Category Archives: Christmas

Embossing paste Christmas chimney


I’m back with my final Christmas card using embossing paste, from a recent technique class.  Local to Swindon and fancy joining me for a technique class in the New Year?  Click on “Get in touch” above and let me know!

Today’s card uses one of the Pattern Party Decorative masks, this time the brick pattern.

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I started off by applying embossing paste over the brick mask, to add a vertical strip down the right hand side of the Real Red layer.  I quickly sprinkled silver embossing paste over the top, tapping the back to remove the excess powder.  I left this to dry, as the embossing paste puffs up if you apply heat when wet and I didn’t want that look here.  I took the sentiment from Watercolor Christmas and after brushing embossing buddy on a piece of Whisper White, stamped it first into Versamark then immediately into Real red ink and then stamped on the card stock.  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the cut it out using the Layering Circle thinlits.  Next I heat embossed the embossing paste and then I constructed the card.  I used thick Whisper White for the card base and adhered the Real Red layer onto it, after I tied a bow around it using Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I slotted the sentiment circle under the bow and adhered directly to the Real Read layer.

That’s it!  I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along smoothly and that you have a wonderful festive season to look forward to.

See you next weekend.


Embossing paste Christmas!


I promised another card from my embossing paste technique class and here it is!

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The base is Cherry Cobbler and there’s a skinny Basic Black border underneath the top layer.  I used the circular mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (annual catalogue) and applied the white embossing paste and quickly sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on top, before it dried.  I cut a partial circle out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and added it to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the sentiment from Flurry of Wishes in Cherry Cobbler and used the Triple Banner punch on one end.  I popped the banner up on dimensionals.

I love this card with all its sparkle – hope you do too!

See you next weekend – I’ve got one more embossing paste Christmas card to show you!


Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Step into Christmas



Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve joined from Louise or started here you are very welcome!  I hope you enjoy today’s projects.  This month’s theme is Stepping into Christmas, so expect snowflakes, glitter and Rudolph 😉

I’m delivering snow and glitter with my project!  This is one of four cards I created for a recent technique class using embossing paste.

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The base is Garden Green and I have a skinny Real Red border around the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the tree trunk in Soft Suede and then the branch images in Garden Green and Always Artichoke.  This a two (three in fact) photopolymer stamp set called Season Like Christmas, which is available in the current Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I heat embossed the star from the same set in gold and then added white Embossing Paste (current Annual catalogue) using a palette knife to create the snow drift and snow on the branches.  Finally I added Wink of Stella to add some Christmas glimmer!

I hope you like today’s card.  Now onto Eimear to see what she has created.  There is a full list of blogs at the end of the post – just click on the button below to go to Eimear’s blog.

See you next week for another Christmas card featuring embossing paste.



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Christmas Retreat in a Box


I’m a bit late in posting this, so if you are interested you’ll need to get your skates on and let me know today!

We had a great day at our 4th WLCR (Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats) craft retreat last Sunday.  For those of you that couldn’t come, we have great news…. you can now order your very own ‘Retreat in a Box’!

Just like our attendees you will receive all the pillow gifts and WLCR Bag which contains the goody bag products worth £35 and photo tutorials for 10 projects. This is our Bronze package and costs £45. (Watercolour Christmas clear mount stamp set can be swapped out should you already own it).

You can add either our Technique class or Stamp-a-stack class for £60 or both classes for £75 (UK posted).

Class projects are all cut, punched and die-cut ready for you to stamp and assemble.

Here are some photos to tempt you!

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Last orders 9pm Sunday October 15th.


Christmas Sweaters – clean and simple


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.


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.