Heart of Christmas Week 9

Heart of Christmas Week 9

Welcome to week nine of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

My cards this week feature two of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue: Itty Bitty Christmas and Snowfront. It’s amazing how the same stamp sets can give totally different looks just by using different inks and layouts.

Let’s take a closer look at the blue card first. The colours of this card were inspired by a card made by an overseas Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, but I’ve changed the layout to make it my own.

This monochrome scene is easy to create. I started by using my sponge dauber to add some darker shades of blue to the top of my card.

Here’s how it looks at the start.

I then stamped my scene using stamps from the Snowfront stamped in Night of Navy, basically making it up as I went. Some lighter shades of blue were gently applied to the rest of the scene using another sponge dauber.

To give the card the look of watercolour silk I used my aqua painter to flick water all over it before adhering it to a white card base and adding a sentiment from the fabulous Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.

The Snowfont stamp set is so much fun to play with! For card two I randomly stamped a background scene to create my own DSP (again inspired by another Stampin’ Up! demo).

I then embossed it both vertically and horizontally using the subtles embossing folder – what a great effect this gives to the image.

How cute is the “Happy Christmas” sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas, die cut out with the nested labels dies?

I’ll certainly be making a lot more cards using both these versatile stamp sets. Which card is your favourite?

The lovely Claire Daly is back hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Heart of Christmas Week 8

Welcome to week eight of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’m so excited because I got to play with 3 new products.

Stampin’ Up! have a new trimmer (only available to demonstrators at this stage) and I received mine yesterday. Here’s a sneak peek. I’ll let you know as soon as it becomes available to customers.

The second new product I used was the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks from page 35 of the Holiday catalogue. These masks are only $10 for a set of 4 and they are super versatile. You can use them with embossing paste or as a stencil, like I have today. Here’s a closer look at the 4 patterns you get in the pack.

The third new product I played with was the Snowball Accents puff paint – boy it is fun to play with. It kind of looks like PVA glue when you apply it and then once you heat it with your heat tool it puffs up like magic! As you can see on my card below, I went a bit berserk with it, but how much dimension does it add to my card!

I created my trees by sponging Gray Granite onto Whisper White card stock, using the tree mask. I love the simple graphic linocut effect this gives my card.

Texture and dimension was added with the Snowball Accents puff paint and red Rhinestones, before I adhered Real Red card stock deer die cut using the Detailed Deer thinlits and my “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

The lovely Tina Gillespie is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Tina’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Heart of Christmas Week 7

Welcome to week seven of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week has been hectic at our place with my latest book going to print (code for lots of last minute corrections and working all weekend!), training a new writer at my work and then my youngest son graduating school…did I really just type that sentence????

So what does all of this have to do with my card tonight? Well, it means I only had a very brief window to design, make, photograph and watermark my card before blogging about it. So this week I reached for the tools that make card making super easy and super fast: punches and embossing folders!

The three baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches after I stamped them in Momento Ink using stamps from the co-ordinating Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

Can you guess what coloured Stampin’ Up! blends I used to colour my ornaments? I stepped right outside of my comfort zone and went with an assortment of pinks: Flirty flamingo (dark and light) and the light Lovely Lipstick blender pen.

The “Merry Christmas” sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake using a stamp from the same stamp set: Christmas Gleaming.

My card this week is finished off with a bows of linen thread and some Melon Mambo rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

This card was so quick and easy to make and I really love how the woodland embossing folder on the base layer adds so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make a very clean and simple card.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Heart of Christmas Week 5

Welcome to week five of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This week I’ve decided to challenge myself to use three different embossing folders to create my Christmas cards. I often to forget to use my folders because I’m so focussed on DSP, stamps and dies, which is really silly because embossing folders are so quick and easy to use.

With so many beautiful designs to chose from, can you guess which three I chose?

For my first card I used the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, which can be used either way up.

The wreath is made using a combination of dies from the Frosted Bouquet Dies and the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

How cute is that sentiment? It’s from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set – I’m so glad I got this set. It has been die cut with the stunning frame from the Beautiful Boughs Dies.

Card two continues the red and white theme, this time with the Woodland Embossing folder. Those branches were just crying out for some little birds – you might have overlooked these, they are in the Well Written die set.

The two baubles were punched out using the Gleaming Ornaments punches and then stamped with a stamp from the coordinatiing Christmas Gleaming stamp set.

To split the sentiment in half you can cut your stamp with scissors or do what I did and mask one side of your stamp with washi tape before inking up. Before you stamp, remove the washi tape and then stamp your image. Mask up the other side of your stamp with washi tape, ink your stamp, remove the washi and then stamp the other bauble.

My final card uses the Scripty 3D embossing folder, topped with a sentiment from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set, die cut with the largest frame from the Beautiful Boughs Die set.

Here’s a close up of this gorgeous frame and the boughs I’ve die cut with the Peaceful Boughs Dies set. Can you see the lovely script effect this embossing folder gives?

All my cards this week are finished off with a bow (or two) of linen thread and some red rhinestones.

These cards were quick and easy to make and I really love how the embossing folders add so much dimension and texture while also allowing me to make very clean and simple cards.

I will definitely be reaching for my embossing folders more often!

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 3

Heart of Christmas Week 3

Welcome to week three of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop! The brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue is live on the website as of today full of wonderful products to get your creative juices flowing.

My cards tonight were inspired by a card created by a Canadian Stampin’ Up! demonstrator called Candace Chisholm, but I’ve tweaked the design to suit the materials I had on hand. Just like Candace’s cards, however, I have based my design on a simple and easy concept using the Seasonal Wreath embossing folder.

One card pairs Whisper White and Silver together, with the other card pairing Very Vanilla and gold. For both cards, the centre sentiment is stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with either silver or gold embossing powder.

You might miss this stamp when you look through the Holiday Catalogue because it is part of a medley called Most Wonderful Time Medley. Here’s what you get in the Medley.

Did you notice the roll of gold tinsel and the little gold star elements? They decorate my Very Vanilla wreath card, along with a jingle bell embellishment (you get 24 jingle bells in Cherry Cobbler, gold, Shaded Spruce).

My silver card is embellished with Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a double bow in silver thread and Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon.

The lovely Judy May is hosting our Heart of Christmas blog hop this week – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Judy’s page here.

I’ll be back tomorrow night with another Christmas blog hop. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

Heart of Christmas Week 2

Heart of Christmas Week 2

Welcome to week two of the 2019 Heart of Christmas blog hop!

This time next week you will be able to view and order from the 2019 Holiday Catalogue but until then I can’t show the inside of the catalogue.

So to get you excited about what’s to come, tonight I’ve made four cards inspired by two samples in the brand new Holiday Catalogue.

The Toile Tidings Suite is what I’d call a mega suite because it has two stamp sets, two sets of coordinating dies, stunning DSP, matching wrapping paper, two different ribbons and the cutest ever glitter enamel dots.

The colours in this suite are Very Vanilla, Real Red and Garden Green. This suite is classic and monochromatic…I just had to buy the lot.

The card bases were super easy to make using a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock (8×4 inches) folded in half. I stamped the Christmas Wishes sentiment from the Toile Christmas Stamp Set using Versamark ink onto Garden Green and Real Red card stock, heat embossed with white embossing powder and then die cut them out using the Christmas Cardinal dies.

For my Red Christmas Wishes card I chose the DSP with the images of the skaters (so cute!) and used the All-around Wreath Dies to cut a clear vellum wreath to go behind the sentiment. The finishing touch is a triple bow of linen thread, topped with one of the Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots.

I used the same patterned DSP in Garden Green for my second card, this time die cutting my wreath from the Perennial Essence Old Olive vellum DSP in the Annual Catalogue. The Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots in green are used to accent the wreath.

My third card uses the botanical pattern from the Toile Tidings DSP in Real Red. Leaves and branches were cut from Real Red Glimmer paper using the Christmas Cardinal Dies to pick up the botanical accents in the DSP.

The final card uses the same DSP pattern but in Garden Green this time. I cut the leaves and branches from Sparkle Glimmer paper and from the Perennial Essence Old Olive vellum DSP. The Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel dots in Garden Green add a touch of sparkle and dimension.

The lovely Claire Daly is hosting our weekly Heart of Christmas blog hop – to see what the rest of the team have made this week you can visit Claire’s page here.

I’ll be back tomorrow night with another Christmas blog hop. To purchase any of the products I used in this project you can shop with me here.

If you’d like me to post you your very own copy of the brand new 2019 Stampin Up! Holiday Catalogue, the 2019-20 Stampin Up! annual catalogue or to simply find out about more about Stampin’ Up! contact me.

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