Reason For The Season Pillar Candle Christmas Table Decoration

by Joanne James27. November 2015 21:48

Yay - it's Friday - always a good day! I've had a busy one with a few errands, appointments and a pleasant afternoon watching Ben play rugby. Not much time for crafting today (I did help a friend make good progress on some Christmas bunting, but we still have a few finishing touches to make so I'll share that another time!) so I'm sharing a home decor project I made in a class with a lovely group of ladies last week. We decided to decorate a pillar candle and make a table centre, using the Festive Flower Punch and the Spiral Flower Originals Die to make a wreath of flowers around the base.

Here's my finished project, in Real Red with Very Vanilla roses:

I stamped the flower from 'Reason to the Season' on filter paper and melted it into the candle to set it, then covered a small polystyrene wreath with Very Vanilla satin ribbon before adhering my flower to it. A few gold glimmer and pearl flower centres and some loops of gold glitter ribbon interspersed in between completes the project.

The ladies in my class made their arrangements in a variety of colours; you can see their creations on my Facebook page here (feel free to give me a 'like' whilst your there!) for more colour inspiration. This was such a fun project to make and another way to show the versatility of the 'Reason for The Season' stamp set and co-ordinating Festive Flower Punch - this is one bundle that just keeps on giving, so many creative possibilities! The new Spring-Summer catalogue also offers another stamp set that co-ordinates with this useful punch - watch this space!

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies over at SUO Challenges too who are working with your favourite holiday colours - my traditional colour scheme remains a favourite, even though it's sometimes nice to step out of the creative comfort zone (see next Sunday's post for an example of that!) That's all from me today; back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Snow Friends Jolly Snowman Christmas Card

by Joanne James26. November 2015 08:05

Today it's time for a new challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and this week we have a great sketch for you:

 

I had lots of ideas about ways to use this sketch; I eventually settled on this fun card featuring a snowman with a difference:

 

Instead of stamping a snowman on my card, I decided to create a graphic snowman using my Big Shot and the Snow Friends framelits. I used a card base of extra-thick white cardstock and tucked a strip of red striped Holidays Fancy Foil Vellum don the left hand side. I then added a panel of Soft Sky, onto which I stamped the snowflakes from the Wonderland stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed them in white, before cutting out the snowman shape and scarf and hat, which adhered across the negative space for dimension. I then stamped part of the sentiment from Holly Jolly Greetings directly onto the cardbase in Pacific Point, adding a red glimmer 'jolly' cut from the co-ordinating Christmas Greetings Framelits dies to finish. I also used black glimmer paper for the snowman's hat - both add great sparkle to this card. To finish, I added a few pearls coloured with a red Sharpie as the holly berries for the leaves on the hat.

I love the subtle textures and layering on this card - and it's fun to look at framelits and dies to see how else they can be used beyond the straightforward cutting out of shapes.

Do visit the other Design Team members to see how they interpreted this week's sketch; there's lots of inspiration over on their blogs too!

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

  • Snow Friends Framelits Dies
  • Holly Jolly Greetings Clear-Mount Bundle
  • Wonderland Wood-Mount Stamp Set
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Versamark Pad
  • Heat Tool (Uk)
  • White Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Big Shot
  • Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock
  • Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
  • Soft Sky A4 Cardstock
  • Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pacific Point A4 Cardstock
  • Cucumber Crush A4 Cardstock
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Red Glimmer Paper
  • Black Glimmer Paper

 

CAS Reindeer Clip Christmas Card

by Joanne James25. November 2015 20:52

Today I have a super-simple fun card for this week's clean-and-simple challenge over at Addicted To CAS, where they are celebrating their 3rd birthday - congratulations, ATCAS! The challenge this week has the following code word:

I decided this week's challenge was the perfect opportunity to try out a card I've had in mind for ages:

You already know how much I love these cute reindeer clips, so I thought it was about time I based an entire card around one! I used Early Espresso cardstock for my base, then mounted a simple square of it onto a mat of gold foil to highlight my reindeer clip. I added a Cherry Cobbler red enamel dot for my reindeer's nose (Rudolf is so much more eye-catching!) and I stamped my sentiment from the 'Oh What Fun' stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold. As simple as that! A tub of clips could see you knocking a dozen of these out in next to no time and I love the dimension the clip and nose gives to my CAS card.

I'll be back tomorrow with this week's card for the new challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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New Wednesday Weekly Deals Have Arrived!

by Joanne James25. November 2015 09:00

It's Wednesday and you know what that means: a new collection of Wednesday Weekly Deals! These offers are valid for one week only. As always, a new collection of deals will be announced next Wednesday.

If you want to take advantage of any of the deals on offer, you can support my business by placing your order online by clicking here or using the link to my store on the right hand side of my blog page where it says 'Shop Online' or with me in person. Don't forget to add the new Hostess Code for November SHRENCSC if your order is under £150 and be sure to make sure that you don't check the 'no contact' box if you'd like to be kept updated with the progress of you order and receive a little thank you in the post from me. 

Here's a summary of this week's one-week only Wednesday deals - click on each item to go to the online store to purchase:

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It's all about the metallics this week! 

Back later with today's creative project; until then, happy shopping!

Flurry Of Wishes White Snowflake Vellum Card

by Joanne James24. November 2015 08:00

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for a couple of challenges this week, initially inspired by the intriguing sketch over at Pals Paper Arts but also with the theme over at TGIF Challenges in mind:

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I'm also linking up with the talented team over at The Challenge - my card is definitely more contemporary than traditional, but it has snowflakes as per the inspiration photo; I might have to do another one for this challenge too with a little more red and green! Anyway - my card today is another of those so-difficult-to-photograph-yet-so-beautiful white and silver Christmas cards that I'm so fond of! here it is:

I used a base of extra-thick Whisper White and decided that the three circles in the sketch should be represented by a trio of Winter Wonderland Embellishments and the rest of my design came from there. I created a layered panel of silver foil, Whisper White and then the lovely snowflake patterned Holiday Fancy Foil Vellum. I stamped the medium sized Flurry of Wishes Snowflake in Smoky Slate onto Shimmery White cardstock, then stamped two of the three elements of my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in silver, then punched out the shape with my Flower Medallion punch. I added a silver glimmer die cut 'peace' and adhered the whole piece to my card using dimensionals, having added some thin silver metallic thread behind. 

This is one of those cards that is so very pretty in real life - it has so much shimmer and sparkle, it's gorgeous! You can see the detail of the snowflake better in this close-up shot:

 

So many pretty snowflake elements too - embellishments, vellum and stamps!

That's all from me today; I'm looking forward to spending the day having some quality crafting time and a good catch up with a couple of friends.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Silent Night All Ye Faithful Panel Card

by Joanne James23. November 2015 08:00

Happy Monday everyone - a new week begins! Today I'm sharing a card using this week's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:

 

I decided the horizontal panels would work for a two-piece sentiment, so I chose to pair the Wonderland sentiments with the holy family image from 'All Ye Faithful' and some not so Christmassy designer series paper - take a look:

I used Tip Top Taupe for my card base, with a mat of Hello Honey and a piece of the Sweet Li'l Things starry paper for the background panels. I stamped my holy family in Memento Black and coloured it using my inks and blender pen, stamping my sentiment in black on two panels of Marina Mist. Not altogether tricky and I must say I love the pop of blue from the Marina Mist sentiment panels. Great to be able to use this paper in a non-baby way too. I've already had another idea for this sketch which, all being well, I will make up and share later in the week. 

That's all from me today; a piano lesson, business meeting then hopefully some time at my desk crafting this afternoon. Enjoy your Monday - I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin!

 

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Cozy Christmas Tag Card

by Joanne James22. November 2015 10:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! This week it is the turn of the lovely Laurie to host and she has a great sketch to get our creative juices flowing this week:

    

I decided to showcase some of the lovely Home For Christmas designer series paper on my card today along with one of the Cozy Christmas stamps on today's card:

 

I love this winter village scene paper so I paired it with a sentiment and the little house from the 'Cozy Christmas' stamp set. I stamped the scene in Mint Macaron and then cropped out the tree on the left and paper-pieced the house, which I stamped in Real Red. I added dimension with some puffy snow on the roof and trees and a wooden snowflake embellishment. I created my layered tag using the Tags and Labels framelits and to finish added a twirly bow using some retired in-colour ribbon in Mossy Meadow. Having had a busy week of classes and most of my day yesterday taken up with school projects I struggled to get into the groove with this card, but time was against me so in the end I had to stop fiddling with it and finish up!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

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Anne Marie Hile - on leave
 
 
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 
 

I look forward to seeing what you make with Laurie's sketch this week. I'm off for a morning of sport and then both James Juniors are taking part in a basketball tournament this afternoon. Another busy Sunday!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Wonderland by Moonlight

by Joanne James21. November 2015 22:57

I've had a busy day working with Ben on his school project today but just have time to squeeze in a quick blog post with a card for this week's challenge over at Merry Monday:

I actually cased my own card for this one; this card here is one of my most pinned cards on Pinterest and I thought that my Wonderland stamp and the lovely sleigh and reindeer from Cozy Christmas would make for a great updated version so here it is:

 

On a base of Night of Navy and a matt of brushed silver, I masked a panel and moon on a piece of Whisper White using post-it notes then sponged in a sky in Night of Navy, with the trees from the 'Wonderland' stamp set stamped in Archival Black across the bottom. I then stamped my sleigh and reindeer silhouette in front of the moon and stamped my sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in silver across the bottom. Clean, simple and without fuss - very me! - and not one but eight reindeer, skimming the tree tops.

That's all from me; back tomorrow with a new challenge over at The Paper Players. until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Hearth and Home Merry Moments Christmas Shaker Card

by Joanne James20. November 2015 21:10

Today I'm sharing another of the cards from this month's technique class - a Christmas shaker card using the 'Happy Scenes' stamp set and some of the paper from the Merry Moments DSP Stack for wallpaper:

I stamped the scene in Mossy Meadow, sponged in some sky and stamped some snow flakes in Soft Sky, then using my white gel pen I coloured in the snowflakes and the settled snow on the trees - it's amazing what a difference this makes to the finished scene, it adds a subtle yet definite dimension. The shaker is filled with some clear glass glitter and the window itself finished with a Cherry Cobbler bow, made with the Wonderful Wreath framelits. There's one other cute feature of this card - did you see the dado rail? I created it from the edge of a second window, trimming along the crease line and snipping in half. I think it's a nice way to cover the join of the designer series papers, which are incidentally cut from a single sheet and reversed to show both sides.

That's all from me today; back tomorrow with another project. until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Bethlehem With The Sleigh Ride Edgelits Christmas Card

by Joanne James19. November 2015 08:05

Today it's time for a new challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary and this week we have a great colour challenge for you:

 

I decided that this week's colours were perfect for a night sky, so decided to indulge in a spot of masking and sponging to create my Bethlehem-inspired scene. here's my card:

 

I used a base of Delightful Dijon and a matt of Elegant Eggplant, then on a piece of Whisper White I masked off a rectangle and sponged in my sky, starting at the top with Island Indigo and the bottom with Elegant Eggplant. I stamped the stars from the 'Holly Jolly Greetings' stamp set in the sky in Versamark and heat embossed them in gold, then overlaid my landscape cut from Delightful Dijon using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits. To finish, I added my sentiment from the 'All ye Faithful' stamp set in Elegant Eggplant across the bottom.

A simple design, but I can't begin to tell you how much I love this card! I thought I would find these colours intimidating, but it turns out the opposite is true.

Do visit the other Design Team members to see how they used this week's challenge colours; there's lots of inspiration over on their blogs too!

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

  • Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies
  • Big Shot
  • Holly Jolly Greetings Wood-Mount Stamp Set
  • All Ye Faithful Wood-Mount Stamp Set
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Versamark Pad
  • Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder
  • Heat Tool (Uk)
  • Delightful Dijon A4 Cardstock
  • Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Elegant Eggplant A4 Cardstock
  • Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Island Indigo A4 Cardstock
  • Whisper White A4 Cardstock

 

 

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