was immediately intrigued by the set, Winter Woods. The realism of the stamps and the peaceful feeling they convey especially appealed to me.

As yet, I haven't done any creating with the set. That's where you will come in. You are going to HELP me! YOU are going to help plant those Paper Seedlings for all of us!

Following are a few photos of the image stamps that come in the set. 

I think this row of stark winter trees is the one that most caught my eye. 
I can see a dreary winter day depicted on a card using this image. 
Perhaps a gray ink on top of Smoky Slate? 

I haven't yet decided what the narrow strip at the upper left is meant for, 
so I stamped it in a green. Any ideas? 
The pine cone was stamped in Soft Suede. Isn't it REAL LOOKING? 
The neat little piece of evergreen branch is stamped in Shaded Spruce. 
The lovely birch tree trunks are stamped in black ink.

Then we move on to the incredibly lifelike evergreen tree. In the following images, it has been stamped in various greens. The first three trees are stamped with our new-style of ink pad. I was truly disappointed to discover how much of the detail is lost with this type of ink. Because the ink is so juicy, details just disappear and blend together.

The first one is stamped in Tranquil Tide:

Next we have Shaded Spruce:

Then, it is stamped in Mossy Meadow.

They are all beautiful trees, but the loss of detail, as I've already said, is sorely disappointing. I even tried stamping off first. But that removed waaaay too much ink, and I got a very unpleasant image that would not be conducive to cardmaking whatsoever.

This last photo shows the tree stamped in my old-time linen pad in Garden Green. 
Although it doesn't show the density of the foam pads, 
a lot more of the detail manages to shine through.

Following is a photo of the front of the package for the Winter Woods stamp set (page 27 of the 2018 Holiday Catalog). You can see that, besides the images I have shared with you, there is a lovely sentiment, "Thinking of You this Season", included in the set.

Now that you've seen all that Winter Woods has to offer, what sorts of ideas do you have for utilizing them in card making? Also, what are your feelings about the detail or lack thereof with the various inks? Do you have any advice on that problem? Or don't you see it as a problem? 

C'mon, put those thinking caps on, and share with us the Paper Seedlings you would like to see grow!

The following photo shows how excited Fred is about the 2018 Holiday Catalog. 
He could hardly wait to get his paws on it!

To browse the catalog, click on the image in my right column. You can do your shopping directly from my Shop Now buttons! Thanks in advance.

Now, let's hear from you!



  1. Beautiful. I love paper crafting and botanical prints.

  2. I'd think the tree would be perfect as a base for Christmas cards, even if there is not much detail you could smother it in gems, dots of metallic embossing, buttons and other 'stuff' - really bling it up maybe?
    The row of winter trees are gorgeous, I could see them over a colour wash sunset style, inked or water colour background maybe?
    The pinecone and leave/sprig would be nice for autumn and Christmas cards, could you cut stamped sprigs out and have them dangling somehow in a bunch? Maybe with a cone or two at the top ?
    Is the mystery stamp supposed to be a shadow for the ground, to go under the tress? Just a guess!!
    I'm sure you'll come up with a whole heap more ideas for us once you get started!!

    1. Thanks for all your comments and suggestions! I love the idea of a sunset style color wash behind the row of winter trees. I think you are right about the shadow for the trees. I love the simplicity of the single tree -- so would hate to bling it up. I am just frustrated with the inks! Thanks! You're a doll!

  3. The first green tree brought me back to my childhood and the business Christmas cards my Dad used to get and send from/to customers. Perhaps it is just the positive memories of childhood but I like the simple clean look of it.

    1. Sheltie, you made me smile with your comment. Thanks!

  4. The group of five trees and the pine tree would all look good in black against a watercolor sunset sky, perhaps with shadowy and reflecting snow beneath. I have always thought that bare trees against a winter sky (especially sunsets) look like lace. I think of them as God's lace. :-)

    1. Mary, what a beautiful comment and ideas. Thank you so much!

  5. These are amazing trees - I can definitely see why Fred is excited! I haven't made cards of my own before, but this post has me feeling inspired! Thank you or sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a great week ahead!

    1. April, I LOVE that I have inspired you! If you WOULD like to get into making your own cards, please let me know if I can be of any help to you. Thanks for letting me play along with you at your Hearth and Soul Link Party each week!

  6. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More link party. I pinned this. Hope to see you again next week.

  7. Linda, this is your expertise, not mine. I like playing around with paper once in a while but you've made a career of it. ;) Best wishes for the week. Whatever you do will be great I'm sure. Linda @Crafts a la mode

  8. This is a great set.