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!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

Just-Sayin-Love-Ya

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. 

Wonderful-Wreath

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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Pinkies Autumm/Winter 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!

 

If you’re following our Blog Hop through, you should have joined me from Sandie’s blog. I think I’m definitely going to have to try out a wreath with the Festive Flurry bundle.

I’ve found it quite difficult to get into the Christmas spirit as far as crafting goes. We’ve not even been back at school for two weeks, and some of my students are already counting down to the Christmas holiday. I know I’ve got a lot to do between now and then, so would prefer time to slow down a teeny bit for me!

Here’s my first Christmas card design of the year…

 

Wishing you

I chose to use the Wishing You stamp set. What I really like about this year’s Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue are the numbers of small stamp sets and kits. You really don’t have to spend out much to be able to make all your own Christmas cards. The set includes a sentiment, so you have a complete card with just one stamp set! Add that to the Season of Style Designer Series Paper stack, which has 24 each of two double-sided designs and the cards almost make themselves.
I always love Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive as a classic Christmas colour combination, but I know I’m going to be trying to get my new favourite Soft Sky into some of my Christmas crafting as well somehow!

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Stamp Sets: Wishing You
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer
Finishing Touch: Silver ⅛” ribbon, Cherry Cobbler 1″ stitched edge grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I do hope you keep on hopping as there is more inspiration on show than ever before. Next stop is Suzette!

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Convention Swaps

I've just got back from the most amazing holiday. Not only have I finally been to New York, but I was also able to go to the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City! As it was the 25th anniversary convention and we were planning on being in the USA anyway, it seemed a shame not to make it part of our trip. I was able to share the wonderful experience with my upline, Michelle Last (incentive trip winner, so this was all her fault really), Lynne Fahey and Nicky Whittall. They are all really amazing friends that I would never have met if it wasn't for Stampin' Up!

So, how about I share the swaps I made? I'm very much a last minute person – I had all the pieces stamped and cut for me to assemble on the plane. I thought that would be the perfect distraction (I hate flying far too much for someone who loves to visit new places…), but then my carry-on was stashed right at the back of a locker way at the back of the plane! Luckily I really struggled with the changing time zone, so my insommnia meant I could finish them at the hotel.

Happy day with blushing bride

My first swap used Blushing Bride and Basic Gray. With hindsight, maybe there were a few too many elements on this one! 

I also made the same design with Soft Sky and Smoky Slate (I said this was my new favourite colour combo, didn't I?):

Happy day with soft sky

I really hoped everyone I swapped these with liked them. The swaps I received in return are amazing!

Check back tomorrow to see my other swap design. For such a special event I couldn't just go with one design now, could I? 

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Stamp Sets: Happy Day, Label Love
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Chevron Embossing Folder
Artisan Label, Bitty Butterfly, Hexagon punches
Finishing Touch: Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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