Monday, 25 December 2017

Its that time of the year when families normally come together to enjoy each other's company, reflect on the events of 2017 and start thinking about the new year ahead. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful time filled with fun, laugther and lots of love. Christmas is also a time when we remember our loved ones that are sadly no longer with us. Whatever you have planned I hope the festive season passes peacefully and the start of 2018 brings you everything you wish for.

To start closing off the year, this blog features a sampler Christmas card/frame, which we have made and I have given as a Christmas decoration which can be brought out year after year.

I love making sampler cards especially at Christmas. The speciality Designer series paper Year of Cheer  has an excellent choice of patterned papers that co-ordinate together.

I made my sampler into Christmas cards for my two daughters and presented it to them in  9" x 9" white frames purchased from Ikea. These can then be brought out every year as a decoration at Christmas.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Year of cheer table gift decoration

I held my last card classes for 2017 last week.  I have really enjoyed teaching my ladies this year and look forward to 2018 and doing it all again.  If you would like to join one of my card classes let me know.  I run two classes on a Monday, one on a Friday afternoon, a monthly class on a Sunday morning and the occasional Saturday workshop. Details of class dates are in the side bar.

I made each one of the ladies a Chocolate Stirrer treat bag as a little thank you gift

 As it was the last class we made something a little different to cards, a decorated gift box with a matching tag.  They are quite easy to construct and look fabulous. They can be used as table gift decorations and can hold a variety of items such as a small bottle of wine and chocolates. I gave each person a choice of red, white or rose wine to put in theirs to take home.

The outside was decorated with the Beautiful Year of Cheer designer series paper, which unfortunately has now sold out.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Hometown greetings edgelits tealight card

This is another example of  how effective the 'Hometown Greetings edgekits' can be used to create a stunning tealight/luminaire card. Traditionally gold and silver were the colours used mostly in Christmas decorations, so a simple gold and pure white colour scheme, always seems to work out well.

Lots of labels framelits were used on two of the panels to cut out a decorate hole and then vellum heat embossed with white stars attached to the back with the die cut village scene so that when the tealight is lit the light shines through the front.

The sentiments on the first and last panels stamped and heat embossed with gold powder

Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Patterns in the woodland

A few weeks ago, I was asked by several of my class ladies, if I could create something using the beautiful reindeer from the recent Hostess set called 'Merry Patterns' and came up with the following card. I don't think the photo's always show off the 3D effect of the cards, but even my husband Paul commented on how effective the techniques we used on this one, were.

The 'Soft Sky' ink pad was directly applied to one of the faces on the inside of the embossing folder and the trees were inked with 'Always Artichoke' and directly stamped on to the same side of the embossing folder. A piece of white  card was placed inside the embossing folder and run through the Big Shot to create the woodland scene.

The tree trunks and branches were lightly sponged in crumb cake. Two slits in the card were cut either side of one of the tree trunks and the reindeer was placed through the holes

 A very simple but very effective 3D effect landscape creation

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Northern Lights technique with hometown greeting edgelits

There are quite a few cards around at the minute using the 'Northern Lights' technique so I thought I would have a go at some myself. Here are the ones I created, again using the hometown edgelits dies! with the top card below featuring in one of my classes :-

Inks used Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy and Peek-a-boo Peach

Inks used Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy

Same colours as the top card using the decorative ribbon border in silver foil down the two sides

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Hometown Greetings Bridge U Fold Card

I saw this card  HERE on Amanda's blog at The Craft Spa and was so impressed by the 3D 'pop out' effect, and that it folds extremely flat for easy storage and posting, I just had to make one. My husband, Paul, thinks it would look great with some LED bulbs between each layer and would then remind him of the old light-up Christmas village, that used to be a key feature in most homes at Christmas. If I manage to get a spare couple of hours over the next coming week I will try and create one

Monday, 18 December 2017

hometown edgelits bauble card

Another card using the hometown edgelits to create the following bauble card!

The sentiment was stamped in Night of Navy ink onto the white card and then run throught the big shot with the softly falling embossing folder

The die cut church scene was glued to a separate piece of night of navy cardstock and a circle cut out of it using one of the circle stitched shapes this was then backed onto a die cut scallop circle and placed on to the embossed white card using 3dimensionals.
The card was fInished off with a night of navy gingham bow. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Decorated christmas lamppost

A lampost as a centre piece on any card, particularly when its black on white, creates a very simple lighting effect. 


The lamppost is from the Christmas Lamppost thinlit dies and at the moment it is on the retired list at a reduced price of £22.10 (144675).This is a last-chance item and is available while supplies last. After 2 January 2018, it will no longer be available. 

The floral decoration in the centre is created from a variety of different floral dies and punches listed in the supply list below.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

winter wonder embossing folder with stitched shapes

Hello and welcome to my blog today.  The following card is very easy to make and ideal for those who are wanting a batch of cards to make in a short space of time

The winter wonder embossing folder was partially embossed onto the white card. A couple of stitched shape circles, two snowflakes and one of the swirly scribbles were die cut in silver foil and white coloured card and used to decorate the card.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

hometown greetings meets festive flower punch and pretty pines

A few weeks ago, we continued our theme of making Christmas cards, using the 'hometown greeting edgelits' dies. These have been out on my desk permanently recently, since I have found them to be a very universal set, easy to use and create stunning cards.

The 'quilt top embossing folder' creates a fabulous background for any project and looks particularly stunning on white card.

The hole in the centre of the card was created by die cutting a circle and then running it through the embossing folder.
The thin circle frame around the hole was created by using two different sized circles  placed together on a separate piece of card and run through the die cutting machine. The village scene was placed behind the hole.

The flower and foliage were made from the festive flower punch and a variety of leaves in gold foil from the Pretty Pines Thinlit dies.

Sunday, 10 December 2017


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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Snowflake sentiments

We used the snowflake sentiments stamp set from stampin up to create the following card. Half of the card was embossed with the softly falling embossing folder and the other half stamped with snowflakes using silver metallic encore ink and powder pink colour combination

A length of silver ribbon wrapped around the centre. A die cut square from one of the stitched shape framelits (previously saved from the card here) was  stamped with a snowflake  in versamark and heat embossed in silver. This was layered onto one of the scalloped squares from the layered square framelits in smoky slate and placed on dimensionals

The sentiment from the seasonal bells stamp set was also heat embossed with silver embossing powder

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Brightly lit meets santas sleigh

We used the Brightly Lit christmas stamp set bundle along with the reindeers from  the santas sleigh bundle to create this old fashioned street scene in one of our card classes recently

The triple lamppost was used for this card and 'lit up' with some gold foil placed behind, however, you can make quite a variety of different lampposts with these framelits

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Hometown greetings edgelits

The hometown greetings edgelits were used again for the following card. I recently aquired some precut 7" scalloped edge kraft cards and envelopes and thought they were perfect for this card

One of the hometown greetings edgelits was die cut in whisper white and glued onto a frame created by die cutting two stitched shape square framelits together (remove the centre piece and used on another card !) and backed onto a piece of pool party card stock and crumb cake

The sentiment was stamped in Silver Metallic Encore ink onto a piece of whisper white measuring 2.5cm x 11cm and then placed inside the everyday label punch to create the decorative ends.

Sunday, 26 November 2017


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Friday, 24 November 2017

Christmas Stamp-a-stack

I held my annual Christmas stamp-a-stack last weekend. The class has become a tradition for many over the last few years, and demand was so high this year that I held three classes on separate days

For those smaller demos out there, I run the classes in my own home. I have a humble customer base of about 30 and no downline. It is hard work doing all the preparation beforehand but I am pleased to do this for them all to enjoy the classes

Tables all set up with goodie bags, table gifts and instruction sheets for each person

Goodie bags decorated in either red and gold tags or navy and silver tags

Products included in the goodie bag, for use in the class plus extras to take home!


 Decorated gift tags using the gold and silver foil snowflakes and merry little labels stamp set and everyday label  punch

 Table gifts made with the new treat tubes filled with skittles 

Work station set up with baskets containing everything required for each product and card kits. The ladies worked in pairs with the baskets and made two cards at a time, once each project was completed, the baskets were returned to the table and swapped for a different one
Here are the cards. We made a total of 14 cards 2 of each 7 designs

This card was one of the more complicated and time consuming of all the 7 cards we made due to the die cutting, heat embossing of the sentiment and using the embossing folder

One of the very quick cards using the Painted Harvest 2-step stamp set in Wild wasabi and Pear Pizazz and the sentiment in real red

The above eclipse card was a wow in the class and everyone loved making it using the ever so popular Lovely as a Tree stamp set and the Merry Patterns

How adorable and cute is this dog in a santa hat?

Lastly, another simple and quick christmas card using the winter wonder embossing folder and die cut snow flakes

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