Wonderful Wreath

It's about time I shared some of my Christmas card designs! Each year, I promise myself I will start in July. And then November comes around and I've barely had time to think about Christmas. At least the school holidays have started now, so I have plenty of time.

Even though I've not been blogging, I've been busy! I've done two stamp-a-stacks and a Christmas papercraft taster session for my local WI, so I'll share the cards from those over the next few days. They are all relatively quick and simple, so if you are a bit of a last minute crafter like me, hopefully you will find them useful to help you catch up with Christmas preparations.

My first stamp-a-stack was over a month ago now (I honestly don't know where the time goes during the Autumn term!). I kept the total supply list needed for the cards uncharacteristically simple, meaning that they didn't need to buy the whole catalogue to be able to replicate the designs themselves. 


I went with the classic combination of Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive here, with an almost compulsory Crumb Cake card base. I would have used Very Vanilla (my go-to soft neutral background) but the Season of Style DSP Stack pushed me towards Whisper White instead, and it does make the gorgeous wreath pop just that little bit better, don't you think? I couldn't help using the Expressions thinlits to cut the "Merry" from glimmmer paper to finish it off. I'm becoming a bit of a font and typography geek and the script is just perfect.
 stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Wreath

Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Whisper White

Season of Style DSP Stack, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Ink: Old Olive
Tools: Big Shot die-cutting machine, Expressions Thinlits

More last minute Christmas crafting inspiration to come!






Embossed Evergreen for Less is More

This is my rather last minute entry to this week's Trees challenge at Less is More.

Evergreen christmas

I haven't embosssed anything for ages. When I started crafting, everything had to be embossed. I think the shiny effect was just too special for the 10 year old me not to put on EVERY card I made! But Chrissie's gilded card made me reach for the heat gun and gold powder…

You may have thought that Everygreen had retired, but it's hiding on the carry over list from last year's Autumn/Winter catalogue.

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Christmas Messages, Evergreen
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Brushed Gold
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark
Tools: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool
Finishing Touch: Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope you like my attempt at Clean and Simple today. Don't forget the 25 stamps sets discounted by 25% - only available until Monday so don't miss out!






Thinlit Card Dies Available Now

Stampin' Up! thinlit dies UK

Stampin’ Up! thinlit card dies are now available to order! It seems like an age since I got to see these in action back in July at Convention, as we’ve had to wait so much longer than the US demonstrators to get our hands on them (well, maybe not that long really…!).

The extra dies that come with the card dies themselves are worth buying on their own:

circle thinlit label thinlit

You will not be disappointed as they are AMAZING. The magic flip that these clever dies create is sure to impress. Check back soon to see some “flipping” inspiration!





Save 25% on 25 Stamp Sets

save 25% on 25 stamp sets

Stampin’ Up! are continuing their 25th Anniversary celebrations with yet another amazing deal.

Until 28th October, you can pick up some beautiful stamp sets and save a massive 25% off the catalogue price!

Click here to see the 25 stamp sets on offer

And how about a hostess code to make the deal even better? To be in with a chance to win the hostess benefits, use the code CXGQKP7P when you shop in my online store. This code will be valid until 31st October.


Autumn Winter Pinkies Blog Hop!


Welcome to our first ever Pinkies Blog Hop. We’ll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Our blog hop buttons will help guide you on your way.We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

I am so excited to be taking part in my first ever blog hop! The Pinkies are such a great team of demonstrators and give me so much inspiration that I am proud to be able to make sure you see some of it too.

So… you must have seen the Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue by now! It's definitely not a mini catalogue any more. With so many lovely products I was at a loss to know what to show you. I was really excited to see the Scentsational Season stamp set in the catalogue, and even more so when it arrived in my big brown box. I hate cutting out stamped images, so the holiday framelits that coordinate with the stamps are so useful and save so much time!

After much deliberation, I decided on a fancy fold style card. You may well have seen this style before. I sometimes think that the names we give different styles of card can be a bit off-putting – these cards are really straightforward to make.

Scentsational Season aperture double gatefold card closed
The symmetrical gingerbread man image is perfect for this double gatefold card. With careful lining-up of the framelit you can create a lovely effect.

Scentsational Season aperture double gatefold card open
The DSP is from the Festival of Prints paper stack. At 11.4cm by 16.5cm it is the perfect size for matting and layering in cardmaking and scrapbooking, and the small scale patterns are gorgeous. They are double-sided designs, but what I love most is that all the 'front' patterns coordinate with each other and all the 'back' patterns are a different colour scheme but again all coordinate with each other. I thought I'd test this out. This gift tag (cut with the Two Tags die) uses the gingerbread man from Scentsational Season again, and the flagged strips are from exactly the same pieces of paper as the card above – except that I've turned them over! So in one pack of DSP you have both traditional and modern Christmas colour schemes to work with for your cards and projects. Don't you just love Stampin' Up!?

Scentsational Season gingerbread man tag
It's really easy to add dimension with the framelits. By cutting 3 identical images and folding each gently in half, you can layer one on top of the other two folded up and glue the 3 together… I'm not explaining that very well but I hope you can see what I mean! 

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop so far – keep going as I've seen all the lovely projects that my fellow Pinkies have in store for you!