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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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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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Simple Swirly Christmas wreath

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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.

Caro
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Star of Light for CAS Colours & Sketches

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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:

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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.

Caro
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Jolly Friends and glittery Christmas

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Sorry to miss Sunday’s post – the day seemed to pass by in a flash and I only remembered I hadn’t posted as I went to bed!  Sometimes life happens.

Today I’m showing you another of the cards from my recent Christmas stamp-a-stack:

Jolly Friends, Jolly Hat punch, Christmas

This was the most complicated of the four cards and I subsequently came up with a much more CAS design using the moose and Santa hat which I infinitely preferred.  I’ll be showing you that next week.

The base is Emerald Envy, there’s a skinny Whisper White border and the top Real Red layer is stamped with the moose stamp from Jolly Friends (Autumn/Winter catalogue) in Real Red, to give a subtle watermarked effect.  Merry Christmas from Star of Light (Autumn/Winter catalogue) is heat embossed in white.  I cut two ovals the same size from the Layering Ovals framelits set, then heat embossed the moose in Real Red Glitter Stampin’ emboss powder – the photos don’t do it justice, it’s incredibly glittery and sparkly!  I stamped the stripey hat (Jolly Friends) in Emerald Envy on Whisper White, then punched it out using the Jolly Hat builder punch.  There’s a bundle, so save 10% if you buy the stamp and punch together.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the hat brim and pompom for a bit of bling, then glued it together.  I constructed using tombow, adding a length of Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon (it’s gorgeous) to the Real Red layer.  I popped the Santa hat up with dimensionals.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.

Caro
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Twinkle Trees for CAS Colours & Sketches

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When I first saw the colours for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, set by my sister Liz, I did wonder what I’d do as I’m a bit fixated on Christmas cards at the moment and the colours didn’t shout “Christmas” to me!  But it didn’t take me long to see that I could do a bit of a twist on traditional colours!   Yup, rather than look for a non-Christmas theme, I did it anyway.  Here are the colours:

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Bet you’re wondering how I made that Christmassy!  But we’ve got a strong green and a bright pink (almost red) there, so this is what I came up with:

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I used the Twinkle Trees set and when I stamped the Tempting Turquoise stars I quickly added some clear embossing powder.  It doesn’t work as well as putting the stamp in Versamark first, but I was stamping multiple times.  Hopefully you can see a bit of twinkle there.  The sentiment is from Star of Light, stamped in Melon Mambo.

Hope you like it – play along with us, we’d love to see your take on these colours in the gallery!

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Twinkle Tree Christmas

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I have another card from the weekend’s stamp-a-stack to share with you today. I mentioned recently that heat embossing, especially with metallics is one of the things that drew me to sign up with Stampin’ Up!.  I’m not the only one – people just love watching the dull powder suddenly transform into a shiny metallic image.  So no real surprise that people loved this card:

Twinkle Trees, FLuury of Wishes, Christmas, Clean & Simple, Embossing

The tree and the ornaments are from the Twinkle Trees set (photopolymer, Autumn/Winter catalogue).  The outline is stamped in Emerald Envy, the tinsel is in Real Red and the baubles are heat embossed in gold.  The sentiment (pretty much my all time favourite Christmas sentiment) is from Flurry of Wishes and is stamped in Real Red.  My card base is Emerald Envy and I have a Real Red skinny border around the Whisper White top layer.  I love this combination of colours for Christmas, hope you do too!

See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches – there’s still time to enter this week’s challenge!

Caro
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