Christmas Greetings, Modern Ornament Punch, Papermania, Tree punch, Use It Up Saturday

UIUS take two

Yes i know its halloween but my post is all about Christmas… might post pics of the pumpkins tomorrow.

As promised another UIUS post all about the cards I made last week at the crop Helen organised.

These four were all using the bits and pieces I had to hand…


Some punched baubles and trees, all of which I ran through an embossing folder with a snowflake design to make them a bit different.  The tree cards I added the die cut Christmas greeting words to them that I had inked in Cherry Cobbler. I then added some glossy accents to finish them off.  This gives a lovely finish to the words.



For the bauble cards I stamped and inked a sentiment from a magazine gift which I picked up a couple of weeks ago.



Doing  UIUS set for a crop was such an easy project to work on without too much thought … meant I could chat away with friends but still be productive.
Happy crafting!


Christmas Collectibles, Modern Ornament Punch, Papermania, Use It Up Saturday

UIUS … what happened to that?

Just over a week ago I tidied the craft room.  In doing so I unearthed the box of cards I had prepped late last year for this year’s UIUS challenge that has been completely forgotten about.  Look at this stash that needs something doing with!


So I sorted them out into sets again as they had got rather messed up…


Then grabbed a set of six…


And started to finish these ones off. It turned out I had already got as far as sticking these ones down…


So I grabbed Christmas Collectibles stamp set and coordinating punch and stamped some baubles in Cherry Cobbler and punched them out. 

Next I stamped some Holly from the Darcy Paperartsy set in Gumball Green and fussy cut it out.

This provided the topper for the cards. Then I stamped a sentiment from good Greetings and die cut out the little banner. Added some scraps of cherry cobbler seam binding to some and made sure there was some nice dimension going on with the toppers using pin flair glue gel.

Love how these turned out… good to get another UIUS under my belt after such a long time!

A nice little collection of cards. Now I challenge my readers to Use it Up today!

Happy crafting!


Christmas Collectibles, Designer Series Paper, Happy Hour, Modern Ornament Punch, Use It Up Saturday

UIUS! Three little cuties!


Back to the Christmas card Use It Up challenge and have three cards that are all on their own!


I bought a stack of 8×8 Christmas paper at a craft show once and have hardly used it. The designs are a bit rustic really and not really very me anymore, but I still find them attractive. Some sheets were amongst the DSP I started sorting out for the second batch of Use It Up and so these three cards are pretty much on their own as they all have a handmade card blank to start with and their colour scheme is a little odd with the Strawberry Slush SU cardstock and Worn Lipstick distress ink combo!

Two are very similar in design as the picture paper sort of became the feature…


I just added the sentiment from the Happy Hour stamp set and some card candi to embellish.

The other I thought they needed the ornament toppers using the Christmas Collectible stamp set with coordinating punch…


Again the sentiment and card candi used as final touches… And the result is three cute cards, which are all on their own in design.

Happy crafting!


25 Days, Decorative Dots, Modern Ornament Punch, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Winter Frost

Advent calendar update

So I have an update on the advent calendar I shared with you that wasn’t quite going to plan.

Tonight I decided to go for the second option of hanging the pockets on some ribbons. I hunted down some mini clothes pegs, and used both the Pool Party & Island Indigo ribbons to create little washing lines for the pockets.


I then added some tinsel round the top of the bannister and think it looks quite pretty!


Plus it all looks nice with the new decorations I got this year for the landing… Rustic, and handmade looking (even if they weren’t!)


So here is where the advent calendar now lives. Princess and I are very happy with this.

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Decorative Dots, Festive Flurry, Festive Flurry framelits, Modern Ornament Punch, Random Crafts, Sheena Douglass Embossing Folders, Snow Flurry Bigz, Washi tape, Winter Frost

Advent calendar number two!

Yes a second advent calendar to share with you… This time the one for my princess.

I used the same 25 Days stamps, but this time the colour scheme matched the Winter frost DSP which I have plenty left over from last year, and I thought would make a Frozen themed advent calendar! I used plenty of die cut snowflakes, some Festive Flurry stamping and some ornaments and circles to mix it up a bit! I also decided against boxes this year. I’ve used the little milk carton boxes the last couple of years, but decided against hanging on the bannister this year. So I picked up these little bags and used them for the base. But how to display them?

Well this is the main thing to share here… I painted a canvas on which to stick the bags.

This was the first layer of paint, and added some texture paste to add snow drifts and some hints of snow on the tree. I then added stamping with paint on the canvas and then pushed it back again in the sky with another layer of black. Then the star I painted silver, and added some silver dots to the tree.


So this is the base to the calendar. Next I used some silver washi tape to add each of the little bags, in a tree sort of shape. The idea is that as the bag gets taken off the tree starts to emerge.


Well this is the idea anyway. The practice is a little different. Unfortunately the washi tape is not doing a brilliant job of keeping the little bags in place! Instead we keep finding them on the floor in the hallway. So tomorrow I think a rethink may have to happen! I suspect that some little bulldog clips may be bought and the bags may end up on the bannister after all! Ah well, at least I get a nice whimsical canvas to look at for a month whilst the Christmas spirit is in the air!

Unfortunately due to manic times at work, our Christmas decorations have not quite made it up yet. I usually have them up on the 1st! They have got as far as in the house from the garage, but no energy tonight to start decorating. Hoping tomorrow I may find some energy after work and make a start!

Happy crafting!


25 Days, Festival of Prints, Modern Ornament Punch

Advent calendar number one!

Today I delivered the advent calendar I made for my friend. She is not a chocolate fan (yes I think she’s a nutter too!) so she misses out on advent calendars… So I make her one and fill it with little treats as her Christmas present.

Was therefore happy to see the 25 days stamp set in this years Stampin up catalogue. This makes it a little easier for me to make it up… I also slightly cheated and bought boxes this year too!

I used last years Festival of Prints paper stack as I thought it worked nicely with the brown boxes.


Loved doing this… Mostly loved filling it with treats for my friend! 🙂

Happy crafting!