I hope you’re enjoying the weekend, and are feeling very happy with how your Christmas preparations are coming together. On Christmas Eve, we’re going to Vicki’s in-laws for breakfast. It’s been a tradition in the Hellings family for quite a few years. We’re planning to be there are close as 9AM as possible, and will make tracks home about midday.
After Church on Christmas Day (Wednesday) we’ll be going over to Vicki and Leigh’s for Christmas dinner – there’ll be between 8-10 of us there. In the afternoon, we’ll be going over to Sam (one of Leigh’s three brothers) and Becs. They had a baby in August, so I’m really hoping I’ll get a cuddle! Then hubby’s back to work on Boxing Day, fortunately, working from home!Today’s video shows how I made this card which I shared on 9th December. I was asked if I’d mind making a video to show how it was made. I did make a couple of changes, which gave me the opportunity to demonstrate how to heat emboss a Basic Pearl Jewel. This is a technique that can be used on other materials, for example, the wooden elements Stampin’ Up! have offered at various times like flowers, butterflies, etc.
When I showed hubby the original card he said it looked like a bauble, which is what inspired me to make the change. Several times recently, I’ve found myself looking through my dies to find which one had a bow, and when I found one, I carried on looking through my dies until the end to see what else was available. When I was looking for a bow AGAIN! for this card, enough was enough! I decided to make a note of which pack of dies they were in, and I also die-cut one of each and adhered it by its name.
I already have a page in my notebook where I stamp a sentiment I really like and will want to use again, and note which stamp set it’s from, and what dies I used to die-cut it! It’s amazing how much time this saves me! Years ago, I used to have a loose-leaf book, showing what shapes my punches cut out, particularly important with circles, squares, stars hearts etc. Needless to say it’s very out of date now, but I will get it updated one day soon……………but please don’t hold your breath!
Another change I made from my original card is the stamp I used for my tree! The tree on the original card is from the Merry Moose Stamp Set, and I liked it because you can see the pines on the branches! However when I’d finished my card I thought the trees all looked too solid, although I don’t think I helped by making my two gold trees so prominent. The stamp set I used for today’s video is the Winter Woods Stamp Set. In this set, the trees look taller and slimmer, and I made sure the trees were spaced out better than the first card. It made an amazing difference! I die-cut the bow from the Bouquet Bunch Dies, and I had a strip of gold foil in my scraps folder which was an ideal width for the hanging bit of the bauble.
During the video I had reason to use the mini guillotine that will be a bonus gift for new recruits who join during Sale-a-bration which runs from 3rd January to 31st March 2020. Another bonus gift is a pack of 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) from a selection of the DSP Packs which will be available from the Spring/Summer (now called Mini) Catalogue. If that offer isn’t good enough, another bonus will be a stamp set of choice available from the Annual Catalogue!
Sale-a-bration is always the best time to join Stampin’ Up! – either as a discount shopper/hobbyist or a business builder. Please send me an email if you’d like to know more! email@example.com That’s about it from me today. I wish you a very blessed Sunday and look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting!
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