Monday, 24 November 2014

I’m dreaming of a …. White Christmas…. Part 1

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And I will be all week….. though cards not just for Christmas here….

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These are some of the cards my ladies will be making at my classes this week….. I think they may be spoilt for choice – but I think they will be happy to all be going home with the White Christmas stamp set!!

This first series are all masked and sponged through a large circular aperture…along with some torn paper strips to create the snow banks. Or grass fields… 

Add one of the small cards as a mat to a plain Soft Sky 6” card blank….add a stapled banner… and voila… small & simple card now dressed up for more special friends!

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But I have to point out the staple on this card…. I was SO excited that Stampin’ Up! brought us this Handheld Stapler in the Autumn Winter catalogue…

One not to miss…smaller staple than standard stationery and so much easier to use in the hand …. and at such a low price too!! Only £8.95.  I say low price as I have another “Crafters” Handheld small staple system… I think that was 3 times the price! For once forget crafting ( though unmissable for that!)… but think home stationery… your life won’t be the same….

I am loving the White Christmas stamp set…along with the fabulous Holiday Home set of course!! Match made in heaven. So here are the smaller cards individually….

Just the one tree used on all of these cards … by covering the snow line of the stamp to the right of the single tree with a post it note. Inking up the single tree with the Memento black ink pad & then ( do not forget to do this!!) removing the post it note! And then stamping…..

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This first one is pretty much as the set comes!

Soft Sky snowflakes so they are really subtle!

Thinking of You wording stamp curved as it is placed on the clear block so that the words bend around the top of the sponged circle.

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The second one has Memento black snowflakes coloured in with the Soft Sky marker. And the Thinking of You wording is split…again using the post-it note-cover & ink technique described above.

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Third one is for all occasions…. the set isn’t just for Christmas after all. Again post-it note-cover & ink technique for the wording. And the snow melts and we have grassy fields. Along with flowers ( using the snowflake stamp)… This card was made on Remembrance Day…hence the poppies!

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And last but not least…. masking using the circle I cut out to produce the previously used mask (cut using the Circles Framelits by the way!) And there you have it… a man’s birthday card…

PS sponging using Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon…… or with Pear Pizzazz for grassy fields…..


  1. Fab selection of cards Amanda - I feel a case coming on!!
    Are you at the Thursday Sale-a-bration Event ? if so, looking forward to seeing you there.

    1. Thanks Kate... Enjoy cASEing! And cu Thursday....


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