Monthly Archives: December 2015

Stampin’ Creative December blog hop – Saleabration sneak peek

Hello and welcome to our final blog hop for 2015 – this year has raced by!  You may have arrived here from Mikaela or started here – either way, welcome!

This month’s theme is to give a sneak peek of the Spring/Summer catalogue and Sale-a-bration (SAB) – if you’re new to Stampin’ Up! this is the best time to buy as you get freebies for every 45 pounds you spend!  Apologies for the missing “pound” sign – I’m visiting my brother & sister in America and their keyboards are different!

I love the new catalogue and the SAB freebies – hope you do too!

First, I made a fun birthday card using the Hello stamp set.  The party hat reminds me of the one from the dinosaur set in the Annual Catalogue, which I also fell for! Inside, I used the Birthday Girl stamp, from the same set.  My sister, who is a Stampin’ Up! demo in the US said this was a very “me” card:

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I have to say that her photo set-up is better than mine – by the time you read this I’m hoping Santa will have been kind!

I used a couple of colours here – Lost Lagoon and Rose Red – I love the way they go together!

Next I took advantage of my sister’s stash and used the Rose Garden framelit dies and Rose Wonder stamp set (available as a bundle):

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This is an intricate die, but the new catalogue has a new tool to help get all those fiddly pieces removed – the Big Shot die brush – it was first thing I ordered in my pre-order!  Want to get things early?  Sign up as a demo 🙂

So, this easy card has a base of Garden Green, Vanilla mat and the rose in Rose Red (again), along with the sentiment.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas – thanks for hopping along with us this year, looking forward to sharing with you in 2016!

Next is Emma, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her projects (there’s a full list below if you need it).


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Last minute Christmas cards


I like to make all the Christmas cards we send out but it can be a challenge as we send somewhere around 90-100 every year. Last week I discovered that I hadn’t made enough and the “posting before we leave the country” deadline was looming. Inspired by my sister’s recent quick and easy cards (here), I decided to use DSP to produce some quick cards. I came up with three designs, all using the DSP, although I’m only showing you two of them as I don’t have a photo with me. We are visiting my sister and brother for Christmas so popping home for an errant photo isn’t an option.

So here they are!  For some reason I made one design 4 inches square and the other 4 1/4 inches square. The final design was a”normal” base measuring 148.5 x 105 mm but you’ll have to take my word for that!

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I was really pleased with how these came out and trust me, they are quick to make!

Hope you like them.


Ho ho Ho – curvy Santa boxes


Today I thought I’d share my take on a very common curvy gift box – the Santa. There are lots of versions on Pinterest etc., but I case’d mine from Mine isn’t identical but it’s very close and I like to recognise the original person where I can. 

Curvy gift boxes have been available for a while now and were a total hit as soon as they arrived. People have used them to make (to name a few) snowmen, penguins, Christmas puddings, reindeers and that’s just Christmas themed!  My own personal favourite is the superhero box – I made these about a year ago (case’d again, although I really can’t remember where from):

These were very easy to make, using the (retired, sob) moustache framelit die. The cape is created by cutting out part of the box for a third time and then scalloping the edge with something like the scalloped square die (there are several you can use). 

For my Santa boxes I used the retired mosaic ornaments punch to create his belt buckle and punched it out in gold glimmer paper for extra bling! I used a sharpie to colour candy dots black (thanks to my upline Eimear for telling me you can do this). Why didn’t I have any black?  Because I’ve made about 30 of these little boxes recently! They sold well at a Christmas Fair I had a stall at and then went like hot cakes when my husband showed them to his work colleagues. I cut black strips for the belt and a black rectangle and out them together with belt buckle. I stamped “Ho! Ho! Ho!” (sadly also retired) on whisper white and punched it out using a small oval punch, punched a small circle hole and fed the gorgeous gold cord through and attached it to the box. Job done!  These are quick and easy to make, especially if you set up a production line.  What would you turn your boxes into?

Hope you like them!



Joy for CAS Colours & Sketches and The Paper Players


Firstly, it’s thanks to the Design Team at CAS Colours & Sketches for choosing my card as one of the weekly winners – that’s twice recently and it feels great!

Today’s card is an entry in the current CC&S sketch challenge, #154.  As with the last colour challenge, we choose any 2015 sketch we like and make it Christmassy.  Here’s the challenge banner:

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I chose challenge #128:

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While I was thinking about how I wanted to interpret this, I noticed that the current challenge from The Paper Players had lovely Christmassy colours, so I decided to use them and enter PP275 as well!  Here’s the challenge banner:


And here’s my card:

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I used a base of Mossy Meadow and added a Cherry Cobbler mat, backed by a skinny layer of Very Vanilla.  JOY is from “Holly Jolly Greetings” and the snowflakes and antlers are from “Wonderland”.  I was very excited to finally use the antlers in a way I liked!  The strip of DSP is from Merry Moments.

If you want any of these products the time to snap them up is now – one of my customers decided she couldn’t live without the Delicate Ornaments bundle yesterday – she’ll have it for next year’s cards!

Hope you like my take on the sketch and colours!


Quick and easy Christmas tags


I had a Christmas tags and packaging class yesterday and we had a blast!  Chat, fizz (it *is* Christmas, after all), a few new people and a whole lot of crafting fun!  I was a bit over-ambitious and planned six projects, so we ran a bit over. I’ve already shown you four in a previous post (here) and we also made a money/voucher envelope and a Santa curvy gift box, which has proven very popular at a Christmas fair last weekend and with Ben’s work colleagues!  Here’s a picture – I did case this from one of the many variations online:

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One of the things I considered for the class but didn’t do was a set of five gift tags in different colours.  These are super easy and super quick to make, but I think they look really effective:

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The tags are easily made using the scalloped tag topper punch, stamped using “Happy Christmas”  and “to” and “from” from the Oh What Fun stamp set (retiring soon so snap up this versatile set now if you like it – one of my attendees from yesterday did!), then threaded with complimentary ribbon and voila!  Job done.

I love these, hope you do too!


Festival of trees for CC&S challenge #153


This week’s CC&S challenge asked us to take an old colour challenge from 2015 and “Christmas-fy” it.  Here’s the challenge banner:

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I decided to use the following colours from challenge #133:

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Not completely traditional for Christmas – instead of red we have a vibrant pink and we have a turquoise filling in for green.  I paired Early Espresso with Lost Lagoon on one of last year’s cards, so this was a no brainer for me.

I started out playing with the delicate ornaments set but didn’t like how it was coming out, so I reverted to an old, although still current set, from last year – Festival of Trees.  I decided to use just one image from the set in the three colours.  Here’s my card:

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The card base is Early Espresso, then a Whisper White mat followed by a Melon Mambo skinny mat.  I stamped the images in Early Espresso, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo and punched the out using the matching punch.  I stuck them on the top mat using tom bow to create some texture.

Hope you like it!


Wonderland frond


Wow, two posts in two days!  I’m aiming for two posts a week at the moment and intend to spread them out, but I have a card I want to enter in a challenge and the deadline is today, so here I am again!

I decided to enter the Global Design Project’s current colour challenge, #GDP013, as I love colour challenges and this really appealed.  Here’s the challenge banner:

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Isn’t that combination of colours gorgeous?  And doesn’t it just scream Christmas?  I came up with a card I really like and it turns out that I still have the CAS Colours & Sketches current challenge on my mind, as it meets the requirement for their current sketch challenge, #152 as well!  So as I’m allowed to enter more than one card, I’m going to! As a reminder, here’s the CAS challenge banner:


And here’s my card:

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I stamped the pine frond from the Wonderland set in Real Red and Old Olive onto Crumb Cake.  I matted the Crumb Cake onto a skinny Whisper White mat and then put them on a Real Red card base.  I used the “Noel” from the Wondrous Wreath framelit set to cut out thick Whisper White (to make it a bit sturdier) and attached it with tombow.  Inside, I used a stamp from the Oh What Fun set – I bought this pretty much on impulse and am so glad I did – lots of great stamps for tags, packaging and cards!

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I’m really pleased with how this came out – hope you like it too!