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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.

Season Like Christmas, Stampin' Creative, embossing paste

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 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!

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.


Let the throwbacks commence!


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.



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.


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.