Monthly Archives: September 2016

Shine, Star of Light


A quick and easy one layer Christmas card from me today.  I really love the Star of Light stampset, but so far haven’t used it much.  I especially like the “swoosh” of dots and stars that is one of the larger stamps in the set.  I decided to let that be the focus – when I planned this in my head I thought I’d add more stars but I didn’t think it needed it.  I added “Shine” as it seemed an appropriate sentiment and that was it!  It’s all heat embossed in silver on a base of Shimmery White cardstock.


Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.


Stampin’ Creative Trick or Treat!



Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  Our theme this month is Trick or Treat. If you’ve arrived from Mikaela then you are very welcome and I know you’ve already seen some wonderful projects.  If you’ve started here, I hope you enjoy our hop today.

I don’t really have any Halloween products, so I’ve decided to share some tricks with you – specifically, heat embossing tricks!  Heat embossing, especially metallic, is one of the things I fell in in love with at my first class a few years ago and is one of the reasons I signed up as a Demonstrator pretty much on the spot!  I *still* love heat embossing but there are some things that are good to know, to make it better and easier.

Firstly, it might sound obvious, but get your heat tool hot before you start waving it over your card – the less time you are heating the card, the less it will bend.

Second, if your card *does* bend, turn it over and heat the other side – it will straighten it out.

Third, don’t forget your embossing buddy!  It really helps prevent stray bits of powder clinging where it shouldn’t.  I store mine on top of my Versamark pad, so I can’t forget to use it.

Fourth, a tip from one of Brian King’s downlines, Shawn (sorry, I don’t know his surname) – if you’re embossing in white, use white kraft ink rather than Versamark as you get better coverage.  When I went to do this I discovered I only had opaque white stazon ink, but it worked well.  Have a look:


I also did the same stamp using Versamark, and the curl under Joyful has a few cracks, so I’m sold on this method!  Here’s the Versamark version:


I also tried Versamark, then the Stazon to see if that was even better.  It’s not!  They are both sticky inks and seemed to fight each other – my advice?  Go with the white ink trick.

Fifth and finally, something I’ve used a lot recently, since my sister Liz mentioned seeing it on Pootles’ website – clear embossing a colour by stamping in Versamark, then the ink pad and then using clear embossing powder.  You’d think it would mess your ink pads up, but it really doesn’t.  Here’s another 105mm x 105mm square card to show that trick off:


This card is a clean and simple one and I think the clear embossing really brings it to life.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my tricks today – the full list of blogs to hop around is below, or you can click on the button to hop to the next person, Pip, who I know will have fantastic projects you will love!  And please give a very warm welcome to Danielle, our guest blogger this month.

Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

Thanks for visiting!


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You are Amazing for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today we have a sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches:


It’s a very versatile sketch which could go lots of ways, I think.  I chose to flip the sketch:

CC&S #192, Copper, Watercolour Wishes, Swirly Scribbles

My base is Chocolate Chip with a skinny Whisper White border surrounding Cajun Craze. My two embellishments are cut out of the gorgeous copper foil, using the Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies.  I’ve heat embossed the sentiment from Watercolour Wishes in copper on the Whisper White rectangle.  I constructed with tombow.

I really like how this turned out – I didn’t feel inspired when I sat down to craft but this came together really easily.  Hope you like it!  Do join in with the challenge – we’d love to see your entry in the gallery.

See you on Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.


Clean and Simple Vertical Greetings


I went through a phase of using Vertical Greetings a lot, a few weeks back – you may have thought I’d shown you everything I created, but I kept one back to surprise you with!  This is one of the simplest and cleanest cards I’ve made, but I love it!

Vertical Greetings, Thank you, CAS, Clean & Simple

It’s a one layer card in thick Whisper White and it has a lot of space!  But it works for me.  I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip and Real Red to colour in the stamp, huffed on it and then stamped. I did use the stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement.  And here’s the inside:

Vertical Greetings, Thank you, CAS, Clean & Simple

I love this set, hope you do too!  If you want to buy any of the supplies, click on the “Shop with me” button and use host code 2ZW9ECQZ to be sure of an extra thank you from me!

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours and Sketches.



Be Jolly Christmas!


I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.  We were supposed to be away this week but in fact are still at home (long story, but everything is fine) although one positive is having two completely free weekends we weren’t expecting.  There’s always a silver lining!

So, today’s card.  I made this last weekend when I was trying to get ahead, to have enough cards to schedule posts for when I was away.  It’s another clean and simple Christmas card!

Be Jolly By Golly, CAS, Christmas, Totally Trees

When I was putting this card together I found that the curved stamp of the hill for some reason wasn’t stamping completely cleanly.  And I liked the added texture / feel of snow it gave.  So that white bit is deliberate, I promise!  I stamped the curved line of the hill in Garden Green using Totally Trees – such a versatile set!  The church is stamped in archival Basic Grey, the stars are Smoky Slate and Peace on Earth is in Real Red.  Those are all from the Be Jolly, By Golly stampset, another versatile one.  My top layer is Whisper White and my base is Garden Green.

That’s it!  Hope you like it.  See you on Tuesday.


Congratulations for CAS Colours & Sketches


A speedy post from me today for CAS Colours & Sketches colour challenge, once again set by Karen our hostess for September:


I found this combination challenging and have to admit that inspiration finally struck in the night!  Although quick and simple when you get it right, because I was under time pressure this took a few goes before I was happy with it!


My base is Bermuda Bay and the images from Penned & Painted (a three step stamp set) are stamped in Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush and Delightful Dijon.  The Congratulations is from Floral Phrases.

Do come and have a look at the rest of the Design Team’s cards and have a go – we love to see what you create!

See you on Sunday as usual – the Stampin’ Creative blog hop is next Saturday, oops!