Christmas Crackers

Blank Canvasses are everywhere, they don’t always need to be a cardbase or a 12×12” scrapbook page.  While shopping for last minute items for Christmas earlier this month, like bon bons for the table, I found these gorgeous ones and inspiration hit me…

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Immediately I thought these would be perfect to dress up with a little stamping and punching. The base colours of the bon bons were perfect for my theme too so I was excited to add a little sparkle to the front.

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I kept it simple, as it’s always a busy time of year. Keeping things simple means I still get time to dress things up. I chose the Happy Christmas Wishes stamp from the Flourish Filigree stamp set and some Cherry Cobbler ink. Punching them out using  the coordinating Pretty Label punch always makes crafting so much quicker.

Adding some bling with the Sprig Punch and some contrasting Tranquil Tide glimmer paper from the Joyous Noel, I used glue dots to assemble the sprigs to the bottom of my sentiment. Then applied some Tear & Tape to fix onto the bon bon, which held it all together well.

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It just added a little some extra to my Christmas table this year which my family noticed and commented on… and then promptly went about cracking them open!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC209 – Favourite Holiday Project

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This week we are looking at another favourite… did you hear me cringe from your house? This week at Caseing The Catty, we are choosing our favourite project from the Holiday catalogue.

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Thankfully, I’m happy to say this time, it was a little easier to pick a favourite. I’ve cased this card before as I really like the layout. It the Crumb Cake card on the right.

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I made a Christmas card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue… It’s the Serene Garden stamp set featuring this lovely dove.

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Here I have embossed the Dove with Gold embossing powder and then used an empty Wink of Stella brush and some Shimmer paint to colour her. I used Vegas Gold for her body and Champagne for the wings. I just love the way it has turned out, she is so shimmery but you can’t really see that well  in the photo. Whilst I made a Christmas card with her today, I think she will look amazing on a Sacrement card also.

Using some of the other stamps in this set, I inked them with Markers to achieve a coloured image. I used Real Red and Shaded Spruce for a Christmas feel.

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Layering the main elements over the oval punched shape, I added a few more stamped images of the leaves, a couple in Soft Seafoam to add some colour variation. These were layered over some Designer Paper from the All is Bright pack. The edges are trimmed with some Glimmer paper from the Joyous Noel pack and all this is on a base of thick Very Vanilla cardstock.

Finished off with a simple Merry Christmas sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set. One thing is for sure…. I’ll be making more cards featuring this shimmer painted dove on it again.

Next up in 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 7pm Sunday night, 6th January – that’s two weeks!! Our next blop hop will kick off the next challenge at 8pm that night.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC208 – Case your Favourite Bundle

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Welcome to another week of hopping along with the Caseing The Catty Crew. This weeks theme is CASEing your favourite bundle.

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I have to admit, whenever I hear the words “favourite” and “Stampin’ Up!” used in the same question, I may cringe a little. I mean… how can you choose just one favourite… seriously. Every time I open a catalogue, I’m look at a new favourite…. I have lots of favourites of everything!! Yes… I know… I’m hopeless… LOL!

So here is where I ended up…. Beautiful Baubles bundle meets Joyous Noel suite.

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I cased this card design, from page 10 of the Holiday catalogue, and changed it up slightly with my favourite papers and colours.

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I embossed the hanging baubles stamp with Copper embossing powder to match the colour theme in the Joyous Noel suite. I coloured some of the baubles and used dimensionals to pop them out a little more.

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Layering this over some Merlot glimmer paper at the bottom and some DSP at the top, I layered this over some DSP with a design that featured mostly Tranquil Tide colouring.

The sentiment is from Star of Light stamp set and I stamped this in Tranquil Tide ink on some Mint Macaron cardstock to coordinate. I twirled some copper thread beneath the sentiment before adhering to my card. And to finish off, I added some of the little green pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls pack.

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Next up in the hop is the amazing Peta Stephen.

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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, December 23rd.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC205 – Christmas twist birthday card

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What an interesting little twist on the challenge this week. Case a Birthday card and give it a Christmas Twist! Just the thought of doing that had me all excited. Welcome to another week with Caseing The Catty Crew.

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I decided on this birthday card project, which is featured on Page 70 of the Annual catalogue…

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… and I created this with it…

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So I changed up the colours, using Mint Macaron as my cardbase. I kept the vellum, as I really liked that. I stamped one simple large element – the Filigree from Flourish Filigree stamp set in the Holiday catalogue, in Real Red ink.

I embossed the sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set, which is in the Holiday section of the Annual Catalogue. I heat embossed it with White embossing powder on black cardstock just like the catalogue project. I love how this worked with the black line work on the vellum. I cut a flag to one end on my sentiment.

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I used the Real Red 1/8” Ribbon to finish off with. I adhered my vellum on with Snail adhesive, because you wont see the adhesive, so that was nice and easy. The stamped white layer and the embossed sentiment are adhered with dimensionals.

Next up in 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, December 2nd.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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CTC203 – Case Hostess Sets

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There are some really great ideas featured in the host rewards section of both catalogues. I’m not sure if you venture down in to those sections, may be not if you don’t think you’ll earn any of those rewards, however there are some really great idea to inspire your projects in there.

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This is the space Caseing The Catty are drawing inspiration from this week. Welcome if you are joining me here, or if you have hopped over from Julia Quinn.

I really like the Coral card design featured above in the bottom left corner. Its’ the one with the doily, and this week I have adapted the design to suit a Christmas theme. I love a great card design, they can be adapted for any occasion can’t they?

Here is what I came up with…

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Instead of stamping my background, I embossed with the Softly Falling EF, my cardbase and background are Cherry Cobbler.

I used the doily in the same location – these pearlized doilies are just wonderful. Here I featured the Festive Farmhouse Designer Paper, which I just love, love, love… but then I wanted a zing of colour, so went for Lemon, Lime Twist cardstock and die cut the “Merry”… from Merry Christmas to all thinlit die set.

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I teamed it up with some Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon, the text of that is just amazing and coordinates beautiful with Lemon Lime. I stamped the Christmas in Cherry Cobbler and beneath it I fixed some punched Sprigs from Tranquil Tide colour of Glimmer paper, which comes from the Joyous Noel suite.

I like how it has come up, a modern take on some traditional Christmas elements.

Next up in the hop is Peta Stephen.

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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. This challenge theme actually runs for two weeks – as most of us demonstrators are away to OnStage next weekend. So you have extra time to play along as this challenge closes 6pm Sunday night, November 18.

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Snowflake showcase

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This month is all about these five great products…

 

 

I love how these products can be so versatile… one stamp set, one design used with different colours will give you cards for different occasions. Take a look….

This principle can be applied to any stamp set of course, but it really works beautifully with this one, the Happiness Surrounds stamp set.

Want to see more… check out Stampin’ Up! YouTube video…

 

These are available for this month only, be sure to purchase your supplies by November 30th.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Happy World Cardmaking Day!

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Cards. What a wonderful thing they are.

They are even better when they are handmade, I believe… afterall it’s why I do what I do. But any card given shows and communicates thought and care and that’s why I love them so.

We give and receive them from many different occasions and reasons, we keep them on display for some time and then tuck them away into our memory boxes. Well… I do!

I took a little history lesson on cardmaking – thanks Google! – and it’s reported that an early origins of cards can be traced back to the Victorian Era, where people would leave a “calling” card – hand made card with their name and some type of decorative element on it – with house servants if the family of the house was unavailable for visiting. My, how times have changed. Nower day, we send text messages before heading over asking “are you going to be home?”.

There have been many types of cards through the ages to serve many different purposes, from Dance cards, to modern day services like Business cards and RSVP cards. But my favourite is the Greeting Card. You give them for so many different reason – to celebrate a birthday or another holiday event, to say thank you, to let someone know you are thinking of them or appreciate them.

Of all occasions, my favourite of course is Christmas time – I love making Christmas cards, it a great lead in to decorating for the occasion and celebrating with family and friends.

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Today is World Cardmaking Day, celebrated globally on the first Saturday of October. It first began in 2006 and was created by Paper Craft magazine as a way to encourage crafters to get a head start on holiday card-making.

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A great way to celebrate World Cardmaking Day is to learn the craft of cardmaking. Join in on one of my classes, where I can take you through “where to start” and “and how to do that”! There is nothing more satisfying than creating a personalised greeting card to give. Plus making connections with like-minded people is always a great thing.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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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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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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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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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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