Hang your Stocking from Stampin’ Up! for our Pinkies Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! UK Pinkies Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I mentioned in our last blog hop how there were two bundles that really stood out for me when I first saw the Autumn Winter catalogue – I’m now sharing my other favourite which is the Hang Your Stocking bundle. Although I think that this could easily be one of my all-time favourites! I immediately thought of making a fireplace easel card, using the Hearth and Home framelits to help create my scene. Hanging stockings on Christmas Eve (and opening them on Christmas Morning) is something I loved growing up, and even now that’s still part of my Christmas routine. Of course, these two stockings are different colours as otherwise how would I know which one was mine and which was my husband’s?

hang your stocking fireplace closed

While I have to admit the greeting looks a bit odd sitting in the fireplace when you have the card flat, you can see why it’s needed when you try to set the easel up.

hang your stocking fireplace open

The Christmas Stocking Thinlit dies which are the second half of the Hang Your Stocking bundle also have this lovely NOEL die, which I’ve cut using the new Copper Foil paper. They look like marquee letters sitting on the mantle piece, which are on my shopping list to add to our Christmas decorations!

As you can see if you look closely, I’ve gone one step further to create my fireplace and put a flickering tea light behind the vellum panel. I think this would look lovely on a mantel piece in the depths of December. Here’s a deliberately dark photo to try and show the effect:

hang your stocking fireplace lit

I hope you enjoy the rest of the inspiration being shared by my fellow demonstrators – Sarah is the next stop on our blog hop today!

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop


Oh What Fun Making Quick Boxes

While most of my fellow demonstrators were having fun at the first On Stage Live event in Brussels, I was holding my monthly class at the Beacon Centre in Harrow. It was lovely to have some more new people joining us, and it was rather lucky that we’d been double booked and moved to a larger room. My next event is on 3rd December, and if you are looking for card classes in Harrow or North West London, then please do join my group on Meetup so I can keep you updated on our events!

After last month’s Stamp-a-Stack, we swapped to 3D items. We started off making some cute boxes using the Gift Box Punch Board. Everyone got to choose a pattern from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack, but here are all the patterns together for you to see.

quick stack of boxes

The DSP stacks are 6″x6″, which is the smallest size listed on the punch board and makes it really quick easy to make a whole stack of these boxes in next to no time at all. Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive just scream Christmas paired together like this. The Gold Cording Trim adds a bit of festive sparkle as well.

quick tags and decoration

We used the Oh What Fun stamp set to create some tiny tags to add to our boxes. Of course, the ends were punched with the Triple Banner Punch – no more guesswork needed.

pretty mini gift boxes

These are all ready to go for my department Christmas dinner in December – all I have to do is to decide what to put inside…!


Simple Card using Dove of Peace

This is another of the cards we made in our Shoe Box Swap evening. This isn’t a stamp set that jumped out of me from the catalogue, so it was a great chance to get to create something with it.

dove of peace

The vellum was embossed using the Softly Falling embossing folder. I really like how you can choose two different effects depending on which way round you put your embossed sheet. As you can see, I went with more rather than less!

This card also reminded me how effective heat embossing can be, along with the use of watercolour paper and a stylish swash from an aqua painter. And who could resist adding a bit of bling to finish it off?


Blog Hop for the Autumn Winter Catalogue


Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I love the build up to Christmas, don't you? Waiting to see shops put out the Christmas stock, planning parties, and working out what to make for everyone's presents. But if you're anything like me, one second it's back to school and the next it's December and you haven't managed any of it. I'm determined it'll be different this year and at least I have one Christmas card made and ready to share with you today.

Peaceful pines

I'm a sucker for a good Christmas tree set, and Peaceful Pines (with matching Perfect Pines framelits to make life easier) was the first thing on my wish list. I've also used the Gently Falling textured embossing folder, layered over some Lost Lagoon cardstock. You can just about see the snowflakes stamped in Lost Lagoon from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set underneath the vellum layer. The Dazzling Diamonds glitter strips on the Smoky Slate label layer were created using double sided tape to give even strips without too much effort.

Peaceful pines close up

The pine itself is stamped in Mint Macaron – a perfect grey green to match with the Lost Lagoon and Smoky Slate. The sentiment is also from the Holly Jolly Greetings set. I added Silver Cording Trim and one of the lovely Winter Wonderland Embellishments to finish it all off.

Next stop on our blog hop is Tracy, and I know she has a lovely project to share with you!








Punched Double Gatefold with Festival of Trees

I always mean to try out a punched double gatefold card like this one using Scentsational Season (from way back in 2012) whenever there is a symmetrical-enough motif. Festival of trees gave me a more than suitable punch and stamp combo to try my hand at this simple style of card again.

Festival of trees double gatefold

While using a punch rather than a framelit makes it a lot easier to get both punches level, they haven't got any easier to photograph well!

Festival of trees double gatefold open

I can see some lovely versions with hearts appearing on my blog come January, so hopefully I'll get a bit better at photographing them!