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Christmas Sweaters – clean and simple

Hello!

I recently did some business training and one of the things we had to do in advance was a creative share – all the attendees made one so we all got to take away 14 or so project ideas along with instructions, great for ready made classes!

I was asked to design a class for beginners.  We all used product from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and I decided to feature the Christmas Sweaters stamp set.  This was one I just had to get, even though I wasn’t sure how versatile it would be.  But in the end I found it easy to come up with four different ideas.

This is the first card I designed – I always like to include a one layer card in my classes, as it’s a nice easy introduction for people that don’t have much crafting experience – no tricky gluing of layers to contend with!

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I stamped the two sweaters in Emerald Envy and Real Red.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark followed by Real Red and then heat embossed in clear. That’s it!  A nice quick and simple design, easy for a beginner or as part of a stamp-a-stack.

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

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative August blog hop – Dreaming of…

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Hello and welcome to the August Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  This month our theme is “Dreaming of…” so I think you’ll find quite a wide range of projects as you hop around.  If you’ve arrived from Gina, you’ve already seen something fabulous.  If you’ve started here,  welcome!  Please hop around and enjoy everyone’s projects – we’d love comments from you too, it’s lovely to hear from you.

The new Autumn/Winter catalogue goes live on September 1st and as you’d expect, has lots of lovely Christmas things for us to enjoy!  So I decided to be inspired by that and I’m “Dreaming of Christmas”.

One of the new products we have are Acetate Card Boxes – designed to hold 5 standard A6 cards and envelopes, although I fitted 6 in and also added a piece of DSP inside to decorate it:

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This was a real pain to photograph, as it’s very reflective!  The starburst DSP is from the Year of Cheer specialty DSP, a gorgeous collection of patterns in metallic colours (champagne, gold, silver & copper), while the belly band is made with Real Red card stock, a strip from another new specialty DSP, Merry Music, gorgeous Real Red Solid Ribbon and the copper foil trees were cut out using the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.

Hopefully you’re excited to see what’s in the box too!

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I used the Wise Men from Afar stampset, a gorgeous, traditional-feel set of  images, I think.  There are three basic designs, although no two cards are exactly alike.  The six cards all have thick Whisper White bases, and the Kings are stamped in Fresh Fig and Real Red as well as being heat embossed in gold and copper.  I’ve even managed to just give them metallic crowns in a couple of them!  The star is always metallic heat embossed and I’ve added some strips of the Merry Music DSP, which I created a sepia effect on using Sahara Sand.  This was especially suitable as one of the carols used is “We Three Kings of Orient, are”.

Here’s a few of the cards, in full:

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I hope you like today’s project – I had fun putting this together and I’m looking forward to creating more of them as gifts.

Now on to Pip for more Dreaming of – see you next weekend! Click on the Next Blog button, or use the full list at the bottom of the post.

Caro
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Life is a beautiful thing

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Long time no see!  I hope you are having a great summer, wherever you are. Today’s card is a simple and quick card, which shows off some of the new in colours:

Colorful Seasons, In Colours, In Colours, Life is a beautiful thing

If you want to make it even faster, it also looks great as a one layer card.  It also looks great with a few rhinestones to add a bit of bling to the blossoms. For this version I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig and the images in Fresh Fig and Powder Pink.  All the images are from Colorful Seasons, an incredibly versatile stampset which is new in this year’s annual catalogue.  It’s got images for all year round and I’m looking forward to sharing more with you.  This set has two step stamping and as it’s photopolymer, it’s really easy to line up the flowers with the gaps in the branches.  I added a skinny Powder Pink mat and put it on a Fresh Fig base.  I think it looks cheerful and spring-like, how about you?

I’ll be back next Saturday with the Stampin’ Creative blog hop – see you then!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative’s Summer Fun Crafty Projects

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  Our theme this month is Summer Fun Crafty Projects so grab a coffee and hop around with us!

If you’ve arrived from Louise you’ll already have seen something fantastic. If you’ve started here do hop around – the links are at the bottom of the post.

I’ve had a challenging month. My sister Liz was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago. This was quickly followed by the discovery of spots on her brain. The good news is – it’s all treatable. Liz is doing amazingly – she is bright and positive and determined to beat this. She’s already had a course of full head radiotherapy – they are not wasting time in getting her treated. I spent two weeks there just after her diagnosis and now I’m heading back for another week to dispense hugs and provide home made croissants. Anyway, that’s a long winded explanation of why my posts once again, have failed to appear.

Onto the card!  I made this as part of a stamp-a-stack for the latest retreat I ran with my friend and upline Eimear – she’s also part of this blog hop. Although straightforward and designed to be quick to make as part of a stamp-a-stack, I love the simplicity of it. You’ll notice I used the “just breathe” sentiment again – I had teachers and parents in mind, given it’s the start of the holidays! All the images and the sentiment are from the Colorful Seasons stampset – a current favourite and likely to stay that way! The deckchairs frames are stamped in Sahara Sand, then the seats from left to right are stamped in full strength Trabquil Tide, then again but stamped off once and finally in Lemon Lime Twist the sentiment is also stamped in Tranquil Tide. I put a skinny Lemon Lime Twist mat behind the Whisper White layer and added a Tranquil Tide base.

My message for myself and anyone else that needs to take a moment – just breathe.

Just Breathe, In Colours, In Colours, Colorful Season

And now to see what Emma has for us! Click on the button below or you’ll find a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.

See you next weekend, fingers crossed.

Caro

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Stampin’ Creative Make a Card Send a Card

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Hello and welcome to the June Stampin’ Creative blog hop. Our theme this month is Make a Card, Send a Card. If you have arrived from Sarah I know you’ll have seen something special. If you have started here – welcome!

I think most of us are a bit guilty of making cards and stockpiling them, so this month we want to encourage you to send your creations! There is something so special about receiving a handmade card, especially “just because”. There are groups now which exist just for this – you sign up and commit to sending other people cards – I think it’s a fantastic idea.

My card today is a simple one, but I think effective. We’ve had some very bad news in my family this week and this card is for my sister, Liz. I know she’ll see this before the card arrives, but I want to send her as much love as I can straightaway. I think the card looks better in real life, so she can look forward to receiving it – I’m flying over tomorrow with our dad, so she will get it delivered by hand.

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I’ve used two stamp sets for this card – one that carried over, High Tide and one new one, Colorful Seasons, which has proved very popular. I also used more colours than I often do, there are five here! I took a 148.5 x 100mm piece of Shimmery White cardstock and used Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide and Pool Party with an aqua painter to create the sea. I actually made two and they look totally different – I love how watercolour effects are never the same twice! I put the card under paper and weights to dry and then stamped the birds from High Tide in Smoky Slate (Liz won’t thank me for this as she hates grey, but it was the right colour for them!). Finally, I rubbed embossing buddy over the card and stamped the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in versamark and heat embossed in silver. The base is Island Indigo, which really picks up the colours of the sea.

It says everything I need it to and goes with all my love.

Now onto Eimear for more wonderful inspiration – I can’t wait to see what she has for us! Click the button below to go to her blog. There is also a full list of our posts at the bottom.

Apologies for the long gap in my posts – I’ll be back weekly again from now on.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop for May.  Our theme this time is Sneak Peeks of the new, almost live annual catalogue!  You are here with me, Caro Thomas and if you’ve arrived from the amazing Queen Pip you’ll have seen some wonderful things already. 

My sneak peeks are really quite simple. I have to admit that this month’s hop actually caught me on the hop (!) as I came away on holiday without having planned. Fortunately, I did a load of playing with new products recently and I’d even taken photos of them!  My first card mixes old and new – new in-colours and stampset, along with an old stampset and framelit die, but they both carry on into the new catalogue:

The base is the gorgeous Tranquil Tide and I went for quite a few layers here as you’ll see. I stamped the leaves from the gorgeous new stampset Oh So Eclectic in Tranquil Tide on my smallest Whisper White layer – I love the textured effect that the stamp gives. I stamped the sentiment from You’re So Sweet in Berry Burst and then cut out using the framelit from the Mini Treatbag coordinating set. I cut another banner in Berry Burst then snipped it in half to add a flash of colour. I glued them together with snail and then popped up in dimensionals. 

I thought I would also show you some of the bookmarks I’ve made – these will be sent out with the new annual catalogues to all my customers, so if you want one you’ll need to buy something quickly!  These bookmarks have been on a few Facebook posts, but I haven’t blogged about them and thought I’d share them now. They now look even better in real life, as my in-colour ribbons have arrived and I’ve completed them, ready to post. 


I cut thick Whisper White into 5cms strips along the width, so the strips were 297mm long. I cut those in half, then punched using the scalloped tag topper punch. I used Oh So Eclectic for my images (completely different to the leaves, right?  I’m thinking of renaming this set to Oh So Versatile!) and used all the new in-colours along with sentiments from Sunshine Sayings and Vertical Greetings, to complete them. 

That’s it from me, I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects. Now on to Emma for some more gorgeous sneak peeks. Click on the button below, or there’s a full list of the links at the bottom of the post. 

See you on Wednesday. 

Caro
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