Monthly Archives: October 2016

Stampin’ Creative October blog hop – trees & leaves



Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative October blog hop.  If you’ve arrived from Eimear you’ll have seen some gorgeous projects from her.  If you’ve started here, welcome!  Please hop around and comment – it’s great to hear what you think of our projects.

We have another guest hopper with us this month – welcome to Heidi!

I recently got a new bundle – the Christmas Pines stamp set and the Pretty Pines framelits.  I decided this was the perfect time to play, although ended up just using the stamp set for these projects.


I went very traditionally Christmas with my colours – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and metallic copper on Whisper White.  And yes, I made my own DSP!


For the card I went very clean and simple – I used just one of the two step pine frond stamps in Garden Green and heat embossed the pinecones and the sentiment in copper (my new favourite).  I added a skinny black border, which really helped give definition.  Next, I made a tag and a very simple bag:


The bag is more accurately a squashy box and is from Sam Hammond (Pootles) via my sister Liz for the actual template.  For the DSP I stamped the pines in Old Olive and Garden Green, the sentiment and dots in Cherry Cobbler and the pinecones were heat embossed in copper.  Making the box is really easy – check out Pootles’ or Liz’s website for the details. For the tag I stamped the pine fronds in the two greens again and embossed the sentiment (from Tin of Tags) in copper.  I added a Garden Green layer and used the tag topper punch – the two pieces are separate, just kept together by the ribbon –  the gorgeous silky taffeta ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.

That’s it – I hope you like today’s matching projects – I’m thrilled how versatile this set is (with a little help from Tin of Tags).

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Acorny Nuts about You


I finally managed to drag myself away from Christmas cards and have gone Autumnal, more appropriately!  I love the Autumn, especially seeing the leaves change colour.  My brother and sister live in New Jersey and I’ve been lucky enough to see the Autumn leaves there a few times, which are just stunningly beautiful.  Anyway, Autumn colours inspired my card today but I’d have to admit it’s not a patch on fall in New England!


I’ve had this gorgeous photopolymer stamp set, Acorny Thank You, for a while now, but not used it.  Today it practically jumped off the shelf in its keenness to be used!  My base is Early Espresso, with a skinny Cajun Craze border around a Very Vanilla top layer.  I don’t use Very Vanilla that often but it really works here.  My acorns are stamped in Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  I intended to stick with the Regals colour family as they are the most Autumnal to me, but Old Olive just worked better here.  I started out by stamping the “Nuts about You” acorn on the Very Vanilla mat but I wanted more depth.  So I stamped it again on a scrap, punched out using the Acorn Builder punch and once I’d constructed my card layers using tom bow I popped it up on dimensionals.  I think it works much better that way.

Hope you like it!

See you on Thursday.


Clean and Simple Jolly Friends


Sorry for missing my Thursday post – there was a bit of a blip in my life and it just didn’t happen.  But I’m back now and have a really fun card to show you!

Jolly Friends, Jolly hat punch, Glimmer, Christmas, Star of Light

Like my last post, this card was inspired by a simple notelet design I came up as an idea for our attendees’ free time, if they wanted to break into their goody bag.  The base is Thick Whisper White with a mat of Real Red, followed by a top layer of Whisper White.  I stamped the moose from Jolly Friends in Soft Suede and then punched the hat out of Real Red glimmer paper using the Jolly Hat punch (you’ll have some extra parts) and then just the brim and pom-pom out of the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.    You cab buy the stamp set and the hat as a bundle and get 10% off.  The punch has these three shapes and if you punch the hat you get all three but you can avoid the hat if you want to and just get the other two shapes, if that makes sense!  I attached the hat pieces together using glue dots – it’s pretty much the only adhesive that seems to work on glimmer paper, plus they are nice and small.  I used the embossing buddy all over the top layer, then stamped the sentiment from Star of Light in Versamark followed by Real Red and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It really shines – the photo doesn’t do it justice.  I constructed the card with Tombow and then popped the hat up on dimensionals at a jaunty angle and added the Glimmery Red nose (the smaller circle from the Owl builder punch) using a glue dot.

Simple and fun, I thought!  Hope you like it.




Simple Swirly Christmas wreath


Gosh, I really don’t know where this year has gone – I am starting to think about Christmas presents!  And I still seem to be stuck on making Christmas cards:

Christmas, Swirly Scribbles, Merriest Wishes

I came up with a simpler version of this card first, using a notelet, as an idea for our recent craft retreat.  We gave our attendees a take-away goody bag and as there was optional free crafting time at the end of the day, we wanted to give them some ideas they could use if they wanted to.  The simple wrath was made sing the Swirly Scribbles framelit – it’s in Emerald Envy.  The skinny layer and the sentiment (from Merriest Wishes in the Autumn/Winter catalogue) are Real Red – I love this bright colour combination for Christmas cards!  A bow tied in gold twine from the Baker’s Twine trio pack (A/W catalogue again) and adhered with a glue dot finished my clean and simple project off.

I added some layers and turned this into a full sized card for a class I gave for a friend and 5 of her friends on Sunday – she provided bellinis (mimosas if you’re American), nibbles and an amazing chocolate gateaux and we all had a great afternoon!  If you’d like to host a Christmas card party for me please get in touch – your friends pay £10 for four cards and you get the class for free as a thank you for hosting.  If four cards just aren’t enough we can also do a stamp-a-stack (4 cards each of 4 desings) – I’m running one of those at my home on Saturday 3rd December – again get in touch if you’d like to attend.

I’m really pleased with this card – hope you like it!  See you on Thursday.


Extra Twinkle Trees


I’m sneaking in under the wire to post on today!  When I was working on Liz’s colour challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches I toyed with this card as an entry but in the end I decided it didn’t have enough open space in it:

Twinkle Trees, Christmas

It’s in the colours of the challenge, so Emerald Envy, Melon Malbo and Tempting Turquoise – hope you like it!

See you on Tuesday,



Star of Light for CAS Colours & Sketches


It’s time for a new CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – this month hosted by my sister, Liz.  No pressure, then!  It’s a sketch this week and she’s given us this to play with:


I really like the layout of this one and while it suggests layers, I went for a slightly different interpretation, although there *is* a layer there:

CC&S #195, Christmas, Star of Light, Starlight

I used the Star of Wonder stampset and the Starlight framelit dies – buy then as a bundle and save 10%.  I love this versatile Christmas set.  My base is Night of Navy, top layer is Whisper White.  What the photo probably doesn’t show is that I clear embossed the Night of Navy swoosh behind the copper foil star – it twinkles in real life!  I heat embossed the sentiment in copper – I just love the copper that Stampin’ Up’ added this year!

Hope you like it.  Why not play along?  We’d love to see what you create.

See you on Sunday.


Jolly Friends and glittery Christmas


Sorry to miss Sunday’s post – the day seemed to pass by in a flash and I only remembered I hadn’t posted as I went to bed!  Sometimes life happens.

Today I’m showing you another of the cards from my recent Christmas stamp-a-stack:

Jolly Friends, Jolly Hat punch, Christmas

This was the most complicated of the four cards and I subsequently came up with a much more CAS design using the moose and Santa hat which I infinitely preferred.  I’ll be showing you that next week.

The base is Emerald Envy, there’s a skinny Whisper White border and the top Real Red layer is stamped with the moose stamp from Jolly Friends (Autumn/Winter catalogue) in Real Red, to give a subtle watermarked effect.  Merry Christmas from Star of Light (Autumn/Winter catalogue) is heat embossed in white.  I cut two ovals the same size from the Layering Ovals framelits set, then heat embossed the moose in Real Red Glitter Stampin’ emboss powder – the photos don’t do it justice, it’s incredibly glittery and sparkly!  I stamped the stripey hat (Jolly Friends) in Emerald Envy on Whisper White, then punched it out using the Jolly Hat builder punch.  There’s a bundle, so save 10% if you buy the stamp and punch together.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the hat brim and pompom for a bit of bling, then glued it together.  I constructed using tombow, adding a length of Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon (it’s gorgeous) to the Real Red layer.  I popped the Santa hat up with dimensionals.

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