Playing catch up

The past few years, I find myself getting to this time of year and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. How about you?

My preparations for Christmas start later now that Miss Three has come along in December. I used to be ready for Christmas by the start of December. In addition to the general busy-ness that is usual for this time of year, I have a birthday to prep for too.

So whilst I haven’t been able to blog much lately, I have been busy in the background so let’s play catch with what’s been happening….

 

Lots of cards have been made. I usually send about 50 Christmas cards each year. I’m sure I forget people too each year (hopefully it’s not the same people every year!). Here are a couple…

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Is it wine o’clock yet? I’m so in love with the Half Full stamp set. It’s another one of those great sets with sentiments for the front and some for inside too. Here I have teamed it up with the new Stampin’ Blends and that lovely Woodgrain paper stack.

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Here is the inside with the funniest sentiment in that set!

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(For more details on this card and Stampin’ Blends tips – visit this related post)

Gift card / Money holder… This time of year, I need plenty of these. So here, I have given my Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and Pocket thinlit dies a Christmas make over.

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Ice Skating anyone? Whilst here in Australia we usually swelter at Christmas-time, a lot of the world is cooler, snowing or icy. Ironically while making this card, I was sweating through 37 degrees Celsius (or 98 for my Fahrenheit friends)! We have family in the northern hemisphere that would enjoy this one.

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Here I have had some punch-art fun with the Trim your Stocking die. Creating an ice-skate for a more wintery feel, with the addition of some punching, fussy cutting and paper piercing.

(For more details on this card, visit this related post.)

 

December classes have finished for the year. We always take this time to look forward to the next year, creating a calendar project. This year I stepped it up a little more making a notes station with the standard stamp cases using the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Series, Large Number framelits and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set.

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I found these cute little Flamingo flags at a stationery store and just HAD. TO. USE. THEM! So cute and of course they went well with the stamp set, so it was a no brainer.

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Inside we decorated a little note book and included some calendar tabs too. My class attendees loved this project.

 

Do you dress up your home for Christmas? I love to, and along with all the Be Merry Ornaments hanging around, I have this gorgeous one.

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I love when I find little gems like this hiding on bottom shelves in cheap stores. Add some crafting supplies and next thing you know you have a beautiful centrepiece. This one lights up too, to create a lovely glow.

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I kept the heart shape as the centre of the theme and teamed it up with a number of heart shaped dies. I framed them with some of that lovely Copper Metallic trim – stretching it out to create a subtle texture.

 

Memories of the year. Lastly, I have had this project floating around my craft room for easy four months. I just kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with one of the most gorgeous photos I took of Little Miss (now) Three. I just love her smile in this photo. I remember the fun and joy she experienced as I pushed her on that swing that day.

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I didn’t want to detract from that, so I went really simple. Allowing the photo to speak freely. This sheet of paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the blends between the two colours, remind me of the blue sky and green grass. Which matched in perfectly with this photo. Some simple trim with the ribbon border punch in some Calypso Coral and a Daisy in blue to match finished it off.

Lots of products where used in these projects. I’ll come back shortly with individual posts for each of these, with more instructions and supply lists.

I have more…. but that will need to wait for another time…

Until Next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC146 – Season of Glitz

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Over at Caseing The Catty this week, it’s all about Season of Glitz suite on Pages 20 & 21 of the Holiday Catalogue. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Peta Stephen.

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I have taken inspiration from this card in this suite…

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I made this quick and easy card.

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I started with the cardbase in Bermuda Bay. It’s been a while since I used that colour and I had missed it. I swapped out the stamped trees for Designer Series Paper. This is Merry Little Christmas DSP pack, I love how the black & white prints can be used for any occasion.

I added a layer of Calypso Coral Cardstock to pop again the colours and stamped a simple sentiment in the Basic Black archival to coordinate. I looped some Bermuda Bay mini chevron ribbon across the card and finished off with a bow. This was in place of the Mini tinsel trim in the sample.

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I really like how inspiration for any project can come from anywhere in Stampin’ Up! catalogues. Next up in the hop is Megan Lenske. Keep on hopping through for more inspiration using products from this cool little suite.

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Once you have had your fix of inspiration we’d like to see what you create from this section of the Holiday Catalogue. Load up your ideas, here at our Facebook Challenge group.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Colour INKspiration CI17

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It’s been a little while since playing along with the Colour INK crew, life gets busy as times doesn’t it? But I’m back with some inspiration for you using some really cool colours. Welcome if you are starting here or if you have just joined me from Nikki Spencer.

Our colour combination this fortnight is Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo.

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Gorgeous aren’t they? Here is my inspiration… I went with Fabulous Flamingo stamp set for this challenge.

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I really couldn’t go past it really, all the colours in this challenge really suited this set. I started with a Thick Whisper White card base and stamped the fern down the sides in Lemon Lime Twist, I even double-stamped in some instances to create a different tone, which added depth to the colour variation.

I cut a wide strip of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the outline of the flamingo in Basic Black Archival ink. Next I stamped one of the infill stamps in full Flirty Flamingo ink. Then I stamped the other infill stamp in Flirty Flamingo ink as well, but this time I stamped it off first, so that it would create a lighter shade of pink.

I used tempting turquoise ink for the water ripples and added some wash with some pool party ink. I used my aqua painter so that the water would flood the ripple lines, making them appear blury. I finished off the stamping with some fern in the top left corner. This top section was just about done, I needed a sentiment and for this I used the congratulations from this stamp set and stamped it in Flirty Flamingo ink and cut it out. I layered this over some of that yummy Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist.

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Next, to adhere my Flamingo piece to the cardbase, I decided to add some additional cardstock to frame the edges. I trimmed a border with the ribbon border punch from Tempting Turquoise cardstock. I layered this over some Pool Party cardstock and used Dimensionals to adhere it to my cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration and are ready for some more with Nicole Wilson, who is next up in the hop.

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Once you’ve finished the hop, head on over to our facebook challenge group and load up your creation using these amazing colours. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you create.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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