Merry Christmas to All

Christmas is my favourite time of the year, but when it comes to sending Christmas Cards, I love to mix up old and new styles to create something unique.  This card sums that up!

The Merry Christmas to All Bundle has a mix of fonts which works on so many different styles of card, and on this card, I love that traditional script font cut from the gorgeous Joyous Noel glimmer paper.

This was my first time using the Nothing Sweeter Bundle. It’s a great set for creating tags and belly bands for Christmas confectionary gifts (the stamped images resemble cookies).  But I decided to do something a bit different and use the tree die to create an actual Christmas tree for my card front, cut from the stunning Joyous Noel DSP. The dies are so versatile and pretty, and their use stretches far beyond Christmas.  Just love the stitched border effect, though I’m thinking my little stitched tree has a Nordic feel about it.  What do you think?

I used white heat embossing on the ‘Christmas’ label for a nice crisp white image against the Sahara Sand card front, with a few white sequins to finish.

Which colour way is your favourite? I’m leaning towards the tranquil tide…..!

Anyway, thanks for visiting today! xxx

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Toil & Trouble – Mini Halloween Treat Bags

The Toil and Trouble suite is so gorgeous! I’m not a huge Halloween lover but as soon as I saw the colours and designs of the DSP in this suite I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

These mini treat bags are adorable and so easy to make. They are perfectly sized for the little Haribo sweetie bags you can buy. I folded down the bag tops so you can see both sides of this lovely paper!

Click play on the video tutorial below to see how I made them.

Measurements

1 x piece of DSP measuring 5.5″ x 9.5″

On the long side score at 4.5″ & 9″

On the short side score at 1″ & 5″

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Tropical Chic Never Ending Card

There’s something so magical and fun about a never ending card. It doesn’t matter how old you are, the excitement of wondering what’s coming next never goes away!

They are also a lot of fun to make and really quite addictive – once I started, I couldn’t seem to stop!

The first one (top left) was made using the very pretty Country Home Stamp Set and Country Lane DSP in an 8″ x 8″ size. My second card (top right) was made using the Tropical Chic Suite. And my final (bottom) card used the gorgeous Animal Outing Stamp Set and Animal Expedition DSP.

The matting and layering takes a bit more effort with so many layers, but the finish made it totally worthwhile. Once I got into into, it became a labor of love!

So pleased with the way they all turned out, and making these cards is a lot easier than you might think. Click on the link below to see my video tutorial for how I did it, and thanks so much for visiting today 😘 xx

Measurements for making 5″ x 5″ Never Ending Card

Cardstock – 10″ x 5″

Score on the SHORT side at 1 1/4″, 3 3/4″

Cut on the LONG side into quarters (at 2.5″ increments)

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Lemon Lime Twist A4 Cardstock
Melon Mambo A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Pool Party A4 Card Stock
Call Me Clover A4 Cardstock
Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper
Animal Outing Clear-Mount Bundle
2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
In Color 2018–2020 Stampin' Write Markers
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

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A Bokeh Night in Bethlehem

I adore the Bokeh Technique, and I always do a bokeh card for Christmas.  There are many ways to achieve this beautiful background effect, but I tend to blend my background using sponge daubers and then apply the white circles using white craft ink through a circle stencil.  You can create your own stencil by die cutting various sized circles into a piece of window sheet.  Craft ink takes a while to dry though, so there’s no rushing this technique!

I decided to use A Night in Bethlehem for this card as I thought the die cuts from our new black foil sheets would work perfectly against the background.  The black foil perfectly combats the difficulty of stamping a crisp black image onto white ink.

I love the finished look of this card, and will be trying my hand at more bokeh cards in the coming weeks.  It certainly creates a WOW at Christmas time!

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Detailed Deer & Joyous Noel – II

I posted a variation of this card a while back using the main colours from the Joyous Noel Suite (https://stampingwithlove.net/2018/08/31/joyous-noel-detailed-deer-sneak-peek).  Today I’m posting the same card in a very different colourway – gray granite and soft suede.

I would never have thought to put these colours together had I not been taking them from the stunning Joyous Noel DSP, but I absolutely love the colour combination on this card. So sophisticated and Christmassy in its own right, and no red or green in sight!

I coloured a few rhinestones in soft suede with my Stampin’ Blends. This DSP is so elegant and rich, and the copper foiling adds glamour without overpowering everything else. You really need to see it with your own eyes to appreciate it -love, love, love.

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Frosted Floral Boxes

Although I’m not a 3D crafter by nature, I absolutely love making my own gift packaging whenever I can.

I wanted to create a lidded box to hold a gorgeous tube of Neals Yard hand cream. The perfect Christmas gift! The Frosted Floral Speciality DSP is just beautiful and the shimmery effect of this wintery floral paper makes it very special to work with.

I also created an insert for the box to hold the tube in place.

I decorated my box using the gorgeous label Dies from the Frosted Bouquet framelits Dies along with some silver metallic edged ribbon.

Finally I added a few frosted and clear epoxy droplets. Oh how pretty!

So in love with this paper and I can’t stop using it!

Click play on the video below to see how I made this box XX

Measurements

  • CARDSTOCK BASE – 9.5″ x 7″
  • SCORE ON LONG SIDE at 2-1/4″, 4.5″, 6-3/4″, 9″
  • SCORE ON SHORT SIDE @ 2″
  • CARDSTOCK INSERT/TUBE HOLDER – 5.5″ x 5.5″ and scored at 1-5/8″ on all 4 sides
  • DSP FOR INSERT – 2″ x 2″
  • DSP LID – 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ and scored at 2″ on all 4 sides

*TIP – remove 1/16th” (or a sliver) of card from two adjacent sides of cardstock for the base and insert (this will ensure your lid fits perfectly onto your box base)

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Treat Time at the Team Retreat

I’ve just returned from a fantastic weekend retreat with my Stampin’ Up! team mates and Upline.

It’s always good fun to get together, and it was doubly fun as I recently promoted to a Silver Demo and was able to enjoy a special celebration dinner on the first evening.

I decided to use the Treat Time Bundle for my team swaps. I love all of Stampin’ Up’s 3D project dies, and the fact you can put together multiple treat holders quickly and easily, and without having to worry about measurements etc.

I created almost 50 of these gorgeous treat holders using a mix of the Frosted Floral Speciality DSP, the Petal Promenade DSP and the Tropical Escape DSP.

So easy to put together and they look fab with bakers twine. How cute are the heart toppers?!

I filled my treat tubes (AKA sour cream containers) with little packs of sweeties 😋 but individually wrapped chocolates would also work well xx

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At Home with You

My mum recently moved home and asked me to design and make some change of address cards for her.

I decided to use the front door image from the At Home With You stamp Set, stamped onto Wood Textures DSP.

The matching At Home Framelits Dies are so clever – You can use them to make your door open! As part of my design, I decided to put my mums new address in the opening of the door. So cute!

The pretty Nature’s Poem DSP is the backdrop to my cards and I decided to mix up the embellishments on the door fronts. Half of the cards were embellished with the gorgeous leaves trinkets, and half were embellished with nature’s twine.

I used my hot foiling machine for the words ‘I’ve moved’ on the card front and for the address details inside the opening of the door.

Really pleased with how these cards turned out – I love finding new ways to use my stamps xx

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40th Birthday Card with Petal Palette

The Petal Palette Stamp Set is so unique.  The stamped images have a water coloured effect and is another great set for colouring in – this time I chose blends.

I used copper foil paper for the 40, adhered with dimensionals to a stitched circle die cut. I coloured in the floral images from the set before die cutting them, and arranging the pieces underneath my circle to create a type of wreath around the 40.

The design was completely off the cuff and came to me as I started to arrange the pieces. I was actually really pleased with the end result. What do you think? xx

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50th Wedding Anniversary Card using Petal Promenade & Beautiful Promenade

I was asked to create a Golden Wedding Anniversary card, and here’s what I came up with.

I chose fresh fig for my card base with a vellum overlay to soften. I gold heat embossed the leaf image randomly onto the vellum for a bit of interest.

The gold background piece was created by embossing gold foil paper with the brand new tin tile dynamic Impressions embossing folder. This has to be the coolest EF I have come across to date!

I die cut the 50 from the gorgeous Petal Promenade DSP and finished with a few gold metallic pearls xx

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