Monday, 8 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches... day 5 and 6!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Today I am bringing you two Christmas projects using Thoughtful Branches.  This first card uses the Thoughtful Branches stamp set to create a wintery scene which I then cut out using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlets dies, I also used Christmas Greetings Thinlets dies for the 'peace' sentiment.  Did you spot that I didn't use a Christmas DSP for the background layer?  I love navy and white and am also a little bit in love with Floral Boutique DSP, how lovely is that spotty one... it's just the perfect snowy background.
 My second Christmas card also uses Thoughtful Branches but this time uses the larger tree.  Both these cards were part of my stamp-a-stack card class so they had to be easy for customers to make three of each quick sticks. The embossed background on this gives texture and the layer with the tree stamped was also spritzed with ink to give it a little bit more depth without adding too much work. Simple, quick and easy but still gorgeous.

Since we're all about Christmas on this blog post....guess what I got today?  A sneak peek order of brand new Christmas products from the Stampin' Up! 2016 seasonal catalogue!!!!  I'm so giddy I can't believe that I'm actually blogging and not crafting.

Just don't forget that the Thoughtful Branches offer is only available during August.  More ideas for this set to come.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches... day 4


OK, so now you're asking 'where are days 1 - 3'?  Well, I have already posted three projects using this amazing bundle from Stampin' Up! over on my Facebook page but today I have a little more time so thought I'd do a blog post.
Don't shoot me for posting a Christmas card in August... I no longer have an aversion of all things Christmassy and wasn't satisfied with making two cards for my stamp-a-stack Christmas class last week (more of these later) using this bundle, I went ahead and made this fancy fold just for myself.
This fold is currently so popular and is really easy to do, there are so many possibilities for decorating it once you have the card base prepped.
I used Soft Sky and Crumb Cake as my card base and main layers and put that pop of red in the mix using Real Red.  I used the trees, snowline and little bird from the stamp set and for this one I just used the bird die from the dies.  I 'fussy' cut the trees on the foreground which was easy as anything. The sentiment 'Thinking of you at Christmas' was from the stamp set Embellished Ornaments.
If you would like to make a card with me using this fancy fold then why not book a place at my next class in Retford? It's on Wednesday 17th August at 7pm and although it won't be this design we are making a scrumptious card using this fold.  Or how about making a stack of nine Christmas cards with me? My next stamp-a-stack class will be on Monday 5th September in Retford (7pm, the Labour Hall).  As always with my classes booking a place is very important as it ensures that I prepare enough materials, check out my 'classes' page here or my events over on my Facebook page for more details.
Have I tempted you with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set (143539 £24) and the Beautiful Branches Thinlets Dies (143538 £28) or save 10% and get the bundle for £46.75 (144328).  This set will only be available during August (or until supplies last) so if, like me, you've fallen in love with it don't miss out and grab it now.