Pinkies Blog Hop for the Autumn Winter Catalogue

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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!

You've probably joined me from Michelle's blog – that's another card for my CASE list, as if it wasn't long enough already!

I have found it so difficult to sit down and actually think about Christmas cards. I know that this is the perfect time to start my festive crafting (in fact, many of you will think I'm leaving it a bit late…!) but having only just gone back to school I can't bring myself to think of the END of the busiest, longest teaching term before it's even started. Still, I have my crafting to keep me sane as I struggle through which is amazing.

To ease myself into Christmas crafting, I wanted to make a wow card. One of those that you just make one or maybe two of and send to really, really special people. I've also decided on my main colour scheme for this year – Lost Lagoon goes so well with my old favourites Smoky Slate and Soft Sky that it didn't really need much thought!

Festival of trees double gatefold

The Festival of Trees stamp sets is going to give me so much variety when I finally get down to my 'bulk' Christmas card making. I was so glad to see Endless Wishes in our catalogue – I thought I'd missed out on that when it sold out in North America last year! Scribbled script fonts are so useful and I am very jealous of lucky people who can write like that freehand. AND it matches very well with the Good Greetings stamp set that you can earn free when you host a qualifying party.

Open double gatefold

I love gatefold cards for something special, especially when you fold back the 'gates' to create what is often called a double gatefold (I think). The extra weight just adds something, don't you think? Apart from postage charges, of course!

There's plenty more inspiration on offer from our team of demonstrators today, so do keep hopping through – next stop is Tracy!

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

I can’t believe we are blog hopping again! Haven’t the projects so far been amazing? I get to see them all before they are posted, so I always know what inspiration is in store.

The Spring Summer catalogue is so jam-packed with beautiful new products and ideas that I was spoilt for choice when it came to picking just a couple of things to focus on. But…. I managed it in the end and decided on the Just Sayin’ stamp set and the coordinating Word Bubbles framelits dies. I’m a sucker for a bundle and a bargain!

I like playing around with negative space, and I knew that the Word Bubbles would be perfect.

Just-Sayin-hey-there

The Fresh Prints DSP stack gives a nice burst of colour. The small scale patterns and 5″x7″ size make these paper stacks ideal for cardmaking. It means you don’t have to cut into a 12″x12″ piece just for a card!

I also wanted to see if I could create a texture using the Word Bubbles shapes in a clean white-on-white design. I think I like the effect – do you?

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I picked up my Cherry Cobbler cardstock to add some contrast. The teeny tiny heart is in the Just Sayin’ set too. These add a Valentine’s theme to the card, but use another colour and I think it could work for any occasion.

Next stop on the blog hop is Michelle – if you haven’t hopped through all of the blogs yet, I really hope you do and you get to see all the great projects my fellow demonstrators are showing!

 

 

 

 

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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. 

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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.
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Stamp Sets: Wonderful Wreath
Cardstock:

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!

 

 

 

 

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Digital Scrapbooking with My Digital Studio

Join Stampin’ Up! enthusiasts across the globe in a celebration of all that is amazing about digital scrapbooking. There are going to be daily blog posts from the brand new international design team on mydigitalstudio.net packed with inspiration. There are also going to be daily deals – and even a free download tomorrow!
If you haven’t tried MDS (My Digital Studio) then take advantage of the 30 day free trial which you can download here.
Today’s deal is a 50% saving on the lovely Amped Up Ampersands kit.
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Click here to purchase and download your kit. Use the hostess code 33MEJUTP to be in with a chance to win the hostess benefits – every time you shop with this code you will get an entry, so use it each time you buy the daily deal from my online shop!

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

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