Broadway Bound Father Christmas Bag

I am trying to be organized this year with Christmas presents and making all my own gift packaging, and wanted to make some Christmas treat bags for under the tree.

These bags are tall and sized to hold a 125g Lindt chocolate Father Christmas, but they are large enough to hold an abundance of most types of Christmas confectionary or maybe bottled gifts.

I wanted a change from Christmas DSP and it occurred to me that the Broadway Bound DSP could easily double up as Christmas Paper with all those beautiful Metallics.

Love these bags as an alternative, more contemporary take on a Father Christmas style bag.

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

MEASUREMENTS

  • Take a piece of DSP that measures 9″ x 10″
  • On the SHORT side, score @ 1-3/4″, 4-1/4″, 6″, 8.5″
  • On the LONG side, score @ 1-3/4″

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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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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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Frosted Floral Deer

So it’s here and it’s live!!!! The stunning new Autumn/Winter catalogue has finally arrived and you won’t be disappointed. There’s just about something for everyone in this catalogue, and today I am combining two of my favourite things – the Frosted Floral speciality DSP and the Detailed Deer thinlits dies.

I kept these cards really simple as the DSP is pearlised and shimmery and when I added anything more to the card front it just seemed to detract from that.

I adore the beauty and simplicity of these cards, and I love finding another reason to use this stunning DSP xx
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Ben’s Broadway Birthday

It’s my lovely husband’s birthday today and I couldn’t wait to crack open Broadway Birthday to create his card.

This suite is fantastic, so fun with a mix of the metallic – it’s perfect for both female and male cards.

I may have mentioned it before, but orange is his favourite colour (we even have an orange car!!!) so I brought a hint of orange into this card by colouring the DSP with pumpkin pie blends and using a pumpkin pie mat.

I continued the gold theme by gold heat embossing the ‘Hooray’ on basic black cardstock and adding some metallic gold and black sequins. Love, love, love – hope he does too 😘

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40th Birthday with Magical Mermaid

I hummed and hawed for ages over what kind of card to make for my friend Jackie’s 40th, but in the end I went with an underwater theme as that is the theme of her party.

I decided to use the Magical Mermaid stamp set in a copper, black and white colourway.

I copper heat embossed the gorgeous mermaid onto vellum and fussy cut her out, and used the scattered sequins embossing folder on my card front to mimic the bubbles of the water.

I adore the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies. I was lucky enough to earn them during sale-a-bration, and I can’t believe how much use they’ve already had! They are so versatile and I use them for scrapbooking as well as card making. I chose ‘Amazing You’ as Jackie really is – an amazing friend and person.

I just love how my card turned out. The metallics sequin assortment and metallic pearls coordinated perfectly and pulled it all together.

Happy 40th Jacks, hope you have a special day 😘 xx

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Make it Metallic Scrapbooking Global Challenge

The August challenge for my Scrapbooking Global Group was ‘Make it Metallic’ and I decided it was time do something with these photos of my son’s first trip to the aquarium.

I cut the photos to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and matted them on some copper foil sheets cut at 4″ x 4″.

Continuing the underwater theme, the Under the Sea framelits dies featured heavily in my design. I love the mesh net die and cut those from crumb cake cardstock before covering them in versamark and heat embossing them with silver and copper embossing powder. I did the same thing to the ‘fish’ letters so that they took on an antiquey look.

I then cut the accent pieces from silver and champagne foil sheets.

The embellishments were a mix of retired stash and basic Sahara sand sequins.

This yellow daffodil delight background is a bit of a break from my usual white layout. White is still more me, but I liked the fun element to this layout and colourway – much better suited to my boy! xx

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Bubble Over

I was asked to create a male 30th birthday card and I decided to it was time to bring out my Bubble Over stamp set and matching dies. Even though this was a male card, I didn’t want to keep the colours muted – 30 is a special birthday after all.

I inked up my pinewood planks embossing folder in a variety of colours before running it through my big shot to create this cool yet vibrant background. I adhered the bottles flat but popped the central numbers up on dimensionals for depth. A little wink of Stella on the numbers made the card really pop.

Love the way this card turned out – the perfect balance of fun and funk, just like its recipient!

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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