Heart of Christmas Week 2

Pine Tree Punch Perfectly Plaid Christmas Trees Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
Week 2 of the Heart of Christmas weekly Blog Hops.

Heart of Christmas 2019

I have gone with very traditional Christmas colours for this week’s Heart of Christmas Blog Hop, using some of the products from the Wrapped in Plaid Suite on Pages 12-14 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.

Christmas Card Wrapped in Plaid by Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping 2019 Holiday Catalogue

I’ve started with a Very Vanilla base this time, I really like the more vintage look that it gives, and a strip of the gorgeous Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper which has the lovely gold stripe through it.
So gorgeous for Christmas projects.
Wrapped in Plaid DSP Christmas Card Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping
The ribbon is from the current Annual Catalogue, the Metallic-Edge Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon edged wtih gold.  To make the bow, I have doubled up a length of ribbon, tied it in the middle with a piece of twine and then popped one of the Designer Elements from page 178 of the Annual Catalogue, over the twine to hide it.
The rhinestones have been coloured with a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend.  I’ve added these to the centre of the Designer Elements.
“Merry Christmas” was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and then I have run the Wink of Stella over the top to give it some shimmer but unfortunately I wasn’t careful enough and it has just smudged the ink in a couple of places.  The sentiment has been die cut using one of the Ornate Frames Dies from Page 53 of the 2019 Holiday Catalogue.
The Christmas Trees have been punched out using the Pine Tree punch, which makes Christmas cards a breeze!
Pine Tree Punch Perfectly Plaid Christmas Trees Christina Barnes Dot Dot Stamping

I have guest stamper and cardmaker, Tammy Prince joining me again this week, with another of her fabulous designs.
Tammy Prince Christmas Card 2019 Holiday Catalogue Let it Snow

Tammy has used the Let it Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper for her card today, and combined that with the Frosted Frames Dies, Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies and So Many Stars stamp set, the gorgeous Cherry cobbler 1cm Diagonal Stripe Ribbon, and add some sparkle with Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin Glitter.

So gorgeous!  Thanks for sharing with us again, Tammy.

If you would like to see what the rest of the Blog Hoppers made this week, you can find the list of participants on Claire’s blog.
Happy hopping, and happy stamping!

Photo Inspiration Challenge

My turn to set the challenge again this week at Our Creative Corner, and I have chosen a photo to inspire you!

What I would like you to do is, create a project of your choice which:

1. Uses something from the photo that inspires you, it can be colours, shapes, anything at all.
2. Use 2 or more buttons on your project, they can be real buttons, fabric buttons, covered buttons, die cut buttons, any sort of buttons!
3. And, use polka dots somewhere.

And here is my card.

I have taken the colours from the photo and also the cake stand, as inspiration.

I have used the polka dot papers from the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper packs in Soft Subtles, punched them out using the Blossom Punch and Boho Blossoms Punch, and then done some free-hand paper piercing around each one, and then markers to create the stitched look. (For those of you who are regular visitors to my blog or my classes, you will know that I love my faux stitching!!)
The “vase” is from A Cherry on Top stamp set, which is a cute new hostess set (Page 197 of the Annual Catalogue) and the leaves from Betsy’s Blossom have been stamped in Gumball Green and hand cut.  And just to make sure it was really “polka dotty” 🙂 I have used the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder for the white background.
Have a look at what the fabulous Design Team have created for this challenge, and I do hope you will be inspired to create something and share it with us.
For those of you on Facebook, we now have a new Our Creative Corner Facebook page, so why not drop in and give us a “like”.  🙂

Please feel free to email if you have any questions.
Happy Stamping!

“Stamp of the Month” Club


Did you ever buy a stamp set that you just loved, but then once you got it home you didn’t know what to make with it?
“Stamp of the Month” Club is about giving you ideas, inspiration and projects that will help you make the most of the stamp sets you buy.

How does it work?
Every month I will choose a stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue (either current Annual catalogue, or current mini catalogue), but I am open to suggestions 🙂
You will purchase the stamp set plus 2 lots of embellishments.  I will send you your stamp set, the full packs of your embellishments and instructions for at least three projects to make using them.  You might just get a small gift from me as well 🙂
You can take part in “Stamp of the Month” Club from anywhere in Australia.
I will also post on my blog, a variety of samples and ideas using the stamp of the month set, throughout the month, to give you even more ideas that you can use!

Cost for each month will vary according to which stamp set and embellishments we are using, however I will be trying to keep the cost to below $50 per month.  I will also allow for “by the metre” ribbon costs, rather than expecting you to buy the entire roll of ribbon.

Stamp sets will be clear mount, however if you really prefer the wood mount version, then please contact me and we will work out a deal.  Keep in mind that they do cost more for me to send to you.

If you already have the stamp set that I have chosen for that month, but would still like to take part in the club, again, just contact me and we can work out an alternative stamp set for you to buy at an equivalent price.

In celebration of the new Annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue, being released on the 1st of September, the first stamp set we will be using, for the month of September, will be Betsy’s Blossom.  It is not available until the 1st of Sept but you might just get a few sneak peeks before that.  So stay tuned.

More details coming soon too 🙂