Winter Woods Seasonal Cards

For my final cards this year I want to share with the cards that Cassidy and I made for each other this Christmas. Cassidy loves to create, decorate, draw and is artsy but Card Making is not her favourite. However, on my birthday and at Christmas she will make a card for me and she does a great job. 

This Christmas, her card featured stamping and heat embossing and I especially loved the colours of this card. Cassidy used the Winter Woods stamp set and didn’t realize there was a die to cut out the tree. So she fussy cut it. What a great job she did with that. 

I made Cassidy my first Bendy card and this was a lot of fun to create.Some retired products were used but mostly current items. I followed a tutorial however I adapted it to make it work for me. The trees die cut from the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper were really striking.  

Without realizing it we had both ended up using the same bundle. Out of all the sets I have, for Cassidy to pick up one off the shelf that she liked and it just happened to be the one I had chosen for her, just shows that we are very close. Sometimes she reckons I can read her mind because we end up saying exactly the same thing at the same time. Same stamp set, different cards, endless possibilities. This bundle will be carrying over however it will not be as a bundle so if you want to save 10%, you will need to order before 2nd January. 

I’ll catch up with you in 2019 for more stamping fun. Happy New Year!


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Quick Make Pillow Box

How many of you are rushing around at the moment looking for gifts and then once you get that perfect gift, you want to find the perfect wrapping but you really don’t have hours to spend on it. Today I’ve got a cute little pillow box to share with you. These are ready made boxes which come cut and scored and all you need to do is fold them, add a little double sided tape to hold the bottom end together and it’s ready to decorate.

Pretty packaging that doesn’t take ages to come together is what today’s project is about. I filled these with 10 gift tags and gave it to the lovely staff who work in our canteen at school. They are always so helpful and friendly and do an amazing job.

Embellishing this was very quick. The doily looks really nice against the white dots on the box.  I then added a circle punched with that gorgeous glimmer paper which adds some Christmas sparkle.

The reindeer was coloured with Stampin’ Blends. I didn’t go to great lengths with the colouring as I wanted this to be a really quick project – you know Christmas – short on time – so many things to do etc. etc. To add sparkle to the bell on the bow, I added shimmer paint with an aqua painter which has no water in it so I could pick up the colour from the lid. 

You could fill this with jewellery, cash or any other trinket and it’s such a cute and quick packaging that you could get several done in a short time.


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Step-it-Up Sunday #39 Christmas Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ve been a little bit scarce with my blogging lately. Main reason – Christmas. I’ve been madly prepping cards and gifts.. In my day job, I work at a school in administration. I receive lots of lovely gifts and cards from the staff I work with. To share Christmas with all these lovely people, I make each of them a card – there are about 100 staff. Then there’s all the cards for the rest of the friends and my orders. No matter how much I prepare early, it’s still a bit crazy at the end.  

I’ve also made about 400 gift tags to give away as gifts. I thought these would make lovely teacher gifts for my daughter Cassidy to give her teachers. So today’s Step-it-Up Sunday shows you the gift packaging. The idea is made simple with our Gable Boxes. 


Cut a strip of Designer Series Paper to a width of 5cm. Wrap this round the entire gable box, adhering the edges with liquid glue as you fold it along the edges. There will be a gap as the paper doesn’t reach all the way around – make this the front of your project. You will cover this gap with your image.

Punch a circle from Tranquil Tide cardstock and then emboss it with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. Attach with glue. Stamp and punch out the tag. Adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Tie a bow around the handle. 


Add another layer to the focal point by die cutting a doily from the Spot of Tea dies. To make the glimmer paper go further, I die cut the smaller doily inside the larger one at the same time. This gave me a frame to use on this project and a second doily to use on another project. 


To step up this project, stamp and colour in the holly from the Peaceful Poinsettias bundle. Then die cut it. 

Fill this with gift tags, chocolates, mini soaps to give as gifts. 

Have a really enjoyable week. Hope your Christmas preparations go smoothly. 

Step-it-Up Sunday #38 Santa’s List

Hi Everyone,

Today is exactly 1 month until Christmas. Did you all have a bit of a panic attack or are you cruising through your preparations because you are super organized?   I’m crazily creating cards and gift tags. This week we plan on decorating our home so that will be fun.

So in preparation for Santa, I’ve got a card featuring the fun, Signs of Santa bundle. Hope you are on Santa’s ‘nice’ list!


This card requires a few supplies. Stamp all over the Mint Macaron card base with the same coloured ink to create a background. I didn’t use the Stamparatus positioning tool. Instead I just randomly stamped all over.

The Santa is stamped in Black ink. When I stamped him, I was pleasantly surprised to find that his belt and shoes stamped in black so I didn’t have to colour them in.

So all you need to colour in is his suit and hat with the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and his face and hands in Ivory. Then die cut it. It’s very quick. If you don’t have a Big Shot, just fussy cut it.. 

The sentiments on the outside and inside are stamped in Black ink and then add some enamel shapes to complete this simple card.

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Add a panel of the Designer Series Paper to add a bit more interest to step this card up. The Santa’s Workshop DSP has flocking on one side so it’s textured. Another feature of this DSP is that the dies coordinate with it so you can cut the images without having to fussy cut – a win for those of you who may not like fussy cutting. 

The sentiment is layered and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I’ve added a little scene to this card by adding a mountain with the Into the Woods die. Emboss this with the Softy Falling embossing folding. Stamp the treesin Garden Green and die cut then add the embossing paste. Toothpicks work well for this fine work and then you don’t have to worry about washing up as you can just throw them away.

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Don’t forget that our Online Extravaganza is on until 28th November. Various items from the Annual Catalogue at discounted prices. 


  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits
Get them while stocks last!

Enjoy your week and keep creating. 

Broadway Bound Christmas

When I first saw the Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series paper I thought some of the papers would make great Christmas cards. The gold and stars in these papers just call out to be made into Christmas projects. I love the combination of black and gold and wanted to create this card in these non-traditional Christmas colours. 

To begin with, I heat embossed the deer in gold onto the black foil.

The card base is Basic Black, to which I adhered a piece of Designer Series Paper. The next panel was layered onto a piece of the Black foil cardstock. I love the glossy look that this adds to the card. 

Although it looks like it would take a lot of time, this is a very quick card to make. The DSP adds the glamour to it. I’m sure if you look at your packs of DSP you will find other ways to use them, other than the occasions they are intended for. It’s great to extend our stash this way. 

Happy creating.

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