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Aug 27 2014

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Creative Inkers – Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Inkers’ Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop – It’s great to be part of such a creative team!Blog Hop Badge 2_2-001 (1)

You may have just joined the hop here, or maybe you’ve come from Sally’s blog but either way I’m sure you’ll enjoy all the stops on the Hop. Make sure you check them all out!

Just so you know – Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year – always has been!

I look forward to many things about the Christmas Season – including the release of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue. The anticipation of seeing what gorgeous new stamps and accessories are in the catalogue is almost too much to bear!

But the wait is over – YAY!!!

I have three cards to share on the Blog Hop today. I recently participated in two Team Swaps for the Holiday Catalogue and the first card I am sharing is from one of these swaps.

When I saw the tree punch I immediately thought of using it to make a paper quilt pattern. My mum, Jude, also loved Christmas (that’s probably where it all started for me) and she loved sewing and quilt-making too. Jude especially enjoyed making Christmas wall hangings and we are so lucky to have many of her masterpieces in the family which remind us of her now that Jude is no longer with us. Making a card with a paper quilt seemed like a fitting tribute to her as the Christmas Season approaches. 2014_08_creativeJax_Christmas_Quilt_Creative_Inkers_BloghopI’ve punched trees from Trim the Tree DSP stack using the Tree punch and then snipped the trunks off to make triangle to piece the quilt. I’m not sure you can see it clearly but one of the border stamps in the Project Life Holiday Cheer Stamp set makes a great stitching pattern on the quilt. Before trimming it with Early Espresso Cotton Ribbon,

I’ve embossed the quilt with the Argyle Embossing folder to give it a “quilted” texture. It’s adhered to a Cherry Cobbler base that has had some watermarking done with Versamark and one of the stamps from the Cheerful Christmas set. 2014_08_creativejax_Christmas_Quilt_CreativeInkers_bloghop The tag is punched from Garden Green cardstock with the Note Tag punch. I think this punch is going to get lots of use – I have all sorts of ideas for it already!

The little white embellishment is created using some Simply Pressed Clay with the impression made by pressing one of the ornament stamps from the Cheerful Christmas Set into the clay, then fussy cutting it out once dried. I’ve also stamped the image I used for the watermarking on the card base as the background image on the tag – while the white embossed greeting is from the Project Life Holiday Cheers set.

The tag and embellishment are attached to the card using dimensionals and some cherry cobbler bakers twine.

My second “card” for the day is a set of five that showcases a catalogue favourite – White Christmas. Having spent several winters on the prairies in Canada and enjoying some White Christmases myself, I really love the winter themed Christmas cards – and a polar bear, and a snowman – WOW!

These were the cards I made for the second Team Swap I participated in. 2014_08_creativejax_White_Christmas_swap

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I’ve found White Christmas to be a really versatile stamp set. As with all the previous stamp sets I’ve mentioned in this post, this is a photoplymer set and is fantastic for 2-step stamping. Loving how the banners can be quickly and accurately attached to the trees. I often pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig to get things straight and in just the place I want – but didn’t have to get it out once to do these cards. That certainly sped things up! There is such variety in how you can combine the images to get a wide range of results.

After stamping the images in black, they were coloured in with the Stampin’ Markers then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The embossed areas resisted the colour that was sponged in Soft Sky with a dauber on to create the sky. I place this onto a Soft Sky card base which I had stamped with a couple of the snow flakes from Endless Wished.

2014_08_creativejax_White_Christmas_swap_closeup In the close-up you can see the shiny clear embossing and the subtle snowflakes on the cardbase. These were stamped in Soft Sky using a couple of the Endless wishes stamps.

The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate. I wanted to make the sentiment shine like the other embossed elements and as the stamp is the clear photopolymer it was really easy to re-stamp the words in versamark, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder before cutting it out using a Project Life framelit. Remember that Project Life items (cards, stamps, accessories, framelits) can certainly be used in more than memory keeping.

My last card to share today was made by Beth using one of her absolute favs from the catalogue – Get your Santa On! 2014_08_creativejax_Get_your_Santa_On She stamped three Santa suits in black onto whisper white, coloured each of them, fussy cut them and hung them in their own wardrobe. Those coat hangers and their hooks were very fussy cutting and required a steady hand! 2014_08_creativejax_Get_Your_Santa_On_closeup And of course Santa is a tidy fellow – so hung his hat on the corner of the sentiment rather than tossing it on the floor.

We have had such fun starting to “Get our Christmas On” – we’ve even had a few carols playing while we craft!

And I’ve enjoyed the learning curve of being part of my first Bog Hop!

Hope you’ve enjoyed our cards. Depending on which direction you’re doing the blog hop – click on the Previous button to visit Sally’s blog or the Next Button to visit Jacque’s blog – they’re both awesome and make sure you go all the way around the hop to check them all out!

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List of Blog Hop Members:

Narelle Hoggard  http://handmadebynarelle.wordpress.com

Paula Reid   http://www.yellowbearnz.blogspot.co.nz

Heather Stewart  www.stampingcraft.co.nz

Ria Kaire  http://stampinup.net/esuite/home/qraftyqueen/blog

Sally Williams  http://sallystampingdelights.blogspot.co.nz

Jackie Noble  http://www.creativejax.co.nz  This is where you are now

Jacque Williams http://stamphappy.typepad.com

Rachael Knight http://www.knightstamper.blogspot.co.nz

Lisa Bullock http://daffyscrapper.wordpress.com

Bev Poultney http://www.stampandscrap.co.nz

Irene Wardlaw www.kowhaihavencrafts.blogspot.com

Christine Bennett http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/christinebennett/blog

Kathryn Tyrrell  http://www.aspotofstamping.co.nz/2014/08/blog-hop.html   Logo 72pt

 

Until next time

 

 

Jackie

 

As always – if you wish to know anything more about info in this post, or to get a catalogue or to buy any of the items mentioned in the post, please contact me.

Or you can shop 24/7 at my online Stampin’ Up! shop – just click on any of the products in the table below, and you should find yourself in my online shop at the page with information about the product. And with 3 projects there’s a lot of different products used in today’s post.

If you would like to find out about joining my Stampin’ Up! team get in touch – I would love to chat to you about that.

Jackie Noble – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator aka creativeJax Wellington, New Zealand

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  1. Emma Goddard

    Lovely projects … Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Kathryn

    All 3 of your projects are great but I think my favourite has to be the White Christmas set. You’ve shown how you can use once stamp set to make a set of beautiful cards.

  3. Sally Williams

    Wow they are fabulous cards jackie thanks for sharing

    1. Jackie

      Cheers Sally!
      Inspire. Create. Share. – That’s what it’s all about 🙂

  4. Patricia Stanley

    Love your cards. The first one makes me think of a Christmas quilt. Love how you showed ALL the elements that could be added on the second card and the third card I think would be great for the kiddies! Beautiful job. I am really enjoying this blog hop

    1. Jackie

      Thank you for your comments Patricia – I’m delighted you liked them and are enjoying the Blog Hop. Such a great collection of projects. I have lots of ideas for more things to make now!

  5. daffyscrapper

    Great cards. Clever technique embossing then sponging the sky! The detail on your first one was beautiful

    1. Jackie

      Thank you Lisa
      We sure had fun making them – we love Christmas in our house!

  6. Jenny Hayward

    Love all your projects Jackie especially the card set. Just love them.

    1. Jackie

      Thank you Jenny
      I couldn’t choose which one to make up for our swap so made them all and people will get different one. I had to keep a full set for myself though!

  7. Bev Poultney

    Gorgeous cards Jackie – and so much work even if it was between two of you. I really love love love the quilted triangles .. and of course my fave stamp set from the catalogue is Get your Santa on – he is the cutest santa I have seen since being involved with SU.

    1. Jackie

      Cheers Bev – That Santa is too cute!
      The quilted card was inspired by my late Mum – she loved Christmas, and quilting, and as soon as I saw the triangle punch I thought of making a paper quilt.

  8. Paula Reid

    I love your cards. I think I might have to CASE the first one (I voted for it at training) it’s so effective. Like Rachael said stop making me want me stamp sets – the more I see of Get Your Santa On the more I think about buying it!!!

    1. Jackie

      Thanks Paula. Feel free to CASE away – I’m going to be doing lots of it myself!
      Santa is pretty high on the priority in this house so it was just about first on the list 🙂

  9. Heather Stewart

    Fantastic job Jackie. I espcially like the emboss resist cards. gorgeous:)

  10. Christine

    Beautiful work, Jackie, very enabling!

    1. Jackie

      Thanks Christine.
      The Blog Hop has got such a lot of great projects to spark ideas.

  11. Ria Kaire

    Wow Jackie, those cards are all so awesome! I was lucky enough to be in both swaps so have picked my card already from the second swap – what a lot of work you put in to them. And well done to Beth too, Get Your Santa On is my favourite set too 🙂

    1. Jackie

      Thanks Ria. Get Your Santa On just rocks!

  12. Kristine McNickle

    Awesome cards Jackie (and Beth). Lovely sponging and colouring. Roll on Christmas!

    1. Jackie

      Thanks Kristine – we had lots of fun with these – and there’s more to come!

  13. Rachael Knight

    Wow Jackie what an awesome selection of cards, that’s a lot of work there! But you really have to stop making me want stamp sets that I overlooked in the Holiday Catalogue, my bank account is not happy with you tonight, lol!

    1. Jackie

      Thanks Rachael – Yes so much temptation in the catty- but remember Beth is a Demo too – so we share 🙂

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