Monthly Archives: December 2016

Stampin’ Creative Sneak Peek 2017


Welcome to the final Stamping’ Creative blog hop of 2016.  It has certainly been an interesting year, with so many twists and turns both personally and across the world.  If you’ve hopped to me from Louise or started here, it’s lovely to have you.  Our theme this month is of course, sneak peeks from the almost live Spring/Summer and Sale-a-bration catalogues.  Demos are always able to pre-order and so we have plenty to show you!

One of the free stamp sets you can choose with an order of 45 pounds or more (forgive the formality, I’m typing on a US keyboard and have no idea where the symbol is) is called So Very Much and it’s a lovely versatile set with “Thank You” as the main sentiment.  I took my colour inspiration from the Spring/Summer catalogue as well and decided to use emboss resist and metallics to make my sentiment really stand out.


My card base is Elegant Eggplant and is 4.5 inches square.  The mat is Whisper White and is 4.25 inches square.  I rubbed embossing buddy over the Whisper White, stamped the “Thank You” in Versamark and then heat embossed in metallic gold – I never get tired of seeing the transformation from dull power to shiny metal!  I used four colors for my sponging – I almost didn’t add the Crushed Curry but I think the small amounts of it really add something and echo the gold.  The other three are Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay and Elegant Eggplant.  Inside I stamped “So Very Much” from the same set.

Inspired by a previous blog hop post of Mikaela’s, I’ve recently been making boxes to put some presents in (remember her beautiful red paired with embossed white and matching ribbon?) and I decided to make a box to show you as well.  I think everyone has fallen in love with a set called Beautiful You, especially as Stampin’ Up! have also introduced watercoloring pencils, which are just made for it.  I decided though, to use one of the sentiment stamps to create DSP for my box lid.


The base is Emerald Envy and I’ve stamped the sentiment in the same colour ink on Whisper White and then made my box lid.  The base of the box is 2.5 inches square and its sides are 3 inches – perfect for a small gift!  I used the gorgeous Emerald Envy ribbon from the annual catalogue to tie it all together.

That’s it from me!  I hope you’ve liked today’s projects – click below to hop to Gina, or there’s a full list of all the links at the end of this post.

Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed my sneak peeks.


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Jolly Hat Christmas 


I love the card I’m showing you today but it came about by accident. Last week I held a couple of stamp-a-stack classes and one of the designs was two Santa hats punched out if glimmer paper, with a sentiment, all in a row. When I was demonstrating the card I managed to splodge ink on the card, so I couldn’t complete the design as planned. I ended up with one hat and the sentiment offset on one side of the card. And I really liked it. A lot. More than my original design!  So here it is:


The base is thick Whisper White and the Santa hat is made out of glimmer paper. The best glue here is glue dots. I rolled them up to make them smaller. Stampin’ Up! have a wonderful range of glues and they have different strengths. Glue dots are pretty much the only thing that will stick glimmer paper, as far as I know. The sentiment from Greetings from Santa is stamped in Real Red. And that’s it!  Simple but elegant, I thought. And a good card to mass produce.

I’m entering this card in the current Casology challenge – the cue word is “Space”.

Hope you like it!  See you on Tuesday.



Merry Mice for Christmas


Today’s card is one that I’m surprised to be showing you.  I initially resisted the Merry Mice stamp set as I thought it was too cute and not versatile enough.  But I cracked when I saw people producing cute card after cute card!

I decided to stamp in Archival Basic Black and watercolour:


I tried to not go overboard with the colours, so we have a Real Red base, skinny Emerald Envy border and Whisper White top later.  The sentiment is from the same set and is stamped in Real Red.  I water coloured using Aqua painters and Emerald Envy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake inks.  I added a bit of sparkle using the Wink of Stella pen.

Hope you like it!  See you on Sunday.


DSP Christmas card


As promised, here is my Christmas take on my quick and easy DSP card:


As you can see, I’ve used DSP (current on the left hand side and retired from last year on the right hand side) and stamped my sentiments on Very Vanilla and Whisper White and then cut our using the Stitched Framelit Dies. I *love* these – as I think I mentioned, where before I’d be cutting another layer to back the sentiments, the stitched edge finishes them off and makes this an even quicker and easier CAS card!  There’s a skinny border behind the DSP to frame it.

I thought I’d show you two variations to demonstrate how different the same design can look.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday.


Thursday throwback – Remarkable You


We should be back home today but we got offered an upgrade to stay an extra 24 hours, so here we are! Definitely back tomorrow though, in time for a Christmas stamp-a-stack class on Saturday. And a wine tasting on Friday night!

Today’s card is another favourite of mine although I think I said in the original post that I had no idea what inspired it. I’ve used it as a birthday card and sympathy card, as well as a general you’re fab card, which is what the sentiment below indicates.

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The colours are Blackberry Bliss and Watermelon Wonder and the stampset is Remarkable You. I stamped the images and sentiment in Archival Basic Black and then watercoloured the images using blender pens. I’m still really happy with this card – hope you like it too.

See you on Sunday for a new Christmas twist on the DSP card I shared on Tuesday!