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

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Sneak Peaks from the Autumn Winter Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!

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!

Being overwhelmed by the prospect of new crafting goodies is becoming a trend. I think I need help! But two bundles really caught my attention in the new Autumn Winter Seasonal catalogue from Stampin’ Up!, and one of them was the Star of Light bundle. You can’t go wrong with stars for a classic Christmas design can you?

I decided to make a shaker card, which also allowed me to use the beautiful Fancy Frost sequins. Even though the catalogue shows the Fancy Frost suite used for New Year projects, I think they are crying out to be used with stars and snowflakes. I also used ribbon from the Glitter Ribbon combo pack in the same suite, tied with some Silver Metallic thread.

star of light shaker card

Aren’t the sequins beautiful? It’s a pity that standing shaker cards up kind of messes up the effect! If you are putting glitter (or the new Mica powders we have in the new catalogue), it’s a good idea to use an Embossing Buddy on the inside of the window sheet to remove static and ensure that the glitter doesn’t just stick to the acetate. My Embossing Buddy was also vital in getting the clean finish with the silver embossed sentiment and stars, which are also in the Star of Light set.

star of light shaker card flat

I’d be lying if I said that the months from September to January are my favourite – I just love planning for Christmas. My problem is that it’s also my busiest time at school, so my plans often come to nothing. I will keep on trying though. Maybe this year I’ll get everything sorted in time…

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

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Special Offers from Stampin’ Up! for August

There are a couple of special offers from Stampin’ Up! for us this August – the exclusive Thoughtful Branches bundle, which is only available for this month.

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It’s a really versatile bundle that could take you all though the year.

And don’t forget to spend your Bonus Days coupons!

Redeem your bonus days coupons

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Bonus Days Special Offer from Stampin’ Up!

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Stampin’ Up! have a new promotion for us, starting today. For every £45 you spend between today and 31st July, you’ll get a Bonus Days coupon for £4.50 to spend between 2nd and 31st August.

That makes July the perfect time to stock up on basics – it’s always difficult to push lovely stamp sets off your wish list, isn’t it? But if you stock up this month, it’s then even easier to buy those new stamp sets next month with your money off coupons!

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Fruit Stand from Stampin’ Up!

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!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

Well, it’s official. I’m suffering from TMSS (that’s too much stash syndrome!) – I could barely decide what I wanted to order once the whole of the new annual catalogue was available and up for grabs. Luckily I know the cure…. once I finish for the summer holiday, I am going to set aside a good few days and work through my new stuff set by set and see what I can create. As I teach at a boarding school, I’ve only got two weeks left and then I have the whole summer stretching in front of me to be filled with crafting (I hope). And I’ll have lots to share with you here!

Anyway, on to my projects. I picked up some of the Fruit Stand Designer Paper and Kraft cardstock, and my first idea was to make a crate using the Hardwood background stamp to make the timber texture. I was so proud of myself thinking of such a cute idea…. and then I realised where I’d seen that before – only in the catalogue! So I stuck with the idea of a box, and made these two:

Fruit stand bag and box

The bag is of course made with the Gift Bag Punch Board, using the measurements for the medium size. I love that you are only limited by the size of your paper when it comes to the height of the bag. Isn’t the Gold Binder Clip just gorgeous? I can see myself stockpiling those and adding them to everything. I added a few of the new In Color Enamel Shapes to the Kraft banner. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone to use Peekaboo Peach as I am NOT a fan of orange, but it’s starting to grow on me.

The little box is also made with the same punch board, using the “side” score lines to create the facets on the box:

fruit stand faceted box

I am definitely not dedicated enough to come up with this on my own – I think we all have the fabulous Artisan Design Team member Jessica Winter to thank for this one, and I have definitely seen them on lots of blogs! The Whisper White Mini Pompom Trim came to my rescue as the lid just needed something extra to finish it off.

I’ll be using the gift bag as a hostess gift and the boxes as thank you presents at an upcoming workshop. Have you got yours booked? Don’t forget that you can earn an extra £25 Stampin’ Rewards during June.

Enough of my rambling – you have other lovely projects to hop on and see!

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

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