10 November 2013 – It’s nearly time to start putting up the Tree!!

I’ve been seeing so many nice Christmas decorations on Pinterest that I’m starting to get the urge to put the Christmas Tree up!! In a week or so, I think!!

I found this gorgeous Christmas banner by Petite Fleur Paperie, here.

I thought it was just beautiful and wanted to make it myself.

I used the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I started off by sponging the edges of the banners with crumb cake ink and then stamping each one with En Francais stamp set. I then cut out the letters using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die in Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

To make the rosette’s, I used the Designer Rosette Bigz die and the Season of Style DSP. The rosette die makes it so easy to make an eye catching rosette!! I love the silver glimmer paper and it makes this banner just sparkle.

Seeing as I don’t have my decorations up yet, I had to photograph it by laying it on the floor and using the panorama feature of my iphone, so please excuse my dodgy photo of the full banner!!

xmas banner

Here are the individual banners.

xmas banner 1

xmas banner 2

xmas banner 3

xmas banner 4 copy

xmas banner 6

xmas banner 5

xmas banner 7

xmas banner 8

xmas banner 9

Stamp Set: En Francais, Festive Flurry
Paper: Season of Style DSP, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Festive Flurry Framelits, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon, paper doilies, Designer Rosette Die

I hope you like my banner. Please leave a comment below and let me know!!

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20 October 2013 – Are you ready to start trimming your Christmas Tree?

You’ll be glad to know that I’ve bought a new tree!! I did a practice run to make sure all the pieces were there (they are!) and one of the kitty’s also did a practice run up the middle branch!! Naughty boy!!

I’m getting ready to start trimming my tree soon (I’m thinking mid-November) so I need to make a few new ornaments for my new tree.

I love the new Festive Flurry Stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue. There are so many different options of what you can make. I like the colours that Stampin’ Up! are using this year for Christmas but I also like the traditional red and green as well.

I used the gold foil sheets on the back of the ornament and put the ribbon between the two layers. I wanted to put a bit of glitter on it (you can’t have a Christmas decoration without a bit of bling!), so I dug out my heat and stick embossing powder and embossed the gold glitter on. It was a windy day when I made it so there was a bit of glitter around the craft room!!

The new magnetic platform makes it so easy to cut out each snow flake, holding it in place as it goes through the big shot.

I also love the Frosted Finishes embellishments!! They look so pretty in person. The photos don’t do it justice! My stamp club girls enjoyed making this one!!

red flurry ornament

Stamp Set: Festive Flurry Stamp Set
Paper: Gold foil, Season of Style DSP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, magnetic platform, organza ribbon, gold glitter, heat & stick embossing powder, Cherry cobbler embossing powder, festive flurry framelits, frosted finishes embellishments

I also wanted to show the girls the gorgeous ornament that is featured in the Holiday Catalogue. You can watch a video on how to make it from the fabulous Carrie Cudney from Stampin’ Up! here.

It’s a bit fiddly, but once you’ve got the main piece made, it’s just a matter of sticking together with your hot glue gun.

flurry ornament

I think the most challenging problem I had was getting the ornament to stay still whilst I was trying to take the photo!!

Here’s a close up of the detail.

flurry ornament b

Stamp set: Festive Flurry
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Big shot, magnetic platform, clear embossing powder, Silver embossing powder, silver glimmer paper, frosted finishes embellishments.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, go to my online store, here or if you would like to make one at a workshop, contact me at stampinwithrebecca@yahoo.com.au or 0408 193 792.

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