Watercolor Christmas

I love big bold sentiments and the font and size of the Christmas sentiments in Watercolor Christmas are no exception. This stamp set is perfect for quick Christmas crafting. I chose to pair rich deep colours with crumb cake cardstock for these cards – cherry cobbler, fresh fig, tranquil tide and night of navy. I stamped the sentiment onto an oval, die cut using the stitched shape framelits dies and added some copper foil Christmas mistletoe cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies with some copper washi tape from my stash and ribbon to match the card bases. I also embossed my card front with the Softly Falling embossing folder to add to the Christmassy vibe, and attached to a copper foil mat.

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Sunshine Wishes

I needed to make an engagement card so I reached for my Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. The font of the ‘congrats’ die is just beautiful and I decided to die cut the pieces from some of the champagne foil sheets in the Autumn/winter catty for an understated yet elegant look. I will be stocking up on lots of this stunning cardstock before it retires!

The wood background comes from the wood stack designer series paper stack – how versatile is this paper?! It’s great for Christmas cards, works perfectly with the wood crate framelits dies and even creates a pretty backdrop for this engagement card – love it 😍 The dsp and foil sheets did all the work for me on this card, so I used some fresh fig sheer ribbon, berry burst woven ribbon and powder pink shimmer ribbon to add colour, layered with copper trim for contrast and texture. A few scattered metallic enamel shapes and you have yourself a simple but pretty engagement card!

Flurry of Wishes

Flurry of Wishes is a lovely Christmas Stamp Set – I can’t understand why it took me so long to use it! I wanted to keep this card simple and pretty. I decided on a smoky slate, sweet sugarplum and soft sky colour way. I love this smoky slate gingham ribbon – it is so elegant and yet easy to use, and the silver sequin trim makes for a fun accent. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I used the Everyday Label Punch to Punch it out which means you can create a batch of Christmas cards like this very quickly! I used the softly falling embossing folder to achieve the ‘snowy’ background on my card front and it works perfectly with this stamp set.

Floral Statements

I fell in love with the Floral Statements Stamp Set as soon as I spotted it in the Annual Catalogue. The big bold images are so gorgeous! I watercoloured my rose in berry burst and the leaves in pear pizzazz and old olive before fussy cutting it out and popping it up on dimensionals to my card front. I added some elegant old olive sheer ribbon and a few glitter enamel dots to embellish and attached my shimmery white card front to a berry burst mat and crumbcake card base.

Moon Baby

My cousin recently had a baby boy and Moon Baby remains my favourite welcome baby stamp set and the obvious choice for her card. This time I opted for a smoky slate, daffodil delight and bermuda bay colour way. I love the way smoky slate pairs so well with the other Stampin’ Up! colours – it’s such a great neutral. I colored my baby image using the fabulous watercolour pencils and fussy cut this out before popping it up on dimensionals to my smoky slate card front. The clouds were made from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and punched out using the tree builder punch. I adhered some of the clouds flat and popped others up to create dimension before adding the beautiful smoky slate gingham ribbon to finish, along with a few metallic enamel shapes.

Cookie Cutter Christmas

Cookie Cutter Christmas is such a fun Christmas stamp set and the matching Cookie Cutter Builder Punch makes this card a doddle! I paired my reindeer with the beautiful Wood Textures DSP stack. How Christmassy are these logs??! I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Hearts Come Home, and finished off with some jute twine and cherry cobbler double stitched ribbon, with a few scattered gold faceted gems to complete this cute Christmas look.

Wise Men From Afar Meets Eastern Palace

I must admit that I almost overlooked this stamp set in the Autumn/Winter catalogue. It’s probably because I would choose contemporary Christmas design over traditional every time.  However on closer inspection the Wise Men from Afar Stamp Set is both classic and elegant and is perfect for my favourite technique of all time – heat embossing.

I chose copper as my metallic and when I was trying to figure out how to style these cards, I realized that the beautiful rich tones in the Eastern Palace Speciality DSP would work perfectly.


The beautiful copper star in the first card was die cut using copper foil sheets and the Starlight Thinlits Dies.


In the second card, I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies to create the stunning intricate copper embellishment behind the wise men.  Just love the way the Eastern Palace Suite works so well with this  timeless stamp set, hope you do too xx

Colourful Year of Cheer

The Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper is sooo beautiful and Christmassy but did you know how versatile it is as well?  I love the foil prints for the festive period but I also love how easy it is to add some colour for a completely different look.

For this project I added two colour ways to the DSP for each card for a more contemporary feel.  From top left and going clockwise the colours I used were rich razzleberry and wisteria wonder, daffodil delight and bermuda bay, soft sky and sweet sugarplum, wisteria wonder and tranquil tide and finally lemon lime twist and berry burst.  I applied the colour using a sponge brayer, and the way the foiled gold and silver snowflakes shine through is beautiful, though this is hard to convey in the photos.


The sentiment was silver heat embossed onto vellum cardstock and comes from the Christmas Quilt stamp set and finished with a metallic enamel gold star and silver ribbon for some added sparkle.  My Christmas tree comes from the now retired Festival of Trees stamp set but I really think any christmassy image would work perfectly in this format as long as it wasn’t too large – bells, a reindeer – the choice is yours!  My fresh take on a colourful Chistmas and I love it!

A Whole Lot of Lovely

I’m loving the DSP on offer from Stampin’ Up! of late and though the foiled ones are my absolute favorite, I think the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP is so pretty and made for the perfect backdrop for this first birthday card. I especially love the crisp colour scheme of this paper.

The sentiment and roses were stamped from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and my beautiful powder pink bear comes from A Little Wild which is available in a bundle with the matching framelits.  The tag itself was punched using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the number 1 was die cut from some dazzling diamonds glimmer paper using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  I used the gorgeous powder pink shimmer ribbon and black bakers twine for the tag with some sparkly black rhinestones to complete the look.

Pretty Pine Thinlits Dies & Year of Cheer DSP

I just love Christmas and this year, the winter Stampin’ Up! catalogue features the most stunning Christmas papers – namely the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP.  I just can’t stop using it!

There are 4 designs to the Year of Cheer paper and this gold foil and white checked design is by far the boldest. The pinecones were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies and the label sentiment was stamped from the Labels to Love stamp set and gold heat embossed. The label was then punched out with the brand new Everyday Label Punch and the card assembled with some Cherry Cobbler stitched Ribbon. I love the fact that this DSP does all the hard work for me and can’t wait to design more projects using this stunning paper.