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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Greetings from Santa

Now it's December I feel more comfortable posting all things Christmas.  For most crafters, Christmas happens WAY before that and I always feel apologetic  whenever I post anything related to this festive time of year. How many of you have husbands who inwardly groan when they hear that word! My hubby rolls his eyes in mock despair when shops start displaying Christmas goodies in October!!!

Christmas and Santa are synonymous and the coordinating die set called Detailed Santa thinlits is stunning and has spawned another creation which I will share in another post.

In November, we had a special promotion called Stitched from the Heart with a selection of stamps at 25% discount which would coordinate beautifully with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The Stitched Shapes Framelits proved so popular that they ran out of stock!!!  This is a set of round, oval and square nested dies which had an inner die cut impression to simulate stitching and they "frame" your stamped image beautifully.  Now if you didn't manage to get hold of a set, don't worry.  I have it on good authority that they will be available in the 2017-18 annual catalogue.

I made this card using the circles and love the result.  Santa's list was stamped and fussy cut and I tied a double strand of gold bakers twine to add dimension with a sprinkling of gold trim sequins.

The "Ho! Ho! Ho!" sentiment is a single stamp.  In order to get  the different colours on the same stamp, I used markers to ink up the words.  For the fir trees I inked up in Garden Green and stamped it directly on to the Whisper White card stock, then for the other two trees, I stamped off once before stamping on to the card stock to create those lighter shades of green.  All the images were stamped on Whisper White card stock, before being die cut.  If you do it this way, you can centre the images more easily by moving your die to the correct position.

For the inside of the card, more simple stamping, and I used the stars to add a bit of interest.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Fun Friday's Shake & Celebrate!

Eek!  We're in December already.  Time is just flying by, but I thought we'd take a break from all things christmas and I'm showing you a shaker card with a difference!  How cute to make a dedicated cake die to use on a shaker card! Whatever will the concept artists think of next?  Sheer genius, don't you think?  It's certainly different from any other shaker card I've seen.  As it's December, you can't stray too far from christmas, so even this set can be adapted as a christmas tree!  Roll video!

Click on the pictures to take you directly to my online store for the materials I used.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December 1st! Oh my - a new promotion and you can tell, Stampin' Up! is retiring stuff to make way for new!  Discounts and other items from the Annual Catalogue at special prices, ink pads and much more - but only while stocks last.

The list will be constantly changing because of stock levels changing daily according to demand  so the best way is to see it Online.  Remember to use this Host Code D3MSQHA7 to get a little gift from me! 

You will find all the Year end Closeouts in the upper left column listed in different categories as Closeout Stamps, Closeout Bundles, Closeout Paper, Everything else in the left hand column at my online store here.  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas Countdown 2016 #Wk10 - Door Decor

The weeks are just flying by!  Here we are in Week 10, only 2 more episodes to go as the series races toward the finish line in Week 12 on 14 December!  For today, though - a little home decor using the Pretty Pine thinlits and some jumbo bells I sourced from Amazon.  I also saw just plain white ones in an assortment of sizes at Waitrose.

Hope you like it and are inspired to make some yourself!  I love the jingly sound it makes!  It also means that no-one can sneak into the kitchen and help themselves to nosh we've been saving for christmas!! lol!

Pretend it's hanging on a door knob!  It was a bit of a challenge lighting-wise to get a good shot of it on the door.

You can probably see it better in this picture with it lying down.

Here's what I used:

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