Monthly Archives: November 2015

Stampin’ Creative November blog hop

Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative Festive Frenzy blog hop!

You may have arrived here from the fabulous Eimear (who just happens to be my upline!) or started here, either way I hope you enjoy the projects I’ve got to share with you.

For once, I was prepared for this blog hop in good time as I’ve been designing and making Christmas cards for our personal use (I need to get a move on!), designing cards for a class I held last Saturday and also planning a Christmas tags and packaging class on Saturday 12th December.  If you are local and would like to come along please let me know – places are limited!  If demand is high enough I will add a class in on Thursday 10th as well.

First I’m going to share the Christmas cards we made at last weekend’s class – I have already posted about one of the cards here, and was very excited when it won “A Cut Above” in one of the Paper Player’s recent challenges:

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We also made these three cards:

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I have included a close-up of the trees to show the sparkle – I stamped in Garden Green ink (after using Embossing Buddy, of course) and then quickly sprinkled Iridescent Ice embossing powder over them, then used the heat tool.  I like the effect it creates.

I love the reindeer clip and have ordered more for the Tags and Packaging classes, so I hope they arrive in time!  I’m not showing the project I’ve got planned with those, instead here are some of the other tags and bags we’ll be making, as a taster:

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How fab is the Santa tag?  I can say that because I’ve CASE’d it from my sister – her blog post is here.  In fact, I’ll come clean – Liz actually made this tag!  We both took  part in a tag swap at a recent crop, which is how I have this “original”!  My tag for the swap is the other one, with the bow.

Stampin’ Up! recently posted a video showing how to make a gift bag (using the gift bag punch board) which has a tag top closure and I immediately fell for it!  You can see I’ve added buttons to form the closure with some of the gorgeous gold cord from the A/W catalogue.

I hope you like my projects and think there are enough for a frenzy!  Now on to Kim to see what wonderful things she has produced!  Click on the image below.  There’s also a full list of our blog post links below, if you need it.

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See you next month – in the meantime, Happy Christmas!


Emily –
Eimear –
Caroline – <- you are here!
Kim –
Mikaela –
Louise –
Emma –

Clean and simple for CAS Challenge #151


I’ve not posted as often as I’d like lately, but I was really thrilled that my last post won “a cut above” from the Paper Players – thanks to Jodi for selecting my card!

Inspired by this, and nudged on by my sister to apply to the design team (she is also entering as her style epitomises Clean and Simple), I’m entering the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge #151 which is a colour challenge:

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I love this combination of colours but don’t think I would have put them together unprompted.  It’s great when that happens!

I’ll be honest, I’ve struggled with this card.  Not because of the colours, but I just seemed to have a bit of a block for a while.  I finally overcame it with this:

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I love this pine frond stamp and the simple wreath it makes.  It took me a while to realise that what I needed to draw this together was one frond in Watermelon Wonder, rather than all of them in Lost Lagoon (which was just a bit bland).  Once I realised the card was done in minutes!  I cut out “peace” in a retired silver paper (which I really miss), then put it togther – Lost Lagoon card base, Watermelon Wonder mat and the stamping on Whisper White.

Hope you like it!

Come back on Saturday when I’m taking part in the monthly Stampin’ Creative blog hop – our theme this month is “Festive Frenzy” so I have lots of cards and projects to show you!


Merry Everything for The Paper Players 271


Today I’m posting a card that I’m really pleased with and am especially pleased it meets the criteria for the current Paper Players challenge, to create a Clean and Simple Christmas card.  Here’s the banner for the challenge:


I made this card after a class with my upline, Eimear (her blog is here) although I now don’t remember what that card was! Mine was at least partially inspired by it:

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It’s hard to do justice to this in a photo but I hope this shows it off enough.  The base is Night of Navy.  I cut a mat in thick Whisper White card and sponged it using Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon and Night of Navy.  The first two colours need to come about two thirds up the card in order to be seen once the layers are added.  Once dry, I spritzed with water (and also flicked some larger drops).  I cut out the trees in Whisper White and Night of Navy using the Sleigh Ride thinlits and stamped the sentiment from Jingle All the Way in Night of Navy.  For a final touch of sparkle I put tiny drops of tombow on the white trees and then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on them.  I’ve made about 10 or 12 copies of this card now and each one is unique and different.

I recently attended a fabulous crop with my sister in New Jersey and took this card to show her and a friend.  They liked it so much that they demanded a lesson to learn how to make it too!  I call that a success!

Hope you like it.