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.

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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.

Merry Patterns 


I am so in love with the Merry Patterns limited edition stamp set. This is a one off Christmas stamp reward set which is only available with purchases from Stampin’ Up! totalling £250 or more until the end of October. With only two days to go, I just had to post my latest make with this set. The images in the whole set are gorgeous but I’m particularly fond of this Christmas jumper reindeer stamp.

I kept this card really simple with just a pretty washi tape background and a crumbcake reindeer stamped onto crumbcake cardstock and cut out with the Lots of Labels dies.  A couple of metallic gold enamel shapes and some wink of Stella on my beautiful reindeer, and you’ve got yourself an easy to replicate, pretty Christmas card.  Don’t miss out – make sure you place your order by the 31st to receive this complimentary stunning set ❤️

Magical Mermaid Eclipse Card

There seems to be a bit of an Eclipse Card craze going on at the moment and though a bit behind, I couldn’t wait to give this technique a try. In general the technique constitutes letters or numbers ‘lifting’ off the page with a stamped background beneath which only adds to the 3D effect.

I decided that the beautiful Magical Mermaid stamp set would create the perfect backdrop for this effect.  Once I had stamped my background, I attached the letters I wanted to cut out of my card front from the Large Letters Framelits Dies using washi tape to hold them in place and ran my card front through the Big Shot. Once the letters had been die cut, I reattached them to my card front with dimensionals to create that ‘lifting’ illusion.

I gold heat embossed the sentiment and a few mermaid images and mounted my card front to a piece of gold foil sheet and finally to a calypso coral card base.  Although I love the overall effect, I didn’t get the alignment of the letters as precise as I would have liked so would definitely pay more attention to this next time. Can’t wait to try this technique again xx

Wood Crate Birthday Party Favours


Today is little Maisy’s 1st birthday and I was delighted to be able to make the party favours for this special occasion. Once I’d decided on Wood Crate favours I knew I wanted a blushing bride and berry burst colour way.  I stamped the pretty floral stamp from the Wood Words stamp set over my blushing bride cardstock before using the matching Wood Crate Framelits Dies to cut two crates out and adhering the pieces together.

I love the versatility of this set and the fact that you can use the gorgeous Wood Textures DSP to create that rustic farmers market look or pretty up your crates by simply stamping over the cardstock in whatever images you’d like. The stamp set and dies are available to purchase in a bundle from the annual catalogue with a 10% discount.


The adorable tags were made using the Label Me Pretty stamp set and matching punch. I used my my Minc Foiling machine to create the personalized tag and foiled in pink on crumbcake cardstock.

For the favours themselves I filled some food safe cello bags with what can only be described as berry burst smarties and tied the bags with some fabulous jute twine.


Love how these turned out, unfortunately smarties were definitely harmed in the making of this project as I’d completely forgotten how good they tasted! Happy 1st Birthday Maisy 😘 xxx

Hearts Come Home – sneak peek


Hearts Come Home is one of the many beautiful new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter catty which goes live on Friday! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do the Bokeh technique. 

I started off by randomly daubering my colours (as pictured – crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, pacific point & berry burst) onto my base cardstock until I had a rainbow effect on my card.  Cherry Cobbler is such a great Christmas colour, I knew that had to be incorporated somehow! 

Next I cut a selection of different sized circles out of a piece of window sheet, using the Layering Circles Dies to create a template. I then used a sponge dauber to apply white stazon ink  to the template until I was left with different sized white circles over the rainbow background. The effect is more beautiful if the intensity of the white changes from circle to circle. The finished card pictured shows the beautiful result of the ‘bokeh’ technique.


My black images were stamped in black stazon ink. When stamping black over the white, it can be a bit tricky to achieve a sharp image so it’s best to let your cardstock dry overnight before you stamp over it.

Remember this gorgeous new stamp set will be available to purchase from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Friday 1st September and you can purchase it here at my online shop! 

Thankful Thoughts

I’m always in need of a thank you card and the Thankful Thoughts stamp set just about covers every thank you going! I particularly love this large thank you sentiment and it fits perfectly into the square stitched shapes framelits die.  I created the rainbow effect wording by colouring the back of my stamp with my Stampin’ Write markers in pumpkin pie, lemon lime twist, Bermuda bay and berry burst, and painted over the words with clear wink of stella for a little sparkle.


My gorgeous leaf was stamped and cut from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle (told you this bundle was versatile!) and I embellished with some Bermuda bay ribbon and some stunning berry burst glitter enamel dots to finish.