Embellish your Christmas

Hi there,

With my project today I set out to create a specialty Christmas card – with lovely layers of embellishments to highlight some of my favourite products from the Current Seasonal Catalogue: the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and Framelits, and the gorgeous Frosted Finishes embellishments.


I started with a card base of Bermuda Bay, and then added a mat of silver metallic cardstock after embossing it in Silver using the En Francais background stamp.  The Winter Frost DSP shape is created by die cutting the largest size of the Window Framelits and then cutting off two sides.

My largest Festive Flurry is embossed in Smokey Slate Embossing Powder on Bermuda Bay.  The smaller Flurry is cut from Metallic Silver card, using two smaller framelits layered inside one another to create the negative image in the middle.


I punched a small snowflake in silver foil and added the Frosted Finishes embellishment in the middle.  Another favourite new item from the Seasonal Catty is the Expressions thinlet with it’s Merry die cut – I added a rhinestone just to finish it off. Check out that shine!


I just love all the dimension on this card.  Hope it’s given you some inspiration for your Christmas craft – thanks for stopping by…

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Shimmery Dasher in Coastal Cabana

Something soft and pretty for your Christmas Crafting today…My card base is Coastal Cabana, with a Silver Metallic Mat, and for my angular piece, I’ve taken one of the designs from the Winter Frost DSP 12 x 12 Pack, and after cutting it to a  full sized mat, I’ve slid it into my trimmer on an angle, lining both points up to the 4cm mark and slicing the corner off, then turning around 180 degrees and repeating the slice on the opposite corner.  I am really happy with the effect.  I then chose strips in a contrasting design and edged them using my scallop border punch.  A little tombow glue held them into place.


This silver scallop is made by die cutting two of the half scallops from the Petal Cone Die and glueing them down next to each other – I love the small scalloped edge.


Now this Dasher stamp is retired unfortunately because it is an absolute winner for Christmas cards 🙂  I have mixed Frost white shimmer paint with Coastal Cabana re-inker  and applied it to my stamp with a sponge dauber before carefully pressing on to Whisper White card stock.  Once it had dried, I die cut using one of the circle framelits and added a little silver dazzling details to the antlers.

You like?

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Fun Pattern Paper Bows

If you haven’t had a play with the New Stampin’ Up! Bow Die, you are missing out!!! It is so much fun and really easy to use.  You can make two different sized bows or a double bow combining both sizes:

Bow Die

I sat one evening and made about 30 bows from scrap leftover DSP and had a ball! Here is a really simple card layout created with retired DSP and just a little Glimmer Paper.


My sentiment is from the Joy to the world Stamp Set:

Joy to the World Stamp Set

While I was busy cutting up old DSP’s to combine into bows (you can lay several on the die at one time), I came up with this design, making my own pattern paper present and topping it off with of course – a bow!


I love the dimension of the Bow, and it’s perfect for those DSP’s where a little goes a long way – like this one of past years – I wasn’t so keen on this design but I love it as a highlight on this project…


The bow die works particularly well with stripes…


If you are trimming cards with the bow die, just be sure to allow a little extra room in your envelope so that the bow doesn’t get entirely squashed when you send it through the mail…

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tradition Meets Modern Christmas

I love the traditional feel of this image from Stampin’ Up!’s Welcome Christmas.  I’ve embossed it with Early Espresso embossing powder and cut it out with the Circle Framelit.  I ran Tom bow glue around the edges and sprinkled Champagne Glitter Glass before setting aside to dry.  I am really into contrasts on cards at the moment so I teamed the very traditional image with a very modern print for the Season of Style DSP – The lovely triangular pattern features Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake.


Here is a closer view:


Both of the ribbons are from my stash 🙂 My card base is Bravo Burgundy.  I think adding just that little hint of glimmer paper behind my sentiment really ties the card together.  Don’t forget to stamp your envelope!!!

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Christmas Cards the Natural Way


Hi Girls,

Have you ever used this Natural Composition Speciality card stock from SU? It features a divine glossy embossed print in various designs.  I love that Santa’s hat is signing along with the music in the background 🙂


I just had to team this with an old world feel by using Newsprint DSP and Crochet ribbon, Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke – I was thrilled with how this all came together… Ooh look at that shine!!!



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Gold Bauble Christmas

Today’s Christmas Design features a Gold and Red flock bauble, cut using two differently sized circle framelits, with the bauble top punched from the retired tab punch and Champagne Shimmer paper.


I love this spotted DSP from the Seasons of Style DSP 12 x 12 pack – and teamed with Real Red, it really pops!


This is quite a simple layout, but the use of luxurious papers like flock and shimmer give it a really special feel.  I was thrilled with how this design came together.  And you just can’t go past the Merry Christmas Stamp from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

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Enviro Christmas Style

Hi Girls,

Well this is a very different Christmas look for me – I was recently asked to create an Enviro/Red Christmas design, and the brief included the idea to totally forego a sentiment.  This felt really strange to me, but once I had created this very paired back design, I realised the Christmas Tree spoke volumes and a sentiment wasn’t needed at all!


One of my favourite parts of this card is the little linen thread bow around the Christmas Tree trunk:


I love the texture provided by the two embossing folders and was delighted to find that my 1 inch circle punch fit the circular design of my tree embossing folder PERFECTLY!

I’ve coordinated my card with an enviro envelope and wheeled a simple design in Real Red across the envelope for some added interest.

Hope you like my project today – check back again soon for more Christmas Designs.

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Christmas Star and Dry and Heat Embossing

Hi Girls,

Have you ever combined dry and heat embossing on one of your cards? Both techniques give quite a different effect and when the same colour is used, it can be very dramatic.  In this case I have dry embossed gold cardstock for my background and heat embossed gold embossing powder using a single stamp from Stampin’ Up! Christmas Star:


I decided not to add a sentiment to the front of this card – it is so obviously Christmas.  I really like the red stamped star on the envelope too.  Can you see the 3D effect on the star?


I scored along the white lines of the star, and folded the score lines gently, before applying hot glue to the inside points and pressing only those down.  This works really well as long as you work quickly 🙂  I finished the star with a large rhinestone.

Thanks for stopping by!



Digital Dasher (With a little Embellishment)



Just like my traditionally stamped cards, when I create a digital design with MDS, I CAN NOT STOP MYSELF from adding multiple layers of card stock! And If I decide I don’t need a layer, I add a border!  My colours here are Old Olive and Riding Hood Red with a hint of Champagne Glimmer Paper. Love this Christmas colour combo!

Hybrid Digital Card 2


Aren’t digital bows great? perfect every time!


Using the Negative Image of Your Framelits

Hi Girls,

Just a quick post today to show you a card I was inspired to try from Pintrest (yes I have been spending way too much time browsing the boards lately!).  This card uses the negative image from the largest Festive Flurry Framelit – you can’t see it here, but it also leaves an indentation around the image on the card stock – an added bonus which I love!.

Negative Snowflake Card

I’ve then cut the small framelit out twice (once silver and once in the matching pale plum to the card front) – and layered them just off centre, trimming them to match the line of the card stock with my trimmer. I’ve embossed the card front and added rhinestones at each embossed flurry. An embossed sentiment and little silver bow finishes off my card for today.

What is Christmas without a purple and silver card design eh??? I hope I am inspiring you to get a start on your Christmas Cards? I think the correct count is 68 days until Christmas? LOL