Vintage Christmas Trees

I really like vintage Christmas decorations and wanted to evoke that kind of feeling with this card featuring the Season Like Christmas stamp set.

How beautiful did that Merry Music Specialty DSP come up?  This paper is actually Whisper White, but that didn’t fit with the more Vanilla vintage look I wanted so I brayered a touch of So Saffron ink over the full surface and then sponged on layers of Soft Suede & Crumb Cake ink before scrunching it all up.  The small dots on the Christmas trees are actually heat embossed with gold EP which gives the card a lovely touch of extra shine!

Stamps: Season Like Christmas
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Merry Music Specialty DSP, Vellum
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Versamark
Other: Sponge Brayer, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Pearls


Anyone for Hot Chocolate?

It is most definitely not hot chocolate weather here in Lower Hutt at the moment with a run of 26°C days!  But these little bottles of hot chocolate ingredients are just so sweet that I wouldn’t be able to resist them!

These little mini milk bottles can be purchased really cheaply but they can be decorated so many different ways and for so many different events.  I kept each of mine simple with a simple band of DSP and then the addition of stamping, die-cuts or embellishments – each unique but each super cute!

Stamps: Santa’s Suit, Hang Your Stocking
Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White,Christmas Around the World DSP, Merry Little Christmas DSP, Merry Music Specialty DSP
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Emerald Envy, Memento Black, Cherry Cobbler Dark & Pumpkin Pie Light & Dark Stampin’ Blends
Other: Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Bakers Twine, Mini Ornaments, Foil Snowflake


Colour Your World November Blog Hop

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I hope you are ready for another Blog Hop because its Colour Your World time!  I I even remembered to set up my phone to film the creation of this months card so you will see a quick time-lapse at the end of this post!  I hope you will play along with us and join in this months challenge – simply create a project using the months colours and then share your project with us all on the Facebook Group. Here is this months inspiration piece featuring lovely blues!

I actually CASE’d myself for this months project.  I designed a card very similar to this for my Stamp of Month Club a few months ago but it was in different blues and no Sahara Sand – I loved the card the first time I created it so thought it was worth re-imagining it in this pallette!

I started by using Dapper Denim & Marina Mist to wash the background, before adding splatters in Dapper Denim & Sahara Sand, and some stamping with Marina Mist.  Then I just layered up several different elements – lots of interest and texture in this one!

Want to see me creating this card?  Here’s a fun time-lapse of the process:

Did you know YOU can now join in our colour challenge each month?  Head over and check out our Colour Your World Challenge Group here, and then get creating – we would love to see what you create with this months scheme!

Well that’s it for me this month – be sure to hop around the world and check out all of the other great projects to inspire your crafting.  You can start with the lovely Sam Hammond in the UK.

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Alison Solven – Canada
Patsy Mullen Waggoner – USA
Sophie Prestrelle – France
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand   <<——- You Are Here
Sam Hammond – UK
Barbara Meyer – Austria
Anna Sposato – Germany

Stamps: Orange Blossom
Ink: Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Cardstock:Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Other: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, Aquapainter, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Decorative Border Ribbon Punch, Rhinestones



Thinking Outside The Box – Advent Calendar Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This month we are featuring mini Advent Calendars!  These are a great option if you want an advent but don’t have the time to do a whole months worth of boxes/bags etc, instead the mini version features each of the 4 Advent Sundays.

I chose to do a little luminary that you simply turn to the next number each Sunday.  This is quick and easy to make but cute and I just love luminaries!

I used the Hello Friend stamp set for the wreath image – I love how versatile this set is, it’s not designed as a Christmas set but several of the images can be used in that way!  I also added some of the cute embellishments from the Holiday Catalogue – the Green Sprigs and Mini Ornaments don’t really work on cards because of their bulk, but they were just perfect for this project.  I finished it off with some of the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon even though it’s not a traditional Christmas colour, its just so soft and luscious!

Quick Advent Luminary Tutorial

Part 1 – Stand Box
Cut cardstock measuring 24cm x 13cm
Score the short side of cardstock at 1.5cm & 11.5cm
Score the long side of cardstock at 10cm, 11.5cm, 21.5cm & 23cm
Cut tabs as shown.
Fold along all score lines add adhesive to tabs, and assemble box

Part 2 – Luminary Top
Cut vellum cardstock measuring 29cm x 10.5cm
Score long side of cardstock at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm

Stamp image on each section of vellum and add die cut numbers

Cut cardstock measuring 29cm x 1cm. Adhere to bottom of vellum

Apply adhesive to smallest tab of vellum and assemble box.

Part 3 – Assembly
Place vellum luminary in centre of base box and adhere to box using a glue dot or hot melt glue in each corner.
Adhere embellishments around base using hot melt glue.

Stamps: Hello Friend
Ink: Garden Green
Cardstock: Real Red, Vellum
Other: Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelit Dies, Green Sprigs, Mini Ornaments, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!


Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Dena Rekow – USA
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada