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I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for almost two years now, and when I signed up it was just for the starter kit and discount on products........ I never imagined it would snowball into being a business like it has. I am a new Mummy to my little boy, Isaac, who is almost four months old now. I am spending my maternity leave enjoying watch him grow up, becoming his own little person, and also trying to build my business up. Stampin' Up! have amazing products and I would love to share my crafting passion with as many people as possible. I am always putting through orders, so if you need anything, or just want some information or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you want to try before you buy, then check out my classes and get booked on.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Christmas Card Class and Craft Fair Makes

Hello everyone - I want to share a couple of the cards from my recent Christmas class.
Everyone made 10 cards and 10 gift tags, but in my haste at preparing for convention I didn't take pictures of everything!  I seem to be doing this a lot lately............

However, a couple of the cards I made extras to sell at a craft fair I am doing, as well as making up 20 packs of gift tags, so these items I can share with you, though you will have to excuse the cello wrapper which doesn't make for the best picture ever!

All of the cards used the Welcome Christmas stamp set and the Tags til Christmas made the gift tags a really quick make.

This first card has the effect of looking into a house where the family are decorating a tree.  It is not an original idea by me, but I have seen lots of variation on the Internet and this is just my take on it.
The main image was stamped onto Very Vanilla card, then the wreath image was added along the top before the card was cut into four pieces.  These were mounted onto Early Espresso, and the other layer is Crumb Cake and then Always Artichoke for the card base.
The sentiment was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then cut by hand, a little fiddly but not too time consuming.  It really makes you appreciate the ease of using punches when you have to cut something like this by hand though :o)
The bow at the top was made using Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.

This second card is made with a Crumb Cake base and the sledging image from Welcome Christmas stamped in Crumb Cake ink at the bottom corner.  The Cherry Cobbler layer has been distressed using the Cutter Tool, and the Old Olive piece of card has been through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Again the sentiment was stamped and hand cut, then added to the card with Dimensionals.
The Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped into a bow shape and then the prongs of the brad were opened out and the ribbon pushed inside.  Closing the prongs and popping it through the Old Olive card layer then secures the bow.  The brad I used comes from the pack of Antique Brads (20 brads, 4 each of 5 designs for £5.50) which are gorgeous and a real bargain price.

 These are the lovely tags we made in class, 2 of each.  We made full use of the punches for these, which is exactly how the stamp set, Tags til Christmas, is designed.  However, if you don't have any punches you can very easily use a trimmer and mount them on square and rectangle pieces of card just as easily with the same fabulous results.

The punches used include the Decorative Label Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Large and Extra Large Tag Punches, plus the Two tags Big Shot Die.

Here are all of the sets of five tags laid out for me to bag up for the craft fair.

And here they are all bagged up.  I used retired Jolly Holiday DSP and the Top Note Die with the Big Shot to create a bag topper.  Then I added a label using the Just Perfect Alphabet stamp set and Oval Punch.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for your Christmas wrapping, and I hope those attending the up-coming craft fairs I'm attending like my cards and tags too.

Happy Crafting
Julie xxx


  1. Wow1 You've been busy!! Love the tags and the cards - they are amazing!!! Hope to catch up with you soon!! xxx

  2. Such wonderful things! I love the window card and the second card is really pretty as well. I wish I had as many tags made as you... These are wonderful ideas and I hope your craft fair goes well!