It is our first blog hop but hopefully the first of many. Hopefully you will be inspired by the many card, gift items and 3D items that you see on our blogs. If you have started at the start of the blog hop with Dawn, our fantastic upline, then you have probably come to my blog from the lovely Caroline. If not then you can go backwards or catch them again when you go full circle.
The theme of our blog hop is of course Christmas and all feature products available from Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Up! have such a wide range of Christmas stamps, as well as co-ordinating paper, cardstock, ribbons and embellishments. There is something for everyone's tastes and styles. The items that I have created use traditional Christmas colours however I am sure that they would look fantastic in any chosen colour scheme.
No Christmas is complete without an advent calendar!! My two boys already have several calendars that I have bought or made in the past so this one will be for me!
I used a selection of current SU stamps to make the calendar - Winter Post, Delightful Decorations, Season of Joy, Tree Trimmings, Serene Snowflakes and Dot-to-Dot. Paper is Jolly Holiday which co-ordinates perfectly with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso cardstock. I used a variety of SU punches, ribbon and embellishments such as the Bird punch, buttons and linen thread.
For the base I used a Wiltons cupcake tin with 24 spaces. I made each day differently but all started with a piece of cardstock measuring 2 1/4" square. I created the numbers using Word, printed on to Very Vanilla card and punched out using a 3/4" circle punch. They were then added on to each finished card piece with a stampin dimensional. I filled each space with a sweet and attached the "doors" using magnets.
My next item is a 3D Christmas tree that I created using Jolly Holiday Designer Patterned Paper, Christmas Ornament punch, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain ribbon and plenty of Dazzling Diamonds glitter!
Christmas baubles were punched using the ornament punch and attached to a polystyrene cone using pins and glue. I overlapped the baubles and worked from the bottom to the top alternating the direction each time. A lush bow was added to the top of the tree and lashings of glitter to finish!
At the recent SU convention in November I took part in several swaps one of which was a card candy swap. This is the card candy that I created using the level 3 hostess set Playful Pieces, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and Early Espresso card and ink.
I made the following six cards using the toppers from one complete set of my card candy and the same colour scheme of card and ink etc.
My final set of projects are some items that I taught at my monthly class in November. These were all made using only stamps from the Season of Joy set and the So Swirly Wheel. (These items are in the currect Bundle up for Christmas promotion - see post below). Cardstock used is Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.
The instructions for the cracker and the After Eight holder were purchased from Jenny Moors.
Thank you for taking the time to follow our blog hop. Next up in the Tartan Stampers Chrsitmas 2010 Blog Hop is the wonderful Lorraine.
Finally, I hope that you have been inspired by the items that I have created and would love if you left me a comment and/or became a follower of my blog. If you would like more information on any of the products or techniques that I have used or you wish to order any of the products then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org