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.
 stampin' supplies

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
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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!

stampin' supplies

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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Quick Card Using Flower Shop

The card I have to share with you today was made at our most recent quarterly team training, which was the weekend before my trip to the USA.

Some crafting is always planned for the day, but I have to admit that I usually spend the time gossiping and rarely make the project planned! Michelle wanted to try something different this time, so she challenged us to come up with a card using limited supplies within 45 minutes… All I can say is that the time limit was both very motivating and rather scary!

Flower shop

It's a very simple card, but was completed rather quickly so still left me with time to chat. Some of the other cards completed in the same time were amazing, and as I have photos I am sure to CASE them in upcoming weeks.

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Six-Sided Sampler (sentiment)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Pansy Punch
Finishing Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Box Swaps

I didn't just take general swaps. I was too slow to get in to an organised swap, but there was a meet-up with some of the top American demos arranged for the international demonstrators attending. I have to say a big thank you to Becky Roberts for all the organising. I wanted to take something special for some of the demos that would be there, as they have given me so much inspiration over the last few years (and have been amazingly generous in blogging and sharing it all!). This is what I came up with:

Chocolate box

It's very simple, and perhaps too simple for such inspiring demonstrators! There are a couple of mini bars of Green and Blacks inside – I wanted to share some of my favourite chocolate with them. This is the first time I have used the Naturals Ivory cardstock, and I can't believe I have overlooked it so far. The box flap was cut using the Deco Lables framelits, and the ribbon and butterfly keep the box loosely closed. I didn't want this to end up like my never-opened swaps, so made the closure really simple.

I hope they liked it, but more importantly I hope they enjoyed the chocolate!

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Deco Labels Framelits
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Finishing Touch: Basic Gray ¼" Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Hello, Hello Single Stamps!

I never thought we would get these stamps and have been very jealous of the US demonstrators… but there are now some special single stamps available for purchase! I think my favourite of the lot is Hello, Hello, but I am sure I will find reasons to buy and use the whole collection. You can download the single stamps information here.

The challenge over at "Less is More" this week is a colour challenge, and we have to take inspiration from the colour of our front door. Now, I would never use less is more to describe my style, and seeing as I don't particularly like the colour my door is painted this was really a challenge for me! It's painted dark blue, and Night of Navy seemed to be the closest colour. The inside is definitely Very Vanilla, so that gave me my colour combination. Here's what I came up with:

Hello hello

What do you think? The paper piercing around the window frame cut-out is not very clear, but my poor photography skills are to blame for that. I think I have still got a lot to learn about that, and about clean and simple stamping! I really had to hold back from reaching for my ribbon…

Stampin' Up! supplies

Stamp Sets: Hello, Hello (132675)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Window Frames Collection Framelits, Paper-Piercing Tool
Finishing Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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