Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas Retreat in a Box

Hello!

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.

Caro
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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!

Christmas Sweaters

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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Jolly Hat Christmas 

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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:

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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.

Caro
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Merry Mice for Christmas

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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:

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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.

Caro
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DSP Christmas card

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

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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.

Caro
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Let the throwbacks commence!

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My first pick to re-visit is a card from last December, which I made as a challenge entry. It was a colour challenge and although at first glance the colours didn’t scream Christmas – Melon Mambo, Early Espresso and Lost Lagoon (gosh I miss that colour!), that’s what I went with. It features a now retired stampset, Festival of Trees but there is at least one in the current catalogues you could use in it’s place:

Christmas trees, Festival of Trees

Hope you like my first throwback – see you on Thursday for another.

Caro
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Curvy Santa boxes

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I’m giving up trying to stop posting Christmas things – it just seems to be where my head is at the moment!

I made lots of these boxes last year and probably posted about them (I haven’t checked!) but this year’s are slightly different and it’s good to have a reminder of how cute they are, to say nothing of how versatile the curvy keepsake box thinlits are.

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In a moment of madness I sold my retired Mosaic punch, which meant I had to find a new way to create the belt buckle – fortunately my lovely upline Eimear reminded me you can use two circles.  These circles are both framelits and I can’t actually remember which sets I pulled them from – there are plenty to choose from and there are suitable punches too.  The boxes are Real Red, with Basic Black and Gold Glimmer paper forming the belt.  The buttons are enamel shapes made black with a sharpie (again, these are retired but there are in-colour embellishments that would work.  The sentiment is from a retired but very useful set (I love that sentiment!) and is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White, then cut out using the Layering Ovals smallest framelit.  It is tied on with again, retired gold thread.  I don’t often post with so many retired items, but all of the things I’ve used could easily be replaced with current products.

I’m making these for a friend to sell at a craft fair and whilst I was constructing I accidentally put one together differently.  I’ve always preferred the box on the right, but she preferred my “mistake”.  So the rest of them look like that and I’ve come to love the framing that the box edges give.

Hope you like it!

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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