Saturday, November 26, 2011


Today I'm taking part, with 8 friends who are also Stampin' Up! demonstrators in Australia, in a blog hop.  We have lots of ideas to share with you, for using Stampin' Up! products to make your Christmas projects.

You may have come from the very talented Alisha Watson's blog.  If not, you can start here, and follow the link at the end of my blog post, to go on to the next 'stop'.  Please visit all 9 of us if you can, and leave us some comment love, so we know you've stopped by!

I have two cards to share with you.  The first card evolved from a flower that my friend Nikki kindly showed me how to make.  I didn't attend Stampin' Up! Regionals training this month, but by all accounts it was a "wow" event, not least of all because of Miriam Spiess's flowers!  My first attempt is not all that great, but you get the idea!

...... and a close-up of the crimped, die cut and punched panels on the spine of the card:

Stamps: Merry & Type
Card: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
DSP: First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper
Ink: Versamark inkpad, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black stampin' pads
Other: Tasteful Trim XL Bigz die, Decorative Label punch, Scallop Trim border punch, Crimper,          2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, Antique Brad, sponge daubers, paper snips

My second card uses a sheet of Designer Series Paper, from the "Letters to Santa" pack, that I hadn't yet cut into.  I really like the colours on this card.  I used the rock 'n' roll technique with the ornament stamp, with varying 'intensity' of rolling, to achieve two different looks.  The ornaments were inked up first in Marina Mist ink, then rolled on my Early Espresso stampin' pad.  Hubby thinks this card is too "blingy", whereas I think one rhinestone brad and four self-adhesive rhinestones is quite understated! LOL.

.... and a close-up of the ornaments and 'bling'.  (I was more concerned about two bows being "over the top"!)

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Contempo Christmas
Card: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red and Marina Mist
DSP: Letters to Santa Designer Series Paper
Ink: Marina Mist and Early Espresso stampin' pads
Other: Ornament punch, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Basic Rhinestones, Ice Circle Rhinestone brad, Scallop Edge border punch, stampin' dimensionals, White baker's twine (*new - out 1st December), mini glue dots

I really enjoyed making these cards, and hope I've inspired you to try something new.

Now it's time to visit Ros Davidson's blog

Here's a list of all the participants in today's hop. 

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Sue Madex

Di Dunk

Judy May

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Alisha Watson

Christine Blain

Ros Davidson
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!


  1. When can there ever be enough bling! The flower is very elegant. Too much bling - from a man whose transport has more lights and buttons than a fighter pilots plane.....Sue xxx

  2. Sorry, forgot the posessive thingy.
    Sue xxx

  3. There is nothing wrong with your flower, it is just perfect for the card, which I this is gorgeous by the way. Love the bows at the top of each decoration on the other card too, great idea.

  4. I think your bling and bows are perfect! And your flower looks fabulous! Gorgeous projects, as usual Christine.

  5. Both of these cards are gorgeous, Christine. The first one is so elegant and I love all the details in it. You must show me how to make those flowers! The bows are super on the second one and what do men know about bling anyway??

  6. 2 beautiful the colours you have used, Christine, and all the extra touches. Sparkle and bows are perfect for Christmas!

  7. Christine, I love the flower in the first card - you are just sooo clever, it makes one beautiful Christmas card.

  8. Love both your Christmas Cards Christine - you can never have enough bling! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Gorgeous cards Christine! Cherry Cobbler is my favourite Christmas red now :)

  10. 2 gorgeous cards, as usual Christine. LOVE both of them. And your flower is perfect. I haven't attempted them as yet. Must have a go! TFS.

  11. Love both cards Christine, love the flower on the first one and love the bling and BOTH bows on the ornament! Can never have too much bling on a Chrissy card!!
    Both cards in your usual very elegant style. Interesting to see if this comment makes it!

  12. Two fabulous creations Christine! Love the cherry on cherry (plus neutrals) palette of the first & that wonderful flower.
    The design elements of the second card are really eyecatching, with the repetitive horizontal banding, the R&R treatment on the baubles, the wonderful plaid DSP & the understated bling! Hugs :)

  13. Both are gorgeous, love the simple elegance of the first one and for a DSP l'm not in-love with, your second card is beautiful, bows and all! xxx

  14. Bring on the bling!! I love your cards - such elegant designs and colours. Beautiful flower.

  15. Gorgeous! I love the rich cherry flower with the subtle ornaments!