Saturday, 21 November 2009

12 Blogs of Christmas Tour

Welcome to the 12 Blogs of Christmas. Myself and some other Stampin' Up! demo's are posting two Christmas projects which we hope will give you ideas and inspire you. By clicking on the '12 Blogs of Christmas' Icon above you will be guided to the next blog in the tour, do this on each blog and you will complete the tour and return back to where you started. We hope you enjoy your journey and please do comment along the way. It's so great to hear from people who have stopped by. You may be starting the journey here or have found me by passing through Zoe's blog, whichever, I hope you enjoy browsing all the lovely christmas projects.

How are you getting on with your Christmas presents. Me I haven't even started !! well tell a little lie, I have made one present for my chiropodist, Paula. (I can post this as she doesn't use computers !! so won't see it LOL)

I was doing the weekly food shop when I noticed these scented candles. They had been reduced to 89p, and I could see a crafting potential there, so I grabbed a few. (Am I the only one that does this?)

I was so busy thinking about what I was going to do with these candles, while doing the rest of the shopping, I forgot the eggs! Anyway, this is what I have come up with.

The top of the jar was much bigger than any of the Stampin' Up! punches I own, so I used a die cutter to cut out a scalloped Whisper White circle and Real Red and Whisper White plain circles in various dimensions. The candle was Red, which is why I choose these colours, plus red is my favourite Christmas colour.

On the smallest circle I stamped the snowflake from the Winter Post stampset in versamark ink and covered with Heat and Stick powder. Heated this with the heat gun then sprinkled on the red glitter from the Fine Galaxy range in the Stampin' Glitter. I then just dabbed some real red ink around the edges to highlight the circle before layering all together and sticking onto the lid of the candle.

Next I wanted to make a little box to put the candle in. Its a very simple box, created by just measuring the base and height of the jar. Using the base measurement then adding the height measurement x 2 cut a piece of cardstock that size. In my case the base measured 9cm square and the sides where 6 cm tall. So I cut the cardstock 21cm x 21cm and scored it at 6cm, turned the card once and scored again at 6cm, turned again etc until all four sides where scored at 6cm.
Next I decorated the card with the snowflake in Real Red ink, then snipped one score mark to the next score on each corner and attached the flaps to the sides using double sided tape. You can see the base in this photo below.

Next was the lid. Again work out your measurements, but this time the centre needs to be a fraction larger. So in my case I used 91/4cm x 5cm x2. So my card was cut at 19 1/4 cm x 19 1/4 cm and scored at 5cm all around. (I hope this makes sense to you, I found it difficult to explain sorry).

Next step is to decorate your lid. I placed a square of Real Red card with a strip of the beautiful new Whisper White Satin ribbon attached, and topped it off with a glittered snowflake like I used on the lid of the jar. Before assembling the lid, I used my Scalloped border punch on the sides. (This is why my side measurements where quite large, the punch does take a small section of card away with it when punching)

Add a tag and you have a great little gift that anyone would be happy to receive.

Stamp sets: Winter PostCard: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Accessories: Whisper White Satin ribbon, Stampin' Glitter, Scallop Border Punch,

Second Project

For my second project I have chosen to stay with the same stampset and colours, like I said earlier Red is my favourite Christmas colour. LOL

I have made some name place cards for our Christmas dinner table. These where so quick and simple to make.

I used a font on my computer for the names and printed them onto Whisper White cardstock. (This card runs through printers like a dream). I cut Whisper White card 7.5cm x 7.5 cm and folded in half. Layered a piece of Real Red card onto one side (you can do both if you wish) then added the name. The snowflake from Winter Post stamp set was stamped in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card and then cut out. A rhinestone brad was placed in the middle of the snowflake before attaching to the place card.

These are so quick to make, and will make your Christmas dinner table look fabulous. Why not try something like this yourself this year.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects and will now pass you over to the fab Michelle for more inspiration.

Carole x

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Do you need Christmas Inspiration?

Well I might have the answer for you. Myself and a few other Stampin' Up! demonstrators are organising a blog hop on Saturday. There will be two Christmas projects on each blog and you may also find some candy along the way.

All the projects will go live at 10 am and the links to complete the hop will be completed as soon as possible after that. So book the date in your diary and see you on Saturday.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Purple Trimmings

I love this stamp set. I normally use traditional colours for my Christmas cards, but I decided to try out Lilacs and Purples for a change. The photo below shows the top of the card all sparkly with glitter. I used the Polka Dot Background stamp inked with Versamark and stamped onto Elegant Eggplant card. Then sprinkled with Heat and Stick powder and blasted with heat gun, then sprinkled with Silver Glitter from the Fine Galaxy range of the Stampin' Glitter. Here is a close up. Not a great photo I am afraid because the weather has been so dull and dreary the last few days.
The ornaments have been stamped in versamark first, before the colour ink, then clear embossed to give that shiny affect, that Christmas baubles have.
Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Polka Dot BG, Occasional Greetings
Card: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace, Versamark
Accessories: Silver Stampin' Glitter, Eyelet Border Punch, Heat Gun,

Sunday, 1 November 2009


Yes you are reading that correctly. During the period 1st November - 29th December you will receive a TAG PUNCH or a SMALL TAG PUNCH (worth £12.50 each) with every £45 spent from the Christmas Gift giving guide below.

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Wow what an offer..... If you are like me and havn't started your Christmas shopping yet, what a great time to buy for your crafting friends and family and get a free gift for yourself

You can email me with your order, and get your Christmas shopping started.

Plus as a special offer from me....anyone ordering from the Gift giving guide will receive FREE P&P on orders over £45.