Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Saleabration and Sneak peeks

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Hello!

Welcome the to December Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas and that you are looking forward to New Years and 2018.  I know I am.  You may have arrived from the lovely Kim at Simply Fairies or started here;  either way you are very welcome.  Please do hop around and see what we’ve all created for this month’s theme of Sale-a-bration and Spring/Summer sneak peeks.  Please leave us a comment too – we love to know what you think.

This month, I seem to have been thinking about Valentine’s, inspired by the new products coming up – you can order from 2nd January, so get in touch to place your order with me.  I made a clean and simple Valentine’s card first, using the Spring Summer stamp sets Heart Happiness and Petal Palette and clear embossed both stamps to give a glossy sheen.  I used the co-ordinating Sweet & Sassy framelits to cut out the embossed image and a larger heart in Real Red to provide a border.  The sentiment was also clear embossed (stamp in Versamark, then Real Red ink, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder), all on a thick Whisper White card base.

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Next I used the Painted with Love suite, along with the Heart Happiness stamp set again (it co-ordinates), all from the Spring Summer catalogue.

I fell in love with this box (below) and the matching narrow notecards and envelopes as soon as I saw them!  The cards are just 6.4 x 11.4 cms and are darling!  I can’t wait to use these as hostess gifts, door prizes and more!  To create the box you need a Big Shot and the Lots to Love Box framelit dies.  I cut out small hearts from the same die set, using the Painted with Love specialty DSP.

 

For the card, I again went clean and simple and monochrome.  I stamped the all the images from the Heart Happiness stampset in Real Red – quick and easy but effective, I think!  Together with the gorgeous envelopes, a set of these cards would make a fantastic gift.

Before we move on, a heads’ up that we will have lots of guest blog hoppers next year, including other Artisans (we are lucky enough to have Emma Goddard as one of our permanent founder members) and international guests, so please come back to see us each month.  We are very excited about our guests!

That’s it from me – see you next weekend!  Now onto the wonderful Mikaela – click on the next icon below or the full list of links is below.

Caro
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Embossing paste Christmas chimney

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I’m back with my final Christmas card using embossing paste, from a recent technique class.  Local to Swindon and fancy joining me for a technique class in the New Year?  Click on “Get in touch” above and let me know!

Today’s card uses one of the Pattern Party Decorative masks, this time the brick pattern.

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I started off by applying embossing paste over the brick mask, to add a vertical strip down the right hand side of the Real Red layer.  I quickly sprinkled silver embossing paste over the top, tapping the back to remove the excess powder.  I left this to dry, as the embossing paste puffs up if you apply heat when wet and I didn’t want that look here.  I took the sentiment from Watercolor Christmas and after brushing embossing buddy on a piece of Whisper White, stamped it first into Versamark then immediately into Real red ink and then stamped on the card stock.  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the cut it out using the Layering Circle thinlits.  Next I heat embossed the embossing paste and then I constructed the card.  I used thick Whisper White for the card base and adhered the Real Red layer onto it, after I tied a bow around it using Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I slotted the sentiment circle under the bow and adhered directly to the Real Read layer.

That’s it!  I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along smoothly and that you have a wonderful festive season to look forward to.

See you next weekend.

Caro
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Embossing paste Christmas!

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I promised another card from my embossing paste technique class and here it is!

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The base is Cherry Cobbler and there’s a skinny Basic Black border underneath the top layer.  I used the circular mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (annual catalogue) and applied the white embossing paste and quickly sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on top, before it dried.  I cut a partial circle out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and added it to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the sentiment from Flurry of Wishes in Cherry Cobbler and used the Triple Banner punch on one end.  I popped the banner up on dimensionals.

I love this card with all its sparkle – hope you do too!

See you next weekend – I’ve got one more embossing paste Christmas card to show you!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Step into Christmas

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve joined from Louise or started here you are very welcome!  I hope you enjoy today’s projects.  This month’s theme is Stepping into Christmas, so expect snowflakes, glitter and Rudolph 😉

I’m delivering snow and glitter with my project!  This is one of four cards I created for a recent technique class using embossing paste.

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The base is Garden Green and I have a skinny Real Red border around the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the tree trunk in Soft Suede and then the branch images in Garden Green and Always Artichoke.  This a two (three in fact) photopolymer stamp set called Season Like Christmas, which is available in the current Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I heat embossed the star from the same set in gold and then added white Embossing Paste (current Annual catalogue) using a palette knife to create the snow drift and snow on the branches.  Finally I added Wink of Stella to add some Christmas glimmer!

I hope you like today’s card.  Now onto Eimear to see what she has created.  There is a full list of blogs at the end of the post – just click on the button below to go to Eimear’s blog.

See you next week for another Christmas card featuring embossing paste.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Feeling Thankful

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve arrived from Pip or have started here, you are very welcome.  I know Pip will have shared something gorgeous, especially as she recently reached a career milestone and I know she feels thankful!

I was really pleased when the team decided on this month’s theme of “Feeling Thankful”.  Right now, I have a lot to be thankful for.  I’m especially thankful that my sister Liz’s cancer was found early enough to treat and that the amazing advancements in modern medicine mean that she is being treated successfully (she lives in the US).  She’s recently had scans which show her tumour is reducing – her oncologist said that the results were very positive.  And last week, MRI scans showed that there are no spots on her brain, thanks to the radiotherapy she had several months ago – the best possible outcome.  So, massive celebrations all around!  On top of that, I fly out tomorrow morning to spend a week with Liz and Martin (my brother).  It will be brilliant to see them –   it’s hard being so far away when something like this is happening.  I’m also thankful that my dad spent a few days here this week.  He has spent a lot of the last few months in the States, not surprisingly, so we’ve not seen much of each other. It was lovely to spend some time with him and try to spoil him a bit.

So, onto my card!  Given the theme, I just had to reach for the Painted Harvest set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few of us did!  I intended to use the sunflower as part of my design but I couldn’t find the centre stamp (found it now, of course!) and actually I’m really pleased with how this ended up – I had to think outside the box a little.

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My base is Cajun Craze and I’ve stamped on Very Vanilla using Old Olive for the leaves – where I added detail, that was Old Olive too.  The acorns are stamped in Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry, all very Autumnal!  I heat embossed the sentiment in copper and used the triple banner punch on one end, then backed it with Cajun Craze.  I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.  Finally, I added a few sneak peeks to the envelope – you want people to know it’s a hand stamped card, right?

Next up is Gina – I know she’ll have something beautiful to share with us.  Click on the button below to hop to her, or these’s a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.

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See you soon for another Christmas card and next month for the next hop.  Thanks for joining us today – I hope you have things to be thankful for today.

Caro
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Christmas Retreat in a Box

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I’m a bit late in posting this, so if you are interested you’ll need to get your skates on and let me know today!

We had a great day at our 4th WLCR (Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats) craft retreat last Sunday.  For those of you that couldn’t come, we have great news…. you can now order your very own ‘Retreat in a Box’!

Just like our attendees you will receive all the pillow gifts and WLCR Bag which contains the goody bag products worth £35 and photo tutorials for 10 projects. This is our Bronze package and costs £45. (Watercolour Christmas clear mount stamp set can be swapped out should you already own it).

You can add either our Technique class or Stamp-a-stack class for £60 or both classes for £75 (UK posted).

Class projects are all cut, punched and die-cut ready for you to stamp and assemble.

Here are some photos to tempt you!

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Last orders 9pm Sunday October 15th.

Caro
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