Hello, and welcome back to my blog. Today I am hopping with the crew from Let’s Get Hopping and our theme for this month is to CASE one of our own designs to create a Christmas project. If you’ve been following along with the hop, you would have come around from Mikaela. I hope you enjoyed what Mikaela had to share.
I chose to CASE the layout from this card I made last year during New Zealand’s Alert Level 4 lockdown. It bring it into Christmas I used Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper and the Evergreen Elegance Bundle. I LOVE a stamp set and punch bundle! Punches are super handy to keep close by when crafting.
To create the background I scrunched up a piece of DSP and adhered it to a Basic White card base. I then stamped the sentiment onto a piece of matching DSP and embossed it using White Emboss Powder, and adhered a torn piece of contrasting DSP to the bottom of the sentiment piece.
I used the Evergreen Border Punch to punch out a strip of Gold Foil, and then stamped two of the different sized trees in the Evergreen Elegance stamp set in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen.
To finish off the card I adhered some Gold Holly Leaves using Glue Dots in and around the sentiment piece, and tied a bow using a length of Cherry Cobbler and Gold Metallic Ribbon. This is a fun technique I learnt from Alicia Yap, where you cut off one edge of a length of ribbon, and pull out the long strands. You are left with a length of frayed ribbon which still has one edge secured, suitable for tying bows! Give it a go in your next crafting project.
Carry on with the hop and head over to see what Rachael has instore for you today. I’m excited to hop around myself and be inspired by all of the CASE’d Christmas projects.
This months sampler was made using the Poinsettia Petals bundle. I love that this set works so well for a Kiwi Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I do like snowflakes and reindeer for Christmas designs, but it is a bit funny working with those images when we are moving into a hot summer!
We embossed the main flower in Gold Emboss Powder onto Whisper White cardstock, and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. You can create fun texture to your flowers by simply curling the petals with your Bone Folder, or by scrunching up the flower in your hands. For this design we curled the petals using a Bone Folder, and we gave the leaves texture by scrunching them up in our hands.
One of the best features of the Poinsettia Dies is the fact that it has dies that will cut out the flowers or leaves, and a nesting die that will emboss texture onto the flower or leaf. We used this fun feature on the small white poinsettia in the top corner, and for the small red flowers in the bottom corner.
Did you notice the extra texture in the small red poinsettia flowers? It may not show up well in these pictures – but they were made using the Red Velvet Paper. This paper is just gorgeous, and adds dimension to any design.
The coordinating Designer Series Paper and ribbon were so easy to work with for this design – and no snow in sight!
This weekend I was able to attend the Stampin’ Up! Auckland OnStage. One of the many perks of being a demonstrator is attending this one day event; we receive a goodie bag at the door with free product, recognition throughout the day; we receive prize patrols, and get to see new product and catalogues and complete make ‘n takes using the new product.
A major bonus is being able to catch up with our wider team mates from around the country. Some demonstrators choose to participate in ‘swaps’. This is where each demonstrator will make multiple projects in the same design, and literally swap them with other demonstrators on the day.
Swaps are a great way of sharing inspiration and design ideas. Check out the swap I made, and the many swaps I received.
OnStage was an inspiring day; I’ve come away with new ideas for 2020. Watch this space for new class details.