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.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

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!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Hearts Come Home, Bloomin' Heart

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.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Bloomin’ sparkly

I’ve been having some fun with this die over the past week, using it in my class last weekend and other fun projects of late.

I love making wedding cards, it’s a bit like Christmas, it’s one of those occasions where “bling” is never too much!! I CASEd this card from my stamping friend Carly Middleton. She shared this card and I have been wanting to make my own. So when I was asked to make a wedding card for a friend recently, this was my chance.

This is what I made. Similar but different.


I seem to be outlining the banner stamp and frame quite a bit. I did this originally at Christmas when I made the framed decorator piece and a few times since. I guess I like the double shape and lift it gives.

Here is how I do this:


I used the banner stamp and framelit in the usual way – stamp and punch. But then I created the frame for my stamped piece by punching out another full banner in the silver foil and slicing it in half. I adhered this to the top and bottom of my stamped piece, matching them up with an even border.

Next I punched another two flag end pieces out of the foil and fixed that to the sides matching up the flag ends. I think it works well.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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Bloomin’ Away

Another love I have in the Occasions catalogue is the Bloomin’ Love bundle. That Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die is just to die for. It bloo-me away – lol (I know, bad pun right?!)

The coordination of these stamps and dies are extraordinary. I love how you can choose to either stamp coordinating flowers directly onto your die cut heart or punch out coordinating flowers and add them on separately to create dimension.


In this project, I’ve used a combination. I’ve stamped the small flower directly onto the punched heart. But then added larger flowers, die cut from Gold foil, over the top.

But can you see the gold glimmer paper peaking out from behind the smaller flower? I used the smaller flower die here and trimmed it to fit. The inspiration for this card came from page 16 of the Occasions catalogue.

This project has been created for The Colour Tree Challenges, TCTC#3, which I am playing along with this week.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,

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TCTC Top Pick

UPDATE: 31 January – I’m very pleased to say this project was the top pick for this weeks challenge over at The Colour Tree.
So very excited!!

Here is what Bronwyn had to say: I just love the stamped Soft Suede background, the intricate heart die with the gold glimmer and foil flowers and the embossed Mint Macaroon centre panel – what a lovely layout to highlight the challenge colours.  Thanks for playing along at TCTC, Rose.


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