Festive Farmhouse meets Christmas Traditions

Today, I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches [ #FMS355 ]. It’s been too long since playing along with a challenge group, and FMS’s were one of my favs. Here is the sketch:

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I’m so in love with Festive Farmhouse Designer Paper pack, all those lovely Tartan style patterns remind me of my husbands’ Scottish heritage.

Today, I’ve teamed this one up with the Christmas Traditions punch box, featured on page 2 in the Holiday catalogue. This gorgeous little stamp set and punch bundle can be teamed up with many other sets to create amazing combinations or it can hold it’s own when used as the main feature. Just like I’ve done here.

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I started with one of the silver foil edge card base and envelope and layered it with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the yummy Designer paper. I wrapped the left edge with some of the metallic edge ribbon in silver to coordinate.

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To create a simple embellishment to finish the card, I punched 2 ferns from the Pretty Pines thinlit set, a circle of Silver Glimmer paper and finished off with colouring the stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Markers to alternate the colours.

A nice simple card and I really like how it turned out.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC196 – Santa’s Workshop

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Oh my… have you actually really really looked at the suite of products on offer in this section of the catalogue? It. Is. De.Vine…. sigh….  (insert dreamy eye emoji!)

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This is the section of the holiday catalogue the Caseing The Catty Crew are focussing on for this week’s hop. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from the lovely Julia Quinn.

The thing about the products in this suite is, you have to feel them. The Designer Paper is flocked, meaning it has raised texture and the Memories and More cards have glitter adhered on, so they too have raised texture and sparkly to match! The other thing is the dies fit the little characters printed on the Designer paper, and some of the circle punches will punch out all the little extras – candy canes, snowflakes and lollies – so there is little wastage. Notice how they are printed in lines too – you can cut strips and not decapitate poor ol’ Santa… he does have a tough job as it is huh!

There is so much to love with all of these products, but this week, I went in a different direction. You know I love all the idea in the catalogue too, so this weeks card came from inspiration from the “Have yourself a Merry Christmas” card design on the right on page 23.

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This is what I came up with.

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Very Vanilla and Gold are the main colours and I have teamed them up with a splash of Real Red. The card is square and I have included a strip of Gold Glimmer paper layered with some of that yummy bauble design paper from the All is Bright suite. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set and die cut with an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelits.

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The back of the sentiment is adorned with die cut elements in Gold Glimmer paper and Foil from the Swirly Snowflakes and Pretty Pines thinlits sets. I love mixing up my existing collection of toys with my new ones!

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I was wishing I had purchased the Red Rhinestones from the Annual Catalogue, but I keep forgetting to order them, so to substitute, I used the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends and coloured some medium and small Pearls. This added the splash of colour I was looking for. To make the job of applying them soooo much easier, I used the new Take Your Pick tool – it has many options to help you along while crafting. Today, i used the palette knife to loosen the pearls off the backing of the packaging the come on, and the putty end to lift them and move them into place on my project. All those pearls, in place on my project in no time!

Next up in the hop is Fi Cobbin.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, September 23rd.

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CTC195 – Festive Farmhouse

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It’s another hop with the Caseing The Catty crew and this week it’s all about the Festive Farmhouse suite, pages 12–17. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Peta.

This weeks inspiration has come from the Noel card on the bottom of the main suite page.

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Here is where the inspiration took me.

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I used different layer combination on my card, but I think the result is nice and clean. Using the Festive Farmhouse Design paper (OMG… so in love with this pack!) I layered this over a Chery Cobbler card base.

The two green punched elements are Call Me Clover and are from Petal & more thinlit dies. I used one of those gorgeous pearlized doilies and some Champagne foil to layer.

The stamp set I used is the Making Christmas Bright, the circle I stamped on some vellum so that you can still see some of the detail beneath it, and the sentiment I stamped on Whisper White and both these elements were punched using Circle framelits.

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I didn’t over embellish this one as I thought the layers do all the work here. Keeping the stamping clean and simple helped to balance these layers too.

Next up on the hop is Sandra Collett.

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, September 16th.

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ESAD holiday Catalogue hop

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Welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop with the ESAD demonstrator group. There is more information about what ESAD is, if you are wondering about who we are, located at the bottom of this blog post. But right now, I’m really excited to show you what I’ve been up to with my new Holiday catalogue toys!

Welcome, if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Lauren Meiklejohn.

I have a cute a little card that doubles as a gift card holder to show you. I can’t take credit for the design, this came from another paper craft mob. I had a customer show me their project they completed recently at a craft fair and I took one look, flipped it over, turned it upside down and new how to create it. I just don’t know who the crafters were to credit them.

But I set about creating my own version and here it is.

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Here I have used a number of new products from the Holiday catalogue as well as the Dashing Along Designer Series paper, which is a special promotion for hosts or customers with qualifying  workshop sales.

This first card uses the gorgeous Merry Christmas to All bundle, I’m just so in love with those thinlits, the flexibility they offer is great. I added some Champagne foil over the Designer paper, layered the Christmas die cut and stamped the Wishes to coordinate.

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This is what the inside looks like. You could even use this pouch to hold some gift tags you may give as a gift.

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Here I have added a simple mix of old and new products to create a little Christmas bouquet. It’s important to me, to make sure my new products play nicely with my existing ones, so I look the coordination between them. Here I have used the new Sprig punch and the carry over Pretty Pines thinlit dies.

I have stamped one of the sentiments from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set. There is room to write a message behind the gift card, which sits neatly in the pouch.

As I was creating this first card, I wondered what this design would look like when teamed up with some edgelits, so here is another one I created using the Delicate Lace Edgelits.

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Again using another design in the Dashing Along paper pack and some more Champagne foil, I layered more of the Pretty Pines ferns in a tonal colour range – Garden Green and Soft Seafoam (is there another colour Soft Seafoam does not coordinate with?!)

The stamp is from the Flourish Filigree stamp set. I just love this set, it’s simple and can be used for many occasions. The inside featured more of that lovely paper and shapes from Stitched Labels Framelits and the Pretty Label punch, Circle framelits. The sentiment is new – it’s from the Dashing Deer stamp set.

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I hope you enjoyed this inspiration and encourage to hop along with the rest of the team for more creativity. Next up is Monique Felder .

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Christmas Décor

I love decorating for Christmas and when I find little hidden gems like this one hiding on the bottom shelves of stores, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

This heart shape decorator piece is made from thick raffia wrapped around a heart shaped wire frame. It’s filled with tiny gorgeous warm white fairy light too, which give a lovely soft glow.

As I stood there in the store holding the box looking at it, I had the beginning of idea forming in my mind. Hearts and Christmas, hearts and Christmas…. Hmmm….

When I got home, I pulled out all my heart shaped items and a quick flick through my Stamps set helped this idea take shape.

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I punched out the Bloomin’ Heart intricate thinlit die from some Gold Foil sheet and framed this with the largest of the plain heart from the Sweet and Sassy framelit set. I topped the foil heart with Copper foil flowers also punched from the Bloomin’ Hearts die set. This formed the base of my heart element.

I fiddled around with some ribbon and decided on this combination, it’s 2.5cm chocolate satin ribbon (it’s not SU, but it matched beautifully, so had to swallow my SU hat just this once). I layered this with some of the lovely metallic edge ribbon in Vanilla and Gold.

I adhered the ribbon on with mini Glue dots, okay… lots of mini glue dots!

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Back to my heart element, I finished this with two sentiments, both from Hearts Come Home set. Joy to the World, I stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on some Vellum. Some strategically placed glue dots held that in place. The second sentiment, I think, ties the theme all together – All hearts come home for Christmas. I stamped this in Chocolate chip ink and cut flag ends to one edge and tucked the other in behind the heart.

Lastly, I stretched out some of that lovely Copper Trim. It added a lovely fine texture to the all around the edge of the heart shape. I adhered this element on with more strategically placed glue dots.

Hanging it in my meals area, it matches my Christmas bauble table centrepiece of bronze, gold and a touch of white, makes for a nice glow during meal times.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

I had this idea in my mind for a little while and I was sure someone would beat me to it. But to date, I haven’t seen another created. So it was nice to nut out this idea without help.

Here I have had some punch art fun with the Trim your Stocking framelit and created an ice-skate for a more wintery feel to this card.

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I found some reference material to help guide me along and started with punching a simple stocking from Whisper White cardstock.

Next, I created the sole of the shoe by punching out the foot section of the stocking from Basic Black cardstock. Then I overlapped the framelit on the punched piece and punched it again to give me just the strip I needed. I adhered this on with Fine Tip Glue pen.

Next, I free cut some shapes to create the heal and adhered that from behind. I created the blade of the skate much the same way as the sole. Punching the foot from some Silver Foil, then punching again, cutting off as much as I needed. I did practise this part with some scrap paper first as I needed to know how much of the foot I needed initially. Then I fussy cut out the shapes to leave the two connectors – one to the heal and one to the ball of the skate. I cut teeth into the front curve of the skate for the stopper and adhered it in place. Now my skate was starting to take shape.

Skates are only ankle high, or just over, so I trimmed the stocking down to where I thought an ankle would sit within this shape. I rounded the corner freehand.

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Now to finalise the detail…. I punched eyelets with the handheld punch, I threaded some bakers twine through for the laces. For the hooks at the top, I just popped on some circled from the Metallic Shapes pack. I added some stitching detail by paper piercing.

Once I completed my skate element, I prepared a base card in Whisper White Thick cardstock and layers some of the yummy ombre paper from the Color Theory Paper stack.

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I adhered on my skate with some Multipurpose liquid glue and finished it off with some Silver edged ribbon, thread and a simple sentiment.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Is it Wine O’Clock Yet?

I just love the Half Full stamp set. I was really pleased to see it carry over into the new year too. More wine for us to play with.

I posted this project just recently (see here), but wanted to go over some of the details in depth for you.

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Here I used the recently launched Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers to colour in my feature elements – the wine bottle and glasses.

As these are based on an alcohol solution, you need to use Memento ink to stamp your outline image. This is so as the pigment in that particular ink means the line work wont bleed once you begin colouring over the top. It’s all to do with alcohol vs oil vs water and the combinations that make up these products.

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Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends come in 12 different colours. There are two shades (a light and a dark) for each hue. Each marker has two tips – a brush end (for blending larger areas) and a fine tip end (for more precision work). There is also a Bronze and Ivory marker and a Colour Lifter to help lighten areas to create more of a realistic depth to your colouring.

There are number of ways you can colour with these types of markers. My preferred way, I think, goes against the grain a little. Well, for larger areas anyway. But I just find this gives me the result I’m looking for…

After stamping my outline image, I add shade with the darker marker first in a thin line.

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Next I use my lighter shade to blend that harsh line away, adding the colour to the remaining areas I need it. As you colour over and over the same areas two things happen – 1: the alcohol mixes together to help dissolve that line so that the colour in the image transitions seamlessly, and
– 2: the lighter shade does get a little darker, this makes me think about where I want my highlight to be so I don’t go over that area quite so much.

As the alcohol flood the cardstock, it may make the colour bleed out past the line work. This may make your image look like you need to brush up on your colouring skills again. So to help avoid that and make you look like the colouring pro you are, just stay in from the edges. If you do happen to put on too much colour, or colour goes outside the line, you can lift it away with the Colour Lifter –  you may need to go over the area a couple of times, allowing drying time in between.

For finer work, like the glasses on the inside of this card. I found it easier to colour the whole glass in with the lighter shade first, then add a touch of the darker shade to add depth.

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I find I hover between these two methods based on the amount of area I am colouring.

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I used Vellum for the glass, allowing the woodgrain to show through slightly, giving it an authentic look. I used the Stitched shapes framelit for the sentiment at the top, and layered this with the Layering Oval framelits and some more of that wood textures paper.

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CTC159 – Casing the Holiday catalogue

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Welcome to our last blog hop and challenge for the year. Welcome if you just joined me from Rebecca or if you are starting here.

In some ways… having less structure can be harder, don’t you think? So for today’s Caseing The Catty team challenge, being able to choose anything we like in the Holiday catalogue, I found difficult to narrow down. It was probably so, as I like so many different ideas in the catalogue and these generate so many ideas for me.

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I knew I wanted to use the stamp set – Wise Men from afar. I finally decided on this card here from page 17. It showcases the stamp set Christmas in the Making, but the design was going to suit what I wanted.

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Here is my card…

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I always start by breaking down the elements – the main circle feature, top 3/4 of Designer paper, the bottom strip of tone on tone decorative stamping, a strip of glimmer and the sentiment.

My based card is Whisper White thick card stock and I layered a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock across the bottom, which I stamped with the sand stamp in Sahara Sand ink. My next layer of Designer paper, I used the seemless ombre print design from Color Theory in Dapper Denim. I used the lighter end of the sheet and cut a strip off to fill the rest of my card.

To punch out the night sky, I used the thinlit from the Card Front builder set. However as this is sized to fit a portrait layout and my card is landscape, I had to run this through my big shot twice, offsetting my top cutting plate, so that I missed one edge on the first pass. I repositioned my die and again offset my top cutting plate so that it stretched the design to finished the scene across my paper.

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Next, I stamped the largest of the palm trees, in Night of Navy ink, off the right side. I heat embossed a silver star in the middle to complete my scene. I layered some Silver foil behind my punched night sky and adhered them to the cardbase, overlapping the sand strip slightly. I finished off the join with some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer pack.

I stamped the Three Wise Me in Night of Navy ink and punched them out using the largest of the circles from the Stitched Shapes framelits – I really do love those framelits! I added some more stamped sand to the bottom here.

I stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy ink and finished off by adhering the Wise men with dimensionals.

Next up on the blog hop is the lovely Peta Stephen.

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Hop on through and when you are done, load up your creation inspired by ideas from the Holiday catalogue to our Facebook challenge group.

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CTC153 – Case a Holiday Catalogue Tag

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We are heading towards that time of Christmas where it will be all about the gifts. This week at Caseing The Catty, we are featuring Holiday Catalogue Gift tags. Welcome to you if you are starting here with me or if you have hopped over from Angela.

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There are so many gift tag samples for you to recreate or ideas to help you create your own. What tags to make can be one tough choice to make. This week I’ve taken inspiration from this card (top left) in the Holiday catalogue. It’s on Page 35 and features the Snowflake Sentiment bundle.

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I’ve taken the detail from the card – the red tag base, the white snowflake detail, the Lime circle, the sentiment on top and that cute little bow embellishment – and turned into a tag. Here is what I made…

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I featured this same bundle – Snowflake Sentiments. I created my base tag in Elegant Eggplant, I punched out snowflakes from Silver Foil from the edgelits and trimmed them down to suit. My circle detail is from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

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I heat embossed the sentiment in silver powder and punched it using the Everyday label punch, which I trimmed down so that you could see more of that yummy glimmer circle. Lastly, I used the swirl die from the set to create the embellishment detail. Being a tag, I added some ribbon to the top to finish it off.

I decided to create another one using warmer colours – this is what it looks like in Vanilla and Gold.

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It’s a really great design and you can make it suit many colour combinations to make your gifts look just gorgeous this year.

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For more tag inspiration hop on over to Megan Lenske.

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And don’t forget to play along with our weekly challenge. You have until 6pm next Sunday night 19 November to load your tag creation to our Facebook Challenge group.

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CTC150 – Favourite Big Shot Project – Holiday Catalogue

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So this was a really hard challenge this week at Caseing The Catty. I mean… how do you choose a favourite big shot project!! You’re “favourite” usually means one right? There-in lies my problem… there are waaaaaaay too many great projects to just one.

But I settle on this one – it’s my favourite… well for this week anyway!

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It’s the Stocking trim die and it’s a beauty.

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Here I have made a gift package with it, using the pillow box attachment that comes with the die. You can pop all sorts of goodies inside from chocolates, to money or gift cards.

You can dress them up in so many different ways too, here I have kept it simple this time, but I’ll be back with some dressed up versions soon, I’m sure. I added some Designer Series Paper to the top, toe and heal and a Silver foil bell with a bow tied from thread. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder, making it stand out against the Real Red cardstock, and this sentiment, from the coordinating Tags & Trimming stamp set, eludes to the it being a package too!

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I just love all the different elements you get in this die set, that allows you to finish it off in so many different ways. I particularly love the star and heart which has that lovely stitched detail.

Look out for more posts using this bundle. I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Next up on the hop is Peta Stephen.

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Really looking forward to seeing what you create this week, from your favourite big shot project. Remember to load up your entry to our Facebook Challenge Group by 6pm next Sunday.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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