Saturday, 16 December 2017

Hang Your Christmas Stockings Trio


A clean and simple little trio made whilst I had the Hang Your Stockings and Christmas Stocking dies out the other week...  in soft blues and greys by special request... forgotten how good this set is... glad I thought to get it out again...






Friday, 15 December 2017

A Monthly Round Up of Christmas Projects...

Just out of interest I had a look and thought I would post a quick round up of the most visited christmas projects over the past month as the first one in particular was a bit of a surprise after all this time!! But he still makes me happy...

As does today... as today is the day my boy gets back from University after his first 3 months away... really can't wait!

Just click on the photo to go to the original blog post for more details...

At pole position... it's Wonderful Wreath Santa from 3 years ago!
Wonderful Wreath, Santa, Punch Art Santa, by Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa  (2)
At no.2... 12 Drinks of Christmas...
At no. 3... Hearts Come Home Bridge U Fold Card... with the Tutorial post here coming in the Top 10 too... 
At no. 4... the Honeycomb Bauble Ornament...
At no 5... The Narnia card... 
At no 6... The Hello Friend Christmas Tags...
At no 7... Hearts Come Home Tea Light Show.. and oh I have just realised I haven't given the game away! Coming soon...
At no 8... A Simple Snowflake card...
At no 9... Baby Wipe Swipe Hearts Come Home card
And at no 10... the Christmas Staircase card with Tutorial from last year...



Thursday, 14 December 2017

Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Foiled Gift Bags

Made some more of the Striped Treat Bags shared here earlier...
Again using the Memories & More Merry Little Christmas pack and the Foil Snowflakes for a very quick & easy ... but stunning in the flesh... make... 
So much better than popping gift cards and small gifts in an envelope... and 10 days ahead of time! That's a first!
    
Love all of them... even used a few of the stickers in the card pack too...

All finished off with the Quilted 1/4" Ribbon... as I realised that it co-ordinated with them all for an extra pop of colour,...

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Handwritten Alphabet Christmas Around the World


Wondering what to do with all your wreaths and bows in the Christmas Around the World paper pack...

Why not try this... bows die cut care of the Christmas Lamppost dies... bit of  fussy cutting of the wreaths to get the solid centre for stamping on with the Hand Lettered Alphabet though...
Finished off with a split greeting from Santa's Sleigh... using marker pens on the words you require... ... or as Amanda has done ...by simply chopping her stamp up into 3 parts!

Though I have to admit...  looking at the photo...  wish I had only put one of the bows on! Funny how things can look very different in a snapshot!


Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Lantern re-dressed....


Finally got round to photoing the final Christmas Lantern with its proper lights in situ... and a few Champagne Foil die cut Seasonal Layers snowflakes added to finish...

Can't tell you how much better it looks with the tiny lights behind the lantern glass... albeit very fiddly to achieve... getting Tear n Tape behind the "lamp glass on the inside of the lantern" and then sticking the lightbulb on...
And I have to laugh at this final photo... as no way does it look purple in real life!! Cool White is (supposed to be) the look... 


Sunday, 10 December 2017

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Christmas Cheer Challenge cards for Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Last weekend Stampin' Up! demonstrators around the UK held Christmas Cheer events in a combined challenge to produce over 10, 507 christmas cards over the weekend... to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities who provide free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital... 

These cards are so that the families have access to beautifully crafted cards in the Houses around the UK which they can send to their loved ones back home... creating a bit of normality in what is a very stressful and alien situation for many...
And together we achieved... an amazing 17,778 christmas cards... WOW! Big well done everyone who took part...

Stampin’ Up! UK held a Christmas Cheer kick-off event at Ronald McDonald House, Manchester on Friday 1 December. Stampin’ Up! with six demonstrator volunteers working hard to make lots of cards. 

And then it was over to the rest of us... Some went solo, some with family & friends and some ran large events for all comers... 
I was running a couple of events... but sadly snow stopped play for one... and no-one had booked into the other! 

So I ended up going solo... and for those of you that know me... you know that I don't take well to mass producing cards... but the cause was greater than my personal foibles... so I carried on... 
Though I do have to admit that I stopped and designed this card mid flow... as my original card choices were based upon most of my ladies already having the Lovely as a Tree stamp set so that production could be to the maximum with a group in the room... but I needed something even cleaner and simpler.. 

So the card is using the Hello Friend wreath in Always Artichoke... plus the berry trio & greeting from Hang Your Stockings  in Real Red... finished off with a Real Red stamped and Holly Berry Builder punched bow from Holly Berry Happiness ... as one of my other crafting foibles is not being good at tying bows!!
And I have to also admit... that I love this card design so much that any cards I have left to make to send this year will be to this design too... 
Oh and for your information... these were my originally intended designs... as these have been so so popular amongst my ladies this year... that I couldn't resist...
Background Stampin' Up! has a long history of supporting philanthropic causes. 'Helping others' and 'making a difference' is part of our mission statement. Over the past two decades, almost three decades in fact, they have seen demonstrators all over the world embrace these words and make a difference in the lives of others.
We are also excited to have celebrated our 10th anniversary in the UK during November, and to mark this special occasion; Stampin' Up! UK set a challenge to make a whopping 20,000 cards across two card-making weekends in 2017, to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  
Earlier this year we held the first of our card-making weekends ‘Birthday Wishes’ from 23 – 25 June. Demonstrators across the country rallied together to hold their own events and produce an astounding 9,493 cards! 

Cards made will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities who provide free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children's hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night's sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they're only moments away from their child.  See here for more details... http://www.rmhc.org.uk/what-we-do/
Nicola Savage, Fundraising Manager at Ronald McDonald House charities, has written a few words about the importance of the 20,000 Cards Challenge and how it helps the charity:
“The support Stampin’ Up! are providing through these amazing card-making weekends, means that our families have access to beautifully crafted cards which they can send to their loved ones back home – creating a bit of normality in what is a very stressful and alien situation for many. We are so grateful to Stampin’ Up! and their demonstrators for their support.” 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Hello Friend Christmas Tags...

So these are why the Hello Friend and Hang Your Stockings were out in the first place...

Some very simple tags as my ladies this week have a "Golden Balls" Topiary and a Christmas Lantern to make... but I did promise them some tags this year too!

White embossed on Crumb Cake... plus Hang Your Stockings greeting & berries
Gold embossed on white... plus Hang Your Stockings greeting & berries
And last but not least... Garden Green and Real Red Flowers on white.. flowers wouldn't have worked on the embossed wreath... too much smudging!!
And I have to admit that this will be my tag this year... but with copper embossing on Crumb Cake... as that is an absolute perfect match to the wrapping paper I bought at Morrisons last week!

So which came first... tag or paper... why... tag design of course!!!

Friday, 8 December 2017

My favourite Detailed Gates Christmas Card!

So I remade my Christmas Gates card that I shared here (with the Tutorial for you...) as I wanted to use the Boxwood Wreaths... and make it a quicker and simpler card in a class with lots of other projects going on...

Though luckily my brain kicked into gear before I attached the Boxwood Wreath as...with all that dimension... it would never have fit in a standard C6 envelope if I had... so the Christmas Around the World papers came out again... and a simple die-cut but flat wreath & bow was added instead...
And of course... luckily the Halloween Night papers are still in the Clearance Rack for us in Europe.. so the brick sheet in there made the gate posts really easy! I have to admit that more on their way to me and that I have bought a lot of these papers since they have been in the Clearance Rack...

Rest of the details are the same as the original ... apart from the Lanterns which are also care of the Christmas Lamppost dies... which are retiring (sniff! I am so gutted!)... but they are reduced in the Year End Sale by nearly £4...
Though the Full Bundle with the co-ordinating Brightly Lit Christmas stamps is still marginally cheaper if you want the stamps too...

And I will dash a few more of these off prior to my Christmas post... quicker to create than they look... and some already prepped and ready to go ...


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Hang your Very Glittery Gold Stocking...


Just as quick to create as yesterdays silver stocking card... but again very striking and effective in the flesh... 

Garden Green stamped pine boughs and greeting from Christmas Pines... 
Gold Glimmer Christmas Stocking die cut stocking popped up using Stampin Dimensionals... 

Finished off with a holly sprig from the Hang Your Stockings stamps (that co-ordinate with the Stockings dies)

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Hang Your Silver Foil Stocking...

Something simple and shiny today ... using a couple of my ladies favourite christmas stamps and dies (both featuring in the Annual Catalogue in case you were wondering)

This is one to quickly get christmas cards made if you haven't quite finished...
Die cut aperture in a small square card (10.5cm/US Letter 4 1/4")... with die cut silver foil filigree stocking popped through and stuck down... both care of Christmas Stockings Thinlits dies... (which has co-ordinating Hang Your Stocking stamps)

Silver embossed greeting care of Christmas Pines and a little silver ribbon bow to finish...


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Just A Little Note...

 
So this is what I was actually making when I shared this christmas version earlier...  a little note card to send to my online customers last month with their gift to say thank you...

But... first of all... a little apology for my late posting today... but I did need to say these words to you... at the right moment! The second reservation window for the Stamparatus is now open!! 
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So back to my little card... the wreath is from Hello Friend, berries from Hang your Stocking and the greeting and flourish on the envelopes are from Flourishing Phrases...
Though the stamps etc were actually out to make another even quicker project but more on that another day!

And here are the 2 versions together...
Stampin Up Products Used
Stamps - Hello Friend; Hang Your Stocking & Flourishing Phrases
Ribbon - 1/8" Solid Real Red
Inks - Real Red; Versamark
Other - Gold Embossing powder; Very Vanilla notecards & envelopes;